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  1. 8 points
    NOTE: This only works if you don't use the global EQ... (I did a search and didn't see anything, but if this has been discussed before I apologize) Scenario... XLR out > FOH (PA) 1/4" outs to personal FRFR Volume control is disengaged from the XLR so you can adjust your stage volume without changing the level to the FOH (PA). The XLR outputs can be set to MIC or LINE in the global settings, but they don't have a PAD which is common on most DI boxes. Even set to MIC, when the volume knob is disengaged the signal can be borderline hot. What do you do when the tech yells out "Can you PAD the DI"? GLOBAL EQ to the rescue. Turn it on Make sure the EQ options are flat (no cuts or boosts) Assign it to JUST THE XLR outputs Turn the volume down in the Global EQ to -10 or -20 (somewhere in that range will always make the tech happy) The global EQ is now acting as a variable DI PAD across all patches... exactly what I needed. NOTE: Since the Global EQ and the Volume can be assigned to different outputs independently you are not limited to just my example.
  2. 7 points
    I'm into my second year with Helix and I still haven't stopped marveling at how good it is. Nor am I even remotely close to having explored it all, or in all likelihood, learned how to get the very best out of it yet. So I'm endlessly baffled by people griping about updates. To me, they are the gravy on the pie. Maybe it's an age thing - I'm 53, and spent decades dealing with the many shortcomings of various amps and cabs and pedals. To have that all just... go away has been a quietly but profoundly life-enhancing experience :-)
  3. 5 points
    With your permission, I would like to submit this to Merriam-Webster as the official definition of “The Internet”.
  4. 5 points
    That's life (that's life) that's what people say You're riding high in April Shot down in May But I know I'm gonna change that tune When I'm back on top, back on top in June......
  5. 4 points
    You tried to come out as the good guy too. You also are the one who took it public, so don't cry about him sharing more info now. Also, for what it's worth, I side with him, not you. A business can hold sales whenever they want, and they don't owe you a damn thing if you miss it.
  6. 4 points
    Obtaining a damaged or cheap ethernet cable is usually not hard; a lopped-off intact RJ45 connector can be easily inserted and removed.
  7. 4 points
    Depending on exactly what/ how you're playing, it's very likely that your problem is due to the fact that it's not a polyphonic pitch shifter. It's not intended to drop-tune the entire guitar. It might work passably under certain circumstances, but artifacts and tracking issues are inevitable if you're playing more than one note at a time. If you really need polyphonic shifting that's clean and reliable, with minimal latency, the Digitech Drop is still the best option out there. Something similar might come to Helix eventually, but if/when is anybody's guess. And imho, any pitch shifting effect (polyphonic or not) needs to be the first thing in the chain. If you try and feed a pitch shifter a signal that's already heavily altered, particularly with distortion or any other modulation FX, they tend not to track nearly as well.
  8. 4 points
    There is a very cool method you can use to do this just with the Helix's expression pedal. It simply requires connecting a MIDI cable from the Helix's MIDI out to its MIDI in connection. You are going to leverage a MIDI command using the CC#59 value which acts just like pressing the expression pedal's toe switch when it is sent back into the Helix.The MIDI command will be assigned to the footswitch you want to use to switch from volume to wah. That way you can use any footswitch you want to switch from the volume to the wah and back and the volume will remain wherever you had it set before you switched to the wah. The expression pedal will simply switch over to controlling the wah instead of the volume pedal. The volume pedal block will remain active but its volume won't change while you rock the wah. You can download the preset for setting this up from CustomTone: https://line6.com/customtone/tone/4397153/ If you use the preset you only need to follow the steps #1&2 below. Set 'Global Settings' --> 'MIDI/Tempo' --> 'MIDI Thru' = "Off" and then loop a MIDI cable from your Helix's MIDI output to your Helix MIDI input. If you prefer to set it up yourself the complete instructions are below. Instructions below use HX Edit for several steps but they could also be done from the Helix directly. You can substitute the references to footswitch#11 for whichever footswitch you prefer to use. Please let me know if I omitted anything or got it wrong but my preset appears to work correctly. Set 'Global Settings' --> 'MIDI/Tempo' --> 'MIDI Thru' = "Off" This prevents runaway infinite loop MIDI funkiness when you are looping MIDI back into the Helix Set up a MIDI cable from your Helix MIDI output and loop it back to your Helix MIDI input Add your wah and volume block using the Helix's default settings for your volume on EXP2 and wah on EXP1. The volume block should be active, wah should be bypassed, and the text above the expression pedal should have EXP2 highlit. Use HX Edit and go to the 'Bypass Controller Assign' tab and change the assignment for your Wah block for the 'Bypass' parameter to the footswitch you want to switch from volume to wah. In this example I will use footswitch#11. While you are still on the 'Bypass Controller Assign' tab clear the assignment for the Volume block's 'Bypass' parameter. So now you should be looking at three assignment entries only for both the volume and wah blocks - Wah Position = EXP1, WAH Bypasss = Footswitch#11 (used in this example) and Volume Position = EXP2 Now go to the Command Center (where you set up your MIDI commands) and set up the following values in the parameters for Footswitch#11(used in this example) Command = "MIDI CC", MIDI Ch = "Base", CC# = 59, Value = 0 The Helix uses the CC# "59" to switch between EXP1 and EXP2 on the expression pedal. Handy as we will no longer be using the toe switch. It is this capability that allows the expression pedal's control to be passed from the volume to the wah pedal without turning the volume block off. This preserves the volume pedal's last setting. As we are using footswitch #11 in this example which is on the bottom row next to the tuner switch, you are going to need to have your global settings set for Stomps on the bottom row or you need to switch into Stomp mode so you can use footswitch#11. You are done. Use footswitch#11 to switch between volume and wah. Don't use the expression pedal toe switch! Now when you press footswitch#11 (used in this example) the expression pedal will control only the wah or only the volume. Also, when you switch from volume to wah your volume will be retained at the same level without maxing out. VolWah on FS#11.hlx
  9. 4 points
    True, although the corporate battleground is littered with the remains of companies who killed their gold-egg-laying goose by ignoring their customers and focussing only on profit. I don't believe Line 6 is one of those companies.
  10. 4 points
    Well I have... and now that I think about it, that damned mower has never had an update of any kind. I'm outraged! Anybody got John Deere's customer service #? I'm gonna give them a piece of my mind...;)
  11. 4 points
    Line 6 said we would have 2.8 sometime this Spring. We are 1/3 of the way through Spring. There are two months left in Spring. I haven't even mowed my lawn yet this year. There is still a chance of frost. Spring isn't even half way over yet. Spring began on March 21. Spring ends on June 21. On June 22nd I might make an angry post if we don't have 2..8 yet. But for now - since it's still the beginning of Spring, the sun is starting to shine longer, and the flowers and bunnies are popping up everywhere - I am happy. Stop trying to bring us all down with your nonsense.
  12. 3 points
    It's an often asked question with no easy answer, I'm afraid... every mix, every room is different, and my "special sauce" won't necessarily be a magic bullet for you. Often this is a volume issue... specifically the volume at which a patch is created vs. your stage volume. At lower volumes, the tendency is to boost highs and lows... its a perception problem that we all have, just how our brains work. The unfortunate result is that when you crank up the glorious tone that you had at home at lower levels, both the lows and highs become much more prominent, the mids drop out, and you vanish from the mix. If the are any universal "secrets" to EQ, it's this: you'll often get better results by getting rid of what you don't want to hear, as opposed to reflexively boosting frequencies that you perceive to be "missing"... because then you just end up with way too much of everything, and even more mud than you had before. Try more aggressive, and/or more specific frequency-targeted low and high cuts before overdosing on mids...but trying to guess at what the necessary frequencies will be from afar is pretty much futile... we're all in the same boat on that one. You just have to experiment with it, and trust your ears. You'll know when you're done.
  13. 3 points
    There is definitely some disconnect I think between people being intentionally sarcastic, people not getting the intention and getting butthurt, and then a bunch of silly arguing over dumb stuff in most internet forums. The Gear Page is about the worst because of the broad spectrum of ages/genre players. Sometimes it seems like the metal/djent music business is the only thing keeping some companies, especially smaller pedal builders and IR makers, in business. But those guys have realized that in a niche genre you need the income from signature gear to actually continue a career in music.
  14. 3 points
    Last week my local grocery store offered top sirloin steaks for $3.99 a pound. It was OKAY, and I considered buying them to cook for my wife and mom on Mother's Day, but then I thought . . . wait . . . it will PROBABLY go on sale for MORE the week of Mother's Day! So I waited! Last night they were $5.99 a pound! FIVE NINETY NINE!!! Those lying thieving bastards anticipated more people would be desperate during Mother's Day week! They had ribs on sale though for a VERY good price so I went with that. Silly me. Life went on. I still prefer steak and I hope to see those guys burn in hell.
  15. 3 points
    I definitely agree that Line 6 could do better (though they have been getting better, so that's good). However, you can work to make a complex concept to be presented as simply as POSSIBLE, but is it REALLY possible to make powerful equipment something that can be learned in one hour, one day, or even one year? I personally think that's a hard no, but if a company ever figures out how to do it they'll probably be rolling in it. I can explain how to play a guitar pretty quickly. There are only twelve possible tonal notes in music - and the guitar has those 12 notes arranged all over the fret board with various repeats. Press at the fretted parts to select notes and pluck the fretted strings just above the bridge for sound. There. Done. Gonna take more than a week though to actually do it. Anyway, keep at it. it really IS worth it.
  16. 3 points
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  18. 3 points
    Some years ago I bought the Warmoth body/neck pre-built and routed to house the Variax 300 electronics. I installed Graphtec piezos, Earvana nut, and standard tuners. It remains one of the smoothest playing and most comfortable guitars I've ever owned. I still use it a lot even thought I now have a JTV-59. A great value for a very nice guitar imho.
  19. 3 points
    If I had to make a choice and own just one guitar.... it would be a Variax Standard (I'm a single coil guy) or a Variax JTV in a pickup configuration I like. IMO, the flexibility of the magnetic pickups along with modeling when you need it is a perfect combination. Since this question is posted int he Helix forum.... is it safe to assume there is a Helix in the gear list? If so, all the more reason to get a Variax!
  20. 3 points
    Les paul, flying v, bc rich kerry king, a silverstar with dimarzio, washburn hb30 and 3 variax. Still prefer my jtv 69 with my custom models over anything else. Strat body with all the other guitars i need. And more. P.s. could wait for the summer namm to see if a new variax arrives.
  21. 3 points
    I’ve had my FHFX for almost a year now. Using it in the band at church every week, rarely having problems, working through or around the problems and short comings I’ve run into as they’ve come up. In reading the problem posts in the forum, I’ve come to two opinions I’ll share. (Note that I mean no offense to anyone in the user community with these points.) 1. It’s time to face facts, this product is not intended and never will be supported as a premier product. Line 6 has provided an exceptional product for the amateur / low budget professional to easily get some killer tones. It is not going to provide the updates of additional amps, pedals, microphones, speakers and flexibility some of you ask for. It’s not their business model. If you’re absolutely obsessed with improving your tone to that degree, you will be required to buy their Helix product line. Sorry to burst your hopes, but face it, for $400 bucks they provide a lot of great tones and flexibility. For $1600 you get updates and premium service. 2. Now, this point is directed towards Line 6. You have sold us a product that has bugs and does not perform as you have advertised. I accept your plan is not to enhance the product, but your responsibility is to make it work as designed and marketed! Remote issues, cloud issues, and additional PROBLEMS listed in this and many other threads are your responsibility! Ignoring users that cannot properly use the device is a failure of your management. Think of it this way, if I’m not happy with the Firehawk FX reliability (NOT ITS CAPABILITIES!) and I decide to upgrade to a premium product, why wouldn’t I choose to try another company product. Axe FX, Boss, and others compete with Helix. I probably won’t be looking for a new board right away, but others may be making the decision soon. Therefore I would suggest Line 6 consider these points and FIX THE DAMN PROBLEMS WITH THE FIREHAWK FX!!! Thanks...
  22. 3 points
    From what I am seeing in other posts this is all about getting Native properly authorized with Line6. Make sure you have a proper internet connection and a registered copy of Native tied to your account first and then deauthorize/reauthorize Native. You can do that by clicking on the gear icon or your username in the bottom left hand corner of the Native screen. Bring up the Authorize/Deauthorize dialog box and re-authorize Native.
  23. 3 points
    WTF is herpadurr??? Can I use it in Scrabble?
  24. 3 points
    Plus, you know that if they truly hadn't said anything about any updates since the last one people would be posting about how unnerving the silence is.
  25. 2 points
    This doesn't effect me in any way... but I can understand the need for a feature like this. It's so practical I can't understand how it was overlooked. This has nothing to do with tuning stability... guitars need to be tuned and sometimes they need to be tuned at the worst of times. I don't know any guitar player that has been immune to that scenario.
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