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  1. 2 points
    I don't know if its the fact that I'm getting old or I'm too lazy to memorize chord changes, it's probably both. I normally use a bank per song when I play live. If I don’t use all 10 places for patches, I’ll use the scribble strips as a cheat sheet. I’ll put the chord names there if it’s a song I don’t feel like remembering or just don’t care to remember.
  2. 2 points
    Gold Dust Woman, for the life of me just can't remember the progressions so a Verse and Chorus button. Forces me to look down when I hit the switch. And looking at the signal path constantly is kind of silly hence the Song Notes mode for the screen or add another screen somewhere with the next generation. My failing memory...might as well get some use out of it and offer a new feature.
  3. 1 point
    I have had a lot of people asking me asking if i would share my Helix presets without them having to join my facebook group as many don't use FB. Here is a direct download link to what i've done so far. Enjoy https://www.dropbox.com/s/j51ie6j924c9d8u/Chris%20Beaver%20Helix%20Presets%20Vol%201.rar?dl=0 Here is a few videos i've put up to demo these sounds
  4. 1 point
    The downloads page lists Helix 2.54, but the notice on this forum didn't get updated and it doesn't look like many people noticed. Anybody tried it yet? (says a person who is stuck in Chicago a long way from his Helix until next week). H E L I X 2.54 Release Notes Bug Fixes - Pop noise can occur when exiting Tuner in four cable method setup with FX loop block engaged and audio playing upon entering and exiting Tuner -FIXED -In rare cases, Helix AES clock/audio/SPDIF can glitch and/or drop every 40-60 mins -FIXED - other bug fixes and improvements Known Issues - No CC Toggle MIDI data is sent when changing between different Snapshots that feature CC Toggle command assignments in Lit state - In rare cases, a crash can occur when creating an Input or Output in HX Edit (moving split/join to B path) while having a None block selected - In rare cases, PC messages are sent after Instant Commands on preset load, resulting in perceived delayed response by the device receiving MIDI - Shuriken Variax bank names will not appear in firmware until Helix is connected to a Mac/PC and Workbench HD is launched - In rare cases, pitch artifacts may be heard on selected delay blocks when the Time parameter is set to Note Sync values higher than 1/2 Triplet OS: Mac OS X, Mac OS Jaguar, Mac OS Panther, Mac OS Leopard, Windows 7, Mac OS Snow Leopard, Mac OS Lion, Mac OS Mountain Lion, Windows 8, Mac OS Mavericks, Mac OS Yosemite, Windows 10, Mac OS El Capitan, macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra
  5. 1 point
    This is called using the 4 Cable Method and it is one way of using the Helix as an effects processor. If you turn off the send/return block you can also use the Helix build in pre-amps into your power amp.
  6. 1 point
    I would try the tweed bassman with either the twin or deluxe reverb cabinet. I have worked on a few hot rod deluxes over the years and they seem to be much closer to a bassman circuit wise than to the twin. Then I would choose a cab in the Helix that matches the speaker configuration of your hot rod deluxe. Whether you have the 1x12, 2x12 or 4x10 version. Also, I would probably even look at doing something like this to get closer to the sound of your cab https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8Qrt-Q79U4 After watching that video and trying out the suggestions, I have been having a ton of fun with the stock cabs. The Hot Rod Deluxe is much more bassy than a twin or deluxe reverb. I might be tempted to do the two cab thing as in the video above, with a 1x12 for the deluxe reverb type sound mixed with a 4x12 to get the lower end of the Hot Rod Deluxe added in to taste. Hope some of this might help.
  7. 1 point
    Had a fun time comparing a buddy of mine's AX8 today to my Helix! We've each only had our respective units for a very short amount of time so there are things about each we're still learning. However I've been a LONG TIME Line 6 user and he's been an Axe FX user for several years. So not completely new territory. Spoiler alert: If you can't get a good tone out of either one of these units, it's your fault. Plain and simple. It's not that your ears are that discerning, you just don't know what you're doing. Sorry, maybe guitar playing isn't your calling. With that out of the way let me move on. The signal path was Crate Powerblock into Friedman 2x12 with one Vintage 30 and one Creamback. It produced about as much "amp in the room" sound as you could ask for. All tones done on each unit were amp only with no speaker modelling. As a side note, also in the room was a Friedman Dirty Shirley with matching 1x12 cabinet, so there was a high end tube amp there for reference. Admittedly I felt like bringing a Line 6 product into a room with a Fractal product for a comparission put me as the underdog. From everything I've read online the Helix has the competition beat on features, but what about pure amp tone? I'm here to say that the Helix held it's own and then some. At no point did I feel like the Helix was a step behind the AX8. Just dialed up an amp and it sounded amazing right out of the gate. Something Line 6 has MASSIVELY struggled with in the past. I've owned literally every incarnation of Line 6's product line and this is the first time they've produced a product that doesn't demand a ton of tweaking to find the magic sweet spot. This opinion was echoed by my friend who is a long time Fractal user. So not just my opinion in a vacuum. As a Helix user I feel compelled to point out the positives of it in this comparison, so that's exactly what I'm going to do. Not to take anything away from the AX8, but this is where I'm coming from. I'll leave room for AX8 users, or my friend with the AX8, to chime in here. Here are the pluses for Helix: The UI: on the Helix it is far and away more advanced than on the AX8. I'm speaking in terms of the on unit UI and not the PC editor. The Helix Editor isn't out yet so no way to compare that. But for using each unit stand alone the Helix UI is hands down the winner. Everything is faster, easier, and more intuative. Assigning pedals and controllers, using pedal edit mode, etc. Not a knock on the AX8, just showing how much design effort went into the Helix UI. Flexibility and routing: Again, this is another area that Helix shines. If you can dream it up, you can route it in Helix. And do so very easily thanks to a very intuative UI. Want a signal path with 4 drives, 6 delays, and 3 reverbs? No problem with Helix. Plus the 4 physical send/receives give you loads of flexibility to incorporating outboard gear. Need to route your dry guitar signal one place, your wet guitar signal another, and the looper another? No problem. Ease of creating tones: I was surprised that my vote for this would go to Helix. As a long time Line 6 user I'm used to spending hours dialing in the perfect tone. With Helix things just work. We found that amps, and especially effects, were very quick on the Helix. Everything was more or less in place and ready to go. You just had to add it to the signal chain and make adjustments to suit your taste. Ease of use: When using this as a live unit I have to give the nod to Helix here. The scribble strips, with customize-able text, were gold. I know exactly what function each pedal is performing. Something that was a challenge on the HD500(X). Along with the very large color screen showing exactly what's going on it's a breeze to use this thing live. The AX8 takes a more basic approach, and is very workable, but not on the same level as Helix. Built in expression pedal: Having a built in expression pedal, with a toe switch, is a big deal. At least to me. With an external pedal I'm left to choose one function of the expression pedal instead of two. Overall tone: I felt like this could go either way. On this day I think our Helix presets were pretty rockin', but either unit can be tailored to do EXACTLY what you want. They both sound awesome. I can say with all honesty though that the Helix didn't give up an inch tone wise. Which surprised the both of us. BTW, the Friedman Dirty Shirley model on the AX8 was spot on and we both felt like bringing the "real" dirty shirley into the equation was pointless. The AX8 simply sounded as good or better than the real deal. Sorry tube snobs, but facts are facts Pluses for the AX8: It did sound really good! There's no denying that, nor any reason to. It's an awesome unit. Amp models: In terms of sheer number of amp models there isn't a contest between these two units. The AX8 far outpaces the Helix by a mile. However the question is how many amp models do you need? Maybe I'm playing devil's advocate here, but I don't find that I have trouble covering all the ground I need with Helix's selection. Totally a matter of opinion though. Much respect for the sheer amount of work Cliff has put into modelling this number of amps. If the amount of amp models is most important to you then there is no comparison. Form factor: This could go either way. Overall I'll take the Helix because of the built in expression pedal and increased number of ins/outs. But I do like the compactness of the AX8. The Helix is big and heavy. I'm a Helix owner so obviously you can tell that I am going to lean towards the Helix. Having said that I can say with COMPLETE honesty that the Helix really shined today when comparing the two. All things being equal I take the Helix all day long and don't regret the purchase for a minute. My buddy was even joking about buying one once he sold off some of his other gear Most importantly though is that fact that there are two INCREDIBLE units on the market for, given what they do, not a lot of money. It is an amazing time to be a guitar player. I've been playing way long enough to remember when it wasn't so. I remember playing through a Crate solid state amp.....wow how times have changed!! So as a community let's be thankful for the tools at our disposal. We live in a great time to be a musician and let's truly appreciate these miracle boxes that can be had for less than the cost of a Marshall half stack "back in the day". Or this day for that matter. Cheers!
  8. 1 point
    Ha! New feature request: scrolling lyrics for forgetful singers!
  9. 1 point
    There is not a Hot Rod Deluxe amp model in Helix. The model you are using to try to replicate it is the Twin Reverb model. You may get close, but you may not be able to "nail it".
  10. 1 point
    My personal favorites are two of the 4x12 closed back Celestion Redback IRs. The ones in their collection which are noted as “hi-gain all” and “lo-gain all” use a mix of MD421, SM57 and R121 microphones. The high gain mix is a little darker, which helps to tame the fizz on a crunch or lead channel. The low gain mix sounds great with a clean amp model, as it is a little brighter. Whether or not you like these will be a very personal decision. It just so happens that Celestion’s sound engineer and I have similar taste in guitar tone. These also don’t require much high cut to suite my taste, so I use an EQ block near the end of the chain with high cut set at a modest 11-14.5 KHz depending on amp model.
  11. 1 point
    Should you opt to go ala carte, the current versions of the software are as follows: HX Edit; latest version 2.52 Helix Firmware; latest version 2.53 Line 6 Updater; latest vers. 1.14 Drivers if running a Windows PC Installing HX Edit 2.52 will handle installation of all the above! You may then download and install any CustomTone Presets you wish. Only via HX Edit can you manage Helix Presets, IR, and more....
  12. 1 point
    I recommend that you download and install the latest version of HX Edit (v2.52), including the driver and the Line 6 Updater program, and then run the Updater to install the latest firmware. I see no reason not to install the editor. However, if you are intent on not installing it then you need to separately download and install both the latest Updater program and driver.
  13. 1 point
    I'm not sure how you would load custom tones onto the LT with no editor of any kind installed (unless I am misunderstanding you here, perhaps you meant have instead of had?) but you should still be able to update without downloading the editor. By downloading the helix updater tool. However be aware that only by using the latest helix editor can you backup any patches and ir's you have made without going through the old route of making a list and setting it up just so...The new editor takes all of that out and lets you back up everything in one click. Anyway from what I understand the updater tool should still work without the new editor being installed if you really want that. But I was always under the impression that the editor runs with any firmware version, it's only the editor that changes.
  14. 1 point
    Good idea if it works for you. I will offer my working method seeing as it worked so well for last 2 x 1hour set gig. I use an iPad and OnSong, and yes fiddling with the iPad is a right pain. OnSong is set to auto scroll on each song, but you have to start it scrolling and swap to the next song. I use a single patch for the whole gig, mainly playing an acoustic JTV model either fairly straight or chorused but sometimes a strat into amp and for 2 songs the overdrive gets a showing. We are playing Folk Rock. Snapshots are used for the 4 basic sounds and then various effects added when needed such as kinky boost for solo. What I do is connect Helix to iPad with USB and dedicate the top row switches to controlling OnSong: previous and next song, start scrolling, stop scrolling, page down. Auto scrolling is great but we vary tempo and nothing is worse than getting out of sync and not being able to see what to play next. The next bit is what really makes it work: in OnSong I set each song to send the Snapshot change midi commands. So as I press next song OnSong switches to the next song in that nights set list and it changes the Helix snapshot which in turn changes the JTV setting. Then all I need to do is press start scrolling in the count in. Then stop scrolling for the “hold on” and humorous interaction with audience. Absolute minimum control inputs required! Almost as if I had a dedicated tech doing it all for me like the pro’s have.
  15. 1 point
    Hey guys, I just finished a tutorial in which I explain how to get some convincing John Petrucci tones with Line 6 Helix (Native) and OwnHammer Recto 2x12/4x12 IR's from the new 6-pack bundles. These tones can be translated to all the different Helix platforms. The sounds came out pretty darn good IMHO..... Let me know what you think! Enjoy:
  16. 1 point
    Gee...I hope you don't start playing any funky jazz stuff (Stevie Wonder, Micheal McDonald, Kenny Loggins, etc.. There's not enough scribble strips for those progressions!!!
  17. 1 point
    One of the problems with the JTV-69 is the little holder the piezo sits in is how it connects to ground. So if it gets dirty in there (which it will) you will get the symptoms you describe. The best cleaner is this. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/DeoxIT--caig-laboratories-deoxit?mrkgcl=28&mrkgadid=3274464269&rkg_id=h-a38e64ade72c1a50e310b22c899affeb_t-1520540996&product_id=DeoxIT&campaigntype=shopping&campaign=aaShopping%2520-%2520Core%2520-%2520Live%2520Sound%2520%26%2520Lighting&adgroup=Live%2520Sound%2520%26%2520Lighting%2520-%2520Live%2520Sound%2520Accessories&placement=google&adpos=1o1&creative=250341283160&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&gclid=CjwKCAiA24PVBRBvEiwAyBxf-advGo5TDSeS6UAshLwRCYsQVtsCyPIzy0MEpdOseWc-BaT7qMCmwxoCKysQAvD_BwE Don't worry about overspray. Next time you change your strings, spray in in there. The piezo just sits in there. The soldering refers to, I believe, the wire that's attached to the piezo. Easier to just buy one from FullCompass as was suggested. http://www.fullcompass.com/prod/234088-Line-6-11-00-0010
  18. 1 point
    Hi I have had problems with my American JTV 69....the B string piezo started to become intermittent , when I investigated, the wire from the pickup to the board broke away from the board as soon as I touched it... I cleaned the wire and desoldered...Job done. Today while playing the D string went dull...then intermittent. Started to investigate once again....the pickup wire was firmly attached to the board so I unsoldered it then resoldered....job done again. This is just to say that you may not need to replace a piezo pickup....it may be just a dry joint. Hope this helps Mike
  19. 1 point
    One day it's fine, then it isn't...you just described every broken thing in history...lol. 😠Don't think they'll give you much grief over a replacement if it's only two weeks old, and there's no reason to assume that the new one won't be gig-worthy...every batch of factory produced devices on earth has the occasional lemon, don't care who's making it.
  20. 1 point
    Well as long as you didn't give up immediately...😉 Personally, I won't spend more than 17 minutes on problem solving of any kind, and 2 hours is out of the question. This product is clearly doomed! 😤😂
  21. -1 points
    That's interesting, so it would not be crazy to imagine the default values for the deep parameters maybe are not the same as the amps modeled. There is actually a technically optimum value for the bias - if that will sound the best is a whole other thing, that's totally subjective. My point is that I think it's in the user's best interest if the amp (model) came stock with the correct bias.
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