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  1. 3 points
    Igor Stolarsky (the guy who‘s written a mich of the code for the Helix at Line 6) put this video upon his YouTube channel last night... It’s full of useful information, not just about guitar tones, but making music in general.
  2. 3 points
    I agree that amps seem to break up very early, especially given that I tend toward generally low output pickups. Every time I try the input pad though I feel like the life has been sucked out of my guitars. Perhaps I just haven't spent enough time dialing my patches back in after engaging it. I think I'll play with it again...
  3. 2 points
    If i understand you correctly, you are correct. themetallikid has your solution. I've known about this and it is sooooo cool. You can program any switch to do anything on a per patch basis. I think you can even program one to get you a beer! The robot is not provided so cost is an issue.
  4. 2 points
    No matter...I declare your assertion falsifiable! ;)
  5. 2 points
    I agree that the POD Go with a good pair of studio monitors (min. 6”) is the way to go. It will be the simplest introduction for you to the world of digital gear.
  6. 2 points
    Two guys saying "um...err...I think....maybe..." because neither, apparently, has any idea what impedance is actually about. If something in that babble solved some problem they had in their heads, I'm happy for them, but they sure didn't provide much information, and, to the extent that impedance has anything to do with "rubbery slippage" (which sounds more related to birth control than guitar tone or feel) totally left out the most important development in 3.0(1), the Global "Auto-In Z" Preference setting, which fixes the problem of where impedance (pickup loading) happens in the signal chain. I fear that this video is only going to further confuse people on this subject. The important things to know: 1) If you set the IN-Z setting in the Input Block to AUTO, AND in Global Settings>Preferences you set Auto In-Z to ENABLED, then the FIRST ACTIVE block in the signal chain determines how the pickups are loaded, whether there's the high end roll-off that the low-impedance blocks expect for "authentic" tone from the effect. 2) If you're using a wireless transmitter, it's irrelevant, as your pickups are always loaded at 1M. Even though some wireless units have a "cable length" switch that supposedly mimics this effect, it's not the same - static with all pickup types, and ALWAYS ON. To show how unimportant this whole impedance thing is to anyone who's not a KNOWLEDGABLE tone purist, if you watch many Rig Rundowns, you'll see MANY top pros raving about their vintage Tube Screamers that are either buried two or three effects deep on their boards, or they're using wireless, and/or have buffers/buffered effects in their signal chains before the TS. Rubbery slippage....rubbery slippage.....Sorry, just thinking the words makes me giggle like a 13 year old......
  7. 1 point
    Ok I get it. You'd just like to have stomp pages, to cover everthing possible and available in a preset. That would be a bit confusing (easy to get lost when you need to switch a block 3 pages away and then always remember in which exact page, each stomp block has been placed...), but unfortunately not available. Not even sure there are enough CC# available for that... Feel free to post this in http://line6.ideascale.com/. That's the right place to propose new features to other users and, more important, to the L6 guys.
  8. 1 point
    maybe they'll have it ready for Big Sur when the next OS comes out...
  9. 1 point
    After 3.02.0 update 1 Switch Looper working as it should confirmed
  10. 1 point
    When returns are set to Line level the Impedance is 10kOhm and 1MOhm at instrument level. 10kOhm input impedace massively reduces the resonance peak of the passive pickups circut and line level is 8dB higer.
  11. 1 point
    Thanks for the input on this datacommando. I tried the power on, no USB connection, with switch 2 + 3 held down. The Stomp comes up just as it did before with the additional message "Will reset Globals, Presets, IRs..." but does nothing after that. I also noticed that after the FW is updated, the Updater screen still says firmware version not available. Wonder if there is some final check or handshake that is missing. I've opened a support ticket.
  12. 1 point
    The differences between A+D and B+C are probably pretty minimal. They're quite close to each other. You probably could hear a difference, but my guess is that it'd be so subtle it really doesn't matter. Who knows? Maybe someone with a Variax can use Workbench to emulate it and see how it sounds. :) One thing to keep in mind about "hot pickups" is that it's more than just volume from the pickups. You can always get a gain pedal (or add one to the chain in Helix) to increase the volume before the amp. But, hot pickups often distort the signal a little bit on their own just due to the nature of the pickup design. This results in some harmonics and tone characteristics that make it different than simply boosting the signal. In general, I'm not really one of those guys that worries about pickups much. IMHO, differences in pickups (of the same style, e.g. humbucker to humbucker or p90 to p90) are usually quite subtle. They differences they make are easily overridden by the signal chain, especially the cabinet and mic model. Even new vs dead strings are way more important than the pickups to me. IF I was going to concentrate on pickup selection it would be about trying to find ones that are more or less articulate. A hot pickup will "blend" the sound a bit more out of the guitar due to the previously mentioned distortion, while a less-hot pickup may be better at allowing you to hear each string a bit better. But hey, maybe I'm full of sh*t because I haven't gotten into swapping pickups.
  13. 1 point
    Hm, last year my El Capitan MacBook may have had a kernel panic about twice, after seven years of Mountain Lion stability. Frankly though, I often do nasty things to my Macs that kids definitely should not try at home on their dads' computers. Like running "obsolete" and "unsupported" "legacy" audio interfaces with hacked drivers. :D
  14. 1 point
    Dude, there is no universal truth for any of this stuff... not with how we perceive sound, see colors, or what a cheeseburger tastes like. Plus, guitar players are crazy... you'll never get 10 guitarists to all agree on anything. Perception is weird and fickle, can be influenced by everything from the weather to the pain in your left big toe. It's highly variable from one guy to next, and completely unpredictable. You might love how your rig sounds one day and hate it the next, having changed nothing in the interim but your socks.
  15. 1 point
    Currently running 3.01.0 HX FX I rarely ever use the looper. When I do it's just to test out effects in the chain after the 1 Switch looper. I tried it today and it locks up the whole device. I can still play but cant change anything with any button/knob. A reboot brings it up again but any exsisting patch, or new patch I add the 1slooper to does this. It worked fine on whatever was before 3.0 I did not factory reset as the looper isn't used by me in a band setting. I only use it for help with adjustments to my tone.
  16. 1 point
    Also the Blackstar Live Logic Midi Control, is a nice little (and light) tool. Switches are a but noisy, but it's very easy to program, does accept or generate clock messages, has DIN OUT/IN, and can be used as USB Midi interface, compliant installation. 6 buttons on a row (personally I dont like 3 on 3, on a small footprint). KEY FEATURES • MIDI over USB for use with DAWs, plugins and live sequencer/sampling software like Ableton LiveTM. • Can be used as your USB MIDI interface. • 2 x expression pedal inputs for continuous control of MIDI parameters. • Controls Program Change, Control Change, Note and Clock messages. Then, I need no more crap on the floor LOL!
  17. 1 point
    This post is intended to assist those that still require the aging Variax Workbench (original) on their Windows 10 machine in order to edit their first generation Variax guitars. Please note: You still need a variax interface or supporting device (XT Live, X3 Live, X3 Pro, HD500, HD Pro) in order to connect your Variax to the computer. The current installers on their own will throw errors or simply won't work... but it all has to do with the JAVA pointers in the installation. They simply don't "point" to the right locations anymore. Download an older 32 bit JAVA installation.... Visit this site... (note. This may change in time, don't count on it being here forever) https://www.oracle.com/ca-en/java/technologies/oracle-java-archive-downloads.html Click on the JAVA SE 6 link (you can try something higher if you want, but I know this one works which is why I mention it) Navigate to the "Windows x86" package and download it. Install this package Download 'Variax Workbench" from the Line 6 download area. Choose "Variax Workbench" from the SOFTWARE dropdown Choose "Windows 7" from the OS dropdown Click GO Now download version 1.75 for Windows Install the software, but uncheck the option to install JAVA Variax Workbench should now load.... and hopefully see your guitar if it is connected through a supporting device.
  18. 1 point
    I learned my lesson the same way. The hard way. Was at a venue with "dirty" AC. Only lost a fuse that day thank goodness. Sorry about your misfortune. That truly, really, is the definition of, sucks.
  19. 1 point
    When you are in the Stomp Mode, the Command Center lets you 'create' a layout of presets/snaps/stomps/control/bank changes. So literally in every Song Preset you could have a different layout. This works great for me...For example some songs from my list (80's/90's covers type stuff). Buttons 1/2 are always Preset Previous and Preset Next. They are available, but out of the way performance wise for me. I always use the bottom row for snapshots, and usually work left>right regarding rhythm>lead as I'm a right foot switcher and its easier to stomp and then reach my wah pedal on my board without shifting feet. :) Song/Preset 001 - Matchbox 20 3 A.M. Button 1 - Preset Previous (I have this on every preset/layout) Button 2 - Preset Next (I have this on every preset/layout) Button 9 - Rhythm - Color Red (always for rhythm sounds) - Snapshot 1 - toggle Button 10 - Rhythm 2 Color Orange (i progress towards green for leads) - Snapshot 2 - toggle Song/Preset 002 - Green Day - When I Come Around Button 1 - Preset Previous (I have this on every preset/layout) Button 2 - Preset Next (I have this on every preset/layout) Button 8 - Rhythm - Red - Snapshot 1 - Toggle Button 9 - Chorus - Orange - Snapshot 2 - Toggle Button 10 - Lead - Green - Snapshot 3 - Toggle Song Preset 003 - Ozzy - Crazy Train (likely your type of layout/setup) Button 1 - Preset Previous (I have this on every preset/layout) Button 2 - Preset Next (I have this on every preset/layout) Button 6 - Lead 2 - Aqua - Snapshot 3 - Momentary (snapshot 3 pressed, release - Snapshot 1) Button 9 - Rhythm - Red - Snapshot 1 - Toggle Button 10 - Lead 1 - Green - Snapshot 2 - Toggle *Button 6 is used for the middle of the chorus lead passages. I have my phase 90, volume boost, OD pedal and a mid push all programmed in Snapshot 3. In the Command center you can program the behavior when you press the button (activate snapshot 3) and the behavior when the button is released (return to snapshot 2). This allows me to activate my lead sound (same as snapshot 2) but do it on a 2nd switch and in a momentary fashion...step on - play leads, step off back to rhythm sound. For the main solo, I could hold Button 6 down or just use button 10 and then go back to button 9 for rhythm when done. Same sound, two different approaches. I used to do this same thing, however it was utilizing a Stomp switch, in Stomp mode....which required going in and out of Stomp mode like you mentioned...and I would never remember which presets had additional stomps there. Song Preset 004 - Blink 182 - All The Small Things Button 1 - Preset Previous (I have this on every preset/layout) Button 2 - Preset Next (I have this on every preset/layout) Button 6 - Stomp Switch attached to Phase 90 bypass - Blue - momentary (press/release both set to activate/return like Ozzy/003 style approach) Button 10 - Rhythm - Red - Snapshot 1 *this layout I use one sound the whole song, Rhythm, but then add the Phase 90 via Button 6 to momentarily add the phase sound . You could however use it as a Stomp switch to turn on/off the Phase 90 only. I use it as a snapshot/momentary as I like to give a little volume boost so the picking part cuts through a bit more as we run our own sound so all my lead boosts are on me to deliver. Hope that makes sense a bit more...this was a game changer for me during live use. Added note, if you do decide to utilize this, I would recommend turning off the 'return to previous snapshot' feature in the global menus. It seems that when that is active, it creates problems....for me at least. its meant that if you are on snapshot 1, and you preset snapshot 2, if you press snapshot 2 again, it will return to the previous snapshot (1, in this case). However, I think it changes the button response time of registering the 2nd press...and several times I've tried to change snapshots and it reads it as a 2nd press and reverts to the original snapshot. Once I disengaged this feature, its been rock solid for me. If you are still confused a bit, I can try and email some screenshots of my helix in different layouts like this....PM me your email and I can probably send some tonight sometime.
  20. 1 point
    @brue58ski Well, OP had mentioned wanting to buy some studio monitors anyway, so I factored that into it. You could say the same about the DAW; if he wants to record, he's gonna need one regardless.
  21. 1 point
    Not to negate the previous post but Native is approx $500 however, if you get an LT, it's only approx $100. If you think you would use it. And if you have to get both an audio interface and monitors, the price starts getting closer to the LT. $500 plus the Focusrite 212-approx $160 and the monitors which, the cheapest (that you probably would not want) was approx $100. So now you're at $760. And you will probably want a better studio monitor so you're now probably at $800 to $900. You may already have all of that but it is something to think about. Then again, you'd probaly have to get studio monitors for the LT too, so that is not so much of an issue. Also, remember it is a VST plug in and not a stand alone program. So you would have to have a DAW of some kind and use it inside that program. So you need to be comfortable doing that kind of thing. It's not just plug in and play. You'd have to do a little setting up before you could start strumming unless you kept your DAW running all the time. There are stand alone programs that will run VST plugins but it all is more hassle to use than an LT. And there will be some latency. This is all, of course, just my opinion.
  22. 1 point
    In this case it's that Helix Native becomes NFR (not for resale i.e not sellable again) after 1st transfer, this directly affects the resale value. Used software selling for 50% or less off retail is more the norm than the exception - just check other forums, like KVR Audio, that have 'for sale' listings. There are a variety of reasons why and it varies from plugin to plugin - supply vs demand, restrictions on resold items (like becoming NFR), some companies don't offer tech support or upgrade opportunities on used items, etc..
  23. 1 point
    I see - the MAC version of "The Blue Screen of Death"! As the great Philosopher Stan Marsh said - "You know, I learned something today....." A beachball is not a lollipop. Profound!
  24. 1 point
    Yeah the second hand market is basically market pricing. Imagine all those people who realize that they don't use Helix anymore or switch to an Axe/Kemper. For those people, the value of an additional Helix Native license might be close to 0, so selling for $150 would be a nice gain. I am also not sure how many people are actually using their Helix Floor in conjunction with Native, so does the steep discount to $100 actually make sense, or does it just encourage the second hand market we see here? In any case that's the reality. I am also not sure if the value of a second hand license is the same as one officially bought from line6 - you seem to underestimate the value trust (do I really want to transfer money to a stranger first?) and flexibility (line6 shop is automated and I can buy anytime I wish, whereas you need to wait for someone to manually gift you in the second hand market). But yeah, no need to have a basic discussion on pricing here :) Back to topic, still looking for a license if someone wants to sell their's.
  25. 1 point
    Hi I agree with brue58ski on the recommendation. Have been at bedroom player for some years now and went for the Helix LT three years ago. Been a Line6 user since many years through POD (the bean), POD XT. POD HD Pro and now the LT. If money is not is the obstacle, then I can highly recommend the LT. It’s a platform to grow in when you want/need to. It has all sound, flexibility in the workflow, all important technical feature and a great user interface. I recommend it base on that and that you can focus on having fun and not run into limitations that you may on POD Go and Helix Stomp (absolutely no bad choices, there are videos on YT comparing those with Helix Floor and they do well). My decision 3 years ago, to go to Helix LT (from POD HD Pro), was above and that I was trigger of the next level of sound quality and the flexibility the platform gave me. I have all the tools I need, to stay simple or do something complex and what I need in that moment. Some reflection. Learning curve – There is a learning curve to be aware of. It’s a platform that take some work and time (true for all modelers in this league). There are tons with videos and documentation giving general info and info drilling down in specific areas. This great user forums with users that help you when/if you got stuck. Speakers – There is users here that are more skilled in this area then me, they will correct me :-). If you play home a par of studio monitors will probably do, Yamaha HS 7 and 8 seems like popular references (search the forum). I have a par of passive PA-speakers and a power amp as my “FRFR”-speakers the last 10-12 years. Have the power amp connected to a mixer that hooks my Helix LT a soundcard from my PC and other sources, so I easily can have my PC as my “band mates” :-) and to record. A month ago, I invested in a Powercab 112 Plus. My motive for that was that bedroom player also want to have fun :-). Support - I did not leave Line6 as a platform as I set a high value on support and this is probably the best in class in this industry. But, that you get regardless based on what brue58ski proposed. So, I will have my 2 cent and a long motivation to go for the Helix LT. Take care… //Per
  26. 1 point
    Just get a decent pair of studio monitors and call it a day. If you're not gigging and/or don't want or need to get particularly loud, then this is by far the most versatile and dollar-friendly solution. Plus, since you've indicated an interest in recording, stereo output is a must anyway... you can't mix multi-track recordings in mono (well technically you could, but the finished product will sound like baked a$$). And even if you never record a single note, stereo reverbs and delays are glorious. You'll thank me later... lol
  27. 1 point
    I’m curious. How is a ‘used’ piece of software any different from the same software in ‘new’ condition? I expect you think it should be worth less. Why?
  28. 1 point
    We know. You're brilliant... and we're all very impressed. We all stand humbled in the presence of greatness. Tell us again. It never gets old.
  29. 1 point
    I got the same issue once I added one MIDI device configured by sysex messages after the Hx effects. As hw & sw engineer, I used to design a MIDI controler pedal. And of course including MIDI thru feature. For me it's obvious that when receiving a sysex message, the basic process is to 1) identify the manufacturer, if it's for Line 6 then 2) identify if its dedicated for the current device. If not, then all the sysex message must be sent to midi out/thru up to the sysex end command. Thats very simple to implement, because anyway you have to wait for and identify the sysex ending command. I just can't believe it has not been implemented by Line6. Expecially for the Hx effects which is intended to be THE controller pedal of the whole chain. So every MIDI config thru syex (eg coming from a computer) is obviously sent thru the Line6 device. It's the case for all strymon devices not having config thru USB but only thru MIDI. So, Line6, a MUST DO ! otherwhise this device cannot be considered as a main control device in a pedalboard.
  30. 1 point
    Give him a minute to get out his slide-rule and lab coat...
  31. 1 point
    The above turns out to be the best "fix" for those of us who want to use our audio interface as our studio's output device. Create an aggregate device for recording your guitar tracks with Helix. You can switch it back to "normal" when doing your microphone tracking. I just got a new Stomp to use for recording some tracks in Logic Pro and was using it (audio in) with an Apollo Twin (audio out). I was having the exact same 2—3 second guitar delay mentioned by the OP after recording for awhile. Maddening. Creating an aggregate device fixed the problem. So either solution (aggregate or using Helix as your audio out monitor) will do the trick.
  32. 1 point
    That's a very common assumption... trouble is, it's never true. There are numerous variables beyond the patch you bought. It was dialed in with guitars and pickups you don't have, on a different output device(s), in a different listening environment, and at an unknown volume... the volume is particularly significant. And if you're comparing it to some demo video you've seen, all bets are off as you've no idea how much post processing may have been done after the fact. And if all that isn't enough, there's the fact that any given tone can sound very different in a mix compared to playing solo. There will never be perfect 1:1 tonal continuity from one player to the next when the only common denominator is the patch... and as you've already seen, sometimes the difference is night and day. There are simply too many variables. Save your money and learn to create your own tones... it's the only way. You can buy all the patches you want, from every "professional" under the sun, and the same thing is gonna happen every time.
  33. 1 point
    LOL! We should start calling that RubyTopaz syndrome!
  34. 1 point
    That he went straight to insulting my 92 year old Mother pretty much says all I need to know about him. SOOOO looking forward to his future posts, bound to be a ton o' fun!
  35. 1 point
    You don’t get why people are judging you for saying you want to record prank calls? No one likes getting unwanted phone calls, man... I don’t want to have a hand in helping you do something specifically meant to annoy other people.
  36. 1 point
    I'd suggest you stop doing this before your mommy and daddy take away your internet access....
  37. 1 point
    The input pad on the POD Go is a global settings as well. The input is only about a 6dB reduction, though. If your bass is really that hot, you might need to use the effects return set to line level as an input. The other option you could do is enable the input pad and then change the Volume pedal block to a Gain pedal in your guitar presets. It would act exactly like the Volume pedal, but it allows you add up to 12dB of gain to the max volume (so the maximum toe setting would be +12.0dB instead of 0.0dB as it is with the Volume pedal).
  38. 1 point
    Hi @PerS thanks for your kind words and contribution to this topic. The issue with multiple drivers or software installed is very interesting: it seems at first that the drivers package Line 6 Driver2 Helix v1.95 Installer.exe contains different versions from the drivers deployed with HX Edit 3.00. This one has at last newer WinUSB drivers ( vs This may only be a label difference by the way.. Once again I cleaned all my pc and re-installed only HX Edit 3.00 which contains what it seems to be the newer version of all files. I found some interesting notes on this site: BIOS: Fixing Problems With USB Devices Additionally on the laptop (HP ProBook 6470b) I updated the BIOS and all system drivers (MB chipset). I setup Windows 10 to use the High Performance power profile (which turns off all power optimizations). I tweaked some interesting settings in the BIOS: I turned OFF USB Legacy Mode. I have no idea of what that could mean at low level, but on HP site they say this may fix many performance and connections issues you can have on USB devices. All these changes did not fix the issue. The laptop still results weak when connecting with certain USB cables. (Actually there are some little differences between the desktop and the laptop, where the first one is still better). I will move on to some similar updates also on the desktop.
  39. 1 point
    If you haven't already seen it, Jason Sadites has a great video on this general topic of 'none of us having ever actually heard what our presets really sound like' It's well worth the 30min watch.
  40. 1 point
    Hi, I'm running an 8087 coprocessor with a 30 pound monochrome monitor using Dos 3.0 OS... It'll all be ok, right? ; )
  41. 1 point
    I don’t want sysex acces. I just want a midi thru to be a real thru!!! So it passes on al midi messages. I have a midi chain of Boss ES-5 / HX stomp / Strymom Mobius / Strymom Timeline / Strymom Bigsky. If I want to edit these pedals with the editor on my Mac I need to adjust the whole midi cabling to bypass the HX stomp. I think it’s just crazy I need to do this in the 21st century.
  42. 1 point
    I’m having the same problem. Had contact with Line6 and they told me it’s on purpose. Since then they added it to the faqs. It does filter sysex. I was hoping for a fix in the 3.0 update. But it looks like we are not getting any luck. I think it’s a big shame. I don’t want to use more hardware because it can be fixed very easily. So PLEASE FIX IT!!!!
  43. 1 point
    Don't spend your twelve cent settlement check all in one place...;)
  44. 1 point
    Sorry; I forgot to connect the dots for folks who can't read my mind ;-) If you already have wired phones/buds and aren't looking specifically for headphones as much as for a low latency wireless monitoring solution, there was this idea of using a cheap guitar transmitter rig in this way to fix the latency problem. I saw the new unit that runs in stereo and has 3.5mm plugs and thought that would be even easier & better for this. My comment about active pickups was I figured they more closely matched the output of line level sources you'd feed into this thing when using as a wireless "In Ear Monitor" device. I'll post when I get them. In a new thread. ;-)
  45. 1 point
    particularly since the account was just created the day of the post, lol there's literally nothing there except the one post damn privacy idiots. i am going to post pictures of what i eat for lunch, and then complain that people know what i eat for lunch.
  46. 1 point
    Izotope Neutron. Also - use 0.011" gauge strings with wound G.
  47. 1 point
    True, and the lack of wifi or 4G at all in the area could've caused higher searching and scanning traffic than would be normal - never thought of that!
  48. 1 point
    if people have cel phones, they also are 2.4ghz sources, as they're constantly pinging "what wifi is out there" when it isn't connected to a known network.
  49. 1 point
    I think HelixHelp.com would be a perfect spot for this list to reside ultimately.
  50. 1 point
    This is amazing. Let's try to name all of them and find a way to update the Helix with the real names.
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