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  1. ryansalmond

    Helix Bug Reports

    On synth patches (with phasers, not sure if that's relevant), I find that when I open the patch there's a high-pitched bleep/blip noise every time I touch the strings (I'm playing a bass). This bleep noise goes away after I hit the bypass button for any effect. I can then turn whatever effect back on and the beep will still be gone. I can provide recordings or exact patches if useful.
  2. ryansalmond

    Helix Bug Reports

    The joystick button on my Helix has stopped working. The joystick still functions directionally. Also the physical action of pressing it inward still gives the same click. But the machine doesn't register it. Have tried rebooting, same result. Please advise!
  3. ryansalmond

    Helix Bug Reports

    Playing a little more with firmware 2.0 last night, I noticed that in cab blocks, sometimes the range of values would be momentarily restricted when tweaking parameters- I would turn all the way to the right or all the way to the left but not be able to get to the top or bottom value without "backing off" towards the middle of the parameter's range and then taking another "run towards it" so to speak. For example, I would turn the knob for mic choice all the way left, and keep turning and turning, but only be able to get to the 421 say. Then I'd go back towards the 121, 160, 4038, and then turn all the way left again and be able to get to the 57.
  4. ryansalmond

    Helix Bug Reports

    Successfully downloaded and installed firmware 2.0 last night! Overall very happy! My favourite parts: • I really like the clean capabilities of the new Mesa amp channels, which I wasn't expecting. Going to try to get a Jeff Buckley clean out of them now. • The Garbage/Wringer Fuzz is AMAZING. I am probably going to use it on every lead sound from now on. SO musical, useable- and it has a major cool factor to it as well- who would've thought of modelling a rare, broken Boss fuzz? Congratulations Line6 on a totally non-obvious yet brilliant decision. Couple small bugs to note: • Found scrolling through presets to be slightly but noticeably sluggish, compared to the previous, seemingly instantaneous response of the preset knob • When naming a preset (or anything), the scroll button has to be pressed an extra time now- before it would just scroll from A to a to blank etc., but it doesn't respond until the second press now
  5. ryansalmond

    Helix Bug Reports

    Edit: removed due to confirming that it was a problem with my headphones not the Helix.
  6. ryansalmond

    Helix FAQ

    I should add- when frozen (if it's made it through booting up first), the headphone volume is the one control that works- the master volume may as well but I'm only plugged into the headphone out right now. I was able to play the Helix for about 10 minutes before it froze this morning, suggesting that the longer a 'break' it has in between (ie. not having been used all night) the longer it can go before one of these freezes happens. Once it froze, restarting it again resulted in freezing before hitting the start up screen.
  7. ryansalmond

    Helix FAQ

    Mine's not working. For the sake of accuracy I'll provide every detail I can: When I got my Helix home and powered it up, it froze during power up. I restarted, and played for about ten minutes, before stepping out of the room for another ten minutes, and when I came back it had frozen again. It was still playable on the sound it was on, just none of the controls would respond at all. I restarted and it didn't even get to the part of the boot where the screen turns on (the scribble strips lit up and that was it). I restarted and it froze at the boot up screen. This continued several times, before I hooked up the usb cable and updated the firmware (it froze during the first attempt but it worked on the second try). When it auto-restarted, I was able to play for 1-2 minutes before it froze again. I tried many times after this to restart it only to have it freeze at various points before finishing booting up. On one of these occasions the screen turned red instead of showing the boot up screen. On one occasion I got through booting up and was able to play for about 15 seconds before it froze and the screen turned red (though a different shade this time). To summarize: half the time it fails to get to the startup screen, 40% of the time it freezes during the startup screen, 10% of the time it freezes after letting me play briefly.
  8. ryansalmond

    Helix FAQ

    I'm not sure if this is the same as what you're asking, but you've got me wondering something along the same lines- I have an electroacoustic with a passive pickup and usually use an outboard preamp- is there a recommended way to set this up in Helix?
  9. ryansalmond

    Helix FAQ

    A mic'd amp is exactly the kind of sound I want, no matter what musical setting I'm in.
  10. ryansalmond

    Helix FAQ

    I notice in the Effects List PDF, that drives, compressors, EQs and Wahs are all listed as being both mono AND stereo. If this means that when you feed a stereo signal into one of these blocks that it stays stereo, does that then also mean that each of the two stereo signals would be driving the block to distort independently?
  11. ryansalmond

    Helix FAQ

    What's the difference between a preset and a bank?
  12. ryansalmond

    Helix FAQ

    When accessed as independent fx blocks, do the preamps have a sag control? I'm curious because in the full amp blocks this control seems to be in a group that could be called 'power amp controls,' but then again there are tubes being modelled in these preamps and tubes do sag.
  13. ryansalmond

    Helix FAQ

    Also- if I want to send a signal to one output before the end of the signal chain, ie. carry on and go through other things before getting sent out another output, what then? For example, sending a dry signal out a dedicated output for monitors before going through a bunch of effects.
  14. ryansalmond

    Helix FAQ

    I'm curious about output mapping as it relates to the 4 stereo signal paths. If I assign one signal to go out two different outputs, does that count as taking up two signal paths? Or are outputs separate from the signal path count.
  15. ryansalmond

    Helix FAQ

    Oh ok- so you could have one footswitch that goes back and forth from clean (say low gain, high vol, scooped mids), to dirty (high gain, low vol, boosted mids). That's not a bad way to do it. For a lead sound I could just add an extra boost somewhere...
  16. ryansalmond

    Helix FAQ

    Yeah I mean it more along those lines- could you have one footswitch for one setting on an amp, and another footswitch for another setting on the same amp?
  17. ryansalmond

    Helix FAQ

    I'm curious about assigning footswitches- let's say you had an amp model within a patch, and you wanted to program 3 footswitches to correspond to 3 different amp settings, essentially making it a 3-channel amp. Is this do-able?
  18. ryansalmond

    Helix FAQ

    "Not at launch." The idea has, however, been suggested and can be voted on at IdeaScale: http://line6.ideascale.com/a/dtd/HELIX-Allow-the-power-amp-to-be-used-as-a-separate-block/727260-23508
  19. ryansalmond

    Helix FAQ

    The other change that would bring way more value out of the existing 70 effects would be to open up extra parameters for tweaking within all of them. This idea can be voted up on IdeaScale here: http://line6.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Open-up-deep-parameters-for-all-FX-in-back-pages/755703-23508
  20. ryansalmond

    Helix FAQ

    I agree, the ability to make any parameter modulate or be envelope-triggered, akin to how currently any parameter can be expression-controlled, would make the 70 included effects cover exponentially more territory.
  21. ryansalmond

    Helix FAQ

    Hopefully they at least give us the ability to save default settings for different blocks, so that when we're setting up a new sound our frequently used blocks start off at our usual settings for them.
  22. ryansalmond

    Helix FAQ

    I suspect my questions (a couple pages ago) have been accidentally skipped over. Would it be against the etiquette here to re-post them?
  23. ryansalmond

    Helix FAQ

    1) Will the looping function be capable of making separate parts of a song? ie. a stack of loops for the verse, then stomp a different button to switch to a stack of loops you've made for the chorus, a stack of loops for the bridge, etc. 2) Given that amps were modelled on a component level- down the road is there a possibility that components could be mixed & matched? ie. choose your preamp tube type, tone stack, rectifier type, power amp tube type, transformer type, etc. 3) The harmony delay in some promotional photos appears to have 4 pages of 5 parameters- with the basic/common parameters all on the first page, and a synth block has been mentioned with 24 parameters- are parameter counts of around 20 common in this pedal? I would consider this an enormous plus! 4) Are future updates planned to be an as-needed patch-fixing type of thing (like the minimal updates seen in the M series), or are they planned to be an ongoing thing (like Zoom's MultiStomp Bluetooth which had a new effect added every few weeks for 2 years or so)?
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