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  1. I have collected hundreds of Helix notes that I've considered organizing into a book or web site. But work and gigging continually gets in the way. Maybe when I retire. In the meantime, for anything Helix models reproduce, you can look up the actual device and review its manual. Or you can search on the web for the device and see how others use it. Similar usage patterns should apply to Helix. For other blocks, experiment with each setting you don't understand by moving it through its extremes and see what it does.
  2. I have used Midi Guitar 2 with good results too, including with a Variax, pickups or models. Midi Guitar 2 can be configured to deal with the sensitivity of the guitar. I you want synths with a guitar, this is a really flexible way to do it. But you need a computer or iPad. I use the computer with the PA mixer.
  3. I've used Helix floor for gigs for the last 5 years and never had a problem. I do have a backup though. We use an X32-Core connected to a MacBook Pro for our PA. I have S-Gear and Helix Native in the MacBook for a Helix backup. But I've never had to use it.
  4. It would work, but would be a bit colored compared to a PA wedge, and more directional.
  5. The Variax Workbench USB interface doesn't provide power to the Variax, that's why its ok as well as necessary to use it with the battery/TRS power pack.
  6. The models and/or magnetics are both sent digitally through the VDI cable. The A2D converter for the magnetics is in the Variax. With the model switch off, the magnetics are sent by themselves over VDI. With the model switch on you can use Workbench HD to adjust the balance/blend between the magnetics and model picks for any given patch. The default is to have the magnetics turned all the way down, and you would have to do this for any open tuning patches.
  7. Changing the pot would be pretty tricky. I wonder if it would be possible to get some lubricating tuner cleaner down the shaft to loosen it up. The tone pot on my JTV-69S has the same issue. The volume pot is great, but the tone pot is pretty stiff and slow to turn. @psarkissian?
  8. I have Helix Native working on a Mac Mini with macOS 11.6 and Logic Pro X running natively on the M1 chip. I did have to delete the Application Support/Line 6 folder to stop the crashing, and do still have to ignore the warning about incompatible audio units on Logic startup - but it seems to be working ok. Except the knob and switch automation as controlled by MIDI controller assignments don't work when running on the M1. I have to run Logic under Rosetta to get the automation to work. Looks like Helix Native for macOS needs to work.
  9. I'm sorry to report that I have not had success getting Helix Native to respond to automation changes sent from MIDI controller assignments on macOS 11.6 when Logic Pro X is run natively on the M1 processor. If you run Logic under Rosetta, then it works as expected.
  10. You might give SonoBus (sonobus.net) a try. If you're jamming with people close by who have 1G Internet, it works very well and is much easier to use.
  11. amsdenj

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    I like Derailed Ingrid too, but its tone controls are somewhat limited and it can tend to be more mid-focused than a typical Fender amp. Try Litigator for a good all-around amp that can do most anything.
  12. It's best to try to get the tone you want before applying any high or low cuts. This typically starts with the amp model and settings, but can extend to pedals in front of the amp, especially those that tend to stay on all the time. But possibly the biggest influence on tone is the choice of cab block and mic (or IR). Try getting the tone you want from the speaker and mic combination before doing anything with high and low cuts. You can cut bass by moving the mic away from the speaker to reduce proximity effect. You can cut highs by using darker ribbon mics. Using IRs can give more flexibility since you can choose IRs with different mic positions between speaker cap and edge. If you still need adjustments, it's likely they will be subtle and can be done with the high and low cuts in the cab/IR block, or in the Powercab output. You can also use an EQ block towards the end of the signal chain to make any final high and low cuts. Some people prefer this over the cab/IR high and low cuts because the filter slope is different. You might want to avoid doing the same EQ adjustments in more than one place as this can be hard to adjust in live situations. Its probably a good idea to avoid using global EQ for core guitar tone as this would not be saved with the patch and would impact all patches.
  13. If you physically tune the Variax to an open tuning, then the models will play at that same tuning if you leave the tuning knob in standard. That is the tuning for each string is 0 change. Then you can blend the magnetic and modeled pickup tones.
  14. I can't think of any reason that an IR in Helix with Powercab in FRFR mode would sound different than the same IR in Powercab. The actual processing should be the same. Where IRs in Powercab are useful is if your modeler doesn't support IRs, doesn't have enough DSP space for the IR in the patch, or you want to save a block in something like HX Stomp. I haven't actually compared them though as I use IRs in Helix out of convenience, use amp+cab models in HX Stomp to save the block, and mostly use Powercab in FRFR mode. I have however used the speaker models in Powercab on occasion and found them pretty useful. They sound different, and different is ok. Sometimes when we're comparing things we spend too much time trying to make them sound the same, thinking one is bad if we can't get them the same. Instead we should celebrate their differences and use them to our advantage.
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