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  1. Agree with @codamedia. Tell your soundman you have MUCH more ability to adjust your signal than he does at this board. Tell him it's 2023 and not 1993 and he just needs to let you know what he needs from your sound. You can adjust it for all your presets in globals. He'll be chasing it on every song.
  2. One of the limitations you'll quickly encounter on the Helix's implementation of MIDI is there's some limitations with the number of MIDI commands you can send from a single footswitch press. Add to that there's no way in the current spec of MIDI to inquire about the settings of another device to determine what needs to be changed. Eventually we'll have the long promised MIDI 2 spec formalized, but who knows how long that will be. My personal approach because of these limitations is to use a Morningstar MC8 as my central MIDI controller for both the Helix and all other devices I want to control because it has much more robust capabilities for complex MIDI interactions with other devices. The MC8 is perfectly capable of sending a preset change along with all necessary initialization sequences to any other devices along with selecting the appropriate startup settings to them. I can also send snapshot changes to the Heilx with other MIDI commands tp other devices so that my Helix settings and external devices act in unison.
  3. The only thing Helix can provide you is a signal output level meter because there's no physical amplification as far as actual volume, just a Line, Instrument or Mic signal level. If you select the output block you'll see the built-in signal meter displayed at the bottom right of the Helix display on the physical device. You can use that display to even out the signal levels being output by the Helix. That will give you a decent start toward getting consistent levels going to whatever your output device is. As @cruisinon2mentioned the actual volume varies based on how your ears perceive it, but I use a volume meter app in my phone to get a good rough idea of what my actual SPL is and tweak it by ear from there. Because I go direct to the mixing board it's very easy for me to use my guitar channel meter on my mixer to gain stage my levels on my presets. Because the signal is never actually sent to HX Edit there's no way to incorporate a signal meter there, but I agree it would be nice to have some form of color coding or marking on the signal meter display on the Helix unit to help in equalizing your signal levels. With a lot of venues now having sound level requirements for live music, these are all very handy tools to keep you out of trouble at gigs.
  4. I use the poly capo all the time on both electric and acoustic setups and I've never had any issues. I suspect it may be an artifact from hearing the originating string sound as the volume fades.
  5. I'm not exactly sure how this update went south but I've never had any problems on any update until now. To be honest it very well could be a physical issue with my Helix since this is the Floor unit I use in my studio and it's been exhibiting some odd behaviors related to the USB and audio interface recently. After updating and restoring my old presets, I rebooted and got a failed message and the Helix was in update mode. I finally got it to boot by manually rebooting it a couple of times but it hung up during the rebuilding of the presets. One thing that differs on this unit from my live performance Helix Floor is this one is powered on via Alexa which turns on the Helix as well as the studio monitors and some other items like my electronic piano and a desk lamp. I re-did the update via Line 6 Central and got it working, but I'm not confident it's going to be stable yet. I'll just manually power up and down the Helix individually and see where it takes me.
  6. I think you're overstating or not understanding what AI is about. It's not a cure-all for developing presets because each person and each rig configuration varies and that entails a certain level of subjectivity about what works best in any given situation. AI in this type of scenario is more about learning personal preferences and the environment in which a preset would need to operate. Taking an AI "picture" of a sound doesn't have enough information to adequately create through AI the same behaviors across all possible configurations given the various things that might have happened in creating that sound in a studio. I'm not saying it couldn't be a helpful tool in aiding people in developing presets, but it requires at least as much of your time in teaching an AI system what best fits you as it would in learning how to do it yourself. Without a personalized approach to teaching AI, you'll get what someone else thinks is best, and it may not match what you envision or how it will sound in your unique situation and it may or may not be that close to what you think it should be. I could see using something like that in providing a bare bones preset that I could tweak to make it more to what I need. But that will still require the user's expertise.
  7. I'm not shocked at all because modeling is all about digitally replicating the features and behaviors of the existing circuits in specific amps, not modifying them. Line 6 does create their own modified versions under a different name sometimes, but it's really based on the level of interest in the user community for such things. I keep a fairly close eye on IdeaScale every week and I don't think I've ever even seen a request there for the bright cap modification. It may be the end all, be all to you, but to me it's kind of irrelevant. The tools in the Helix are more than adequate to get the sound I need regardless of the style of song or the guitar I choose to play on it. That's why I don't get too excited about it. And quite frankly I could care less about what Fractal is doing. I don't own one and have no need for one. I've already got what I need.
  8. I'm really confused!!! How is it I've had my Helix since it came out in 2015 and there has not been a single situation in the thousands of presets I've created where I had to ask this question???
  9. Since I don't use Reaper I'm lost on his description of entering the values, but it's one of two things happening here. You may not be sending MIDI like you think you are and that really depends on the configuration of your DAW in how those things get enabled. Your best bet is to get you a MIDI monitor program that will allow you to capture the values being sent out from Reaper on you computer. There are any number of these available for free downloads, but that will at least tell you whether or not the MIDI values are being actually sent. The other problem is making sure that if they are being sent they are the correct values. Here's a link to a very complete description of the PC and CC values need to be to do MIDI operations on the Helix. It's a long read but it's worth it to understand how it all works. Helix Help MIDI
  10. Any of those type of approaches will give you the live cabinet feel, but only the powercab would have the ability to modify the cab sound a bit more similar to what's done with the Helix cabs. The rest will all be static. However any approach using a physical cabinet will lose that "feel" once it's mic'd and sent to the mixing board. That's just physics and it applies no matter what your system consists of.
  11. In a nutshell the "ultimate" Helix experience has a large range of what different people deem as "ultimate". Many of us that frequent these pages have had our share of different variations, but each have their limitations. But each limitation may not be that important on an individual basis. For example getting a traditional sound like you would out of a cabinet setup isn't all that important to some of us. How could that be you might ask? To put it simply, the only one that hears that particular sound are the people standing in the vacinity of that kind of setup. That can never be the actual production sound you hear in a live performance or on a professional recording because it has to be captured by a mic, which will change the sound. Add to that in a sound reinforcement practical sense no stage setup can ever compete volume-wise with a PA, and you wouldn't want it to because it messes up the overall mix the audience hears. That's why many people using modelers target creating a great production sound, the same as would be done in a studio which the Helix is perfectly capable of right out of the box and going direct to the mixing board. But what a person needs for inspiration as a stage or studio musician actually performing that music may be different, and that's where the configurations can make yet another turn using a stage setup similar to what you're describing, but purely for on stage or in studio performance. But of course that comes with the limitation that you won't be hearing the same thing as the audience will be hearing including the mix with the other instruments. The thing that's important is that modeling, by it's very nature, changes and expands on the lessons we learned from playing in a traditional setup. That's why you see so many variations in how people use their Helix.
  12. Well start with a Les Paul Custom or you won't have the same basis for the sound. Beyond that there are plenty of various pedals that would do the kind of things he did. Compression tends to be the best friend for long sustains given enough drive on the amp model.
  13. There's a real mixture of different approaches across spectrum of users depending on preferences, music style, places they tend to perform and many other factors. For example I personally go direct from my Helix to the mixing board and depend on our standard floor monitors (Yamaha DXR12) as does everyone in the band. I didn't start off that way however when I got my Helix originally in 2015. I used my own dedicated DXR12 in the place of a stage amp and sent a separate signal direct to the mixing board while others in the band were using traditional amps along with traditional drum kits. Over time I changed incrementally until the current band was in a state in which we could all go direct to the board which simplified our setup and gave us a much better feel for what the audience was hearing. It also easily scales from small venues to the largest of venues without a lot of changes on stage other than the volume of the monitors, and our setup and sound check time is minimal. You'll likely hear from all sorts of folks with different setups such as 4cm through a standard stage amp, to using setups like mine, setups like you're describing, or powered FRFR cabinets. A lot depends on what you and the rest of the band are doing more than anything. What drives our configuration is we're a vocal multi-harmony based band so getting a really good stage mix is crucial to getting the stage mix precise so everyone can play as well as hear the vocals clearly. But what works for us may not work for you in your situation.
  14. I don't own a Stomp but from what I understand it's a TRS output. Generally you set the output level on the Helix Global Settings ins/outs, to either Line or Mic, but I'm not sure if it's the same on the Stomp but I suspect it is. Generally most modern mixing boards have preamps that can manage either. Some older mixing boards have setting that determine if it's expecting a Mic or Line level signal on the XLR in. Check with whoever is running the mixing board for that information.
  15. I had something very similar to that on one of my guitars a while back. It turned out to be my pick hitting the pickup slightly.
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