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  1. I'm writing a song that uses a square or saw tooth tremelo effect synced to the beat with a 100% intensity for the primary rhythm element. I've found that though you can sync the tempo to the track, you can't control the start of the tremelo cycle with the DAW to sync it up with other elements. This means that each time you start the track, the phase of the cycle may not be what you expect. That makes it very difficult to sync up properly... For example, I've set up a sine wave generator, then an instance of Helix Native with a single Modulation > Mono > Tremelo: I've then set up my DAW to enable the effect at a particular spot in the "song" so that the effect would theoretically start the cycle the same each time. Then, I rendered the same section of song 3 times and added them to the project. As you can see, the first bar is the solid block sine wave, and then the tremelo effect is kicked on. You'll notice that the phase of each cycle is quite different, even though they all are turned on at the exact same time. (Three may have been me accidentally leaving one unmuted before the next render) Next, I attempted to bypass the Helix plugin entirely, rather than just the tremelo effect block. The same behavior is exhibited. The start time of the cycle is entirely unpredictable, and appears to simply be running non-stop after you load the plugin into memory or something. As suspected, this is true for other Modulation effects as well. Here's the same test using a whole not with the Script Mod Phase effect: Helix Native needs to honor the Host Sync's start event (assuming that actually exists) to reset it's LFO for Modulation effects. Otherwise, results are unpredictable and potentially unusable during rendering. :( I haven't tested the Helix Floor pedal to see if the bypass/enable of a trem effect resets the LFO, but I wouldn't be surprised if it had the same basic problem...
  2. guitars69

    Helix II

    BTW, I used to do this with the X3 Live. It was true dual path with up to 8 blocks or whatever, and I could make an entire rig for both me and my singer/rhythm guitarist. Then I made the patch changes and he could just play and sing. The HD500x wasn't powerful enough if I recall correctly, unless the rigs for each were pretty simple. Dual amping really took a lot of DSP. I can do the same in the Helix now if I'm careful about selections, but it would be nice if it just had a little bit more juice so I could squeeze in an extra Delay and or the Dual Cab sim or something. :)
  3. I very frequently find that when I'm trying to navigate around the screen with the joystick that I accidentally spin it. This causes the model currently under the cursor to change, and I may not even be aware that I changed the model until after I saved a preset. Is there any way to make it so that you have to first press the joystick or something to select it before allowing the rotation to change the model? I assume no, but wanted to check before I popped the request onto ideascale.
  4. guitars69

    Helix II

    I don't mean anyone fighting over switches. It's more about using the pedal as the Control Center. While that part is available already, it would be ideal to be able to run full rigs from one unit. That makes a difference for people like me where fellow musicians can't afford decent equipment. Or users who are touring and want to limit the amount of gear they are lugging around. Or for recording where I'm using one unit to handle a few people.
  5. guitars69

    Helix II

    Ah interesting to know. You're probably correct that they have not compelling interest to upgrade without running out of supplies. Too bad. I'd like to see one with more power, because it would be handy to run more than one musician through it. You can now, but the options are pretty limited for the signal chain. If I could run a full rig in Path A and another in Path B that'd be pretty sweet.
  6. Updating to 2.82 has fixed it so far. Now to fix the squeaky pedal situation...
  7. It appears I'm mistaken. It's 2.81. Sweetwater did actually open the box and update it prior to shipping though. Just not sure when that happened. I'll back up and update tonight, and hopefully that will be that.
  8. Yes. It was preloaded from Sweetwater with the latest.
  9. I've had the Helix a couple weeks, and have been studiously setting up a single Preset and 8 Snapshots. Since Snapshots are my primary focus due to the large delay in preset switching, I've set the Global Setttings > Footswitches to "Manual Return" instead of auto. This was previously working fine. I could tap the Cancel button to return to Stomp box mode and enable/disable individual effects. Or I could use the Bank Up and Bank Down buttons to navigate around. Today when I boot up I find that I can't get into Stomp Box mode at all. Pressing cancel does nothing. Holding cancel will open Edit mode. Pressing up or down will allow me to choose a bank. I can choose any snapshot... I just can't get into stomp box mode? I'll try re-flashing later, but maybe I've just tweaked something weird. Anyone have ideas? I did muck with Global settings a bit to see what they did, and tried reverting some changes with no luck. ______________________ Coincidentally (or not...) The Bank Up and Down don't work as expected while in Snapshot mode. If I press Bank up, it will move one bank DOWN. Then pressing it again moves up as expected. Likewise, pressing bank down while viewing the snapshots will open up the next bank UP. Pressing it down again then moves back down. For example, I'm on preset 2A. Pressing Bank UP displays Banks 35 and 36. Pressing UP again displays Banks 1 and 2. Pressing Bank DOWN first displays Banks 3 and 4. Pressing DOWN again displays Banks 1 and 2. OCCASIONALLY no numbers will display at all and it will just say BANK on each. Pressing UP or DOWN returns to the expected BANK. Reversing the Bank up and down has no effect. It goes the wrong way the 1st time, then the way it was set the 2nd and 3rd. WTF?
  10. guitars69

    Helix II

    The Pod HD500 was released in 2010. The Pod HD500x was released in 2013. It was basically just a newer release of the same unit using a newer DSP and some colored footswitch LEDs... Helix Floor was released in 2015. It is now 2019, almost 2020. In my opinion, it seems entirely possible that a Helix "X" could be released with a better DSP any time. And I for one would welcome a bit more power if it weren't for the fact that I just finally got one. Anyways, I obviously have no idea.
  11. Thanks guys! Looks like the Super Serial is the way to go!
  12. Seems the Serial vs. Parallel Routing "Super Serial" option might be what I'm looking for actually. Looks like a pretty viable alt is the "1 into 2" option on page 18 of the manual. You can apparently move the merge block to Path B and it will split Path A down, giving you the option of adding additional post fx to each path independently. Not quite the same as I was trying to do, but that could be handy.
  13. guitars69

    Helix II

    Didn't they just do a giveaway of Brendon Small's Helix or something? That makes me wonder if they have a Helix II in the pipeline and are having artists try it out. It may be as simple as a Helix with more DSP. Since I JUST got a Helix finally, I kind of hope this isn't the case. lol
  14. I'm looking to send a different mix from the Helix to my in-ears than to my PowerCab. I was hoping to be able to pass Path 1's outputs to the Digital outs (or XLR), while also passing it down to Path 2. Path 2 would then have some additional EQ and a Doubler fx enabled for fake doubling in my in-ears and output to something else. So far there doesn't appear to be a way to have the output go to two places, which means I would need add an a Send/Return block so I can pass the audio to some hardware outputs while continuing to pass it down the chain. Is that correct? Or am I just missing something?
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