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  1. Demo: Thread: Points to Line 6 Blog on the subject:
  2. It will be the same power supply in the LT as in the Floor and probably the rack. At least it is not listed in the hardware differences here: The biggest issue with a Helix from the US to the rest of the world is Warranty, and whether you need to ship it back to the original supplier
  3. As long as you have a full warranty as a new purchase I wouldn't be worried. Just make sure that you give it a good test - I had a repaired L2t that went back as it cut all sound about speaking voice volume but it's replacement and the other one I have are perfect. These are not common consumer items and may well hang around in warehouses for months if not years - Line 6 may not even have made any in 2017.
  4. The current Variax: Variax Standard, James Type Variax 59, 69 & 89 (JTV), the US versions of the latter (JTV-US), and the Shuriken are all based on the same processing unit, so they all have the same capabilities: They all have the same underlying Models which can all be completely customised into anything you want in Workbench HD All models can be turned into 12 strings including alternative tunings They all have a set of alternative tuning slots and these can be reprogrammed to be whatever you want (+/- 12 semitones) - the 89 models/Shuriken have a different factory set They all have VDI sockets for connection to a Helix (Floor, Rack and LT) or HD500X processor which powers the guitars and integrates - so you can change guitar, pickups and tuning at the press of a button, but you can also use the volume and tone knobs as additional controllers. They all have magnetic pickups that can be used in combination with the models (using a Line 6 processor for two parallel input, or merged using Workbench) But they are obviously not the same - and as with all guitars each will be subtle differences from others even of the same model. The Standard is the lowest spec in the hierarchy and is based on a Yamaha Pacifica and it is built to a budget The JTV were the first of this new generation and are quality Korean built (World Music - same factory as PRS SE models) - they are generally a good quality guitar although you will find some specific gripes on this forum. Les Paul, Strat and Metal Guitar styles. JTV-US is hand built in California by a James Tyler luthier with better hardware and a custom set-up of the electronics; so while the JTV gets a basic works out of the factory set-up the JTV-US will have perfectly matched piezo pickups and been tuned to work optimally. Shuriken is newest and is a special edition for Stevic of 10 Foot Ninja. The model modes are silent, the pickups like any other guitar are susceptible to magnetic interference. I have a JTV-69 and it is a nice guitar and from your description is probably the first one for you to try; if you can justify it then a US hand-built version may meet your requirement for highest quality but are custom order and significantly more expensive than the Korean factory models:
  5. An official statement from Frank:
  6. No inside information, but it makes sense to me that Release Offset defines when in the sound envelope relative to the trigger threshold the decay starts? Setting it lower would give the more of the natural decay and a small increase in decay should eliminate the chopped off effect
  7. Thinking about it the only way that I can see FW 1.0 being reported and the firmware updates not taking is if the unit is faulty with something connected with writing to the flash memory. The update process "completes" normally but nothing actually changes on the device. Line 6 always updates the firmware, even going as far as doing updates to boxes in the warehouse and HD500X was never released with firmware 1.0. But if the update process is failing due to a hardware fault then the default firmware would be retained no matter how many times it was updated - including when Line 6 did it! Take it back as faulty and exchange for a new one.
  8. This is a User Forum for self help. If you want direct support from Line 6 which is reasonable if you just bought it, then raise a Support Ticket: What really puzzles me is that you say it is an HD500X and has flash memory of v1.00. That is very unlikely indeed - the HD500X was a hardware update from the HD500 and retained the same firmware version numbering - I am pretty confident that the firmware was up to version 2.00 when the HD500X was launched. Even the very early HD500 models would have been on firmware 1.10 - mine certainly was back in 2010. It is impossible for an HD500X to have flash firmware version 1.0. If you hold down the View button for a second or two until you get into the utility menu and then use the pad to get to screen 2/12 what does it say for FLASH FW? That is the firmware it is running.
  9. I raised an Ideascale to enhance Helix to include a momentary action on the Ext Amp output - this could be used for other purposes such as Keyboard Sustain/Damper as well as M20d control:
  10. Test complete - it's one of those "close but no cigar" moments... I connected the Helix to M20d using a stereo 1/4 jack to dual mono 1/4 jack lead - output from the Helix Ext Amp to the M20d footswitch inputs. I set M20d to play/stop with one footswitch and next track with the other and inserted an SD card with 5 mp3 tracks on it and set up a quick playlist with the 5 tracks. Note - this always starts the track from the beginning. On Helix I used command centre to set a pair of footswitches to control tip and ring outputs - the only options available. Then I started pressing footswitches and ran into the M20d latching/momentary problem. The M20d requires momentary switches (I have a keyboard sustain that works perfectly - given the limited functionality on M20d) The Ext Amp switches on Helix are latching.... yes it does Start/Stop and switch to the next track when you press the Helix switches. But you have to press twice to get the M20d to respond, so as it stands it is not very useful. The only way that this will work in a useful way is if a future upgrade of Helix gets it to support momentary switching on the Ext Amp outputs, but at the moment I think buying a dual momentary footswitch is the easiest option.
  11. Are you sure about the Helix to M20d connections? I haven't tried it (I haven't used footswitch control on my M20d yet), but according to the Helix manual the Amp Switching output mimics a pair of simple switches: EXT AMP 1/2 Connect to your traditional guitar amp to switch its channels or turn its reverb on and off. Use a TRS cable for dual operation (1=tip, 2=ring). So with a cable that is TRS Jack at the Helix end to dual TS Jack (a simple 1/4 stereo split to 1/4 mono cable) you should be able to define momentary switches on Helix (in pedalboard mode) that will activate the foot switch functions on the M20d. Or am I missing something? I might give this a go tomorrow with a simple guitar lead for single switch operation and report what happens (rehearsal tonight)
  12. It would be cool if it was sensed from the power supply that you were plugged into....
  13. rename the file - delete ".txt" Helix presets are text files in JSON format and can be edited in any text editor
  14. The HD500 had a setting for the mains frequency, but I can't find it on Helix (searching the manual)... do you know where it is Phil?
  15. M20d allows Phantom to be enabled/disabled for XLR inputs 1-6 and 7-12 independently. I only enable phantom for the drum overhead mics and the other channels in that group are always dynamic mics (kick, snare, vox). All of the direct inputs - Helix, Bass DI, Guitar/Mando DI, Keys come through the other group of inputs
  16. It is a pain - you only do this once! It is a shame that M20D doesn't automatically close files that it is recording when powered down; something that it may not be architected to do if the power switch is before the supply. Try this video for one method (Windows), but I am sure similar will be available for Mac
  17. If the hum is gone when you go to Models only then the pickups is the problem. The cause is likely to be magnetic interference - probably exaggerated though a high gain patch. Using VDI there is only a tiny amount of circuit before it gets converted into a digital signal. VDI also ensures that it is not ground loop noise as there is no analogue signal at that point - the only one would be from POD to amplification and that would happen all the time. Grounding issues will also reduce when you ground the guitar through yourself - just touch the strings - if the hum gets less then there might be a case for looking at loose wires, but if nothing changes then it is Electro=Magnetic noise going into the pickups and there is very little you can do about it. There is probably something in that room that is causing a lot of noise - strip lights perhaps, A/C? You can reduce the noise level by turning down the gain on the patches or mask it by using a noise gate (adjust the gate threshold if you already have one on the patch) but I would try to work using Models only - I can't stand interference noise any more!
  18. I updated a Quadraverb to a Quaraverb+ with a PROM replacement. Am I showing my age? :o
  19. If you are computer literate and mean this in the way that you understand JSON and batch editing of files, then you can globally make changes across a set of Helix patch files and import them using the editor
  20. You can change your can do that with any firmware. You missed the positioning of the commas: One the the best things about v2 firmware is that no matter what the model knob says when you switch to a Spank preset using a Helix or HD500 then the pickup selector will swap within the Spank Bank - the floor unit changes the Bank on the JTV. On the older firmware it will swap to whatever model you programmed into the floor unit, but when you change pickup position it will swap to whatever the hardware knob says, which doesn't work so well if you were playing a strat patch, switch pickups in the middle of the solo.... and find yourself playing a banjo!
  21. I haven't had any issues with mine using nanoweb 10s, but I did do a little work on it when I first got it (5 years ago). If you are sure that it is around the trem then a possible cause is that the cables from the trem to the circuit board are catching somewhere. In my view the cable they used is much to stiff and heavy for that location and it has to be routed very carefully. There was a significant and very detailed thread about this that unfortunately is now in the archives: Unfortunate because all of the images are no longer showing and stevekc had done a good job of documenting it all. I did the mod to tie the cable to the trem as described, but I still had problems with free movement of the cable through the hole to where the circuit board is located. My solution to this was to make the hole as frictionless as possible by cutting about 3 inches of braided harness sleeve like this and using it to line the hole with the cable running though it. My tuning has been perfect since except for large temperature changes obviously.
  22. Yes you can get it back - just follow the same process but pick the latest firmware. And yes you will be missing stuff - but most of it is only important if you have a Helix or HD500x. Such as the ability to use volume and control as expression controls, the ability for the floor unit to swap guitar patches and have the pickup selector work for the new bank, and the ability to blend magnetics with models. Search for the threads related to the firmware releases to see what changed and what people thought about it
  23. Go to: and search for James Tyler Variax, Flash Memory, Windows 10 (it doesn't matter what OS) hit search. The results includes firmware versions 2.21, 2.10, 2.0 and 1.90 Click to download the 1.90 firmware and do the sign-in and agree to the Licence terms and save the file to your hard drive. Connect you guitar to your computer and start up Line 6 Monkey. Select the JTV and load from file; pick the file you just downloaded and let it update.
  24. I will jump in here - based upon more years than I want to recall in software; lets just say I started when you had to copy line by line source code from magazines to program a Commodore Pet, Anyway I have no reason to want support for the Old variax because I have a JTV but I will suggest that there is a huge difference between full Workbench support via Helix which I am sure would be a challenge and sending the MIDI/SysEx produced by old Workbench when somebody edits a patch to get an alternate tuning. This doesn't have to be a permanent change and will still have all of the old restrictions such as you cannot change to other pickup positions (except through snapshots). If Helix could duplicate this then it should be able to swap patches and apply a tuning change for the older variax and give a significant improvement for legacy variax guitars without any of the excessive overhead of new Workbench editor working through Helix. The one big restriction is that you cannot alternate tune a 12 string because the old hardware could only do one set of pitch shifting.
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