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  1. It is all a matter of personal taste - I reduced the amounts slightly and tweaked the second string levels but I honestly can't remember what I did specifically.
  2. Depends on the Effect. There is a list of the stereo capability of the blocks here: Place the Mixer last and there is nothing to go wrong
  3. Connect Left 1/4 Output to Amp Connect Right 1/4 to Desk Pan Electric Patches Left, Acoustic ones Right If you want XLR to desk then you still need something in the right 1/4 sockets otherwise it will sum both to mono
  4. You could of course just get an external Expression pedal and plug it into Exp 3 or Exp 2 and use that dedicated for volume - it's what I do with my HD500. The only issue you might have is with the Expression position not being read and patches defaulting to their saved values rather than accepting the current Expression positions, but if you have it all working with Exp 1 (built in) then you have that part sorted already.
  5. Daring to quote myself: The probability is that the spring has been compressed a bit over time and is no longer making a good connection to the microswitch underneath. The solution to this is to stretch the spring a bit and then put it back - while doing this a little bit of oil in the mechanical part will give you silent switching (no where near the circuit boards - use a 3 in 1 household oil not WD40), Only if the microswitch looks depressed and doesn't obviously click when you push it directly is the problem like to be with it. My very early HD500 had unresponsive switches for a while but is working perfectly since I gave the springs a stretch and used a little bit of oll.
  6. Yes... But with a limited number of notes depending on how many of the switches you want to dedicate to triggering sound (you can change what the triggered notes are per Preset) You have to have something that will accept MIDI and return Audio - this can be a Synth, Sound Module (Rack Synth), Computer running suitable software or iPad. [it is not new to Helix - you can do this with the POD HD500 (x) too]
  7. I'd get a 1/8" stereo to L/R RCA and a pair of RCA to 1/4" jack adaptors myself - covers most options. Andy being the UK doesn't have a Radio Shack, but on Amazon something like: pack!) Dirt cheap and easy to replace when inevitably the 1/8 jack cable goes faulty
  8. It isn't "designed that way", but you do need a way to route the cables from the pick-ups + trem block to the circuit board, and if the string breaks at the bridge and the guitar is moved around in the perfect combination of "wrong way" then it is just possible that the really short ends can make it into a cavity where there are circuits. I think you have to be really unlucky and I don't believe that it has happened to many people; not saying that it hasn't happened to those who have reported it, just that in my 5 years with a JTV69 it has never happened to me. If it was a design fault then I would expect there to be a large number of reports of it, and perhaps even a recall for a fix.
  9. Open the window and let the fresh air in - see this post and others on the mega thread: It is something that I am looking forward to trying with an iPad for a minimum set-up. Can't help with the Mac to Helix integration - it sounds like a driver issue to me.
  10. HD 500 could have MIDI Note On assigned to the switches - each switch could have Channel, Note and Velocity defined: Note On was sent when pressed down and Note Off when the switch was released (you wouldn't have guessed this would you ! ;) ) I programmed this on patches with the switches in 5-8 mode to send Notes to a Soft Synth with Pads or Effects simply linked by a MIDI cable from HD500 to a laptop, and USB linked back to the HD500 to mix the sound in with the guitar. The same can be achieved on the Helix except that as Helix supports MIDI over USB it is not necessary to use the MIDI cable or interface just a single USB cable. And on Helix you have the choice over which USB Audio channels are used and whether they are simply merged at the end of the chain (as I did) or used as inputs for an effect chain. Helix also supports the concept of guitar audio being converted to MIDI using software like Jam Origin which allows a Helix + Laptop/iPad to become a full MIDI Synth setup
  11. Yes I have had one handle come off the 69 gig bag that I use twice a week - with care. The stitching came loose and continued use worked it further until one end of a handle separated from the side. That was after 5 years of use, which isn't really that bad for a soft gig bag. My solution? I got out a needle and thread (doubled up) and sewed it back on again - it really isn't that difficult a job.
  12. Well you can, but how useful it would be I don't know. The looper can be Pre chain or Post chain. It always sums the inputs to mono and plays that back as mono. So in the Post position (where it records the effected sounds) it outputs on both Left and Right exactly the same. In Pre position it sends the output down the A and B paths exactly the same - so strictly speaking if it is in the Pre position, and you have a patch that pans both A and B paths in some way then the Looper output will be panned - along with all inputs. So if you want Acoustic to be looped while you play more acoustic then this can be achieved with it in the Pre position (electric path muted), or if you loop electric while playing more electric this is also possible (acoustic path muted), but the effects path applies both to the looped content and new playing.
  13. I think that the next generation of WiFi should be fine doing multi-channel real time audio - IEEE802.11ay 20 to 40 Gbps (2 to 4 Gigibytes/second) with a range of 300 to 500 meters. It is likely to become a standard in 2017, so all we have to do is wait a bit and the platform onto which this can be built will appear... Then all we need is for the hardware to be small enough to embed into a plug and we will be there (I have a USB adaptor that only sticks out 5mm, so it is possible - but perhaps has to be a bit bigger for the battery to support passive instruments)
  14. The cable included is intended to be only used with the USB adaptor for Workbench, and the collar would prevent you plugging it into that interface. Do not use that cable for anything else as if you are moving around pulling the unreinforced end the wrong way in the socket will break the socket in your Helix or JTV and neither is something you want to do. Buy a Ethercon cable - it is what the VDI hardware is without the Line 6 name, and can be bought from lots of places
  15. Elixir Nanoweb Long lasting (really long lasting), less string squeak (important with piezos) I am using 11s after recommendations for improved acoustic model sounds with JTV but my fingers have got stronger and while I thought about it I doubt I can go back to 10s anymore.
  16. It depends on your headphones! Studio Headphones then Reference/PA Consumer Headphones then possibly Playback Floor Monitor has a bass cut to allow for a stage/room resonating in sympathy and boosting the bass levels Keyboard, Acoustic and Electric are for back-line amplification of those specific instruments With a Helix I would always be in Reference/PA
  17. I am happy with the stock neck on my JTV69, if you want to hear from more people that like it as it is. I tried my guitar in-store (Anderton's in the UK) before I bought it as I wanted to be sure.
  18. My Wireless Doorbell was the same - hard wired now with no batteries, always goes off when our doorbell is pressed, unlike the wireless one; it never goes off because somebody pressed a neighbours doorbell, never needs re-syncing. Why did we want wireless VDI again?
  19. You do know that bands like The Who used a "backing track" for songs like Baba O'Riley where the Guitar player can't play his keyboards at the same time. Quite revolutionary at the time - you don't have to play it all live B) I have in the past triggered keyboard pads from my HD500 but I don't sing and that was hard enough. Our Bass player sings and has a Roland PK6 (Keyboard Pedals) for pads which he uses to fill things out when I solo, but when I ask him to put all three together at the same time says "who do you think I am Geddy f***n Lee?" :P
  20. Because you also want them to function separately! Two switches side by side gives 4 variations from a single press that is on one or the other or both switches: Off + Off, On + Off, Off + On, On + On If each switch is also controlling multiple blocks you get 4 states for the virtual rig, but it is still limited (especially on HD500) and it isn't scenes
  21. You do know that it is not so difficult for the original performers - perhaps you are doing too much? ;) Of course they have automation to do such changes, Bradshaw switching systems, or road crew, or session musicians hidden in the background or backstage... More seriously without scenes (I am actually waiting for Scenes or similar before I purchase) it is possible to rig up a MIDI based solution. It would require a "computer" (or tablet) that can talk MIDI over USB or DIN and you set up the scenes (as in send a set of MIDI messages) - you could then set up two buttons on the Helix to send Note On messages that are requests for Next Scene and Previous Scene (in case you make a mistake), and when it receives the Next Scene it returns the set of MIDI commands needed which can include the Button presses, Patch changes and any number of Controller messages. It is how this sort of thing is done with separate units, and offers a lot more options.
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