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    Helix LT LIve Setup

    Probably easier to send the XLR to the FOH and use the 1/4" to your onstage monitor amp (or FRFR). This allows you to have a constant signal to FOH while you can control the volume of your monitor with the volume knob of the Helix. This is how I use it and works great.
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    HX Stomp - Headrush 108 or Yamaha THR10C?

    For what its worth ... I use an Alto TS308, which is said to be (pretty much) identical to the Headrush. For home practice, or just for fun, it sounds fine to me. I take the speaker Also to band rehearsal and then crank it up. So, there's no real comparison to be made with studio monitors but the Headrus (or Alto) will give you a bit more flexibility in terms of use. Just my 2 cents .....
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    Helix for Bedroom Player?

    I personally don't see the need for a separate headphone amp for the intended purpose. The LT can be set such that the main volume control doesn't affect the XLR or 1/4" outputs. And, the OP does not talk about singing :-) so a mic is probably also not needed. At the same time the LT has all the power and flexibility of its bigger brother whereas the stomp is much more limited in DSP and number of blocks. Thus, the LT would be my logical choice in this case (assuming space isn't an issue).
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    Clean sounds on Helix LT?

    I built a clean preset on the Archetype model and it has become my favorite clean sound. Some chorus after the amp and delay if needed. To get that sustain you will want to use a compressor. The LA studio comp will work but you could also try the others like the red squeeze (I like that one as well). The Placater clean also makes a nice clean tone, which sounds very good (to my ears at least) when you are just about to hit that breakup point. Good luck !
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    Strange behaviour HX Edit

    Hello Forum, Ever since I updated to 2.81 I'm seeing some strange behaviour in HX Edit. I'll try to explain, but as it doesn't seem to happen all the time I could not yet pinpoint the real problem. What I did was the following: I have a setlist which I call "ToneLab", which is basically sort of a sketch book for making presets. Once I'm happy with a new preset I save it (CTRl + S). Next I select the preset and click " copy". Then, I go to my "Live" setlist which contains all the presets I use live and "paste" the preset wherever I like in the list. Now, ever since I updated I note that this copy method doesn't always work. Sometimes only one path gets copied (in HX edit at least). Sometimes nothing gets copied at all (except for the name). Sometimes the signal path of the new preset is replaced by the signal chain of a neighbouring preset. And today, the preset copy seemed to go ok, but when I wanted to select the amp it showed the settings for the chorus, when I selected the chorus it showed the settings for the compressor, etc. Really very weird, almost as if HX Edit had no clue what the actual unit was doing. Now, when I re-started HX Edit the problem seemed to go away (not tested for all the instances above, only the last one). Long story short, something goes wrong when I copy presets from one setlist to another in HX Edit. My question to the community here is if I'm the only one having this problem or if this is a known issue? Thanks !!!
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    Strange behaviour HX Edit

    Thanks for the advice. I just exported my setlists (for backup purpose) and noted that I got error messages for the "ToneLab" setlist. That was probably what has been causing the issues. Did the reset and then imported my presets again. It took quite long for the Helix to rebuild all presets but so far so good...... I think this solved the problem.
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    Connecting a drop pedal to helix

    Why not use the built in pitch block as first block in the chain. I find it works quite wel for Eb and D tunings. Saves you extra hassle with pedals, power, cables etc.
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    Took the Leap to 2.81...what's all the fuss about???

    The added gain block is just a workaround for me; I prefer to set the gain using the volume control on the amp. Once Line 6 fixes the issue I can simply delete the gain block again freeing an additional space (not that I really need it, plenty of space ....)
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    Took the Leap to 2.81...what's all the fuss about???

    At least on my LT the problem seems to go away if I add a gain block after the compressor. Set at 0dB it will not affect the sound or volume. May even work when bypassed, have not tested that yet.
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    Tap tempo button responds to "touch"

    Not sure if this is a bug, but I set my "Stomp select" to "off" in the global settings. When I touch the " TAP" footswitch with my hands it will however go to the Tempo menu. Is this supposed to be like that? I prefer to not have touch response for any of my stomp switches. I'm on 2.81, not sure if I had the same in 2.71, happened by accident earlier this evening ... Thx
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    I’ve figured out the random volume loss on presets

    Couldn't help to do some experimenting and created a very simple patch: Amp + Cab (Divided duo) followed by the LA studio comp with the peak reduction and gain both at 5. Standard settings on the amp+cab. From my DAW I sent a simple loop into the Helix (input USB 7/8) and then re-loaded the preset every few seconds. Indeed random drop outs as already known. Next I decided to add a gain block AFTER the compressor with the gain at 0 (i.e. it basically doesn't do anything). Then did the same thing and it seems that the issue is now gone. Now, before going "yeah, we may have a solution/ workaround" can someone please do a similar experiment and report back. Perhaps I was just lucky ...... Update: Just confirmed the above for two of my original presets.......
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    I’ve figured out the random volume loss on presets

    For what its worth and to keep this thread active on the topic, I'm on 2.81 but the issue with the LA studio comp is still there. Really annoys me and I'm at the point of modifying my presets to avoid the issue (i.e. get rid of the compressor). I'm playing live with my LT so I want it to be consistent in volume/performance.
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    Stones fuzz tone help

    Yeah sorry about that. It's one of those Thomann Fusion pro II guitars with a humbucker in the bridge.
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    Stones fuzz tone help

    Hello Helix community, I'm working on a preset for playing Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones, but I'm having trouble getting close to that fuzz tone. So far I have the tone as attached to this post. It is essentially a Fuzz pi followed by aTop Secret OD. I did that as I could not really get the tone using only the available fuzz models. Would appreciate if someone would have a listen and propose some possibilities to get closer to the tone of the record. The clean tone is good enough for me although could be a bit more dirty. No worries about that. (Please note this patch is to be used live.) Thanks !!! Satisfaction.hlx
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    Tap tempo button responds to "touch"

    No, it's not really bothering me.... I just noted it. Actually it may be quite handy if I want to set tempo manually (doesn't happen that much, but still).
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    Took the Leap to 2.81...what's all the fuss about???

    Indeed, I have the same issue. No problems with the update at all, but this volume issue is quite annoying and seems to be random. If I reload the patch over and over again it would sometimes drop in volume other times not. Very weird and hopefully it gets resolved soon. I do like this "Sadites" idea, but as I will be playing live I may change my presets for the time being an get rid of the LA studio comp at the end of the chain. Other than that I don't see a need to roll back to 2.7.
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    Phantom Power Blocker Q (Triton or Sescom)

    An option to consider is to use something like the ART DTI. It is an isolator and (sort of) adapter in one. Can be used in mono or stereo as you please. I use it as a "phantom blocker" for my Helix LT. So the signal path would be : Helix XLR out --> ART XLR in --> ART XLR out --> Mixing board XLR in. But as you have HX stomp you can use a T(R)S into the ART and then either use a T(R)S out or go via the XLR. The beauty of this device is that it allows to use different types of cables/ connectors while always offering isolation of the signal. I'm not a studio engineer so maybe I overlook some disadvantages of this thing, but I do not hear any reduction in sound quality and at least for my configuration I have confirmed (by measurement) that no phantom power reaches the Helix. Anyhow there is debate on whether phantom power would cause problems. I've read about people having no issues at all, some others say there's an effect on the sound and some others warn for damage of the Helix. Whatever the truth may be, better safe than sorry in my view .... Cost for an isolator is relatively low. Hope this helps ... PS: I think you can also use a DI box in your situation.
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    Helix presets ready to mix

    Thanks for sharing !! I browsed through the long list and to be very honest some of the presets I tried sounded too harsh to my ears. Need to say I was listening with my AKG headphones, so part of it can be due to that of course. I'm just afraid that if would listen to the presets with my speaker and crank up the volume it would not improve (probably gets worse). I saw you were using the 57 and 421 mics a lot. Maybe try the 121 in one of parellel blocks??? Personally I prefer mono patches, but that's just me... and likely for that reason I was quite distracted by the effect that you put in one of the parallel cab block just before the cab itself (think it is a chorus effect). Great idea to get some extra stereo effect and ambiance, but it did not work for me..... On the positive side you gave me some good ideas on positioning of effects, amp settings and the like, so thanks a lot for that! I'm still learning day by day to get better sounding presets; this forum is a great place to learn ! Good luck, thanks again and I hope this is somehow helpful.
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    Speaker for my Helix LT

    Dear Forum members, the below is actually more to share my quest to come up with a rig that works for me. Hopefully it is of use to others who are in a similar situation. But please note that by no means this should be seen as a perfect solution; it just happens to work for me and other may disagree with the below or find that another approach would have been better. Anyway, here goes ... Starting with some background: I joined a band in 2018 and since I did not have gigging gear (was using the POD HD desktop) and actually also wanted to upgrade anyhow (:-)) I decided to buy a Helix LT. Initially I used the LT only for the effects and the unit was connected to an amp that I could borrow and use for rehearsal and gigs. Later on I started to develop my own full patches including amp and cab models and I started to use the XLR out going direct to the mixing desk in the rehearsal room. This obviously worked, yet I noted that it was quite challenging to hear what I was playing without turning up my volume. And as I turned up the volume so would the keyboard player and the singer..... so not ideal. Earlier this year I had a bad experience with too loud rehearsal on a Thursday before and an even higher volume on an actual gig on the Saturday following that. I suffered some hearing loss and have (mild) tinnitus since then. The floor wedges we used at the gig were a) way too loud b) too harsh on my patches. FOH sound was good, so it was clearly the wedges that were unsuitable for this purpose. So..... since then I'm looking for a solution that allows me to hear my playing while using earplugs and at the same allowing the rest of the band to hear me on a decent level. I have considered in-ears, but as the rest of the band is not into that (yet...) this seemed not the way to go just yet. I do protect my ears since that gig however and I strongly advise anyone to do the same. I've learnt my lesson ..... Oh by the way, I'm a complete amateur, playing for fun and trying to be as good as I can knowing I still have lots and lots to learn. So, what I have tried so far is first to use the FX send return on the amp to get some monitor signal for me while the XLR out still goes to the mixing desk. It technically works, but the sound is not great and I still depend on an amp which is not mine. As I did not want to spend too much money I decided to try a Behringer b207mp3. A very small amp, but loud enough to get some monitoring signal. I need to say that actually the quality was not too bad, in particular at lower volumes. For home practice this unit works quite nicely. Having tried it a couple of times in rehearsal I was not convinced however and I decided to return it and look for something that gave me a more "full" sound. Having done some research I decided to try a keyboard amp, in particular the Behringer KXD12, as a next option. Since a friend of mine wanted to sell his EV ZLX12 I was able to do an A/B comparison between the two. So, I recorded some (mono) guitar riffs/ licks in my DAW with different Helix patches and then connected my computer to both speakers that were standing side by side. I started with playing some music through both units to get an idea of what they can do. It will be no surprise that the EV sounded way better; after all, this is a PA speaker. More definition, clarity and low end. But, the Behringer was not bad at all taking into account that this unit was not built for playing back music; i.e. it is not designed to be a PA speaker contrary to the EV. Up next was playing the guitar samples through both units and to my surprise the difference between the two was a lot smaller and I liked the sound through the Behringer more than through the EV. I started messing with the settings on the EV (you can change the frequency response curve a bit using the DSP) and that changed the sound, but I could not believe I still kept preferring the Behringer over the EV. Volume wise, the EV won from the KXD12 by the way.... but I knew this on forehand. Combined with the many options that the KXD12 has (multiple inputs, graphic EQ, Mic. In, XLR out, etc.) I decided to go for the Behringer and so my setup for gigs will be (for the time being): Guitar into Helix (duh....) Helix XLR to FOH Helix TS to the Behringer positioned either in front of me as a monitor (angled) or in the back to give some stage volume. All of this while wearing ear-protection and having a good time. Now, I can totally understand others may prefer the more expensive solutions like the Friedman or the Powercab, but for 250 Euro I now have a very nice solution that looks like an amp, sounds pretty good (to me at least) and offers quite some other options (I also play a little bit of keyboard from time to time). I'm just wondering if others have tried the KXD12 (or the KXD15) and what your experience are/were. Thanks !
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    Speaker for my Helix LT

    Ok, so I got help from some forum members, did the Google thing, watched a number of youtube vids on the topic and then did some further experimentation at home. By blending a ribbon mic and a 57 or 421 I was able to create some tones that did not (or far less) suffer from the harshness. I'm now refreshing (most of) my patches using that idea. I further experimented a bit with high cuts, but still optimising that to get good results. This Wednesday another rehearsal which allows me to crank the Behringer amp again and see if the results are better now (should be, but at home I couldn't get too loud so let's see). Seems creating patches (for live use) is not at all easy and actually it would benefit newbies (like myself) or guitar players without any sound engineering experience (also like myself) if Line 6 would give some guidance on how to set up patches that don't suffer from the harshness. After my research and support I'm slowly starting to understand how tone creation (for live use) can be accomplished on the Helix. The problem, as I see it, is that Line 6 made it extremely easy to create a signal chain and to set all the numerous parameters etc. At the same time, the vast amount of variables available to us is so overwhelming that it is probably easier to mess up a tone (as I realised did) than to create a good one. For me the key takeaway of this exercise was that cab and mic selection play a crucial role (not the only one of course). Creating dual cab configurations with different mics and settings is a great tool to create a good tone and it saves you from diving into an EQ straightaway. Now, this whole threat started out basically as me asking for an opinion on the Behringer keyboard amp I bought couple of weeks ago, but over time boiled down to me rethinking how to create patches. And in a way it all starts to make some sense now........ If you can play music through the Behringer with more than acceptable quality (as said, I A/B-ed it with an EV ZLX 12P and the EV sounds way better, but on its own this thing sounds very nice) then why would it not be possible to also get a more than decent guitar tone out of the amp. Initially I blamed the Behringer for the harshness but actually it was my initial approach in creating presets in the Helix. Lesson learnt and I'll probably keep te Behringer for the time being. It is mainly to get some stage volume and a good monitor sound while I'll also send out a signal directly to the PA. I'm now considering a statement that if it sounds good on the amp during rehearsal (i.e. at +/- gig volumes) then the FOH is probably even better. But that's no promise, just a wild thought :-) I'll further tweak my presets and may post some of them on custom tone should anyone be interested... this will take a couple of weeks, so be patient. To those who helped me out, thanks!
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    Speaker for my Helix LT

    We mainly play the typical (older) rock covers (like a lot of bands out there :-)); think of Joan Jett, Cheap Trick, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Guns n Roses and the like. No super high gain stuff (although that would be fun...). I tend to use the 2204 or Plexi models in my presets. For cleans (we have some "pop songs" as well) I built a preset around the Archetype amp in the Helix. That one actually doesn't sound all that bad through the amp by the way. Not great, but not bad either. Would much appreciate if you could share one of your presets that I can try. Happy to report the results here. Also raises the question on whether global EQ may need to be set. I have my high cut quite high at the moment (11 khz). Other than that global EQ is flat. Guitar would be LP or fat-strat (have and use both)
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    Speaker for my Helix LT

    Thanks. Yes, I have used such setup before when running in the fx return of the amp we have in our rehearsal room. It works ok indeed for guitar amps, but I don't think it will work for the keyboard amp to be honest. As you say (and mentioned before) the keyboard amp is not a PA speaker (although it is marketed like that in a way), but it is (more or less) a flat response speaker. That's why I don't really understand what's going on and actually start to doubt whether there's something wrong with my presets. Is there a factory preset in the Helix that you find sounds (relatively) good through FOH? I may start with that and then revisit my settings. Having said that, I don't do crazy stuff in my presets and much of the amp and cab settings when selected in the software will be the default ones. I'm still in the "30 day money back" period so I may also decide to send the thing back and go to the EV again. That one seems to be "proven" as a decent speaker/monitor for the Helix. It's just that I like the additional features of the keyboard amp (extra inputs, portability, etc.) and don't want to give up immediately. Also, there's several posts on the internet where people claim to get very good results with this amp. At least I know what I'll be doing over the weekend ..:-)
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    Speaker for my Helix LT

    So had a rehearsal tonight and honestly it was a disaster soundwise.... The sound out of the amp was waaaay to harsh and except for some clean tones the bottom end was missing. Now need to decide to either send the amp back or modify my presets. I'm afraid that if I modify the presets to better fit the amp I may screw up the FOH sound. Kind of lost to be honest ...... would anyone be willing to test one of my presets using his/ her FRFR speaker?? If it is only the preset then I'll consider keeping the amp.... Any other suggestion/advice more than welcome.
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    Speaker for my Helix LT

    Sorry for asking (trying to learn here...), but what do you mean with "But it doesn't accomplish the same thing as what's referred to as a FRFR speaker as far as projection and consistency of tone across a wide sound radius. This is one of the reasons why even keyboard players are opting away from cabinets and toward these type of speakers in order to get a more consistent feel for what the FOH sound will be." In particular what do you mean with "projection and consistency of tone across a wide sound radius"? Thanks again, your replies are very helpful reply and giving me some (more) food for thought ....
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    Powercab considerations and thoughts

    Hello, As many others I bought a Helix (couple of months ago) with mainly two purposes: - to use as an all-in-one-unit for practising at home. Unfortunately I need to use headphones as there's no space to practice/possibility with my studio monitors (which are basically collecting dust at the moment) - to use at gigs using the presets I made (with headphones ;-)) and going direct into the mixer via XLR Fyi, this is purely a hobby with the occasional gig, just for fun. I had my first " Helix-direct-gig" couple of weeks ago and the sound guy sent a mix to the floor monitors (the mix also having the other instruments and vocals). It sounded bad (extremely harsh) and more importantly I was having a lot of difficulty hearing what I was playing. The FOH was quite good soundwise, so it was not really a preset issue but rather a monitor issue. Also, I assumed I would have a dedicated monitor with only guitar, but will never make that assumption again ... why the sound was so harsh is still a mystery to me. Anyway, now I'm looking at an FRFR or other solution that still gives me sufficient stage volume and reasonable sound. Plenty of options ...... " FX-only" presets I have tried; It works, but requires me to bring a seperate amp that in turn needs to be mic-ed. Or, I would nee to create patches with seperate outs on XLR and line. All possible, but complexity is what I want to avoid. In a hunt for a cheap solution I bought myself a Behringer 207MP3 monitor unit, but I will probably return that very soon; It works, gives me sufficient volume and my own "monitor mix" , but quality wise just not what I hoped for. And so I'm now saving up for more dedicated tools like the Line 6 Powercab. Here's where I get lost a bit, because the Powercab seems to be much more than an FRFR cabinet. Actually I see lots of people saying that this product really starts to shine once you use the built in cabinet/ speaker models. This is where I get confused, because to me that means that the purpose of the Helix gets lost as I would have a setup with an amplifier in one device (the Helix) and the cab model in another (the powercab). Essentially it would link the Powercab and the Helix which for my purpose would again create more complexity than needed. Also I wonder why there would be a difference in sound between a cabinet modeled in the Helix and a cabinet modeled in the Powercab. Doesn't make too much sense to me yet ... aren't these the exact same models? I haven't made up my mind yet and I do find the Powercab appealing (visually, technically), but for my purpose a cheaper FRFR solution may work better (e.g. Headrush, Alto). No worries, I won't ask for advice here, plenty of threads about that :-) But I do wonder if anyone figured out this alleged difference in cab model issue. Any other comments welcome of course, I may be overlooking something. Again I'm looking for simple flexibility (which was the main reason for buying the Helix). Thanks so much !!