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  1. Thanks, guys. I’ll try this today. I was also told to switch from “multi” to “Variax” for my inputs if using Variax model exclusively. If needed I’ll re-flash the firmware.
  2. Hey, gang! I’m new to the Variax and I need some input. (JTV89F) I have my Helix patches setup to automatically select the Variax instrument I want using snapshots. It seems to work well. Typical Clean, Crunch, Gain, Solo, 12 String acoustic, 6 String acoustic and banjo. I have my input for my patch on “multi”. It seems to me that everything sounds pretty good but call me crazy, sometimes I hear what is possibly the mag pickups under the Variax tone/model. It’s almost like I’m hearing the dynamics of a “dry signal” under the Variax model even when using a heavily distorted snapshot. This may also explain why if I drop tune an acoustic model a half step it sounds terrible. I’m only using a Variax VDI cable. Any input would be appreciated. Thank you.
  3. Hey, gang! I finally picked up a JTV 89F! Super excited and I’ve been having a blast the last couple of days with my Helix! The problem I’m having is when using the acoustic 5 (jumbo?) in standard tuning it’s great but if I change the tuning to half step down it sounds horrible and the artifacts make it totally unusable! It is “used” but updated to the latest firmware. I was told to reinstall the firmware again. Does this sound right or is it something else? Thanks for the guidance.
  4. Hey, gang! I’m looking at buying my first Variax and I wanted to get some answers to some questions I have. I think it would be an awesome compliment to my Helix Rack and Helix LT. I currently play Gibson Les Pauls, Fender Telecasters and PRS. I’m looking at picking up the JTV89F because I used to play Ibanez RG’s and Jems. This model reminds me of those guitars. I’ve always liked the wizard necks on Ibanez’s and though the JTV89F is different can anyone tell me if it’s similar to the RG’s/Jems? Ok, before I make the jump into a modeling guitar... 1. I only need the digital cable and NOT 1/4” to communicate with my Helix, correct? (Piezo and mags transmit over VDI?) 2. The stored tunings on a JTV89F is different from the other Variax models? I can’t find a reference to what the tunings are. 3. If so, can I simply use the workbench software to change the tunings to match the other Variax models? 4. If so, can I replace the 89F knob so it also matches the other Variax’s? 5. Is the tremolo cavity routed so that the trem can be pulled up as well as pushed down? (Ala Ibanez models) I’m not buying the 89F for metal exclusively so the other (more common?) tunings would suit me better. 6. It’s my understanding the Variax is powered through the 1/4” jack so no battery is needed? Then if I run VDI to the Helix I’m using battery only? 7. Plugging in both 1/4” AND VDI is a huge no no? 8. If all of my patches and snapshots call up particular models and tunings on the Variax (VDI) then I shouldn’t have to touch the Variax knobs at all, right? I’m sure I’ll have other questions along the way. Thanks for helping me out while I wait for the big online stores to actually get more Variax guitars in stock! I’m thinking my dream rig would look like a Variax, Helix and Powercab Plus. Anyone running this rig?
  5. Picked up Helix Native on sale and installed it. I can bring up the plugin in my DAW (latest Studio One Pro) and it sounds fantastic! Ok... the bad news... When I double click presets it switches over to the preset on the screen but the sound does not change! I have to switch to a different input and then back for the sound to actually change to that preset! is anyone else having this issue? What is the fix for this?
  6. Hey, guys and gals! I currently own a G90 wireless for my guitar and I’m thinking of picking up an XD-V75HS for a vocal mic. I also use a Shure IEM system. First question is will all three of these systems play nice if they live rack mounted within the same road case? Also, before I make my purchase, does anyone use these in live music gigs/shows? How do they sound? Are they secure and fit well enough if you move around a lot? Are they reliable? Give me the good and the bad! Thank you.
  7. I have a similar issue with my Helix Rack/Control. I had an old EX 1 that I thought I would try with my setup. To my surprise it worked... BUT... My Helix has a “learn” function. Not sure if the Effects has that or not. I calibrated the EX 1 but it still performs the same way. Toe down is full effect but heal down does not “zero” as it should even after calibrating. Sweeping down from full to goes from 100% to zero then back up to about 3-4% average with the heal all the way down. It’s frustrating for sure. The EX 1 pedals are cost effective and I like how they look. I feel Line 6 should create a line of their own external expression pedals for use with their Helix line instead of owners turning to 3rd party companies like Mission Engineering. I can’t help but to think that they are missing out on some serious revenue in that accessory area. In the mean time, upgrade the EX 1 or just take it off the market. On a completely different note... I’m a big fan of Line 6 products and also use their G90 wireless and I’m looking into a wireless headset mic system. Now if Line 6 would just get into wireless IEM systems they would have pretty much my entire live rig!
  8. Hey, gang! I’m just about to pull the trigger on a Helix and I as wondering if you could use a guitar and mic and separate the outputs? On my TC Helicon Voicelive 3 Extreme I can run outputs separately with guitar out the left xlr output and vocals out the right. This is extremely useful as I can run each output direct into a PA and adjust each channel from there. The thing I’d like is using the Helix as a simultaneous guitar/vocal processor with each having its own processing path and output. Is this possible on the Helix? Thanks!
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