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  1. I know to many of your this is a super basic question but I am fairly new to Helix. So if want to set different effects chains for various songs and to run into my EVH 5150 III head in the effects loop, is it as simple as creating a patch with no amp and no cabinet? Can you even do that?



  2. I wish I could help because I have the same problems. I generally really like Glenn's patches but I also found the early Van Halen to be too mushy and convoluted. The is no clarity to the notes with just too much processing going on. The Eruption patch on the POD was awesome as was the STP Plush tone. I cant find those anywhere else. Its like on my first Line 6 amp the AX212 they had a Metallica patch that I have never been able to replicate on any other Line 6 product. Come to think of it my Line 6 Spider IV 150 has a much better Eruption tone than anything so far on Helix.

  3. So the Helix is still impressing me with the Gemini 2. I also purchased the SpaceStation for my keyboard and love it. I did a side by side comparison with the Helix going to the Gemini 2 and the SpaceStation and to me the Gemini 2 won hands down. The Gemini 2 had much fuller bass response. The SpaceStation was good but didn;t have the balls of G2. But for my Roland Keyboard I love the SpaceStation.

  4. It is established that you have a major problem and lots of good advice. I would do the following in order:


    1. Check that Wah is not engaged. Check cords you are using to go from Helix to amp. Try new ones. If using XLR make sure they are balanced cables.

    2. Turn off Global EQ

    1. Back up your IR's and export your bundle to save everything.

    2. Update to latest firmware 2.01 and make sure you do the last step of rebuilding your presets.

    3. Try different factory presets to see if problem is gone. If it is, load your bundle and IR's and go. If not you have a bad unit.

  5. B)





    You guys are rookies at this, clearly.  The proper response is, "Darling, love of my life, you need another pair of shoes and handbag to match.  Oh, BTW, I have my eye on another guitar.  This one is way different than the other 16 and is essential for rounding out my musical toolbox.  And the first song I write using it will be dedicated to my undying love for you." B)


    ... Speaking from many years of marriage wisdom.   :)


    That is funny!  I am marking this thread "Solved"

  6. Hi Henry, I also am in a covers band - and this thing gives me so much more than any rig I had before.  And way more compliments from musos. Firstly, don't think of it as a stomp box.  It can be -  but there are much cheaper options for that.  It's every amp you ever needed to play any song in your band's set list.  And its every speaker box and every mic - and you can change the lot for every song if you like.  You don't plug it into your amp (not if you want the wide range of possibilities). You go direct from the Helix to FOH. A FRFR (full range flat response) self powered cab replaces your amp and can sound like almost anything.  So if you are crazy enough to want a different rig for your verse and chorus and something totally different again for your solo - you can do it.

    Now most sane people don't - they set up 4-6 great amp and cab patches and each setup has a nice selection of pedals (your choice).  They might have a few variations on that for specific songs. With that you can do say fender clean funk, Vox chime and Marshall grunt plus a mesa boogie and say a Dr Z.  And each rig has its own virtual pedal board. And once you have got them adjusted just right, they will sound totally convincing.  Feeding that direct to FOH  - in Stereo - you get better sound through the PA than you probably ever had before. Predictably - every night.

    Yes, it will take you a few weeks before you are feeling in control - you got to learn the thing - but if you have used a few different amps and a pedal board, it works exactly the same - you just suddenly got a ton more choice.  You plug you guitar in, you connect say a compressor, an overdrive, a stereo chorus an amp, some cabs, a mic, a delay (think like you are in the studio - you can put the delay after the amp and get great delay sounds) and you are done.  It's a produced sound.

    If you don't want to think through all that  - definitely don't buy a Helix.


    ditto. Get the Helix. It is the best on the market right now.

  7. UPDATE: After two months plus of using the Helix with my Gemini 2 at live gigs I am still very happy.  The sound continues to blow my mind, especially with effects like Double Delay and Stereo chorus.  I have people at EVERY gig come up and say how incredible the guitar sounds.  "Just like the record" is a comment I get often.  The one negative I found is the weight of the Gemini 2 unit. It is 62 lbs. But I bought a small furniture dolly (I didn't want to drill into the cab to attach wheels) and that makes it east to roll the unit around. By the way I have to give another shout out to Glenn DeLaune. I bought his Custom Artist 2 patches and the Boston patch is perfect. Finally after 30 years of playing guitar I have the actual Boston sound. When we perform More than a Feeling and Don't Look Back it gives me chills how accurate the sound is on that patch. 

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  8. I didn't mean to come across as critical to those that would spend that munch money on a speaker. I spend $$ like crazy on guitars :)


    Me too.  Wife says its time to thin the heard. I have 16 guitars right now.

  9. Another problem is everyone has a different perception of what they hear. One guy might create a Boston tone and think it is right on and 8 other people think it is not even close.  Even with some of the tones I paid for from Glenn DeLaune are not what I expected and he is one of the best.  The sound on the youtube demos sometime is much different than what I get through my rig.  Its just the nature of the beast. You are always better off to make your own tones on your own rig to get the sound you want. But that takes actual work and many of us are lazy and looking for the short cut like buying them! (which is what I often do.) But the free ones on custom tone... well you get what you pay for.

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  10. That is normal. The Save Bundle operation does not include the IRs because there is presumably no need to back them up - you already have them on your computer because that's how they got into Helix in the first place.


    Arguably, Helix should export/save the IRs in order to retain the IR slot information and be able to restore them accordingly. Right now you have to manually manage the restoration of IRs into their correct slots/locations.


    Thanks. I thought I did something wrong. I got all the IR's put back so no big deal but I hope in the future the save bundle option will make an exact backup including IR's.

  11. So I did a firmware upgrade tonight to 2.01 and before doing the upgrade I saved my "bundle" which I assumed was everything. (an exact copy of what I had)  After doing the firmware upgrade and rebuilding everything I then loaded my saved bundle. Everything came over EXCEPT the IR's.  I have the Glenn DeLaune Custom Artist 2 package I purchased an all those IR's were gone so I had to manually save them again to the IR locations.  Is this normal?  Why did the "save bundle" not save the IR's?

  12. Had the same reaction from my band at rehearsal the other night. 24 songs, 24 patches, all programmed to sound similar to the original, all using snapshots. They were in awe of the flexibility and tone. We had a 'moment' when we finished Zombie by the Cranberries. The intro clean/chorus, the heavy rhythm, and lead sounds all in one patch with 3 switches left everyone gob-smacked.  Then I push one switch and have a Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter sound! Another switch and I'm ACDC.....so good, so good.....


    First Gig tonight with the Helix ...time for the real deal!

    Sweet. We do Zombie as well and I just finished a snapshot for it.  Good luck and blow their ears out!

  13. So we played a gig for around 500 people this weekend. Set up my normal stage rig, EVH 5150 III S going into an Avatar 4X12 cab with my basic pedals. Right next to it I set up my Helix going into my new Mission Engineering Gemini 2.  I was too afraid to go just Helix on such an important gig and I have not had it long but I did have 4 patches set to go. I used the Helix with Glenn DeLaune's early VH patch I bought for Dance the Night Away and Eruption/Aint Talk About Love.  It blew the audience away. I had people come up to me during the break and say it sounded like they were at a Van Halen concert. My 5150 III also sounds good but I could never get that total stereo effect like they did with the original album. Then I used Glenn's the Nudge patch for Stranglehold. OMG!  I got goosebumps because it was like my guitar was possessed with uncle Ted's vibe. The lead sounded exactly like the album thanks to the patch. So for the whole set list of 30 songs I only used the helix for 4 this time but very good results.  Of course for the grand finale we closed with Enter Sandman and used my 5153 Stealth on channel 3 with some delay....  left the stage smoking! 


    Special Thanks to Glenn and Line 6. Helix rocks.

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  14. Damn... $1500. It better kick a$$ for that much money.

    $1,699 for the Bluetooth model which is the one I bought.   About a $1,000 cheaper than a nice tube head so in perspective its not bad.

  15. I had the Helix for about a week and tried running it into my PA direct, then into the front of a clean Marshall JVM head and finally into the direct amp in lines for the left and right channels on a Roland GS-212. The Roland is one of the few amps that can do stereo with direct inputs bypassing all tone circuits.  The sound was best with the Roland setup but just not the "blow me away" sound you can get running a Helix direct into a computer. But I gig and I needed a live application.  And I didnt want to depend on crappy FOH systems at some of the clubs we play.  I  like to play direct; guitar to amp to cab to ears! So I was ready to pull the trigger on a couple QSC speakers and was on the phone with Sweetwater and the guy said you need to try the Mission Engineering Gemini 2. True stereo with a typical woofer/tweeter configuration. 220 watts of Class D power. So I ordered one and it arrived today. Plugged into the Helix and it was amazing!  The sound is huge and rich and the stereo separation on the stereo patches is incredible. It fills the practice studio with 3D like sound.  I believe the key is the frequency response of the speakers which is far greater than typical 12" guitar speakers.  But the amazing thing is even the PA where I have 15" lows and horn tweeter did not sound even close to this unit.  I know lower cost PA systems are tweaked to have the sweet spot in a very narrow vocal frequency range. Maybe its the solid wood cabinet but whatever it is I am very happy. It brought my Helix to life! I

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  16. DI addresses the fact that the high on the radar need became the snapshots.  I'm not saying your needs for the stomp box you requested aren't important.  Just saying it is not in the mix yet.  But since I have been using the Helix the updates keep coming AND they keep improving the Helix.


    The acoustic simulations can be currently addressed via the preset that Glenn DeLaune has on his site for sale, which really isn't much $$$ and the demo can be seen via



    With snap shots I am thinking I can take Glenn's preset and add other blocks to make it a really cool preset for acoustic AND electric now [sHOUT OUT to Glenn for starting me out on that path and Line 6 for snapshots].  Also roscoe5 has a great collection of IRs for an acoustic preset.


    No disrespect intended.  Just offering ideas for the time being



    Sweet!  I missed that on his site. That will solve my problem for now, thank you. I did download two of his patch sets and they are awesome!

  17. You're not missing anything, and they didn't forget it. It's just not there, one of thousands of real-world pedals that aren't modelled in Helix.

    Thats too bad. I know they can;t model every pedal but any good acoustic simulator would have been useful.  Its kind of a staple for me since our band does a lot of 70's & 80's. Used it on Boston songs, Poison, Tesla, etc...

  18. Speaking of Glenn I have seen many posts that mention to use his recommended global eq settings. I must be missing something because I can not find them anywhere?


    Oh and I agree he is awesome.

    What global eq settings?

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