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  1. I have had this problem in the past when I started using StudioOne for recording with Helix as interface.

    Thought it was my Surface  Studio USB.  Turned out to be the fairly cheap USB cable I was using from Helix to computer.

    Bought a high quality, shielded USB cable from BEST.  Cost like $24.  

    All cracks, pops and random noise gone completely.



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  2. Check out pg. 47 in the LT manual eh.
    If you have a sound module of some type with drum sounds, you can send MIDI CC's via

    the Command Center in the LT to fire the sounds you want.
    Remember to go to Global settings and turn off the TX MIDI PC setting.  This will prevent the LT

    from automatically send a MIDI PC message every time you hit a button.

    I have not tried it with my LT.  But I have done similar triggers with the Helix rack & controller.

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  3. I have this condition right now as well.  Only on 1st string.  Acoustically when plucked, there is a ghosting or metallic tone as the string vibrates.

    Sounds like it is hitting something.  Pickups are not near the strings.  String has plenty of room to pass over the bridge.  String gauge is .010".

    Loosening and moving the string in the piezo saddle affects it but does not eliminate it.  


    Not sure what to do next.  It is un-playable in this condition.  3 Months ago, it was fine.  No changes other than strings...always the same type & gauge.


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  4. That was a great book for sure.  Helped many of us learn to play.


    Saw Pat Travers in Buffalo a few weeks ago.  Using a Helix and a Mesa Head and 2x12 cab.

    He reproduced all those glorious 70's ADA flanger, delay and wah tones incredibly well.

    He ran directly into the Return of the Mesa head.  One red pedal in the loop.


    As far as the memorable solos go.....Pat Thrall is an excellent compliment to PT's playing.  Great technical player.

    But he did not join the band until Heat In The Street.  Pat was killing it long before Thrall was along for the ride.

  5. I have used a Koch ATR-4502 single space, 45W/90W successfully with a few different cab combinations.

    The 4502 is a hybrid tube/FET amp with great tubey dynamics.  I use it with a 2x12 celestion cab, a V30 & V10 cab and a 2xV10 cab.

    All cabs are Wizard but any semi-open back cab can work well.  You need to find the base tonality that works for you and then use the Helix tonal flexibility 

    to get the nuances you need.
    If you have specific modeled tones with IR's already in the Helix, a FRFR like the PowerCab+ or a DXR10 or 12 will be better at amplifying the exact sound, but
    may not have the tubey dynamics you're looking for until you get proficient at dialing that in. 

  6. I had a similar issue when I first started using MIDI with my Helix & PC+.

    Their seemed to be some message conflict that would cause the PC+ to stop responding.

    As you stated, it continued to work fine in the preset it was in but, would not respond to messages any more.


    I found that I needed to set the MIDI Send/Receive in the Global Settings to OFF.

    This would prevent the Helix from automatically sending a PC message any time the preset was changed.
    It would then only send the PC message programmed for the preset and everything worked fine. 

    It's been almost a year with no lockups or issues on the gig.

    Hope this helps eh.  Happy Holidays!


    Global Settings>MIDI/Tempo>MIDI PC Send/Receive - OFF

  7. Still seems like some contention issue.  Two PC or CC messages getting sent at the same time.

    You are using the Instant controllers yes?  Make sure no other controller is assigned, just for now.
    There should be a small greenish triangle over the instant controller you set only.  No others.
    Make sure there are no other midi devices sending data as well.


  8. Hi Graemey,


    I ran into this issue as well wit the PC+.

    The Helix by default sends PC (program change) info whenever you change presets.

    Go into Global Settings>MIDI/Tempo>MIDI PC Send/Receive.  Turn this OFF.
    Set your desired Midi channel and program change # in the  Command Center.

    Just select one of the lightning bolt instant switches and set the MIDI channel and PC#.

    See the manual for reference info.


    Apparently when the Helix automatically sends PC and your assigned MIDI data there

    must be some contention issue causing the lockup.





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  9. I have a recent purchase JTV-59 that has a similar issue , but the opposite symptom.

    The mag PU's switch just fine.  The models do not switch.  The modelling sounds work but the default sounds

    for the model comes up when you rotate the knob such as Lester, spank etc....  It just won't switch between the 

    various PU sounds in the preset.  Latest software loaded 2.14.  Did not work on previous software either.

    Opened ticket, looks like I need to take it to an authorized SC. 

    I took photos of the switch cavity.  There is a pair of wires, red & white for each PU that should have shrink on them. 

    Neck PU wires did not have shrink and the connection was laying on a soldered joint.  Thought that was the issue.

    Put shrink on it but no change.   Mags work fine, models work, but no model PU change when toggle is moved.

    I'm open to any suggestions  from you psarkissian to keep this rascal off your bench.  I'm an electronics guy with

    years of guitar/amp/fx repair.  I did not pull the switch per your warnings.  I did check that all the terminations were made

    in the cavities.  Nothing obvious laying about inside.




  10. I use a hard case from an eBay seller.  Fits great with a little room for cables or even a pedal if they are small.

    It's a hard case but lightweight.  It's not for throwing the unit into a truck by roadies, but it is more than sufficient for

    general carrying and rough situations.  It's under $50US.








  11. FRFR related:  I have a 6 month old, mint condition Yamaha DXR12 speaker available for sale if anyone is interested.
    Has not left my studio.  Original box, manual, Power cord etc...     $495 + shipping.  Located in 14225 zip code.
    No issues or damage.  Just not using it.  

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