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  1. If there is a consensus it seems to be that the Helix isn't going to know that the cable is a dummy cable so probably better off not putting that in there.... maybe you want to avoid things like ping Pong delays if you're going left mono out.... what I really want to find out is if I can take two mixer channels and send both left and right from the helix even though the mono PA is not going to treat those two channels any differently.
  2. " Important notes for users running mono: Use a dummy XLR on either the left or right output so your wet effects don’t sum to mono (summing to mono modulating wet effects sounds suboptimal)." https://alexstrabala.com/helix-presets
  3. Some patch makers suggested a dummy cable in the right output to solve a "problem" with "left sum to mono." But today somebody mentioned that once a cable is plugged into the right output, the Helix won't sum left to mono and both outputs would get half of a stereo patch signal. With the dummy cable, your PA might be getting half stereo ( missing info required for a reasonable FOH sound)
  4. I read most of that other forum post you linked above ..it sounds like if I just take a quarter inch cable coming from the DI box that I use at church and plug it into the right one quarter inch out first just for a moment with the Helix turned on then put it in the left I shouldn't need to leave an unattached cable plugged into the right jack indefinitely.
  5. The input block does have a threshold and I think a release parameter but I always thought of it as something to get rid of noise not a true compressor... I just got through testing this, removing the aggressively set compressor before the wet effects and substituting in a very mildly set deluxe comp at the beginning and everything seems to be as it should be now.
  6. I like creating stereo patches, but at church the PA is entirely Mono. I generally just run the left 1/4 out to DI to Mixer, but somebody mentioned value in putting a dummy cable like a short patch cable or even a 1/4 to 1/8 adapter in the right output. Thoughts? David Hislop: "MONO VS STEREO OPERATION All of my patches are designed to be run in stereo - It is highly recommended for optimal tone. If you intend to run mono please note: The Line 6 devices automatically “sum” or combine the stereo signal chain to mono when only one cable is plugged into the left output of the Helix/HX Stomp. However, this tends to blur and cloud the tone in my opinion - for that reason it is HIGHLY recommended that you still plug a cable into both the left and right outputs to keep the stereo signal paths intact, even if you only run mono out of the left output. You will notice your tone and the effects are clearer than if only one cable is plugged into the outputs and they are summed. " https://www.davidhislop.co/product-page/helix-all-in-patch-1
  7. I need to revisit this due to an experience I just had setting pickup height. I was getting odd, very low output during bends on the high E string, especially above the 9th fret. No fretting out. Pickup height adjustments didn't fix it and I suspect now a compressor was set aggressively enough that it was killing the output altogether once the string moved in between pickup pole pieces. For a long time I've had a mild LA studio at the end of the chain, like Jason Sadites. Never created an issue. Then recently I read about people putting another one after the cab/IR and before wet effects but apparently I had it set too aggressively. This was also the LA studio. I'm thinking now of moving that to the beginning of the chain, using the Ampeg Opto comp instead and setting it very mild in a fixed, alway on configuration. Or possibly going a step further and having it on only for clean snapshots. Thoughts?
  8. I haven't used the battery for my JTV59 for a while so I charged it for 2-3 hours. Initially it showed 4 green lights in the JTV, which quickly became 3. After updating Workbench, Monkey etc the USB VDI interface got a green light on the laptop side (windows 10) but blinking red on the guitar side. RJ45 end plugged into Variax port, 1/4 cable plugged in to guitar, volume knob up and light lit on the model knob. Still no joy and Workbench won't connect -- after 20 minutes it was down to two lights on the battery compartment. I'm charging the battery again, thinking I pulled it too soon. Has less than 4 green lights been an issue making this kind of connection with the Variax VDI USB interface?
  9. You can turn off hardware compatibility which should make CC 64 work with native, but then it says 69 goes away which is being used for snapshot changes. So I tried turning off hardware compatibility and my CC 69 snapshot changes still work, but not tap tempo. The Helix Native midi light blinks, but no change in tempo value showing.
  10. I don't see Enable MPE Mode in Reaper. :-) That's the problem, Native is the same across all DAWS, pretty much. And your midi controller setup is pretty much the same. But the plumbing to get it to work is considerably different DAW to DAW.
  11. Followed these instructions but the little midi light on the Reaper channel containing the Helix Native VST isn't lighting up. I've tested my CC commands using morning star's web - based midi monitor.
  12. It appears the Helix Asio doesn't have good performance....showing 65 Ms delay in jamulus, as opposed to 43 or so on the Mackie driver.
  13. I do use sonobus with some others in the Seattle area. Since I have the time and there is already a convenient Thursday mid-day session on Jamulus, I've started participating in that. I'm looking at running two instances of Jamulus, with the Helix driver set up on one and my regular "interface" ( mackie mixer) serving vocals and backing tracks to another instance of Jamulus. There is also a solution using Reaper's rearoute. Then you have an approach using ASIO Link Pro -- too much info to digest :-) But even just continuing with guitar/vocal/tracks through the Mackie only I've found that panning before sound hits Jamulus or Sonobus makes a big difference. When I was struggling to get IEMs dialed in someone pointed out the advantages of a stereo mix over mono. They likened mono to listening to six other musicians who were standing single file facing you. So first in line is the piano and it's too loud, so you turn up the level of the drummer who is 3rd in line. Then you can no longer hear the piano or others adequately, and on and on and on. But if you can put the drummer and bass in your left ear, say panned out 50%, the piano and lead vocal in the right ear, etc etc and possibly also lower or even remove some sources you don't need, you can hear what you need at lower volumes. In Jamulus etc you can't mute people because you won't hear them talking, unless they're using multiple sessions so you could mute their instrument if desired. ( or if they are panning ahead of Jamulus you could pan them in Jamulus to get what you need from them) My brief experiment with this panning yesterday did make a big difference. It was in Sonobus but my vocal was totally in the left ear, with most of the guitar in the right and it made it easier for all of us to hear what I was doing more distinctly.
  14. Thanks for providing this. I'm just now getting around to trying my Helix driver with Jamulus. I've been using Jamulus with the ASIO driver for my small Mackie mixer ( running Helix and vocal mic into the Mackie) but now I want to explore running two instances of Jamulus so others can adjust my vocal mic and Helix guitar levels independently.
  15. Chiming in on an old thread because I'm considering upgrading my Youlean loudness app to the pro version. When our rehearsals start, just after the last member arrives, we go quickly through all of the songs and then go home. THERE IS ZERO time to tweak patch levels with the band present. Often, the sound guy isn't even there on rehearsal nights. The leader might break for 20 seconds to let you adjust if a specific patch is way off , level wise, but that's it. And that's why I use my ears and meters at home.
  16. I'm playing a few hours per week using Jamkazam ( online jamming). Latency is key. I just wanted to see if removing the audio interface and running Helix direct to laptop would be better ( seems logical, remove something and there's less overhead, exactly why I always remove the headers and mufflers on my cars). Unfortunately, that's not the case.
  17. I set up two patches, both with usb 3/4 input and usb 1/2 output. Best latency on the empty patch was 9.1ms at 96 khz and 64 buffer size On a normal patch with my usual blocks, with usb 3/4 input and 1/2 output, best was 11.5ms at 48khz/64 My audio interface reports about 6ms
  18. Reinstalled the drivers. Now cakewalk sees inputs 1,3,5,7 ( usb) not the even numbered ones. When I ran RTL it now sees the Helix asio and shows 8 inputs and 8 outputs so I selected all of them. Cable from 1/4 to guitar 1/4 input
  19. When I updated to 3.01 a few days ago, it didn't require a new version of HXedit. but it is suspicious that the Helix driver shows May 2019 and not more recent. Will deleting and reinstalling the latest hxedit update the drivers?
  20. Went ahead and tried it. Well neither RTL nor Cakewalk recognize the Helix ASIO driver. I do see HX Stomp in RTL but otherwise no recognition. It's there in the control panel (Helix Control Panel) as well as under devices. Audacity recognizes it. Helix edit runs fine and everything is up to date to 3.01 with the Helix driver date shows May 2020. Rebooted/restarted everything. Not too impressed with this driver.
  21. I'd just like to hear from others who have tested Helix latency by running a 1/4 inch cable from 1/4 out to guitar input. I'll be using the RTL utility and just want to make sure it's safe to use a patch cable like that. I'd guess testing should be done on a blank preset as well as on one typically used.
  22. What driver are you talking about? if it's not the Helix driver what other one works with helix
  23. For RTL did you just run a 1/4 inch cable from 1/4 out to guitar input?
  24. I tried using my Helix today as an interface to my laptop running Jam Kazam for online music.... I used helix USB channels one and two for the guitar and channel 8 for the microphone ...the latency showing in jamkazam was about 12 milliseconds ....this is the local gear related latency, I wasn't connected to anyone on the internet.... my regular audio interface gets about 5.7 milliseconds so unless I'm missing something using the Helix in this way makes no sense. I verified the audio interface latency that jamkazam shows by running the RTL utility... how would you safely route a patch cable on the helix to run RTL against that?
  25. I followed all of qwerty42's advice but was still getting record errors. I know I've had recent Windows updates......actually I see now that I had the microphone (the built-in microphone on the laptop) disabled because I wasn't using it... I'm going to re-enable that and see what works now. The windows updates don't seem to have affected the microphone privacy settings. 9999 Unanticipated host error: this means means "something is wrong". And appears to most often be due to either: A lost connection to a USB audio device. Recent Windows / Mac update requiring that user gives permission for Audacity to access the microphone.
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