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  1. I appreciate your patience responding to a never ending flow of ideas on how the guitar amp modeler and effects world should rotate. The requirement of gain staging in the analog world has no or little necessity driven counterpart in a digital modeler like Helix. After one makes sure the signal level between modeling elements does not cause unwanted digital artifacts (excessive magnitude difference induced rounding errors), all what’s left to consider is whether a chosen input signal level to a model (selected by a preceding model’s output level) combined with the model’s parameter setting creates a desired effect. There is unprecedented freedom to exploit a model’s capability that did not exist in the analog world, simply because careful gain staging was a requirement to keep a lid in unwanted noise and distortion originating from excessive low and high signal levels. Happy to read your helpful posts when I would have given up to say anything. I sometimes wonder though if someone would have actually read the manual or just listened to his ears if nobody responded ...

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      Thanks for your kind words. I try to be helpful, but I think on this one the kudos go to DunedinDragon.

      I try to stick to topics that have objective solutions - physical routing, MIDI and such.

      On subjects like this - "How do I make it sound good?" my best advice is RTM and "twiddle the dials until it sounds good" as my best sounds have come about quite accidentally through doing just that. The parallels between modelers and the analog world really are remarkable, and most users would do well not to overthink it.


      It's a toy. Have fun! And, as the great man said, "Shut up and play yer guitar!"

  2. I have tried blending things, but with very limited improvements. The extra complications in the tone structure and plethora of parameter options just did not seem to be worth the trouble. Are you using any IRs with your Variax acoustic models and if yes, which ones worked best for you with the 5 Variax acoustic guitar models? Obviously it would be helpful if you could share a tone sample.
  3. Sorry for confusing your earlier advice. I missed the o in iPod. No idea whether there is a camera kit for an iPod or the one the OP has, and if there is, whether it works just like the one for an iPhone or iPad.
  4. No need for a mixer. Just get the camera kit and connect it’s USB end to your Helix and play your backing tracks or whatever audio you want to route directly to your Helix connected speaker system. You can trim the USB volume in globals. The iPad/iPhone volume controls do not control USB output.
  5. While clearly subjective, there are a few recording and teaching artists claiming that associating detailed mental imagery with songs or improvisations improves the ability of artists to express themselves during performance. Some good mental imagery may help to get the knobs right while fine-‘tuning’ your sound/instrument for the target song.
  6. No problem - enjoy your holidays and playing music ...
  7. Unless you have not already done so, download HX Edit 3.0. If that does not help and assuming you have a backup, do a Helix reset to factory defaults and restore all your settings from your backup.
  8. MartinDorr

    Big Sur

    Maybe it’s because 3.01 is a FW update only and by itself not dependent on MAC OS or computer processor behavior. Could be that Line 6 just expects a version update of HX Edit when the’ll be happy having passed Big Sur release qualification.
  9. I think this would be a good (and cheap (language independent)) improvement of the manual. I remember looking for the numbering scheme when I stumbled over the first instructions on doing various resets. While it was highly likely Line 6 would be using the ‘western’ practice of left to right and top down, doing different types of resets is not really something you want to do by trial error. Later reset instructions added how to identify the switches and all is good now. That said, the manual I believe, has quite a few references to switch numbers but never describes which number goes with which switch. Maybe I missed it ... Maybe a more productive feedback from an Uber Guru would be advice on how get real improvements into the manual update pipeline. As far as I gathered from past posts, Line 6 is unlikely to pick this feedback up from this Forum.
  10. I do not know the real answer, but I vaguely remember that the USB messaging protocol differentiates between a host and a device side of communication parties. A straight lightning to USB cable connects the device (iPhone/iPod) to a host (PC/MAC). The Camera kit dongle allows the IPhone/iPad to act or look like a host and supports the use of a so-called USB ‘printer cable’ to connect to a device (Helix). Helix has a USB 2.0 Type-B receptacle and needs a USB cable with a USB 2.0 Type-B connector on one end. I am not aware of any lightning cable that ends in a USB 2.0 Type-B connector. Except for the Apple camera kit dongle which converts to a USB Type-A receptacle (host), all lightning /USB cables have a USB 2.0 or 3.0 Type-A or a USB 3.0 Type-C connector to be plugged into a host. I am not confident that I used the right terminology in the above - it’s been a while since I worked on something USB related. Hope it helps anyway.
  11. I can only state that it seems you have not yet checked whether the camera kit cable is the failing piece. In regard to a straight lightning/USB cable option I do not know what you refer to. Those cables are only used to charge the iPhone/iPad or connect them to a Computer. Can you provide a brand, part number or source for such a straight cable directly connecting an iPhone/iPad to a Helix?
  12. It seems like your camera kit is the only thing left to be tested with something other than the Helix or an alternate camera kit need to be tried. Same experience what others reported before - camera kit connection to Helix USB works for me every time w/o any hassle with both iPhone SE and IPad. Controlling USB input volume on the Helix is a bit cumbersome. Make sure you do not have it turned down all the way, but that should have created the same problem when playing some track on your PC or MAC when routing it out to Helix via USB.
  13. Why go through all your HW boxes if your target is recording with IRs, which you probably have already. Have you considered using just Helix Native? Independent of that, for me there is a significant difference in sound subtleties between Helix and the HD500. I did not hear it as distinctly when I got my LT, but now after I am spoiled I think the Helix is clearly in a different class of sound transparency, not counting all the other goodies you get. Edit: Forgot to mention I also have a DT25, but have not found using it with my LT to be worthwhile after playing straight through a pair of studio monitors. That said, I am a hobby user playing in a smallish room and the story could be different for a small stage environment.
  14. Best guess would be a NAMM announcement and release ‘soon’ after. Soon could mean anything in the 2-6 month range, if history is your guide ... There is TGP thread about Helix 3.0 if you want feel the pulse of the waiters! Enjoy what you have. Polyphonic Synth does not sound like something high on the priority list - not claiming any insight or knowledge.
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