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    Line 6 updater not seeing helix

    Jon -- This past week, my PC had whole bunch of problems with drivers and the updater. Everything was installed, but neither the Helix app or my DAW could see the Helix. I spent two evenings trying to diagnose the problem. I finally uninstalled everything from Line 6 and used the Ccleaner utility to clean up the registry. Lastly I rebooted the machine. Voila! That did the trick. Apparently, there was old Helix data in the registry that kept the installers from working properly. Good luck! Mike Free Ccleaner here: https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download
  2. Make sure that you have the newest firmware installed: http://line6.com/software/
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    Normalizing CustomTone Patch Volume Levels?

    Hi Silverhead -- Do you think that a "moderator" could be appointed/selected to QC all submissions? Or is that impossible? Thanks.
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    Normalizing CustomTone Patch Volume Levels?

    ***** UPDATE ***** Man oh man - that was an educational experience! I've made adjustments to the volume levels to all 60+ patches I've downloaded from CustomTone so far. To get an objective look at the levels, I used a USB connection between the Helix my PC and the Reaper multitrack application. (BTW Reaper is available as a free trial and well worth the download, if just for this purpose, and if you haven't plugged your Helix into a PC, do it immediately. It's a breeze.) I made the adjustments on the output block (sometimes 2 output blocks). It was easy to strum the guitar with one hand, keep an eye on the Reaper input level and change the output block's Level setting with the other hand. You can also see the Pan setting while you're there and adjust it if needed. For some reason, a handful of the patches have this setting off center when there didn't seem to be a reason for it. (At least one patch had one amp and cabinet panned all the way left and the other amp and cabinet panned hard right. I let that one alone.) The CustomTone patches definitely needed some tweaks. About a third had factory-level settings. Another third had to be tweaked up or down within 6db (not bad, but not insignificant). The final third were way out there. Some had to be brought up 20db. Others had to come down 20db. Wow. This took about an hour and a half, but I feel like a have a much better (and usable) set of patches. The next step -- which is seemingly overwhelming -- is to go in and check the internal volume levels. I noticed that some patches had pedals (e.g. distortion) set ON as the default, and when you stomped its footswitch to deactiveate it, the clean tone was ~6 decibels too high or too low. :( Maybe the patch "divisors" out there can double check that their levels are similar to the factory patches before they upload. The patches all sound great listening to them one at a time, but as part of a collection they really should be relatively uniform in volume. I KNOW I'LL GET SOME FLACK FOR POSTING THIS . :( I'm trying not to be critical as I talk about adjusting the patches. I really appreciate every patch I've downloaded and wish I had the knowledge to devise something good enough to share! I'll work on it. Peace, love and hippy-$#!T, Mike in Maryland
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    Normalizing CustomTone Patch Volume Levels?

    Thanks vmoncebaiz. That helps a lot. ***** UPDATE IN NEXT POST ***** Mike in Maryland
  6. Hey All, I'm really digging my month-old Helix and have enjoyed experimenting with the plentiful Helix CustomTone patches. As you you soon discover with the patches, the audio input vs output levels are all over the place, which makes them difficult to use right out of the box in band practice and performance. I;d like to tweak them to get them all into some usable range, but I need a plan. Does anyone have a good strategy for normalizing the volume of the patches - bring them to a relatively equal level? Is "unity gain" a good starting point for determining an output volume? It seems clear to me that some patches will warrant higher gain to get the desired effect. Is there a technical standard somewhere? Should tweaking be done before the amps and cabs or after? So many questions! Mike in Maryland