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  1. sb77

    Took the Leap to 2.81...what's all the fuss about???

    Yeah sure cruisinon2 , the results would not hold up in a court of law but that really wasn't the naive idea you critique. And true, not everybody wants to say they screwed-up and rushed at the upgrade in maniacal excitement for a change in revision number without reading the instructions properly - personally if I screw up I take responsibility for it.... but maybe that's not for everyone. But hey, we are all different there will be a few with science degrees and a few that cant read so well and that's how it is. A good upgrade should address a spread of capability. We all understand that on a forum such as this, and pretty much every other on the www, its natural we expect to see the complaints more so than the quiet successes. I was simply wondering how many successes (define how you like BTW but for me its a post upgrade functionally effective Helix) there have been. I reckon its probably quite a few but who knows? Lets just stay with the moaning & groaning and some constructive solutions.
  2. sb77

    Took the Leap to 2.81...what's all the fuss about???

    this could make an interesting poll? Try and quantify how many had a problem with a shift to 2.80 / 2.81 and how many of them maintain they carefully followed the instructions and maybe on what platform ( Win / Mac). Try and get a measure of success as well as the more (quite reasonably) well publicised disaster areas.
  3. You're welcome - it's an odd one that I still can't figure out why it would stop an update but it happens. Glad I mentioned it.
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    OT 3 new guitars in 2 days or 5 in 40 years?

    Nah, go for it... make it 5 in 5 days. Look after them they won't loose much - might even gain value. Unlike any tech which is out-of-date a few years later... I tried a Variax, didn't much like it, and decided it was way more fun to just get one of each model (bar the banjo). You can't take it with you - enjoy your retirement (semi or otherwise)
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    250 neck thickness?

    Thanks for both replies. I can probably manage with 10's but 9s would definitely suit me better. psarkissian - you are saying the mag humbucker is pulling the strings? I will try dropping that a little. I am giving myself 24 hours to decide whether to return it or not - this isn't an easy decision. If I can't get the alternate tunings sounding OK i.e. without the warble that sounds more like a 1970s transposer unit I don't think I can live with it. I dont really hear warble with any of the models in standard tuning - this definitely the same thing? I just attached an example - unprocessed - T Model - user tuning A string - warbleA.wav Appreciate your help.
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    250 neck thickness?

    Thanks - it just arrived today anyway! Feels rather chunky in my hands - I am used to slimmer stuff but its not that uncomfortable - I think I can live with it. Models all very usable and the general feel of it is good but really not sure about the warbly stuff when using different Variax tunings... Not noticed the plinks yet tho. I guess I need to dig into some research here. And could I possibly get way with 009's is that going to be "warble plus"?!
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    250 neck thickness?

    Any chance of answer to this from a current owner? Or even Line 6? I would love to know....
  8. Just a reminder (cos I forgot between updates....!) that if you get repeated failures with applying the update then check you haven't got MIDI In (5 pin) connected. Leaving a MIDI in connected stops the update dead - remove it - worked first time! Maybe next time I will remember this myself....
  9. Just now I struggled to get the updated firmware on to my Helix and was immediately getting an error generated as the update starts (this leaves a blank screen on Helix requiring a power cycle).This has happened before (2.3) and I believe(d) was attributable to internally shared usb on my laptop. Tried all ports having unplugged any peripherals but there is still internal sharing going on - not that unusual in laptops. Tried different cables , everything.... I then inadvertently made just one additional modification and shutdown an incoming 5 pin MIDI signal (from a rhythm gen) into Helix (tempo LED FS switched from blue to red as you would expect) - next time I tried the update procedure it worked first time. Nothing else changed. Yep, that seems bizarre and perhaps just a coincidence, but keep it in mind if anyone else is having a hard time with the updater starting & failing in a similar manner.
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    How I switched frome AXE FX II to Helix

    Interesting post. And good to keep it away from product bashing - they both have a good deal of merit. Is it a "downgrade"? Its less $ but.... I still own both (AX-8 and a Helix). #1 "organic" bit of an odd word but if I read realistic or maybe natural I agree the AX-8 still to me sounds "better" (where better = more suited to my playing / ears) #2 Usability - Helix wins by a long way (we all know why) and using Behringer’s FCB 1010 is excrutiating ( I sold mine) - its great value for money but..... But I have my AX-8 set just how I like it married to a FC-300 and it does what I want without a fight. #3 AX Edit works good for me - not sure whats not to like but personal prefs again I have a couple of amps in Helix I use a lot (Badonk, Archon, plus a couple of cleans) adore the recent Cosmos delay and it is an almost perfect hardware control interface. They are different - but I'll spoil myself and keep both. But if I had to choose I am still with the sound of the AX-8. But it is getting closer as Helix develops.
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    Cosmos Echo - Wow!

    The HIGHLIGHT of the upgrade. A very usable emulation of the fabulous Space Echo. Thanks Line 6 and you have this over on Fractal ;)
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    Helix Native

    Thanks - nice & clear. And very fair. A definite purchase then.
  13. sb77

    Helix Native

    I presume a single purchase of a Helix Native license is good to be installed on a couple of different PC's owned by me? Can't seem to find license terms...
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    Helix Native

    Um yeah, bet that's not straightforward! There presumably is a VAT content in there. Can only ask Line 6 direct. seeems a bit odd purchase is only USD
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    My Shuriken arrived this week

    It does help - thanks. I think there is more than half a chance this will feel OK to me. I am fairly sure the JTV69 would not suit me - my favoured necks are ESP and a slim taper SG - both thin but to me really comfortable. I will be giving a Shuriken a try very soon. Thanks again.