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  1. I feel your pain - I've also been a mushroom from time to time. TW :)
  2. es345tds

    Variax Workbench

    "psabramowicz - Mar 25, 10:50 AM - Hi Tom, Thanks for letting me know. Most of the time when you're running WB HD, and HX Edit - it's best to have these running one at a time." No need to dis my computer here. :) Funny how Pete didn't mention that it works on other computers? Judging from his response, this doesn't sound to me like 'a "fix" for something that isn't a universal problem'. Do you think I should re-open that ticket?
  3. es345tds

    Variax Workbench

    Hello - I hope this is the right place for this question? I have been having really bad results running Workbench HD with Helix Edit on a win 7 PC. My computer shuts down (crashes actually) when I do that. I have contacted Line 6 support and the answer seems to be "Don't use them together". It seems to me that it's a no-brainer to be able to use them at the same time. Is this something that will be fixed in the future?
  4. psarkissian - this is off topic so I thought you could direct me to the right area - you seem to have a handle on the variax guitar - is there a forum topic that engages the variax HD work bench issues with the Helix edit program? I need to know if Line 6 is going to make the two programs compatible. I've been told not to use them at the same time.
  5. Thank you for the time and thoughts. TW
  6. psarkissian "In active guitar circuits since at least the mid 1970's, the configuration has been TRS: Tip= Signal, Ring= +V and Sleeve= ground/return." Thanks, I understand how the TRS jacks work in normal conditions but with the VARIAX circuit the RING makes the connection that powers up the Variax at it's jack? The unit at the other end (amp, pedal, processor, etc...) with the TS style input doesn't engage the RING on the TRS plug, therefore it never sees the voltage and has no significance - right? I would think that there could be a problem using a TRS plug in a circuit that isn't designed for voltage - something like a stereo pedal that is looking for two guitar signals, not battery voltage - I don't know, just seems like something could go wrong plugging a powered TRS cable into just anything without knowing the compatibility. Please don't say "check with the manufacturer". I have a Yamaha acoustic/electric guitar that can be powered up via a TRS connection with the corresponding Yamaha AG Stomp preamp. This case is another unusual use for the TRS plug - you have to remember to swap out the battery for a "dummy" battery before making this connection. There does seem to be a lot of room for confusion when using the TRS cables and jacks due to their flexibility I suppose.
  7. Sorry to drag this out but I might as well get more confusion out of the way. I am going to keep a "phono" plug (with no cable attached) handy for powering up the variax for use with the VDI updates. Would it matter in that case whether it was TR or TRS? Also - Is there a simple explanation for the difference in the circuitry used for powering the guitar for audio signal transmission vs simple power associated with VDI updates? I really haven't grasped why the TRS plug works differently from the TR plug for use with the variax application and why Line 6 doesn't speak of it (at least as far as I have seen anyway).
  8. Were you modding that guitar or was that a remove/replace thing you did?
  9. amorris - I'm pretty sure I saw a comment about the fact that the 1/4" plug merely powers up the battery for use with the VDI connection so the two connections aren't really being used in the circuit together. Hope I understood what I just passed along to correctly. Maybe some else will jump in on this one since I don't remember where I saw that statement.
  10. es345tds

    Phantom Power?

    So what you are saying is that if it is worth the extra expense for an isolator like the Radial Twin-Iso or something like it then the XLR outputs could actually be run into the XLR ins at the mixer. The main reason I have pursued this idea is that I want to experiment with the stereo and dual amp set ups and having the extra stereo output options would be handy. Since I only have one powered pa speaker I'm thinking of incorporating various amps that I have for W/D/W scenarios. Time to see what works I guess. Like I said I'm just getting into this and there are probably options I haven't thought of which is why I went with the Helix in the first place. Thanks for your thoughts. TW
  11. es345tds

    Phantom Power?

    I realize that there are other options _ I will experiment with the 1/4" outs and "loop" sends to the mixer_ I just didn't realize until recently that the XLR outs could be a problem with mixer XLR inputs and the related phantom power. I got the idea that the statement in the OM --- "IMPORTANT! Never connect the Helix device's XLR outputs to a device whose XLR inputs have 48V phantom power enabled!" I have seen a few comments here stating that the phantom power will not damage the Helix but that warning in the manual looks like the classic CYA protection for Line 6 when it comes to a warranty issue. Like I said, there goes another few hundred dollars if I find it necessary to use the XLR outs to the mixing board. I guess that horse is long dead now and I clearly have more to learn so I'll sign off. Thanks for the response. TW
  12. es345tds

    Phantom Power?

    ...and if there is an accidental Phantom power activation (which isn't that unlikely) or not so accidental power activation by the sound guy (which is highly likely) you are boned. There goes your warranty or another $100-$300 for the gear required to protect the Helix.
  13. es345tds

    Phantom Power?

    I have to say I agree - one of the selling points for me was that the Helix has so many I/O's that I wouldn't have to be going down the rabbit hole chasing the extra gear it would take after purchasing this "all-in-one" effects machine. I also agree that I love this Helix beast but I didn't think I would have to buy extra gear to "protect" it from other commonly used gear.
  14. I have been using the Helix since 2017 and I have always gotten this error message when plugging in the USB from the Helix (thru all of the Helix updates). Is this the same fix for Windows 7? (yes I have put in a ticket on this problem with no resolution)
  15. I think I might have missed something here - I can understand the possibility of "overloading the circuit" (I haven't ever used both jacks at the same time but have always wondered about that) by using the two jacks at the same time but I shouldn't be using a TR (standard) cable from Variax to amp (or in my case Helix)? I have always used a TR "standard" cable as the user manual instructs. I see the note about connecting the XPS-DI box with a TRS cable to power the Variax in place of the battery but the manual explicitly says use a standard 1/4" cable for the "analog" output jack. Is this TRS instruction an amendment to the user guide?