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  1. Hello, I updated to 3.10 and am getting some black boxes obscuring the text showing the preset name. This box blocks viewing of the screen info in that area and is not preset specific. some presets will have and others won't. It does not appear to affect the sound, but I'm mostly playing from the couch into an iPad so who really knows. I did do the factory rest and backup as the instructions suggested. I'll see if it persists and may try another reset if it persists. Image shows missing part of screen in my "B:Fake Bass preset".
  2. I just posted about this yesterday in another linux thread. Helix Stomp works fine for me with Ubuntu 19.10 and Ardour, both audio and midi over USB. As long as you carefully pick your hardware, I imagine where you'll run into limitations is with third party plugins for DAW. There are some good companies with software for linux, but not alot (Reaper, Bitwig, U-he, others??), but most will just say they don't support it so you may have some work to-do. If you want synths, definitely give u-he a try, everything they make is to shelf. I like Ardour a lot for straight multi-track audio. But with all that said, I'm a Mac guy now and don't expect to change anytime soon.
  3. I’d go with the Stomp. It’s very capable, and for home use I don’t think it’s too limiting. It’s super small and fits on a desk nicely. You’ve probably already got some effects pedals you can use with it so it’s not too limited. It’s also less expensive so if you don’t like it easier to move on. It would work well with amps as an efx only unit too. My biggest gripe is that it is almost too small and can be a little hard to edit on the unit as your fingers always bump something. My 2 cents. Also use good headphones and or good FRFR. I have a KSC Q10 which i’m happy with. Do some research and spend a little more on something good.
  4. Hello. I just tried Helix Stomp with Ubuntu 19.10 and it worked great. In Ardour 5.12, I set sample rate to 48k and the interface to the stomp. Did a quick multi-track audio recording of guitar through headphones, all in sync. After a few more minutes of messing around I was also able to get midi clock to sync tempo from ardour to stomp. So for me it works and I’m happy with this and it’s good to know this is an option if my 2015 Macbook ever kicks it.
  5. Thanks. I’m probably going this route when my 2010 MacBook dies or gets too slow.
  6. With mainstage you set up a new patch for each sound you want. So for example set up patch 1 to be "Clean" and assign Your HXN plugin to that mainstage patch, set the tempo, add other effects, etc.. Set up as many mainstage patches as you like, each with different group of effects. Mainstage can change patches via midi or keyboard commands. To go to the next patch try Command-Down Arrow Select the next patch See here: I'm not at my music computer so can't try this at the moment. Good Luck.
  7. I appreciate your trying this and may like some help/guide on this in the future. I've used Linux off and on for many years, but my current music setup is a 2011 iMac, which I'm getting an itch to replace (the imac actually works wonderfully, but it does feel like I'm always spending more time than I'd like managing CPU). u-He ( makes spectacular synth plugins) offer plugins for linux and I would love to see Line6 support Linux here also.
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    Helix sighting

    Just watched Band of Horses on Austin City Limits and the bass player was using a Helix. Good Show.
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    Future of Helix

    When I started playing guitar I had 1 good amp (fender vibrolux something), 1 overdrive pedal, and a boss SE-50 multi effects for the occasional flanger/chorus/reverb. Many years later I've found is that I still gravitate towards a similar sound re-created with modeling so even though I have many digital amps at my disposal, I use very few. I'll bet I'm 95% of the time on something similar to this, then remainder spent among another 5 amps that I practice with. So think about how will you will really use it and don't base you decision on the number of amps.
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    Helix Lockout

    I should have mentioned that first. Mac. I mostly just use the editor for backup now. I'll add that it is few and far between. Could be my El Captain version - who knows. Never happened live or disconnected from USB.
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    Helix Lockout

    I've seen this once or twice. Mine have only been when connected to the editor via USB, never standalone. And i believe its been mentioned by others as well.
  12. I'm sure some of us here would like to help you, but your description really doesn't give much useful information. How are they they connected (USB, Midi cables, Mac, PC, other, etc..). What did you do to troubleshoot? For example, did you try MIDI Monitor if you are using a Mac (do this first) ? What CCs are you using? MIDI can be difficult, do you have experience with other MIDI devices?
  13. I would skip the loop and just put it at the 1/4" outputs. Why over-complicate it?
  14. I agree it is probably that you need to tweak your tone for the output system you are using (either headphones or PA, etc.). You should tweak as close to where you normally play. So if you only play at a church on the weekends you could ideally tweak there at full volume some evening, but if you are playing at random bars, that is a little more difficult. -tweak at full performance volume or as close to it as possible (loud). -tweak using a system as close to what you would normally output through. If you always play through something big and nice, get a good full range speaker (i have a K12 to tweak through which gets me pretty close). -be aware of the room you are in. For example, don't try to over obsess about tweaking in a small basement with low ceilings. It won't sound as good as a big room with high ceilings and some space for natural reverb. I once had an amp I used only in the basement and hated it, but one day i took it to a friends house, who has a huge living room and it sounded wonderful. -hopefully you have a sound man, he/she is your friend and can help you out a lot with EQ, so don't over-obsess about your tweaking and tone, and let them help. -the rule of thumb for impedance is low feeds high (7-10x). so if you have low impedance headphones that could be part of the problem. If helix has an output impedance of 12 (think I read that above) then 12 x 7 = 84. So aim for a headphone impedance of greater than 84 (or get a different mixer as noted above). I still feel its more likely it just volume and speaker effects. So just accept that it will be different or set up separate patches. -make sure your wah is off if you don't want to use it. Good Luck.
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