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    Helix Native - now with added Linux!

    Thanks. I’m probably going this route when my 2010 MacBook dies or gets too slow.
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    Mainstage setup with Helix?

    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: https://documentation.apple.com/en/mainstage/usermanual/index.html#chapter=10%26section=2%26tasks=true I'm not at my music computer so can't try this at the moment. Good Luck.
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    Helix Native - now with added Linux!

    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.
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    Second MIDI PC Message Resets Preset

    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?
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    Helix with External Looper

    I would skip the loop and just put it at the 1/4" outputs. Why over-complicate it?
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    Helix through headphones sounds awful

    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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    Need some help figuring out if Helix would work for me

    If you stay within one preset you should be able to use up to 10 MIDI many functions from stomps 1-5 and 7-11 while in stomp box mode. Then if you want to switch to snapshot mode you could use up to 8 snapshots for different FX. E.g. Snap 1 might be your clean compressor only and snap 2 might turn off the compressor and turn on the delay, snap 3 might be the same as 2, but with more mix on the delay, etc. etc. Then press the mode button to go back to your MIDI stomps. There are multiple ways to set up preset/snap/stomp in global options. This thing is deep and it might take you a while to figure out which is best for you. Bottom line is this seems totally doable as long as you stick to 8 or 10 midi functions in one preset. Once you start jumping to different presets just so you can change some midi function in Live, then I think it will become cumbersome and a dedicated midi controller may be better, but that's just me.
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    Need some help figuring out if Helix would work for me

    >I'd love to have another bank of 8 to control the looper and maybe another bank of 8 to use plugin FX, but for the time being, let's assume I just need those 8 messages. If I understand what you are asking correctly, Another thing to consider is that there is an audio dropout (very small but it's there) between presets so you might not want to switch to another preset (your term bank) just the have differrent MIDI functions while letting a chord ring out. No audio drop outs if staying within the same preset.
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    Need some help figuring out if Helix would work for me

    >It looks pretty trivial to program the Helix to send midi notes which allow me to control Live. Yes super easy, can can customize names and colors too. Nice. The second part of your question, I'm not sure if I fully understand. Yes you can use preamps and effects, but you would not be able to manually switch them on and off with feet,since those stomps are already used for Live control midi notes. BUT you could set up snapshots or presets of your pre/effects and switch between snapshots with feet. If you wanted different preamps and effects you could use snapshots or presets. The MIDI control center stuff is per preset, so once you've got that you can copy that preset as a template. A more basic example I have is in my photo where I have Live controlled with MIDI notes with the left five stomps and effects assigned to those on the right. Hope that helps.
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    Helix no input mp3/cd ¿Why?

    Thank you for this. Very Helpful. I learned a lot!
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