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  1. Digital_Igloo

    How many people would like to see a medium size Helix?

    The problem is that $825 is a weird price point. The closest workable one is $799, but I'm not sure there's a path to get there with your design, unfortunately. Consider removing or minimizing several of the following to help get you there: 1 SHARC vs. 2 SHARCs Big display (use the one on HX Stomp instead) VDI L6 LINK | AES/EBU Additional footswitches Metal chassis Internal power supply Might want to instead think about adding stuff to HX Stomp, as $799 is closer to it than Helix LT.
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    How many people would like to see a medium size Helix?

    Anything's possible, but a lot of people would be upset by the lack of effects loops and single TRS 1/4" output (and including the splitter would cost more than just keeping separate 1/4" jacks). Rough guess is that it'd cost maybe $100 less. So basically, Helix LT's price before tariffs forced us to raise it. And the Volume knob is too close to the switches. If you made it smaller and moved it to the right of the UI cluster (display should be centered above A B C anyway) and added a step down above the top row (a la HX Effects), you could move the whole forehead in by an inch or more. :)
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    How many people would like to see a medium size Helix?

    Generally I agree with this. However, if enough people agree on a specific form factor and price—and it's derivative enough for us to crank out easily without disrupting either sustaining work on Helix firmware or new products we have cooking—we wouldn't rule anything out, especially if it fits neatly into a price point we don't currently reside in. For example, it'd be relatively easy for us to make an 18-switch Helix with two expression pedals for $1900-2000, but only like a dozen people would want something that big. (Upon reading this, Headrush quietly cancels their 18-switch Pedalboard.) The problem is that when people design their ultimate Helix box, they rarely account for two really important things: the amount of space required for UI and I/O, and parts pricing. In other words, "Make a Helix with all the switches, scribble strips, and I/O of the big guy except make it HX Stomp size!" Or "Make a Helix with all the switches, scribble strips, and I/O of the big guy except remove this one tiny thing I don't personally care about and charge half price!" That's not what OP's asking for, but others do.
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    Helix vs Helix LT

    Compared to Helix, the differences with Helix LT are: • No scribble strip LCDs (middle eight footswitch assignments appear on Helix LT’s colorful Performance view) • Fewer Ins and Outs: • 2 Sends/Returns as opposed to 4 (can be stereo linked) • No mic preamp • No Aux In • No S/PDIF In/Out • Exp 2 In and dual Ext Amp Out share a single jack (function is globally selectable) • No Exp 3 jack • No CV Out jack • Less expensive chassis: • Folded steel top chassis as opposed to extruded aluminum • Folded steel expression pedal as opposed to cast aluminum • Impact-resistant ABS side panels with rubber overmolding (like those on Helix Control) as opposed to cast aluminum side panels • No separate Phones knob (headphone volume is controlled by main Volume knob) • No 10 Stomp footswitch mode; Stomp mode is limited to 8 switches • Pedal Edit select view displays 8 blocks at a time instead of 10
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    Multiband distortion article

    It needs meters because unlike with Helix/HX hardware, we have no control over input level. There's nothing stopping someone from boosting their interface's gain knob and suddenly Helix Native sounds like someone put 20 boost pedals in front.
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    Multiband distortion article

    Gotcha. Cool—thanks, Craig!
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    Multiband distortion article

    Very very cool, but I wonder if Craig knows about the Split > Crossover type? Might save some block locations.
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    Best method of setting patches levels to the same volume??

    Even if you move the goalposts to speak only to those who monitor through controlled playback systems like IEMs (which, considering the audience here, is likely a small contingent), leveling presets and snapshots by ear, in situ, will still provide much better results than using meters.
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    [HX STOMP] How do i turn on tuner if i have set FS3 to STOMP?

    IIRC, it's ACTION and PAGE> together, but that was added with 2.70, so make sure you're updated.
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    Best method of setting patches levels to the same volume??

    Correct. You have to level your presets in situ. Anyone expecting to mitigate surprises at a gig by leveling in their presets alone in their studio or practice space (whether by ear or with a meter) is gonna have a bad time. I don't think anyone's saying meters are useless—I'm certainly not. I just maintain that they're useless (actually, worse than useless—detrimental) when used specifically to level preset and snapshot changes.
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    Helix Firmware 2.80

    "Thanks for meeting me for coffee. My wife of 40 years passed away and it's been hard getting back into the dating scene. I've read your entire dating profile but am disappointed that you haven't provided an exhaustive list of how you're different from my dead wife." If you know how POD HD500 works with DT over L6 LINK, reading the Helix manual is all you need to compare the two. If you don't know how POD HD500 works with DT over L6 LINK, then who cares?
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    Helix Firmware 2.80

    There's no connection between Helix Amp blocks and DT channel selection. You can assign a single footswitch to toggle between (Helix Amp On + DT Preamp Off [Ch A]) and (Helix Amp Off + DT Preamp On [Ch B]). You can assign the topology settings to footswitches or snapshots. L6 LINK audio has always been downstream only; there's never been any 4CM over L6 LINK. Unless I'm misunderstanding the question.
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    Best method of setting patches levels to the same volume??

    Leveling in this context is ensuring that when you switch from preset to preset or snapshot to snapshot, your playback level doesn't jump out, get buried, or otherwise sound jarring or egregious in some way. If you only play by yourself in a controlled environment with the same guitar and playback system every time, leveling is much easier. But as soon as you change instruments, playback systems, environments, number of other musicians playing with you, or a dozen other factors, your meticulous leveling—whether you did it with a meter or your ears—goes out the window. Suddenly presets that were just right are too soft and others are too loud. Meters don't account for any of that. But if you and all your friends are robots, then sure. dB values are all you need.
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    Helix Firmware 2.80

    You can't lose anything if it was never there to begin with. Helix is not a POD and we've been 100% transparent about its capabilities over L6 LINK from day one. POD HD400 works one way, POD HD500 works another way, Stagescape M20d works another way, and Helix works another way. It's like trading your 1998 Ford in for a 2019 Tesla, and then complaining that Elon made you "lose the cassette deck."
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    Best method of setting patches levels to the same volume??

    Meters are great for lots of things, but hot garbage for leveling presets. Say you're in the studio, and the meters tell you Preset 01A is 4dB louder than Preset 01B. You get to the gig, and now Preset 01B sounds way louder! What gives? 01A may have a ton of low end energy which registers higher on the meter. 01B may be more mid heavy and the monitor at the venue may have a bump in those frequencies. The rest of the band may be playing softer when 01B is active or maybe they're playing in a different register whereas when 01A is active, everyone is playing in unison and drowning each other out. Maybe there's a resonant frequency in the room that causes those peaks in 01B's curve to jump. Dozens of things affect perceived loudness of presets (even temperature and humidity!), and meters account for only one of them. Here's an analogy: Say you're in a closet and your spouse says "banana" right into your ear, half an inch away. Now you're in a loud club, and even when shouting "WATERMELON!" into your ear, you can barely hear them. Now which one would've registered higher on a meter, banana or watermelon? This is why we've been hesitant to add output meters in Helix. People will actively misuse them for leveling presets and then claim they're inaccurate. Not having output meters forces users to level presets by ear, which is the ONLY correct way to do it.
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