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  1. This issue exists for ALL settings you make in commands center as far as I can tell. Not just the HX Snapshot setting. For instance, I have a Boss RC-5 looper pedal. It's a one-stomp looper, and I don't like having to double tap it to stop a loop, or hold it down for two seconds to clear a loop (which clears it only after starting to play the loop for 2 seconds), so in command center, I assign a 'stop/start' scribble strip label to a stomp under the 'CC' command center option and configure a MIDI command to be sent to the pedal to stop/start it. This let's me stop a loop from the helix without having to double tap it. I do the same for clearing a loop. I can send a MIDI command to clear it, and bingo no 2 second playback before clearing the loop. The problem is, if the preset has multiple snapshot, I have to do this for each snapshot. If I don't then the 'Stop/Start' scribble strip only appear under snapshot 1, and the midi command is only configured under snapshot 1. It would be nice to have a checkbox in command center that says something like 'Apply this settings to all current snapshots'. So if I have 4 snapshots, and i set up stompswitch 5 to be my 'Stop/Start Loop', I could just click that checkbox and now that is also applied to the other 3 snapshots. That or an option where you could select which other snapshots to also apply this setting to. I actually did submit this to ideascale about a year ago, but I think I didn't describe the issue well enough and no one upvoted it. I thought at first maybe I was the only one that this 'quirk' drove nuts, but I'll give it another go, now that I see it bothers others as well.
  2. I have a two step method. When at home, I will use a DAW with a LUFS (Loudness meter). I've found that the LUFS meter generally get's me closer than a decibel meter will, due to how we perceive the loudness of certain frequency ranges. This will usually get me pretty close. To adjust the levels themselves. I use channel volume first, and if that doesn't allow me to get loud enough compared to other presets, then I'll start increasing the level on the Output block and then finally on the cab blocks. Then the second stage is, I always bring my laptop with my at practice. I can't play at gig level at home, so even with the loudness meter it needs some tweaking once you're playing in the mix AND at gig level. So at practice I'll make some finer adjustment with my ears. That usually get me to a point where any differences are minor enough that once I set my Helix main volume during a sound check, everything sits pretty well, even without a sound guy. One thing to remember,, especially if you use a decibel meter, is to try level set as close to gig level as possible. This is because decibels or not linear, they are logarithmic. This means two patches that sound very close at 65 decibels but are actually off by say 5, decibels, will sound VERY off when listening to them at around 90 decibel.
  3. When changing strings on a JTV-89f, does it matter how centered (edge to edge) the string is in the bridge clamp in regards to the Piezos? I usually spend a lot of time trying to get the end of the string exactly in the center of the (bridge) string clamp, but I'm wondering if this has any real world effect.
  4. IT System engineer here. I was having issues with my Macbook pro and Helix USB connection after upgrading to 3.11, though the symptoms were not exactly the same. I would get a message that the connection to my Helix was lost after a couple minutes of it being connected. Uninstalling Helix Edit, then re-installing fixed that issue. If you're getting a message about power though. I'd do the following: Replace the USB cable. (Should always first step for these types of issues) If you are using a USB dock/expander, don't. These often do not properly supply full power to connected USB cables. Run the USB cable direct from the Macbook Pro USB to the helix. If the problem goes away, that's you issue. If you need to use a dock because of Apple's idiotic preference to provide as few ports as possible on a laptop, you may need to try a couple different ones before you find one that works properly. They can be very hit or miss, though you should have better luck with any docks that supply their own power (as opposed to docks that just pass on power from the mac USB port).. If your macbook only has USB C/Thunderbolt, make sure to use an official apple USB C/Thunderbolt cable. Many aftermarket USB C cables suffer from a big problem with power delivery as the specs for data are different than for power and many usb C cables on the market only implement the data side specs. Finally, if you are using an add-on adapter to convert (say from USB C -> USB B, or USB A -> USB B), don't. Buy a cable that has the proper terminations on both ends (ie a USB A->B cable). Adapters can also sometimes introduce power issues while still processing data correctly.
  5. This happened to me as well on my MacBook Pro with Big Sur. What fixed it for me was to completely uninstall Helix Edit (PLace Helix Edit in Trash, then empry trash), then reboot, then download the latest version of Helix Edit (3.10 at time of this post) and re-install. After the re-install I dot no more disconnect issues.
  6. Can the Direct Out on a Spider IV be used to go directly to FOH like a Helix. or is it better to mic the Spider IV?
  7. I own a Helix floor and a single Powercab 112+. While I realize I can run stereo to the front of house directly from the Helix, for some heavy DSP patches, I use the powercab to provide the IR/Cab sim (to offload it from the Helix), so my normal signal chain to FOH is: Guitar->Helix->Powercab->FOH. I was wondering if there is anyway to send a stereo signal to the FOH from a single powercab at least for the patches where I'm not using the powercab for IR/Cab sim. I know the powercab doesn't just drop the stereo signal it gets from the Helix because I *CAN* get stereo from the powercab through its USB interface when it's connected to my DAW computer. I'm just wondering if there is a way to get stereo to FOH from it.
  8. I have not, but I will
  9. I've had this happen to me on 3.1 Helix Floor. This happened on a system that was updated to 3.1 from 3.01, and was factory reset and then restored as part of the upgrade process.
  10. Yes. I'm using a single ethercon cable. I was aware that using both outputs (1/4 and VDI) at the same time was a bad idea. I was just commenting that at least with a Helix and VDI cable, both pickup types are 'active'. I'm guessing the statement is true that if modeling is on, mags are off, IF you're only using the 1/4 output on the variax, but not true if you're only using the VDI cable.
  11. You sure about this? I have a JTV 89f with a Helix and I can use both the Piezos and magnet pickups at the same time through the Helix. I have several presets that do just that...to mix an acoustic model from the piezos with the magnetic pickups (which I'll usually overdrive) to get a mix of distortion with acoustic behind it.
  12. Watch the videos in this series by Jason Sadites. Will tell you everything you need to know to get started.
  13. Is it possible to switch to a snapshot AND start a loop with a single footpress in Helix?
  14. So I'm just starting to explore using the Helix as an interface to my DAW. I have a question about the USB 1/2 outs. Do I assign both to one track in my DAW? What is being sent though them? Is USB 1 left, and USB 1 right, or are these just two interfaces that both send the full signal?
  15. Thanks. The Modulation comment was spot on, it really helped to 'soften' the sound. I'm getting closer to it. I think I just need to play with the Master/Gain settings a bit now in conjunction with a distortion stomp to get a distortion with a shorter sustain like it has in the song.
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