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  1. If the Helix system is out of space..........You might have to export your patches in small groups. Try to export just one - if that works - there's your problem - if you can't export one - it's some other problem. OH, maybe it's a good idea to be on an empty patch when you try too - if you are really out of DSP I think it loads dynamically - so it might be that simple - go to an empty patch before export. Just ideas - no Idea if it will solve your problem - but worth a try!
  2. So almost totally unrelated..........but........here I go anyhow!! Just because someone on YouTube says - Global EQ is just for live - doesn't make it so! Yes, I agree it's not doing anything to your USB signal. Different situation if you plug into an interface though. Mind you I'd love that style of EQ as a module. But - I personally found that Global EQ (used sanely) is a great way to put all my patches "in the ball park" pretty much instantly. (Cuts built in!) I don't ever change it live - I long ago learnt that a guitar player on stage making decisions for the sound in the room is a mistake - a boomy stage is just as likely a hollow floor under the stage and has nothing to do with out front sound. I do a few things to deal with that stuff though - My wedges (FRFRish and running off the Helix outs) face me. They have basic EQ where I can make changes that are quick and don't effect the FOH. I put isolation under them. I find that the sound I get is very consistent. I might tweak the bass or top a little given time - but if I don't its still very acceptable - much more so than it used to be with traditional amps. This works - FOH guys are always complimentary. They can pull my guitar up flat and be pretty much ready to go. Obviously there are other ways to "skin a cat" - but that's how I do it. There is no rule here.
  3. I'd be very concerned about that! From a quick read = With a 500mA load, the 529i will power your pedalboard for 4 hours on a single charge. So, drawing more than 500mA will deplete your battery faster. Doesn't sound like a solution before you get into will it actually run the Stomp from a volts and currant perspective. ( it looks like the doubler doubles the Voltage to 18V - there is still the same actual amount of storage) I'd personally not be happy with that just running a few pedals. From sound check till end of gig can easily be more than 4 hours - and you just have to forget to turn it off!
  4. Well, I believe 12dB is 12dB an octave. So if you place a 12dB roll off at 80Hz, it is 24dB at 40Hz and 36dB at 20Hz. In a real world sense, that seems to do the trick! I don't think anything in the Helix does more. I do regularly use high and low cuts and then also use another EQ (so I'm free to ad cut upon cut) I like the Cali Q Graphic simply because those frequencies are so well placed for tone sculpting and I generally have the 80Hz pulled down a bit too (-5dB being typical - but that's because I hate boom and play with a keyboard player using big sounds and try to keep out of the way! Obviously the Cali Q is not a fine tuner - but it's a surprisingly good tone shaper. I've never needed more than that.
  5. Hi, the above answer is good and I'm only wanting to clarify. Amp models and cabs are intended to be used with FRFR (Full Range Flat Response) systems. An amp and cab - any amp and cab will not work well for that as they are reducing and EQing the frequency range on purpose. The full range of a guitar needs this - Guitar amps and suitable speaker cabs remove bottom and lots of tops and this make a tone we like to hear. If you run an Amp sim and a speaker simulation (IR) through an amp and cab - you are repeating this process - doubling up - so you are taking out even more top and bottom and probably doing other stuff like creating harmonics etc. This results in a muffled sound. If you liked the sound of your Marshall - use Helix products as pedal boards - no amp or cabs - just effects. (note - the Valve state is a mostly solid state amp - some just aren't great pedal platforms!) If not - probably you need to think about going FRFR - definitely if you want to change amps for different songs etc. Oh, agree totally - don't change those pickups - excellent humbuckers - unless you want to sound like a strat! - in which case get a strat!
  6. The above answer is 100% correct. What you might not realise is it applies to almost every parameter on the Helix. Snapshots don't just turn things on and off - you could totally change the amp gain and the echo level too - just for an example.
  7. I don't use HXFX (I'm a Helix floor guy) and I don't play bass!! But..... The Floor has a pedal, so there are arguments for using it and maybe using it as a Wah. The HXFX doesn't. If I was concerned about the feel and operation of the pedal, I'd use a real Wah - the one I like best. Otherwise you will be limited to one particular Mission Control pedal I suspect that may not be everything you want (not that one as a Volume pedal wouldn't be a good idea) So I'd use the wah I know and love!
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    When?

    Interesting reaction. I'm not attempting to get into a this device does these limited things better than that discussion. The Helix was a great response however many years ago that was.............and it still does the business. But its technology. The whole market segment was brand new back then - but it's not anymore. Obviously it is bad business to discuss new products before anything is getting very close to being finalised and just about ready to ship - so I'm not looking for Line 6 to say - "oh, interesting you should speculate - we are working flat out on Helix II or whatever - and hope to have the new product out in 6 month" All I've said was - it's got to be in the works - it won't be the Helix we know for ever! If there had been any information, it might have been interesting to know.
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    Thanks for the clarification. Regarding Helix MK!!......... If Line 6 is too slow to the party the opposition will start to take over. I think they can't afford to be as slow as the first generation - after all, that was a different world in so many ways. Fractal are up to V3 and their floor pedal is a price and feature competitor to Helix floor. Then there are the other contenders like Quad Cortex Neural DSP Processing power allows for increased bit depth - storage costs increase the space needed/available for those bigger files........ Technology moves on...... If you were getting into this universe now, Helix is not such a clear choice. I share everyone's concern about protecting their investment in the ecosystem, but time moves quickly..........
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    Surely there are 2 questions.......... When the next Helix software/hardware update And When the next generation Helix? Which one are you talking about?
  11. Unfortunately hubs are a problem. and from personal experience not all hubs are created equal. I recently bought a reasonably expensive hub. It lets me make all the connections I want to make. But it turns out I can’t get 4K monitor support ( although it is supposed to work) so I bought a midrange USB-c to HDMI cable and that works 100%. My point is that usb hubs are just a minefield of pain- there are lots of YouTube videos on it. So all you can do is buy a USB-c to Helix USB and hope it works- some here might have a common brand to point you at? Otherwise, you are stuck with trial and error as all the cables say they work and many don’t!!
  12. IR management could be better - yes - it is clear the Helix designers in the early stages expected you would probably use the inbuilt cabs and IRs were just an "extra" option - so not fantastically implemented. I suspect this is a design issue as a good solution has not happened and probably would have if the possibility were there in the core software design. For personal management, it's up to you to do some form of sane file management - like giving your IRs a number so you know which slot to put them in. But, really guys, it's totally academic and not worth getting excited about! Given all the parameters that can affect your tone and the result that things will sound totally different on different systems - any logical IR is a good starting point. That's kind of what a few people above who suggest you try certain IR sets are really saying - the IR you use might actually sound better on your rig than the one used by whoever created the patch to begin with. Thinking in a "fixed" way about tone is a real mistake - you don't have to do it exactly the same as someone else - and even if you do, the differences in your rig will no doubt not leave you hearing what they heard anyhow!
  13. You will have your computer audio coming out of the headphone out on the Helix if you use it as your audio device. But Bluetooth audio has a delay. As far as I know, it is totally unavailable. Wired headphones into the headphones input on the Helix works fine although some models don’t match well for impedance. that results in thin sound, but most work fine. it’s the best way by far - short of running everything into a mixer - for quiet practice.
  14. I’m going to make a guess here….. load an old preset that works, remove everything, rename it to something like empty, and copy to all the extra slots
  15. Well you could- depending on availability slots and DSP, but I suspect you would just be creating needles pain! what most of us seek is to get a great sound on stage and hope the audience is hearing something similar. This is already a place where trusting the soundie’s ears and tastes is probably not giving us total satisfaction! setting up cabs for direct to PA is pretty hard when you are not connected to said PA (before that sound person gets plugged into the chain). most soundies are used to miking an amp. So that keeps things simple. you would need an FRFR system running loud ( preferably with rest of the band playing too) to set up a better guess for front of house sounds. Or a full PA and band with a lot of patience to get to a better place. This is one argument for full FRFR systems. At least what you hear on stage then is likely to be similar to what’s out front. Not that you can still know, my setup is Full FRFR, and has been proven over time and gigs, but I’ve heard recording of the band where FOH has still screwed my sound. so unless you want to go full FRFR (and go through totally rebuilding all your tones), I’d just keep it simple!!
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