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  1. bsd512

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

    Along a similar line of thought, I've often wondered ... if you took every suggestion from IdeaScale, and built that, what would it look like? I imagine a huge Rube Goldberg / steam punk contraption and approximately sofa-sized.
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    How many people would like to see a medium size Helix?

    Somewhere in between the Stomp and Helix or LT is definitely what I wanted for quite a while. When the Stomp came out, it didn't quite have everything I wanted, but I thought, what the heck - close enough - and I bought one. I loved it, of course. And I thought I could deal with its limitations vs its bigger brothers. And I could and did for a good while. But in the end, I returned it and got a second Helix. LT wasn't really what I was after because it's virtually the same size as the Helix. I was originally looking for near-Helix functionality in the areas that mattered to me, but smaller. The thing I couldn't deal with on the Stomp and the reason I ultimately returned it and got a second Helix was not being able to share presets with my other Helix - not even the ones that were limited to 6 blocks. So now I have two Helixes, and one is much bigger than it needs to be. :-) I'd consider the perfect middle ground would be two DSPs, no expression pedal, lose a few buttons to reduce the width, lose some I/O. KEEP: two DSPs, full preset compatibility, USB for recording. And keep as much other stuff as you can and still reduce the size to about what robertgoddard posted - or thereabouts. I'd reckon it'd probably still be about LT priced. That'd be fine with me. Owning a Stomp for a while was definitely a benefit to me, though - forced me to rethink some preset craziness and go minimal, and also force my re-introduction to stock cabs since when it came out the Editor didn't work for it so I couldn't load IRs if I wanted to. That forced me to use stock cabs - which I NOW LOVE!! Even better than IRs. Who'da thunk. The only IR I still use is a Taylor acoustic simulation IR. Stock cabs for everything else.
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    Helix Firmware 2.80

    If we could only harness Internet forum fervor as an energy source ... we could power the entire planet - FOREVER!
  4. Same here - always on unless I power cycle it to rebuild presets. The ONLY thing I've noticed, and this bug has been around for at least 2 years, is that when on for a long time, my Reverb block stops working. Very strange. I have tried turning the reverb block off and back on but that does not fix it. The only fix is to reload the whole preset. Note a major deal, I guess not many people leave their Helix's on all the time and so don't notice this. I reported to either DI or customer support, I can't remember which. I think it was DI because he said he'd never heard of that happening but would look into. I figure he got busy and forgot about it. That's such a minor issue, though. The weird thing is that it ONLY affects the reverb block. Nothing else affected.
  5. bsd512

    Helix Firmware 2.80

    Release date and time will be June 7 at 8:09:36 pm EST. Or 7.84 days into June. Just a feeling ... and it works out with my math, because 7.84 / 2.8 = 2.8. It's meant to be! :-)
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    Helix Firmware 2.80

    Totally agree with this statement. As a lifelong software developer writing software designed to be run on on everything from small ARM based factory floor industrial systems, up through PC's running Windows, on to Unix workstations with a dozen variants of Unix vendors, and all the way up to IBM Mainframes - all the same software application - it's a challenge to say the least. :-) Automated testing is worth it's weight in Helixes. :-)
  7. Check the thread on TGP that Arislaf linked to for some good ideas. And yes, as Craiganderton mentioned, if you drop a stereo width block after a dual cab, you can take the signal all the way down to mono if you want. And if you are going to go all the way to mono, may as well just drop a mono gain block after it since the Helix will sum the stereo signal to mono just before a mono block. So that works well, but does consume a block. On Helix is not a big deal, but on the Stomp blocks are in short supply. Personally, regarding tips, I'd say experiment and see what you like. You'll figure it out over time. But definitely try different mics and distances. The general rule of thumb(s) to get you started, and some of these are my own personal preference are: Probably my favorite cab that I use the most is the Greenback 25. I often use a dual cab block with it and pair to complementary mics. Like a '57 and a '121. Or a '57 and a '160. I'll either use a dual cab block or put two separate cabs in a split, then merge after. A 2x12 or a 1x12 will be a little tighter than a 4x12. I generally put dynamic mics closer (1-2 inches) and ribbon mics a little farther for some space (3-5 inches). Complement a dark mic (ribbon) with a bright mic (dynamic). And maybe don't start with two cabinets, but instead start with one that has your go-to speaker in it, then try different mics and see if you're getting the results you want from a single cab and mic. Cabinets are pretty DSP hungry, so if you are tight on DSP, maybe you can get by with one cabinet. All my favorite OH IRs were mixed mic IRs, though, so I generally mix them. Again - personal preference. On the favorite cabs - you'll eventually work out which ones you like the best. Try mixing not only mics, but also speakers. For example, the Greenback 25 with a cabinet that has V30s in it. Then mix mics on those. You can get some very nice results. And there are so many combinations your ears will tire out long before you get through them.
  8. I apologize if this has been covered, I did a search, but didn't find anything relevant. I replaced my stock Strat pickguard with a pre-wired pickguard loaded with Fishman Fluence pickups - this one from Sweetwater: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/FluenceStratPGW--fishman-fluence-stratocaster-loaded-pickguard-white I was mildly surprised that I needed to use the adapter sleeve that came with the G10 to get output. I understand there are some active pickup wirings that are not compatible with the G10, thus the need for the adapter sleeve. The G10 works fine with my two Schecter guitars with active EMG pickups so I was hoping the same would be true for the Fishmans. I did a search for the Schecter EMG wiring and compared it to the Fishman wiring - but the differences that would affect the operation of the G10 is not jumping out at me. Does anyone know if there's a simple change to the wiring I can make on the Fishman setup that will allow the G10 to work without having to use the adapter sleeve? Thanks!
  9. bsd512

    Having nothing better to complain about ...

    Show off. Just for that, you have to bring your own cables next time you come over. :-)
  10. bsd512

    Helix LT sucks. Badly.

    That was great, the reveal was pretty hilarious if you take the time to watch the whole thing. I guessed wrong, too.
  11. bsd512

    Having nothing better to complain about ...

    Thanks. While that would work, my monitor is huge, big curved monitor about the size of two monitors side-by-side, so maximizing would make it way too big. I was hoping it was something simple to fix, clearing out some app cache or something. Doesn't appear to be the case - it's only slightly annoying. :-)
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    Having nothing better to complain about ...

    Well, good to know it's not just me. Thanks!
  13. When I bring up HX Edit on my Mac, 2.71 ... the initial window position is half off my screen. And I always have to drag it fully onto my screen to see it all. I suspect somewhere along the way HX Edit has saved the window's initial position somewhere. Anyone know where that might be so I can clear that out and get it back to coming up entirely on my screen? Yeah I know ... when things are great, and this is the only thing to complain about, life is good. :-)
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    Helix LT sucks. Badly.

    This preset actually sounds pretty good to me. You've mentioned mids, if you aren't getting what you want from the amp's mid control, try bumping the bias up to about 5.8 or so and see if that gets you closer to what you're after. I notice you pulled the sag all the way down to zero. That's going to make it sound more crisp and harsh, which you've also complained about. Maybe take that back to the default (5), or even higher to loosen it up a bit.
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