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  1. Sorry you are having so many issues getting this resolved. Line6 is pretty singular in the industry regarding how good their support is so I am surprised to hear they have not responded. I would suggest checking your spam folder to make sure their responses are not being shunted off where you don't see them. They are also very good about answering their phones so if you can give them a call. You can also reach out to Frank Ritchotte on "The Gear Page" https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php. He has been very responsive to customers. You might want to keep in mind that they are probably swamped with the holidays coming up. I would not give up just yet. Btw a heads up, this is the forum area for the Helix so there are probably better areas to post this.
  2. Glad you pinpointed the problem and always great to see a user go back and edit the topic title as necessary.
  3. Not an expert when it comes to MIDI so some other users here may have better suggestions. Sounds like this could be related to losing your global settings when you upgraded the firmware. If you have a backup from when things were working properly you can always use the "Restore From Backup" option in HX Edit's 'File' menu, just uncheck everything else except for your Global settings. That might be the fastest method for restoring your previous operation. Take note of the MIDI settings once they are restored for future reference . Other than that if you have not already tried this change the Global Settings --> MIDI/Tempo --> 'MIDI Base Channel = "Omni". That will at least tell you if it is a problem with the channel you have selected. Also make sure you have a look at the settings on the second page of the MIDI/Tempo parameters. Some users are unaware they exist. Lastly as always, recheck all pertinent cable connections.
  4. Got me reminiscing about my first impressions when I received my Helix. The qualities you mention are certainly in there but that is definitely not what struck me initially. As a matter of fact I had to acquire some knowledge and experience with not only how the Helix worked but also how it interacted with my monitoring system and PAs before I was truly satisfied with the sound or "feel". What struck me initially was the incredibly well designed user interface, the I/O options, scribble strips, and the sheer potential of the system. It was also abundantly clear that flexibility was a prime directive in the Helix's development(with the exception of lacking multiple routing splits). You could use any combination of pedals you wanted, if you wanted three delays and five EQ blocks, that was up to you. You were not forced into using only a pre-designed set or order of pedals with a rigid allocation scheme for available DSP. That was a really appealing approach to me. Also felt like it was a high quality device, built to last.
  5. My experience has been similar. I have some 3Sigma as well as some other acoustic IRs and generally have to turn the blend down low. I have also gotten good results from not using an IR at all and just some compression, EQ, reverb/delay, and sometimes chorus blended in. Also always have an expression pedal volume block and also a gain block assigned to a footswitch for an extra volume boost for solos or a lower volume patch where required. I find it helps to keep a healthy signal level coming from the acoustic guitar as well. I have struggled with some presets picking up more string noise than I prefer but can usually EQ it down to acceptable levels or if those efforts are unsuccessful I just create a new preset with blocks that play better with the acoustic. Btw, anyone happen to know exactly where that bit of buzzy piezo nastiness is located? That area of the frequency spectrum that makes it sound more artificial and less pleasing to the ear. Some might say the "piezo quack" . I tend to sweep for it with a parametric and adjust per whichever guitar I am using but curious if anyone knows exactly where those frequencies tend to reside.
  6. HonestOpinion

    Global EQ

    Yup, only the current global EQ setting would need to be have DSP allotted. There is already btw a parameter that allows you to select which outputs you want the global EQ to affect which provides some flexibility at least for those who would like to have two or three global EQs active simultaneously.
  7. HonestOpinion

    Global EQ

    I would have thought only the currently active global EQ would eat DSP as well. The prevailing wisdom on the forum for quite a while now has been that the single global EQ preset that is currently available stays resident and takes up DSP at all times, active or not. At some point that was extrapolated to "if we had multiple global EQs available they would all have to be resident at all times". That has never seemed like it should be the case to me either.
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  9. HonestOpinion

    Global EQ

    Definitely a high enough percentage that much as I would love to see multiple global EQs, would only want them if only the one in use was taking up any DSP.
  10. I wonder if there is an updated list out there?
  11. Does this still happen after you restart your Stomp? There is often a rebuild process that occurs one time after shuffling presets around as you describe.
  12. There's more than one "James Tyler" logo on there? Hadn't noticed :-) I hear you on the pricing for some of the traditional guitar companies. It has gotten exorbitant and that could well have been the sticking point but as mentioned some of the stuff at the middle-bottom of the line might have worked and Line6 would not have had to reinvent the wheel. Those companies already knew how to make a very playable inexpensive guitar. I would have preferred the flexibility of selecting a guitar that could have for the most part replaced one of my more frequently used gigging guitars and would have been willing to pay a bit extra for it. I never tried one of the USA made custom Variax models which were an option if you wanted a higher end guitar and maybe they are fantastic but at that price point I would tend to look at other brands first. To be honest though, I have been playing mostly PRS guitars for years and perhaps nothing else would have fit the bill. For the most part the sweet spot for Line6 is probably to keep making fairly inexpensive guitars with Variax electronics installed and offer a few high priced models for those with the means and inclination to buy one. Time IMHO for a Variax electronics reboot though. There is a lot more they could do with them and I think they would fly off the shelves if they found a way to merge their modeling with a hex pickup(tired old debate). I never felt the original Variax and even the JTV(still have and use one) were exactly the right guitar for me. Just not overly fond of the build on them. It is the electronics and especially the interoperability with the HX ecosystem that are so compelling, the guitar itself left me nonplussed. Although I enjoy playing and employing the JTV for limited use it is not a "primary" guitar for me. Very cool when used with the Helix and PC+ and incredibly useful for alternate tunings but not an instrument I want to play all the time. Could just be a personal preference thing. Haven't tried the new generation of Variaxes, I would not be surprised if the build has improved and there is the potential for them to get even better now that Yamaha is involved. I have always been impressed by how well Pacifica guitars played and sounded for a relatively inexpensive guitar.
  13. After changing Global Settings>MIDI/Tempo>'Tempo Select' = "Per Snapshot" as phil_m suggested you may also want to set Global Settings --> 'Preferences --> 'Snapshot Edits' = "Recall". At least while you are editing. This will retain the different BPM values as you set them in each snapshot, requiring only one save when you are finished editing the preset. Probably the most convenient mode for editing a preset. The other option, Global Settings --> 'Preferences --> 'Snapshot Edits' = "Discard" can require a save in between the editing of each snapshot. If you click away from the snapshot and return to it without saving first with the "Discard" setting, the snapshot will have reverted to its last saved state and your changes will be lost. You may find this is your preferred mode for a live performance. Btw, related to the above snapshot settings although not particularly relevant to BPM settings is the ability to prevent any parameter from being bypassed by a snapshot. Including it here if for no other reason than to remind myself it exists. The options for assignment in the HX world have gotten crazy good. There are also some interesting settings for deciding what happens if you click the same snapshot switch a second time. Snapshot Bypass instruction from the manual for preventing a block from being bypassed from a snapshot switch: Helix Floor / Rack / LT Select a processing block, press ACTION, and set Knob 5 (Snapshot Bypass) to “Off” to disable snapshot control of that block’s bypass state HX Effects Select a processing block, press ACTION, and press the “Snapshot Bypass” switch to disable snapshot control of that block’s bypass state HX Stomp From Edit view, select a processing block, press ACTION, press PAGE >, and set Knob 3 (Snapshot Bypass) to “Off” to disable snapshot control of that block’s bypass state Helix Native / HX Edit Right-click (Mac: control-click) on a processing block and uncheck “Snapshot Bypass.” Alternatively, right-click (Mac: control-click) the Bypass button to uncheck “Snapshot Bypass.”
  14. I feel the same way about Variax + Helix + Powercab. Having everything in your signal path from guitar to amp communicating. Genius! Probably never happen, especially now that the Line6 family now includes Yamaha guitars, but one thing I wish Line6 had done with the original Variaxes was partner with for example Gibson/Epiphone, Fender, ESP, etc., to install Variax electronics in a line of their guitars. Maybe that would have pushed the price up too high but I would have paid extra to get a brand of guitar I love to play with or without Variax electronics installed.
  15. Great solution, wish I'd thought of it :-) It addressed the OP's question better than I was able to. I don't think of spillover as combining a dry and dry/wet signal but I guess that was just the ticket. Good ears!
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