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  1. I as yet have been unable to get the Expression pedal to toggle between EXP1 and EXP2. Page 6, Item 16 of the manual mentions "Expression Pedal Activate the hidden toe switch to toggle between EXP1 and EXP2. The scribble strip above tells you which one is active." To test this, I created a test patch that contained a Wah assigned to controller Exp1 and Volume Control assigned to Exp2 (default volume assignment). The pedal scribble strip above the pedal has always shown EXP2 highlighted. So based on this, the pedal is correctly controlling EXP2/the volume control. No issue there. I assume that "activate the hidden toe switch" means that I should rock the pedal forward and when I reach the limit of travel the scribble strip it would highlight EXP1 and therefore toggle on control of the Wah assigned to EXP1. However, it does not. And I cannot toggle the pedal to EXP1 or highlight EXP1 in the scribble strip ... ever. What am I missing. Is there something else that I need to do? Or should I contact service? I feel nor hear any switch when I press the pedal towards my toes. Something stupid I'm doing I assume. Another question is with my volume and wah example, if I could toggle the expression pedal between EXP1 and EXP2 what will the setting of the device be that I toggled away from? e.g. If I press forward on the volume to switch to wah will the volume be at 100%? That would not be good.
  2. billbassler

    Anyone using an l2m with the helix

    Thanks. Good to know I made a decent decision for now. The L2m is surely a solid piece. I have no complaints other than stereo capability without needing two cabs would be nice and fan can be mildly annoying at home at times.
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    Anyone using an l2m with the helix

    L2m sounds great. IMO no need to mess with global eq. I use just one. Would love 2 for stereo but that would defeat the portability purpose. I'm hoping Line 6 will create a Firehawk without the tones engine included specifically to use as a stage monitor for the Helix. But I read in this forum that the price point would not be lowered much in doing this. ~$100. http://line6.com/support/topic/18079-line-6-firehawk-1500 I think you would need to use a bunch of cables for wet/dry/wet?. Something about the simplicity of L6 link and done I really like. But don't see that on the back panel. If a wet/dry/wet "Firehawk" setup with one L6 cable is possible I'd really be interested. The cab looks pretty portable. Appears that it tilts for a front monitor so that's nice.
  4. Is it me or is this so "hard"? I don't know much about the Maestro® Echoplex EP-3 that the tape delay is based on but the Transistor tape delay can't do the trick below. And some pedals do an OK job at. The real thing. A mod of Univox EC-80A Fractal does a respectable job. Not great but controllable: Unlike the transistor tape delay (apparently) the new "vintage" delay, inspiration unknown to me does some pitch changing when changing the Speed. But it's very chaotic. Why don't either one of these work as they probably should in this respect? Would we need to have to have another model of a modded EC-80a for this cool effect? Or am I missing an existing capability? ALSO an Editor bug? On my 2.0.0.1 Editor the Mix parameter is missing on the Vintage delay. I think a bug?
  5. billbassler

    Clear a preset

    In the Helix Editor application apparently I can Clear an IR but not a Preset. Am I missing something?
  6. billbassler

    Follow up documentation on v2.00 snapshots

    Is there or will there be documentation for this feature?
  7. I screwed up. I was auditioning a bunch of the free Redwire Marshall IRs. I came across a couple that together really have the sound that I was going for in a preset. However, I failed to realize that the long descriptive names in the Redwire IR file names got truncated to a length (25) that typically makes these descriptive names meaningless when they are imported into the Helix. I took a look in the .hlx file but the original file name is not there (didn't expect to be ... but). I assume that there's no way now to determine the files that I loaded? Also I posted this issue on Ideascale as a 25 length name limit is a bit of a usability issue. Any remedies or suggestions on how to determine the files or how to name the IRs in the future are appreciated.
  8. billbassler

    Can the file that the IR was loaded from be determined?

    I didn't find anything when I searched. So I added another if it already existed. It should be an easy fix.
  9. billbassler

    Can the file that the IR was loaded from be determined?

    Yes. Compare would be cumbersome. And would need the appropriate app to eval the files. The closest freebie that I found which apparently didn't install properly was http://www.libinst.com/Audio%20DiffMaker.htm
  10. billbassler

    Mini Helix video review and free presets

    This sounds outstanding can't wait
  11. billbassler

    Helix and stagesource L2t

    My guess is cruisinon2 is stating the obvious/is on target/it's a different ballgame. FRFR systems will generally function as intended; with flat response and a full range of frequencies. The result of using FRFR instead of a guitar cabinet with a very limited frequency range and enhancement of certain frequencies is that FRFR will reproduce what it's provided. So it will be capable of reproducing both guitar cab sounds along with effects such as digital reverb. These items are not reproduced so well by a cabinet intended only of guitar. So someone used to hearing strictly guitar cabinets may perceive an issue with an FRFR. And of course some are better than others. I can say that I've various guitar cabinets through the years and moving to FRFR was different for sure. But not that much. Using FRFR with effects etc might result in a more "recorded" sound. But this mostly due to effects processing we typically use around the core guitar tone. Turn all of this off and you can have a pretty believable amp tone from the Helix a majority of the time. Perfect? No but very good. Exactly like a tube amp in the room. Not exactly. But very close in most respects. Some of the Helix effects may not be so authentic. But some are really exceptional. Built in cabs IMHO maybe not so great either. Dull and flat. I usually use 3rd party IRs. The main thing is that you first have to EQ the elements within the patch. Or maybe for a room. For those saying the L2t sounds absolutely horrible, maybe something is really wrong with something you've set up. In my experience the L2t sounds quite good and certainly not horrible by any reasonable estimation. The L2t FRFR it sounds like what it is; a PA. And a decent one. It faithfully reproduces the Helix amps, cabs, effects and ambience. In many ways that's good thing. All elements are reproduced with better fidelity than with a guitar cab. I generally like to involve effects in my sound. I plugged into an L2t with AES Line6 link and never had any need to touch the global EQ. There is no harshness at all. It seems we're using the same chain? L2t reproduces a very solid representation of the fairly organic sound that it receives from the Helix. I only wish I had two of them but a goal is to haul around as little as possible so it's just a stage monitor per se. If you're using a guitar cab and/or amp with Helix or only the Helix preamps you're missing a lot of what it offers. If you can only settle for a "real" amp sound and not the range of things Helix offers it's understandable, and Helix probably isn't for you.
  12. billbassler

    Helix and stagesource L2t

    Suggest using Line 6 LINK connection/chaining. No need to mess with the global eq. Perfect as is. I've never had any hint of harshness that was mentioned. I guess if you think that you detect harshness then you can try to remove it. And as deadlocked said. Set orientation per speaker orientation.
  13. billbassler

    Expression pedal options

    Point being is that you don't have the option of using the Mission pedal because the floorboard doesn't support it
  14. billbassler

    Expression pedal options

    duncann is correct. Makes me mad. I see no reason why only the rack and controller got the toe switch jack connector. The toe switch with this Mission pedal would have been the best option for wah for the floorboard too. The only other options we have for the floorboard are 1. Assign a wah only one EXP (of the two on board) so you can toggle it off with the floorboard toe switch. 2. Assign wah off to a footswitch (horrible). Might as well haul your actual wah around.
  15. billbassler

    HELIX- Bold As Love

    Also I see you're using 3rd party IRs. Cabs two[2] MESA 2x12 cab IR Would these be in the free Ownhammer set? If so can you share which specific ones?
  16. billbassler

    HELIX- Bold As Love

    Hi You can just upload the preset to the Line 6 Helix Custom Tone Library. At http://line6.com/customtone/browse/helix/ There's an Upload button at the upper right of the page. Maybe categorize it under Hendrix. If you want to you can copy the link to the page with your custom tone and paste it here or just inform that it's there. If someone searches by Hendrix they will see the name of the preset listed after it's uploaded. It can be downloaded from there. Thanks/Cheers!!
  17. billbassler

    HELIX- Bold As Love

    Another vote! Please share this preset on Line 6 Helix Custom Tones! Especially the rhythm tone. It's spot on. http://line6.com/customtone/browse/helix/
  18. billbassler

    Poweramp / Amplifiers / Acoustic Amps Suggestions

    I'm using a single Line StageSource L2M powered monitor. Just a Line 6 LINK connection to Helix. Done. Can chain for stereo. Sounds great IMHO and can get very loud if needed.
  19. billbassler

    Re-visit - does anyone not also hope for Auto engage wah pedal

    It's a high priority vote if you use a wah. The Helix rack/controller (only) at least has a toe switch jack, So if you have a MIssion SP1-L6H you can turn off the wah with the toe switch. However, as far as I can tell if you have the Helix floorboard (and have no toe switch jack) your options are limited/no so good. If you only have a wah assigned to EXP2 for example and nothing to EXP1 then you can use the built in pedal's toe switch to turn off the wah. However, if you would want a wah on EXP 2 and a volume on EXP1 you have a problem. I think that you can only assign wah OFF to a floorboard button. And who wants to do that. It's too much tapping. So if you want to use a wah with any other assignment you'll need to get an external pedal and use it for any/most non-wah functions.If there was a heel off option on the wah that would be better. But tricky because built in pedal is not spring loaded. AFAIK for the floorboard there is no other wah solution than to use toe switch to switch to an unused EXP.
  20. There are quite noticeable differences between the tones on Van Halen, Women and Children First and Fair Warning. IMHO these are some the best rock tones ever recorded. For example: Eruption, Romeo's Delight, Mean Street, Unchained. I've been trying to nail these sounds for some time now. None of the custom tones available on the Helix site are even as close as what have been able to achieve. But what I have is still not quite "there". I've used the Plexi bright channel instead of the jumped and extended amp controls to get a pretty good dimed Plexi sound. My presets are pretty "brown" but still lack some of that punchy-ness of a live cranked Marshall plexi. I've kind of given up on trying to use the built in IRs. To me they generally sound flat and dull compared to 3rd party IRs that I have used. I've downloaded the free Red Wire Marshall 1960A IRs in the hopes that I can get very close to these tones. I've always heard that an SM57 was used on Van Halen. And maybe a touch of Eventide Harmonizer was used on some Fair Warning tracks. (and maybe some tracks were a Soldano SLO?) Any advise of mic positions, amps and FXs to get some solid presets for each type of tone?
  21. I had the same questions and this helped. I've been pulling all of these details that should have been in the manual together. http://line6.com/support/topic/19115-helix-amp-parameters/?hl=helix+amp+parameters
  22. billbassler

    Documentation of 1.12 Install

    Are these instructions correct? The "NOT already updated Helix's firmware to 1.12" scenario link is to 1.06 and 1.10 Release Notes. Does the Check the Beta box comment apply to both installation scenarios? Please try to make upgrade instructions as simple and straight forward as possible. I shouldn't have to study the instructions or guess. A couple of links to exactly what I need to install should do it. If you have already updated Helix or Helix Rack’s firmware to 1.12: 1. Install the 1.12 Editor update, available at http://line6.com/software/. Check the “Beta†box. If you have NOT already updated Helix/Helix Rack’s firmware to 1.12, please follow the instructions below: 1. Shut down all Line 6 software as well as any software that streams audio, including, but not limited to: iTunes, Spotify, DAWs, etc. 2. Use your CURRENT EXISTING Helix application to back up all of your presets and IRs. If you’re running Helix FW 1.06 or 1.06.5, your current Helix application version should be 1.04. If you’re running Helix FW 1.10, your current Helix application version should be 1.11. 3. Quit the CURRENT EXISTING Helix application and download and install the NEW Helix editor (1.12), available here: http://line6.com/software/
  23. billbassler

    Line 6 Helix Acoustic Sim Patch

    The preset file doesn't load into Helix. Error: Model specified in the file is not recognized. Firmware: 1.06.0
  24. Pretty new to Helix. What's the best way to set up a preset to go from clean with a chorus to a lead tone with maybe with a distortion pedal? Would need to instantenously switch between sounds. I'm thinking maybe parallel routes each with an amp/cab and fxs. e.g. route 1 - clean amp/cab + chorus route 2 - dirty am/cab + distortion pedal somewhere after these the signal merges to a common delay and reverb. I assume the basic routing is feasible. The thing I don't know about how would I toggle the clean and dirty paths using a footswitch. Or is there a better way to achieve this within a preset? Or is there some way to achieve it with multiple presets? Are there any factory or downloadable patches that achieve this sort of thing that I can tweak?
  25. Thanks. Got it. Just need to step down pretty hard.
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