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  1. Observation of the pro FOH guy - comparing two things in a way that aren't exactly the same is no real comparison at all. Mic for tube amp vs. direct Axe vs. DI use vs. inability to mix or EQ for a particular purpose - WTF? So, yes they will all be different, and some will be "better" - lack of bees for a particular model, etc. Next - to each his/her own. Some might think the swarm of bees is how that Marshall should sound and like it. Yep, hundreds of people asking how to EQ, route, model, etc. No forum specifically for the Mashall JCM800 - except for the different tubes used, when should they be replaced with what brand, cap replacement, addition/subtraction of MV, fx loops, etc....well, I guess it's the same as well...turns out there is a forum for that stuff. Been drifting slowly away from tubes for years, discovered it was more a psychological thing for me personally. I would love a multi-amp, Marshall/Mesa/Bogner/Fender stage setup controlled by a tech sitting in a cockpit that resembles the space shuttle, while I lean back and wank 164th notes, drawing crowds of people to my brilliance. Does it sound better than my current Helix setup? No definition for "better" available, so can't say because all of the possible contexts and output configurations are different - but I have tried something similar, been through dozens of different tube/digital/hybrid setups. I know either rig sounds better than me if Andy Timmons would be using either one . Unlike Andy (maybe even he can't do this), I've got no tech, no access to use and continually mix and match all that gear, and no professional muscle to cart and setup/tear down all that stuff. If I did? Maybe I'd want the semi full of gear, maybe not...I really don't think so. Funny little story - talking to a local player at a bar, really skillful guy, get's a variety of great sounds on stage with his 3-piece band - ZZ Top to Stevie Ray to Mettalica. Plays a floor Boss unit into the front of a gorgeous old Fender combo. Told me he dislikes the modelers because they never sound quite right to him - while he pushes a digital signal into a clean tube amp, nowhere near loud enough to push the tubes into showing their personality. We're all a little nutty is the final answer, to each our own little nutty selves. Helix rocks, but so does...well, some of the other stuff (this is the Line 6 forum, not the Marshall Amp Forum). I likes me some Helix, along with some other gear. It's (or I'm) a tool, so there you go.
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    Multiples

    I have two. What's the plural? Helii? Helices? Helixes?
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    Parallel use of Helix

    Thanks, that's what I do now. My question is regarding setting the Helix up to all wet, and combining it with the dry preamp signal - basically the method of a refrigerator rack, with multiple pieces, blending the dry and wet to taste, not having the preamp signal be changed from analog to digital. The dry signal is changed from analog to digital when it's introduced into the Helix. I notice on the rack unit, there is a GUITAR THRU OUT on the rear that is described to provide the direct signal from the guitar input on the front panel. Going to take a look at that. Like what I get as is, just wondering after reading about what some folks do with their rack setups. The idea is to keep your preamp signal untouched, for those that care greatly about that. Could sound good, but takes away lots of routing and control possibilities where the Helix is stellar.
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    Parallel use of Helix

    Anyone use the Helix as an effects only with an amp and run it parallel somehow - either through the amp's parallel fx loop, or through a mixer of some kind? Just wondering - I use a preamp in the Helix loop, and not that concerned about the A/D conversion. Of course, that pretty much eliminates any modeling and use of IR's.
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    Garageband: Not getting any sound with my Helix

    Seems like you're set right on the Helix side. I think Garage band is Logic's little brother. I use Logic, and there are multiple places to lose the signal from various input sources. I'm betting that Garage Band is similar. Very inefficiently, I relearn this every time I have to do it, rather than commit the signal flow to memory - so I can offer couple of suggestions - are you getting signal on the channel but no output sound or nothing at all, are your channels armed for recording, are they routed to the proper output and is that output turned up - those are the first ones I'd check from memory and have to hunt for the rest. So - for you, try to trace the signal flow once it leaves the Helix. If you do, I bet you'll find something turned down, routed unexpectedly, or just there for some seemingly random reason. Sometimes default levels or settings are not what you expect, or you changed them at some time for another reason and forgot. Talking from my experience here too.
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    Blues-Breaker or JHS Morning Glory for Helix

    Put those favored pedals into the insert loops of the Helix. I have a variety of them that I switch around when I want a specific pedal. Currently a Kollmanator is in there, sounds awesome with a variety of models, and with my Triaxis, which is also in one of the loops for a 4CM.
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    Helix Ideascale Community Submissions

    Seems we can make them work, somehow. And true, compatibility for all is probably not easily obtained. There are quirks with most of the MIDI controllers. Personal issue - I have an EB Jr. volume pedal, IN/OUT/Tuner 1/4" connections. I plug a TRS on one end/TS x 2 on the other end into the Helix controller (I've got the rack setup) - obviously the TRS goes into the EXP 1 (or 2 or 3) on the controller. If I plug both TS into the pedal, it's crazy time, a huge variety of responses on the controlled block (Volume). OK, remove one (I forget which one), and the pedal works - almost. Push the heel down, and it will go to about 5-20% and kind of fluctuates, until you smash on the pedal, then it will go to 0. Seems like a pedal/pot problem. Plug that same pedal/TRS into the back of the Helix rack itself, and it works perfectly - 0-100%, no fluctutation, rock steady - kind of rules out the problem in the expression pedal. Crap, another cable. Next, got an older Mission SP-1 pedal, works backwards. Reverse polarity inside the Helix, no change. Change the specific parameter from 0-100 to 100-0, then it works - but can't do that universally. Try one of my Rocktron Hex pedals, and there's no number that is overlooked as you rock the pedal back and forth - totally unusable. These types of quirks are on most MIDI controller, but the Helix seems to have a number of them, and for my application, have one of the worst on the foot controller. I haven't tried the Rocktron or Mission directly into the rack unit, but kind of disappointed that one of the big advantages of the rack/controller unit (only a single cable) now requires more cabling. Just guessing, 'cuz I'm not that educated about the tech aspect - but it seems returning to some more software controls - along with polarity, calibration, maybe type compatibility, maybe a control over where the pedal moves to relative to the amount it controls the software (like a competitior does it) - something other than it just stares at you malfunctioning, and the one software control available does nothing. Considering paying attention to exactly which pot works with the Helix and putting them into my Hex Pedals. But - more hassle, more expense, and at this point not confident it would work through my foot controller unit. I know there are issues reported in the floor unit, but my rack/controller unit has this added bug as described above with my EB pedal. I did see one post that gave pretty detailed instructions how to modify a Mission pedal, and may give that a try. But, isn't that what this idea scale thing is about - suggestions for improvement?
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    Helix Ideascale Community Submissions

    Make it more compatible to 3rd-party expression pedals. Funny cables, DIY mods to existing cables or pedals, setting parameters backwards make it a hassle to use easily available external expression pedals with Helix rack controller.
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    Helix Rack Recording Not Working in Logic X

    Very cool, feels good to figure one out. I'm not sure it's a bug. As I said, Logic uses extensive and complicated MIDI activities. Whatever it was sending to the Helix was something that made it act cray cray - competing or multiple commands. I've done lots of MIDI stuff with the Helix and a 1st generation Liquid Foot Pro MIDI foot controller, and it's always been tight. As you said, some insight from the Line 6 folks would be good.
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    Helix Rack Recording Not Working in Logic X

    I've got the rack unit, and Logic X. Plan to do some recording, so your post caught my eye. Unless there is some kind of problem with any of the components - seems when you arm to record, Logic is sending a MIDI message back to the Helix. Since it's flashing the tuner, it should be CC#68 in there somewhere - the reserved number for the tuner on the Helix. Since I'm not sure how to disarm outgoing MIDI messages on Logic (I'm sure it's buried in there somewhere), I think the first thing I would try is to turn off the Helix ability to receive MIDI messages via USB (Global Setting - MIDI over USB). If that solves the problem - depending upon your needs, maybe you want other MIDI messages from Logic to Helix - I would then do the research into turning off, or controlling MIDI messages from Logic. Just a first thought, please post what you discover so I'll know what to do when/if it occurs for me. Edit: I did some investigation - Logic has deep/wide MIDI activities going on, far more than I had thought. I think initially shutting off Helix receiving them will tell the initial story. Finding out the specific culprit in Logic - good luck with all that!
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    Trade Helix floor for rack.

    I've got a Helix Rack I'd be willing to trade. I'm in the Phoenix, AZ area.
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    Is there a way to quickly bypass a patch?

    Couldn't you just do that with a snapshot? Everything off, saved as S#2. Yes/no?
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    No Audio with Custom Patches

    I've had weird results with downloaded patches, including no sound. On a few, i couldn't figure out the problem and either deleted or used the blocks and settings for a new patch from scratch. If the patch has volume/pan blocks that are controlled by an expression pedal, try just bypassing those blocks. The link to the controller might be messed up and they will default to zero. I guess the would work with all of the blocks, bypassing one at a time until some sound happens. Not the only solution, but another place to check. Many of the more "exotic" patches assign expression pedals in creative ways.
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    HX Stomp Expression Pedal default settings issue

    There you go - someone (phil_m) who knew what they were talking about made it easy! Nice.
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    Helix Ideascale Community Submissions

    Globally bypass cab blocks. Ability to assign a particular cab block IR to all patches globally if cabs not globally bypassed. I only use cab blocks for output to PA signals. For factory patches, I have to disable the cab and save patch, or change amp model to one without built-in cab. Not for everyone, but a little time-saver for us no-cab limited-cab folks.
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