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    The 4 cm is too messy

    Get the Helix Rack, put a rack with the Helix under your amp. Use the Helix Floor controller and attach footswitches/expression pedals to taste. Your four cables are now one cable from your guitar to the Helix Rack, and three short cables in the back of your rig from the Helix to your amp. Additionally, the Helix floor unit only needs one VDI cable to provide power and all functionality, including supporting the footswitches/expression pedals. It doesn't get any neater than that. As a bonus, since the Helix Rack has four FX Loops, you can add additional preamps, in mine here I have a Mesa Boogie Triaxis in the rack, and in the bottom behind the screen I have a Soldano GTO and a Victory "The Sherriff" pedals
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    Persisting Sound while switching presets

    The answer is No. Snapshots were added on later when Line6 underestimated the issue, and they are an interesting fix, but not the real one. While it can be a fun challenge to make presets that do what you want with snapshots, the dream of making 10 or so killer presets, then putting combinations of those with the occasional one-offs on various floorboard setups for songs or styles is dead on the Helix. Be thankful you didn't buy a Firehawk FX!
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    Ext Amp Switching

    Anyways, in my case I can use a mono cable plugged into the Helix as normal and plugged into my pedal halfway so the cable tip connects to the jack ring, and the jack tip is left unconnected, so luckily I don’t need another device to setup and supply power to.
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    Ext Amp Switching

    Yeah, sorry, but BS. You basically have two connections that can be open or closed. That’s only four ways to possibly set it, but Line6 decided to only allow three of them? This was some bungling middle manager who does not understand tech at all and thought this would be ‘easier’. My Behringer FCB 1010 has better ext amp switching control. Lame.
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    Ext Amp Switching

    I have seen amps, Bugera comes to mind, where they have, for instance, Channel on Tip and Reverb on Ring. I would presume you would want to be able to have all four variations (ch1dry, ch1verb, ch2dry, ch2verb) not just three of them.
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    Ext Amp Switching

    I am using The Sherrif tube preamp pedal on a Helix Fx loop. It has a stereo plug for external control. The tip is bypass, open is no bypass, closed is bypass. The ring is channel, open is clean, closed is dirty. In order to set the pedal to clean/no bypass, I need both tip and ring to be open.
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    Ext Amp Switching

    So the external Amp switching gives you the options of Tip Ring Tip and Ring But what if I need neither the tip nor the ring on?
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    Bank/Preset Footswitch Lock

    I completely understand your dilema, I really wish Line6 would put the bank up and bank down on the top row. Anyways, since you don't need those buttons at all, I suggest making a little cover for them out of some scrapwood, spray paint it black, and velcro it down over the bank up and bank down buttons. Low tech but it works!
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    New Helix LT user: Helix into combo amp questions

    Wah pedals are great for getting controlled feedback. A wah is basically a volume boost in a narrow frequency band. The frequency is controlled by the pedal. So you can use the wah pedal to tune in on the frequency your guitar note(s) will feedback at, and get a nice controlled feedback.
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    Using Helix with MIDI foot controller.

    If you are on a PC (as opposed to Mac) you should check out the Midi-OX software http://www.midiox.com/index.htm
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    Roland has figured it out

    Exactly - but I wouldn't want to move the Tap switch from the bottom row, you might often need that mid-song. I solved the issue by velcroing a strip of would between the Bank buttons and the first snapshot buttons. Not sure why Line6 tolerates people harassing folks for discussing Helix features they like and don't like. Maybe they think they get brownie points for quelching all opinions that Helix is not absolutely perfect. What an unfriendly forum!
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    Roland has figured it out

    I am not sure what my registered product is, lol. Back in the 90's, I hated Line6 because I thought the Kidney Pod sounded awful. Then I bought an MM4 because it was a good deal - you got like sixteen effects for $250, and you could have four of them available at a time. What I didn't expect is that I would absolutely fall in love with the sound of these effect models. They where/are full and lush and sweet, you can practically swim in them. I bought the DL4 on the strength of the MM4, then the FL4?, then I bought the rack equivalents of these pedals. To this day, I prefer Line6 effects over any thing else, including Roland/Boss, Digitech, TC Electronic, or even individual classic or boutique pedals. More recently I bought a JTV-59 Variax and a Firehawk FX pedal to get control of it. Love the JTV-59, and have since also acquired a Variax standard Strat. Hate the Firehawk FX, this product was a rip-off and Line6 has no business continuing to sell it. All of your bottom row switches are patch switches with the unavoidable dropout, and you have the choice of two completely lollipop user interfaces to try and program the thing. It sit's in my back room, I'd sell it but I'd feel bad about doing that to someone. So when the LT came out, I got one. I love the Helix's effects of course, I also love it's user interface and ease of programmability, it's effects loops with easily controllable in and out levels, it's midi implementation, the programmable switch colors and it's indispensable Variax control. Don't like the Bank Up/Down buttons as you now know, as someone pointed out, it's a rare minus out of many pluses. I ain't rushing out to by a Boss multieffects unit, but it pains me to see them get this one thing right that really irritates me on the Helix. The other thing I don't like about the LT is that it is a pedal board. See, I know this will distress many of you fanboys, but I am still not fond of Line6's amp/cab models on their own. I really want to, I have a small-ish practice room and I have everything going through the PA. One guitar rig is simply a Two-Tones LeClean with a Hall of Fame Reverb and a tuner, and it sounds spectacular. Just like it was a Fender Amp in the room, everyone that hears it comments on how great it sounds. I tried the LT straight into the PA, and found it fizzy, gritty, and flat. So I put my Soldano GTO Supercharger pedal in the FX Loop, and used it as a preamp into a cab simulator, and wow, night and day. Guitar player friends who would never think of using a modeller can't believe how good it sounds without an amp. However, I started playing with some folks in their practice space, and the other guitar player can't deal with me coming out of his monitors, and his board is crap. I saw someone that said he had success with modellers by taking them into an effect return of a tube amp, effectively just using the tube power amp and speaker. So I tried this into my Boogie MkIV, using the Helix's preamp models, and it's pretty good, definitely usable. So the undeniable conclusion is that I am still, in 2019, a tube guy. So with my heavy Boogie residing in another place, today I am building my dream guitar rig. I purchased the Helix Rack and Floor Control. I will run no amp or cab sims on the Helix, I will run tube preamps on the Helix FX Loops and take it out into an Egnator Tweaker running 2 6L6's into a 12" Celestion Creamback. The Rack will let me keep all the connections neat and permanent, and I won't have to run a bunch of cables to my preamps and amp from a floorboard. Wish me luck! So yeah, I guess I should figure out what my ONE registered product is and get to registering the other ones, LOL!
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    Roland has figured it out

    LOL. The first row is much easier to use in mid song, because you can rest your heal in front of the button and then just step down to hit it. On the top row, you have to stab at it while standing on one foot. The front row is the prime real estate on the board, and one of it's buttons is wasted on a button that you are only going to need in between songs. Also, you end up hitting snapshot 1 alot, and it's easy to accidently hit the Bank Down button, and then you are in a world of hurt, trying to recover while playing (and maybe singing :o). I velcro a strip of wood between the bank up/dn buttons and the next buttons to prevent this. I mean, wouldn't you rather have bank up/down on the top row, and five snapshots available on the bottom row? I know I would. Wow. Do you have a shrine to the developers in your bedroom?
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    Roland has figured it out

    You see it on their FC300 midi controller on the Boss GT100, and now on the Boss GT1000. Bank Up and Bank Down belong on the top row of footswitches! The reasons why are obvious. Will Line6 ever figure this out?
  15. I own both a JTV-59 and a Variax Standard. Line6 missed the mark not putting a Variax input on the HXFX. The minimum to get that kind of control is still the Helix LT at $1k. There should be a inexpensive device for controlling the Variax, even a dedicated rack mount one controllable via MIDI would work. And BTW - don't tell me you can get a Firehawk - I have one and it is a worthless piece of crap I wish I never spent my money on. It has no decent programming interface, the Bluetooth sux and so do the buttons/one line display. Line6 should give me my money back for creating such a crap product.
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