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  1. ^^^^This! @ILikaGoFast, you may want to explore Helix's various FX blocks for your Distortion, Delay and Reverb (if any). By doing so, you may discover that it simplifies matters and offers quick and easy flexible signal routing options simply by repositioning Helix Blocks in your signal chain; all without the need for using any I/O FX Loops, their associated A/D and D/A processing, and cabling to your external devices. It's also an easy matter to keep your I/O cabling and simply disable the I/O FX Loops in your Helix Signal Chain to A/B how your existing configuration compares to doing it all in the Helix. BTW, if you have a computer to connect to your Helix, the Helix Edit application makes this entire process a bit more visible and easier to accomplish. Particularly, the A/B comparision. YMMV. Post back what works best for you. Above all else, Have Fun with it!
  2. Each Snapshot supports up to 64 Parameter settings. You may define up to 8 Snapshots per Preset. This allows you to define as many blocks for two different amps and multiple FX within the same Preset. All subject to your DSP resources. So, Yes, using up to all four signal paths: 1A, 1B (of DSP Chip 1) and 2A and 2B (DSP Chip 2) you could place two amps into your signal chain in the same Preset with FX Blocks. The Snapshots excel by allowing you to Enable or Bypass as well as or alter any Blocks parameters you wish -- up to the maximum of 64 Parameters per Snapshot -- all within a single Preset. So, for example Snapshot 1 could have your clean blackface Fender amp enabled with any of the parameters set as you wish. Snapshot 2 could have your overdriven Marshall enabled with any of the paramters set as you wish, plus it would Bypass your blackface Fender Amp Block (or conceivably reduce to minimum the gain and channel Volume of that Fender Block whilst leaving the Block enabled). Depending on how you position the Amp and Cab Blocks in your signal chain and where you position your FX Blocks and when they are Enabled or Bypassed (or their respective parameters minimized or maxed) would be entirely up to you. The beauty of Helix's elegance is that you can do things in the box that are nearly impossible to do in the real world with ridiculous patching. There are very few rules. So if it sounds good, go with it. Your Amp Block placements may well be most beneficial to place in split paths of Signal chain 1 and your FX in Signal Path 2A and 2B. Depending on what cabs or IRs you plan to use this will also have an impact on your configuration. Remember you do not need to use the Combo Amp Blocks. You may use Amp Blocks and multiple cab blocks as you wish, and enable or disable them via Snapshots. Even though the above is a long depiction, it only scratches the surface of what you can do with the Helix. Hope this helps.
  3. Congratulations on the new Helix! There have been a lot of enhancements since your last go. Until others here on the User Support Forums provide you more specific info, Snapshots (up to 8 of which may be defined within any Preset) are the way to go. They are incredibly powerful and flexible. You'll also want to explore enabling the Trails parameter of the FXs that you want to trail out. Also know that with most recent firmware version 3.11 you now have the option for Instantaneous Preset Switching. This is not precisely what you are asking, yet it is a recent and very powerful feature. Note, however, that this requires using all of the second DSP chip's resources so that you will not be able to use Signal Paths 2A and 2B. See the firmware 3.11 version Release Notes for more information on this. Also see for lots of helpful information.
  4. MusicLaw

    Power and FRFR

    JBL LSR305 and JBL LSR308 positioned as near field Studio Monitors with JBL LSR310 Sub. Great price, sound and imaging. Yamaha DXR10 FRFR Monitors often positioned as floor wedges for very full sound and capable of very high SPLs. Also, usable vertically or on stands. Yamaha THR10C for convenient battery powered stereo spkr system. Signal into THR10C's 1/8" Stereo (TRS) AuxIn from Helix's Outs or Helix's Headphone jack.
  5. MusicLaw

    HD500X to Helix

    The short answer is Yes. You should have no problem running dual amp blocks with multiple FX blocks in the Helix Floor, Rack and LT, as each of these units have two DSP chips; one for each of the two main signal paths. Specifically, Signal Path 1 has one DSP and Signal Path 2 has one DSP. Either or both of these two main signal paths may be split to achieve Signal Paths 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B. If needed, they may be configured serially 1A -> 1B -> 2A -> 2B. Each is dual channel (i.e. stereo) however placing any Mono Block (Amp Blocks are mono) will collapse any dual channel signal hitting a Mono Block to Mono. To regain dual channel stereo simply use a Stereo Block type after a Mono Block.
  6. Also see the Fluid Solo site for lots of good info. Direct URL:,a
  7. @kjbllc123 you may want to also post your inquiry to the massive Line 6 Helix Thread in the Digital and Modeling Forum on For some reason I seem to recollect reading posts in the massive thread from at least one violinist using the Helix from several years ago.
  8. Great to learn of your developments and progress. Keep posting as you proceed so others may also follow along and learn.
  9. MusicLaw

    Deep Edit

    If you are using a Helix Floor, Rack or LT, move some of your Blocks to the 2nd Signal Path. On these units Paths 2A and 2B have their own DSP.
  10. Check for the Tips and Tricks section where you will find the Power On Reset button combinations. Do the Power On Factory Reset for the respective Helix device. Then, uninstall all Helix Line 6 software and drivers from the computer you are using for the update procedure. Next, log into your (or your friend's) Line 6 account and download and install clean/latest versions of HX Edit. The HX Edit install procedure will install all Helix software and drivers on the computer. Then, connect the Helix unit to the computer and launch HX Edit. HX Edit should lead you from there. If the above fails to get you up to 3.11 (the latest firmware and HX Edit versions), you'll need to contact Line 6 Customer Support. Give them a call or submit a Support Ticket; they'll get you going. [Note: Line 6 Updater is an entirely separate download and install.]
  11. If you cannot discern from the original owner if they used the Helix Native Discount, contact Line 6 Customer Service and they can look it up for you based on the unit's Serial Number.
  12. If you know the firmware version that was installed in the HX Stomp you purchased, simply download that Flash Memory Firmware version from the Line 6 website directly to your hard drive, and install it to your HX Stomp. Use the Line 6 Updater. The latest version 1.23 was just released June 1. The Line 6 Updater will make this process easy. If you do not know the firmware version your HX Stomp had, simply download the last several versions. Then perform the firmware updates in chronological order to discover the Presets you are looking for. Also bear in mind that Line 6 revises and changes the Factory Presets with each firmware release. Just be sure that if you do proceed though several successive firmware version installations, be sure to perform a backup of the Presets as you progress from one firmware installation to the next. This will provide you with a comprehensive set of the Factory Presets from all the firmware versions you backup. When you are done, be sure to update your HX Stomp Firmware version to the latest version 3.11. Typically the easiest method to update the HX Stomp is to use HX Edit. However, recent HX Edit versions are more adept at updating the device's firmware moving forward, so you may find that if you already have HX Edit 3.11 installed, it may not prompt you with the ability to install predecessor firmware versions. This is why I suggested Line 6 Updater. Once you're all done, be sure to follow the instructions to rebuild all of your installed or restored Presets, including any which you may Restore from older firmware backups. Doing a Power On HX Stomp Preset Rebuild will assure that any of the Presets are rebuilt to be compatible with the latest version 3.11 Firmware. See for Power On Preset Rebuild button combinations. Hope all of this helps and you get the Presets you're looking for.
  13. @georgevoigt Wow! You're talking Ancient History in terms of Helix FW! Not that someone here on the User Support Forms may have the older Presets and be able to help you out... Either way, be sure to first update your Helix Device Firmware to the latest version (currently 3.11) and then Rebuild those old presets so they convert properly.
  14. Plus, when Helix Native goes On Sale, typically a few times each year, its price is reduced by another 30%, so if you time it right you can get it for just under $70 USD!
  15. From the thread's original title, I was expecting to post a simple reply suggesting a power strip with an easily reachable on off rocker switch. The title would be better worded using the terms Bypass and Enable rather than On and Off. ;)
  16. @deckard1, make certain that you have updated your device's firmware to the latest release to be assured of the latest sonic improvements. This in addition to the suggestions of the prior responses in this thread.
  17. Glad to be of help. When Line 6 offers the additional discount on Helix Native is anyone's guess. That extra savings certainly provides an extra special opportunity to grab it for an outstanding price of under $70 USD.
  18. It does seem quite odd that you are not getting sufficient drive from your Helix Rack's headphone output into a set of BD DT990 Pro 250 Ohm headsets. To help isolate that nothing software related is compromising matters, be sure to update your Helix Rack's firmware to the latest version, and do a Factory Reset power on after the update is complete. If that concludes properly, then you will have at least eliminated any possible software oddities. The next steps would be trying another set of headphones, as well as using your current set with another device to compare results.
  19. @reaperhelix, you're likely to realize all sorts of workflow benefits from standardizing on the Line 6 workflow using your HX Stomp and Helix Native. HX Stomp's AI and Dynamic Range are very good and it's use with HX Edit is very convenient as well as the expanded capabilities of using Helix Native in your DAW or VST Host of choice. From your original post, it would be my guess that you're likely to find a lot of satisfaction using the Helix Gear. As for the HX Stomp running warm, it is designed to operate this way. I have no idea, if Line 6's design spec for the HX Stomp or HX Effect also contemplates a near 24x7 operational duration for days, weeks or months on end. My guess would be that it may not, as both of these devices are designed for portability, from gig to gig, show to show, fly dates, etc., rather than as rack devices to be hosted in a constantly powered studio environment. Run your HX Stomp in the method most convenient for you. It is covered under Line 6's warranty, and the Original Warranty can be extended as you may wish. As for your other gear, Computer, Powered Speakers, etc. those are in the aggregate certainly going to consume far more phantom power in standby or on but not in use mode. If you can afford the power bills, or have a solar powered installation at your place, rock on!! Otherwise, the extra electricity cost may not be all that great when compared to your enjoyment and use of the gear. As for the planet, that's another conversation entirely. YMMV.
  20. It very often does come down to user error. Most of us have done it, and learn from our mistakes. Always Read and Precisely Follow the Release Notes. The Software and Firmware Update Release Notes are furnished by Line 6 to guide and assist users in avoiding a variety of foreseeable issues.
  21. @JOHNNYMC5150 are you running each of your Helix devices' L/Main Output at Unity Gain? This requires each of their physical Main Output knobs to be in the Maximum fully clockwise position. Note: Helix Floor's Global Settings allow reconfiguration of this Main Knob! Moreover, typically when feeding the Floor or Stomp to a powered speaker (you did not state what powered speaker you have) the Helix Output setting would be on Line Level not Instrument Level. And, many powered speaker models have input switches to match the input level connected to their respective input jacks.
  22. @JOHNNYMC5150 To clarify, you are hearing the same disparity when using Headphones connected via the Headphone outputs of either device, as when you are feeding your powered speaker from the L/Main Output of either device?
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