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  1. Sorry, just saw this, been offline for a while. I upgraded 2 helix floor units and one rack (all purchased in Australia around the same time) and had been upgrading each time there was a new version with the usual frustrations but no major problems until 2.71. All three units froze during the last step which was a patch rebuild. I had to turn the unit off and reboot - no sound. I simply repeated the upgrade, experienced the same exact pattern, then had sound. It's a weird one, makes no sense, however the units have been fine ever since. 

  2. I use high gain patches and amps and can it can get pretty loud with distortion pedals/OD up front. I use the noise gate at the input block, and then often use another in the chain. It's definitely manageable, we play loud and aggressive live and I don't any issues with uncontrollable feedback etc. Also use low and hi cuts.

  3. Mark V had been on my mind for years - I've restored two 1986 Mk 2 amps that the Australian band, the radiators, toured with, and have a dual rec as well, but this thing just blows me away. Now that I can combine it with the Helix I'm in heaven, although I've had to invest in a decent set of ear plugs!

  4. I recently acquired my dream AMP, the Mesa Boogie Mark Five. I wanted to set up all of my song patches, effects, channel switching etc with the Helix via midi, and the 4 Cable method. Its been a few weeks of trial and error and lots of research and I finally have my dream rig sorted. I thought I'd share some of my key learnings here as it was hard to find everything I needed in one place. Here goes:


    1. The helix won't enable effective channel switching via TRS cable as the Ext Amp settings only cater for Tip or Ring. The helix is lacking the third option and you can't assign these settings to snapshots, you can only use foot switches in stomp mode. This means you still need to tap dance like an old-fashioned pedal board. The SOLUTION is to acquire a midi interface for the Mesa MkV from EM Custom in Poland. It cost me 150 Euro and was delivered to Australia within 10 days. Take a midi cable out of the Helix, into the interface 'midi in' socket. Then run the standard Mesa foot switch cable out of the interface into the AMP. Download the midi interface manual from the EM Customs website, and use program control messages to control the AMP via midi. Just select your snapshot, goto the command centre, set an 'instant' command by simply calling up the corresponding program number to the setting you want from the interface manual. The black dot in the manual means 'on'.

    2. I got a nasty Ground Loop the moment I plugged the channel switching cable into the amp. I got the same ground loop when I tried the 1/4 inch TRS cable as well. This resulted in a loud buzzing noise that was particularly loud in the higher gain channels. The SOLUTION is an EBTech Hum Eliminator that I purchased from bmusic for $150.  I plugged the send 1 into the Hum Eliminator, then another cable out to the front of the amp, and followed the normal 4Cable method (amp fx send to helix return 1, 1/4 inch out to amp fx return). The Ground Loop buzz has completely vanished, the amp is quiet even in high gain mode at high volumes. 

    3. Noise gates, put one after the send/return block, and one at the the end of your effects chain. Tweak to suit. My highest gain channel is at -40.00db, 11ms

    4. Ins /Outs, set ins outs as follows in global settings - 1/4 inch out "line", send/return "Instrument"

    5. The amp's high gain channels respond really well to the Minotaur sitting in front with plenty of gain (7.4), tone (5), level (4).


    Hope this helps any MesaHelixHeads out there.





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  5. Have two floor units and a rack. On the weekend I upgraded all three from 2.5 to 2.71. Each device followed the exact same pattern - upon rebuilding the presets the first floor unit froze at preset 395, the rack froze at 420, the other floor froze at 405. I had to turn power off and on again. On each occasion the rebuild began from where it had left off. Then I had no sound on all three devices. I rebooted and then had sound. I will turn off and on again tonight to see if anything has changed...the update process really lets this device down.


  6. I found Glenn Ds Metal pack, rock pack and cleans brilliant. In particular his 1959 Marshall, Blackface, Blackstar, and Morgan. Add a couple of Fremens Blues patches, and some of Scotts specialist song specific patches and you're away....


    Yes making your own stuff rules but those few I mentioned above are brilliant. For some reason Glenn's stuff sounds incredible on my system and I can't really get close, I use QSC 8s, 10s and 12s via a mixer or direct. I have a bass cut at about 90 and treble at 7500 on the IR blocks. 

  7. I use a Music Man Majesty with Guitar in for Electric Pick-ups, return one for piezo and built several patches based on Pater Hamms video above. I use a hummingbird IR and its glorious - literally can switch from super clean acoustic to whatever level of electric crunch at the switch of a button...beautiful stuff!

  8. Scotts for specific sounds/songs, for example his She Sells Sanctuary and Everlong patches, Fremen for some good general sounds e.g.. Blues for Cocaine and his Rectoball patch for metal, and then Glenn Delaunes Boutique Amp patches for everything else. I use these live all the time and they sound brilliant. I use them as a base and add stuff like a separate path for my piezo acoustic, or a clean amp. Seriously good stuff.

  9. I, like a lot of people purchased the Helix thinking it would be a great compliment to my tube amp and replacement pedal board. My analog board was getting out of control.  Truth is the tube amp reduces flexibility of the set up, adds complexity and generates more troubleshooting, and weight. Whilst it took a month or two to retrain my ears and programming skills, my FRFR setup now blows my amps away. My tube-playing rhythm guitarist has his fender amp and its narrow tones - he is blown away by the variety coming out of a box that takes 5 minutes to set up, and that I can carry in one hand.

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  10. Ok so Ive started building some killer patches on Helix for my Music Man Majesty. I'm using the stereo out of the guitar with one cable directly to the Helix, one to the Aux in. Im building two separate signal chains on my patch - one for Guitar in, one for Aux in. That way I can switch between Marshall High Gain and Acoustic in one!


    Problem - how do I go wireless? Is there a wireless solution to handle the two separate signal paths?

  11. Ps. All the talk here about poor quality hi gain sounds is nonsense imho. Just have to understand you are listening to a recorded tone. It doesn't feel like you are standing next to an overdriven fire breathing noisy temperamental one dimensional expensive tube amp (of which I own many) , it's a different experience altogether. A naturally aspirated v8 muscle car compared to a super quick turbocharged v6 that will leave you in awe once you adjust your beliefs about what good looks like.....

  12. If you only have a few days to decide and not much time to spend tweaking go and spend $19 on Glenn delaunes boutique amp pack volume one. Grab the 1959 Marshall and the fender blackface low cut the ir at 90 hi cut at 7000 dial in some mids, a little extra delay on the lead, plug in a hum bucker in bridge position and play directly through a ten inch FRFR.....heaven

  13. Thanks for all the replies guys - lots of options to trial over the holidays!  Mine has the Di Marzio Illuminators in it. I was using Glenn Delaunes Boutique amp patches last night and it sounded absolutely perfect for rock. I took it to my local guitar tech this morning for a proper set up. Out of the box the action was way too high. Easy fixed.


    So Ill pick it up Saturday, and 'unwrap' it on xmas morning - yippee!

  14. Just had a play with my christmas present...the Music Man Majesty in Arctic Dream finish.




    Never known a guitar to have so many different tone variations just inside the volume knob alone, then there's the piezo, the coil tap, the volume boost, oh and the helix! This guitar/helix combo is quite incredible. This is a John Petrucci guitar but it does rock perfectly and looks amazing in the flesh.


    Any Music Man owners out there have any tips for getting the best out of the helix with this axe? I'm not using the alt in for piezo, I'm just using a clean snapshot instead and switching to the piezo for that snapshot, balancing with an eq block. that way I can stay wireless. Seems sweet enough.


    Can't believe the sustain and feedback on full volume. Then cleans up perfectly with the volume knob. Anyway, just had to brag  :) !

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  15. That is EXACTLY what I meant to say! I think ears must develop like taste. You slowly adapt to a new thing and when go back to the thing you used to love... It seems all so passé.......

  16. It's been ages since I even turned on one of my tube amps. So tonight I was mucking about with my patches having played a gig on the weekend, y'know just tweaking based on the night's little learnings. It suddenly occurred to me that I've really learnt how to dial this Helix baby in. The last time I A/B'd my Helix and AMP was when I first got the Helix and I realised I had a lot to learn.


    To be honest, the first time I compared my JVM to the Helix I was disappointed.....well tonight I made my JVM sound second rate. My Helix through both QSC K8 & 12 just blew my Marshall away.  The Marshall fizzed about and projected a raw familiar sound, my Marshall patch on the Helix produced an effortless reproduction, only tighter will more definition and clarity, and with that full tube amp sound.


    I tell ya...if your not convinced with your Helix, keep learning and tweaking - once you arrive at the sound you want you'll never go back....



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