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  1. I use the LT myself, as I felt no need for the extra I/O. I do not use any external pedals except for my Digitech freqout. But that is in my guitar input loop. My normal setup is guitar-freqout-LT- split to FOH and IEM-mixer. I do use an external volume pedal (Morley PVO) as expression pedal. This pedal is used for wah as it feels more sturdy than the integrated pedal and can be replaced easily when necessary (wah movements are much higher frequency than volume or control value changes). The internal pedal is only used for volume changes. Overall build quality of the Helix LT is great, feels like professional quality. I used a POD XT Live before, but the LT feels much more high end. Lack of scribble strips is no problem, performance view has it covered. I use mainly the snapshot mode for changes when playing a song and one preset per song mostly. When using snapshots, I normally do not use more than 4 per preset, so 8 footswitch mode is fine by me.
  2. FYI: I’m using a Morley PVA volume pedal as expression pedal for my LT. I had it lying around from a former pedalboard setup, so I thought why not try using it. It works great, only issue is that you need to finetune the minimum volume pot which is normally used to limit the lower volume setting. This pot value sometimes gets changed because it’s on top of the pedal housing. Just turn it and set it to the value where you see the Helix switch Exp1/Exp2 mode. Pro of this pedal compared to other pedals is that it works with an optical sensor instead of a potmeter, so less prone to wear. Con is that it needs 9V power to power the LED and optocoupler electronics, though no power is sent to the jacks. Only issue I have to resolve is the linearity of the signal, but this is addressed in a Youtube video by Scott Grove (dr. Groovy) and is easy to solve. Just have not had the time to do it and felt no urgent need for it.
  3. Hi Nemathod, as a fellow dutch speaking guitarist I have an advise for you: please post your questions in English as this is an international forum, very few dutch speaking members I guess. Another advise: Next time, please open a new thread with your questions. Now, you are highjacking a thread which has nothing related with your questions. Perhaps the Mods can put this in a separate thread. As an answer to your questions: For editing, you can download HX Edit from the Line6 website, just check that you download the version corresponding to your Helix rack firmware (check your screen when booting the Helix, it shows the firmware version number during start-up). Please be advised that you need your Helix connected through USB with the pc running HX Edit, as all you do is control your Helix from your pc. All changes you do are instantaneous changed on your Helix hardware. As for your question about feedback: you can try the Digitech FreqOut pedal. I use this pedal between guitar and Helix guitar input. Just look it up on Youtube. Works great for me!
  4. At home: through headphones (directly connected), my IEM (xlr to Behringer powerplay personal IEM system) or through a Peavy PV8 mixer into a small and cheap audio amp with cheap studio monitors (mostly for checking levels and presets at higher volume). I could use my Fender Blues deluxe at home also, but due to the amp being very loud, I generally don’t use that option. At rehearsal with my main band: either the PA-system which is really bad and old, while using my personal IEM in one ear, or through our Soundcraft mixer as IEM-mix (really love these silent rehearsals) which we also use as our IEM mixer for gigs. At rehearsal with my secondary band: through the poweramp stage of my Laney LC30 tubeamp (no useable PA-system there), had to switch the cab sims off for this option, so I made a few separate presets for it. At gigs: directly to FOH and to my personal IEM where I mix it with the complete band return signal from the monitor mixing desk.
  5. I put mine in front of my Helix, because I think that is the most logical position as this is where normal feedback would occur. I have also been thinking of integrating it in one of the fx loops of the helix as I’m not using any other pedals. That way, I could have it on all the time and decide per preset if I would like to use it as a momentary or continuous block. But then, I have to sacrifice a block in the loop and reprogram my presets. So for now, it stays as it is and I like the way it works.
  6. ^^^ this ^^^ I use a P1, mounted on my pedalboard. I made a headphone extension cord which I tied to my guitar cable. During rehearsal, I use stereo mode with both XLR outputs of the LT to the P1. During a gig, I use mono mode, which allows me to make my own mix of mono monitor signal and mono signal from my LT. I wouldn’t rely on bluetooth because of latency, range and dropouts. I’d be rather be tied to my cables. Most acceptable IEM systems do cost a lot of money. For ear phones you also want the types that block (most of) the stage sound. I found the KZ ZS10 are rather good, and cheap. They are a lot better than my Shure SE210. On the picture, you can see my setup, the P1 is in the right hand upper corner.
  7. I play durectly connected to FOH when gigging, usin a wired Behringer in-ear system. Because of the phantom power issue, I added into my band’s technical rider that my LT requires a DI, to be part of the scope of the FOH. My XLRs are used by my in-ear, at least one so I can do my own mix. In my opinion the DI-box serves as a galvanic seperation, just in case something happens to either my LT or the FOH system. Safety first, as the places where we gig do not all have state of the art electrics and sound engineers sometimes connect power distributor to the next one, to the next one and so on.
  8. By what I have read, I’m afraid there isn’t an option to edit the Variax 500 with the Helix. The Helix doesn’t provide these services for Legacy products. For that reason, I kept my old POD XT live. Maybe get one of these? They should not be that expensive any more, and you get a backup unit for your Helix. Though the sound quality isn’t on the same level obviously.
  9. Here’s mine. The Morley is used as 2nd expression pedal. In the corner you see a Behringer wired in ear beltpack which I have strapped to the board. I use a combined guitar and headphones extension cable with it. The case is a Stonecastle one, biggest they had. It’s a shame that they have stopped with their business. Great cases made from plastic so relatively light but yet sturdy enough (I had and have no need for a real flightcase).
  10. I go with the forementioned: if you have the budget, get an LT (or just save a little longer for it). The LT offers a more intuitive UI compared to the stomp, more signal routing capacity, has more switches and an integrated expression pedal. I bought mine as a replacement for my POD XT floor, and I am very happy I did make the move. No more hauling with heavy amps for me.
  11. Have you tried pressing bank up+down (F1+F7) together and holding them for 2 seconds? That way you can cycle through different options for these bank swiches. It shows the mode on the screen, with a yellow exclamation mark signal next to it. In performance view I’m using the mode switch F6 to choose between 8 stomp mode and 8 snapshot mode. When I press bank up or down, it starts flashing 8 presets. So it should work.
  12. I use a Morley PVO, it’s an optical type. Just connect a TS-TS cable in the input of the pedal and the exp-jack of the Helix. You need to reverse in the software as it is recognised as 100% at heel down and 0% at toe down. Only thing that bothers me a little is the non-linearity. But a simple mod fir that can be found online: you have to adapt the opening through which the light shines on the light receptor. Have not done that yet, still on my to-do list.
  13. Regarding the log-in item: I also get logged out when using the back to forum link. And when I try to log in, I get the “cookie question”. And then on clicking ok, it redirects me to the Line6 page, right out of the forum...
  14. I am a Helix user since february of this year and I haven’t touched my amp since. Before my Helix LT I used a PodXT live pedal, together with a Fender Blues deluxe on the clean channel. Now I use my HxLT with a set of Shure in ear monitors. I use a Behringer personal in ear monitor amplifier which receives my Helix XLR outputs. And then a mono signal from the 1/4” outputs to the mixer. This works great for rehearsal. For gigging this setup might very a little regarding the way the FoH wants my signal. I can switch my IEM amplifier from stereo to 2x mono and mix my guitar signal with whe monitor signal from the mixer, or just receive a stereo monitor mix. Works great either way. The only thing getting used to is that your guitar sound is much more “studio” feel than a direct amp sound. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing in my opinion. I love my current setup and do not have any reasons to go back. Might try 4cm as I still have my amps. But for gigging, I like the fact that I don’t have to haul all this gear. Just my guitar, fx board case and a backpack for additional cables and small stuff. As for the default presets: they weren’t worth trying (my opinion). Just buy some presets online as an example and start from there building your own.
  15. I’m using a wired Behringer Powerplay P1 for my in ears. Short XLR cables from my Helix to the powerplay which is mounted on my pedalboard. And then a DIY snake with guitar cable and headphones extension cord of approximately 6 meters. This enables me to monitor my Helix in stereo during rehearsal, use a stereo send from the monitor mixer or receive a mono signal from the monitor mixer and mix it with my own guitar signal when gigging. I figured that, when using my Helix, I have to use the pedals frequently, so wireless doesn’t add anything. My 6m cable gives me enough walking distance.
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