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    Midi CC Feature desperately needed

    Another suggestion on my reddit post is rooted in this forum :D https://line6.com/support/topic/20120-controlling-ableton-with-helix/ Apparently you can use Note-send for that; I will look into that later.
  2. katerlouis

    Midi CC Feature desperately needed

    Maybe you want to take a look at that @phil_m? https://www.reddit.com/r/ableton/comments/an11xx/please_help_understanding_midi_controls_in/ I have (and had) set up Ableton like the commenter explained there; but still Helix' CC toggle doesn't react to a change with the mouse.
  3. katerlouis

    Midi CC Feature desperately needed

    No, I haven't used the Helix for other Software on my Macbook yet- but if I would, there might be interferences with your suggested solution. But I assume the Helix will support modifier keys aswell (CMD, ALT, SHIFT etc.)- so surely there will be a key configuration which won't collide with any other software. It's not like everything is listening to MIDI :D The Important part is, that Ableton does not have to be up front in order to receive the command from Helix. But it sounds like this would work then, though- I've asked the same question on Abletons Subreddit; apparently Ableton is capable of telling the Helix to switch it's toggl. I'll tell you when I got it worked out :) Until then, I'll try to narrow down why Quantiloop is triggering the longpress on my MIDI CC commands :D
  4. katerlouis

    Midi CC Feature desperately needed

    So you are suggesting to map the HELIX footstomp to "F" on the keyboard for instance, and then map Ableton to press Session Record on "F"? :D What if I have Guitar Pro open at the same time? I doubt that the Helix would still fire the F to Ableton, but instead fire it to Guitar Pro, right? :D
  5. katerlouis

    Midi CC Feature desperately needed

    I still have a hard time getting my head around this. If I understand you guys correctly the main issue you are fighting it recreating a momentary toggle, where releasing sets a function back to zero. But how about this usecase: in Ableton Lives Session View you press this button to activate overdub, for instance. I mapped this to a MIDI CC command coming from the Helix. But with MIDI CC you still need to set a value higher than 63 to switch it on and a value less than or equal to 63 to switch it off. Helix MIDI CC only fires one value, so I either make 2 stomps to switch on and off, or I do a toggle, which kinda makes sense, since the function in Ableton literally is a toggle. Buuut, if you go the toggle route, the Helix toggle doesn't react to when the switch gets pressed by the mouse, for instance. And vice versa, of course, when you switch the Function on via mouse and want to deactivate it via Helix. So you always have to keep the two in sync, which is not very practical. There must be a way to say via MIDI "just press this button, like a mouse would do, and don't care about any values" Or is there a way to let Ableton tell the Helix to change its toggle status whenever the function is changed from other sources than the Helix?
  6. I apologize if this isn't the right place for these kind of questions. The search didn't reveal a collecting thread or something like this. The tone Rabea plays here is absolutely amazing- the Helix has almost too many options for me so that I have no idea how to start on getting this tone. As far as I can tell the UniversalAudio OX-Box serves as the cab simulation and goes straight into the computer, but I'm not sure. The tone gets even nicer when he switches to the bridge pickup at 5:48 Thanks! I have his signature guitar, the ML3 Bea 25.5'' :) I'd appreciate if you could give me hints on where to start. Thank
  7. This might sound silly, but please hear me out first :D I use Quantiloop on my iPad Pro as a Looper (insanely good, check it out!) and control it with the Helix footswitches using MIDI CC. Great! The Helix is connected to the iPad via USB (works great with a USB-A to USB-C adapter, nice!) and I have headphones plugged into the "headphones" jack. The issue is, that I hear both the Helix AND the monitor of Quantiloop, which feels very odd. Even if I somehow muted the input monitoring in Quantiloop, I still have weird volume differences in what the Helix puts out to my headphones and what iPad gives into the Helix. This doesn't only happen with the iPad, with my PC and MacBook aswell. Playing with Ableton, Logic or just playing along to Spotify is always a fiddling. Changing the volume on the iPad / MacBook also isn't possible. It is fixed once the Helix is connected to them. You could change the volume of Spotify itself, for instance, or youtube etc. Or you could change the LEVEL of the MULTI-output block in Helix. But the levels are adjusted to the my live-setup etc. Don't like to mess with them and changing back could be forgotten. Another workaround is changing the output block from "MULTI" to "USB 1+2", but would require changing patches I normally want to use with MULTI-out. Again: not so convenient and "easy to forget switching back" I'd appreciate if you shed some more light on how this workflow is intended and how you deal with these issues. Do you just use a separate audio interface and mix from there? Please shed a bit more light on the matter :) Louis PS: If you have a better idea for the title, please shoot!
  8. katerlouis

    Midi CC Feature desperately needed

    I'm glad to see this topic is discussed so intensively right when I am going into controlling different devices with the Helix, myself! I also want to use the Helix with a looper, but am still figuring out if my new iPad Pro can handle the job, before I give the RC-505 a shot. Anyhow.. when I tried out an Ableton workflow, I had a similar, if not the same issue. Being new to MIDI I figured I did a mistake. But today I tried to configure a great iOS looping app (Quantiloop) via MIDI and discovered the following: I had the footswitch assigned to MIDI CC #80 value 127 – the app can "learn" the foot switch, like Ableton and others can. (Great! Haven't seen this very often in the iOS world so far) – It Also: the app has assignments for "longpress" and "double tap" aswell– and whenever I tapped the switch once, the "longpress" action would be triggered right after it. It is hard for me to wrap my head around these things. My question now is, if the apps interpretation of the footswitch, saying its "latching", just confirms the issue discussed in this thread or is there something else I get wrong? like @The_Elf, I'd say this is a bug. offtopic: @tobmiy – if you are an iOS user, I highly suggest checking out the app "Quantiloop" – Researching loopers myself and having a clear vision of what I need and how I want to control it, Quantiloop has a feature I haven't seen in any other soft- and/or hardware solution. You can record a loop and the app then calculates the TEMPO AND THE BARS you just played. I had deep conversations with Power-Ableton-Users about this and they all said this would be practically impossible / highly unreliable if attempted. In my few hours playing around with Quantiloop now.. it was 100% reliable! – Again: you just play your thing, .. and everything after that will be quantized to the tempo you just played! So Amazing!
  9. katerlouis

    Remote control for Helix floor, you know, like a TV remote!

    Okay, now I have seem to confused the situation even more. Sorry for that! One last try: Forget about the video. This video just got me inspired to control the Helix with a MiDI controller in the first place. I do not want to control HX edit remotely. I want to control the "actual Helix interface" remotely. Imagine it this way: I want to rip out the knobs, joystick, bypass action and pages buttons and put them on my desk or a stand, while the footstomps ans cables etc remain on the floor. I do NOT need a display on my desk! looking down on the Helix is fine for me. All I want is navigating, arranging the blocks and adjust parameters via knobs, while standing. I hope things are clear now! Sorry again for the confusion.
  10. katerlouis

    Remote control for Helix floor, you know, like a TV remote!

    Thanks! If I read you correctly, your explanation recreates the scenario illustrated in this video, right? Binding a knob to a specific parameter of a specific block is a cool option, but not what I'm looking for. I mainly want to have the Helix still at my feet, but not having to bow down all the time I want change settings via the rotaries or insert / delete / move blocks. Having those "general" controls on the desk or on a stand would make trying out many different things way easier. So I'd bascially like to rip outthe joystick, the 6 rotaries, the bypass and action button and put them on a table ;) From what I've seen in the manual, that is currently not possible. I am just starting to get into MIDI and therefore don't quite understand if this would be possible via a firmware update; But in my mind it should be possible to block a few more CC# for these controls. I mean.. "Joystick right" is just one command, right? So my layman eyes don't see why giving access to these commands via MIDI shouldn't be possible. For a midi controller I also found the nanoKontrol 2, or maybe this: https://www.thomann.de/de/native_instruments_traktor_kontrol_x1_mkii.htm Are you sure a USB Host is required? The manual says on page 51: Midi over USB: When on, Helix receives and transmits MIDI data via USB in the same capacity as its MIDI jacks. The korg for example sends MIDI over mini USB, and the Helix receives MIDI over USB-B. I found a cable for that, so I figured it works? 8)
  11. TL;DR: I want an external controller to mimic the controls surrounding the display (the 6 parameter knobs, the big joystick-twisty-knob, the bypass and action buttons and so on) - any Ideas? (Inspired by this video) I absolutely love the Helix and just don't stop learning new and exciting things about this incredible piece of gear. Yeah, the "software" sounds great, but the whole experience with the hardware, the unit itself, is why I would choose Helix over AXE FX or Kemper anytime. Ironic negative point: the Helix gets so much right, that my imagination goes crazy and often hits a wall like: "Nice! But how cool would it be if it could go this one step further and do this and that and yadaydada" The new HX Edit is great, but I find myself editing patches on the unit itself way more often than on my computer. I seem to prefer knobs and dials over dragging sliders with my trackpad; and setting up foot switches is also faster on the unit with the capacitive foot stomps. So... you all know what comes next... I either have the unit on my desk and press the muddy foot stomps by hand (eeewwh!) or embrace the backpain with an moany exhale (come on! you know this weird sound people make when they become older and try to tie their shoes!) everytime I bow down to Hail the Tone. Yes, I know about the edit mode and it's freakin awesome-... for finetuning an already set up patch. But inserting, deleting or moving blocks is just impossible. Changing a blocks parameters with an external MIDI controller using Helix command center could be a workaround, but it's quite tedious to set up, limits your external controller to only these specific parameters and inserting, deleting or moving blocks is impossible. Maybe MIDI is an option? The manual (this is a link) says on page 57, that Helix is able to listen to external MIDI and has CC# reserved for specific global settings. Cool! But apparently it doesn't offer CC# for the main controls? Please correct me if I'm wrong! (Oh man, how I hope I'm wrong here...) If not, I ask you to protect me from looking like a fool on ideaScale and tell me if you think this is even possible to implement via firmware update. Yeah, I hear you! Maybe a Helix Rack + foot controller would be better for me. But.. then again.. naaaah- Helix Control lacks the expression pedal and the great portability aspect is gone aswell. Thanks! Louis
  12. katerlouis

    Controlling and Using a tube amp

    How exactly does the Helix switch channels on amps via a 1/4 jack?
  13. katerlouis

    Pling on the Shuriken 250 (25.5 inch scale)

    What exactly do you mean with note tracking? And the question stands: How much does the quality differ between the two? The higher tension still was an argument for better quality.
  14. katerlouis

    Variax Multiscale?

    Would you still say this, being one year later? It feels to me like multiscale got quite the boost in the last months. Just a gut feeling, though– What do you think? Because.. it would be really awesome to get a slight fan on the Shuriken. Bends on the 27'' aren't pretty– Although I'm wondering if the longer scale length actually results in less pling or if they just exaggerated a bit for marketing purposes. If not, I'll give the 250 another shot.
  15. One advantage over the JTVs that Stevic always pointed out wherever he talked about the Shuriken, was the longer scale length and therefore higher tension on the strings. Now with the "normal" scale length, can we expect more pling by it? I wouldn't mind if the higher tension was an exaggerated argument to sell more Shurikens; because when the scale length doesn't necessarily bring better modeling quality, I'd give the Shuriken another chance and would go for a 250 this time, because bends on the 27 were really ouchy with 10-52 strings. What do you think?
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