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Everything posted by mrmichaelgibson

  1. Great work on these! I really appreciate the time you've taken in creating and sharing these presets. Keep up the good work!
  2. Yep, that's the one I used and it looks correct. If you see any issues with how I wired it for any reason, please let me know. Thanks!
  3. Of course right after I post, I figure it out :) So to anyone else looking to do the same, it's well worth it. The key was the wiring was wrong. With an EMG H4 (or I would suppose any passive EMG), the wiring for the Shuriken is: Black and white - solder together and tape off (don't connect) Bare - tape off (don't connect) Red (hot wire) - solder to W10 Green - solder to W7 The key for me was figuring out the the red was the hot wire (used this diagram for the clue: https://www.emgpickups.com/pub/media/Mageants/h/z/hz_h3_h4_b245_0230-0221rf.pdf) It's sounding amazing. Much more alive and sounds pretty much like a standard active EMG 81 (which is what I was going for). So now this guitar really is the best of both worlds - the high output and powerful sound of the EMG and, well, all the rest of the guitars via the Variax system :) A little trouble to get right, but worth it. Hope this helps someone!
  4. Hi all! I am replacing the stock pickup in my Variax Shuriken 250 and am having some issues. I have a brand new EMG H4 (passive pickup). I also have a connector that has the following: Red & White wires --> soldered together and covered with electrical tape Green & Bare wires --> soldered together and connected to W7 Black wire --> connected to W10 I did this based on the recommendation here in the forums... It seems to be wired correctly, but I get a VERY low sound out of it. When I switch on the Variax, the sound is full as expected. Switching back to the EMG, it gets a very faint sound (almost no output). I put this new pickup in another guitar to test and it sounds perfect. Can anyone assist in what I may be doing wrong? Thanks!
  5. Related question - the whole reason I am not using the built-in looper is for presets like this one. Where would I put a looper block in this? A lot of my presets have one path out, but I have several like this that I'd like to put a looper block in...
  6. I hadn't thought of that. I run the XLR cable because I assumed that would produce a better signal / sound. I will give that a try! So then I assume the chain for me would be: Line 6 Relay --> Helix Floor (1/4 jack) guitar --> 1/4 cable out --> Looper --> Alto TS212 ?
  7. Thanks for the advice. I just ordered a male XLR --> male 1/4 cable and see how that works out. That would be great if it's that simple!
  8. Hi all! I have seen several posts about using an external looper but I can't seem to make it work correctly. My path right now... Line 6 Relay --> Helix Floor (1/4 jack) guitar --> XLR out --> Alto TS212 Works great and sounds great. I am OK with the Helix onboard looper, but many of my presets don't have an extra slot so I can put the looper in, plus I'd rather not have to back and add loopers to all my presets. I have a Boss RC-1. Works fine if I put it in the chain right before the Helix, but then when playing back the sample it is subject to the snapshot I change to (e.g. I do a clean loop, then switch to a dirty channel and the loop gets distorted). So what I am looking for is a way to put the RC-1 at the end of the chain (or something similar) so the loop stays as the original sound, and not have to add an effects block to every preset. I can do it fine with just using 1/4 out, but I prefer to keep the XLR out if possible. Any advice for a simple way to do this? Thanks!
  9. So the best and closest I can come - set the Reference to 435 and tune the high (1st) string to E, then tune other strings to that one. The E will be in tune, but the rest of strings don't handle the offset. I did that and it's now perfectly in tune to the records.
  10. Yes, exactly. I checked by doing it by ear as well. I went down to Eb and it was too low. Started coming up in pitch and got it, so it's definitely Eb + 40 cents. Thanks all for your help!
  11. Hi all! I am looking to nail the tuning that DImebag Darrell used in Pantera. From an article with his tech Grady: Sounds easy enough. Tune down to Eb, then up 40 cents. I am trying to figure out how exactly to do that with the tuner in Helix. I must be missing something, but I don't see a way in any of the tuners (Fine, Coarse, or Strobe) to hit exactly 40 cents above Eb. Any advice?
  12. Thanks! So I assume then since I am using the magnetic pickup in one path, I can't do a custom tuning? Sorry if it's a newb question :)
  13. Hi! I am starting to use my Variax more and more (Shuriken) and am trying to see if I can use it to route two signals / paths at one time. Here is what I would like to do: - Path 1 - clean electric sound (using one of the electric models, like the Lester) - Path 2 - clean acoustic sound (using one of the Acoustic models) I assume I would create a preset with two paths, both coming from the main input. Is this possible with just the VDI input, or do I need to somehow use the VDI and standard output jack? Thanks!!!!
  14. FYI - I deleted then reinstalled HX Edit, same issue. However, I did a full factory reset on the Helix (holding buttons 9 & 10 and starting) and that fixed it :)
  15. Yep, same thing happening here. It loses connection about once every minute. Extremely frustrating. Going to try and completely reinstall HX Edit to see if that fixes it...
  16. And of course right after I post I figure it out :) Hold down the ALT key and click the parameter. Hope this helps someone else!
  17. Hi All! I am building a preset in Helix Native and cannot for the life of me figure out how to change a parameter for just one snapshot. Example: I have an IR block that applies to all 5 of my snapshots. However, when switching to a clean sound, I want to boost the Level of the IR a few dB. I know on my Helix Floor, I just push in the parameter knob and it turns that value white. Can this be done in Native? Thanks!!!
  18. I discovered that if I create it via Helix Native, it can't be edited on CustomTone (no fields are editable). If I use Helix Edit (via Floor), works no problem.
  19. I am uploading a new patch I made for the Placater model and when I upload it, there is no option to edit the notes or details. Can anyone let me know if I am missing something? I created it with Helix Native (I have the Helix floor as well). Thanks!
  20. I replaced mine in my Variax Standard just a few months ago. I had to do a little trial and error to find ones that just dropped in. I wound up finding these that fit perfectly: http://www.ebay.com/itm/262052785759 If you get some, look for ones with 10mm pin spacing, 2 pin, 6 in-line tuners
  21. Yep - did that too from recommendations. Thanks!
  22. Great idea re: the IRs. I read that elsewhere as well and it makes sense. I wound up exporting all of the presets and using a program called DriveZ (http://www.inet.hr/~dragvola/), which is a tiny, free app. I created an Excel doc with all of the names of the presets and some columns next to each for the IR name (or names, since some use two). A bit of work, but now I have everything backed up and can view it offline (since I don't have the ability to get to the Helix much every day). Thanks for everyone's input!
  23. Hi all, I am on Windows 10. Thanks for the info! I know I can do a file list of a folder using the command prompt (old school sometimes works the best!) but was just wondering if there was something in the Helix Editor, etc. that did a listing from the Helix. I don't have anything backed up to a folder quite yet, but will be working on that next! I appreciate the follow-ups.
  24. Hi all, Just wondering if there is an easy way to export the list of all my presets and / or impulse responses I currently have in the Helix. I can type it all out manually, but figured there must be an easy way (like to an Excel .xls or .csv file). Does anyone know of a way? Thanks! B)
  25. Hi JazzInc - any luck? I'm looking to match these up as well. Great work!
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