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  1. On 10/14/2022 at 6:51 AM, BSByrdman said:

    I forgot to ask, do any of you use HX Edit software to set everything up?  Or do you just use the unit to do everything?  




    On 10/14/2022 at 9:26 AM, rd2rk said:


    When I'm making bulk changes, experimenting with complex CommandCenter configurations or performing file system operations I use HX Edit.

    When I'm playing and need to change this or that or set up a simple preset on-the-fly I use the HX UI.

    It's good to be comfortable with the UI because when you're out jamming or at a gig you won't have the crutch of HX Edit.


    Same. In my opinion, it's best to know how to use both. 


    With that said, HX Edit is the easiest way, though the device is pretty smartly designed as well. 

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  2. On 10/11/2022 at 6:02 PM, phil_m said:

    What else do you have assigned to that footswitch? I see it says "MULTIPLE (2)", when you're hitting, so perhaps you're turning something else on inadvertently.


    I just tried this on my Helix, and I'm not hearing anything weird. Thought that it might have something to do with summing to mono, but I don't hear anything out of the ordinary when I try that either. So I don't know. I can check on my HX Effects later.


    On 10/11/2022 at 7:34 PM, bubba871x said:

    So I have just a simple EQ also assigned to that switch. I found that the script phaser was chopping off some treble when engaged so I threw a simple eq on with it to boost the treble back to where I like it.  I took it out completely when I was trouble shooting so it's nothing to do with the EQ.  Let me know if you can replicate this issue..;. put the legacy script phase (or the modern script mod phase ) in a block and then after it put in the stereo dual delay. Turn both on and play a few notes on your amps dirty channel. 


    On 10/12/2022 at 7:23 AM, datacommando said:

    You did't mention if you have tried a "Factory Reset" to attempt to clear any possible software glitch - usually the first line of response to unusual weirdness is a Reset.



    Hopefully Phil gets a chance to test it on an actual HX Effects. I also tried doing it on the Helix Floor and I couldn't reproduce the noise. Yours is so distinctive that I was actually surprised it didn't do that. 


    A factory reset sounds extensive but it's pretty easy to do so long as you back up your settings first. 


    Hopefully that fixes it, but if not definitely open a ticket.


    One a related note, sometimes weird stuff just happens but usually me saving over the preset with a blank one and starting fresh fixes it. The other day I was using the Helix and the A note on the fifth fret of the high E string was always pitch shifted up an octave. NOTHING else. ONLY that note. I didn't have a single pitch shifter anywhere in the preset. Even if I did, I'm not aware of anything that would do that behavior. I was completely mystified, baffled, and if I'm honest a little creeped out. 


    I deleted the preset, started over, and it went away. If it hadn't factory reset was next. 


  3. On 10/11/2022 at 3:49 PM, bubba871x said:



    That's a nice video for demonstrating what you're hearing. The link to submit a ticket is here:


    One thing I couldn't help but wonder, is phasers are such an odd effect what SHOULD it sound like in a dual delay? I know you countered that in your video by showing what other similar phasers did and I think you make a good point there. A few things I'm wondering:


    1. The HX Effects also has an older model of the MXR Phase 90 under "legacy" models. While it's an older model, and in theory less detailed, it's still very, very similar to the original MXR Phase 90. It's one of those effects I think Line 6 did a reasonable job on prior to the Helix. It's called "Phaser" under the legacy modulation models. If you try that with the dual delays, does it still exhibit the same behavior? If it did I'd say that MIGHT mean the effect should sound that way. If it doesn't, it's more evidence that something is way wrong. 


    2. Is it possible your preset is simply corrupted? If you create an all new preset and add those two effects is it still there? 

  4. It's kind of a preference thing, isn't it? Like you mentioned - you mentioned that a lot of people are into U2 level of drip, but you yourself weren't into it and you aren't "there yet." Yet, it's a good thing some people are or we'd never have had U2 in the first place. Tragic thought in my opinion. 


    On one level, our love of reverb seems silly. If you're playing a room, any digital reverb is based off the idea of natural reverb, and a room ought to have plenty of natural reverb that an emulated reverb is trying to mimic - and isn't REAL better than emulated anyway?! (with our endless analog vs. digital debate where are all of the real reverb vs. simulated whores you'd expect to pop up?)  And yet . . .


    And yet I find myself always wanting to add some sort of reverb. We've grown so used to it and honestly it seems to make every thing better. Like the need for salt and pepper at a kitchen table, no matter what the dish. Some would say even if the dish is ice cream you still might need a little salt on it. 


    Still, I think over all I'm still kind of like you. I like a HINT of reverb. My mix is always rather low compared to many out there (imagine sub 30% mixes and often dual paths which further diminish it's strength). This is true of myself even though some of my favorte songs and performances I've ever heard practically took a bath in delays and reverbs . . . and yet . . . and yet whenever my tone has significant amounts of verb in it I can't help but feel like a damn imposter - so metaphorically dripping wet that I'd honestly be less embarassed if I'd just pissed myself live after a particularly grooving moment in the song. 


    So I keep it just lightly seasoned. To me that's USUALLY . . .  though not always .  .  . the sweet spot. 

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  5. On 10/11/2022 at 3:41 PM, bubba871x said:

    So I found a bug that seems to only affect a specific combination. The Script Mod Phaser and the Script phaser will not work with the Dual Delay. When I try this combination there is a tremendous amount of audio artifact noise as if the effects are clipping badly. Every other delay seems to work fine with those two phasers. And every other phaser seems to work fine with the Dual Delay. How should I report this and seek a solution?


    I would open a ticket with the Line 6 service team explaining the behavior that you're noticing. If they can duplicate it, then they typically work hard to eliminate the bug in a future update. 

  6. On 10/10/2022 at 7:29 AM, toddkc said:

    based on this sentence I don't think you want to use IRs or cabs.  If you already have a speaker that you are playing through, adding any cabs or IRs will likely do what you are saying:  sound bad and muffled and not that different between them.  They are essentially being "doubled" by the speaker in your modeling amp.


    It would depend on the settings of the modeling amp, but in most cases,  yeah. 


    However,  since they said "empty channel" they may need a IR or cab, especially if it's a Spider V.

  7. On 10/7/2022 at 3:00 PM, spaceatl said:

    there's so value in it imo....and would be a mess on windows if you tried to stream at the same time. It would introduce massive instability on Windows...trivial on a Mac tho...but how can one make money on adding a tuner to a computer application where there are plenty of other places in the workflow?


    This just isn't true at all.  The amount of data it's communicating would be minimal,  and it wouldn't have to be a stream.  Tuner on Helix says your E string is at D - it passes that info to HX Edit.  That's it. Takes less than a second.  It's a simple number no more complicated than when your Helix tells HX Edit you've selected a Tone Sovereign overdrive. 


    I think it would be nice to have.  A bunch of you don't care.  Cool.  I don't whine incessantly about it and it's not huge to me - but I don't care that some of you don't care.  I think it would be a clear improvement. 


    Fight me.

  8. On 10/7/2022 at 7:00 AM, vanderbilly said:

    No, I added those to the Helix patch just for tone testing and they were both turned off. Tone is not the issue for me, it's the weird tremolos.  


    The thing is, time-based effects before heavy distortion can impact how they behave. I'm just trying to be thorough. 


    I actually think you've been using a harder approach, though. It looks like you've been recreating the whole chain and then trying to match the whole chain to the previous chain. If it's that important, in my opinion the smarter approach is to elimination everything but one block. No amp. No EQ. No Distortion. Just one block in either the HD 500 or the Helix. 


    Then do your best to match that one Helix block. Once you've felt you've gotten as close as possible, save it to your favorites, and move on to the next block, repeat until it's matched and save to favorites, etc. 


    Then once you have all of the blocks where you need them try putting it in a chain and see how it sounds. 


    From there it's a matter of WHAT is it you want more of? You'll then know how each block works, how it impacts various sounds, and if you want more or less of something it will be easier for you to season it how you want. 

  9. On 10/5/2022 at 5:21 PM, silverhead said:

    Yeah, I'll say it again.... HX Edit does not process audio. I have no idea how much work would be required to make HX Edit receive and process an audio signal. I'm just saying it doesn't currently do it. It's all command and control data that goes in and out over that usb cable. No audio. So not really that obvious to add a tuner, at least not to me.


    You really wouldn't need it to.  The Helix DOES process it,  so you could program HX Edit to turn on the Helix's tuner and then simply mirror the data.  The Helix would be the device doing the tuning, with HX Edit just passing along the info.

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  10. On 10/3/2022 at 2:30 PM, thazme said:

    So... my techie son decided to do me a favour when I was out of town, and "updated" my Helix to 3.15 for me.  Evidently he did the following:

    updated the Line 6 Updater, then ran that which apparently updated the Helix to 3.15


    THEN, he updated HX Edit and made a backup.


    THEN, he did a factory reset on the Helix and after that restored the backup.


    NOW there's a huge latency in the connection between the Helix and HX Edit...

    ALSO a big delay in Helix when switching from one preset to another

    not really sure what to do here / if I remove+trash HX Edit and do a new download, would I be able to use that to "re-update" the Helix FW ?

    MANY thanks for any and all suggestions, insights etc !

    (BTW, son had best of intentions, but it turns out he didn't READ the instructions... sigh.)




    Kids ... gotta love 'em, eh? 


    I have so many similar

  11. On 10/3/2022 at 2:08 PM, acousticglue said:

    Less latency on pitch shifting


    I think if they can figure out a way to do this, they probably will without us asking. Same with reducing DSP. The limits of hardware and modern tech are the key drivers here sadly. 


    Just a tip that you may already know, the "tracking" option controls latency. Lower (X fast) for less latency but lower sound quality. Increase (X Stable) for more latency but better sound quality. 

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  12. On 10/3/2022 at 2:08 PM, PierM said:


    FH1500 ( I do also have one), has a Main stereo XLR OUT and a full stereo Send/Return 1/4". It's a monster of a stereo FRFR+Modeler, which weighs like a semi truck.





    I have one too . . . and I did consider the FX Send return which TECHNICALLY if you wanted I guess you can use as an out hole for a regular amp. 


    So I stand corrected. It can do both simultaneously, you just can't use the FX loop anymore unless you somehow get really creative there too. 


    I love the Firehawk, but yes, it's easier to pass a kidney stone than carry this behemoth around. 

  13. On 12/30/2019 at 10:42 AM, rpena55 said:

    It is possible to send 1/4 out to amplifer and XLR to PA simultaneously with my Line 6 Firehawk?


    I know this is old as hell but . . . WTF is this post?


    The Line 6 Firehawk 1500 is an amp. There's no 1/4 out period - and if there was in most cases sending it to another amp would be far too kinky. 


    Yes, you can use the Firehawk 1500 WHILE also using the XLR main outs to FOH or other similar setup. So that works great. 


    Let's come back to this post in another year. I think that'd be cool.

  14. On 10/1/2022 at 9:54 AM, rd2rk said:

    Knocking the Helix reverbs is a popular sport on the forums, often done by folks who are used to the "instant gratification" of the many factory presets available in HW devices such as Strymon and Eventide. There's a discussion going on right now in the TGP D&M forum about this very subject. The Helix reverbs take a bit to figure out all of the parameters, but many folks get amazing results. Here's a link to a book with lots of tips and tricks. It's not free but not expensive either, and written by a leading industry authority.


    Sweetwater Publishing The Big Book of Helix Tips & Tricks v1.1 by Craig Anderton


    I feel like after the most recent batch of added verbs those people look like clowns. 


    I hate clowns. 

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  15. On 9/30/2022 at 6:59 PM, markwesse said:

    Ok so I have another post on TS808

    Has anyone done an IR of eg a piece of their own hardware and used it in lieu of ie as an IR

    I realise this is only a snapshot but in the case of the TS808, I use max 3 settings.


    Would be interesting to hear of others using IR not just for cabs etc


    My understanding is it's doable to capture a lot of the frequencies, but an IR can't mimic distortion. So it'd be like the cleanest Tubescreamer you'd ever heard in your life. 

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  16. On 9/30/2022 at 1:06 AM, markwesse said:

    What I mean i, I used guitar rig for years; one of the reasons is the brilliant control room ie so fast and such good sound to create cabs

    You can't have everything so I want to grab some of my favourite cab setups and copy the irs into helix


    Has any got a refined method to do this they might like to share? And Ill buy you a coffee or beer :-)


    Trying to get back to your original question - I've never created IRs. It's not my thing. I'd rather fiddle with tools others make. 


    Nevertheless, while I was reading back up on EQs as cabs after our discussion I happened to notice Craig Anderton's book of Helix tips (available at Sweetwater) has a section on page 270 called, "Create Cab Impulse Responses from Other Cab Sims" and describes the process as "easy." I'd highly reccomend you grab the book for tons of reasons - and maybe that section does exactly what you want. It even includes the appropriate sized impulse responses to use in your DAW to capture the cab you want, and step by step instructions. Pretty awesome.  You'll also need a DAW. If you happen to not have one, Reaper is cheap and/or free and works great. 


    Edit: Looks like Craig beat me to it. Either way, I highly reccomend you buy the book. 

  17. On 9/30/2022 at 3:12 PM, markwesse said:


    But you are joking right; comparing freq with time?

    Slapping a parametric on a time domain issue isnt exactly helpful information to others reading. The er/slap, rear bleed of an f8 picking up all of that with phase anomaly affecting over time will never be addressed with eq. Its about the space surrounding an object that s important to human spatial cueing which is what IR in this application is all about.

    I somehow think we are assuming different things here...its eq over time and spatial cue all in one...yes it is far more than an eq unless you are using singl sample DIRAC for eq purposes...unless Im missing something here?


    I digress...just looking for someone who is well schooled in the art of IR capture in context of Helix and willing to share insights?

    I can work it out from that point and ill be sure to share back here with actual AB samples whether its a failure or not and help others on the journey.





    I mean, you're right we're def getting way off topic here - but @rd2rk's original claim was that an EQ is the perfect sculpting choice to fix imperfections in an IR. While they did call an IR a "fancy" EQ, their more important point wasn't suggesting an EQ as a substitute but rather as a subtle tone shaping technique after applying an IR of choice that gets you close to where you want to be.  I think that's a very reasonable and valid claim and impossible to deny. 


    However, if we want to get in deeper and REAL - with me going into what is largely "no man's land" of lonely opinions - yes, I think the "time" aspect of an IR is extremely overrated. It's the frequency aspect of it that is far more vital. I'm right there with @craiganderton's advice  (amazing book by the way man - worth the price of admission several times over - and just to be clear the only point I'm saying we would for sure agree on is that an EQ can be used as a reasonable substitute, I'm not trying to claim you agree on the time aspect being "overrated") in the book of Helix suggestions that in a pinch a well sculpted and crafted EQ can absolutely substitute for a cab if you are short on DSP and need a quick and dirty fix. It honestly works very, very well. Better than common sense would say it has any right to, particularly in 2022 where some people would hold the right IR and its sonic power above even Jesus. 


    Now, don't misinterpret me there either. If I have a choice, and plenty of processing power, I'm always going to choose an IR cab over an EQ, but IRs and EQs are very closely related to each other. 


    Still, what matters is what you enjoy and like, so if my take on things ever sounds like hot garbage to you, absolutely, ignore it and do what sounds good to you. 

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  18. On 9/30/2022 at 2:39 PM, markwesse said:

    Hmm I have to disagree; an impulse response done properly is doing far more than eq; eq is static, IR includes time capture. Sure it can easily do freq domain but its the time domain that is equally important to cabs. Non linearities are the issue.

    I was simply hoping to replicate (close enough) what I hear in the control room (real) when I mic up.




    It's an oversimplification to say that an IR is JUST an EQ, but it's a much more egregious exageration to say an IR is FAR more than an EQ. 

  19. On 9/30/2022 at 8:52 AM, adagosto said:


    Thank you for the response.


    I am looking at the 112+. I can get a used one on mostly add trade.


    So if I connect the HX Stomp Right Output to the PC, and my last block is a stereo block, AND my studio monitors are connected to the L/R outputs from the thinking is that the sound coming from the PC speaker itself will be mono but the stereo signal will be sent to to the monitors.


    Does this "sound" correct?


    On 9/30/2022 at 10:39 AM, PaulTBaker said:

    I think you will like the PC+112... I love mine... 

    There is only one output for the PC+112.  I'm not sure if that is a stereo out or not???   One thing you might try is using the headphones out of the Stomp to your studio speakers.  that should be a stereo out. I've never done that, but maybe worth a try if nothing else works.


    According to the Powercab manual, only the XLR of the 212 Plus is stereo. The XLR on the 112 and 112 plus are mono outputs. 


    If you weren't using the Plethora X3 you could easily use the HX Stomp's FX send to either go to the Powercab OR do to a stereo output to two monitors. 


    Where you do want to implement it, your options might become more limited. I still think you might be able to get there though. @PaulTBaker's idea to use the HX Stomp headphone out to go to your monitors is a creative idea that might work. The headphone jack of the Stomp is stereo, but it's output isn't as hot as the Stomp's other outputs. Still, if it's turned to max and using the volume adjustors on your monitors it might get you there. 


    ANOTHER option might be available if you don't need the Plethora effects to be stereo. In that case, you can use one of the HX Stomp's sends (left send or right send) to have the Plethora in the FX loop in mono. You could then use the OTHER HX Stomp send to go to the Powercab since you don't need it to be stereo. This would eat up two Stomp blocks leaving only six, but with the Plethora it might make up for it. You could then use the HX Stomp's main outs to go to your monitors in stereo. 



  20. On 9/30/2022 at 1:36 AM, HonestOpinion said:

    I think the Helix is such an amazing piece of kit already that I am perfectly content to sit back and wait patiently for the next update. That is not to say that I don't always look forward to new features and seeing any existing bugs squashed. However, this thing has served me so well for so many years and so many gigs that I have a profound appreciation for it in its current state. What a phenomenal job the folks at Line6 have done and continue to do! They have shown some true vision and creativity over the years. The UI represents a standard of excellence and exemplifies ease of use. Purchasing the Helix still remains one of the smartest equipment purchases I ever had the good fortune to make.


    Same place really. Helix went on to model every thing I ever craved. They hit my final wish list with the King of Tone and that was over two years ago now, and then knocked it out of the park with the pitch shifting/freeze options. Only thing left untouched is a Freqout pedal which was never high on the list in the first place. 


    I admit to being a LITTLE anxious about this release just because Eric Klein indicated it was a mind blowing update. Because I can't imagine WTF would actually blow my mind at this point I'm hyped in a weird way . . . but if tomorrow they said, "Sorry fellas, we were trying to activate a digital air fryer but had to give up due to hardware limitations. We're done. We hate our jobs. No more updates." 


    I honestly wouldn't be broken up about it. 

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