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    2.50 - What are you most looking forward to?

    Legacy effects and HX reverbs. I'm already pleased as punch with the available amps and most everything else Helix offers (Workflow, I/Os, audio quality, HX Edit ease of use, etc.). Would love to see improvement on the tuner, but I have zero problem using an outboard unit until they get around to that challenge. To be perfectly honest, if L6 never did another update, I'd still be over the moon happy with Helix. It is most incredibly powerful, flexible, easy to use, fantastic sounding piece of guitar related gear I have owned in 40+ years of playing. Any improvements/additions they make are simply icing on the cake...
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    2.31 Release Date

    Yeesh -- You guys rip through new upgrade features faster than my dog rips up dirty socks! I've barely scratched the surface of the last upgrade (Mainly because I'm spending so much time playing/tweaking the Trainwreck amp model - Love that one! :wub: ) ...
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    Helix Bag - Thumbs Up!

    Finally picked up the Helix carrying bag from Sweetwater. Dayum -- This thing is solid!!! Just thought I'd share. Carry on... ;)
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    Helix + Outdoor Gig = Questions

    Thanks for the replies. I'd also like to hear from the design folks at L6 to find out to what extreme they ran their thermal stress tests on Helix. RoHS (lead free) solder has a much higher melting point as compared to traditional tin/lead, so that works to our advantage, but there are also component stresses that come into play. Better safe than sorry. As for a shade or "umbrella" for the unit, that's a definite! I've drawn up a couple ideas using narrow dowel rods or PCB tubing and dark fabric that can be quickly & easily assembled to form an awning over the Helix. Clean looking, would block sunlight and still allow air flow, and is flexible enough for cables to run underneath the fabric. Would be easy to break down and wrap up (Like silverware in a paper napkin) for easy cartage and storage. Total construction cost would be under $20. Just need to borrow a sewing machine to create the loops in the fabric for the rods to pass through and hold the awning in place...
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    Helix + Outdoor Gig = Questions

    Played my first outdoor gig with my new Helix today. Sounded great, worked flawlessly during the 45 minute set. Although the TFT display was near impossible to see in the direct sunlight (Except for Tuner Mode), the scribble strips were bright & clear making patch and snapshot changes easy. After the show, the surprise came when I went to pick the Helix up -- It was friggin' HOT! I mean, it was all I could do to grab it and carry it off the stage before quickly putting it down to avoid burning my hands! It was on stage in direct sunlight for about two hours, and the black Aluminum case soaked up every ounce of solar energy it could! The question is this -- Should there be a concern that this type of temperature extreme will cause problems with the internal components? Solder joints, ICs, etc? What thermal testing was performed to the unit prior to release? I have another outdoor gig in a couple weeks and it's a full three hour show with the unit again soaking up lots of sunlight. I'm a bit concerned about thermal shutdown or fatigue on the electronics impacting the unit mid-show... Thanks in advance!
  6. There's a thread going on in the James Tyler Variax section that is discussing this problem. Check it out here: http://line6.com/support/topic/27566-vdi-cable-connection/
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    VDI cable connection

    The one I got from Sweetwater had the issue with the out-of-alignment RJ45 plug. I got the cable plug aligned inside the ethercon connector, but it still wouldn't work. Took it apart again and checked the outer shell by trying to insert it in the jack -- No go. That's when I realized it was was slightly out of round, preventing insertion. Ordered the replacement assemblies and replaced the originals -- All good now.
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    VDI cable connection

    Received the replacement ethercon connectors yesterday and did the swap on the Line 6 cable. Everything working wonderfully now!
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    VDI cable connection

    Nice price on the connectors! Are you using ruggedized cables or standard fare? I'd love to go down the same road, but I'd prefer to stick with the added flexibility and durability of ethercon cables offered by L6/Bose/etc...
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    VDI cable connection

    I have the same problem with a cable I just ordered from Sweetwater as well. After futzing with it for several hours (disassembling, reassembling, etc.) I was able to get one end to work, but ai found the other end is ever-so-slightly out of round, making it impossible to fit in either the Helix or the Variax output jack. Using an ethercon cable I use with my Bose L1 system, I confirmed that the equipment jacks are fine -- It's the plugs on the Line 6 cable that are causing the problem. Because I cut off some of the Heat shrink on the ends of the cable to facilitate a more true angle of the RJ45 connector inside the Ethercon shield, I can't return the cable to Sweetwater. So, I just ordered replacement Ethercon connectors from Newark Electronics. Here's the order info if you want to go down the same road: Stock No: Manufacturer Part No: UOM: Quantity: Price: Extended Price: 35C0563 NE8MC-B Each 1 2 $4.61 $9.22
  11. Greetings! Over the past three weeks, I've dived head first into the Line 6 pool by first selling off my analog pedalboard to get a Helix, and then picking up a Variax Standard this week. I'm absolutely loving the features and flexibility of the Helix (Not to mention the quality of sound I'm getting from the unit). The Variax arrived yesterday afternoon, and I spent the rest of the day/evening/night checking out the models and features. After initial run through, did the standard new guitar routine -- Tighten the tuning machines, snug up all screws, check relief. Changed strings to 11s and tweaked saddle height to minimize fret buzz based on all the other threads that discuss this issue. Pretty happy with setup now. I can see this being a very powerful musical tool! My question is on the acoustic instrument modeling -- Specifically the six string acoustic guitar models. In working on a setup with the Helix, I'm getting close to what I want to hear from these models, but am having difficulty getting the final tweaks set right. For the time being, I'm focusing on the J200 for strumming and the 0-18 for fingerstyle. In adjusting the Mic position (Tone Control), if it's set too close the tone is boomy. When pulled away to reduce boom, I start hearing a lot of "Room Reflection" as the tone gets thinner and less realistic. To compensate, I've going for the bassier setting, then dropping a 10 band EQ in line after a little light compression and trying to pull back the lows (60/125/250 Hz), and the high freqs while pushing up the mids a bit to reduce the hollowness. I've dropped a little plate reverb in after the EQ. This combination seems to work okay, but I'm wondering if anyone here has other suggestions to further improve the acoustic tone? Thanks in advance!
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