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  1. Hi,


    The HX effects integrates with existing stomp boxes very easily.  It is limited with only 2 loops but you can get really creative.  I did that for quite a while and here's how I had everything set up.  The time based effects that I owned and always kept in my amps FX loop were plugged into the physical cable chain heading to and from my amps FX loop.  They were all MIDI capable so I used MIDI CC and PC messages sent by the HX in Snapshots to change parameters etc per patch.   I kept my 3 drives, fuzz, and compressor in front of the HX just like they were going in front of an amp.  The few odd pedals that I wasn't always sure where I wanted them were chained together and placed in the HX's other send/receive loop so I could put them anywhere, even route them into my amps FX loop if I wanted to.


    If you want to get REAL creative,  you can always get a MIDI capable loop switcher like a Boss ES5 or ES8 and place them into the HX loop and use MIDI to control it all. 


    Bottom line is there are always options.  Just be aware when you are using either of the HX loops you need to be mindful of the levels and make sure all your ins/outs are set accordingly for Inst or Line.


    Best of luck!

  2. I know it's a late reply but this question has been asked on just about every amp switching capable product's forum as well as the Blackstar forums and the answer is always crickets...


    I found this on a voodoo labs forum that someone got from Blackstar if it still helps anyone.  You can still use an external device to mimic the 2 button FS by putting the amp in external switch mode.  Here's what they had to say about the TRS connections:


    EXTERNAL SWITCHING MODE: This mode is intended for people who wish to control the same main features of the amp using an external switching device that connects via the TRS connection of the socket. To switch to External Switching Mode: simply press and hold the Clean Select and Clean Voice switches for 5 seconds. The green LEDs will then flash together to indicate the change of mode. The amplifier will retain this mode, even when switched off, until it is changed back to normal/footswitch mode. Once in External Switching Mode the following settings will apply when a suitable TRS connection is made:

    TIP -------- RING ------Channel ---- voice
    closed---- closed ----- clean ----- voice 1
    closed ---- open ----- clean ----- voice 2
    open ----- closed -----OD1 ----- voice 1 or 2 as selected
    open ----- open ----- OD2 ----- voice 1 or 2 as selected

  3. 1 hour ago, codamedia said:


    The should be able to get the levels under control within the HX Effects...


    But the noise? Is it a hiss/white noise you are hearing? If so, you may have received an earlier HX that had a known issue. Take a look at this thread... the "artifacts" they are referring to is excessive hiss.  https://line6.com/support/topic/32964-hx-effects-audio-artifacts/ 


    Those units should be eradicated in the wild, but it is always possible a few still exist on the shelves or in the used market. My original HX Effects had this problem... and Line 6, along with my distributor (I'm in Canada) worked with me to solve the problem. If it is hiss you are hearing, I would suggest you open a support ticket with Line 6. They will help you get it sorted out. 




    It's a hum not a hiss and it's only present when the OD's are in the loop.  In front of the HX or amp they are fine.  Swapped cables, PSU etc and it's still there.  I put a gate block in the loop and that tames it, but it takes up an FX slot.

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  4. 14 minutes ago, yrebrac said:

    Hi there,

    You should be able to run the OD pedals in the HX Effects FX loop just fine, what are the exact problems you're having? You mentioned noise/levels/yada but more specifically?

    Anyway this cabling set up should work fine and give you a better overall solution, but you'll still need to get the levels right.

    The first thing to check is that your HX Effects FX loops is set to instrument level in the global settings. Even then you can sometimes overload the pedals, so try dropping the send level 3dB at a time until you get a good tone. Bad tone from sending the pedals too much signal should be pretty obvious.

    I think the level the of amp's FX loop depends on the amp, but set either to instrument or line in global settings, then perhaps adjust the return level down a bit if more headroom is required.

    Finally, the level of the output block. Just make sure it's the right signal level for the amp. Compare the amount of gain/level with just running the guitar straight into the amp to get this right.





    Hi, thanks for the response.  Loop 1 (where the OD's are today) is set for Instrument and Loop 2 is set to Line and seems to work fine in my amps loop.  The gain scenario you described is exactly what I'm experiencing. I will try reducing only the SEND level in that loop later today when I get home.  I had messed with the overall loop level and that seemed to calm the gain down but it dropped the overall volume so much it was not practical.  

    Question though, if I drop the send gain down can I make up the volume with the receive level, or will that just put me back in the same boat?


    Thanks again!  Cheers


  5. HI there good Line 6 experts.  I have had my HX FX for about a month and am still having issues with noise, levels yada trying to utilize my drive pedals in one of the loops.  I can run them in front of the HX just fine, but I really want to also use the HX in front of the drives for certain effects (compressor, wah, etc.)  So before I dismantle my pedalboard again I wanted to run my routing plan past the gurus here to see if they see any red flags.  What I'm trying to accomplish is have the HX in front of the drives but still be able to put delay and whatever else I want into my amps FX loop and also keep using my favorite reverb pedal.


    Thanks for taking a look and if my plan is stupid, I don't mind hearing that either :)




  6. Hi, silly questions but gotta start somewhere.  You are pushing the Bluetooth scan button (it will flash) before you start scanning on your phone correct?   Also, could you let us know what version of Android is your phone?  I haven't had my Amplifi in a while but I do remember that BT was pretty solid once it got connected.

  7. Hi,


    Is there a way to set the default parameters of an effect in HX Effects so that every time I place it in a chain it's always the same setting?  Example, let's say I want my Compulsive Drive to be set with gain at 5 and level at 3 every time I put it in a new preset.  Can I go into some voodoo somewhere and set like that so every time I drag it into a new preset it's already set?



  8. That looks good.  What type of board is that?  I'm having a tough time finding on that's 'just right'.  24x14 is ideal, but the only one I can find in that size is the PT Novo 24.  I was hoping to find one with better cable management or an IO panel like the Rockboard or Friedman have.  The Rockboard 4.2 is a hair too small, and the 5.2 is way too big :(.  I can't find any specs on the shelf size on the Friedman, just the overall dimensions.

  9. Thank you for the reply. Were  you using the Truetone to power the L6?  I want to use the stock L6 power brick but I need an adapter cable that takes the connector to a 90 degree instead of the straight end that the stock one has.

  10. Hello All,


    I am worried that the straight end connector on my HX FX PSU is going to get kicked and wreck the adapter or unit because it sticks so far out from the back of the box.  Does anyone know of a cable adapter that fits with a 90 degree?  I know Truetone makes an L6 adapter cable, but I don't think the original PSU plug is going to fit into it because it's looking for a standard DC barrel size correct?


    Just thought I'd check with the big brains for any ideas :)  Right now I just have it sitting further down on my board so it's not exposed out in the open, but I really need the space below it to put a couple more pedals on.



  11. I bought my Helix with the best intentions of digging in and creating my own sounds, but soon found I didn't have (more like want to take) time to really deep dive to find the magic on my own.  I picked up a few here and there, but like so many things, what I heard on YouTube didn't even sound close once I downloaded and installed.  Fremen were the best to my ears, and sounded the closest at home as they did on his YT demo.


    If you have the time and want to dig in and learn, check out Jason Sadites on YouTube.  He does very detailed tutorials.


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  12. Helix Native is a VST plug in for your DAW and yes, it is essentially a software only version of your floor or rack unit.  If you aren't using Sonar, Pro Tools, Reaper, or any sort of computer recording software then no, you don't need it.  Even if you are doing recording, it's not a requirement.  I use my Helix LT as an audio interface for my DAW and reamping is very easy with it because of its multi channel USB interface, so you have the same power without the latency of software plugins.

  13. A little time and patience :)  Seriously though, it sounds like you have your bases covered as far as equipment.  Don't get frustrated if your patches don't sound as good as you think they should at the beginning.  There are a lot of tips and techniques that are unique to modeling that take may some time to master.  There are many threads about users who immediately regret purchasing only to be amazed after they get a little guidance and are pointed in the right direction.  These forums are a great resource.  I am fairly new to modeling as well and they have been an enormous help.  

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  14. To be fair, it took me about a week to get my strat sounding good with high gain on my GT100. I also saw in one NAMM video where the Boss rep said the software was still being tweaked on the 1000. For a grand, I hope they can make it sound better that what I've heard so far!

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