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  1. I have had my LT for more than 2 years now, using it mostly for rehearsal, occasionally for gigging. I have never had a problem with corrupted presets, except once upon a power supply issue. Copying/pasting has been working well for me. I did have problems with the EXP pedal, and specifically a failure of the optical component reading the pedal position. After that failure, I stopped using the onboard pedal for heavy duty things (like controlling a wah) because I feared it could happen again (and my warranty has expired now); I only use it very occasionally to control the level of my solo boost. I have added an external Ernie Ball VP JR, and despite the extra cost I am still happy with the system, although the extra real estate occupied by the pedal bothers me a bit. In your case, having repeated problems with preset corruption seems strange. Not sure that it is viable for you, but maybe you could try and see if you are still having the same problems using a different computer. Sometimes USB ports are defective and can cause problems; in my workplace we had a laptop that was frying every USB memory card that was connected to it. Just saying...
  2. Tried this... The good news is that not only it works, but the assignment done and saved in one preset carries over to all presets; it seems to be a global setting. The bad news is that once I reboot the Helix, the setting is lost :-( Maybe Line6 could add an option to set the internal pedal to EXP1 no matter what, or an option to disable this switching mechanism? The other, admittedly less elegant solution, is to add a small thickness on the base plate of my exp pedal, so that it never reaches exactly 0%. It should get the job done pretty easily.
  3. if you want to load the factory presets associated to a new firmware, you will need to do 7&8. Beware that that will also erase your own presets, so you need to back them up and restore them after the reset. Ask yourself if you really need those factory presets — I have little use for them anyways. More in general, none of these reset options will “really” get the Helix to factory defaults, because they will update everything except for the firmware. I had a weird experience with my Helix LT about one month ago at rehearsal, where all Helix inputs apparently stopped working, and the Helix would output no sound at all, upon switching to a different patch. The patch I had switched to was also empty. At the same time, I found the power supply of my external pedalboard, which supplies the input to Helix, was loosely connected. I figure some static charge temporarily prevented the inputs from working. I reset using 9 & 10, but that did not help. The next day the Helix was working properly again. My question is: if the Helix boots properly, can one assume that the firmware is not corrupted? I would be willing to do a full reset (firmware included) and then re-upgrade to 2.82, but I’ll be happy to avoid it if it is not needed.
  4. Yes, that is also my understanding. I am using a TS cable.
  5. Hi all, and Happy 2020! I have run into an unexpected problem using the onboard exp pedal in conjunction with an external exp pedal on my Helix LT. The external pedal is an Ernie Ball VP JR 25k, with OUT connected to the Helix EXP PEDAL 2 input, and no other connections on the VP JR. More info on my setup at the end of this post. I have stumbled upon this while I was using a relatively complex patch, but I have set up a simple one to replicate the problem. The patch has just a Chrome Wah followed by any amp+cab block (WhoWatt in my case). The wah is assigned to EXP 1. The problem goes like this. First, I bring the external exp pedal in the heel down position (0%). As soon as I move it away from 0%, the onboard exp pedal gets assigned to EXP 2 (green indicator) and then immediately back to EXP 1. Is this switch occurring because of some exp pedal setting that I am not using correctly? My guess is that, in the heel down position, the external exp pedal turns itself off, and this is sensed by the Helix, which switches the assignment of the onboard exp pedal from EXP 1 to EXP 2. What I'd like to have is the onboard exp pedal always assigned to EXP 1, and the external pedal always assigned to EXP 2, irrespective of whether an external pedal is indeed connected or not, or what its position is. Along the same lines, I am afraid not, but do you know if it is possible to disable the toe switch? My setup goes like this: guitar --> digitech drop --> clyde wah --> velvet fuzz --> helix in. I use send 1 and return 1 to have the signal go through external compressor and mid boost pedals. Helix XLR out --> monitor. All output and send/return levels are instrument. In the global settings, EXP1/2 pedal position are both set to "global". Do you have any suggestions as to how I can either prevent the VP JR pedal from disconnecting in the heel down position (if that's the issue), or preventing the Helix from switching the assignment of the onboard exp pedal? Thanks in advance!
  6. I guess everyone is different here. My neighbors definitely don’t like listening to me practice, and I take full responsibility for that. Ideally I’d like to prepare patches alone in our band rehearsal space at high volume. However, having a job and a family, I never get there early enough so that I can spend some quality time tweaking my patches. Thus I have learned to anticipate (to some extent) how my bedroom-prepared patches will sound at high volume, and I only need to do relatively few tweaks at high volume. Most of the time it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s frustrating because I get to check my tones only once a week. In the grand scheme of life this does look like a minor problem...
  7. Yes, that turned me off from IRs for a while. Plus, I found that most free or commercial IRs were too scooped and would not cut through at rehearsal/gig volume. What worked for me was using Mbritt’s preset/IR pack. There is a relatively limited selection of IRs fir various types of tones, and those have enough mids to work well at loud volume levels. It took me very little to identify the 2-3 that I like. I now use those for 50% of my patches, and stock cabs for the other 50%.
  8. Absolutely, positively yes. My approach is to shortlist a few IRs that have strong mids, and test them at rehearsal/gig volume.
  9. I sometimes do that for rock / hard rock tones (say old Bon Jovi or similar). I do not necessarily start from a clean amp, but I obtain my crunch tone adding a mild overdrive to a mildly distorted amp (plus another overdrive for lead boost). Sometimes the harmonics from the two types of distortion combine very nicely. I usually don't do it using a clean amp as a basis; I used to do it with analog amps/pedals, but Helix has so main options for crunch that, unless I specifically like one particular pedal model, I'd rather start from the crunch channel of an amp model. That said, I recently prepared a patch for a higher gain sound and wanted the low end to be very tight. I thought I'd start from a high-gain amp model, figuring it should be already optimized for that application (Revv generator -- wow!). I could have done it with pedals and there are ways to tighten the low end when needed (I like some low cut before the amp), but I felt it would be an unnecessary complication. All are valid approaches, and YMMV.
  10. Agreed. I'm using this as a sustainer when I need one and it gets the job done, but for compression I prefer other models like Red Squeeze and LA studio.
  11. Ditto. Snapshots may seem difficult to use in the beginning because the way you use knobs to assign parameters to snapshots is different from the way you assign them to footswitches (which is the first thing one naturally learns to do with the Helix). I stayed away from them for a while but now I am a convert... They are easy to learn and once you get the hang of them they are much more flexible. It is easier to edit snaphots on the Helix than using the editor (except for changing name/color).
  12. LOL... What about when the wife hears the same riff looped for one or two hours, and sees the husband bent over the Helix and slowly rotating a knob to switch IRs? Mine certainly thinks I must have some form of difficulty in social interaction :-)
  13. Thanks! I had eventually found them in the other thread. Good to hear that they are created at gig volume. I'll try them at our next rehearsal. The (not so many) commercial IRs I have tried sounded great at bedroom levels, but were way too mid-scooped at gig level for my taste. Mbritt's ones seem to be the exception -- to my ears his presets and IRs sound good also at gig volume.
  14. I did try that on one of my lead tones using the neck pickup of my PRS CU24 into an Archetype Lead -- it does what you said and indeed it does not muddy up the tone. Thanks for the tip!
  15. I’d be happy to try them, thanks! Email address: e.magli@gmail.com
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