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    Helix Stomp FOH and Amp Setup

    Top thread here guys. I'm looking into options for a couple of shows to come sometime later this year, where we'll rehearse traditionally off backline, but where I'd like to work off monitors for the gigs. I'm budgeting for a FRFR speaker but this will make a nice backstop if I can't put aside enough money.
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    frfr speakers

    I try to use whatever rig I have as a side fill. Makes it real easy for the FoH guy to get a good sound. My regular guitar speakers are a pair of Marshall 1x12"s so I'll either balance one on another in a mini stack to get one to near chest height, or use a few beer crates with a black curtain over them to raise them both to the right height. If I'm FRFR on monitors, I try to get a monitor just for my guitar if possible, if not I'll use a PA wedge I take around with me directly out of one of the helix' alternate outputs so I can get 'more me'.
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    Roland GR55 modeled guitar tones through helix amp sims

    I do this with my VG99 for COSM synths and acoustic guitars. Stereo out from VG->Helix LT return. Works a charm. Take a little time out to work out what is unity gain - i.e. the signal going into your helix is at the same level that your guitar would be. On a VG this is where the volume knob is set to 12 O'Clock. YMMV obviously ;-) Steve
  4. You can route guitar audio from the Helix to a laptop running JamOrigin already. Personally I think guitar-to-midi is a bit of a dead end - having owned a GR700/G707, GM70, GR50 an AX100 Mk II and a VG99, wave shaping of the guitar signal like in the SY300 or the VG99, or for that matter the EHX Mel/Synth pedals, is more than capable of producing pretty much all of the basic analogue synth sounds you might want.
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    HX Stomp. Tap tempo only for presets I need tap?

    you're right. apologies. trying to answer at work!
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    HX Stomp. Tap tempo only for presets I need tap?

    So here's a delay patch with left set to note sync (tap tempo) and the right side set to a fixed delay time. Just click on the clock to toggle between note sync and time
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    HX Stomp. Tap tempo only for presets I need tap?

    You can set the delay to be either a millisecond time or a beat fraction (which takes its tempo from the global setting). Not at my studio computer so can't do a screenshot. My LT manual says SHORTCUT: For most time-based parameters such as delay time or modu- lation speed, press the knob to toggle between setting the value in ms or Hz and note divisions (1/4-note, dotted 1/8-note, etc.).
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    Helix VS Helix LT

    It would be perfect if it were colour coded to go with your footswitch assignments. One day, I suppose ...
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    Helix VS Helix LT

    As a LT owner I have to say I'm more than happy with the build quality. Can't say that the scribble strips make much of a difference to me either - the snapshot display is fine and I do most of my editing from my Mac so being able to see preset names =and= signal path is not an issue. The extra audio/control inputs and outputs feel like the real difference to me - and thus how it integrates with the rest of your gear. If you're doing four cable that's half of the send/returns gone already on the LT; the digital in can be pretty useful too, a fair few people on VGuitarForum use it as the input from their VG99, I have to use my returns. Occasionally I've felt like I could have done with the extra controller input for my VG or for the soft synths in MainStage.
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    Using the Helix live - mixing presets with stomp mode

    So my approach to getting to grips with my Helix was to stop thinking about presets as individual sounds - instead think of them as a virtual rig and use snapshots to dial the sounds you want out of that rig. Take a preset and configure it with everything you would have in a dream rig if you only had the roadies; pick stuff you're familiar with because you'll be relying on your notion of what sounds right to guide you when setting things up. I've never got on with Boogies and I've never owned a tweed Fender, but I have owned several Marshalls, a Vox AC30 and a blackface Twin so I started off using those. If you route the top path to the bottom you can get two amp/cab combinations into your preset - and if you use IRs instead of cabs will help save resources if you're struggling. Remember if a block is switched off, its does not effect the signal so you can alternate between the two amps really easily. You'll then need to go through each block and assign the parameters you want to tweak to "[snapshots]" so they will be saved per snapshot rather than being constant throughout the whole preset: for stomp pedals you normally switch them either in or out so don't worry about these so much; for your amps you should set drive, EQ, channel volume and master volume. For reverb and delay you'll want to select delay/decay times an mixes. Now having assembled your virtual rig, turn on/tweak the bits you need for your clean sound and save it as a snapshot. Ditto chorus + compressor clean - bring the FX in and out as you need them. Forget you have a helix and pretend you actually have the gear and when you dial in a useful sound, save it. Make 8 configurations that you would realistically use in a live set. And then play it lots, tweaking as you go until you think you're on top of it. I said two amps because I don't know how you could =not= get through any gig's worth of sounds with two different amps on stage with you. Personally I have an AC30 and a JCM800 in my preset. Don't be afraid to go to Ownhammer or RedWire to buy some IRs - I can tell you that Brit 2204 into the RedWire Marshall1960B-T75s with a SM57 Cap Edge Off Axis IR is exactly how a JCM800 should sound on a classic/hard rock record. You can get good sounds out of the cab blocks, but its not anywhere near as easy to do so. Once you're on top of your rig, then copy it somewhere safe and start to change bits. Experiment with the fuzz boxes, the wah pedals, a different amp sim. But get something straightforward that sounds good first - you are now both the guitarist, a guitar tech, a studio engineer and a producer - take a little time to expand into those new roles.
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    Studio headphones for Helix - suggestions?

    Long time Sennheiser HD600 user here. Brilliant cans - I've had mine nearly 20 years. Regardless of preference, a replaceable cable is IMO essential on any serious purchase. I think I'm on my third set of cables for my 600s
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    Behringer FCB 1010 with HX Stomp

    IIRC the base - as shipped, I modded mine over a decade ago - FCB is simply programme change + two expression pedals. If you want programme change and stomps, then that comes with the UNO firmware https://www.fcb1010.eu. The UNO upgrade pretty much redefines the hardware. I UNO chipped my FCB - its not difficult - and the unit and firmware has served me well for a long, long time controlling a JMP1/GMajor rig across countless UK dates and two European tours, and a much more demanding Axon AX100mkII based rig for a few dates in the UK. I stopped using it three or four years ago when I was loaned a FC300 to go with my VG99, and I now have a Helix LT so it lives in my attic along with the FC300. You don't say if you've chipped your FCB. IDK if you can persuade the Stomp and a UNO chipped FCB to play nicely with each other, but I suspect you're not going to get what you want from a vanilla FCB, so I would start looking at what control signals change stomps/snapshots - if they're mapped to incoming CC signals, I suspect the FCB can send them.
  13. How about you use your power cab as a sidefill rather than as backline. Not as pretty and not as rock and roll, but it means you're not pushing out your sound to the FoH and messing with the PA guy's balance. Get an amp stand to get it to chest high and angle it back a bit so you can hear it clearly without disturbing the rest of the band too much.
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    Need help deciding between the Swan/NSP helix flight case

    I have a bag for my LT, but I do have the Swan case for my VG99. Very well made - can't imagine you'd go wrong with the Helix one. Good price too ...
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    Helix Cabs orgin - Redwirez BIGBox?

    And I definitely need to listen carefully to the bottom end and see if I can notice the difference here. I have some great cans that should be able to reveal the difference - pity my ears are shot from 35 years of rock and roll!
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