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    Volume loss with Wah engaged

    Thanks a lot for the detailed reply...my bad but I'm using snapshots and not presets...my main snapshot is my rhythm tone and the lead tone just turns on the wah and delay.... The wah is my first pedal coming in and the delay is towards the end just before the reverb...I'm not using the delay in parallel...I did try out a couple of different wahs and somehow the volume just drowns in the mix...one solution I came up with was boosting about 7db in the output block...then it does stand out a bit...I have not tried the different pedal positions and how it sounds...will do that next...
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    Volume loss with Wah engaged

    HI All, I noticed at practice last week that when I engage my solo preset (which engages a way and a delay), the sound thins out considerably and the solo is lost in the mix. I tried to compensate with a 6 db gain boost at the end of the chain but it did not make any difference. If I disengage the wah then the solo is cutting through the mix. Is there something on the Wah controls that I'm messing up? I usually use the Fassel wah in the default settings. Thanks
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    Using same FX loop in two independent paths

    HI Folks, I'm plugging in a distortion pedal into FXloop 3 of the helix. I'm running two parallel paths with one path using the Variax magnetics and the other using the Variax modeled sounds and would like to place this distortion block in both paths. However, I'm only able to place the loop in one of the two paths. Is there a workaround for this? Thanks
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    Using same FX loop in two independent paths

    Interesting idea...I will try that..I guess what you are suggesting is to start with path 1a) magnetic and path 1b) modeled pull path 1b into the main line and run the FX loop after...I will try that and report back...thanks guys
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    Using same FX loop in two independent paths

    thanks Phil...makes complete sense...I guess I will have to use a modeled distortion then for one of the paths...
  6. Hello all, I have been toying with getting some synth sounds out of my rig. I have a Fishman Triple Play (FTP) unit and have the trial version of the Midi Guitar 2 with jam origin. My big problem is getting the routing straightened out with the helix as my main sound source. Let me explain this in a bit more detail What am I trying to achieve? My main idea is to have my core guitar patch coming out of the helix as being the dominant sound but occasionally use synth sounds for certain parts of the song (e.g. the synth part in Rebel Yell by Billy Idol). I had a look at several youtube videos. For example, this video here demonstrates pretty much what I would like to achieve with this set up The routing I use is slightly different from the video above. In my case, the Guitar with FTP -> Helix; Helix USB and FTP dongle --> Powered USB hub; Powered USB hub--> Camera connection kit adapter into the IPAD. The outputs from the helix (1/4) goes into my FRFR. Problem: My big problem is that I'm unable to separate the synth and the guitar. I would like to be able to separate the two sounds and also maybe even integrate them using an expression pedal. In the video above, it looks like Mark activates the synth sound by using a foot switch. However, my midi programming skills are virtually non existent, so any direction on how that can be programmed in would be great. Another alternative that I have considered is using Jam Origin's Midi Guitar 2. I only have the trial version but my feeling is that the FTP is superior with respect to tracking and latency but I'm might be completely wrong. Nevertheless, again I found this youtube video which I thought was fairly straightforward to implement. The routing in this case seems fairly easy. My guitar goes into the helix. The Helix USB is connected to the camera connection kit and the outputs (1/4 inch) goes into my FRFR. Problem: I pretty much did exactly as shown in the video where I create two parallel paths with the Y split assigned to an expression pedal. However, again I'm unable to separate the signals between the guitar and the synth sounds. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong here either. Any help on routing in either/both of these cases is much appreciated. Thanks folks!!!!!
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    Helix with Fishman Triple Play/Jam Origin Midi Guitar 2 routine

    Good choice!! You should be pretty happy with it...
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    Powercab with Tube Amp

    Thanks amsdenj...I'm still contemplating the Powercab (it is just so expensive) :-)...
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    Powercab with Tube Amp

    Hi All, I'm toying with the idea of getting a Powercab to go along with my helix. At present I'm running a pseudo two amp rig using a Tube amp into a traditional guitar cabinet and the helix modeled amp into a Headrush FRFR. It works fine although I'm not particularly pleased with the sounds from the Headrush. I was thinking of getting the Powercab 112 plus. I have a couple of questions though a) Can I connect my Tube amp into the Powercab using a load box. Specifically Amp out --> Captor Load box --> Line out (dry) from the captor into the Powercab for use with some of the speaker sims? b) Would the Powercab be a significant upgrade from the Headrush if I were to use it alone with the Helix (especially given the difference in headroom). Thanks
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    Channel switching blackstar ht 60 mkii

    I use a voodoo labs control switcher to switch channels on my amp...it is quite effective and gets the job done...you can control aspects of your amp through midi (the switcher has four jacks for relay signals)..
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    Drop tuning using Pitch Block

    Hello Folks, I'm trying to use the simple pitch block to get some drop tunings and its been a mixed bag so far. I use a simple pitch block as the first pedal in my signal chain and set it to the desired drop level (-1 for eb and -4 for C etc) with the mix at 100%. I find that it seems to work OK if I'm using modeled amps and some power chords. However, even power chords using my real amp sounds weird with this effect on. I also use some Acoustic IR's for electric guitars from 3 Sigma Audio. Today I tried a simple Eb drop tuning on the Acoustic side and it sounded HORRIBLE!! I'm guessing that is possibly due to the fact that the Helix pitch shifter is not polyphonic. So my question is would a Drop pedal like the Digitech drop be a "significant" improvement over the Helix simple pitch? I'm also guessing that a Variax is probably the best option but I would rather not spend the money on that as all I would need it for would be drop tuning and acoustic guitar. Thanks in advance!!!
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    HX effects, Loadbox and 4CM

    No sure why you would need that...if you are using an independent compressor pedal...you would do Guitar --> compressor --> HX FX guitar in. This would then mean that the compressor is applied to both paths...alternatively, if you are using the modeled compressors within the HX you would need to use a separate block... Actually there might be a simpler approach which should work even with one path...again I can do this in the Helix...I'm assuming this is possible with the HX as well... Path 1: Guitar in --> compressor --> drive --> gain block -->Modulation --> fx loop --> Delay ---> Reverb --> 1/4 inch out Now the gain block is just there for you to pull a separate path...if you drag the gain block down you will now be able to create separate path...put your IR in there and then delete the gain block ...output the to send 2... you will not need to duplicate any of the effects that you place before the FX loop in this case in the separate path...
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    Problem : HX Effects Wet/Dry with an FX Loop

    How about this Create two separate paths on the HX with one dedicated to each path. Your cabling can be as follows Amp 1 - (the one you want to use the FX loop on) Cabling: Guitar in --> HX guitar input --> HX FX Send 1 --> Amp1 Guitar in --> Amp1 FX Loop Send --> HX FX Return 1--> HX Left Out --> Amp1 FX Return Path 1 in HX FX : Input guitar --> add pre FX loop effects -> FX loop 1 block --> Post loop effects --> Output to 1/4 inch Amp 2 - (Dry amp) Cabling: HX FX Loop Send 2 --> Amp2 Guitar in Path 2 in HX FX : Input Guitar --> drive pedals on HX --> Output to Send 2 on
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    HX effects, Loadbox and 4CM

    I don't own a HX effects unit but I believe it supports Cabinet IR's (I might be totally wrong here)...but if it does then what you could do is send the line out from the Captor into a separate return and run it through a separate path...so basically this is what you would need to do Assuming the 4 CM method is used Step 1: Path 1 --> Dedicated for all effects pre and post loop as described by rd2k above Step 2: Run the line out from the Captor into a second return (I believe the HX FX has two FX loops) Step 3: Path 2 on HX FX --> input from Return 2 --> CAB IR --> Output to FOH. Hopefully this should work...
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    Do controllers use up blocks?

    Nope...u can assign the parameter to an expression pedal but no need for a block...
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    Drop tuning using Pitch Block

    thanks man...We use four different tunings...plus I have some whammy applications as well
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    MIDI CC with Snapshots

    Hi All, I'm trying to switch channels on my amp using the Voodoo Labs Midi amp switcher. What I would like to do is to enable snapshot changes to also switch channels on my amp. I have not been very successful at getting this done. I have my helix set up in the stomp/snapshot mode where the FS on the top row work on stops and the FS in the bottom row are assigned to snapshots. When I assign a separate FS in the top row to a CC toggle, channel switching works perfectly. However, when do the exact same assignment in the bottom row switching no longer works. Any thoughts on how this can be achieved? Thanks
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    MIDI CC with Snapshots

    wow....thanks for the detailed walk through...it is super helpful...I will try it out either later today or tomorrow....seems like this is going to be painful to go through our 40 song setlist...wonder if there is an easier approach...not to mention, I'm currently only using the the midi out to control the amp switcher...but plan to take the midi out of the switcher into the midi in for the DigiTech Whammy DT and assign both Whammy and Pitch drop settings for presets as well...the fun is just starting...
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    MIDI CC with Snapshots

    I did try that as well and it did not seem to work...is there a way to assign the lightning bolts to specific snapshots?? I wonder if I'm missing something there...
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    Helix with Fishman Triple Play/Jam Origin Midi Guitar 2 routine

    The FTP did track better at home for me...the difficulty live was it was kind of restrictive to the guitar that had the FTP pickup installed....since MG2 works with any guitar, it was easier...plus the cabling is a lot easier as I do not have to worry about the dongle and a usb hub to ensure both the FTP and the Helix is connected to the iPad...overall MG2 is probably not as good in terms of tracking but was practical especially since I needed it only for a few songs...
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    Drop tuning using Pitch Block

    Thanks everyone!!! I ended up ordering a used whammy DT...any thoughts on the routing...would it be best to a) Guitar --> DT --> Guitar in on the helix (Midi out to Midi in on DT to control patches) b) Put the DT in an FX loop (Midi control same as above). Thanks
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    Drop tuning using Pitch Block

    Thanks everyone!! It looks like the drop might be a great option..one question I had was would Drop work even for clean tones? I found that the helix pitch shift was worst with clean tones...also I was looking online and it looks like Digitech has a Pitch whammy combined with the Drop...Is the octaver and other pitch effects in general better? Basically I guess the question, is the Digitech better for pitch effects in general as compared to the Helix?
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    Helix with Fishman Triple Play/Jam Origin Midi Guitar 2 routine

    Triple play was good...but for live use I just find it simpler to use MG2...although I'm not entirely sure if the tracking on MG2 is as good as the triple play...the big test for me would be piano sounds...
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    Helix with Fishman Triple Play/Jam Origin Midi Guitar 2 routine

    hi mlong, I toyed around with this for a while....it does work although a bit glitchy at times...the way I have it set up is to connect the USB from the Helix into the IPAD through the camera connecter kit...then I use audiobus to route the signals from mg2 into sample tank/other synths and then back into the helix through USB...I then bring it back into the signal chain through the usb input and blend it with guitar and other effects...it does work but I'm yet to use it live as it does glitch out once in a while....would be great to take a look at your helix path...
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    Helix/HX Overdrive Pedal Suggestion...

    Have you looked at the Analogman King of Tone models with the 2.8 update?
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