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  1. @soundog and @DunedinDragon Many thanks to both of you for your suggestions and help. Everything seems to be working fine now, but I'll certainly check out the kit that you both suggested, as I think I need to move to a more stable solution. The midi monitor was the obvious place to start really, and I'm feeling a bit daft that I didn't think of it myself, but it just goes to show that sometimes all you need is another person to look at the problem, and this is, of course, the great strength of these forums. Cheers guys, hope you're getting back to gigging now.
  2. As suggested, I have run a midi monitor (snoize), and confirmed that Logic is sending the same, correct pc's every time I start play back, regardless of the order of songs I select to play, but that the Helix is reacting to them differently if I don't follow the order that I've laid out my songs in Logic. This seems very odd to me. EDIT: I went back to the midi monitor a second time and noticed that when I selected a new song out of order, Logic sent two midi commands very close together, the first instructing Helix to switch to the patch for the song before, and the second telling it to switch to the correct patch. Presumably because of the proximity of these two, Helix was not seeing the second command. I'm now in the process of ensuring that there is at least a beat or two separation between the beginning of a song and the occurrence of the midi command to select the patch for the that song. So far, this seems to be working. Thanks for your help - I wouldn't have seen this without the midi monitor.
  3. Thanks Soundog - I'll give it a go and report back. Thanks Dragon - I should have mentioned that the way I have Logic set up is that my backing tracks for each song, together with the midi track, are contained in a folder. To select a new song, I simply use the down arrow key on my Mac to scroll to the next folder (or I select the folder using the cursor). I have the transport set to 'play selected region', so simply hitting the space bar starts playback. Within a half a beat or so of the count-in playback starting, I have placed the relevant midi command to be sent to the Helix to select the patch and snapshot required for the start of the song. However, I think you may have hit on a better way for me to do this. As I understand, you use an external controller to select the relevant patch on the Helix and at the same time to selectthe relevant song to play back on Ableton. You then also use that controller to start playback, at which point Ableton starts controlling your Helix (and lights etc) via midi. Have I got this right?
  4. I use Logic to run backing tracks for solo performances, and have set up PC and CCs to select my Helix patches each time I start a new song, and to switch Helix snapshots in the course of the playback. It works really well, and on a couple of songs, I've even got it changing the guitar sound, starting loop record, looping and stopping playback all at the same time. All of which saves me a huge amount of tap-dancing and lets me focus on my performance, which, as a one-man band, is really helpful. However, there is a serious problem. It all works fine, time after time, if I play through my songs in the order I've set them up on Logic (which matches the order I've put my patches into in the appropriate set list on the Helix), but if I want to jump around and play the songs in a different order, Helix invariably selects the patch which is numerically before the patch for the song I choose. If I then select the song that matches that patch on Logic, the Helix will again select the previous patch. If I then, further, select the next song on Logic (ie the one I originally wanted), Helix seems to catch up and select the correct patch. I should add that the patch change message is only sent when I start playback for each new song, not when I select the song. Now, I'm not a MIDI expert, but it seems to me logically (no pun intended) inconsistent that the Helix should behave this way. Logic is demonstrably sending the correct PCs to the Helix when I step through the songs in order, so how can it possibly send a different message at any other time? But then again, why should the Helix treat the PC differently if I jump between songs? The upshot of all of this is that when I play gigs, I have to stick religiously to the order of songs I've set my Logic backing tracks to, which is not ideal. Does anyone have any idea what might be going on and more importantly, how to rectify it?
  5. :-) Line6 got in ahead of you - see release notes: Update Firmware From HX Edit Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, HX Effects, HX Stomp Instead of hanging out on social media, desperately asking when the next firmware's dropping, you can now, I dunno, actually play guitar? As soon as a new update becomes available, HX Edit will tell you, and all you gotta do is follow the prompts.
  6. I had the same issue (mine froze at 503). I tried a rebuild preset boot (holding down fs 10 & 11 while switching the unit on) and that didn't work, but it might for you. Eventually I turned the unit off and left it for a couple of minutes, then when I turned it back on it started rebuilding from 503 and completed. HX Edit then recognised my unit and showed firmware 2.90. Are you sure you're leaving the unit for a minute or two before switching back on again? That's sometimes an issue with some devices. Otherwise, try a launching in update mode by holding fs 6 & 12 while swiching on (see Helix/Rack/LT/FX/Stomp Reset Procedures and Troubleshooting Tricks in the Knowledge Base).
  7. SOLVED - I tried doing a reset build reboot (holding FS 10+11), and again it got stuck at preset 503. I switched off the power, and when I powered it back up, it just started the preset rebuild from preset 504 and completed successfully. HX Edit recognises the unit and shows firmware 2.90, so hopefully all is now ok.
  8. Hello all - as the title says, I followed the update instructions to the letter, got the firmware successfully updated, but now my LT is stuck at 'rebuilding preset 503'. I haven't touched anything yet, but it's been about 20 minutes now. What should I do? Thanks
  9. As the title says really - does anybody have any tips they've discovered for tweaking some of the model sounds with Workbench to get them closer (to their ears) to the originals, or to create interesting new sounds, like Richie Castellano did with his emulation of Brian May's Red Special?
  10. Hi all - does anybody have any recommendations on the best way to block out the trem on the Standard to prevent it from moving? I never use trems and I want to get my tuning more stable. Thanks.
  11. This, exactly. I've found them to be an incredibly powerful tool, and I can't think of anything I've wanted to do that I haven't been able to, by using a snapshot. Incidentally, I also have a patch where I switch from acoustic to hi gain using... you guessed it, and I don't understand why so many people seem to have such a hard time grasping the concept, either.
  12. I've been experimenting with creating a midi track in Logic to control the patch and snapshot changes on my Helix LT in time with my backing tracks, and I've got a question that I can't seem to find the answer to in any documentation. When I create a programme change event in Logic to select a patch on the Helix, the patch only selects momentarily before switching back to patch 1B. I've found a workaround that make the selected patch stick - I have to also create controller change event to select a snapshot (cc69 0-7) - but I don't believe that should be necessary. My question is, what have I missed (or is this actually normal behaviour)? Many thanks in advance.
  13. Swapped out for new without question by Professional Music Technology in Old Street, here in London. Can’t fault the service from them or Line 6, thanks. Edit: And if anyone's interested, the new one performed faultlessly at last night's gig. So if anyone gets the same problem, my advice is don't mess about - take it straight back to your dealer.
  14. Ah you’re gonna have fun. Welcome to the rabbit hole!
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