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  1. Another happy camper with a painless 2.70 -> 2.81 update of my Helix LT on Windows 10.
  2. Ah, so it's possible on the Helix itself, but perhaps not through HX Edit. I will give that a try right now. THANKS! EDIT: Yup. Works fine on the Helix LT itself. I'm taking my "direct to the PA" presets and bypassing the cab block then tweaking EQ/etc to create presets that I use when running my LT into the FX return on my combo tube amp.
  3. I have a Helix LT and use HX Edit to adjust parameters. I load a preset that I like and start messing with it. Now I want to save the new settings, but to a DIFFERENT preset than what I loaded as I don't want to overwrite the original. How is that done? I can't find a way to save the current settings on the Helix LT anywhere else but the currently loaded preset. I'm new to the Helix, so this could just be newbie ignorance.
  4. That's what I've been doing so far: SONAR/Cakewalk plus a tuner on the headstock.
  5. I recently bought a Helix LT, so I knew what to expect sound-wise with Native. I've been using Overloud TH3 since it came out as my "go to" amp simulation plug-in for my DAW, but now that I have an LT, it makes sense to buy Native on the cheap and have options. Plus I can work on my live presets in the studio without having the LT there or hooked up. I find two things missing that TH3 provides: - A standalone mode where I can just play the damn thing. I tried loading Helix Native into Cantabile Lite but couldn't get my input signal into the plug-in. Maybe some other VST host would work easier. I just want to be able to jam along with a Spotify playlist or MP3 on my computer. - A guitar tuner. I can't believe Native doesn't provide a tuner. Or maybe I'm just clueless and it's in there somewhere and I haven't found it yet. Otherwise, really happy I picked it up on CyberWeek special as a registered LT owner.
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    Black friday?

    I got an email from Line6 for 30% off during Cyber Week. Helix Native is $99 for registered owners and knock 30% off that, means I get Native for <$70. WOOT! Thank you Line6!
  7. Personally, I have lots of mic cables and would like to use them to connect my Helix to the PA. Is there any reason not to put an XLR-F to TRS adapter (I happen to have several of these) on the mixer end of a mic cable and plug it into a balanced line input? Wouldn't that avoid the phantom power issue? Just set the Helix to send line level? Agreed that a 2-channel DI would accomplish the same goal of not having two long 1/4 to 1/4 cables (plus a spare) just for the Helix. Garry
  8. I'm a fan of a raging Marshall as well, although I no longer own any. As others have stated, it's not the same experience as standing in front of an amp. More like playing in the control room with your amp raging away in an iso booth. Check out the Placater Dirty amp (Friedman BE-100, i.e. hot-rodded Marshall). I'm liking it. I've also become fond of Jason's split crossover trick that he discussed in his videos. Playing around mic choice and distance makes a big difference too.
  9. I have a gain block at the very end of my signal chain and assign it to a foot switch. I have it set for 3 dB of gain and just step on the switch for solos (using the same sound, just louder).
  10. I tried it today and wasn't shy about applying some pressure and the EXP pedal switched from 2 over to 1. I don't expect that I will ever have to do that again, but it's nice to know it works. I guess the stiff switch is a precaution against accidentally switching when using the pedal near 100%.
  11. I'm a new Helix LT owner and have found that creating and editing presets is WAY easier using the HX Edit program on your computer. For bedroom use, I would skip the amp entirely and just use the Helix as the whole rig. It *is* different listening to the Helix through studio monitors or a PA system than standing in front of a 4x12 that's moving some air. I've spent a couple decades in the studio, so I'm used to it (been using native amp plug-ins for recording), but you may find it a bit less visceral. If listening through headphones, I would get a decent pair. Sennheiser HD280s are the work horse headphones in my studio. They run about $100, perhaps less on sale over the holidays. After a quick play through the factory presets, I created my own preset with just an amp+cab and a touch of reverb. Then I auditioned every amp+cab option in the box, trying to find ones that spoke to me. Everyone's tastes are different, but I found plenty to keep me happy I think. The Helix feels a bit compressed and doesn't have the instant response of a good tube amp to my ears but for playing 80s/90s covers in crappy bars, it covers a lot of sonic territory just fine. My plan is to do gigs with no amps. Helix LT straight into the PA and monitor via regular stage wedges. If I need an amp for a gig, I'll run the Helix into an FX return on a tube combo amp and bypass the cab blocks. Lots of power and flexibility under the hood. Lots to learn yet.
  12. I got my Helix LT on Friday and have been having a good time playing around with amp+cab blocks and effects and routing and stuff. I think I now have a plan for how I want to create my presets and snapshots. I updated the software on my Windows laptop and the firmware on the LT to 2.70 (came with 2.30 out of the box). That all went smooth. I never use a volume pedal and rarely use a wah. On a whim I added a wah to a block and saw that it was assigned to Exp 1. But I am unable to use the "toe" switch to get the pedal to change from Exp 2. Exp 2 is lit all the time. I assume that I don't have to stomp on the toe to get the switch to change, so I've been gentle with it. Maybe the switch is broken? Maybe I'm a clueless newb that just needs some guidance? I was expecting the switch feel like my real wah pedal does to turn it on / off but when I press on the toe, it's just solid. Nothing happening. Note that if I go into the Global Settings and manually change the wah block to use EXP 2, then the wah works fine. And that's a perfectly easy work around. The pedal works fine as a volume pedal in the factory presets. I just can't figure out how to make it be EXP 1. It's brand new and I expect it to work 100%. Please advise.... THANKS! Garry
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