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  1. Hi - I've been using the Helix LT live for about 9 months now, but I've barely scratched the surface of it, so pardon me if these are dumb questions. I'm thinking of adding a synth pedal (EHX Synth9 or Boss SY-1) to emulate some keyboard parts (I've been playing some keyboards on stage, but I'm giving that up). If any of you have tried this setup, how do you rig the pedal with your Helix so that you can have synth only, guitar only, and guitar + synth (with the synth not mixed into the guitar signal but as its own separate signal)? Some of these synth pedals seem quite amazing, and might help me avoide lugging around the 58 pound Alesis QS 8.1 I've been using on about 12 songs per night. Thanks in advance and cheers! J.C.
  2. What is the first (oldest) Variax that's fully compatible with Helix LT? I'm interested in pickup up a Variax, but trying to avoid the sticker shock associated with a new one? I've seen 300s, 500s and 600s for sale at a good price, but I know there are significant limitations with those. I'm particularly interested in changing guitar models and tuning on the fly using my Helix. I just haven't seen anything that says precisely which model Variax is the earliest with full compatibility. Thanks all!
  3. It sounds like THEORETICALLY my plan will work, provided I 1) find patches I like and 2) learn a bit more about IRs, since I'm obviously not quite grokking those yet. I'll dig in and learn a bit more before moving on a patch set. Helpful...thanks!
  4. Thanks for the reply. So you're saying that if I purchase group of patches from GD and load them into a setlist, I won't be able to find one I like and simply copy it over to my user setlist and have it work as intended? Why not? Will the IRs not move over with it? Not arguing (I don't know enough to argue) just trying to understand the limitation. Agree that learning is better. Not sure it's likely between now and the next show.
  5. Hi, first time poster here. Question -- if you purchase thrid-party patches (Glenn Delaune, etc.), can you import individual patches from the set into a setlist and organize them into four-patch grouping for access in STOMP/PRESET mode? Her'es the background...I very recently (Sunday) switched from a failing POD HD500X to a Helix LT. I spent a LONG day building enough patches to get through a Tuesday show, but I don't love them and I haven't really learned everything I need to know to do it well. Frankly, I only read enough of the manual to figure out how to save them. I still don't grok the concept of IRs or snapshots. I don't doubt my ability to learn, but I work and I'm in a working band, so my free time for this kind of deep dive just isn't there. I'm thinking of picking up a collection of third-party patches to ease the transition. Here's the basis of my question (and I recognize it may be a dumb question). I'm more comfortable organizing my patches using the STOMP/PRESET mode, with four patches available at any given time; that's how my HD500X was organized. Generally speaking, I don''t use more than four patches per song, so my setlist is really a collection of four-patch groupings (for example, 1A, 1B, 1C,1D), and I move from set to set as needed. I don't add or subtract effects to patches during a song -- I just change to a different patch. I realize I'm leaving a lot of capability on the table that way, but it is what it is. So...since many of the third-party patches use IRs and snapshops and God knows what else, will I be able to take a group of settings, including the necessary IR, in a patch that I like, save them to a patch in my setlist that will display in one of my groups of 4? Thanks in advance!
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