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  1. buy a cheap exp pedal and use it.
  2. As the Russian saying goes, "for a bad dancer, the bollocks get in the way". I have been using digital gadgets for about 6 years now, all of them can be tweaked to sound good. The only thing that was not addressed on some units was the silence between presets until recently. There were various workarounds for that annoying silence..... In 2021 all digital processors: Helix, AX FX, Zoom processors, Kemper all have a way to seamlessly switch either between scenes/snapshots or presets. All of them have oversampled, stereo hi-fi sounds. The rest is up to the user, how much you are willing to tweak, and how much time you are willing to invest. They all sound good, they all sound like the real thing. To me, the biggest advantage of a Helix is that it's: self-contained has a big display/scribble strips has an amazing editor for the computer, and is very easy to backup/restore things, unlike other pieces of gear Just as an example, for the heck of it, this concert was recorded by running a Vox ToneLab to the FOH. No tube amps, no analog reverbs, or vintage tube screamers. Vox ToneLab came out like 20 years ago at this point. If you know how to tweak it, it will sound analog-y and tube-y. This was 2005. No balanced outputs on that. No oversampling. I bet you when you first saw that Vox processor you thought it was for boomers to play Rollin' Stones at home....
  3. I'm not a pro in terms of pro sound, but to me I use balanced/unbalanced interchangeably (I record through 1/4 out, and play live with xlr or 1/4) -- both sound the same. Balanced is supposed to be without any sound interference. This potential interference can be a real problem when you are playing at a stadium with lots of wireless transmitters, cables running near you, and so forth. But for most applications, lots of amateur-hour events, bar gigs, and festivals I've played at the sound guys expect a 1/4 inch out from the Helix. One time a sound guy pulled out an adapter xlr-1/4 to connect me to the DI box :) At home, I use 1/4 inch outs connected to my studio monitors -- sounds absolutely great. I have it set up so the volume knob controls the 1/4 only, so I can adjust my loudness from the Helix, without messing with my Global Settings. I think balanced out is too much of a gimmick/selling point for real life applications, but what do I know... Lots of keyboards just have had 1/4 out only for decades, for example. If you are recording some kind of a classical violin cadenza or something, you need balanced outs, otherwise, it's the same to most peoples' ears. PS, does your electric guitar have a balanced out 1/4? Nope.
  4. try to change your input to the return 1, 2, etc and see if the sound is still there. Try a different cable -- things can sometimes go bad. But if your input jack went bad on the Helix, there are so many other ways to connect your guitar using return 1, 2 etc.
  5. If you leave left/right plugged in when you power up the unit -- it's fine. I have this issue on my LT and Floor. I opened a ticket and was told it's a bug. Try it with a very slow ping-pong delay. You will hear only one side.
  6. There is a BUG that is not fixed to this day where it does NOT combine left and right. You need to plug a cable into right, unplug it, then into left, THEN it will combine it. How do I know this? I have a very exaggerated left/right delay in one presets and only the left side sounds, until you perform this step.
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    Power and FRFR

    On stage, my method of choice is the effects loop of a Marshall stack. I set up my sound so that it just works when going into the effects loop -- it's an unbiased sound, just neutral. I leave all the cab sims on, and just use it for stage volume, since I go straight to the FOH and it works fine for me. Usually I don't need to do anything in terms of EQ'ing (surprisingly). I have a global EQ that gets rid of the boomy low-end, and it comes in handy sometimes. So it's either the Global EQ on or off -- I never had to tweak it.... At home, when I build presets, practice, record or mix, I use Yamaha HS5. I have them on stands on foam platforms. I use this as my "single source of truth", whenever I need to make any adjustments. So far, as per the sound guy, my balance has been very good, so the sound guy doesn't need to tweak anything. He's happy, I'm happy. I also have a Headrush 108, that I keep in my car. It's nice and light, plenty loud. It's very bass-heavy, so I need to turn on the Global EQ that gets rid of the low end. I just typically put it on the floor. The only problem with it, is it has a very focused sound that projects straight forward, like a wedge monitor. So if you are standing in front of it, it's loud, a few steps left/right and you can't hear anything, and the fact that it's very bass heavy.
  8. omg.... I just set my presets with whatever setting there was. And don't intend on messing with anything at this point. It's done and done for me. I think that this auto impedance is kind-of going overboard... could always tweak the EQ to get the same result IMO.
  9. Tip: use the Helix backups instead of versioning each preset multiple times. I use one preset-per-song. I need to reorder them as needed when my band decides on the set order. I use another playlist folder to store "backups" of all my presets, just in case I accidentally do something stupid right before going onstage. I make a Helix backup after very single (often trivial) change. That's how I version my presets as well. If I realized that a month ago my preset sounded better than what I have right now, I: 1. retrieve that helix backup 2. restore my presets into another preset folder 3. copy and paste it from there. It's a lot easier than keeping a ton of old presets IMO. But to each his own.
  10. I use the Throaty wah in the beginning of the chain, for hi-gain sounds. It works very similar to how the Morley Bad Horsey worked for me. I leave all the default settings. It has a nice sweep, nothing too crazy/piercing. For cleans, I use the Weeper wah also in the beginning, changing the mix to about 75 percent, or less, otherwise it's too icepick-y. Otherwise, Weeper has a very nice sweep, like if you want to get that Slash solo sound. For most of my needs, it's too much, especially hi-gain solo stuff. I like the wah to be very transparent, not in your face, like Kirk Hammet, and so on. Also, you can add some EQ'ing or gain to the wah as well, it's completely customizable.
  11. Mail Order Twin. I thought it was a twin reverb when I was setting up my presets. Only a year later and some did I find out it is a garage band sounding Sears amp. I like it. It has character and cleans up very well.
  12. I have a space gray, and the paint on it is crap. After babying it, i noticed a paint chip already. By babying, I mean I brought it to a recording session a few times, never even been on the road -- and the paint was already chipped and showing metal. Get the regular one, and enjoy it. Space gray is not worth it....
  13. https://www.amazon.com/Mooer-Footswitch-Topper-White-5Pak/dp/B07LD66QTB/ref=sr_1_35?dchild=1&keywords=mooer+button+toppers&qid=1625961639&sr=8-35 I initially got the toppers for the top row of switches. Eventually I took them all off. They kind-of get twisted and crooked and it becomes more of a nuisance for me personally.
  14. Here's how I deal with this: 1. Avoid A-buttons, unless absolutely necessary. I use the "preset-per-song" approach, and there are very few cases when I have more than 4-5 different sounds per song. I have only one song where I use 7 out of 8 snapshots. The rest are 2, 3, 4 different sounds. 2. Add 2 Grolsch washers to your up/down and mode buttons. That way they are slightly more difficult to engage. Works for me. 3. With command center on the Helix Floor, you can assign the up/down buttons to something completely different, or reconfigure your whole board however you want. If you have an LT, you're kind-of stuck with this... 4. Practice switching sounds at home :) I have quite a tap dance that I regularly practice... Also wear good shoes/sneakers and be consistent. My shoes of choice are either Converse sneakers or Vans-- you really need flat soles. Helix's flat surface and exposed buttons are kind-of annoying. Other competitors have a better up/down placement. Good luck!
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    HD500X to Helix

    Helix has a ton [more] amps than HD500, that are all included for free. You can use the "legacy" effects from the Helix, those correspond to what was available in the HD500X units. However, start using the tech, Helix has to offer, for example, snapshots, that are fantastic.
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