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  1. I think there should be a way to have Global blocks: every time you use an amp called "Mail Order Twin", the settings are all sync'ed up. That's how i feel most people use the Helix anyway, or should use it: "preset for every song". When you play a set, you just keep pressing "up", and go to your next song, with all of its sections, e.g.: intro, verse, chorus, outro, feedback. I have a bank of 40+ songs. All of them are based on the same core set of blocks: Same distortion, same wah, same amp. So for me, if I decide to tweak my amp, I'd need to do it in each one of the presets, 40+ times. It would definitely be a lot easier if it could be done in one go. Or if you have to play a telecaster instead of your regular Les Paul, to be able to adjust the gain in all your presets. At least we have the editor that helps adjust things like this. I've seen a few pretty old Ideascale entries regarding this. Having a concept of a global block would allow us to bypass blocks globally as well -- really convenient if you decide to take all your presets and use a real amplifier, for example, to bypass all your amp blocks in one go.
  2. The bug or feature is that you select EXP 1 or EXP 2 and when you switch snapshots, the EXP 1 or EXP 2 setting does not change to what it was in the snapshot when you saved it and remains in the state you leave it in: EXP 1 or EXP 2. That is a hidden undocumented feature at best. Either it should reset the EXP to what it was saved in the snapshot as. Or it should never reset it to what was saved in the snapshot as. Not a combination of "sometimes".
  3. There is a feature/bug that if you have an external pedal plugged in while you set up your snapshots, you basically wind up with the expression not saving its state properly. Normal usage: 1. You can save whether Exp 1 or Exp 2 is selected in particular snapshots 2. When you switch your snapshots, the expression pedal switches to Exp 1 or Exp 2 as you saved these snapshots. If you save your snapshots with a dummy cable in, in other words you can take your existing snapshot, plug in a dummy cable, and re-save it: When you do this, your expression pedal is no longer saved per-snapshot. You can manually click the pedal in, and switch it from Exp 1 to Exp 2 or visa versa. Selecting different snapshots will not affect Exp 1 or Exp 2 -- it will remain unchanged. So there you go, it's a weird quirk. But once I figured out what was happening, I had to go in and re-save all my presets/snapshots, so it would not be happening. I had made a mistake of dialing in my presets and snapshots with an external pedal plugged in.
  4. Sometimes HX edit can crash your Helix or make it do weird things.
  5. Or add it in an effects loop. Usually wah goes immediately after the guitar. However, some people put it after fuzz/distortion. Or you can go crazy and add wah to your delays or something, or at the very end of the chain for some crazy sounds. My advice, is use whatever's onboard. I like Throaty wah, personally. I like that it works as volume pedal in the heel position -- it lowers your output volume. I used to play BD for many years, and still have it on my old analog pedalboard.
  6. You can also use the Expression pedal. When engaged more than 10 percent, turn on your EQ, Delay, whatever else. When It's in the bottom position, all of those are off. You can have it turn off after 500 ms in the down position. Or have it immediately turn off. If you have to toggle between rhythm and lead, try that. It may work. To set it up You can use the learn functionality, to give bypass assignment to blocks, as needed.
  7. I recorded a ton of stuff from the Helix in the 1.5 years of owning it. With almost no adjustment, I take my sound exactly as it is, and record it into Logic using the USB connection. I get stereo tracks of all my guitars, and most of the time I just adjust the volume and that's it. If your recorded sound doesn't sound like your live sound, maybe you have some weird global EQ that is responsible for the difference in the sound. Global EQ should only be used to tweak your sound for specific FRFR, amp, or monitor. Your sound without Global EQ should be dialed in in such a way that i can go to the Front of the House pretty much unaltered, or recorded without any tweaks.
  8. The whole thing about these menus is that if you don't know what you are doing you can accidentally change something without knowing that you did. Even when you scroll through settings, it's possible to accidentally change something. A solution is to "duh, know what you are doing". But, it's not good user interface. For global settings, there should be a way to revert your changes, or confirm that you in fact willingly made that change. Call me old-fashioned. I always look at a piece of equipment from the angle of a user experience and preventing an ability to screw things up. If you are onstage during a show and you realize your setting got changed and all your delays don't work as they have been previously saved, you will start to panic. How do you prevent such situations? By making it slightly more hard to make drastic global changes, that you ordinarily will not be tweaking daily. These settings should never be touched once you determine how you are using your Helix. Yet, these settings are available through unneeded shortcuts, without pressing the menu button. When I play guitar onstage, I have to constantly switch my sounds as my band relies on all these bells and whistles. One of the songs for example uses every single one of the snapshots in the preset. The bottom line is that it's already enough of a tap dance + having to sing backup and play guitar too ;) And the last thing I need to think about or have in the back of my mind how I have to watch where I step, or else I can change my settings. That's why I still think that from the hardware point-of-view, HD-500 was a way better board: the back row was on a step, there were guard rails around the knobs for a reason. Cheers.
  9. We are going in circles lol. There is no way to turn it off. The capacitance is always enabled. And that menu always pops up when touching the tap tempo/tuner button. For such a serious and global setting, I still don't understand why it's so exposed. I never want to change how my delays operate during a gig.
  10. Here is a scenario: 1. you go into the tuner. 2. you tune 3. You go into a snapshot on the upper row, next to the knobs, and you accidentally turn those knobs that are in the way. You do realize that you can exit the tuner by immediately going into a snapshot. I do that all the time. This whole thing would not happen on an HD-500, because the knobs are not exposed. another one: 1. you touch the tap tempo button, or the menu simply gets triggered by itself, as it does all the time whenever I rehearse due to static electricity 2. Immediately after you access a snapshot on the upper row next to the knobs, and inadvertently change the setting from: per snapshot to per preset This results in an embarrassing situation where you change your settings and imagine if you have some kind of a delay solo, it can sound like a pile of garbage. .
  11. You can touch the tap tempo button and the tap tempo/per snapshot/per preset setting pops up. As a matter of fact, I own 2 Helixes, and during regular rehearsals, I constantly see the tap tempo setting flash, probably due to static electricity or whatnot on the floor. So it's not having to press the menu button. My question is -- why? why do you want to give users an ability to tweak this stuff on the fly? Why can't you disable the capacitance of the switches? Lock that stuff up.
  12. I specifically don't want to be able to make global setting changes on the fly. I don't want to be able to set the global tap-tempo vs. per-snapshot vs. per-preset setting. I specifically don't want to calibrate my tuner. That about covers it. These are settings that should not be tweaked on the fly at a gig. These settings should be set once and never messed with again.
  13. WELLLLL, I just realized I have re-calibrated the Tuner to be at 436 Hz, didn't even realize this..... As I just finished recording a bunch of songs.... There needs to be a way to lock all of these settings. I hate this latest trend of being able to make changes without any "are you sure you want to save? y/n" confirmations. Apple started this.
  14. Hi there. I'm planning on playing an outdoor festival in a month. In case of rain, just hypothetically, would it be terribly bad if I put the HELIX Floor inside a clear trash bag?
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