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  1. Installing a killswitch is not that difficult. I remember around 12 years ago, everybody was doing that--removing a tone knob on their guitar and putting in a kill switch. It's something that somebody can easily do if they're not afraid of opening up their guitar.
  2. Well, that killswitch sound is basically tremolo. Go check a bunch of those effects and see what suits you the best. Set your tremolo mix to be 100%, so you have actual sound interruptions. You can also assign the rate parameter to the expression pedal and speed up the tremolo effect, or slow it down. Or you also can try the “bleat chop trem” block which alters the tremolo tempo for you. So maybe that will be more natural sounding for you. That’s about it.
  3. I have an LT from 3 years ago, and it's held up better than a Floor that I also own! In terms of the expression pedal, it developed a loud squeak after about a year of me owning it. After using graphite spray, it's been quiet ever since. One more thing is I don't use the toe switch at all, as all of my presets are using EXP 2. I think switching from EXP 1 to EXP 2 with the toe switch may put an unnecessary strain on the entire construction of the pedal, it can be quite tough and for me the entire Helix tilts when I tied to press that toe switch in. So maybe all the early reported breakages were also partly due to people stepping onto the toe switch with the weight of their entire body. I made all of my presets work where certain effects are auto-engaged when I start rocking the pedal, or they are simply enabled/disabled in specific snapshots. Another advantage for using EXP 2 exclusively is that you can connect an external expression pedal and it will seamlessly work with all of the presets as external expression pedals are always and only EXP 2.
  4. Or..... you can just go into the tuner, and press every single knob--that way they will reset to the factory settings.
  5. Do you have a volume pedal in the presets?
  6. It’s a neat feature to turn on your preset and have it default to whatever snapshot you saved. I use it all the time, personally. For example I put my harsh sounds in a specific spot in all presets. Some songs start with that harsh sound, some not. So it saves me a click to default to whatever the first sound is in that particular song. To default to something else just takes 2 mouse clicks in HX Edit.
  7. The simplest thing to do is to use the same basic chain in all your presets. Sure, you can have all different types of overdrives/distortions/octavio's between songs theoretically. In practice, when you do a sound check, the sound guy sets you up for one preset. Deviating from the basic signal chain is a recipe for unexpected volume jumps, EQ inconsistencies and so on. I use the same basic distortion/amp setup in all my presets and that definitely simplifies things a great deal. When I first tried using an acoustic sim, it was such a nightmare! At home it sounded nice and round, but on stage during the sound check, all of a sudden there was way too much bass, and it appeared too loud all of a sudden. Good thing I had an EQ block that I had added at the end of the chain, and I was able to dial in my acoustic/electric balance very well. So there you go: even though you can, don't have drastically different signal chains between your presets, that's speaking from experience.
  8. I've taken apart my Helix LT and put DeoxIT on the microwsitches. That made them less clicky. The buttons themselves are still as noisy as before, just the click is less loud. What you can instead do is use the expression pedal to control some things whenever it has to be absolutely dead-quiet.
  9. Hey gang! I made a short video recently about how I set my presets to make them as dummy-proofed as possible. I've taken my Helix on the road many times so far, and here are some of the recommendations that I have.
  10. Only on a Variax guitar/bass you can change the tuning. Otherwise, as others have mentioned, there is no way to downtune only one string on a conventional guitar. Try the poly capo feature, however. You may be able to rework your songs/parts to be able to play in low B-tuning. Here's a video where I show how to create low tuning of the entire guitar digitally.
  11. If you don't want to use snapshots for some reason, you can assign the block to a stomp button as well. Press the button and you have reduced gain.
  12. On guitar, I use a volume pedal fixed at 10% position. It cleans up my sound. Rather than turning my distortion off, I always clean up the sound with a physical or virtual volume knob/pedal instead. You can use the same approach: 1) add a volume pedal 2) make it fixed: select the "position" parameter. It's pre-selected with Expression Pedal 2. Set it to "none". 3) set the percentage to 10% 4) create a snapshot where this is enabled. This will be your "HOT BASS" snapshot. Alternatively, you can also use another input, like Return 1, 2, 3, 4... and set it to be of lower volume than your main input. I created a little video you can follow:
  13. Use the output level as the last resort. If you can't achieve the high enough volume you need otherwise, then crank the output level.. It does introduce noises in certain cases when you switch between presets/snapshots where the output level is different. Instead, there are lots of workarounds to achieve the same: Add a fixed volume pedal, boost, or EQ, or simply adjust the output level of some of your blocks. For example, in my lead sound, I have an EQ. The EQ has an output level. So I can dial in the output level of my EQ sound so that it balances perfectly. You can even have an EQ block that does not actually equalize, just controls the volume level in your chain. From experience, do not mess with the amp settings between your snapshots -- that also introduces pops/crackles and boings.
  14. There's also the pickup height and angle that play a very important role in how your guitar "sustains" and how bright it sounds. I had my strat set up for that quacky sound for the longest time. That meant pickups were pretty low. Recently I decided to make it match my other guitar in terms of volume and tone. All I did was raised the pickups and all of a sudden it completely transformed from the quacky twangy sound to a singing rich with harmonics rock machine.... the sustain increased too. If you raise the pickups too high, then the sustain can actually decrease as the magnet interferes with the string at this point. Sustain can be both electronic and physical, of course. You can hear the strings vibrate, but if the pickups are too low it sounds dead. There's a middle ground where it works optimally. If I were to describe in terms of tonewood cliches what a few turns of the screwdriver did... it changed my guitar from that maple sparkly immediate attack to a more resonant full-bodied chocolatey rosewood sound. I was actually shocked... now that guitar could be used as a backup for my main axe. Whereas before, none of my presets worked with it properly.
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