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  1. high-five!! it's a bug. It's a bug that always resurfaces on 2 of my Helixes. It can be resolved temporarily by doing a system reset. What is the bug: left/right/left delay will sound like left .. left when you plug in your cable into the left/mono jack instead of combining it into mono as all normal pieces of gear do. At this point, after being gaslighted by the Line 6 support, I accepted it as something I need to live with. Line 6 will never recreate it, as it develops over time. What exactly causes it to resurface? Some combination of global settings. What to do about it: 1. Power on the Helix 2. plug a cable into the "Right" jack 3. unplug the cable and plug into the "Left/Mono" jack NOW your Left/Mono is actually "Mono". 4. have a "sound check" preset with left/right delay to confirm you are good I learned this the hard way when I was playing at a festival outdoors. I had to play an equivalent of a Sweet Child O' Mine intro that had very prominent ping-pong delay. Well, because of this bug, because my sound on stage was coming out of a big Marshall Stack, it made that legendary and recognizable intro sound like UTTER CRAP. The Marshall's one-sided delay made the entire mix horrible. I thought I would die. Now, I always put the sound check preset as my preset #0. This way before I start the first song I can be assured that both left/right channels are fine in the house, and on stage. PS, you should create a ticket and mention this, after which they will offer you to send in your Helix because they will suggest it is a hardware issue.
  2. There is one song in my set that has a very sudden solo with a wah-wah that also rapidly ends. So I assigned all my lead sound ingredients to the same EXP 2 that controls the wah-wah using %threshold value. So I have wah, EQ, delay, all engaged when EXP 2 is over 5%. Then when it's less than 5% (pedal at heel position) all of those turn off 1/2 seconds after, and the delay a second later. You can stagger how things get turned off for a more smooth transition. So maybe that's something else you can try.
  3. Dynamic split's main advantage is to be able to turn yourself down for rhythm, and turn yourself up for lead without pressing anything on the Helix itself. I don't have any use for it at the moment, but if I were on a wireless in some Cirque du Soleil show (lol), I could turn down my volume knob to 5 and have my rhythm sound; turn up the volume knob to 10 and have my lead sound. So something like: dry medium crunch vs. delay + reverb + EQ + existing path.
  4. Yes. Very easy to do it. You can bypass 10 different things with the expression pedal. In each snapshot you mix out all your unneeded blocks. You assign the mix parameter to your snapshots: that way you can specify how much of each block you want in each snapshot. 0%= it’s effectively bypassed. My example: I control wah and vibrato with the same exp 2. In one snapshot the wah block is mixed at 0%, while the vibrato is at 60%. The other has the wah mixed at 100%, while the vibrato is mixed at 0%. Again, at 0%, bypassing and un-bypassing a block makes no sonic difference. When blocks are ar 0%, it doesn’t matter what settings they have. Make sense?
  5. I bought a pod go recently to use as a backup. I connected both the Helix and the Pod Go to my computer to use 2 editors at the same time and recreated all the settings one by one. Nearly everything I needed translated well, except the lack of the parallel effects loop for my delays. So I just A/B'ed them until they sounded close.
  6. Oh yes! My Strat's sound varies greatly depending on the height of the pickups... from completely dead to loud/clipping.
  7. Played around with the in-ears https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097PCY5X . Update: At first I hated it, but then realized that 80% of the sound complaints were due to cheap earbuds. They have a great design, but the sound quality is not there. With my Bose quiet comfort, it sounds great. Now I can practice at any hour without anybody hearing a peep. Pros: small, compact, rechargeable, stereo, includes headphones, plenty of volume, the kit has EVERYTHING you need, except a 1/4 inch extension cable. cons: not pristine audio quality with the included earbuds, certain guitar notes have weird resonance sound because the buds are not of highest quality, audio drop-outs. Note: regarding the audio transmission quality, I live in a weird apartment where my Shure wireless also has strange static noise that appears sometimes. I've not had the same issues when I played live, or took my rig to some other people's houses. I took this wireless system to my friend's house and there were 0 dropouts.
  8. I found this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097PCY5X4 . Pretty good reviews. I just ordered it. The thing I like about this system is that it's in stereo. I will update if I have any issues.
  9. The main thing about "not cutting it" is the feel on stage. When your sound is coming out of a hefty guitar speaker, it sounds nice and powerful and familiar. The same cannot be said about having your sound coming out of an FRFR, or a wedge monitor. To me those sound like your sound is coming from far away, like it's played on the stereo. If you don't feel like you have enough b*lls on stage, you start picking harder, and not having a good time. My solution to your problems is to use an actual guitar speaker. My highly recommended approach is to take your sound out of your Helix exactly as is, run it through a power amp and into a 1x12 speaker. To me it's the perfect amount of oomf, and clarity. I don't bother with having any IRs, disabling/enabling them for FOH or personal mix... it all sounds passable... The simpler, the better. My power amp of choice is Mooer Baby Bomb. I bought it on a whim and cannot be happier. Here's an example of what my cover band sounds like. In this recording it's just my guitar -> Helix -> Mooer Baby Bomb -> Orange 112 cab. This is a small bar gig. Normally, my sound goes to the FOH in stereo, as I explained. There was no need here, because it's a tiny space. cheers.
  10. I think you should be fine with just running Left/Mono to your monitor. I don't envision any issues. As for how you pan your mix, best thing you can do is simply check the left channel and the right channel in isolation at home. Plug in the 1/4 into the left and the right, but only connect one at a time to your monitor/amp, etc. If they both sound fine by themselves, e.g. you don't have the main signal on the left, and silence on the right, then you're good to go. With the 50% L/R, you still risk not having the main unaltered signal not come through the center. So just check it at home, and rock on.
  11. Here's how our sound guy does the panning: basically everything is in the center in terms of the stereo picture. Different voices are slightly panned left/right to have them better separate themselves, nothing hard-panned. We have a trombone and a trumpet player, they are very very slightly panned left/right. The stereo sound for guitar is more of a special effect, and should be used sparingly to avoid favoring one side of the auditorium. In terms of what I run in stereo on the Helix... some of the songs have subtle ping-pong delay. The main signal goes in the center, and then is dressed up with subtle left/right bouncing. So if somebody is on the right side, they still have an adequate sound. I achieve that by adding my delay in parallel: the middle always comes through on both channels equally. When I stop playing, you hear left/right echos. I have a few song sections where I have exaggerated delay, but still run the delay in parallel. One song has the chorus where I play a chord, it comes across in the center, then repeats on the left, then on the right. So again, nobody in the audience is deprived of the notes I'm playing. I also have one freakout ending of a song, where I use a chopper effect with a panner: but it's for special effects. In terms of the personal monitor mix, I use the 1/4" out to my power amp + speaker. But there's a pesky bug that Line 6 refuses to acknowlege. 2 of my Helixes develop it after doing back up / restore: the Left/Mono does not sum both sides, it's only the left side. Workaround: plug in the 1/4" into the Right side, then the Left / Mono side and it works correctly. I need to do this after I power on the Helix EVERY time.
  12. Yeah, most likely the 1/4" jack broke. But if anything, you have so many other alternatives to use as guitar input: Return 1, 2... etc.
  13. What some pro guitarists do is they have separate outputs of their "wet" and "dry" mixes. If you have a sound guy who regularly works with you, they can add more "dry" sound to your mix, if it's too washy... I think it was Bon Jovi's guitarists who did that, based on the Rig Rundown.
  14. I play violin. Don't know about your electric violin, but for my Fishman pickup on an acoustic, my tricks are: 1. EQ to take off all the highs 2. wah 3. compressor 4. Octave down/harmonizer 5. Fender-type amp 6. Delay The main thing for me has always been the shrillness of sound. Once I tamed it with the EQ, it works like a guitar, same effects work for it... Distortion made my acoustic violin squeal though, so I used it sparingly.
  15. I got a lot of flack for this several months ago, but my approach that works for me is to have an additional distortion block in my chain, and engage it in a snapshot. When there is a lot of distortion, you get feedback at low volumes. I use that trick at home, during a rehearsal, or on stage and it always works and sounds consistent. You would think that on stage with that much distortion it would sound like garbage, but actually it works out great. For your Hendrix freakout moments, or at the end of a solo, etc. The trick is to match the snapshot with extra distortion to your regular sound, so that it has the same tonal qualities. The audience should not hear any difference, or be able to tell that you switch to your special "feedback" snapshot. Here's a little video, if you want to see. Cheers.
  16. I have never had any issue with tap tempo on the Helix. Maybe you are tapping in whole notes rather than quarter notes? What exactly seems to be the issue? But yeah, I have several songs where I tapped in the tempo by ear and then realized later I was almost spot-on to the actual metronome tempo of the track, within 1--2 BPMs.
  17. On the Helix we have presets, snapshot mode, and stomp mode. Presets can have multiple snapshots inside them (they are like presets within presets). Stomp mode allows you to turn on or off one or more blocks within your preset in momentary or latching mode. Normal usage of the Helix is that you have multiple presets. It's pretty smart to have each song have its own dedicated preset, that way you can scroll through your presets, like your set list. No more of those unsightly paper set lists -- you simply scroll through your presets that are organized in a specific order prior to the gig. I have one musical project where I created one "kitchen sink" preset that has every single sound I'd ever need to play those 20 songs. We often swap songs in and out, so to me that was an easier approach. Anyway.... With the advent of snapshots, typically people set up their Helix so that the Helix displays 8 snapshots when you select the preset. Other possibilities are 4 snapshots on the bottom and 4 stomps on the top. Or 4 snapshots on the top and 4 stomps on the bottom. Some people still go old-school and don't use any snapshots and simply use your Helix in stomp mode and turn on individual effects, or have one bottom that turns on/off their "lead" sound (delay, eq, etc). In stomp mode, you have an ability to create wormholes and place anything you want on your pedal board: snapshots, stomps, even other presets. This is accomplished with the Command Center. If you must use presets to switch between different sounds (ummm, why....?), e.g. solo/rhythm, there will always be an audible silent gap with no sound when you switch between your presets. This is absolutely not an issue if you use snapshots, no silence there -- so just use that approach. Helix allows you to have gap-less preset switching if you enable that in global settings, but you will reduce your signal path so it becomes half of what you currently have. The reason is that Helix has 2 DSP chips, and in this arrangement the 2nd DSP chip will load the new preset, so you don't experience any audio dropouts. So.... A lot of info out there, manuals and videos. But if you ask me about my preferred professional approach, it's like this: I have 60 presets, one for each song I know how to play. If the song has one sound throughout, even if it sounds exactly like the previous song, I still have a "redundant" preset for it. Inside each preset I have 8 snapshots. If there are no sound switches in my song, I have 8 identical snapshots. All my snapshots are organized similarly: e.g. lead is on the bottom right, etc. cheers!
  18. Yes that’s a cool idea. You can add a block and in HX Edit: right click on any parameter and assign it to an expression pedal. So you can add a parametric EQ and set various things to increase and decrease as you move the expression pedal. So you have your own customized EQ that is adjustable.
  19. One time I thought my Shure transmitter got broken because it wouldn’t charge. Just red blinking light. Long story short: the charger cable was bad!! So if it applies to you, try a different cable itself. Weirdly, the same bad cable charged other appliances with no issue.
  20. This quality control.... I remember when I was getting my rear-view camera installed on my car, they put my license plate upside-down.... Somebody must have been drunk.
  21. You know what would be cool? If you could copy snapshots between presets. It wouldn't be too difficult to figure out what blocks need to be copied along with them. There also could be functionality to remove unused blocks. That way you can for example dial in your solo sound on one preset/snapshot, and then you can copy/paste that snapshot into another preset/snapshot. Not a show-stopper, but could be super convenient to build new presets in minutes, as opposed to recreating the whole thing from scratch or making a copy of the existing preset and making tweaks (which is what I do). There also seems to be an issue when you copy a block from an existing preset and paste it into a new one--the bypass and [parameters] don't work as expected. I typically have to re-add the block manually in these situations. https://line6.ideascale.com/c/idea/1044711
  22. Hmm, maybe it's the guitar? What is your entire signal chain and absolutely everything you use, e.g. FRFR? Is there a wireless system? What about the power? All of those can theoretically glitch out.
  23. Helix LT pedal was killing me with the squeaking, I used this product on it, just a few sprays and it hasn't squeaked in a year and a half: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007I9XUD0 dry graphite spray. It's very good, but can be messy if you spray all over the place. A friend of mine just got the Helix LT and it was squeaking exactly like mine out of the box. Yeah, I don't know about the expression pedal... I have a plastic expression pedal that came with my Nord Electro and I used it for a decade and it never failed me. Same with a Bad Horsie wah -- 14 years and zero issues, no squeaking, no alignment problems.
  24. So I took apart the thing and came to a conclusion that there's not enough lubrication. What was happening is that the screw.... was loose and there was too much friction because there was not enough grease, so that made it appear like the screw was tight because the pedal was hard to move, while since the screw was loose the alignment was off..... lol there. I put some lithium grease and reassembled the whole thing and now everything aligns well and the action is smooth. The whole damn thing is only 2 years old with minimal use.
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