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  1. I run stereo ping-pong delay in parallel.  You play a note, hear it on both sides evenly... then left repeat, then right repeat, left repeat, right repeat.  That way it's stereophonic, and doesn't favor one side.

  2. For me if I plug only one cable into left/mono mains, it is always the left side, never summed IF something is plugged into the headphone jack. 

    When I remove a cable from the headphone jack, left/mono starts summing the signal correctly.  Plug something into the headphone jack back, and the weird behavior is back. 

     

    Make that make sense...

     

    I was going crazy this morning... because I'm building my presets in stereo... but also need them to work in mono.  But what I was hearing in mono was not actually mono, but the left channel only and it sounded way off. 

  3. Let me guess.... it's that mono bug again?  Just a wild guess?!

     

    Power on the Helix.  Plug something into the right jack.  Unplug.  Then plug a cable into the left/mono jack.  Now left/mono jack is working correctly, right? 

     

    (for those who are unaware: there's this Helix bug where the left/mono jack doesn't combine left+right into one properly (proven fact on 2 Helixes I own) and potentially does other funny things as well.  The workaround for me to get left/mono to work properly is the procedure described above). 

     

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  4. You could add a compressor to make the signal more even.  Or you could simply try to cut the initial signal of the bass by using the volume pedal block--remove the assignment from the expression pedal, leave it static and simply lower the initial input signal by a few decibels. 

  5. The footswitches are fine, the microswitches are the absolute plastic .01c -per-switch cheap garbage!  How is it that I got Pod Go, and within several months one of the footswitches stopped working reliably?  And after I played exactly one gig on it....

     

    But good news! 

     

    But you can open it up and clean them out with Liquid DeoxIT.  As I found out (thanks to this forum), you cannot do it externally, you need to open it up. 

     

    I have had very good results with my Pod Go and Helix LT.  Liquid DeoxIT cleans out the corrosion and lubricates the microswitches, so you won't have any issue for the next couple of years.

     

    As for what MIDI controller to use, there are lots of options.  As long as the controller can send Program Changes and CC messages, you're all good.  I am also kind-of curious if I could get myself a MIDI controller, but all the ones I've seen either have too few buttons, or are a mammoth with way too many.  I wish there were a simple 10 button MIDI controller with an expression pedal you could plug in. 

     

     

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  6. Hey, gang!  I made a detailed video how my (very complicated) preset is set up.  You can download it from Custom Tone. 

     

    See my video and description for all information.  Maybe you could find it useful!  If so, I'd appreciate a like/sub.  Thanks.

     

     

  7. My method of boosting is with the EQ. Increasing gain basically makes the sound more muddy. 

     

    So what I do is I take the 10-band EQ and boost the 2K frequency to as much as 10 db. I place the eq either right before the amp or between the amp and cabinet. It helps the solo cut through. I also adjust the EQ boosting to fit a specific song I’m playing. Sometimes just 4 db is all that’s needed.  I like my solos to be drastically more noticeable as compared to the rhythm sound, so this does the trick. 
     

    I also sometimes simply turn up the overall sound of the preset—the output block can be assigned to snapshots. So in a solo snapshot, I boost it 3 db.  This is what a sound engineer would do to boost you for solos. But sometimes making you louder does not really make your solos pop out, if the sound system is already at its limit and is compressing everything.  So That’s why I prefer the EQ method. 
     

     

  8. What I personally do is I use the same expression pedal for various parameters / blocks.  I also use snapshots--which are my preferred workflow. 

    Snapshots allow you to save the "state" of your pedalboard.  You add as much stuff as you need to the signal chain, and then save what is turned off/on for each snapshot.  That way you can go from a chorusy clean sound with delay to a bone-dry distortion sound, for example. 

     

    So what I would do, is I would simply have a wah and a volume block, both controlled by Expression pedal 2.  In one snapshot, volume block is bypassed, while the wah is turned on, and vica versa. 

     

    If you want to have one button always toggle between wah and volume, then you would need to be in the stomp mode for that.  One stomp button will toggle what gets turn on/off.  If you want to also take advantage of snapshots, you can configure your Helix in several ways:

     

    1. Have 4 lower buttons always be snashots, while the top ones are always stomps.  Lots of people prefer this approach.

    or...

    2. Use command center.  With command center, you can organize your stomp mode layout per preset.  You assign your buttons to switch to different snapshots, for example 7 of the 8 snapshots.  While one button can be used as a stomp button to toggle wah/volume. 

     

    Here are some resources:

     

    My video about best practices for wah:

    1. https://youtu.be/H5PMjg-oZJ8?si=pfxjYTHGyb6-SLXR

     

    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgTA3tKYst8

     

    My best practices regarding the Helix overall: 

     

    Command center:

     

  9. All different mics and their positions change the tone and the volume of the signal.  You can adjust the volume of the amp/cab blocks to level off your sound.  But most importantly, once you figure out your main sound, just leave it alone.  I do not recommend changing amps/microphones between your presets. Otherwise there will always be volume/tone discrepancies that you can only really discover if you do a sound check at the venue you are going to be playing at.  I have picked all the ingredients of my sound and they are the same in every preset / song that I play, always. 

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  10. I have had that happen in one apartment.  It was also on the carpet.  I suspect static electricity triggered the tempo setting.  It happened to Helix LT and Helix Floor that I owned.  Once the carpet was removed, the issue stopped. 

  11. First of all, you mentioned you are using a "solo preset".  I would highly recommend you use snapshots instead. 

     

     

    Even with snapshots Helix has this problem, although not as bad:  If you turn on one amp and turn off another amp, there'll be a loud "boing" sound.  If you turn on the distortion pedal, there'll also be some amount of noise. 

     

    To overcome that you need to use one preset, and put blocks inside A/B path.  Make sure both blocks are running, and simply switch between them.  Sometimes you may want to try to rearrange your blocks in a different order. 

     

    So I would suggest starting out with using snapshots, that will definitely minimize the noise. 

     

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