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  1. Can you try a factory reset, but don't restore from your backup. And try the same experiment with a blank preset? Press the pedal in, and see if there is any volume drop, etc? Maybe this is some kind of a weird bug with HX Edit that is messing up the presets (not the first time). There have been multiple bugs in the past where when you restore presets, they affect unrelated presets. So let's try to rule out that first, by resetting the Helix to the factory settings, with all the factory presets.
  2. Can you connect your Helix to the computer, run HX Edit, and take a screenshot what you have in the BYPASS/CONTROLLER ASSIGN section? If you have a New Preset, there should not be anything there. What you are describing is that you have some kind of a block (volume pedal) that is getting bypassed/un-bypassed when you use the toe switch. Try another blank preset, for example from USER 5 folder.
  3. What to look out for? Bad foot switches that are barely working, that's for sure, loose/crooked expression pedal, things rattling inside.... I bought a mint "open box" Helix LT back in December of 2019 for $950 from eBay. I think you can find a better deal with the LT, where it's not going to be with green lines on the screen, etc. Maybe I got lucky, but I'm sure you can find something of higher quality and with less mileage for around the same amount. Helix typically sells for $1200, so something at $800 would be a red flag to me personally.
  4. Check if you have cables that are going bad. A long time ago I was playing a gig and I started getting my sound fade in and out. It was bizarre. Ultimately, the issue was because of the cheap cable that started going bad because of the heat--the amp was very hot. So no issues at home, no issues during rehearsals, but at the gig it was horrible. So it is possible to have this happen if your cables are old/cheap.
  5. One way I get more "warmth" is to use a '63 spring reverb block. I basically dial it out almost completely, leaving just the initial "boink" sound, not the full splashy reverb. I put it right before the amp. Also I take an envelope filter and also make it very very subtle, placing it in the beginning of the chain. It adds a certain degree of warmth, movement, if it makes sense. This is all subjective, but I like the certain bark/boink that I have as part of my sound. Makes it feel and sound more tube-ey.
  6. I believe the best screws to remove would be the ones where you have the rubber feet.
  7. Try an EQ block. My favorite method is on a 10-band EQ, boosting 2K frequency. Depending on how loudly I want to cut through, I boost it 5-10 db. Then add some delay at the end.
  8. No, there's no way to adjust the switch. It is what it is. However, you can use EXP 1 or 2 to control whatever you want. You can use EXP 1 to control volume and wah. Or you can use EXP 2. You can use snapshots to turn things on/off: in one snapshot, wah is on and volume is off; while in another snapshot wah is off, volume is on. You can also use percentage-based bypass for volume or wah, or any other effect. I hate that toe switch! I hate that I have to really step on the expression pedal and have Helix lift up on one side--that's how hard it needs to be pressed! On my Helix, I only use EXP 2, and never EXP 1. If I need a wah in my solo, I have a snapshot called "Wah Solo". When I engage that snapshot, the wah is already enabled. When I'm done playing the wah solo, I go to my "rhythm" snapshot, where the wah is disabled. Or if the wah constantly needs to be turned on/off, I set it up by percentage: over 5 percent it turns on and less than 5 percent turns off after 500 ms, or whatever value makes sense for the song I'm playing. I have a little video you may find useful.
  9. If needed, I can recreate this sound. But basically you arrange your oscillators so that you have a starting pitch and the ending chord. You have 2 snapshots: 1) and 2). One has the starting chord, and the second one has the ending chord. When you switch between the two snapshots, it plays the Lucasfilm sound thingie... Each (4 pitch generator 3 pitch generator) has portomento effect when changing between the pitches. You can set it to immediately change, or have the notes glide from one pitch to another. You assign each pitch of the tone generators to the snapshot, and save the pitches in snapshot 1 and snapshot 2. That's really it, that's the gist. You have the "sheet music" in the video above.
  10. I have not used it, but this effect is capable of faking guitar feedback on demand: in the studio, when you are playing at low volumes, or on a completely silent stage with in-ear monitors. There are several algorithms of what note you want, including random. I will not be using it because I am already getting feedback naturally by having max'ed out distortion that I engage with a snapshot I call "FEEDBACK". It is NATURALLY feeding back: sometimes unpredictably, and there's always an element of surprise. I love the fact I can turn my guitar and get a different note: 1, 5, 7, 1.... Sometimes when I play live I get feedback without engaging my "FEEDBACK" snapshot because I run a physical power amp + cab on stage, and some stages are more prone to feedback. So in short, if I used FREQOUT live, I'd get unruly noise, because I would get natural + artificial feedback. I have no use for it. However, if you are thinking about using FREQOUT live, please make sure to test it out thoroughly during sound check. This type of an effect can completely become unruly/noisy unless you run through the motions. There have been several other sounds that worked perfectly fine at home for me, but live got out of hand; and I needed to tweak them and tweak them... so plz be prepared to adjust how it works at sound check, plus after a couple of shows. If you want to just have on-demand feedback the old-fashioned way, you can watch my video. I've been using this method for as long as I've owned the Helix.
  11. Where are you placing Poly Capo? It should be placed in the beginning of the chain ideally. Try to place it in the beginning, if you're not already doing that.
  12. I solved mine by spraying a little tiny bit of graphite spray. I did not have to take it apart. Just sprayed where the hinge is. Do not spray all over, or you may get it in the photo element and that can break your expression pedal.
  13. I assign feedback to the expression pedal. So it goes from like 35% to 99%. 99, so that I don't accidentally create a noisy mess inadvertently.
  15. Use Pitch Wham, and control the pitch with your expression pedal. You get this Hawaiian Guitar Looney Tunes sound.
  16. Maybe you have a cat or there is a lot of dust... I have not had that issue. Try vacuuming the pedal :)
  17. I own two Helixes: LT and Floor. The Floor had 2 foot-switches that stopped working properly after about 1.5 years of occasional rehearsals and playing 2.5 hour shows. I think I played about 20 shows in total. These 2 foot-switches were for my solo boost snapshots. And there was no abuse, excessive stomping... simply pressing the buttons to change my sounds throughout my set. After cleaning the micro-switches, I went on the road for 4 weeks, so that's around 35 shows, and the buttons were absolutely fine. They still are fine a year and a half later. I always test every single foot-switch before playing any gig. The LT(which I had bought used a year prior to getting the Floor) got way more use. I use the LT pretty much exclusively to practice at home, plus all the questionable outdoor jams. The LT did not have the same issue as the Floor! Yet still the same 2 foot-switches were not as reliable as when I first got it. Still a lot better than what the Floor had. I opened it up and cleaned the micro-switches and a year and half later everything works just fine. If your Helix sits on your desk and does not go on the road, it's one thing. If you play 2.5 hours where you frequently switch sounds, that's something else. The Helix is not something that gigging bands can use without a backup. I bring 2 Helixes, because I cannot wing it if my sounds do not switch properly, absolutely no way. Every song has very specific sounds, tempos, etc. Plus it's pretty clear that Helix build quality varies. How else can you explain that my LT was more intact than the Floor, that was more babied?
  18. What I do from time to time is vacuum all the buttons. Just take a vacuum cleaner hose and suck all the dust out of each button. Then take window cleaning product of your choice and a paper towel, and just clean it so it's nice and shiny. Make sure to cover the unit when not in use, otherwise dust can get into the holes.
  19. No, you can't tune individual strings differently with a standard guitar. You can only do that with a Variax guitar -- each string can be tuned virtually to any pitch you want. Variax guitars are on their way out, and Line 6 pretty much gave up on them at this point. Instead of using alternate tunings, you can get creative and change the relative tuning of your entire guitar, that is of course possible. I have one song in the key of D, and to play it properly the way it was recorded in the studio, I transpose my entire guitar down a full step, using Poly Capo block.
  20. Not the first post about FRFR recommendations. I still firmly believe that you get the best feel if you have a guitar cab on stage and run Helix 1/4" out through a power amp. FRFR's have a very narrow range in terms of stage area they cover, unless you get a really big one. It just operates like a wedge monitor: you can hear very well if you are standing directly in front of it, but if you step away, the sound goes away. Plus you absolutely need to put the FRFR on a stand, otherwise you will have a problem with it having too much bottom (explained at the end). So once again, what works for me is to simply run my signal through a clean power amp into a single 12" speaker for stage volume/personal monitoring. I toured Europe for 2 weeks and played through a rented Fender Deluxe amp. I disconnected the speaker cable, and plugged it into the "out" of my Mooer Baby Bomb 30W solid state power amp. It sounded like the real thing and endured 5 hours of operation per day. I heard myself clearly on stage, and got feedback, etc as needed. But to emphasize, I ran the actual sound via Helix's XLR L/R to the front of the house, the amp on stage was just for me to hear myself. When a speaker cannot be disconnected from an amp, I just run the combo amp on the cleanest setting. Fender Deluxe, Fender Twin work the best in my experience as clean amps that simply amplify what you feed into them. I've been following what people did back in the early days of guitar modellers--and most people did precisely that. They would just run the sound out of a rented amp for stage volume, tapping into the power amp section (return jack). For my personal rig, I bought a single 12" speaker cab by Orange, and also power it by Mooer Baby Bomb. Works consistently. I also have a FRFR-108 2000-watt 1x8". It's great because it's light. It is amazing for small coffee shop gigs, or living room rehearsals. But I will never use it onstage. It always lives in my car. If you are planning on using it to dial in your sounds, don't! FRFRs can be very bass-heavy, despite their name (not full range, and definitely not flat response). That was the case with mine. When I first started dialing in my sounds, I quickly discovered that the sound I had dialed in was unusable for live use, though it sounded great at home through my FRFR.
  21. If it’s a new guitar: Did you remove the plastic around the knobs 100%? (If applicable) I’ve had that on a Stratocaster. There was a piece of plastic from the pickguard and it was inducting electricity.
  22. I’ve experienced something similar. In my case it was the eq that boosted a parasitic frequency, Thad caused that microphonic feedback on my guitar on certain pickup combinations. You can try to put an eq block in your chain and try to notch out the bad frequency, most likely it’s something in the 2k range.
  23. Not only is there phasing, it also behaves very differently when you run your Helix in mono vs. stereo -- there will be drastic volume discrepancies. My recommendation is to never run this effect in stereo, until the bugs are fixed.
  24. Next year... since they already came out with the "flux" control for the HX One pedal, and are offering new upgraded toeswitches, as well as the micro-USB plug. I'm pretty convinced it'll happen next year. It'll probably have the touch screen, and just have more power. Just like they did with Pod HD 500-> Pod HD 500x.
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