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  1. OK, it's clear you haven't spent enough time reading the manual / watching videos from your statement regarding "bank", "presets" etc. So if I were you, I'd start with getting familiar what presets are, and what snapshots are. Once you familiarize yourself with those concepts.... I recommend a preset-per-song approach. Inside the preset you can have snapshots for each different sections. You can organize your presets in order of your set list. So yes, RTFM.... OTHERWISE you are jumping the gun.
  2. Not exactly sure what sound you have in your mind... However, you can definitely change the delay tempo on the fly by assigning the BPM's to your expression pedal with a min/max values. that way you can slow your delay down as you are playing. (Make sure to have transparent Delay setting Global Settings -> Preferences -> Tap Tempo Pitch: set the option to “Transparent” )... otherwise it will make glitch y sounds when the tempo changes, unless you want that.... If you want some kind of a specific rhythm for delays, try Multitap 6. You can add 2 of them in parallel, so that you can have 12 delay notes with specific tempo/rhythm/panning.
  3. Why not organize your presets in order of your set? That’s the most practical workflow. Create as many presets as the songs you are playing. Order them according to the set list. Use the up/down buttons to switch to appropriate presets. The up/down buttons exists for this specific purpose. you can change what the up/down buttons do….
  4. Well Zoom has midi and a great tuner. With midi you need to buy an adapter, but they exist. Video below demonstrates it. plus I hear it’s popular in the shoegaze community.
  5. I still have my MS-50G by Zoom. An absolutely amazing pedal. Used it back when I used pedals. You could cycle through multiple presets with the button press (A->B->C->A). I used it for solo boots, had a delay + EQ for loud solos, also used it for various trick sounds. It had a lot of really really great effects, as well as amps! There was no gap when switching between presets... unless the effect was very complicated... it would fade in rather than there being a silent gap. I never had to use the amps, but I'm sure with some tweaking they could have been more than usable. The only issue I kept having was the knobs were in the way, so I removed the knobs and trimmed the stems, so they were out of the way, but I could still adjust things as needed. Zoom effects are really great... Zoom MS > HX One for sure!
  6. I stand corrected. Could have sworn there was some auto save setting.
  7. Oh yes! Adding a parallel path (even with block that is always bypassed) will have your volume drop. Remove that path and the volume jumps up.
  8. If you have “snapshot edits” set to ‘discard’ in global settings, you need to specifically press save to apply your changes. Otherwise it will auto-save whatever changes you make. So if you have your cursor on the reverb block, it’s really easy to turn the “mix” block by accident—the unit is so small and everything is so close together. I am absolutely against auto-saving of anything. I want to be sure that I save things only when I want to do that. Some people may disagree. Also I always put the cursor in the corner, so I cannot ever change anything live by accidentally touching the knobs. For my list of hacks, you can watch my video:
  9. When you re-entered the preset, was the level back to normal? Do you have your "cursor" set on the reverb block, so maybe you touched the knobs and that's how you wound up increasing the reverb level? Do you run your unit in stereo, is reverb panned some way?
  10. Another thing you can do is to add snapshots to stomp mode using command center. That way pressing the mode button will not affect what snapshots you use. That’s if you use snapshots. I explain what is involved.
  11. No way to disable it. What I do to all my line 6 devices is the Grolsch washer trick. Buy Grolsch beers. Take the washers off the caps. Place 2 of them onto the button. It works like a charm. Makes the buttons more difficult to press—but they still can still be pressed.
  12. Therefore, my recommendation is to downgrade to 3.11. As somebody who has spent countless hours dialing in my presets, I do not want to have my sounds get broken without me knowing it, only to find out that something has changed during a show. Dual cabs, a handful of new amps/effects, legacy synths are cool and all, but what good is it if you constantly risk having your sounds change? I've been using 3.11 ever since it came out and IMO it's the most stable, most bug-free version of the firmware. I run it on both LT and Floor and don't plan on upgrading until I'm dead sure this bug has been fixed.
  13. As far as I understand, putting such effects in the loop ruins the tone/feel. It's not an analog loop, so there's digital/analog/digital/analog conversion, so it will never be the same as putting it in the beginning of your chain. I would recommend giving the internal fuzz a try. I, for example, was pleasantly surprised when I found the octavio sound of the Helix... it sounded pretty sweet!
  14. mind blown! ha ha ha!!! It's not a bug, it's a feature. A very useful feature.... this is even more hysterical.
  15. There is no adjustable input pad on the Helix. I have my backup guitar to my main one, and it's a lot quieter, so when I use that guitar, on my wireless, I adjust the input gain and boost it + 3db. But that's beside the point. Usually you build your presets around the sound that your guitar produces. If you have active EMG pickups, then basically dial down your distortion. If your clean amp is breaking up, then you can simply lower the input signal with a volume pedal, or a gain block, or even an EQ block where you lower the output level. There are 2 workarounds on how to achieve the adjustable pad you are asking for if you want to have an option of using your low-output guitar or a high-output guitar. Basically during the show you break a string, and you want to use your Zakk Wylde guitar as opposed to a telecaster, you have these 2 options: 1. You can add a fixed volume pedal in your preset chain, where it is set to for example "40%". That means, you remove the expression-pedal assignment from it, and just leave it at a fixed percentage. You can assign a button to that volume pedal to one of the foot switches in stomp mode. So, when you need to play your EMG-equipped guitar, simply turn on the volume pedal with the button and you are good to go. If you want to also use your snapshots, then Command Center to the rescue--you can mix your snapshots with the volume pedal-controlling button. Or you can set up your layout to be 4 buttons on top control stomps, 4 buttons on the bottom control snapshots. or another way is to use another aux. input for those situation 2. In your preset you can have multiple inputs. You can always have an additional input (return 1, 2, etc) that has been adjusted to turn down the signal so it is not as hot. Here's a video where I explain how to achieve this. So in short, you would have to modify your presets to make them work with the high-output guitar. Hope it helps.
  16. If you didn't change anything on the Helix, it could be a bad 1/4" cable. Also, check if your amp is ok (or whatever you run your Helix through). Did you tough your global EQ?
  17. I had a random piece of plastic (matted) from the button ring in my Pod GO. Opened it up, shook it out, and called it a day.
  18. I will repeat myself: firmware 3.11 has no such issues. Everything after it, e.g. 3.6 has such bugs, which I suspect are mainly with HX Edit, not the Helix itself. Things do not get copied correctly.... editing one preset affects the other one. If you want stability, downgrade to 3.11. If you have to have the new dual cabs and a handful of effects, then unfortunately you're stuck with this, until Line 6 fixes these bugs... at some point... But first you need to convince them that this is a bug, because people will say "I don't have such issues, works fine for me".
  19. You can assign effects to the expression pedal 1/2. Bypass/un-bypass blocks either immediately or after up to 1 second.
  20. take a preset you like, take screenshots of all the components, re-create it from scratch. that's how you can learn.
  21. Take a look at factory presets, and find a preset that sounds like what you are trying to accomplish... swap out one piece at a time until you build your desired signal chain. Hissing usually means way too much gain, output signal too hot, too much high frequencies in your overall sound. According to Steve Sterlacci, your preset should be about as loud as a completely empty blank preset. A lot of people really max out their presets and make them too loud. This introduces unwanted hissing (that you will also find in real-world amps as well if you dime them like that).
  22. If you want to have the expression pedal position to remain unchanged between snapshots, then go to global settings/expression pedal 1/2 and have them be set per preset rather than snapshot. That's the setting I personally use--my expression pedal 2 remains where I leave it even when I change between snapshots. But if you want the selection (whether it's expression 1 or expression 2) to remain when you change snapshots, then the bug I explained accomplishes that for me :)... not that I would ever need to do this....
  23. I discovered a bug a long time ago, and it will accomplish what you want. You want the Expression 1/2 selection to persist between your snapshots. What you do is as follows: 1. Plug a regular 1/4" cable into your external expression pedal jack and short-circuit the other end of the cable. You can accomplish that by plugging the other end of the cable into your free jacks, such as send/return/1/2/, etc. Or you can wrap the other cable in a piece of aluminum foil. Or you can plug in an external expression pedal. All we need is to trick the Helix into thinking we have an external pedal plugged in. 2. Go through all of your snapshots, and change something in them (enable a block, save... then disable a block, save). It needs to be flagged as a legitimate change to your snapshot. 3. Congratulations! You now have a preset where if you engage the toe switch, that selection will remain when you change your snapshots. EDIT: now unplug the cable explained in #1, and you can switch between EXP 1/2, but when you change your snapshots, the selection remains.
  24. Sorry to contribute to this heated discussion... I want to share what I do in my approach to gain staging. I'll repeat what I've posted before perhaps. In short, rather than using gain pedals that I turn on/turn off, I limit the signal coming into the Helix to allow the sound to clean up. This may be old school, but I don't care. It works for me. Maybe it's the type of a guitar that I play, but my sound currently is obtained by running a Classic Distortion pedal + Mail Order Twin amp. Before I transitioned to the Helix, this was similar to my regular setup: DS-1 + Fender-type amp. Before I started doing this, there was that dreaded volume jump that had to be really dialed in, and dialed in for specific guitar. I had to always A/B my sound during soundcheck to have correct clean/distortion balance.. E.g. a sound that I dialed in for my Strat would not work the same way on another single-coil guitar, due to its inherent differences. Also, without any sort of gain, my sound was completely lifeless. Adding a compressor would not help, it was always lacking that sustain/compression/sizzle that was important to me. So instead of stepping on a distortion pedal, I have been using my volume knob / volume pedal in the beginning of the chain to clean up my sound as needed. When I put my guitar volume on "10", it is very saturated, but never completely unmanageable. When I put my volume knob on "5", then it would be my clean sound with a slight hint of breakup. When I use the Helix and if I have time to do so, I turn down my volume knob, as I explained. When I don't have time to reach for the volume knob, I put a fixed volume pedal that does not have any percentage assignment, and leave it fixed at certain percentages. For example, on "5%", I get my clean sound. "40%" gives me an overdrive sound, and then completely bypassed gives me the full-on distortion. My videos illustrate what I'm talking about:
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