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Posts posted by DarthHollis

  1. Just to chime in with my philosophy on this.  I have one main patch that I use for about 95% of the songs we do.  I use two amps (Soldano for dirt and a Fender) and the same IR for both.  I have 8 snapshots - bottom row: Soldano - Clean - Clean w chorus - Clean w chorus and delay - top row: Soldano w Dig delay - Sol w Analog delay, and then copies of them with tube screamer and boost.

    I also have the pedal page with 8 different pedal, octave, whammy, chorus, tube screamer on top row and phaser, flanger, dig delay 398ms, and analog delay 500ms.


    Then I have specific patches for songs that are outside of what I can do with this patch.  So for Like a Stone which has a tremelo part that need to be tap tempo, a regular crunch sound, whammy with delay for the solo, and then a clean patch for after the solo.  I have a separate patch with 4 snapshots that covers all the tones for that song.  I also have snapshots on the top row that cover for Killing in the Name.  That's my Tom Morello patch.


    Set lists change with every show and we do a lot of stuff on the fly so I have to be ready.  Also, if I need to change something in a patch I only have to change a total of about 12-16 patches.  Not 60 because I did every single song with an IR and now I want to change the IR.


    I stick with using the same amps because of familiarity and ease of use.  I do have a Plexi patch I use sometimes if I want something different and also an ENGL patch for heavy stuff but I have found it to be a little too bass heavy to use with the band.


    My advice is to try some different methods.  Practice with them at home just like you would be at a gig and find out what works best for you.

  2. I have a G50 wireless and the Helix which I use in 4 cable method with a 5150 iii 50 watt amp and 30 feet of cable (90 feet total).  

    In my normal usage I do not feel any perceived delay. 


    When I am using the Helix to drop my tuning a half step there is a noticeable latency but not enough to make a difference, especially in a live setting.  When I go out into the audience or something the actual distance from the amp is much, much more noticeable than anything else.


    My advice always is "if you have any concerns try it out for yourself."  If you need to find someone in your area with a Helix and a G50 or something you need to make the effort.

  3. Make sure when save the patch that you save it with the volume pedal toe down and that it says 100%.  The Helix actually remembers where it's supposed to be.  


    For Whammy stuff, I always save at 0%, or heel down, so that I can turn it on with a switch and I don't have to start using it right away.


    If it's just glitchy you may need to tighten the pedal or something so that it doesn't randomly move.

  4. I still have my POD HD 500 "just in case."  i pulled it out a week ago just to check on something and it does sound really good.  I'm probably not going to sell it but I don't see myself ever using it unless the Helix crashes.  It's my only backup.


    I LOVE the HELIX!  Here are the things I like on the Helix:


    1. Functionality - colors, easier to see everything and create/edit patches on the fly. Much easier for my old eyes.  Also easier to incorporate other pedals, work with real amps, route the signals externally and internally.  This alone is pretty much worth the money to me.

    2. The FX are better.  Delays, modulations and distortions are much better.  I use Helix with a 5153 50 watt and it sounds great.

    3. Ability to add IRs.  i actually don't think the amps in the HD were bad but the cab simulation was not very good.  The cabs in the Helix are also not very good in my opinion.  Specifically they sound fizzy, bass heavy and just unrealistic.  I bought the OwnHammer IRs just on recommendations and I think they make a huge improvement.

    4.  The amps are better.  I tried several of the Pre-amp models directly into the FX return of my 5153 and I have to say the SLO Lead is almost indistinguishable from my blue channel.  I still wish there were some other amps (Friedman, Bogner Ecstasy) but these work very well.


    Things that could be improved/are not "better" than the POD HD?

    1. Reverbs are about the same.  I think I've seen people say that they used the same algorithms as the HD

    2. No Aux in for MP3.  Not a game changer but was a great feature of the HD

    3. Expression pedal - just like the HD the sweep is too great and it does not feel like a Wah or a Whammy pedal.  On the HD I could callibrate the pedal and get it to feel better but that's not possible on the Helix.


    Those are all very small things in the overall scheme of things but they could be game changers for some people.

  5. OK.  Here is my fix.


    Manually turn on the Wah with the "BYPASS" button (next to "ACTION").  This will not change the Exp pedal.

    Verify that the Wah is working by using the Exp pedal.  If it is not working change the Controller assignment to the other Exp pedal (1 or 2).

    The Helix remembers the location of the Exp pedal so make sure the pedal is at 100% (toe down) when you save the patch so it will be at that point when you hit your snapshot.


    This should "fix" your issue. Let me know what concerns or issues you have and I will try to resolve with what is available.

  6. I was able to make it work on my Helix.  You just won't be able to use the wah in the rest of the patch (although you could probably add another wah pedal and use it that way).


    Did you figure it out?  If not I can explain how I got it to work.  It's very simple actually.

  7. I don't like the sweep of the exp pedal in the Helix for a wah so I actually bought a wah pedal.  The sound of the wahs are great and it's nice to have the huge variety.


    But to answer your other question, there is no "auto on" function for the wah in the Helix.  You have to activate it either with the toe switch or one of the other foot switches.

  8. I sold EVERYTHING to buy the Helix but I did buy a Digitech Drop and I am buying a CryBaby Classic with the Fassel inductor.  


    The pitch shifting on the Helix takes up a lot of DSP and is not meant to be polyphonic.  The Drop allows me to not have to bring extra guitars to a gig for the 5 songs we do that are down an extra half step and it sound VERY good.  


    The expression pedal on the Helix is not usable for me except for volume.  The sweep is way too wide and getting from heel to toe takes too long for many of the whammy and wah uses.  I bought an expression pedal that I use for Whammy and I finally decided that I need a separate wah pedal too.  


    On the POD HD500 I was able to put some dual lock under the heel of the expression pedal and then calibrate the pedal so that the heel was not as far down.  This gave it a shorter range of motion and worked great.  They eliminated this calibration in the Helix.  While I understand their reasoning (because so many people asked about how to calibrate the pedal) it doesn't allow for customization.

  9. Thought it might be something simple. I take it when it's set to 'X' the signal 1 path will still go through signal 2?

    Yes, As long as the top path is set to "Output path 2A".  Good luck!

  10. Hope this works, picture attached of an affected patch.  I think the Helix is up to date and the mix is set to 100% on the whammy pedal.

    Your bottom input needs to be set to "X None".  Right now you have a second guitar signal going into that input and that is causing the other "dry" signal to be heard.

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  11. Can I ask why the Helix manual doesn't explain anything about the expression pedal?  It doesn't talk abou the resistor pot or the difference between TS and TRS.


    My response was based on how many problems I have seen other users have with using various volume pedals with the Helix.

  12. All of the Line 6 devices work with an external expression pedal with a 10K pot.  Anything else will not work properly.


    The Dunlop Volume X pedal is 250K.  The Ernie Ball volume pedal is also 250K.


    I have found that many of the places that sell volume pedals do not list the pot value so I understand it can be a little confusing, this may also be the fault of the manufacturer.


    I do wish the Helix was able to calibrate manually.  I think the sweep of the built in expression pedal is too long and I would like to put something under the heel so my toes don't touch my shin when I use it heel down.   

  13. I use the script phaser and it's perfect. It's a very slow rate.  Make sure you put it before the pre-amp.


    My band covers Atomic Punk and a bunch of Van Halen tunes.  The phaser and flanger are key and I have found them to be amazing in the Helix.

  14. I understand the confusion now.  It may not be "traditional" but it is still 4 Cable Method.  In my opinion, there is no difference in tone or functionality and no advantage to doing it the way he is doing it.  But if he wants to do it that way, GREAT!!!  It works for him.

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  15. Sorry, OP, you may not be thinking of it backwards, but what I described is exactly what you want to do.  The 4 cable method does exactly what you want.


    Pedal are not "pre-amps".  It doesn't work that way.  Either you are using a pre-amp in the Helix or you are using the pre-amp in you Mark V. 


    So lets go over your thoughts:  


    I get that this can be accomplished with the 4CM that most people use nowadays.   But I don't need to do this seeing I don't need/want to use my Helix as a preamp. - The 4CM allows you to use the FX in the Helix before and after the pre-amp in your amp.  You cannot do that any other way. You must have a loop in the Helix that goes to the amp to pick up the signal of the pre-amp.


    There are a couple reasons I want to do this - first off it's easier to isolate problems by simply switching off the loop from my amp. - If you have it set up correctly there won't be any problems.  You still need to use the loop in your amp or you can't have post FX.  That's just a fact.


    Second, I save a block.  Not a big advantage - but it's one.  - There are plenty of block in the Helix, more than enough.  


    Finally - I use a lot of my footswiches to control functions on my amp via a mini-amp gizmo.  So I'd rather have one less footswitch (for the send/return block) to assign for helix functions and control my amp with - You don't need a switch to control the FX loop in the Helix.  Just leave it on all the time.


    I suggest that you look at some artist patches I have created and you can see that there are ways of doing things you may not have considered.  These are both set up for 4CM.  On the Green Mama tone it will be a clean pre-amp in the Helix.  If you hit FS8 (bottom left) it will switch to the FX loop and you will hear the pre-amp in your Mark V.  




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  16. Your specific power amp is unique. I read the manual and in the very begining (page 4) it clearly states:


    In other words, this is an amp without an opinion; it amplifies but does not alter the character of the sound.


    If it was a Marshall, Mesa/Boogie, or other power amp with EL34s or something (or going into the FX return of a tube head), that would add another level of sound/EQ and you would only use the Pre-amps in the Helix.


    For your particular power amp I would suggest using full amps because you want the color that the power amp modelling on the Helix adds.

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  17. OP - you are deffinitely thinking of this backwards.


    4CM is what allows you to use the Pre-amp in your real amp.  That is the FX send signal in the Helix, so if you turn off the FX send (loop) then you are bypassing the pre-amp on the amp and going directly to the FX loop.   


    I will try to simplify:

    Guitar -> input to the Helix - allows you to use FX before the amp like wah, phaser, distortion/boost, etc.

    Helix - Having a Send/Return FX Loop allows the signal to go to the front end of your amp.  Send 1 out goes to the amp input and then the FX send on the amp goes back to the Helix Return.  The loop must be on or you are bypassing the amp.... which you can do and use a pre-amp in the Helix.  I do this with a clean pre-amp and don't use the clean channel in my amp.  I also set a footswitch in every patch so that I can turn off the loop and turn on the clean pre-amp.  Much easier to change channels and go from clean to dirty or vice versa.

    After the Send/Return FX Loop in Helix you place your delays and reverbs and whatever else you want there, then the main output of the Helix goes back to the FX return of the amp.  


    That is signal complete.


    Hope this helps.

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  18. Can you show us a picture of your screen on the Helix or in the editor?  Maybe a before and after?  Also, are you using it before or after the amp?


    I always like to use the Whammy before the amp and when it is engaged but at Minimum setting (not effecting the pitch) there is a tiny delay but no change in the tone. 


    I also use FS11 to turn on the whammy and I keep the exp pedal set at minimum.  That way I am always starting from the regular pitch rather than from the maximum pitch.  Try using a footswitch instead of the toe switch and also set the pedal at minimum when you save the patch.  The Helix actually remembers where the exp pedal starts and when you turn the whammy on it will start there.

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