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  1. Hi, I'm going to try and describe this so it makes sense... My band plays to click and we often tie in effects with the BPM. For a while I have wanted to do this with tremolo effects, particularly for a sawtooth wave 'tech glitch' kind of sound. For a quick pop example that everyone will know - think how the opening to 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' by Green Day has the tremolo perfectly in time with the rhythm of the song. However, I haven't found a tremolo pedal (on Helix or an external pedal) which 'activates' the trem rhythm upon hitting the footswitch. Whether the effect is on or not, the rhythm seems to be constantly going in the background and when you hit the footswitch you just pick it up wherever it is on its waveform. This is fine if you just want it to have a general trem effect, but if you need it to specifically line up with and accentuate the pulse of the song, you have to hope the click and trem are perfectly in line. I imagine with more fancy on-stage equipment you can line that stuff up, but we are not at that level just yet! Surely - surely - there is a way to make the tremolo rhythm start upon clicking the footswitch?? Does that make any sense?! Any and all help appreciated! Thanks, Ash.
  2. That is really helpful, thank you. I will indeed do some more research and will use the Aux in to capture the keyboard sound. Cheers!
  3. Hi, I am sorry about how basic this is, but we all start somewhere, right? Essentially, I think I just don't quite understand how MIDI works: I have a full-sized MIDI keyboard which I want to record with. I am using my Helix as an audio interface as well as a guitar processor and, combining the Helix FX with the 5 or 6 voices built into the keyboard I can create quite a wide range of sounds. Happy days. However, the keyboard only has 2 outputs - a MIDI output and the headphone jack. Knowing the Helix has a MIDI input, I bought a MIDI cable and assumed I could run the keyboard into the Helix and select the input on the Helix as the MIDI. However, I cannot find a setting which allows me to do this. Moreover, when I connect them and press keys it changes settings and presets and stuff. I understand that MIDI signals can be used to trigger certain changes in the Helix, although I'm not interested in that at the moment. All I want to do is run the keyboard through the Helix (utilising some of its FX on the way) and into my DAW (Reaper) to record. I CAN record the keyboard, but it involves running out of the headphone jack of the keyboard (via a 1/8 to 1/4 jack adaptor) and into the guitar input of the Helix. The sound quality isn't the best and there is a little background hiss. I'm sure there must be a way to just take the MIDI signal and that this must result in better sound quality. Any help greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  4. First time post and new to the forum (also relatively new to Helix) so please forgive the noobness. I've been recording guitar in Reaper with the Helix and it's been really easy to set up which is great. However, something I've not been able to fix is the 'doublespeak' (I don't know what else to call it, I imagine there is a technical term...). That is to say I am hearing the guitar twice out of my speakers - once because it is coming straight out of the Helix, and again on top because it is coming back out of the computer and out the speakers again. The microseconds of latency give everything a chorus effect whether you want it or not! I can fudge a workaround by muting the active track in Reaper that I'm recording to, so I'm just getting the guitar straight out of the Helix and into the speakers and not the 'bounced back' sound from the computer. However, it's not ideal as that means if I'm doing another take of the same part or a continuation of that part, I can't hear the lead-in as the track is muted. Not the end of the world, of course, but not ideal. I wondered if there was some way (something in the 'Ins/ Outs' menu in Global Settings, perhaps) to mute what comes back in from the USB? OR is there a setting in Reaper where you can automatically stop an active track from being sent back out through the speakers (but not audio already recorded on that track, only what is being received on that recording take)? For info, I use a HeadRush FRFR 112 via the mono XLR output both to play the Helix through and as my studio monitors as they are far better sounding than my Logitech computer speakers. Thanks all, any help appreciated! Ash.
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