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  1. Im in hold with a second PC+ speaker acquisition, as I want to see how the Helix/PC integration will work with the update (atm it’s a PITA). This is the only upgrade Im interested for.

  2. You can try contacting British Audio guys (despite the name, they are in the US). They are great guys, they ship international. Even if you don't see the part you need, ask them via contact and see what they can do.


    If you find those parts, I suggest to buy some of them, like I did with the scribble they are pretty garbage quality (as footswitch and rotary selectors) and it's great to have some spare parts available, so you don't have to waste a month for the service.




  3. Playing 2 guitars through the same loudspeaker means you have no frequency separation, hence it will sound utterly garbage, because that single speaker can't work for both guitars, unless they are playing exactly the same thing, at the same time, with same amplitude. Typical thing you may get it's one of the two guitarists being buried or totally cancelled as the other one kick in with some distortion or screaming solo. Also not a great move in terms of input saturation, clipping and speaker lifespan. If you both are playing some clean stuff, it can work some way, but you will be still getting that "ping pong" fight between the two signals.

  4. Just to share that my second G10 that have been replaced for a faulty first, died today. Receiver flashing purple when transmitter in charge, transmitter doesn't work when plugged in, and flickering orange when plugged in the charger base.


    Two G10 in seven months.

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    Below are the release instructions that pop up in the Line6 Updater after you hit the "Accept" button for the licensing agreement to upgrade to the 2.50 firmware. To me these clearly indicate that you should be using the 2.51 Editor to backup your Helix before you upgrade your firmware to 2.50. After upgrading to the 2.50 firmware you should be using the HX Edit 2.51 backup, NOT the HX Edit 2.30 backup to do your restore. Is this the case? Looking for confirmation from Line6.


    Firmware 2.50 instructions showing in the 1.12 Line6 Updater

    Updating Your Helix

    1. Download and install the latest version of HX Edit.
    2. Open HX Edit and from the File pull-down menu, select “Create Backup...“ Follow the prompts to create a full-state backup of your Helix (setlists, presets, IRs and Global Settings).
    3. Using Line 6 Updater, update your Helix's firmware.



    This is what I've seen yes, but this message popped up after the installation started, so my backup was already done with the Edit 2.3 and couldn't stop the update at that point...


    I then restored the backup from 2.3 and everything went fine. I've all new stuff and my previous globals and preset.

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  6. I am impressed by anyone who could instantly recognize a specific FX pedal, among the many dozens available, by its icon. I prefer the coloured generic block because at least I know instantly what sort or category of FX it is. Personally I can't distinguish between a Rat, Fuzz, Bubble Phaser, Spring Reverb, or anything else by a little picture of the actual real world pedal.

    I think I would start to feel like I'm in the middle of a game of Where's Waldo.

    Those icons are 48*48px, with a good density given the generous 800x480 6.2†screen, not that far from what you have on your PC or Laptop(talking PPI not Res). Im sure you recognize your PC apps by those icons pretty good. :)


    I do agree they would be very helpful, especilally for on the fly block scrolling.

  7. I recorded these clips over the weekend. I had seen a video where some guys were comparing the new HX reverbs to some other reverb pedals, and one of the comments I saw a few times was that the HX reverbs weren't as wet. Well, they certainly can get very wet...


    With the exception of the Plateaux clip, these are done with the same preset, just switching out the reverb block. I'm using an AC15 sometime clean and sometimes with a Klon block on. The Plateaux clip is a dual amp patch using a Twin on one side and an AC30 on the other. The guitar is an Amer. Dlx. Fat Strat in all clips.



    Thanks for sharing. 


    Man, they sounds awesome, and despite the huge wetness (that was indeed a silly complain), they sounds articulated and airy. Exactly what I was hoping for!

  8. As soon as you connect your iPhone/iPad with the Camera adapter, you should be already good to go, since the USB1/2 are passing through the Helix signal, no matter your path settings. Just be sure your iOs device streaming icon is showing the Helix connection (look at the picture, on the bottom/right side).


    At this point you can also route the iPhone to all the USB channels 1/2 - 3/4 - 5/6 - 7/8, if you have a bus app like AUM or AudioBus 2. If you use those channels, from 3 to 8, you need to set those inputs in the Helix patch, as you do with any other input source. But again, USB 1/2 are working out of the box just linking the device through USB.


    Be aware that your only way to control the volume coming from your iOS device it's in the global settings, first page (USB 1/2 Trim), so just take care of your ears. ;)




  9. I must admit I do see the Helix firmware updates as pure bonus jam on top. But to discover that actually, those corner-cutting, cheapskating, lickpenny LT users were paying for them had me chuckling with supervillain evil. (Only kidding, LT users, only kidding). But seriously, TANSTAAFL.

    Good for you.


    For me are not a bonus. Helix reverbs we have now, are based on 10 years old algos, and are basically ported from the M3 series. Having HX reverbs, for me, it's not a bonus, but a feature that was missing from the original first release firmware, and promoted by the managers as a future upgrade. This is why I didnt buy a Strymon, and silently expected this 2.50 firmware.


  10. ^ ^ ^

    T H I S!

    We had this discussion here repeatedly - and folks tend to fantasize about updates (especially when they come with a littlle delay).

    'Sale as seen'. You don't buy a 'flatrate' or a 'lifetime voucher' with Helix...

    Updates are an awesome support, that I cannot applaud loud enough:



    Updates is what keeps products alive. It's not a company working for free, doing you a favour, it's market asking those device to be constantly updated to be better and better, and attract new customers, and keep old userbase happy. It is totally normal that customers does expect updates, as it is totally in the interests of a company like Line6, to keep the developing of a such successful product like the Helix is, ongoing as much as possible.


    These days this scheme is pretty much working same everywhere. Smartphones, Games, Operative Systems, PC hardware, everything which does run on top of software so that can be improved code side, without hardware changes. People does buy stuff, that it will improve with time. This is part of the product appeal nowadays.


    I do appreciate every bit of code improvement that the L6 guys are doing, but this is part of the deal.


    If you sell a device like the Helix (basically a computer+software) and you don't further develop its software, this device will die in the market in a blink of an eye, unless you hold the project hardware+software for years, until it's perfect and complete, but for that time it will probably be already obsolete, because other competitors were using that modern scheme of the ongoing developing.

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  11. You could test if it's hardware related, booting your unit in test mode;


    Turn ON the Helix while pressing FS 3 and 4, and when you see the Tests Menu, just scroll down with the joystick, to select the LED Test. Follow the instructions to complete (you basically press each FS to cycle between all status/color).


    On paper, if you can't see that multicolor while testing, should not be hardware and probably it's just some quirk in the presets or the firmware installation...


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  12. So if you "teased an upcoming release", your company does not use the words "coming soon"? Your company defines "coming soon" as it's under testing? What words does it use for a tease. Coming shortly? It seems like Line 6 has a less specific definition for coming soon than your company does. It just means...wait for's coming soon. And can we just avoid the inevitable "well it's been a week, so it's past soon", whine.


    We do not tease "coming soon" a build which is not yet ready to be released. Easy to understand.


    This process; "We never have release dates for firmware updates. We keep fixing things until there's nothing of note left to fix. We don't know when that point in time is until it happens, and then you guys get the update a couple hours later. " it's totally normal, perfectly fine, there is NOTHING wrong with what Digital Igloo said. But he's describing a build which is not yet ready to be released, hence there is no point in using a "coming soon" about something that "we don't know when that point in time until it happens".

    Seriously you don't understand? LOL!


    BTW, why are you so sensitive to critics? I'm just suggesting to not tease anything until the day (or few days) before you know you'll be releasing. That's all. I'm not in a drama, it's just that I hate the Helix reverbs, they sucks bad time, so this firmware is for me a long wish dream that come true, so these days I was keep lurking over here because of the tease. That's it.


    Take it easy man.

  13. Line 6's build IS on the ramp. I think your employer and Line 6 use different sized ramps.


    We do put builds on the ramp when the code is flagged as stable. We never tease anything before that moment. If s...t happens with some tester that spot a showstopper, while the stable is on the ramp, we then hold the release, and communicate with userbase (if we teased an upcoming release).


    What it seems to happen here is that "coming soon" has been used while the build is still under testing, which doesn't mean on the ramp to me.


    BTW I have no problems, it's just that I don't like being teased for too much long time. Now I know it's not yet ready, so I'll stop bothering the L6 guys. 

  14. This is important: We never have release dates for firmware updates. We keep fixing things until there's nothing of note left to fix. We don't know when that point in time is until it happens, and then you guys get the update a couple hours later. That's all there is to it.


    If you don't know "when that point in time it happens", you should not use the word "SOON". That is not a fair way to tease your user base.


    The software company I work for, we do use "SOON" when the build is on the ramp for the release. Works pretty good. ;)

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