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  1. Hi.


    I'm thinking about getting the Variax Shuriken SR250.  I prefer to use Elixir coated strings.  Will the SR250 work as expected with coated strings?  




  2. After reviewing MIDI messages using MIDI-OX, when the Helix global setting "Send MIDI Clock" is enabled, it starts sending continuous "Timing Clock" messages as expected.  But it also sends a "Start" command when it shouldn't.  This is what is causing my Roland MC-101 to begin playback immediately.  And there are no "Command Center" "System Real Time" commands to control the sequencer.


    In order for the Helix to properly control an external MIDI sequencer, I believe when "Send MIDI Clock" is enabled on the Helix, it should only start sending out a steady stream of "Timing Clock" messages and nothing more.  And then we need "Command Center" expanded to send the "System Real Time" commands "Start", "Stop" and "Continue".


    If any of you are interested in voting for this, I found that someone already suggested it here:




    Please add your vote if you are interested.




  3. Hi.


    I'm trying to control start/stop playback of the Roland MC-101 from my Helix LT (firmware 3.01).


    I assume I need to do the following:


    1 - Configure MC-101 MIDI sync to external device

    2 - Configure Helix to send MIDI clock

    3 - Configure buttons on the Helix using command center to send MMC play and stop commands


    I've completed step 1 above.  But as soon as I configure the Helix global setting "Send MIDI clock" to "MIDI", the MC-101 begins playback immediately.  


    Any ideas why playback on the MC-101 begins even though I haven't issued a "play" command from the Helix yet?




  4. Hi @phil_m.


    I appreciate your reply.  I didn't know about the 3 Note Generator in the Helix.  I tried it out, but it doesn't fit my needs at the moment sound-wise.  Maybe I'll find a use for it in the future.


    For now, I configured 8 buttons on the LT to trigger 8 different notes on my external sound module (PianoBox Mini).  I also configured 2 of the buttons to enable and disable sustain.  So I have flexibility to hold or tap buttons based on my need.  I'm also sending CC 126 to the PianoBox Mini so it plays monophonic.  So when I press the button to engage sustain, I can easily tap between 8 buttons to get sustained notes one at a time.


    Maybe down the road we'll get a Helix update so a single button can trigger up to 5 notes like the Keith McMillen 12 Step does.


    By the way, nice improv recording.




  5. I just learned how to use Control Center in my Helix LT (FW 2.92) to send MIDI "Note On" messages to my external sound module.  Very cool!  But this feature only seems to allow 1 note per button.  Is there a way to send multiple "Note On" messages per button to play a chord?   Someone had already posted this idea a few years back here:





  6. Hi.


    I'm using Helix Rack connect to my Windows 10 computer via USB.  Helix Rack has 2 sets of monitors connected.  1 pair of monitors to XLR outs. and 1 pair of monitors to line outs.  


    In Reaper device settings, I've select all inputs (8) and all outputs (8).


    I'm trying to route my Master mix in Reaper to either line outs or XLR outs.  But I can only seem to route my master mix to all 4 speakers at the same time.  If I select source 1/2 to output 1/2, all 4 speakers play.  If I select source 1/2 to output 3/4 or 5/6 or 7/8 I hear nothing.


    Any suggestions?




  7. Hi all.


    I have both a Helix Rack and LT.  Both are at the same firmware 2.30.  I have 2 guitars; A Fender with Seymour Duncan pickups, and a Carvin CT3 with dual humbuckers.  Both guitars have passive pickups.


    I've always felt my presets were a bit lifeless.  And they sound the same using the Rack or LT.  Whenever I'd find a YouTube video of someone showing how they created a preset I thought sounds great, I would do the same thing.  But mine never sounded as good as theirs...they were noticeably dull.  And the person who created the video claimed no other pedals or post processing were applied.  My signal path is guitar into Helix (Guitar In), and then USB into computer.  I'm monitoring the Helix using a pair of JBL studio monitors.  When watching YouTube videos, the audio also comes out of the same JBL speakers.  The only audio interface in my computer is the Helix.  So I feel my comparison of presets to YouTube videos is fair.


    A while back, I used to use a software modeler called S-Gear.  My audio interface was by Focusrite.  So my path was guitar into Focusrite, and then USB to computer.  My presets with that setup sounded great!  Since getting the Helix, I've sold my Focusrite and haven't used S-Gear.


    So today, I decided to use S-Gear again with the Helix as my audio device.  I setup a blank preset on the Helix so the guitar signal is dry.  While using S-Gear, I noticed the input level was very low.  Even if I cranked up the input level in S-Gear to max, it would not reach the optimum range.  I thought the presets in S-Gear, which sounded great before, were now a bit lifeless.  So on the Helix empty preset, I added a boost block and had to crank it to its max value in order for the input level on the S-Gear to reach optimum levels.  Then my S-Gear presets sounded great again.  


    Next I went back to the Helix and decided to create a new preset from scratch.  I started with a boost block cranked to max but turned off, added a amp/cab, and started playing.  As I played, I would try different default amp/cabs and toggling on/off the cranked boost block.  I prefer clean amps with overdrive pedals in front.  My style is clean with mild to moderate gain.  The preset patch is boost, overdrive, amp/cab.  Using some of the clean Fender or Soldano amps, the difference was night and day.  With the boost on at max, my cleans were beautiful.  And when I engaged an overdrive, the tone was warm with the breakup I'd expect.


    Another test I did was using Reaper (my DAW).  I created a new track and armed recording so I could monitor the guitar level.  I'm not sure where it is supposed to be, but with an empty Helix preset, the level never gets above -15.  And that is with some heavy strumming which I would never do.  When picking moderately, the max reaches -24.  Once I enable the boost at max level, I can almost reach 0 with heavy strumming.  When picking moderately, the max reaches -12.


    I've tried a few guitar cables, swapped between my passive pickup guitars, and tried auto or 1M impedance settings in my presets.  I've also performed many factory resets when firmware updates required it.  The only thing that has made a significant difference the boost block set to max at the beginning of a preset.


    I'm not an expert at this stuff by any means.  I just want to hear what sounds real.  And I know that is subjective.  But for anyone struggling to get a tone they like, maybe you could explore what I've done and share your results.


    I'd appreciate any comments on this subject.






  8. Not sure if this is your issue, but I was on a very small stage once where I had to stand right next to one of the main speakers.  I was probably only 3 feet away, but I was behind it.  As soon as I stood next to the main speaker, the loud mic type feedback was there.  If I moved away a couple more feet, it was gone completely. 

  9. I just played a short set last night with a band that needed a guitarist to fill in.  There was another band after us, so the stage was full of amps.  We played first, and I was using my new Helix LT.  The songs we played simply needed a little crunch, and I played solos using the neck pickup on my strat.


    After the show, a guy came up and complimented me on my tone.  He was very generous with his words.    :)     He asked if I was using the Fender Twin on stage  At first, I was going to give in and tell him about the Helix, but I asked him to keep guessing.  He finally ran out of amps he saw on stage, and I told him I ran XLR mono out of the Helix LT into the PA.  He was amazed.


    Anyhow, I just wanted to share my short story of more validation that the Helix is convincing.  I'm glad too.  I've been using the Helix Rack for about 6 months and didn't want to lug it to the show.  So I picked up a new Helix LT the day of the show, transferred over a few patches from the Helix Rack, and I was ready to go.


    Nice job Line 6...

  10. Using Helix Rack 2.01 and foot controller with Helix Editor.  I configure my patches with snapshots all the time.  And I edit them exclusively with the Helix editor software in Windows 10.  


    Over time, the Helix editor no longer updates the snapshot number and name in the top left corner when I change the snapshot from the foot controller.


    The snapshots seems to be in sync between the foot controller and the editor as I see block settings change when I select different snapshots from the foot controller.  If I press on the foot controller snapshot button several times in a row, sometimes the snapshot number and name in the editor will finally update.  But after a while, this doesn't work either.


    Turning off/on the Helix rack solves this problem for a while until it happens again.

  11. phil_m, great explanation about what I'm experiencing.  Makes sense.  But I 'm confused about the benefit of parallel vs serial routing.  


    In a serial routing setup with just amp/cab and delay blocks, and with the delay mix at 50%, the amp and delay are at full volume.  Correct?  


    In a parallel routing setup, with the amp/cab doing straight out and the delay in parallel with the mix at 100%, don't I have the same thing I have using serial routing with the delay mix at 50%?



  12. Using Helix Rack firmware 2.01.  I'm not using any amps...simply listening to the output of the Helix Rack through the main outputs to my studio monitors.


    I've seen this video on Youtube showing how to setup a patch with a amp/cab going straight to Multi out with a delay and reverb setup in parallel.



    I've setup a patch exactly like he has in the video.  And in the video he says to set the mix of the delay to 100%.  When I have the mix of the delay at 50% or less, the dry signal is clear and loud with some delay.  But as I set the delay mix louder than 50% the output level of the dry mix goes down.  I was under the assumption the dry mix would be unaltered as I set the dry mix to 100%.


    What am I doing wrong, or is this working as expected?



  13. 2 things.


    1 - Restarting the rack seemed to have corrected the issue of keeping the rack and foot controller in sync.


    2 - I do just about everything in the Helix editor, but today I happened to notice a message on the display of the rack that said it needed to update the foot controller to work properly.  Never noticed that before.  So I did that, and now my foot controller displays camera icons next to the snapshot which it didn't do before.  Kinda nice.


    I never read anywhere about updating the foot controller.  Glad Line 6 keeps thing this updated too.


    Hopefully this update will enable better communication between the rack and foot controller going forward.

  14. Using Helix Rack 2.01 with foot controller and editor 2.01 in Windows 10.


    When editing a preset using Helix Editor, the snapshot shown in the editor reflects the current snapshot active on the foot controller.  For example, if I press a button on the foot controller to change to a snapshot, the editor will update to show that snapshot.  And if I change the snapshot using the pull down menu in the editor, it will change the active snapshot on the foot controller


    This usually works.


    But sometimes the foot controller and the editor don't update each other.  Meaning if I change to a different snapshot on the foot controller, the editor doesn't change with it.  Or if I change to a different snapshot in the editor, it doesn't update the foot controller.


    Anyone else ever encounter this?



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