Hey guys, new member of the Helix family. I've tinkered with swing up a pedalboard, recording, and maximizing the dual switch and diy expression pedal. Thought I'd share my work and hopefully help others. I tried to break it into phases but apologies for the length.
Here's my 1-2 week journey since getting the stomp.
Pedalboard and power:
I ordered a mini (metal) pedalboard with bag for $30 and a power supply for $20 from Amazon. i didnt want the guitar cable to pull on the mini pedal i have first so i decided to drill a hole into the side of the pedalboard and install a jack for the guitar to plug into.
Dual switch and Trs:
I ordered a mosky dual switch from Amazon (~$20). I bought trs cable but didn't like how rigid it was, So I decided to make my own with trs heads (4 pack on Amazon) and an old unused power cord 3 insulated leads, works perfect)
Ifollow John cordys channel on YT and bought his presets. He has amazing "freeze" ones, but does require pedal. I decided to take my old vox wah and followed a post on the internet. It was easy and worked.. Technically. But the pot is non linear.
Passive expression pedal:
I ordered sonicake vexpress passive expression pedal ( sub $40 Amazon). Worked great and it has a cavity that allows you to add a toe switch. I started working on that but then I had the idea to try and take the pot from the express pedal and use it as a knob on my mosley dual switch. My pedal board is usually on a coffee table which is reachable by hand so that would work better for me than a foot pedal.
Adding "expression knob"
I opened up the dual switch took one of the switches out took the moski pot out and solder it into the dual switch. I also couldn't resist and spray painted the black mosquito box to something little colorful to fit my paddle board.
Final produt (for now):
I have foot switch #4 and expression pedal #2. It works great and I can tune in the freeze settings just by diming in the knob. I think the knob gives you more setting control too than just a switch.. will play with it more in the future.
I think my next step is to find knobs that double as switches as well so I can have anything from two switches to a switch and an expression knob or two expression knobs.
Last, recoding: DAW
im a Noob when it comes to recording but i saw a YT video where a guy used presonus studio one. i downloaded their free prime version that includes loops and instruments and a bunch more. i tried cakewalk and protools too but i like studio one best. BONUS: i messed around with the app today and made my first track. funny enough no real guitars were used soundcloud.com/user-517629544/mixdown-1
Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions. I'll try to help