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    Helix long time professional use

    I've had just about the same experience. I also have a two-year old who likes to pound on buttons and anything shiny in indiscriminate manner when his dad isn't looking. I have one footswitch that needs to be pressed juuuuuuuuuuust right. Otherwise no problems since I got it when it was first released.
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    Drop tuning using Pitch Block

    A little off topic, but I found the Helix model of the Whammy pedal to be better than the simple pitch for that application. But I still generally agree with everyone else that the DigiTech pedals actually do a better job. The reason I figured this out is interesting and might help someone out if they ever get in a jam like I did. During a runthrough before a show, one of the screws that held the springs on my guitar's floating bridge broke and I couldn't tighten the other screw or the tuning pegs enough to compensate, so my guitar flat without any way to tune it the rest of the way up. The best I could do was about 0.6 of a step flat. So I set up a block with the Whammy model at the front of the signal chain and set the effect pedal so that heel down was a step down and heel up was neutral (no pitch change). I was able to get it roughly in tune, and it was good enough for the runthrough. I ran home to get another guitar before the gig though.
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    Double Tracking

    I meant to ask Peter why he used a ducked delay, but I only remembered to quote ppoceiro in my previous post?
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    Double Tracking

    I noticed you use a ducked delay with the ducking at 0%. Any reason for this? If there is any ducking effect actually happening, I would imagine the volume of that path would go in and out since the mix is at 100%. Is it because the ducked delay has a low and high cut? I don't recall getting a chorus effect when I used the pitch delay. I think I had the pitch setting at maybe just a 2 or 3 cents. Just enough to widen the sound a bit, but not so much anyone would know there was any pitch effect going on at all. I also don't recall ever getting any noticeable artifacts. My guess was that, with the pitch delay, since the processor has those couple of milliseconds to process the signal, it has time to apply a more powerful process to changing the pitch than it could with the simple pitch, which is required to process the signal almost instantaneously. But I don't know whether any of that is true.
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    Double Tracking

    A couple years ago someone on here posted an idea to use the pitch delay to mimic a double track. It worked pretty well, but I can't seem to find the thread. You set the feedback to 0% (or 1%, whatever gives you just one repeat), delay to maybe 3 ms, and pitch to about 5 cents. I think you were supposed to set the mix at 50%, but I tended to set it at a little less to make the effect less apparent. I'm now interested in combining that with Peter's idea... ...but using the pitch delay.
  6. Wondering whether anyone has seen this issue after updating to 2.80. My presets with MIDI program and CC outgoing messages in the control center were all reset from channels 2 and 3 to base channel. Interestingly, when I looked at them in HX Edit, they showed still being on channels 2 and 3, until I changed a snapshot, and then it would show base. So it still knew they used to be 2 and 3 before forgetting. Also, all the other information, e.g., program and CC numbers, are unchanged. Im not sure whether I did something to cause it. I did play with the global settings while I was fixing those after the update, so it’s possible I did something that caused it. Not a big deal, just a pain going through every preset with MIDI messages and changing the channel numbers for every snapshot. But I’d like to get to the bottom of whatever it was so maybe others won’t do the same thing.
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    Helix Firmware 2.80

    Well...I think the visually impaired would be interested on any coffee machine related information, so that would be fair game, right? Maybe I haven't thought this all the way through yet.
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    Helix Firmware 2.80

    I have a sincere suggestion (below). I generally agree with opinions like the latter quoted above more than I do opinions like the former, but I am not altogether without sympathy for the visually impaired/disabled. Having read and contributed to this forum for a while now, I can tell you that this 2.80 thread is just like every the other user-posted firmware update threads: The first person on here who notices an upcoming firmware announcement quickly posts a new thread preposterously claiming that the wait has already been too long, followed either by spikey asking whether the editor will have a tuner or someone wondering why spikey hasn't chimed in yet and asked whether the editor will have a tuner. And a debate will always start by the end of page 2 about why we already have more than enough [clean/high gain] amps like the new models and and Line 6 should instead release more [clean/high gain] which we don'g have nearly enough of yet, The point is, regulars know these user-created firmware threads are part of a running gag where we blow off anticipation-related steam, joke around, debate the usefulness of the new features, generally mingle, have the occasional salient debate about music, and from time to time get tidbits of new information about expected release dates from DI, which most of us promptly, but respectfully, assume will also be overrun. Oh, and we also like to get real technical about when seasons begin and end. My suggestion is this: First, be aware that these threads are not intended by most users as genuine sources of new information. That said, I can only speak for myself, but if anyone wants to open a separate thread for the express purpose of hosting only germane information, if it is clearly labeled as such, I will respect that. If the thread title is something like "2.X firmware thread for visually impaired AND YOU ARE A MAJOR INSENSITIVE HOSER IF YOU DERAIL THIS ONE," I suspect most regulars would be happy to respect it as well.
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    Helix Firmware 2.80

    Speaking of the moon, it completely disappeared for about half the day every day this week...so did the Sun. Things are getting spooky around here.
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    Helix Firmware Upgrade 2.8 - Blues :(

    I think this is generally the best kind of response to the criticism, "How dare Company X add feature Y, which I don't want to use?" If it doesn't make your experience in a product you already purchased worse, let them do whatever they want with their product and let the market decide whether the new function is valuable. Very Rothbardian.
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    Line 6, amp modeler philosophy, How do you tweak your tones?

    The quality of the IEMs is also important to remember. The best practice seems to be to set up your presets using an FRFR monitor and use a good pair of IEMs for performances, with the understand that the tone you hear in your head won't be exactly what your audience hears. Something I recently noticed is that there is a vast difference between a high quality pair of IEMs and a poor or even middle-of-the-road pair. I recently upgraded to a Sure 215 IEM from something I can't remember the brand name of right now, but nothing absolutely cheap. Even though the Sure 215 is one of the most affordable of that line, they are in a different league from moderately priced IEMs. My point is that the Helix through a cheaper pair of IEMs is going to sound much different from the same tone through an FRFR monitor, but a higher quality pair of IEMs gets you a lot closer. The point is not that the Sure IEMs and an FRFR are identical sounding. There is still a difference. If the OP, or anyone else with the same question, is using cheap IEMs, this is what I suggest: Follow the advice of those commentators above and create your presets using an FRFR monitor at as close to performance levels as possible. Then, use a high quality IEM during performances so that you are confident that what you are hearing is close to what the audience is hearing, and you won't be tempted to adjust your settings on the fly based on what you are hearing in the IEMs. But still expect that there will still be some difference, but that it will be minimal enough that you won't really notice a difference once you are in the middle of the gig.
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    Helix Firmware 2.80

    Somewhere, there is a thread identical to this one only arguing over whether the Carpenters would have sounded the same had they used a Hammond instead of a Wurlitzer.
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    Helix Firmware 2.80

    They can’t account for something that was beaten out of them over three years of law school and careers trying to satisfy clients with unreasonable expectations.
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    Am I the only one...... ?

    I also haven't used a traditional amp since the Helix, and I doubt I ever will. Like others who mentioned it above, I never really owned a high quality tube amp, so my comparison is only with crummy amps or the individual times I've played other people's good amps. For anyone who is interested, my take on the trade off is: 1. The only superior thing about a tube amp (in my opinion only), is the fact that it sounds exactly like the tube amp it is. Pretty obvious, but there is some ... thing ... about it that some guitarists really like that doesn't seem to be replicable. I haven't seen anyone do a really good job of describe what the difference actually is, but my theory is that a lot of what is going on is that you have to play a tube amp at much higher volumes than you can get away with on a modeler. And, despite what our parents told us all through high school, guitars really do sound better when louder. With Helix, and now with an easily annoyed wife and sleeping kid in the house, I usually play at much lower volumes and it definitely sounds worse. In fact, I only mess with settings for a preset to use in a performance when they are out of the house, so that I can play at full volume when I do. 2. Besides the obvious advantages of modelers (variety of sounds, light weight, etc.) I feel like they are more forgiving than tube amps; meaning, you have to be dialed in to just the right settings with a physical tube amp, and that setting is always too loud for the venue. Especially since I started using modelers, whenever I have played on a tube amp at appropriate volumes it has always felt delicate or out of control, like trying to put a sweater on a wet cat. You have to be real gentle and not make any sudden moves, and even then everyone in the room is still going to get scratched in the face.
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    Back it UP NOW- boys and girls!

    Tomorrow would be the least convenient possible day for me as well. So it's looking like it's pretty much guaranteed to drop tomorrow.