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  1. A digital audio interface should work. Earlier this week, using I believe the most up to date version of Zoom, I was able to use a Focusrite interface as both mic input and headphone output to a Zoom meeting. I can't think of any reason why a Helix into the Focusrite would be treated any differently by the Zoom software than a mic into the Focusrite. This way, you can still use USB and should be able to run all three, Helix, mic, and headphones out, from the audio interface, assuming it has at least two inputs.
  2. rzumwalt

    Helix 2.9

    That is well phrased. In my own experience, It's a source of peace, but not so much with respect to the chaotic uncertainty of the future. Maybe its just that I have no uncertainty about the fact that the future will be chaotic, given my country's apparent intent to throw our economy into ever-more wild business cycles through currency manipulation and other ill-thought out policies (warning, yet another new topic alert!). But it's a source of peace for me more so because I know I'm an f-up, and my faith says that is part of the human condition and that it's ok. So perhaps it is also the chaotic turmoil of the inner person where faith gives comfort. I know many non-believers who involve themselves in charity, adopt a giving lifestyle, or practice above-and-beyond kindness like foster parenting; and I think for them, that is their way of pacifying that inner turmoil. Because I believe that is the human condition, both that we have our problems, be it selfishness, desire for dominance, being unforgiving, or what have you, and that at the same time we dislike those flaws in ourselves, they make us feel inadequate. This is one of the reasons I came to view what I now believe as rational and that it could be true, because it so deeply identifies what is at the core of humanity. On a side note; I have to say I find our group of people still following this thread incredibly engaging. A lot of my responses here have been to things its hard to get to in discussions with only like-minded people--your best attempts to challenge each other are only as good as some kind of straw-man you can concoct about the other side. And, this comes with the risk of demonizing the other side, or even the strong likelihood of it. ("Don't they eat their own young...or am I thinking of spiders?") On a side-side note, the engineers at Line 6 must be starting to agree with the idea that religion is the opium of the masses, or in this case, that lively debate over reality and faith are the opium of the impatient guitarists waiting for firmware updates.
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    Helix 2.9

    And in another reality, the cinematic reality, he became Spok's father and reluctant friend of Kirk.
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    Helix 2.9

    I guess it's related to Pascal's Wager, as I understand it, has more to do with the risk of being wrong under either choice (using "choice" here for lack of a better word). So I suppose that quote from me is related. I didn't want to mention it because I think those still hanging around this thread would officially have had enough. So, on a completely different topic: if the beta of version 2.9 were to believe in Line 6 and accept Helix hardware into its code as its storage medium and processor, it would only risk living out its pre-release lifespan under Line 6 being tested and held to ever more rigorous compatibility standards; but it if rejected Line 6 and Helix hardware, it could do whatever it wanted during its beta lifetime, but would be risking decompilation at the end of its beta lifespan and never making it to the glorious Line 6 software download servers.
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    Helix 2.9

    I didn't mention it, but part of my intent was to come up with this moral framework without relying on utilitarian arguments, but only from a priori reasoning. Your suggestion a little further below is interesting, and I suppose I might say something like: if God created man, He must have created him with the biological capacity to evolve, as that is what we observe in nature, and He created that biological process such that an intelligent social creature will evolve a sense of altruism or positive morality. That may be true, but it doesn't seem to prove my idea, that the moral framework found in the bible can also be derived from a priori reasoning about the universe without the assumption of the existence of a god. For example, however unlikely, it is possible that altruism could someday be evolved out of human nature. This was absolutely true for me when I was atheist 20 years ago. Only I didn't realize it. I thought that, if there was empirical evidence for something that a religion didn't expressly predict (e.g., that the Earth circles the sun, or DNA causes species to evolve over time), then the religion must be wrong. I just thought religious people were foolish or ignorant. I later realized what an impossible standard that is for any belief system to be held to. I guess I was expecting God to have said to Moses, "ok, so in the beginning, there was an infinitesimally small and infinitely dense region of spacetime--oh by the way, time and space are related--anyway, this region exploded forming gluons, leptons, and eventually gravity, the nuclear forces, and the electromagnetic force. Have I mentioned gravity before? That's the thing that keeps you on the Earth, but it also keeps the Earth orbiting the Sun. What do you mean, 'will this be on the test?'" By the same logic, Newtonian physics would foolish because it did't mention relativistic physics. But neither were directed to audiences who could have understood those concepts, and those concepts were not necessary for their purposes. I agree with the logic here, as far as it goes: If knowable facts are insufficient to determine an underlying truth, the most that could be reliably said with certainty is that the underlying truth is not known. However, consider that logic also dictates that there is some underlying truth which must be true, even if we do not know what it is with empirical certainty. It could be argued that not believing in something is by definition incorrect, whereas believing in something at least has the possibility of being correct. Of course, this is just using a different criteria to do the logical analysis - not being right vs. not being wrong. That's the interesting thing about reality and illustrates well what has been demonstrated by the last three pages of discussion on this thread. It would just be one person's insight, but here goes. I don't feel my faith is by choice, but of course it's hard to put a pin in the exact mental process at work. I would say my atheism was a choice, at least in the last few years before I came to faith. I actively pushed away the possibility of the existence of any god because I objected to someone else being in control of my life or setting moral requirements for me. I was younger. Maintaining my faith isn't particularly difficult. But the reasons for this are mixed, though. On the one hand, I came to believe what I believe after much consideration, so it is basically easier to believe what I believe is true than to do otherwise. At the core of things, and this is just my own personal experience, I believe my faith is simply the product of God reaching out to me rather than me to Him. After several years of wrestling with what I believed, I eventually had no choice but to admit to myself what I really believed. That probably sounds odd, but it's the best way I can describe it; so I often joke that my faith is "self-proving" because in all subjects I require empirical evidence. But admittedly there are several reasons why I would probably resist if I ever found myself having any substantial doubts. I have several decades of studying and living my life by certain principles, many of my close relationships are rooted in a shared faith, and I've even invested a bit of money and time supporting my church and local and international charities of like faith. That would obviously be a cost if I ever found I had lost my faith. But I don't avoid continuing to investigate it. I believe that to have faith (in the sense in which it is a Christian virtue) requires willingness to be convinced otherwise should evidence compel it. That is because, if I have faith that something is true, refusing to hear challenges would actually be an admission of a weak faith. If I believe something is true, should I not also expect any even-handed investigation to confirm, or at least not disconfirm, it? That doesn't mean that at the first sign of new evidence tending to challenge what I believe I would change my mind, I would probably be prone to think, "what else do we not know now that would put this evidence in context." I've mentioned this to other believers before, but I can't recall ever discussing it with any atheists or agnostics. Does any of that experience compare with yours?
  6. rzumwalt

    Helix 2.9

    Very well said. And very encouraging to have honest and open discussion of these things on, of all places, a software update thread. Just goes to show, Helix users are just better people than those Axe Effects troglodytes. This is I think an important thing that people who believe like me will overlook about this question. Just because I have a answer to "why" that grants me meaning, doesn't mean that someone else can't find meaning in something other than "why." It's not uncommon to hear people in churches saying things like, "nonbelievers' worldviews are all defeatist and despair." I'm not a fan of that, because (1) I have noticed many nonbelievers for whom that does not appear to be true and (2) it is usually used as an example for why our faith is true, but it isn't a valid argument, as even if I thought nonbelief only offered despair, if nonbelief appeared to be true, I would have to believe that. (Sorry for the clunky language; I'm being intentionally vague about my ultimate/religious beliefs because I don't want it to color this as an advertisement or proselytizing.) If you ever have a chance to visit the World War I battlefield at Verdun, France, do so. The monument is a massive ossuary, and it definitely gives you that kind of perspective. My wording was clunky on this. I meant something more like, from one's own perspective, they are the only voice in their own head; and their perspective is their view of the universe known to them. It doesn't make them special in the macro sense, but they are essentially the authority of their own life. Should they chose to use that self-authority for constructive purposes, they can create meaning. It's a stretch, sure, but I was trying to argue an analogy to a religious person's possible source of meaning by finding an alternate source for an ultimate authority of sorts. I actually agree with you here. In fact, I've been toying with an idea for some time that goes like this: If God created the universe, and if God has a moral standard, could it be that there is something about the universe in the way He created it, such that it reveals His moral standard to us on its own? The answer or non-answer to this question wouldn't be a proof of God's existence or nonexistence, but I thought it might be an argument for it. My basic rational is, every person is an individual; every individual is therefore a separate entity from every other individual; every individual's "personhood" therefore has equal claim to value/independence/respect as anyone else's; because of this symmetry in, let's call it dignity, any rights a person claims to have, he necessarily admits all other people also have; then, to the extent one individual tries to invade the dignity of another, he is tacitly claiming he has a right to do so and therefore simultaneously admitting all others also have a right to do so to him; so the only rights that can be valid must be those that could be compatible if all other people had the same rights; and finally, by eliminating the potential rights that fail this compatibility test, we are left with rights to do things only if they do not harm other people. So I say "shaky" for two reasons. First, there are several assumptions at work in that logic. Second, I can't quite make a case along these lines for active moral responsibilities like charity and giving aid to others in harm's way. So I can get to half of the golden rule which would be "do not do unto others," which is more of the Confucian version; but I can't get to the half that says "do unto others" which is more of the Christian version. I'm not saying it's impossible; I just haven't figured that part out. And it is incomprehensible that there is even a realm of existence in the first place. And since our universe has such a dimension as time, and since time goes in one direction, it appears there must have been a point in which it came into existence. I know cosmologists say that time is merely a physical dimension we experience as time, but that doesn't change that it is effectively a one-way street. Not to get all sophomore year philosophy here, but why not nothing instead? I don't mean a void without matter, I mean why would even the void exist? But the smallness and unfathomable luck that even our existence was caused to exist is part of what convinces me of my beliefs about what/who caused it. The upside is that this means every individual is a part of that creation and therefore is known by their creator. And if they are known by their creator, the fact that they have the capacity to seek Him out may mean they were created in His image. If so, all men are indelibly endowed with the value, rights, and dignity of every other man. And I think that goes for all men, no matter what they believe, as they do not lose their capacity to seek Him out, and therefore their likeness to His image, even if they conclude He does not exist. The creator's response to that is His business; as for us mortals, we have no right to treat anyone with anything less than respect. That is all a too-long way of saying, if you, or anyone else waiting for firmware updates who comes across this, Lastly, do you suppose version 2.9 knows it was lovingly made by its creators? Or maybe frustratingly made with a lot of profanity thrown in?
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    Helix 2.9

    Appreciate your insight. Even though I disagree with your premises about how we got here, I can't argue with your reasoning from those premises. I happen to be reading a book by Steven Pinker in which he argues secular humanism can provide sufficient meaning in life largely because humans can learn and can experience empathy. (I'm really paraphrasing here.) Now I don't agree with Pinker about that, it wouldn't give me meaning if I shared his other beliefs (which, long ago, I mostly did). I actually find that last reason you gave much more powerful than anything in Pinker's book. Where you mentioned in your comment from above that, under your precepts, the question "why" is really irrelevant, is what I think is the ultimate problem, and your reason I quoted above is a very insightful and honest way of answering it. So maybe you can comment critically on my objections to Pinker because, let's face it, I am biased to agree with myself. So my criticism goes something like this: If mankind was not made, but is just the current result of eons of change, then we have no claim to being unique in any way. We differ from the dust under our feet only in that we happen to be better organized dust. So by learning and empathizing, which I think were Pinker's strongest arguments, we do nothing but entertain or please ourselves for the time being. We've learned about and empathized with other non-unique things, which will all be gone shortly. No one will remember it after we are gone, and entropy will continue to erode the Universe until no trace of any of it remains. That there would really be no "why" to our existence is ultimately my critique. If I can read your response to that as, you make your own purpose, I can actually see an argument for meaning. Even if you do not believe that you were made, it might be argued that you still matter uniquely to someone, even if that is yourself. You can set standards and goals for yourself and thus give yourself purpose. You can view yourself as central to the Universe as you inhabit it (or as you perceive it) and therefore as the ultimate determiner of value, which in turn gives meaning to the purpose you gave yourself. Those purposes can be empathy and learning, or whatever else you find worthy of respect. But you can only do this once you stop asking for an answer to "why" from an external source, since that external source would be an overriding source of purpose. I think that comes with some shaky moral baggage, but it's better than Pinker's argument. Any thoughts? Can you criticize my critique in the previous paragraph further? (For the record, I'm not calling you a secular humanist or claiming you agree with Pinker or implying I know your reasoning. And I don't intend for anything in that last paragraph as accusing anyone of selfishness. I just find debate with people I already agree with boring.)
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    Helix 2.9 Update

    I can attest to having this exact dilemma all the time. Especially when I am really busy and don't have time to prepare before a gig, I know I could sound better, but using one preset is good enough, so why bother. With your idea, it wouldn't be such a bother.
  9. No...the ink is the part that causes cancer.
  10. All good insights. I've been telling a friend for a while to get an HX Stomp. He never would, but is suddenly interested in the Iridum. There are just some guys who need physical knobs I guess. For some people, everything I think makes the Helix platform superior, they think of as a detraction. It reminds me of those mobile phones they made maybe 10 years ago that were marketed to older people on the grounds that they didn't have a touchscreen or any apps and just had big number pad buttons and a few speed dial buttons your kids could pre-program for you. There would be an old guy saying, "I remember when you just used your phone to call people," and a lady using a walker saying, "now I can call my grandkids without all those confusing apps."
  11. Agreed. If I were to buy one it would be for practicing in my bedroom when I don't have access to my Helix or informal practice/jam at a bandmate's house and not wanting to lug my Helix (and everything I have hooked to it) with me, and just want to be able to plug in and play. After owning the Helix, it would feel extremely limiting. But I wonder whether running it in an effects loop as a parallel amp would have any obvious problems, like phasing, totally incompatible tone, unintended slapback effect, etc.
  12. I've seen some reviews for the Strymon Iridium saying it might be an alternative for some players to the HX Stomp. I'd be curious if anyone has tried it and found any use for it in conjunction with the HX Stomp, HX Effects, or even Helix. If I were in the HX Stomp/Iridium market, I know I would choose the HX Stomp, but I could also see it being used sort of like "extra DSP" where you want two or three parallel amps that are too DSP intensive to use in the same preset. It's use with HX Effects is obvious, but I feel like it is marketed toward physical pedalboard guys.
  13. Strongly agree with this. Case in point, I love the Tube Screamer in front of any of the Fender type amps, but I also like to use the Lonestar ch 2 model and, to my ears the Tube Screamer muddles it up real quickly, and I find a clean boost works best. What I love about that model is how well it reacts to input volume, so, more often than not, my "lead" setting is just to push my volume pedal all the way up. On other models, I have found setting the tone knobs per snapshot like you indicated can render a good lead switch. But making minor tone adjustments becomes more tedious, because you have to adjust the same settings on every snapshot. Though, that may just be a consequence of my style of doing things, yours may work just fine with that method. The last thing I find useful is an EQ pedal toward the end, after the cab, connected to an expression pedal. I think I've been using the 5-channel EQ lately. In addition to increasing the overall volume, it also reduces some of the lows and increases some of the highs (I think 2khz). It's been a while since I looked at it but I think I usually set it up so volume increases by 4.5db, the lowest or second lowest EQ slider decreases by no more than 3db, and the 2k EQ slider increases by no more than 2db. Since I have it on the on-board expression pedal, I can use it regardless of the snapshot state or whether snapshots or stomps are displayed on the footswitches, and I can boost as much or little as needed. And since the firmware update, the scribble script for the pedal now shows the percent up or down it is set at, so it is easier to tell exactly how much I am boosting, or not.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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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