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  1. Hi, Apologies, I just checked the Ernie Ball site and @Schmalle is correct - The MVP is an active volume pedal and therefore cannot be used as an expression pedal. You require a VP JR model, like the one in the video that I linked, for it to work correctly as an expression pedal with your HXFX. Oops!
  2. Hi, There is this video on YT, it’s in Italian - turn on the CC option and you will get subtitles, but it is simple enough to follow without them. Hope this helps/makes sense. EDIT: After being hit with 2 downvotes for this post, I decided that rather than simply delete it, I intend to leave the video link here, because the mod is valid for anyone with an Ernie Ball VPJR and an HXFX. NOTE: To clarify - This will not work with the Ernie Ball MVP (Most Valuable Pedal), or any other active pedal - Apologies.
  3. Hi, Good to know that you have your Rack back up and running, and situations like yours are very common - user error, bad connection etc. I realise you regard it as embarrassing, but at least you had the bottle to come back in here and clarify the issue. Far too many people come here seeking assistance, often complaining that the Firmware update had turned their expensive piece of kit into a doorstop, but they never return to let other users know if any of the suggested fixes in here worked for them, or if it was a genuine hardware problem, or even that it was purely an oversight on their part. Enjoy using your now fully functional updated Rack.
  4. Hi, Don’t give us much to go on, do you? Just HELP! When seeking assistance it’s a great help to know, exactly, what HX device you’re trying to update, from what firmware revision and what your computer and operating system is. Anyhow, the method of recovery from failed update installations has been covered at great length in this forum. Have you looked? Oh, look - here it is - just remember any reference to version numbers in the post will need to be the very latest available. The fix is common to any hardware. Hope this helps/makes sense.
  5. HI, There has been much discussion, both good and bad, about the tuner on the HX family of products. Suffice to say, the most likely reason that the tuner is not part of the signal chain is because it would occupy a block that in limited signal paths could be put to better use. Would you really think it is more important to have a tuner always available (actually, it always is available) rather than another FX block. Even people who have, for example a Boss TU -3, connected, would most likely have it their board before the HX unit, otherwise that would use an FX Loop block for an item that maybe only in use between songs. If you do need to adjust your tuning mid song, turn on trails in the Tuner, which will avoid reverb and delay trails cutting off abruptly, while the rest of the band keep playing. In fact this is from the HX Stomp 3.0 Owner's Manual > Page 19 > The Tuner "If you have a favorite pedal tuner and wish to use it instead of the tuner in HX Stomp, connect the HX Stomp Send output to your tuner’s input and turn Knob 1 (Output) to select “Send L/R.” This way, every time you hold the TAP footswitch, HX Stomp will automatically route the signal to your favorite tuner." Most of the time you wouldn't be looking a the tuner - treat it as a bolt on extra. After 8 years, don't expect to see this change in any Firmware Update this far down the line. BTW. Line 6 never reveal what may, or may not, be in any future firmware updates - you will only find out when it drops! Hope this helps/makes sense.
  6. Hi, You may have to wait quite some time. It seems the original link provided by @soundog is broken, but there is this one, that both he and I upvoted. Sadly, only 33 votes in total since 2017. Ho, hum! link:
  7. Hi, A dot adds 50% again to a note's value: it multiplies the length of a note by 3/2. A triplet makes 3 copies of a note fit into the space of 2. (Three eighth note triplets in the space of two eighth notes.) So the triplet sign multiplies the length of a note by 2/3. 2/3 * 3/2 = 1. If you really need precision you could set your timings in milliseconds, but that requires that you don’t deviate from the overall time setting - no jazz! NOTE VALUE NOTES DOTTED TRIPLETS 1/1 (1 Bar) 2000 ms / 0.5 Hz 3000 ms / 0.33 Hz 1333.33 ms / 0.75 Hz 1/2 (2 Beats) 1000 ms / 1 Hz 1500 ms / 0.67 Hz 666.67 ms / 1.5 Hz 1/4 (1 Beat) 500 ms / 2 Hz 750 ms / 1.33 Hz 333.33 ms / 3 Hz 1/8 250 ms / 4 Hz 375 ms / 2.67 Hz 166.67 ms / 6 Hz 1/16 125 ms / 8 Hz 187.5 ms / 5.33 Hz 83.33 ms / 12 Hz 1/32 62.5 ms / 16 Hz 93.75 ms / 10.67 Hz 41.67 ms / 24 Hz 1/64 31.25 ms / 32 Hz 46.88 ms / 21.33 Hz 20.83 ms / 48 Hz Hope this helps/makes sense.
  8. Here ya go! Hope this helps/makes sense
  9. Hi, You do not need to convert any files. What you are describing is a HX Edit backup file extension - .hxb. The backup file is the one you would have been prompted to create before you updated the firmware, or maybe you created the back up yourself. Anyhow, launch HX Edit and use the File Menu - “Restore from Backup”. This will open a window that allows to to select various things from the back file. While in HX Edit, click on the “Question Mark” icon in the lower left of the GUI window, and select HX Edit Pilot’s Guide, to download a pdf reference manual which covers all the operations of HX Edit. Hope this helps/makes sense.
  10. Hi, Yes, I have used it to check presets for the Helix floor when I don't have immediate access to it, but I also remembered from the notes provided on the site, it does state: "Please note that as I only have a Helix Floor I'm unable to make this software work for HX Stomp, HX Effects or Pod Go devices" Hope this helps/makes sense.
  11. Hi, Confirmation - as if it really was needed - from the Helix Native Pilot's Guide - Page 3 - Welcome to Helix Native: "Helix Native truly is the same set of astounding amps, cabs & effects as included within the ground-breaking Line 6 Helix hardware multi-effects units and shares the same simple user interface and workflow as the Line 6 HX® Edit editor application for Helix family devices.* Due to this design, all presets you create in Helix Native plugin are compatible and transferable to Helix hardware units via the HX Edit application so that you can take your presets from studio to the stage—and back again!" Helix Native is the software only version of the sound engine inside the Helix hardware versions. The difference between the two is, the Helix LT hardware has a built in expression pedal, with the option to add second one, and a couple of Send/Return sockets, a Variax Input, plus a AES/EBU, Line 6 LINK digital output. If you will never need those functions, don't ever intend to play live and only ever work in a bedroom/studio environment, then you really don't need the Helix in a metal case as a solution. You may well be better off putting the cash towards a better audio interface. You could also add a a MIDI controller to give you real time volume swells and wah FX. The Behringer FCB1010 seems to be a popular option for this job. Just remember, any presets that you devise in your home environment using your specific gear probably would not sound identical in another listening space on a different montoring system. Presets would always require some adjustments - that's just science, but near enough for jazz. Hope this help/makes sense.
  12. Hi, I would never use Global EQ for headphones, that's not what it was designed for. If you are using studio quality cans to monitor your Helix you should not need to use any further equalisation. The Global EQ is more useful if you need to tweak your guitar signal for use in an unusual setting (i.e. basement club), without having to modify all you presets. Basically you use it to compensate for a bad environment, then when the gig is finished, turn it off. Hope this helps/makes sense.
  13. Hi, As far as I know, the AC power supply is an optional extra, which is sold separately. Also se reply from “Schmalle” above. Simply use a 9v DC battery, installed as specified in the operating instructions that come with the wah, or download as a pdf from here: Hope this helps makes sense.
  14. Hi, I guess you actually mean the Vox V845 Wah pedal? Anyhow, you said that you tried using the Blues Driver only into the HX Stomp and it works fine. Did you also try just connecting the wah alone to see if that functions? Also, I know this seems obvious, but have you checked the battery in the Vox (and patch cables)? If the wah works sticking it directly into the Stomp, then you could try patching the BD-2 into the FX Loop right at the front of your signal chain. Make sure the impedance is matched for your external pedal. Hope this helps/makes sense.
  15. Hi, When asking for assistance, it’s a good idea to let us know what your computer and operating system are. I’m Mac based, but I seem to recall issues like this happening with Windows machines, and would suggest that you check the Power Management on your device. Here’s a video. Hope this helps/makes sense.
  16. Hi, Simple solution, don’t use FarceBuck to log in. That appears to be an issue from the BookFace end that Meta haven’t got round to yet. Unless the problem is that you don’t already have a registered account on IdeaScale. Those continue with Google, LinkedIn, etc. options are more than likely shortcuts for signing in every time you visit. Create an account like regular user would do - you can have different email addresses, once you’re registered you can select the one you wish to use as the primary link. Hope this helps/makes sense.
  17. Hi, You might be surprised, or possibly not, that a whole heap of famous guitar players used to bypass the entire concept of using an amp and cab. They simply connected their guitar into the recording console and using a bunch of outboard processing created some extremely well known tones. Basically, there are no rules! Example video: EDIT: Craig Anderton, the author of the Big Book of Helix Tips and Tricks, actually has created some cabinet emulations using only EQ. Hope this helps/makes sense.
  18. Hi, Yes, it’s not a problem. For recording, all your 8 audio ins and outs to your DAW are handled via a regular USB2 cable, the same one used for remote editing of presets using HX Edit. You could connect your (powered) studio monitors from either the Helix XLR, or 1/4” jack sockets. If you’re really in a situation where you need to use headphones, (neighbours), you could tap off a Send block with a mini headphone amp, similar to this (link below). Hope this helps/makes sense.
  19. Hi, I'm not sure what version of Cubase Elements is part of the bundle with Native, but this video cover the basics of installation of the main Cubase DAW. Once you have it installed and and you know its is functioning correctly, quit Cubase and then simply launch the Helix Native installer, and follow the on screen instructions. That should be it, not too complicated, just like installing lots of other software. Hope this helps/makes sense.
  20. Yeah, living on soup to buy gear was normal in those days, in fact I bought quite a bit of stuff in self build kit form and spent my evenings soldering components on the kitchen table, but it all worked as it should. One of the DIY systems was named Tanrak by Tantek, which was a Eurorack system, and mine comprised of a pair of noise gates, 2 compressors, Parametric EQ and an Exciter module. All good fun. Also, still in the old rack, along with the DM1000, is an extremely rare Nomad Axxeman from around 1987. At the time this thing was the mutts nuts, for getting guitars recorded quickly to tape for demos. It was my main workhorse for a very long time. A Rockman rival, and possibly one of the best chorus fx. Here’s a video of a guy from your hemisphere giving it a run through. Lots of knobs, buttons and LEDs - no menus. ;-)
  21. Hi, For me the best approach is to record a stereo fully processed guitar track via USB 1&2, along with a completely dry DI mono track ON USB 7. This set up allow me to change my mind about the configuration of effects in the signal chain including amps, cabs and mics. The Direct Injected audio signal can be sent back out through your Rack, and by using another preset, you can record another version of the audio (re-amping). This is even easier for me, because I also have Helix Native installed as a plug-in inside Logic Pro. All of my Helix Floor preset can be loaded into Native and processed in the DAW. This is the most flexible option for me. As an owner of a Helix Rack you should be eligible for a discount price on Helix Native. Hope this helps makes sense. Here’s a video of the very basics of the advantages of “re-amping” with the hardware.
  22. Hi, I still have my old (bought new in 1983) Ibanez DM1000 gathering dust in the rack over in the corner, and whenever I feel the need for some grit in the delays, it's available to patch it in on the Helix FX loop. Having said that, there is no real need, because with the Helix Vintage Digital set on 8 Bits and 8kHz, Headroom rolled off to -12db, then mess with the Rate and Depth for some 80s warbling should get you close to a 40 year old piece of gear. Oh, yeah, I also had the Ibanez HD1000 Harmonics Delay some where back in the mist of time. Yep, early digital delay units - some people swear by them, while other folks swear at them. Technology has come a long way since then.
  23. Oh dear, oh dear. ”And please be gentle- I'm just a dude who's trying to find his sound and get back into guitar playing.” Sadly, it appears from your comments, that you really don’t want to put the work in to “find your sound”, but rather give the impression that you are seeking a device with some sort of magic button. You know the sort of thing - click once and make me a guitar god! It’s such a shame that in reality, there is no magic button, much like the “red pill, blue pill”, which you managed to misquote - “I really wish to find the blue pill inside the Helix and enter the Matrix”. In the movie Morpheus says "You take the blue pill... the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill... you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes." The thing you say about “learning to cook without knowing about the ingredients”, is a really good way to poison yourself - which looks as if that is what you have done, only with guitar/music stuff rather than food. Regarding learning the tools you have at hand as “chores” is not a great attitude. I wonder if Steve Vai thought practicing for 10 to 12 hours daily was a chore? And, I would bet that when you bought your Monkey Lord, plugged it in hit the strings - you didn’t sound like Rabea, did you! We’re you surprised? Would you go out and buy an aeroplane, jump into the pilots seat and attempt to fly it without any prior knowledge? Put the time in to learn your equipment and get results - the reason Angus Young, John Frusciante, Eric Johnson, or any other guitar player you could name, sound like they do is because they put the hours in to develop their unique tones. Nobody is going to do it for you, and no amount of technology is going to solve this. Keep taking the tablets! EDIT:
  24. Hi, Although the HX Stomp is not specifically designed for vocal processing, unlike the Helix which has onboard a dedicated mic preamp section, it can be done. What you require is a matching transformer, sometimes known as a Z changer. Anyhow, as a picture is worth a thousand words, here are thousands of pictures (and words) in a video that show how to do it. Granted, this guy is also using his guitar at the same time, but you can easily make a patch for mic only, with the HX mic preamp, an LA studio compressor, and reverb of choice. Simple really. Hope this helps/makes sense.
  25. You may not be thrilled to hear this, but… I am always slightly puzzled by posts like this. You have stated “well then the Helix just isn't for you”, but you did buy it, and I guess you researched what it was, and what it did before parting with your money. You also say that you are “a noob and absolutely not good at dialing in sound”, and it also appears that you are overwhelmed by “option paralysis”. This rather begs the question, what was your reason for wanting a Helix? Plus, no matter how many options are available, you don’t have to use them all. Some folks have done gigs using only a couple of presets! At the time you bought your Helix, if you could have only bought a regular amp combo, or amp and cab, what would it have been? Your decision would most likely have been based on what type of music you were wanting to play. Possibly a Fender for Country and clean tones, or an EVH 5150 for full on rock and metal? ITRW, whatever amp (tube or transistor) you got, you would still have been a “noob” and would have to learn how to get the best out of it. Everybody has to start somewhere, therefore your best bet is to learn how to create the tone you want your Helix to provide. Lots of UChoob video with walkthrough examples from people in the know, Jason Sadites is a prime example. Your comment about “fiddling around with cabs, mics and mic placements”, is truly astonishing! It’s all that fiddling around that makes the sound work, moving a mic just one inch in any direction can transform the tone. Furthermore, “What would you guys think about a slim, trimmed down user interface? Just select your amp and choose between a few effects in predefined slots”. That’s something we probably don’t have to think about, because those nice folks at Line 6 released the POD Go three years ago. All the Helix tone, at half the price and simplified interface. Oh, yeah - “I've never really got a factory preset that sounded good”. For reasons given in these forums many, many times over - you never will, unless you are the person who created it. They are all starting points for your own stuff. After your 2-3 year break, it maybe time to put your learning head on. Hope this helps/makes sense.
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