Helix Firmware 2.10 Release Notes Helix v2.10.0 is a firmware update that includes new models, features, fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update! IMPORTANT! YOU *MUST* FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO INSTALL 2.10!
1. Shut down all Line 6 software as well as any software that streams audio, including, but not limited to: iTunes, Spotify, DAWs, browsers, etc. 2. Use your CURRENT EXISTING Helix application to back up all of your presets and IRs (if you want to keep them). For example, if youâ€™re running Helix FW 1.12, your current Helix application version should be 1.12. NOTE: You may want to back up individual Setlists so you can restore them to empty setlists without affecting the new 2.10 factory presets. 3. Quit the CURRENT EXISTING Helix editor application and download and install the NEW Helix editor application (2.10), available here: http://line6.com/software/ This also installs the newest version of Line 6 Updater (1.10). 4. If youâ€™re using Helix Rack with Helix Control, turn off Helix Control. 5. Using the latest Line 6 Updater (1.10), update Helix/Helix Rack to the newest firmware (2.10). At the end of the update process, Helix/Helix Rack will reboot automatically and begin rebuilding presets. Wait for this process to complete. 6. If youâ€™re using Helix Control with Helix Rack, connect and power on Helix Control. The inspector will ask if you want to update its firmware. Press Knob 6 (OK). Wait for the update to finish.â€‹
YOU MUST RESET GLOBALS AND RESTORE PRESETS, OTHERWISE HELIX 2.10 WILL NOT WORK PROPERLY. DO IT. DO IT NOW:
7. To reset globals and restore presets, turn off Helix/Helix Rack. HELIX FLOOR ONLY: While holding footswitches 9 and 10 (middle two switches on the bottom row), turn on Helix. Wait for the message â€œWill reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRsâ€¦â€ to appear and let go. HELIX RACK ONLY: While holding knobs 5 and 6 below the screen, turn on Helix Rack. Wait for the message â€œWill reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRsâ€¦â€ to appear and let go.â€‹
8. Using the NEW Helix editor application (2.10), restore the user presets you backed up in step 2.â€‹
New Amp Models
Archetype Clean, based on* the clean channel of the Paul Reed SmithÂ® ArchonÂ®
Archetype Lead, based on* the lead channel of the Paul Reed SmithÂ® ArchonÂ®
Line 6 Litigator, new Line 6 Original inspired by boutique mid-gain amps
New Effects Models
Distortion > Stupor OD (Mono, Stereo), based on* the BOSSÂ® SD-1 Overdrive
Delay > Pitch Echo (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original
Auto Enable/Bypass blocks from EXP 1/2/3 and Variax Volume/Tone Knobsâ€”Processing blocks (such as Wah, Pitch Wham, etc.) can now be enabled/bypassed by simply moving EXP 1, EXP 2, EXP 3, or Variaxâ€™s Volume or Tone knob. Press MENU and then Knob 1 (Bypass Assign). Turn Knob 1 (Switch) to select the desired switch. When selecting a continuous controller as a switch, Knob 2 (Position) and Knob 3 (Wait) appear.
Bypass Assign > Positionâ€”Position determines the location in the Exp Pedal or Variax knobâ€™s travel where the block is engaged. For example, if set to 1%, the block will turn off as soon as the pedal is moved to the heel position. If set to 99%, the block will only turn on when the pedal is moved to the toe position. To swap the on/off state regardless of position, press the BYPASS button.
Bypass Assign > Waitâ€”Wait determines how long it takes after the Exp Pedal or Variax Knob is moved below the Position location before the block turns off. For example, you may not want the Wah to turn off instantly every time you hit the heel position during your big funk solo. Also, does your song really need a big funk solo?
Block Bypass via MIDIâ€”Individual processing blocks can now be enabled/bypassed via incoming MIDI CC messages. Press MENU and then Knob 1 (Bypass Assign). Turn Knob 4 (MIDI In) to choose the desired MIDI CC. Incoming CC values 0-63 will turn the block off; values 64-127 will turn the block on. Note that some MIDI CCs are reserved for global functions and cannot be selected.
Learn Bypass Assignâ€”As with Controller Assign, you can also now quickly learn a source for bypassing the selected block instead of assigning it manually. On the Bypass Assign screen, press Knob 6 (Learn) and then engage the desired footswitch, expression pedal, Variax knob, or MIDI CC. Helix will show the switch above Knob 1 (Switch) or if itâ€™s a MIDI CC message, above Knob 4 (MIDI In).
Clear All Bypass Assignmentsâ€”You can now clear all bypass assignments at once. From the Bypass Assign screen, press ACTION and then Knob 1 (Clear All Assignments). Press Knob 6 (OK) to confirm.
Snapshot footswitch LED colorâ€”You can now choose a color for each snapshot footswitch. Press the PRESETS knob and then Knob 6 (Rename Snapshot). Turn knob 5 (LED Color) to select the desired color. â€œAuto Colorâ€ is the default red. NOTE: There is currently no way to set snapshot footswitch color from the Helix application.
Split > Y Balance parametersâ€”The old Split > Y block sends both left and right signals to Paths A and B equally. 2.10 adds individual balance (pan) control of the signals sent to Path A and B. By default, theyâ€™re set to â€œCenterâ€, which behaves exactly like the old Split > Y block.
Support for MIDIpants