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    Recommendations for Power Conditioner?

    I'm sure there are others on this Forum who probably have this same exact setup, but I'll try to give you some pointers from my experience with other gear. I prefer to try everything else first... Before trying to use an Isolation Transformer or a Line Conditioner. The first thing I would suggest is to have just the Helix and the Gemini as the only two items plugged into a grounded Power Strip. Unplug any effects, or other devices connected to the Helix except for your guitar. (So you can eliminate any possible ground loops coming from other devices) Which input of the Gemini 1 are you plugging into, and what cabling are you using? Gemini 1 SpecificationsI/O Input 1 – Combo XLR-1/4″ TRS jack line input (mono or stereo) Input 2 – Combo XLR-1/4″ TS jack instrument input The 1/4" outputs of the Helix are TS and and are switchable between Instrument level and line level. I would suggest you use a high quality shielded 1/4" Instrument cable to connect from the Left output of the Helix (Mono) to Input 2 on the Gemini. In this case you would have the Helix set to Instrument level on the 1/4" output. Of course, this is an unbalanced connection, and it may pickup interference if the cable run is long. (But if everything is setup properly it should be perfectly usable in most cases) For a long cable run I would recommend using the Left XLR output of the Helix (Mono) into Input 1 of the Gemini. Use a high quality Microphone cable and set the XLR output of the helix to Line level. This balanced cabling should eliminate the majority of Buzz and hum. Of course, there are situations where the "Building Ground" is poor on your power distribution in a particular venue and you need to look to other options, such as a Power Conditioner, but hopefully one of the items above will be the ticket...
  2. I don't work for Line6, but I believe that the older versions of Workbench (That work with the Variax guitars like your 300) are no longer being updated. There are a few Forum topics that address the issue with the loading Workbench on newer versions of OS X. It appears that it needs a version of Java that is no longer installed as part of these newer versions of OS X. If you look around on the forum you can find some helpful tips on making it work. I spent a few hours trying to make it work on my Mac and finally gave up and loaded Workbench on a Windows 7 machine I have here in my studio. Worked immediately.
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    AC adaptor specs

    Here is a picture of my AC Adapter for the Variax Battery Charger. I hope this helps you find a suitable replacement.
  4. I own a JTV-89 with the fixed bridge and I love it. I would recommend it to anyone and say don't be put off by the reverse headstock but just play it for a while... Great guitar! If you are still looking head over to reverb dot com.
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    Helix Control functionality

    I'm new to the forums and still trying to figure all this stuff out. But here's my 2 cents worth. I purchased a Helix Rack along with the Helix Control and I can't imagine trying to use the Rack unit without it. As far as I know this combination provides all of the functionality of the floor unit, minus the built-in expression pedal (On the floor unit). I use a Mission Engineering SP1-L6 (Which gives you the Toe Switch Control) as my Expression pedal #1. I would highly recommend you get the Helix Control unit as soon as you can. (And the SP1-L6)
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