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  1. soundog

    suggestions for organizing presets

    LOL --- I was wondering this too until I tested the lollipop thing. It seems every time you use any lollipop cuss word the lollipop forum exchanges the lollipop cuss word for the lollipop lollipop word "lollipop." It lollipops me off.
  2. soundog

    suggestions for organizing presets

    Don't forget you can also use a blank preset as a header name. I put dash lines in front and behind my headers. - - - Devil Tones - - - Cauldron Pitchfork Goat Herder - - - Angel Tones - - - Halo White Wings Pearly Gate Its a handy method for making small groups and easy to create, organize and read using the Helix Editor. MIDI is the fastest and easiest way to find to a tone....push a button and go straight to it. Use an iPhone and a camera connect kit to interface it to the Helix MIDI port, and there are plenty of apps available.
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    Footpedal for Helix Native?

    That Akai will work great as a controller--- the faders, pots, and switches can send CC info, the pads can send program changes. Of course, it would be hard to use when your hands are full of guitar. I have an Akai MidiMix that I opened up and wired footswitches to; you could do the same (but need to know a little about electronics and be handy with a soldering iron, and not opposed to voiding the warranty. But even with no footswtiches, use the knobs and faders sure beat using a mouse!
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    Footpedal for Helix Native?

    Its ugly and its old, but if you can find a decent used Behringer FCB 1010 works nicely. I don't recommend it for gigging because its so honking big. And the manual is in Martian, so its best if you are MIDI-versed, or a very patient person. Plenty of online info, users, and youtube vids, though. Outside of that, there are all sorts of controllers out there, but a couple of things to keep in mind: * Newer controllers are MIDI through USB, which is perfect for computer/plug-in control use. If you get an older controller (5-pin DIN output/input) with no USB, you'll need a MIDI interface with 5-pin for your computer (or a 5-pin to USB converter cable ... but a good one, not those $5 Chinese flea-bay ones). * The FCB 1010 includes an expression pedal. Otherwise, you can shop for a MIDI footswitch and pedal separately. Figure out how many switches you need ... the price goes up as you add more. * For any controller, make sure its programmable and capable of sending CC messages. If you want to perform preset changes, make sure it will also send PC commands (preferably programmable, rather than increment/decrement). * If you're a decent hacker, there are videos on hacking cheap controllers (like Korg minikontrllers, etc). There are also plenty of MIDI "brains" or Arduino/Raspberry pi that can be wired up with foot switches and programmed to do what you want. Pretty geeky, but cheap. * A lot of MIDI controllers are way overpriced. The used market is a good way to go.
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    Does the hardware have better response than the plugin?

    @jorge -- this is an old discussion and hypothetical question (does Helix and Native sound and behave identically), and its never resolved because of the system variables for Native (PC, audio interface, drivers, etc). plus you'll always get different opinions and arguments. [my own opinion is they sound and behave identically if the input path and A/D quality is similar and buffer setting is low.] are you trying to decide between buying one or the other? what would you use them for? that's a discussion that can be solved and put to rest...
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    Helix Native Stopped Working

    There is some weird copy protection voodoo in the trial, which can cause problems. Make sure the demo is able to log onto your line6 account (password and user names OK), so no firewall or Little Snitch or similar that could prevent background log-ins.
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    Make Helix Native run on IPadOS

    I appreciate your spirit and wish you all the luck. Pack plenty of rations and wool socks.
  8. soundog

    Make Helix Native run on IPadOS

    You've shattered his dreams — he may never be the same. But he had to face the truth sometime....
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    Crackling static noise

    There are more ways for noise to get introduced into the signal using plug-ins/DAW than using Helix hardware. On top of that (as you have discovered) you have more places where you have to make sure you're not introducing digital clipping or overloads.
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    Helix Effects Corrupted Preset?

    Is that with one particular "older" preset that you made? If so, try writing down the settings for the preset, reload the firmware, then build a fresh version of the preset. See if that fixes it.
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    Helix Effects Corrupted Preset?

    Yes. Exactly as you say. Had to restore everything from scratch, and then loaded in presets one by one until I figured out which one was the corrupt one. Luckily, I haven't had the same issue since, and I gig regularly. I can't remember which firmware/software I was using, but perhaps there was an issue with earlier stuff that was written into the preset(s).
  12. I see threads from both Windows and Mac users of older Variax guitars who need to use the legacy (non HD) Workbench for editing. Workbench doesn't just "work" anymore — you have to jump through some hoops to get things to work. I managed to get it working on my Mac, but I had to do some studying on various forums first. Line 6 - could you please either 1) fix Workbench so it works on today's computers and keep it updated, or 2) revise Workbench HD so a subset works with legacy Variax, or (at a minimum) publish a step-by-step installation guide as a workaround. Case in point: on just the first page of forum threads, there are seven posts from people struggling with getting things to work: Variax 700 not compatible with Workbench HD? Variax 300 - MacOS High Sierra - Options Workbench 1.75 will not istall on my iMac running OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) Unable to install workbench on mac Variax 500 and Workbench on Windows 10 Variax 500 not found by Line 6 Monkey Problems downloading Workbench HD to Mac OS 10.13.4 *********UPDATE********** Months later and the forum continues to populate with folks having non-HD Workbench problems. In my opinion, Line 6 customers shouldn't have to resort to keeping an old computer or performing Java workarounds just to use their trusty old Variax guitars with Workbench. There are a few things we can do to pressure Line 6 to update Workbench so it works with recent computers and operating systems: 1) open a support ticket here https://line6.com/support/tickets/add.html and the more the merrier. Squeaky wheel gets the grease. 2) be vocal on these and other forums 3) vote for support in Line 6 Ideascale right here. You'll need to register for Ideascale if you haven't already. (In my opinion, the lack of legacy Variax support shouldn't require an "idea" for submission. But sometimes you gotta approach a problem from all angles.)
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    Helix Native noise in hi-gain sounds

    Any noise at all in your signal path/chain will be amplified with a hi-gain sorta preset like this. There may be something introducing a little noise into your signal path between your guitar and your DAW, which then gets amplified. I don't believe Native would introduce the noise by itself. For examples, consider the gain on your audio interface (make sure no peaks above -3 dB), the gain setting in Native (make sure no peaks above -3 dB), noise from your interface, USB, and/or computer system, pickup/cable noise picking up electromagnetic voodoo from you computer system and monitor, power supply if you're using a laptop, any other plugins on the channel, etc, etc, etc, etc. With Helix Floor, of course, the only place you might introduce signal noise is via your guitar. pickups and cable. Lots less places for noise to happen! For a test, try replacing Native with a high gain plug-in. Crank it and see if you hear any noise in the "silent" signal. See if you can isolate a noise source outside of Native.
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    support for FBV3 - and stand alone

    A trip to MIDI assignment hell. Beware all ye who enter here....
  15. I've wondered about this myself, but have never taken the time to test it. It seems as though Native uses a base level of processing power, and then as you add more blocks and effects the CPU impact increases. Also, certain blocks use a lot more power than others. I'd just go ahead and do what you wanna do, and see if you run into any problems!
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    Klotz VDI cable

    I build my own cable to the length I needed. Just use ethercon connectors (below) and connect some used ethernet cable. I've never had a failure or problem. One cable costs me less than $6 withs shipping. Granted, the used twisted-pair ethernet wire I use is a little stiff compared to mic or guitar cable, but you could splurge and get flexible stuff. https://daleproaudio.com/products/neutrik-ne8mc-1-ethercon-series-rj45-connector-with-x-series-boot#description
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    So, how reliable has the native been for you?

    I don't know about the stability with Ableton Live (I use Logic), but others might chime in. FYI, I just tried Neural DSP's Parallax plug-in for bass, and its great for recording bass tracks.
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    Help with Helix Native software results???

    Yeah, the effects in Native are one of its best features. I think the current price for Native is $99 if you buy a Stomp — sometimes it drops to $70 during sales.
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    Helix Native vs Helix Floor?

    Yeah, case in point ... Bias FX got a 3/5 on the review site I linked above. Native and S-Gear get top ratings. You gotta have good MIDI control. (And if it runs in standalone mode, all the better.)
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    So, how reliable has the native been for you?

    Haven't used Native on stage, but find it to be highly reliable. For live use, you'll want good MIDI control, and the level of that you can achieve will depend somewhat on what you use to host the plug-in. I'm not sure how it would work out with Sonar, for example. You're a solo live-looping bass player? So what about vocals, other instruments, etc?
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    Helix Native vs Helix Floor?

    ...and I'll put in a word for Scuffham's S-Gear (great for old-school, blues, rock, classic traditional stuff). It also runs in stand-alone, with extensive MIDI control if ya need it.
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    You have to try this

    No. But if you have to go a long distance in a short time, you might consider buying an airline ticket as another option. But even if you did that, you would still not be a hypocrite.
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    Helix Native vs Helix Floor?

    If recording tunes is not your main application then, yeah, hardware rules. And a real amp and cabinet rules over a sim unless you're the roady.
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    Helix Native vs Helix Floor?

    There are applications that will "host" plug-ins on Mac or Windows. In that case, a DAW is not necessary. MIDI control may present a problem, dunno. If you're just looking for the cheapest solution, there are other good amp sims out there for a lower cost: https://honestampsimreviews.com/category/reviews/amp-sims/