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  1. Is it just me or have they improved the tone and feel of the new updater? I plugged my guitar into the updater app this morning and my high ends and crunches seemed just ... kind of updaty but more so. as if with added updater freshness. updates just feel more ... real and that old inauthentic updater-sim quality is no more. ( oh and my farts now smell like petunias )
  2. Anyone wish for a Two-Rock Classic Reverb Signature model in HELIX ? https://line6.ideascale.com/a/ideas/tag/tags/classic-reverb-signature
  3. Talisker is lovely. When the chance arises ( and money's no object ) I'll go for a Lagavulin.
  4. Jack and Coke - hey no worries man. But you put Coke in a single malt and I'll hunt you down. Make that an Islay malt and I'll come at you with an axe. ( er ... axeFX? )
  5. Yes - on reflection I kind of agree that maybe 100% headless is a step too far. So maybe something very minimalist - as is the current HX Stomp - but it needs more buttons than the stomp so that its less modal and more like HELIX Floor in operation. so an "almost-headless" 'HELIX Floor Compact' might be the ticket. I personally ( having used the Stomp ) could live with 6 stomps+scribble strips to keep things compact. That gives us for example 3 Snapshots and 3 effect blocks visible and accessible at all times. ( or 6 snapshots etc etc ) But as it is with the Stomp - a wonderful device sonically but i'd prefer to edit away from the floor - unless absolutely necessary in the last minute. I realise it must have been a hell of a challenge to cram so much into my Stomp - but ergonomic ( rather than block count or sonic ) issues are my main gripe with it these days. I *would* like to be able to save a block by being able to select an IR in an amp-cab model block instead of speaker model - in order to release a single extra block. ( but now we're mainly talking about the Stomp which isn't the question here )
  6. I jus think a screen this big doesn't ultimately belong on the floor. Scribble strips do. Maybe an economy unit that simply delegates editing tasks to an iOS device but wth a "tiny" screen for emergency lat minute editing would be the answer. Kind of like Stomp i guess - but with scribble strips too? would make that mockup above a lot smaller. but whatever it is - it needs to have just enough - *extra* buttons and/or stomps when compared to the HX Stomp in order to eliminate the annoying modal switching that one has to do on the stomp currently. ( or maybe i'm missing some hidden feature )
  7. nice addition and pedal edit is cool for sure. but for ultimate tweak-ability i just like knobs and sliders. And pedal edit is still a little modal for my liking. I like the idea of having - say 12 knobs in a separate controller unit where the firs 6 could be defaulted to the amp at all times while the remaining ones go to something else. the ability - like one finds with the modular-synth-thing these days - of simply being able to reach out to a knob and know it just does what it says on the "label" is priceless. Hell - maybe such a separate HELIX "control surface" could ..... double up as a... MIDI / DAW/ synth plugin ..... er .... control surface.... ? Its why the studio pros - for decades and gigabucks have been prepared to pay for massive desks like the SSL -
  8. But maybe if a future HELIX has that many stomps then a better fit would be a new HELIX Rack - with HELIX CONTROL MK II But then again - maybe that's the answer - my HELIX BOARD + HX CONSOLE idea .... In MY final analysis I think it makes little sense for a floor multi-effects unit to merely copy anachronistically the current way guitarists assemble huge numbers of pedals on a board and then have to constantly bend down to the floor to tweak or program the whole caboodle. hardly ergonomic. hardly taking full advantage of a modern technology that - as far as user interaction and ergonomics - needn't just emulate the old way. So put only that which absolutely HAS to be on the floor - namely stomps and scribble strips - and put all the tweak able dials and knobs and buttons into a separate unit which can be operated at human eye-height without bending down. Just because HELIX is emulating old-school SONICALLY doesn't mean that *user operation* has to be old school ( ie requiring users to bend down and get backache ) too. :D
  9. Bring it on! IF YOU BUILD IT .... THEY..... especially since the main reason I sold my helix floor - apart from not needing two units - one seeing little action - main reason was I mistakenly thought I'd had my HELIX Floor for around 5 years and thought a HELIX II might be imminent - but.... it turns out - silly me - I'd only had it for around 3 years! - But all the same - it means I. got a good resale price for it last week on eBay which is earmarked for whatever eventually becomes the HELIX II or HELIX PRO or ULTRA... but I don't need 18 switches - 16 will do... :) But.... I also suspect - if Line6 designed in a really good looper - 4 track - something that beats boomerang etc - built in - those extra pedals to control looping etc etc - might with time see a bigger base becoming interested than might be suggested by user surveys. After all - how many people have massive pedal boards with what amounts to 18 stomps or so ? quite a few I reckon. And being able to access snapshots while also being able to turn off individual effects at will - OR.... being able to allocate 4 or more stomps and scribbles to MIDI control or the built in super-duper-looper.... then that would be an attractive proposition. you just need to provide lots of use-case examples for how those extra 4-6 stomps would be used :)
  10. I might - to be honest your specs are kind of what I was hoping for in what turned out to be the HX Stomp. But in full irony I ended up sellling my HELIX Floor but keeping my newly bought Stomp. its not perfect for me - but in fact is good for me for now. the 6 block limit is good for me to end choice paralysis and to focus on learning what amps and effects are capable of. the user interface on the Stomp is irritatingly modal though and cries out for a HX Edit for the iPad to make up for the limitations of useablity / workflow. it sounds just as great as my Floor - which has gone to a new owner who will I'm sure love it. 1) Full Variax Control. YES PLEASE 2) 6-8 Buttons 6 will do 3) Scribble Strips yes please 4) More powerful than HX Stomp ( More Blocks, More Snapshots, Snapshots with names, Holds more presets than 128) nice to have but actually I don't care so much any more for the proposed form fsctor 5) No Wall Wart Power Plug OH ABSOLUTELY! I HATE wall warts 6) No Built In Expression Pedal (just optional plug in) agree 7) XLR outs not bothered 8) Volume Meters nope 9) Buttons with more programmability (Not just click, but also - toggle, and hold, that you can assign) agreed. the interface on Stomp is nowhere near as effortlessly easy and workflow-assisting as HELIX Floor. Maybe a few extra buttons - even ONE would have made a huge difference in reducing modal operation - menu/mode diving etc etc
  11. My only thought is that - rather than replacing the HELIX Floor in their lineup they might be considering a "Pro-on-steroids" or "Plus" model considerably more expensive than current HELIX Floor - and which incorporates for example proper multi-track looper ( with loop lengths in the 10 minutes region instead of around 1 minute ) , SDHXC card slot for looping and backing track playback... , etc etc etc... and price it just below £2000. so both the original and this sit in their place price-point wise in the ecosystem... Maybe the added DSP power could go towards an even higher A/D and internal sample-rate ( 384kHz ?... - ) in order to render ANY latency totally negligible ( are you listening Steve Vai? ) and might allow even more accurate speaker-interaction modelling etc without sacrificing blocks. Some of this could then optimally also find its way into existing HELIXES but at the expense of reduced block counts - Maybe the unit could also introduce guitar modelling similar to some stomp boxes now coming out - So maybe adding for first time a touch screen for example , And a few extra knobs to directly adjust USB 1/2 output levels etc etc.. And maybe more stomps and (COLOUR) scribble strips ?? ( I WANT MORE ..... BABY ! )
  12. I just purchased and downloaded this. But whenever I try an OPEN-IN to install the preset in M D nothing happens. On iPad Air 2 latest iOS. Latest MD PRO How do I load this file into MIDI DESIGNER ?
  13. Also.... anyone using Surface Go for Ableton? ( and / or Helix Native or Ableton ) ?
  14. out of curiosity - have you tried the tablet with Ableton ? clearly it won't be very zippy but might support a few tracks if the plugins etc don't consume too many DSP cycles.
  15. Seriously ?? POLYTONE BRING IT ON Sure hope so :) But don't recall any mention of jazz in DI interviews. Personally - considering he said pet FEATURE not pet MODEL i don't think polytone is it.
  16. I second this post (unsurprisingly to many). For me its about having as much flexibility to choose between my full HELIX Floor rig and this extremely portable unit depending on circumstances. At home i'd prefer often to use my HELIX. It allows for so many tonal choices to be chosen via stomps and everything is displayed clearly on scribble strips. This allows for creativity and experimentation. Once "on the road" - at tiny venues and mostly wanting to carry just a single guitar case on a bus or in taxi - i'd prefer to use my Stomp for its compactness. As someone who owns a lot of 3rd party presets that I love and use a lot - I would like to be able to share as many common presets and sounds as possible betweenn both units. I don't ming making the comprises of a single DSP chip limitation and making my HELIX presets fit on only one DSP to do this but the full capacity of that is being artificially hobbled on Stomp - be it for well intentioned user friendliness reasons etc or not - and so even those patches on the HELIX that can run in a single DSP are still not able to be ported to the Stomp. Given the compromises inherent in designing something like the stomp - and given there has always been a number of HELIX users who would benefit from having a much more portable version of the modeller - surely it behoves L6 to at least give us the option to use more blocks - up to the same court as HELIX. And let us deal with the GUI trade-offs as fit. I've suggested some ways in which we could have the best of both worlds on IdeaScale. For example we could have Stomp presets that are categorised/tagged as "HELIX MODE" - and in this mode - the GUI remains the same - 6 blocks are shown in the screen and can be edited. But in fact more than 6 blocks can exist for the patch. In HX Edit the user would be allowed to specify which out of ALL of the blocks being used in the preset ( where the number exceeds 6 ) are to be visible ( and thus tweak-able ) via the Stomp screen editor. The remaining blocks would be hidden in the Stomp GUI and only accessible via the HX Edit editor. So for example the user could opt to hide such blocks as IRs, Cabinets, Volume/Expression pedals, EQ etc - and leave just the 6 blocks most likely to need adjusting as visible. https://line6.ideascale.com/a/dtd/HX-Stomp-allow-more-than-6-blocks-for-IMPORTED-HELIX-presets/940395-23508#idea-tab-comments
  17. While waiting for an iOS version of HX Edit - nearest thing to a small iPad - based solution would be the new Microsoft Surface Go running HX Edit.
  18. Yes I come across this issue as a problem for other MIDI controller devices. I own an ActitioN MIDI controller which has fixed MIDI CC for each stomp. So i'd really like for my HELIX ( and soon Stomp ) to be able to have some of its fixed reserved CC made customisable. Special things like Snapshots and effect bypass assignments.
  19. Give there are many who already own a MIDI foot controller - be it MC6 or something much cheaper like one of the ActitioN range - the argument about cost doesnt really work. Its even possible to switch snapshots via MIDI over USB - so it could be that for some performers - an iPad connected to the Stomp running some app that sends MIDI CC messages would also work fine. So really - it would be very helpful if L6 in a future update - allowed for more than 3 snapshots.
  20. I'd like them to focus on improvements to the overall aspects of the HELIX rather than more models. There's a lot that can be improved - from : more than one global EQ preset global presets for control centre settings better USB Input/output routing options - at patch level AND GLOBAL level presets per effect/amp type a more accessible way to adjust USB 1/2 level better integration of iOS devices via USB into the HELIX iOS Editor / control of the HELIX HELIX NATIVE - much more flexible options on mapping MIDI CC messages to aspects in HN plugin like SNAPSHOTS ( currently its a fixed CC for ALL snapshots with the value determining the snapshot - index but many hardware MIDI foot controllers have fixed CC for each pedal so this won't work to change snapshots in HN ) ......to name a few. oh..... and a POLYTONE model :)
  21. I have two MIDI foot controller devices which have FIXED MIDI CC numbers for each stomp. Namely ActitioN and the IK BlueBoard. https://line6.ideascale.com/a/dtd/HELIX-NATIVE-Snapshot-Control-support-MIDI-pedals-with-FIXED-CC/938764-23508?submitted=1#idea-tab-comments Trouble is the SNAPSHOTS feature in HM 2.6 uses a FIXED CC value - CC#69 follows by a Value 0-7 for each snapshot. So say i want to use 4 stomps for SNAPSHOT 1-4 - my foot controller sends four DIFFERENT FIXED CC values ! I use Ableton - so initially had a look for MAX4LIVE devices that can remap one CC to another - but found none that could remap the different CC values ( 76-79 in my case ) to 69 - while at the same time setting VALUE to 0 when I send 76, 1 for 77, 2 for 78 and 3 for 79. So my attempt to use MAX4LIVE MIDI conversion add ons failed. What we really need is a way in HN to either have a LEARN function so to change snapshots we can use the CC values of our choice ( and ignore value ) OR.... have a built-in CC remapping facility page where HN automatically transforms incoming ( different ) CC values to 69 and the appropriate value. https://line6.ideascale.com/a/dtd/HELIX-NATIVE-Snapshot-Control-support-MIDI-pedals-with-FIXED-CC/938764-23508?submitted=1#idea-tab-comments
  22. OFF TOPIC slightly but don't shoot me! You'll laugh but my HELIX is temporarily upstairs -deliberately put out of reach so I can focus on how much i can do with just an iPad and MIDI pedals etc as one-man-band. So,...... have just purchased Bias Amp and FX. And - apart from DSP draw ( on my iPad Air 2 ) am actually quite impressed. Think its useable... until Line6 make something like the AmpliFireBox for the HELIX - i.e. a tiny box with minimal basics that i could take to open mics. So...... any chance or plans to make some Fremen presets for the Bias AMP 2 iOS/VSTseries ? I guess one issue is i don't think they allow custom impulse responses on iOS. But maybe if you do a deal with BIAS.... who knows ?
  23. On further research into this i appears there is actually **NO** support in the MIDI standard for preset UP/DOWN functionality. Which is a bit of a shame. Who knows maybe in the very new MIDI HD ( or whatever its called these days ) "new improved" MIDI spec ( i.e. the one that includes MPC and lots of new goodies ) will address this issue - since it seems such a useful one - to me at least.
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