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  1. "have the volume on the LT turned down" -- this is part of the problem. You want your LT volume turned up high--not high enough to distort, but as high as possible so your signal to noise (hiss) ratio is best.
  2. 4. The Helix Floor can sound just like a real, vintage tube amp, by using amp emulation only (no speaker cab), then taking output from the helix into a simple power amp, then into a guitar speaker cabinet. You don't need anything fancy--I have built several 200w power amps from components available online for under $100. They sound great at home and on stage.
  3. There is only a single loop. You can overdub as many times as you like, building up the layers. The most recent overdub can be cancelled with the Undo button (toggled is a better word, which is a feature some people exploit when looping to do kind of verse/chorus thing).
  4. I told myself I'd wait at least a week to let you bleeding edge types work out the bugs. And then I went ahead and updated. Everything went smoothly! I'm especially impressed with the new distortion blocks. Really, really great.
  5. I took a scientific approach. I put a 1KHz sine wave at 100mV p-p into the Helix Floor (blank preset with no blocks, outputs set to instrument level in Global settings), then scoped the 1/4" output, and adjusted the volume knob until the output amplitude was also 100mV. Volume knob was at about 1 o'clock. I put a yellow sticky arrow on the panel to mark the spot. That's my unity gain.
  6. Helix Native (DAW plug-in) is what you're after. Helix owners can buy Helix Native for $100.
  7. Just put a short jumper cable into the send and return jacks.
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    Helix to PA

    Let the FOH engineer do EQ--usually has to tame the highs and roll off some low.
  9. I simply do not have this issue. Current firmware. Both 6-btn and 1-btn loopers work fine at the end of the FX chain. No loss in gain. Set up a new, empty patch, add looper. Still have issue? Are you plugging into the normal guitar input? Output thru normal 1/4" out?
  10. No, I don't think so. But if you add a real (analog) volume pedal in front of the Helix, there you go!
  11. Thanks, but entire point of this is to avoid using the footswitches, which are all dedicated to various pedal models. Thanks!
  12. Rats, I can't figure out how to do it with Snapshots, either. Command Center, evidently, does not change with Snapshots.
  13. I would like to send a MIDI command to my Helix Floor to trigger the Helix Ext Amp switching feature. I don't see such a MIDI command mentioned in the manual, so maybe I have to rely on Snapshots instead. But let me know!
  14. aaronlyon

    Stop the hair!

    "hair" = high end fizz? Notice that the Cabinet blocks have EQ parameters. Roll the highs back to about 8-9KHz to tame your hair.
  15. aaronlyon

    Live sound

    Nice post ^^^ I made the decision to use global EQ to soften the highs only after four or five gigs, where I kept asking our engineer to cut the highs in the mix and in my ears. Before Helix, I preferred the sound of a SM57 well off-axis. In Helix, you could also achieve this effect by adjusting the EQ in the cabinet model itself--but I found I wanted the highs softened on both the direct-to-house and the on-stage monitor sends. Anyway, lots of esoteric tweaking, based on experience, and actual live performance. Bottom line is, I'm chasing the tone I had BEFORE I got the Helix, using "vintage" gear (mostly amps I built myself). Once I was successful, I branched out, using more of the Helix's features, in more creative ways. I even got a Variax, that I have yet to use live. I had a friend who played a lot of Stevie Ray on some old Line 6 Spyder combo--sounded great at bedroom volume. But then we had him sit in with a live band, and his amp sounded TERRIBLE--thin, brittle and painful. His sound probably would have recorded well, but did not work next to a drummer and amplified bassist. So, start simple, and then...wait, I already said that...
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