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    Helix Loop Amount(s)

    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).
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    2.8 good thoughts collection thread.

    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.
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    Helix large volume knob

    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.
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    Helix Edit (Demo Mode ?)

    Helix Native (DAW plug-in) is what you're after. Helix owners can buy Helix Native for $100.
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    4 cable method bypass question

    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.
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    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE fix looper bug!!!

    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?
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    Helis and Ext volume Pedal

    No, I don't think so. But if you add a real (analog) volume pedal in front of the Helix, there you go!
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    Helix Floor: trigger EXT AMP switching with MIDI controller?

    Thanks, but entire point of this is to avoid using the footswitches, which are all dedicated to various pedal models. Thanks!
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    Helix Floor: trigger EXT AMP switching with MIDI controller?

    Rats, I can't figure out how to do it with Snapshots, either. Command Center, evidently, does not change with Snapshots.
  11. 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!
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    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.
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    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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    Live sound

    I've been playing my Helix live for a year now. Being a skeptical tube head, I started slowly, just using the Helix as FX pedals in front of my tube guitar amp, as a replacement for my old pedal board, so no big adjustment. All good. Then I added an Amp model (but no cabinet model) to the end of the FX chain, and plugged into a 200w solid state power amp, into a 1x12 open-backed cabinet. Great! Nearly identical results, but so flexible because I can change amps on the Helix. I did notice the Helix is VERY full range, and I had to add the global EQ low pass at around 7-8KHz to soften the highs. As a third step, I split the path in Helix, sending one output to my powered cab, as above, and a second output (this time with cabinet and speaker model) to the house PA and my IEMs. Awesome! Now I barely need an amp on stage, just for a little sound reinforcement for the band. And as a security blanket, I suppose.
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    Helix midi cc to control Variax guitar

    Do you have your Variax connected to your Helix with an Ethernet cable? Then do not use MIDI, just use Snapshots. As you've shown in your screenshot, choose Snapshots for the Preset Variax Model parameter. Then choose a model, like Acoustic 1. Next, go up to the top and choose Snapshot 2, and then change the Model to something else, like Lester 1. Now when you choose Snapshot 1, you should get the Acoustic model, and when you choose Snapshot 2, you should get Lester.
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