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  1. jws1982

    Can o run a monitor mix into HX Stomp?

    Sounds like a small mixer like a Mix5 or XENYX 802 would be an easier solution. Run the headphone out of the stomp into one channel, and the monitor mix feed into another. Blend to taste, and plug your headphones into the mixer.
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    Live performers! What’s in your bag?

    - Helix Floor - HX Stomp & 2-button footswitch mounted to a small board (backup unit) - HX Stomp power supply and little cables - two 1/4” guitar cables - two IEC power cords - iPhone mic stand holder - Leatherman wave - my favorite earplugs and picks - small power strip On the hookups, either would work. The output signal from the helix is much stronger than a guitar, so any interference would be minimal. I prefer hitting a DI pretty quick though.
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    Helix update 2.71 to 2.81 failed

    When that “boot failure. Enter update mode” appears during the update process, you are supposed to hit “ok” on the message in the line 6 updater software on your computer. I left mine running and walked away, only to come back and nothing had changed. As soon as I hit “ok”, the update continued.
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    Helix Bug Reports

    Bug on Helix Floor, 2.80. Using foot/stomp edit mode. No other expression pedals plugged in. When I change a parameter value using the pedal, the pedal simultaneously changes the parameter value and the EXP2 value. It's only supposed to change the parameter value. Since I have EXP2 assigned to a volume block in my patches, when I use the foot/stomp editor, my volume goes up and down while i tweak effect parameters. Oh, I'll also confirm the pops when switching between presets, and the audible fade-in/gap when switching IR's. Mine does both of these too.
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    Helix floor footswitch failing ?

    I solder in new ones when they start failing. If you can’t solder, find someone local who can. Those 6mm switches are commonplace. Anyone who’s good at soldering will know what they are and how to properly replace them. Pulling the helix apart is relatively easy as well.
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    Using FRFR Behind You On Stage

    I sometimes do this exact setup. Floor wedge pointed up at me. Works great. I just make sure that the wedge isn’t pointed directly at my vocal mic, and that my vocal mic is also pointed up some. Other times I’m running the FRFR right in front of me in the traditional wedge monitor position. Always depends on the gig and sound system.
  7. perhaps it’s possible that: - with the two separate blocks, the amp output is sent out in stereo, then re-combined going into the cab block. This would attribute a volume increase which could be described as “fullness” depending on your listening source and volume. - with the amp/cab combo block, the “stereo output summed back to mono” never happens. ...or, perhaps you’re crazy and hearing things. :)
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    Full Helix - Balance/Expression pedal issue

    This has to do with the positioning of the rubber feet on the bottom of the helix. The end caps make it so that they didn’t put feet on the very ends of the unit. You can can remedy this with some 3M dual lock and a small block of wood. Cut a block of wood to form to the helix end cap, and use the 3M lock to attach it to the end cap. It doesn’t have to hold the weight of the helix, rather just keep it from lifting. It’s kind of like a sideways wheelie-bar. :)
  9. How are you powering the g10? Are you using a USB port on your computer? That will introduce noise. Use a separate usb power supply for it.
  10. jws1982

    Anyone else having footswitch failures?

    The stage environments downtown Nashville would be the difference here. They are just plain dirty, and that dirt makes its way into the equipment. I actually checked the heavier pressure idea out as well. The rigidity of the helix structure appeared to negate any effects from heavy pressure. And, as you probably know, the footswitches are designed to press the tactile switch with the same pressure regardless of how hard you stomp on the footswitch. All that said, I’m not a “heavy switcher” by any means. I’m pretty sure it’s just debris and time causing the issue. The tactile switches that fail are the ones I use more often. They’re usually covered in dirt and debris on the interior of the unit. ...I guess that dirt/debris could be metal shavings from the footswitch itself over time too. The helix floor design does appear to be more “sealed up” against dirt getting in. Overall the interior of my device is very clean after years of use, save for right on and around the tactile switches. I clean off the exterior at least once a week with a dry towel, slightly damp if needed. Nashville’s just dirty. :)
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    Anyone else having footswitch failures?

    Before I start, let me say that I love the helix and L6’s products. I remember reading about the helix’s new footswitches when it first came out; they were new and indestructible! When I got my helix floor, I wanted to see the new design. So, I popped off the back panel and end cap, and looked inside. Great, solid construction for the entire thing, ... except, the same old 6mm tactile button switches. :( I knew they would start to fail eventually, and they did, just like any other piece of gear I’ve gigged with that uses them. I’m pretty good at soldering new ones in, so it doesn’t bother me much. But, it’d be nice to not have a weak link in the footswitch design. Basically they just get dirty and worn out. I’ve replaced two on my helix so far. Hmmm, perhaps I can devise a way to seal / cover them so the dirt doesn’t get in.
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    YAMAHA DXR10 and Helix. Speaker on a stand or a amp stand?

    9/10 I have it set up as a floor wedge when I play. It always depends on the band and venue I’m with, but it’s usually floor wedge.
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    G10T & G90

    Four people using similar wireless systems at the same time should be using manual channel selection. The G10 wasn’t designed with live playing in mind. This is why the G10s has the option to manually select a channel.
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    Sliding Rack Shelf for Helix Rack Control

    Full compass or sweetwater
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    Foot switch actuators

    Indeed they do. I just replaced the tap tempo switch on my helix floor. It crapped out first. Almost all the line 6 products I've owned over the years have had at least one of their switches start to fail. I love 'em, but I've come to accept it as part of owning Line 6 products. Helix is no different. On Helix Floor, the switches are all on one PCB along with the scribble strips. Remove the two screws per footswitch assembly on the back of the PCB, the ground cable screw on the top-right, disconnect the two ribbon cables, and the board comes right out. Make sure the leave the Helix itself upside down, or the small springs and pads will fall out of the footswitch assemblies. You definitely don't want to lose those. I picked up a 100 pack of the small switches on Amazon for under $10. They're the same as the ones you'd buy from Full Compass. I just solder a new one in when needed.
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