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    Helix FAQ

    Its typical new product release schedule for most manufacturers 1 ) After beta testing and final hardware features are locked in , make a product announcement or display at major M.I. trade show ( Winter NAMM ( January), MusikMesse ( April) , Summer NAMM (July). 2) Take dealer orders 3) Contract bulk volume manufacturing in Asia ( typically takes 12-18 weeks) 4) Ship product to dealers Helix is right on schedule.
  2. Just set the FireHawk FX to Line Output mode as described below and use 1/4" Phone to RCA adapter cable and feed the FireHawk FX 1/4" Outputs in stereo to the RCA Phono jack "Line Input or spare Stereo DVD Stereo Audio input on your home Stereo receiver
  3. If you get a chance, play a guitar with 13 pin hex PU and Roland VG-99 or GR-55 or Boss GP-10 if you want to break beyond the traditional guitar tones of Line -6 offerings Check out www.vguitarforums.com for examples and info.
  4. If you string your guitar with locking tuners with less than 3/4 wrap on binding post , I find any JTV-59 will stay in tune better, particularly the "G" string which is always a battle after Mike Bloomfield style Blues String Bending / left hand Vibrato on LP style guitars. Lubricate the nut too. (dry Ivory Soap, Big Bends Nut Sauce or the new Planet Waves Equivalent work) See my avatar on the left, (my JTV-59 with B7 Bigsby) - no way would this work and stay in tune if it didn't have the Locking Tuners installed too.
  5. We all really appreciate hearing this news from the source. Thank you Digital Igloo for providing this important Firehawk FX status update. -- Now if we could only get USB Audio Re-amping. And some rudimentary MIDI Patch Change and CC# Transmission over USB. Since Firehawk FX is USB Class Compliant with clean 24 bit audio , a firmware update could allow it to become a killer live performance Guitar interface for the thriving iPad Guitar Amp Sim FX world. ( BIAS FX, Yonac Tonestack, Mobile POD) it's so close already and a firmware update would allow Firehawk FX to compete head to head with the new Sonoma Wireworks Guitar Jack Stage http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/GtrJackStage Perhaps add it to Igor Stolarsky's " to do list " after Helix settles down. ? I've already submitted this on IdeaScale http://line6.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Firehawk-FX-USB-Re-Amp-Feature-+-MIDI-control-message-over-USB/727710-23508?submitted=1
  6. An NOT targeting anyone in this thread - but I find this quote worth knowing But regarding Helix ship date in USA, I'm thinking it will be mid September Remember the Helix is built in Asia and ships to California on a Boat (not Air Cargo) - so allow time for the transit across the Pacific.
  7. It's important to use Line -6 gear with a "VDI " (Variax Digital Interface) Ethercon port. also review the Line-6 Hardware requirements for the specific version of Variax Workbench you wish to run. http://line6.com/software/index.html For example, the older non "HD" version of Worbench runs on Vettta, POD XTLive , neither of those will work for running latest "WorkBench HD". Read the Line-6 docs and pay attention to the requirements &constraints of the Variax firmware you currently have installed.
  8. It's typical for prior Tyler Variax Owners to either: Loose the Workbench USB Interface Or Sell the Workbench USB Interface separately
  9. Just know that the TRIO may not track your chords if any modulation FX, Delay FX are enabled and upstream of the Digitech TRIO Input
  10. http://www.fullcompass.com/prod/247908-Line-6-21-34-0240 Line 6 21-34-0240 Lightning Cable for Sonic PortOUR PART # 21-34-0240 For Parts Assistance, call 800-476-9886 x1205 or email parts@fullcompass.com Our Price: $34.00
  11. Correct HD500 is Not a Guitar to MIDI converter. You need a Fishman Tripleplay or Boss GP-10 or GR-55 and a GK-3 hex PU if you want to trigger a VSTi /AU Synth to play chords. If your computer is fast enough there is Jam Origin MIDI GUITAR application that might work with HD-500
  12. Digitech Trio http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=13528.0
  13. At least he's a multi-instrumentalist ( to a degree) https://youtu.be/xgmyqG-RKaw But remember Tommy Tedesco (studio session guitarist extraordinaire) always said: "There's no Money above the 5th Fret"
  14. Retail was quoted higher - but here were the street prices Variax 500 $1K Variax 700 $1.6K
  15. Variax's being DSP-based, every three to five years there are new leaps in technology which allow faster processing and new features at lower price points. Will a 2015 Variax Standard still be relevant and desirable in 2020? It's like gaming systems , are you still happy with the 2001 X-Box, or 2001 Playstation, when all your buddies have the faster tech of 2012 XBox One / Playstation 3? Based on past example, Line-6 has demonstrated that new Variaxs will arrive every 6-7 years Here's my predicted "roadmap" 2004 Variax 700 $1500 2010 Tyler Variax $1600 2012 Tyler Variax (HD firmware) $1600 2015 Variax Standard $799 2020 Variax (Super HD?)? ?
  16. Frankly if I was just learning to play guitar, I'd get a guitar that inspired me to play and spend a couple years learning and getting familiar with the instrument before buying any Variax. A Variax as your first guitar - It's a bit like learning to fly in the Space Shuttle as your first plane. The rumored 2020 Variax Super HD 4K will fix this ;)
  17. The VGuitarForums Variax Patch Sharing Forum grew out of my own frustration after owning Variaxs since 2004 that Line-6 never included Variax Workbench User to User Patch sharing where it belongs- at www.CustomTone.com I have been vocal about this lack of Variax Patch sharing since 2005. in the two predecessors of this Line-6 forum , and at Instutute of Noise Forum since 2005 After waiting seven years for Line-6 to step up and deliver a solution at CustomTone.com , I just decided to add two dedicated Variax user to user patch sharing message boards at my VGuitarforums.com (took 2 minutes to create) * Original Variax Workbench User to User Patch Exchange: (for Variax 300/500/700, pre "HD 2.0" Tyler Variax) http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?board=139.0 * Variax Workbench HD User to User Patch Exchange: (for "HD 2.0" Tyler Variax, Variax Standard) http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?board=139.0 VGuitarForums was created in 2008 after my own frustration with Roland/Boss not having a proper User Forum in USA. http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=7912.0 Sometimes you just have to roll your own solutions. I can understand the confusion - its a bit like owning a Camaro, then finding you have to join the Mustang User Group to get latest details on the OBDII port http://www.obdii.com/connector.html VGuitarforums is NOT affiliated with any manufacturer, just end users and the total number of guitarists who are also interested in DSP Modeling, DSP Alt Tuning (0.001%) tend to buy best tech available from any vendor as the need arises to get the most sounds from one guitar for todays gig.
  18. resource? Share And Download 2.0+ H D Models? ------- Yes, thats VGuitarForums, with 14.000 members and I'm the site owner. We have the largest repository of Variax patch sharing on the net. http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?board=138.0 Here is the JtV89 custom bank for all JTV Owners. http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=9275.0 Read the sticky at top of this forum for more details on the Workbench HD Patch Exchange http://line6.com/support/topic/2163-share-and-download-20-h-d-models/?do=findComment&comment=13549
  19. If the Helix is designed with true USB Class Compliance, it's rear MIDI I/O connection and 8 inputs & eight 24 bit Audio Inputs & Outputs should all appear as available connections to iPad/ iPhone IOS Apps, using only USB Cable and Apple USB Camera Adapter. That's how all my other USB Class Compliant Gear works.
  20. However, speaking from experience, the Graphtech Ghost Saddles are far more susceptible to mechanically coupled adjacent string cross-talk - these make DSP Alt Tunings have more flutter & warble compared to stock LR Baggs Piezo Saddles Read more here http://line6.com/support/topic/3672-jtv-89f-palm-muting/
  21. JTV-59 with Graph Tech Graphtech Resomax Bridge with Piezo Saddles Details here: http://line6.com/support/topic/11844-the-ghost-59/ http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=13537.0
  22. These are very different guitars The JTV-89 is more of Jackson / Ibanez type guitar with Floyd - thinner neck, Fender 25.5 inch scale length The JTV-59 is more of a '59 Gibson Les Paul , with thicker neck, shorter Gibson 24.75 inch scale length
  23. For most flexibility - for "PEDAL MODE" I set this to "TWEAK with PEDAL 2" = the most functionality for me See table below:
  24. I figure 5 more weeks at the earliest
  25. We have an enforced non smoking policy - don't try it
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