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    Helix FAQ

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  2. Meanwhile in another part of the galaxy . . . Fractal Audio LA Amp Show 2015 GoPro Supercut
  3. Suggest watch this video and the 16:30 minute mark they talk about High freq cut EQ required for some helix amp models Or there is the "final solution" this works well with my Firehawk FX - Palmer PDI-09 http://www.palmergear.com/pdi09.shtml The PDI-09 is a passive filtered direct box specially designed for guitarists. It can be used with line level preamps or connected between the amp speaker out and the speaker for direct input to a console via the XLR balanced output. This eliminates the need for a microphone in recording and live situations. The three position attenuator and tone switchs give you all the control you need in a small, sturdy DI box.
  4. Check that the Cab modeling is engaged ? Or try a different Cab setting or load an IR cab http://line6.com/support/topic/16050-helix-cab-vs-third-party-ir-cabs/ If you are getting bad buzzing with the Alpha 112A - no doubt you would also have bad buzzing on a typical house PA system too.
  5. If you have a steady buzz, even without playing guitar - check if it goes away when the USB Cable is removed from the Helix. its common for DC Switching power brick supplies used for laptops/ Computer to inject noise via a USB connection into the audio stream
  6. I'm using the Alesis Alpha 112A's successfully with Boss GP-10, VG-99, Peavey Vypyr Pro , Fractal Axe-FX II Ultra+ I do not own a Helix, but I do hear high end fizz on the Alpha 112A's when i use my Firehawk FX with FW 1.20 - rolling down the high EQ on Firehawk helps. I imagine similar procedure can be performed with Helix. FWIW - when I demoed the Helix at LA amp show, I thought it was a bit too bright and could benefit with some EQ with lowering the high Frequencies above 8Khz But wanted to inform any fizz you hear would also occur on other powered cabs - Alto TS112A ( which the Alesis Alpha 112A is based upon), QSC K12, Yamaha DXR10, EV ELX112P , etc. sounds like a gain mis-match, or ground loop / switching power supply issue in your configuration.
  7. FWIW - on my FireHawk FX - I never could get the Firehawk FX Windows USB ASIO Driver to work until after i updated to FW 1.20 To verify the Firhawk ASIO driver is working, Be sure you see these options in your Windows Sound Devices Control panel
  8. Yes I wish! it just happens randomly when changing presets up and down "too fast" when NOT connected to the Bluetooth link
  9. Upon further testing, I now understand the Firehawk FX Firmware 1.10 vs 1.20 sounds identical - sorry for earlier confusion.
  10. Using the USB connection to Firehawk FX and Line-6 Updater Application for Win/Mac - yes just be sure you have 1 ) Installed the USB Driver - I used a USB 2.0 port and this for Win8.1 "Line6Driver2FirehawkAudiov1.70Installer.exe" 2) Installed Line-6 Updater = "Line6Updaterv1.03Installer.exe" 3 ) Download the Firehawk FX Firmware files to a local drive "FW 1.10 = "Firehawk_FX_1_10_00.tmf' "FW 1.20 = "Firehawk_FX_v1_20_00.tmf'
  11. Glad to hear Line-6 is checking this ( Ive been wrong before!) Now If I could only trust that ths A/D lights of death lock up wont happen at a gig But I'll make comparison measurements of FW 1.10 vs FW 1.20 - next week - after the LA Amp Show.
  12. It will be a while - heading 200 miles south after work today to attend LA Amp show this weekend with Thomas Nordegg and compare Helix with Fractal AX-8 http://www.ampshow.com/ The good news - all Firehawk FX owners can try this test above and compare and judge what firmware version works best for your needs All the Firmware files and Firmware updater App you need are here - so any Firehawk FX owner can test the sonic differences between firmware http://line6.com/software/index.html I suggest avoid using an iPad / iphone as the wireless Firehawk FX Firmware update path - its very sluggish and prone to failure - instead download the files and use the Line-6 Updater App on your Windows / Mac and a USB cable
  13. its everywhere for me - and I understand the hurdle / balancing act in place under the hood here. if you want faster patch changes, you must make the DSP algorithm less articulate and smaller data size - this allows faster preset load time. So I have the Firmware Updater for Windows 8.1 and locally stored copies of the Firehawk FX firmware, will use this strategy: * If you want more sonic detail in Studio session - use Firmware 1.10 * If you want faster patch to patch change time with no gaps / chirps for live gigs - with a bit less sonic detail - use Firmware 1.20
  14. I have similar experience I own a 2011 JTV-59 and JTV-69 - load them with the same Workbench models and they sound radically different -My JTV-69 sounds better to my ears - while my JTV-59, I must go into Workbench HD and boost the output gain of the models and save each - that gets my JTV-59 closer to the Variax model sound of my JTV-69 like most products - when you get access to a population of them, thats when you can observe there can be differences with individual units. But Ive never seen a dealer with an array of Tyler Variax's on the wall to try - and most Guitar Centers have one JTV-69 hung 20 feet up the wall Last time I was at the Guitar Center in Brea, CA. their only Variax in stock was a JTV-69 hung 15 feet up on wall, high above the acoustic guitar room also know the LR Baggs Piezos can vary in output between production build batches - I attribute my issue above to the higher output level of my JTV-69 Piezos vs the lower output level of my JTV-59 Piezos.
  15. regarding state of my Firehawk FX today, it remains in the same condition accurately expressed here - just follow the steps on yours http://line6.com/support/topic/15814-firmware-120/?p=116088
  16. FWIW -Only after I installed this FW 1.20 update and performed a factory reset and using the factory presets (no cloud) - was the 1st time I experienced the " A/D Lights of Death" issue -
  17. So we are clear, With FW 1.20 switch time is much faster and Noise anomalies on patch change have been tamed - there are only specific events to re-create the "bang on patch change" for specific patches - all described in my prior post above Just trying to find the switch sequence that triggers the " A/D Lights of Death" http://line6.com/support/topic/13591-a-d-patch-lights-of-death/
  18. I just wish they used the same "stepped chassis" design as HD500 / HD500X / FBV with raised rear row of switches This is basic "user ergonomics 101" design practice for a live gig foot switch In 2015 - even Peavey understands the need for this type design
  19. Hope you have better luck than me
  20. Agreed 100% - too bad Helix shares the Firehawk FX poor foot switch design - its tough to hit the back row of stomp FX and not accidentally change patches on the front row switches.
  21. Happy to hear Line-6 is listening to users experiences with their products - pass it up the chain of command.
  22. Headphone output feeding Audio -Tecnhica ATH M50X headphones. http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/headphones/99aff89488ddd6b1/ Also with FW 1.20 I hear less sonic detail and new Fizz and sizzle on the high end Old FW 1.10 has more body to the tone and sonic detail and sounds better , just don't change patches while guitar strings are vibrating - else you have birds chirps if delay is active but set to different delay times during patch changes Or build patches with a clean amp and use a Tube screamer stomp FX. But that's limiting
  23. Updated to FW 1.20 and suddenly Windows ASIO driver is working for the first time here Here is Reaper Audio settings for Firehawk FX recording 24bit@44.1kHz
  24. Read my FW 1.20 experience here http://line6.com/support/topic/15814-firmware-120/?p=116088
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