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  1. No, restoring your backup is not necessary but as stated above it is helpful to restore your global settings to your preferred state which, presumably, was immediately before the firmware update. You can choose to restore only the global settings if you wish. However, the factory presets are not updated in a firmware update so there is no ‘retrograde’ by restoring your backup. If you want to have the latest factory presets you need to perform a factory reset after upgrading the firmware, and then restore your backup - select to restore everything except the Factory 1, Factory 2, and Templates setlists.
  2. No one has done that as far as I know. But there is a good reference that provides links to all the modeled 'real' devices as far as they exist. From these links y9ou can read the original manufacturer's documents. And if they didn't bother to do it..... Helix Help – The Unofficial Guide
  3. Two minds are better than one. Especially when they agree. :-)
  4. The HD add-ons are part of your account and ownership does not transfer when you sell it. Having said that, the add-ons are embedded in the HD500X firmware (not downloaded when purchased) and were 'unlocked' in the firmware when you purchased them and ran the Line 6 License Manager to activate them. They are now available in your HD500X firmware and will continue to be available to the new owner, including when using POD HD500X Edit. I believe the point at which they would become unavailable is when and if the new owner runs the Line 6 License Manager with the HD500X connected and logged into their account. This will detect that he/she has no license for them and locks them out again on the device firmware. I think some research will tell you if and how you could transfer add-on ownership to the new owner.
  5. Audio complications are just one reason for not using Helix Native as a replacement editor. The more important reason is that Helix Native operates on the computer. Editing a preset using Helix Native does not affect anything on the Helix device. In order to get that preset on the Helix device you would have to use..... HX Edit! So everyone should use HX Edit in the first place. That’s it’s job.
  6. I don’t know what you mean by ‘toggle switch lock’. You say it is useless (implying it exists) but I don’t understand what you mean. You can ‘lock’ the Variax knobs but you can’t lock the pickup selector switch, if that’s what you mean.
  7. Yes, this setting is often the cause of some confusion when users are learning how to use snapshots effectively. I find it useful to change this setting depending on my activity. Mostly I have the setting at Discard because I want to be sure that a snapshot is always recalled in a known state, regardless of whether or not I might have turned a specific FX on or off using a footswitch while I was last in that snapshot. However, when I start an editing session knowing that I will be spending some time tweaking my snapshots in a given preset I will set it to Recall to save time and prevent lost edits. The downside is, of course, that I have to remember to set it back to Discard before playing normally again.
  8. This is the type of detail that is usually addressed in the manual. Have you checked it?
  9. You can’t have more than 6 FX blocks in an HX FX a preset. An external midi controller can’t add blocks.
  10. I think it’s not quite so simple. The main L and R inputs are active simultaneously. In other words you can’t connect the two guitars to both of these inputs and then select just one input to be active in any given preset (at least that’s what the manual says). However, you could connect one guitar to the Main L/Mono input and the other to the Return L/Mono input and then select the Main input in one preset and the Return input in another preset. I believe that will achieve the desired result. Note that you won’t be able to use the Stomp’s stereoFX Loop in any preset where you’re using the guitar in the Return input. The manual is a little ambiguous about this; you may be able to use a mono FX Loop. Some experimentation with the actual HX Stomp device (which I don’t have) will let you know the possibilities.
  11. With your monitors connected directly to your Helix, why would you want to use Helix Native? No computer or USB connection required. You will hear your guitar directly from the Helix outputs through your monitors.
  12. Again, have you raised a support ticket to report it? Please keep us posted on the Line 6 response.
  13. Ahh... much more enlightening. Unfortunately I can’t help you but this info could help others help you! Best of luck.
  14. I think what you’re looking for is not a preset, it’s an IR (Impulse Response). An IR is used in a preset to replace a cab block to model the sound of specific cabinet and mic combinations. You need to do some research on IR providers and look for someone that offers Blackstar cab IRs.
  15. Open a support ticket to report bugs. (Start with the Support link at the top of this page.) Note that there’s also a global setting for pedal polarity. It is used when pedals appear to be operating ‘backward’. Does this solve things for you?
  16. The set of things I know I don’t know is far greater than the set of things I think I do know. :-) Does my Roland Jazz Chorus 55 amp have an FX Loop? No googling the answer.... “There are the known knowns, the known unknowns, ....”
  17. There is no ‘best’ way in terms of sound. Whatever sounds best to you is best for you. The most flexible way, however, would be to use the 4 Cable Method (4CM) as described in the HX FX Cheat Sheet that came with your device (assuming your amp has an FX Loop). That allows you to place your individual HX FX blocks before or after your amp’s preamp section in the signal chain. If you’re not familiar with 4CM do a little research to understand the benefits.
  18. You’re right that, in theory, you ‘should’ be using the POD Go preamps because you are connecting to you physical amp’s FX Return. But there’s no right or wrong. Go with whatever sounds best to you. If the POD Go preamps sound better than using the full amps then spend some time figuring out how to balance the volume levels among them. If they don’t sound better then don’t waste your time.
  19. Sorry you were disappointed but glad that you have things up to date and working now. Is your Amplifi 75 now working as expected? If not, please continue to report any issues and seek support here from other users, or open a support ticket to get directly from Line 6 tech support. Regarding your specific issues.... 1) There’s no easy way of telling when your particular amp rolled off the assembly line. You could probably determine that by asking Line 6 based on your serial number. It’s not uncommon for products to sit in a retailer’s inventory for a long time, perhaps years, by which time firmware updates are usually available. Line 6 has no control over this, but does integrate new firmware into the manufacturing process at some point after the firmware is publicly available. However, the general practice is that purchasers of a new device should expect to update their firmware immediately after purchase. This is discussed on the last page of the Pilot’s Guide. Did you download and read this Guide as part of your pre-purchase product research? 2) As described in the above mentioned Guide the firmware update process using the Line 6 Updater program is compatible with Mac and PC devices. There is no mention of Linux compatibility. This should not have been a ‘surprise’ to you. 3) Device drivers are ubiquitous in the Windows world. I believe the Line 6 Updater program installs the necessary device driver as part of the firmware update process. At least it does so with other Line 6 products and I don’t expect it behaves differently for the Amplifi products. Hence you should not need to know, or be concerned about, the need for a device driver unless you deviated from the firmware update instructions. However, the need for the device driver and how to get it is also described in the Guide. As with all product purchases, effective pre-purchase product research will usually help avoid disappointment and surprises.
  20. Ha Ha! Well that certainly narrows it down. (I'm just messin' witcha. - not being serious) :-)
  21. Well, someday you will be proven right. Not only the HX FX will someday be targeted for EOL. All other Helix products will be too. Shocking! .... or did you have a timeframe in mind when we can check up on your theory?
  22. That typically refers to ‘early reflections’ and applies to a cab model. This parameter models the reflections of sound waves in the room.
  23. I haven’t checked your math so can’t say whether that’s accurate. But since you’re exploring so deeply, have you calculated the difference between using a pre-amp vs. a full amp (including power amp section) block? Don’t know whether or not you need the power amp section when going straight to FOH. ... but as cruisinon2 says..... beyond a certain point (which you’re already well past) your number crunching doesn’t mean much.
  24. Check the Global Settings -> Footswitches section. There are many options to control the display and behaviour of your footswitches. Experiment until you find the settings you most prefer. The manual clearly explains the options. (P.S. - since you’re brand new to Helix you will have many questions answered by reading the manual.)
  25. The answer to all your questions is no, with one clarification. Using a second signal path will use more DSP if you add blocks to the path. But it’s not the added path that uses DSP - it’s the added blocks.
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