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  1. Well, yes. Key information - you no longer have a Helix device. No need for HX Edit.
  2. Yes, as long as you don’t care about backing anything up on your Helix device, or transferring any Helix Native presets to your Helix device. You can just download and install the new version of HX Edit as necessary when there are updates, and hope that you don’t lose anything for lack of backups in the interim. What’s the upside of removing HX Edit?
  3. Yes this will work. I agree with those who say Helix FX is best if you want to use your existing amp. Why pay for amp modeling (POD Go or HX Stomp) if you don’t plan to use it. The drawback with your amp and signal chain means that all your FX must come before the amp and you won’t get any stereo effect. Many players coming from a traditional analog pedalboard setup are used to this. Personally, I prefer placing many FX after the amp and sometimes using stereo.
  4. Have you tried removing the Scarlett and using the Helix as your audio interface? You’ll need to connect your speakers to the Helix outputs or use headphones.
  5. I suggest you start a new post asking this question. It will get more visibility.
  6. I’ve never used the external footswitches 7 and 8 and don’t really know how they operate, nor how they can access additional stomps. I’m pretty sure they can’t be used for snapshot selection. I do know that all switchable blocks (EQ, FX Loop, up to 4 flex blocks) are by default automatically assigned to one of the 6 footswitches, but you can change that. Read the Bypass/Control section of the manual for more info about your FS assignment options.
  7. No, you are not totally way off. But if having 6 FX of your choosing is what you wanted, you bought the wrong device. It’s not designed or advertised that way. It’s designed and marketed as a device with up to 4 ‘flex’ FX. You can’t replace a fixed FX block with a flex one. That likely won’t change in any future firmware update; it’s built into the dynamic DSP management.
  8. Custom tunings with Helix devices requires a Variax guitar. You can’t do it with a normal guitar.
  9. You need to SAVE an existing blank preset to the location where your TEST preset is currently held.
  10. I assume you’re using a Helix device? Make sure you select Custom as the Variax tuning parameter, and that you assign all the alternate tuning parameters (strings) to the Snapshot controller.
  11. I suggest you open a support ticket. There may be a lingering issue with the interaction between Workbench HD and Mac OS. EDIT: It would be helpful if other Mac OS and Workbench HD users could report their status here. Are others having the same problem?
  12. If you haven't done so already, download HX Edit from this website. When installing make sure all components are selected for installation. If your Helix firmware is not v2.92 use HX Edit to update the firmware. 1) Don't worry about your guitar just yet. Connect your Helix via USB and run the HX Edit program. If it connects properly to your Helix you will see HX Edit uploading data from the Helix. If this does not happen you will see a 'No Device Connected' error message. Your problem is the USB connection to the computer, not Workbench HD or your JTV. Research threads that discuss fixing USB issues. 2) If HX Edit loads up successfully choose any preset. Make sure the Input block is set to Variax or Multi, and that your JTV is connected via VDI and that JTV modeling is turned on. With the Input block still selected and in Edit mode (not Bypass/Controller Assign), in the bottom right hand pane select Variax (not Input). The top parameter is named Model. Rotate the model knob on your Variax. You should see the parameter changing in HX Edit as you rotate the knob. There two possibilties here: 2a) If you do see the model changing in HX Edit that means that the USB and VDI connections are working properly. The fact that Workbench HD does not recognize the JTV while HX Edit does indicates a problem with the Workbench HD software. Reinstalll Workbench HD. 2b) If you do not see the model changing in HX Edit that indicates a problem with the USB or VDI connections from the computer through the Helix device to the JTV. It's a more general issue than just Workbench HD. Again, Research threads that discuss fixing USB and VDI issues. Let us know which of these three possibilities you observe (1, 2a, or 2b). If something else happens describe whatever is it that you observe.
  13. Does HX Edit control the Variax properly with the VDI connection?
  14. silverhead


    .... moved to proper forum.....
  15. First off, you need to download and install the Line 6 driver. Check that your recording program is using the POD HD and it’s ASIO driver as the audio input and output device. Connect your speakers / headphones to the POD outputs. After arming a stereo track for recording in your recording program, select the POD HD USB channels 1/2 as the Record Input Source. Note: The Line 6 driver is required for Windows computers. If you are using a Mac you may or may not need a driver depending on the age/OS of the Mac.
  16. What computer/OS are you using? What recording program (you only mention a mixer)?
  17. I’m not familiar with the mixer app you are using. When using HX stomp as the audio interface is the app configured to use the Stomp and the Line 6 driver?
  18. Make sure you are using the Line 6 ASIO driver when you use the HX Stomp as your audio interface. You will need to download and install it if you haven’t done so already. It is part of the HX Edit installer package.
  19. Have you tried using the Global EQ to add a bit of a boost to the XLR output signal? I’m not at my Helix at the moment but I expect there’s a Level parameter in the Global EQ.
  20. silverhead

    Clipping DI in

    Have you tried turning down the guitar’s volume knob?
  21. silverhead

    Too Boomy??

    That seems to be a pretty common experience. Best way to create presets that cut through in a band situation is to create them at gig volumes, without using headphones. I know that's not practical in many cases; you may need to set aside some time in a space that can accommodate the volume level.
  22. I doubt that this will change in a future update but you never know. It’s all about DSP. The wah, volume, and EQ blocks are very low DSP consumers. All together their combined total of DSP would probably not allow you even a 5th flex block, let alone 8.
  23. If you have previously been playing and listening to your guitar through a traditional guitar amp you should expect to hear a difference. You are used to listening to an amp in the room with you. A modeller like the POD Go is designed to create the sound in a recording or control room - from placing a microphone in front of an amp that sits in a different room, and listening to the mic’d sound through PA speakers or studio monitors. Like you say you should just start learning and playing. You will be able to ask more specific questions to improve your skills and understanding as you proceed through the learning curve (and there will be one!).
  24. Use a dual path preset. Set the Input block for Path 2 to Variax Mags, and for Path 1 to Variax, with the desired Variax Acoustic model specified. Place a VOL block at the beginning of each Path. Assign both Vol blocks to the same EXP pedal. Define the min/max positions for each pedal in opposite directions (I.e. one pedal has Min=0, Max=100 while the other is the reverse). EDIT: Attached is a preset that I think does exactly what you want. It's designed for a song named Aqualung by Jethro Tull way back in the '70s I think. It switches from electric guitar to acoustic with alternate tuning for Capo 3, based on EXP 2. Credit where due: I believe I downloaded this from Customtone at some point and then tweaked it. Unfortunately I have lost any record of the original designer but he/she deserves credit! Note: I haven't gotten around to it but the attached preset should be edited to either remove the alternate tuning or use a footswitch rather than the expression pedal to move from electric to acoustic guitar. Currently the pedal blends the two guitars, which won't sound good at anything other than full heel/toe position since both guitars are in standard tuning but one is using a capo at the 3rd fret. Aqualung.hlx
  25. I would back up everything and then reinstall the firmware. If the issue persists it is likely a hardware problem.
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