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Helix Firmware v1.06.0 Release Notes

 

Helix v1.06.0 is a firmware update that includes new models, features, fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!

It is also recommended that you back up your current presets by using the Helix application to create a preset bundle, allowing you to install new presets as part of the update process.

The easiest way to perform the update process is by installing the latest version of Line 6 Updater. Once you've connected Helix to your computer via its USB port (hubs are not supported), Line 6 Updater will recognize the unit and take you through the update process. Both the Helix application and Line 6 Updater may be downloaded here: http://line6.com/software/

 

New Amp Models

  • Matchstick Ch1, based on* Channel 1 of the MatchlessTM DC30
  • Matchstick Ch2, based on* Channel 2 of the MatchlessTM DC30
  • Matchstick Jump, based on* jumping Channels 1 and 2 of the MatchlessTM DC30

New Effects Models

  • Distortion > Teemah! (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Paul Cochrane Timmy® Overdrive
  • Distortion > KWB (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Benadrian Kowloon Walled Bunny Distortion
  • Distortion > Bitcrusher (Mono, Stereo)
  • Modulation > Dynamix Flanger (Mono, Stereo)
  • Modulation > Deluxe Phaser (Mono, Stereo)
  • Modulation > Tremolo (Mono) and Tremolo/Autopan (Stereo), based on* the BOSS® PN-2
  • Pitch/Synth > Simple Pitch (Mono, Stereo)
  • Pitch/Synth > Dual Pitch (Mono, Stereo)
  • Filter > Autofilter (Mono, Stereo)

* All product names are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6.

 

New Features

  • Swap Footswitch Assignments—This feature makes organizing Stomp footswitch mode a lot easier, especially when footswitches have multiple-assigned items or custom labels/LED ring colors. Touch and hold (but don’t press) any two stomp mode footswitches for one second. A dialog box appears, asking if you want to swap all assignments. Press Knob 6 (OK)
  • When touch-holding a footswitch to invoke Quick Footswitch Assign (or touch holding two footswitches to swap their assignments), the dialog panel automatically closes after four seconds

Bug Fixes

  • In rare cases, assigning a parameter to a footswitch may briefly display the parameter’s value above Knob 1 (Parameter) on the Controller Assign page —FIXED
  • After returning to a preset while the looper is active, the Looper block and/or half-speed footswitch’s LED may not properly reflect its state(s) —FIXED
  • In some cases, a Command Center > CC Toggle footswitch’s LED may not properly reflect its state —FIXED
  • Helix may fail to respond when receiving a huge string of MIDI PC messages while on the Setlist view —FIXED
  • After customizing the name of an auto-assigned EXP 1 block (Wah or Pitch Wham), the Volume Pedal may become unassigned —FIXED
  • General stability improvements
  • Other minor bug fixes and optimizations

Other Improvements

  • When selecting banks by pressing FS1 (BANK UP) or FS7 (BANK DOWN), FS6 now appears as CANCEL, letting you dismiss bank queue without changing footswitch modes
  • Expression Pedal 2 and 3 can now adjust values in Pedal Edit mode
  • Factory presets leveled
  • Additional improvements made to the factory preset bundle

Resetting Helix Globals / Loading the Newest Factory Presets

IMPORTANT! This procedure will completely overwrite all existing presets and setlists, as well as clear all user IRs and reset all global settings! Back up your presets and IRs before proceeding!

  1. Turn off Helix.
  2. While holding footswitches 9 and 10 (middle two switches on the bottom row), turn on Helix. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…†to appear and let go.

Known Issues

  • Minor pops and clicks may be present when Helix is streaming audio from a Mac® running OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
  • Minor pops and clicks may be present when Helix is streaming audio from an iOS® device running iOS 9.1 or 9.2 with Apple® Camera Kit
  • Importing a Helix bundle while streaming audio over USB may cause the Helix application to disconnect
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Really really really glad to see an auto-filter in there. Awesome! Let's hope it's as flexible as the rest of Helix is.

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Helix Firmware v1.06.0 Release Notes

 

Helix v1.06.0 is a firmware update that includes new models, features, fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!

It is also recommended that you back up your current presets by using the Helix application to create a preset bundle, allowing you to install new presets as part of the update process.

The easiest way to perform the update process is by installing the latest version of Line 6 Updater. Once you've connected Helix to your computer via its USB port (hubs are not supported), Line 6 Updater will recognize the unit and take you through the update process. Both the Helix application and Line 6 Updater may be downloaded here: http://line6.com/software/

 

This doesn't mention a new Helix App.  Don't we need a new one to recognize the new amp models and effects?

 

Totally awesome though, thanks!

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No new app will be needed until it acts as an editor as well as a librarian. Right now there's no ability to deal with amps and FX so no concern about adding new ones.

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Minor pops and clicks?

Sorry DI but myself and others are experiences a big wash of digital noise

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Was surprised at the amp model selected, but it should be a good one.  Most of us predicted Bog XTC...

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Minor pops and clicks?

Sorry DI but myself and others are experiences a big wash of digital noise

We're not waiting for Apple any longer. Stay tuned...

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YES!!!! The Timmy!!  I borrowed one of those years ago and fell instantly in love with it!  My love for the Helix continues to grow!

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Matchless Amp -> AWESOME, I was really really waiting for that one !! 

It's Xmas, thanks !

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Sorry, guys. Just got a call from Dom, and 1.06 isn't quite ready for primetime. QA just found a rare bug with the new Helix librarian that's serious enough to make us hold off until early next week. We'd rather take pitchforks for something late than something not ready.

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Helix Firmware v1.06.0 Release Notes

 

Helix v1.06.0 is a firmware update that includes new models, features, fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!

It is also recommended that you back up your current presets by using the Helix application to create a preset bundle, allowing you to install new presets as part of the update process.

The easiest way to perform the update process is by installing the latest version of Line 6 Updater. Once you've connected Helix to your computer via its USB port (hubs are not supported), Line 6 Updater will recognize the unit and take you through the update process. Both the Helix application and Line 6 Updater may be downloaded here: http://line6.com/software/

 

 

Thanks for the changelog, it's good to see new effects (and new amps, but I care less about these ^^)...

 

... BUT, I don't want to sound like an always complaining unsatisfied customer, but I'm really disappointed about the fact that for users that upgraded from M13 to Helix, there's still some extremely useful effects missing like LoRes delay, or the Growler. Wouldn't these effects should be top priority so that M series users can "really" switch to Helix? I mean, I'm currently in studio so I don't care, I can have the M13 in an FX loop of the Helix. But soon I'll be doing gigs again, this is not a viable option as you can guess :)

 

I know you can't probably say anything, but is there a chance these two particular effects will be coming soon?

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It just dawned on me it's not happening until next week. I've been salivating all day for this hooked up and ready to go. It's almost 10:30 p.m. in France and must crash now. I'll be away all of next week :(. Gutted.

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Very happy about the switch swapping.  I'm dealing with trying to do that manually right now, but will put it off until next week.  Thanks.

 

Holy smokes!  And the factory presets are leveled??  Thanks again!

 

 

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I have not yet loaded the last firmware update.  Does anyone know if I can load v1.06, when it's released, without the previous update installed?

 

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I have not yet loaded the last firmware update.  Does anyone know if I can load v1.06, when it's released, without the previous update installed?

 

G-

 

I wouldn't chance it, actually. Go ahead and upgrade to the latest if you can first.

 

But I could be wrong.

 

And yes. the Matchless is worth waiting for. Very awesome.

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I would love / need (and I'm sure a lot of others) the ability to be able to have a scene function within a preset. I've already voted for it in the ideascale. IE 1 button press turns on a set of blocks, button 2 turns off current set and turns on a separate set of blocks, button 3 same thing ect ect. Maybe allow blocks to be assigned to multiple footswitches. This would make the helix unstoppable. Thanks

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Sorry, guys. Just got a call from Dom, and 1.06 isn't quite ready for primetime. QA just found a rare bug with the new Helix librarian that's serious enough to make us hold off until early next week. We'd rather take pitchforks for something late than something not ready.

No stress for me. Have what I need already. Don't need a buggy update. Take your time, Line 6 ;)
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It's not a Matchless unless it replicates the harrowing experience of trying to nudge the master volume up and accidentally pushing in the knob and running t flat out

That's a pain everyone shares :)

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DI thanks a lot for sharing openly. We all appreciate this very much. Don't let the moaners pull you down and stay positive.

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Guys if i remember correct there is an editor also yes?

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Guys if i remember correct there is an editor also yes?

You mean a new one? It'll probably be released with the new FW.

For now, it's only the simple one.

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Guys if i remember correct there is an editor also yes?

 

I remember reading it was going to be shown at the namm show. Possibly being released around the end of this month. But I haven't heard anything at all about it yet. There seems to be an almost singular, collective focus on the new amp (for the next Helix update).

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Guys if i remember correct there is an editor also yes?

Pretty sure there HAS to be a new Helix app with the new firmware since there are new amps and effects that the old app wouldn't recognize.  Doesn't mean it has to be the full featured desktop editor we are all hoping for though.  Sure would be nice to have it and I REALLY hope it works off line too.  If it only works when connected it loses a lot of its functionality for me. 

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The editor was shown. There are pics of the screen at the fb forum.

 

Shipping? Not that I know of any time soon, but they don't tell us everything. That would be boring...

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just listened to the 

Line 6 Helix Matchless Amp demo by Glenn DeLaune they sound sweet

 

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just listened to the 

Line 6 Helix Matchless Amp demo by Glenn DeLaune they sound sweet

 

 

Yeah, me too! Plugged my phone into my car on my lunch break, cranked it up.

Glenn, sweeeet tones! i am digging the Matchless-Timmy combination quite alot.

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Pretty sure there HAS to be a new Helix app with the new firmware since there are new amps and effects that the old app wouldn't recognize.  Doesn't mean it has to be the full featured desktop editor we are all hoping for though.  Sure would be nice to have it and I REALLY hope it works off line too.  If it only works when connected it loses a lot of its functionality for me. 

 

Not sure if a new app would be required to recognize new amps/effects, hopefully a new app revision is not required every time something got added to the Helix. It should only require a new app for major firmware changes, for instance, with global settings, and even then you could probably code an app to pick up on them. However, it sure would be great to see a new version of the Helix library app if for no other reason than to fix the bug where blank presets cause saved presets to have their names moved to one location while the actual preset settings stay in the original slot; and totally agree, it would also be a huge improvement if it worked offline. The same goes for the editor when it gets here (looking forward to its arrival).

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