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Helix Firmware 2.80 (Available SPRING 2019)

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2.80 "The Missed Connections Update"
AVAILABLE SPRING 2019—Don't go looking for it now!
New Amp Models (8)

  • Name TBD, based on* the classic 1958 Fender® 5C3 Tweed Deluxe
  • Name TBD, based on* the classic 1958 Fender® 5C3 Tweed Deluxe
  • Name TBD, based on* the classic 1958 Fender® 5C3 Tweed Deluxe
  • Name TBD, based on* the modern 2016 Grammatico® LaGrange
  • Name TBD, based on* the modern 2016 Grammatico® LaGrange
  • Name TBD, based on* the modern 2016 Grammatico® LaGrange
  • Name TBD, based on* the Gain 2 channel of the Revv® Generator 120 (other channels will come later)
  • Name TBD, based on* the Ampeg® SVT-4 Pro

 

New Effects Models (7)

  • Distortion > Name TBD (Mono, Stereo), based on the Hermida Zendrive
  • Distortion > Name TBD (Mono, Stereo), based on the Analogman King of Tone
  • Distortion > Name TBD (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI V1
  • Distortion > Name TBD (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Ampeg Scrambler Bass Overdrive
  • Filter > Name TBD (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Moog Moogerfooger Murf Filter
  • EQ > Shelf, Line 6 Original
  • EQ > Tilt, Line 6 Original

 

New Features (Firmware 2.80)

  • Variax String Level—Helix can now remotely adjust the level of each guitar string on a connected Variax independently. From the Input > Multi or Input > Variax block, press PAGE > three times and turn Knobs 1-6 to adjust each string’s level. Just like with any amp, cab, or effect, String Level can be quickly assigned to footswitches, expression pedals, or even Snapshots. "Wait. You mean I can assign the expression pedal to swell in the volume of strings 3, 4, 5, and 6? And I can turn down the top two strings for the verse (Snapshot 1) and bring them back in for the chorus (Snapshot 2)? And if the high E is too shrill I can back its volume down to 82%?" Yes. "That's pretty nuts." Yes it is
  • PowerCab Plus remote supportHelix can now remotely adjust parameters in up to two L6 LINK-connected PowerCab Plus modeling speaker cabs. When one PowerCab Plus is connected via L6 LINK (110-ohm AES/EBU cable), it receives a mono signal from Helix; when two PowerCab Plus amps are daisy-chained via L6 LINK, the first cab in the chain receives the left signal and the second cab receives the right signal. From the Output > Multi or Output > Digital block, press PAGE > to view page 2 and turn Knob 2 (PowerCab Select) to choose which PowerCab you'd like to control (or both, for stereo). Just like with any amp, cab, or effect, PowerCab Plus parameters can be quickly assigned to footswitches, expression pedals, or even Snapshots
  • DT25/DT50 remote supportHelix can now remotely adjust parameters for up to two L6 LINK-connected DT25 or DT50 amplifiers. When one DT25 or DT50 is connected via L6 LINK (110-ohm AES/EBU cable), it receives a mono signal from Helix; when two DT25 or DT50 amplifiers are daisy-chained via L6 LINK, the first cab in the chain receives the left signal and the second cab receives the right signal. From the Output > Multi or Output > Digital block, press PAGE > to view page 4 and turn Knob 2 (DT Select) to choose which DT amp you'd like to control (or both, for stereo). Just like with any amp, cab, or effect, DT25/DT50 parameters can be quickly assigned to footswitches, expression pedals, or even Snapshots
  • Command Center > Hotkeys—The Command Center can now send QWERTY hotkeys (keyboard shortcuts with or without modifiers such as SHIFT, OPTION/ALT, and COMMAND) to your Mac or PC via USB. Helix can now control virtually any software ever made, including DAWs, DJ software, lighting software, media players, video software, browsers, photo editing software, video games, Powerpoint, Excel… If you can control it with your computer keyboard, you can now control it with your feet... or preset or snapshot recall. From the Command Center screen, select a footswitch and turn Knob 1 (Command) to select “Hotkey.” Turn knobs 2-5 to select the desired keystroke. If the keystroke doesn’t have modifiers, leave knobs 2, 3, and 4 set to “None”. IMPORTANT! Note that the first time you update Helix/HX to 2.80, your Mac or PC may ask what kind of keyboard you have connected. Just ignore this and close the window
  • New Software Remote Templates for controlling DAWs, YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, and other applications via USB. Press PRESET, move the joystick left to select the Setlist column, select 8 TEMPLATES, and press the joystick. Software remote templates begin at 06B. Note that you can copy and paste all hotkeys into other presets from the Command Center page's Action panel
  • Per-Block Snapshot BypassSelect a block and press ACTION. Turn Knob 5 (Snapshot Bypass) to "Off" to disable snapshot control of that block's bypass state. "On" remains the default for all blocks
  • Snapshot Toggle—The new Global Settings > Preferences > Snapshot Reselect parameter determines whether pressing the current Snapshot footswitch reloads that snapshot ("Reload", the default) or toggles between it and the previously selected snapshot ("Toggle Prev")
  • Swap Up/Down SwitchesOn Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, or HX Effects, touch the Up and Down switches together for one second, and then press Knob 6 (OK) [or FS6 on HX Effects]. The up and down switches are now swapped. You may also manually set these from Global Settings > Footswitches > Swap FS1/FS7 [Swap FS1/FS4 on HX Effects]
  • Command Center > Momentary CC Toggle/CV Toggle—An additional Type parameter has been added to Amp Control and CC Toggle messages when set to footswitches (and CV Toggles in Helix Floor and Rack/Control)
  • Tempo IndicatorPress TAP/TUNER to enter a new tempo. The scribble strip (Performance View on Helix LT) briefly displays the entered tempo
  • EXP Indicator—Helix Floor only: Move the built-in expression pedal. The EXP scribble strip displays a position indicator (0 ~ 100%). In addition, a new Global Settings > Displays > Pedal Position Display parameter lets you determine whether the indicator is temporary (disappears after 1 second, the default) or remains visible
  • Pedal Edit Mode Enhancements—Pedal Edit Mode now lets you tweak Input and Output block parameters with your feet, including Variax String volume, PowerCab Plus Remote parameters, and DT25/DT50 parameters

 

New Features (Helix Native 1.80)

  • HX Unity—Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, Helix Native, HX Effects, and HX Stomp all now live within the same ecosystem. Using multiple windows within HX Edit and/or multiple instances within the Helix Native plug-in, both blocks and entire presets can be freely dragged and dropped or copied and pasted between units. Aside from a few obvious caveats (like six blocks in HX Stomp or effects only in HX Effects), all Helix and HX products can now share the same content
  • Hardware Compatibility Modes—Helix Native can now reflect the signal flow and model set of all Helix and HX hardware devices, so transferring presets to and from your DAW is even easier. In addition, Hardware Compatibility can be disabled, so the simultaneous model count is now limited only by the speed of your computer. From the lower left-corner of the plug-in window, click your User Name and select "Preferences..." From the Hardware Compatibility Mode pull-down menu, select the desired hardware (or none at all).
  • Undo/Redo—From the Edit pull-down menu, select Undo (Shortcut: Command-Z) or Redo (Shortcut: Shift-Command-Z) to undo or redo the most recent edit
  • Okay, this one isn't technically a feature, but Helix Native is now $99.99 US for all registered owners of Helix Floor, Helix Rack, Helix LT, HX Effects, and HX Stomp

 

New Features (HX Edit 2.80)

  • HX Unity—Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, Helix Native, HX Effects, and HX Stomp all now live within the same ecosystem. Using multiple windows within HX Edit and/or multiple instances within the Helix Native plug-in, both blocks and entire presets can be freely dragged and dropped or copied and pasted between units. Aside from a few obvious caveats (like six blocks in HX Stomp or effects only in HX Effects), all Helix and HX products can now share the same content.

 

Improvements/Changes

  • Helix Floor, Rack/Control, LT, HX Effects only (feature is already in HX Stomp): Additional values have been added to recall snapshots remotely via MIDI. CC69 Value 8 will select the next snapshot and Value 9 will select the previous snapshot
  • Helix Floor, Rack/Control, LT only (feature is already in HX Effects and HX Stomp): Global Settings > Footswitches > Touch Select now lets you choose whether touching a switch, pressing a switch, or both selects any assigned item. The default remains "Touch."
  • Helix Floor, Rack/Control, LT, HX Effects only: Pressing Up and Down switches now exits snapshot mode as well as entering it
  • Helix Floor, Rack/Control, LT only: The "Pac Man" shortcut where moving the joystick right from the Output block jumps to the Input block (and vice versa) now also works when moving the joystick up and down
  • Helix Floor, Rack/Control, LT only (feature is already in HX Stomp and HX Effects): On the Save Preset screen, moving the joystick right from the last character jumps to the first (and vice versa)
  • Helix Floor, Rack/Control, LT only: Page indication has changed from small colored dots to the right of the inspector to a scrolling inspector header line (similar to the one in HX Stomp)
  • Impulse Response blocks now display as many IR file name characters as will fit in the inspector header. In addition, the last several characters will be visible regardless of name length (as they're often the most important ones!)
  • Helix Floor, Rack/Control, LT, HX Stomp: Pressing the Cab > Mic parameter knob now returns the value to default
  • Helix Floor, Rack/Control, LT only (feature is already in HX Stomp): The boot screen now displays a red progress bar
  • Helix Floor, Rack/Control, LT, HX Effects: Copying and pasting all Command Center commands now properly pastes any custom labels
  • Helix Floor, Rack/Control, LT, HX Effects: Pressing Up and Down together from Snapshot mode now exits to the previous mode (same as pressing EXIT)

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