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This is not a drill!

 

Helix v2.00.0 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!

IMPORTANT! YOU *MUST* FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO INSTALL 2.00!

1. Shut down all Line 6 software as well as any software that streams audio, including, but not limited to: iTunes, Spotify, DAWs, etc.

2. Use your CURRENT EXISTING Helix application to back up all of your presets and IRs (if you want to keep them). If you’re running Helix FW 1.12, your current Helix application version should be 1.12.

NOTE: You may want to back up individual Setlists so you can restore them to empty setlists without affecting the new 2.0 factory presets.

3. Quit the CURRENT EXISTING Helix editor application and download and install the NEW Helix editor application (2.00), available here: http://line6.com/software/ This also installs the newest version of Line 6 Updater (1.09).

4. If you’re using Helix Rack with Helix Control, turn off Helix Control.

5. Using the latest Line 6 Updater (1.09), update Helix/Helix Rack to the newest firmware (2.00). At the end of the update process, Helix/Helix Rack will reboot automatically and begin rebuilding presets. Wait for this process to complete.

6. If you’re using Helix Control with Helix Rack, connect and power on Helix Control. The inspector will ask if you want to update its firmware. Press Knob 6 (OK).

7. Turn off Helix/Helix Rack. YOU MUST RESET GLOBALS AND RESTORE PRESETS, OTHERWISE HELIX 2.0 MAY NOT WORK PROPERLY:

HELIX FLOOR: While holding footswitches 9 and 10 (middle two switches on the bottom row), turn on Helix.

HELIX RACK: While holding knobs 5 and 6 below the screen, turn on Helix Rack. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…†to appear and let go.

8. Using the NEW Helix editor application (2.00), restore the user presets you backed up in step 2.


 

New Amp Models

  • Cali IV Rhythm 1, based on* the Rhythm I channel of the MESA/Boogie® Mk IV
  • Cali IV Rhythm 2, based on* the Rhythm II channel of the MESA/Boogie® Mk IV
  • Cali IV Lead, based on* the Lead channel of the MESA/Boogie® Mk IV
  • Line 6 2204 Mod, Line 6 Original based on* a hot-rodded Marshall® JCM® 800
  • Line 6 Fatality, Line 6 Original

New Effects Models

  • Distortion > Wringer Fuzz (Mono, Stereo), based on* Garbage’s special BOSS® FZ-2
  • EQ > Cali Q Graphic (Mono, Stereo), based on* the MESA/Boogie® Mk IV’s 5-band EQ
  • Modulation > Harmonic Tremolo (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original
  • Delay > Vintage Digital (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original

* All product names used herein are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6. These trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during Line 6’s sound model development. Mesa/Boogie is a registered trademark of Mesa/Boogie, Ltd. Marshall and JCM are registered trademarks of Marshall Amplification Plc. BOSS is a registered trademark of Roland Corporation.

New Features

  • Snapshots—Select one of eight snapshots to instantly recall all block on/off states, up to 64 parameter values, certain Command Center values, and tempo. Any Delay, Reverb, or FX Loop block with its Trails parameter turned on will spill across snapshots seamlessly. To select a snapshot, press BANK UP and BANK DOWN simultaneously and then one of the middle eight footswitches. For Helix Rack owners who haven’t yet snagged Helix Control (and you should), press PRESETS and turn Knob 5 (Select Snapshot). For more information, check out the new Helix 2.0 Owner’s Manual, available here: http://line6.com/support/manuals/#effects (available later today)
  • Snapshot Parameter Assign—To adjust a parameter AND set it to automatically update per snapshot, press and turn the knob. To adjust a parameter WITHOUT it automatically updating per snapshot, just turn the knob like you normally would. If you accidentally press and turn and didn’t mean to, hold BYPASS and press the knob to instantly unassign snapshot control
  • Copy/Paste Snapshots—While touch-holding the footswitch for the snapshot you want to copy, briefly touch and release the footswitch for the snapshot you want to overwrite. For Helix Rack owners who haven’t yet snagged Helix Control (and again, you SHOULD), select the snapshot you want to copy, press PRESETS, and then ACTION. Press Knob 1 (Copy Snapshot). Select the snapshot you want to overwrite, press ACTION, and then Knob 2 (Paste Snapshot)
  • Swap Snapshots—Touch and hold two snapshot footswitches and a dialog appears, asking if you want to swap their location
  • Rename Snapshots—Press PRESETS and then Knob 6 (Rename Snapshot) to rename the snapshot to something meaningful, such as “VERSE 1â€, “BIG SOLO†or “D. IGLOO.†Snapshot names are limited to 10 characters
  • Global Settings > Preferences > Snapshot Edits—Determines whether or not any edits made to a snapshot are remembered when returning to that snapshot. "Recall" automatically recalls any edits made to the snapshot; "Discard" forgets any edits made and returns the snapshot to its state when the preset was last saved. You must save the preset to store changes to snapshots regardless. The home screen’s camera icon turns red when set to “Discard.†Shortcut: Hold BYPASS and press SAVE to toggle this setting
  • Global Settings > MIDI/Tempo > Tempo Select—In addition to Global and Per Preset (still the default), Helix’s tempo can now be set per snapshot. Shortcut: Touch TAP to briefly view and set this parameter
  • Global Settings > Footswitches > Preset Mode Switches—You can now determine whether each row in Preset footswitch mode (upper or lower) selects Presets, Snapshots, or Stomps. The default setting remains the same, but is now called “8 Presetsâ€
  • Global Settings > Footswitches > Snapshot Mode Footswitches—A new Global Settings > Footswitches parameter lets you set Snapshot mode footswitches as Auto Return (automatically returns to Preset or Stomp footswitch mode after selection) or Manual Return (stays in Snapshot footswitch mode until you press FS6 [CANCEL])
  • Global Settings > Footswitches > Up/Down Switches—FS1 and FS7 now have three options: Bank Up/Down, Preset Up/Down, and Snapshot Up/Down, available from the Global Settings > Footswitches menu. Shortcut: Press and hold FS1 and FS7 for one second to cycle through Bank Up/Down, Preset Up/Down, and Snapshot Up/Down
  • Global Settings > Ins/Outs > USB In 1/2 Trim—Added the ability to attenuate the level of incoming USB 1/2 signals, so Mac/PC/iOS applications with no (or difficult-to-access) app-level volume control can be more easily blended with Helix’s processing
  • Global Settings > Ins/Outs > Digital Out Level—Added the ability to adjust the digital (S/PDIF and AES/EBU) output level
  • Global Settings > EXP Pedals > EXP 1/2/3 Polarity—Added the ability to individually switch the polarity of EXP 1, 2, and 3, providing support for a wider variety of third-party expression pedals
  • Global Settings > EXP Pedals > EXP 1/2/3 Pedal Position—Global Settings > Footswitches > EXP Pedal Position has been split into separate parameters for each expression pedal. For example, EXP 1’s wah position can be recalled per preset, EXP 2’s volume position can act globally, and EXP 3’s reverb depth control can be recalled per snapshot
  • Controllers to Variax Parameters—Controllers (including Snapshots) can now control/recall Variax parameters, so you can do cool stuff like toggle between two guitar models with a footswitch, control Variax’s tone knob with an expression pedal, assign a momentary footswitch to drop D, recall completely different tunings with each snapshot, and more. There’s nothing special to do; just assign a controller to Variax parameters like you would any other parameter
  • Per Preset Guitar In Impedance—Global Settings > Ins/Outs > Guitar In Impedance has been moved to the Input > Multi and Input > Guitar In block and is now recalled per preset. It appears at Knob 4 as “Guitar In-Z.†Now that it’s on the Home page, you can assign a footswitch or snapshot to it and adjust how your guitar’s pickups are loaded in real time. The default has been changed to “Auto.â€
  • Enhanced Tuner Display—The tuner display now shows an additional –3-cent to +3-cent row of bars, providing more granularity when the note played is close to being in tune. Accuracy remains the same
  • MIDI Recall Indicator—Press PRESETS to open the Setlist menu. Dark text appears above Knob 2 and displays the necessary MIDI messages required to remotely recall the current setlist, preset, and snapshot so you don’t have to go digging through the manual

Other Improvements

  • Shortcut: Hold BYPASS and press a parameter knob to quickly remove any controller assignment (including the Snapshots controller). The value appears without brackets, indicating no controller is assigned to it
  • Shortcut: In Pedal Edit mode, press and hold FS10 (VALUE–) and FS11 (VALUE+) to quickly scroll through values. Now Helix Rack/Control users can quickly adjust parameters with their feet when no expression pedal is connected
  • Shortcut: In Pedal Edit mode, press and hold a Time (or Speed) parameter switch to toggle between ms (or Hz) and note values, just like pressing the knob
  • Helix’s pitch detect algorithms have been optimized and now track slightly faster
  • Parameters in the Global Settings menu have been reorganized to better reflect their category. For example, Tap Tempo Pitch has been moved to a new Preferences submenu and the Info submenu has been removed, as the current FW version now appears at the top of the Global Settings screen
  • On the Save, Name, and Customize screens, Knob 3 (Clear) has been replaced with Insert, which inserts a space and shifts all following characters to the right. You can still clear a character by pressing the joystick, which now cycles through A, a, 0, and [sPACE]
  • The Footswitch Assign page has been renamed “Bypass Assign†to better describe current and potential future functionality
  • Touch-hold any assigned stomp footswitch and the Customize button now also appears above Knob 5. The Customize button is grayed out if the footswitch has nothing yet assigned to it
  • On the Customize screens, Knob 4 now always displays a Remove button, regardless of whether a custom label has been assigned (solid button) or not (grayed out button)
  • When touching two stomp mode switches to swap their locations, the inspector text now tells you which two footswitches will be swapped
  • Recall snapshots remotely via an incoming MIDI CC message. A CC69 message with value 0 recalls Snapshot 1, value 1 recalls Snapshot 2, value 2 recalls Snapshot 3, and so forth
  • Footswitches in Looper mode now transmit corresponding MIDI CCs
  • Additions to and improvements made to the existing factory preset bundle
  • Re-leveled presets
  • The Helix Owner’s Manual has been updated to 2.0: http://line6.com/support/manuals/#effects (available later today)

Bug Fixes

  • Parameters could respond sluggishly when receiving lots of fast incoming MIDI CC data - FIXED
  • Some MIDI keyboards (including those by Roland and M-Audio) send active sensing messages every 300ms, which could sometimes affect Helix’s MIDI input to the computer, causing intermittent dropouts - FIXED
  • Certain cab model defaults with 121 Ribbon mic could display as 421 Dynamic - FIXED
  • Rapidly moving EXP 1/2/3 while importing/exporting presets could result in data lockout - FIXED
  • Command Center > Copy/Paste All Commands would not copy customized labels - FIXED
  • Learn Controller would not work with FS1 or FS7 while in 10 Switches Stomp mode - FIXED
  • Helix wouldn’t remember tuner output routing across power cycles - FIXED
  • After a factory reset, Global Settings > Ins/Outs > XLR Out Level would be set to Mic level until toggled, regardless of its displayed value - FIXED
  • Certain delay models’ Time parameter could only go down to 20ms, even if the display reflected a lower value - FIXED
  • The TAP footswitch’s LED would reflect Global tempo instead of Per Preset tempo - FIXED
  • General stability improvements
  • Other minor bug fixes and optimizations

Known Issues

 

  • In rare cases, snapshot-enabled parameter values may appear out of range; this doesn’t affect audio, only visual feedback of the value. If this happens, turn the knob slightly to reset the displayed value and resave
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Link is still to the revA manual

 

Give 'em a few minutes. They'll catch up.

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I was nervous at first. Halfway through the update my screen turned to a jumbled mess but the updater was still running fine. I let it finish and all went well. It's working great. Did my resets too

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I was nervous at first. Halfway through the update my screen turned to s jumbled mess but the updater was still running fine. I let it finish and all went well. It's working great. Did my resets too

Mine did the same thing but it updated just fine.  The main thing to remember is to back-up your patches BEFORE you start the update process.

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Just to head this off at the pass and re-emphasize - you must resets the globals and presets after this update, or the Helix won't work.

 

7. Turn off Helix/Helix Rack. HELIX FLOOR: While holding footswitches 9 and 10 (middle two switches on the bottom row), turn on Helix. HELIX RACK: While holding knobs 5 and 6 below the screen, turn on Helix Rack. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…†to appear and let go. YOU MUST RESET GLOBALS AND RESTORE PRESETS, OTHERWISE HELIX 2.0 MAY NOT WORK PROPERLY.

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The amount of control I have over my Variax with the Helix just went through the roof!

 

Multiple guitars per preset/snapshot... OMG!

 

This is amazing.

 

Also.. added a "Snapshots" section to http://helixhelp.com

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Massive update. Nice. I have always wanted a Mesa mk IV. Also it was one of the 3 amps I was wanting the Helix to get. Btw how is that model? I wont be home for a few more hours, and I gots to know.

 

Thank you Line 6.

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Massive update. Nice. I have always wanted a Mesa mk IV. Also it was one of the 3 amps I was wanting the Helix to get. Btw how is that model? I wont be home for a few more hours, and I gots to know.

Thank you Line 6.

Scroll to the 1230 mark to hear it

 

https://youtu.be/tG_3_x15PGo

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Exciting news!  However, the link given to the 2.00 download takes me to a screen saying the latest version is 1.12.  Am I being blind?

 

Found it.  I am blind.

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Fan-freaking-tastic update! I cannot believe my eyes and feet. The Helix has scenes (snapshots)! The already spectacular Helix just took a quantum leap forward. For all of us who have had faith in the Line6 team to improve this beautiful beast with time, our patience (and sometimes lack thereof) has been richly rewarded. Fantastic job guys!  I cannot express how much I appreciate what Line6 has delivered in the Helix! Again, great job and thank you for listening to your users or just pursuing your own plan, probably a bit of both. You have delivered some phenomenal new features here. Thank you so much for this update, it is beyond impressive! This device is already my favorite thing to play guitar with by a long-shot and it just got a whole lot better!

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Apparently an excellent update but I cannot find any mention of Helix Editor version 2.00 in the downloads section. Would someone please provide a link? Thanks.

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Apparently an excellent update but I cannot find any mention of Helix Editor version 2.00 in the downloads section. Would someone please provide a link? Thanks.

Mac OS X

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From what I can see so far the implementation of Snapshots in the new 2.0 firmware is just inspired and brilliant. Line6 has taken an incredibly complex feature and made it unbelievably easy to use, at least on the Helix. I have not played with it in the Editor yet. In addition, the new global settings for determining how the footswitches display snapshots, presets, and pedals are just perfect. Line6 continues in the tradition of other Helix features in developing the friendliest user interface imaginable. I am grinning ear to ear, they not only delivered scenes but delivered them in a manner that is accessible to even the most tech-averse guitarist.

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...I have not played with it in the Editor yet...

 

I wouldn't bother. It's SO stinkin' easy to do this on the unit. It's just sheer genius UI design.

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Snapshot mode has absolutely nailed it.  If there is something that you want to do, you should be able to do it with this unit.

 

There are things I was trying to do before which I'm sure could be done with the previous firmware, but snapshot makes it so easy!  Stops me tying myself in knots with a/b splits and tap dancing...

 

A big thanks!

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I'm stuck at Folly Beach, SC... Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.... :(

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HELP!!! Something failed (or I did something wrong) and not only the update didn't work, but it doesn't even start  :huh: 
What can I do? I'm trying to do a reset holding different combinations of switches while I power up and nothing works!
Aaaaaaaarrrgggggggg!!!!!

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HELP!!! Something failed (or I did something wrong) and not only the update didn't work, but it doesn't even start  :huh: 

What can I do? I'm trying to do a reset holding different combinations of switches while I power up and nothing works!

Aaaaaaaarrrgggggggg!!!!!

 

Try holding buttons 6 & 12 and powering up to go into "Safe Boot" mode and then reflashing the firmware. You may also want to download the new 2.0 firmware file to your PC and access it locally when you hopefully can run the Updater again. Good luck!

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When it tries to power up it shows the Helix animation, but the name on the screen alternates between Helix and Helix Rack

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Awesome update Line 6 and thanks for the Mesa Mark IV (from a Mesa fan)!!!

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Is it advisable, or a common practice to load the newest factory presets when updating firmware?

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The newest factory presets are a part of the firmware, so no need to do anything except update.

 

No auto volume! :angry: Just kidding.

 

This is really a great update. I think it far surpasses what anyone was expecting.

 

The new amp model seems quite versatile, particularly because the graphic EQ part of it is modeled as well.

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Argghhh - im typing this lying by a pool in Crete, 2000 miles from my Helix! Desperate to get my hands on this update, sounds simply inspired, but I'm sure a day or two more of sun, lazing around and drinking beer and rum won't hurt :-)

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Snapshots are freakin incredible.  I never knew I needed them.  I don't know what I'll do when I go use a regular board now.

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Is it possible to get the snapshots assigned to a footswitch in stomp mode?  Or can they only be on the preset/Bank window?

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Is it possible to get the snapshots assigned to a footswitch in stomp mode?  Or can they only be on the preset/Bank window?

 

You can set FS1/7 to be Snapshot Up/Down, and you can have both snapshots and stomps in Preset mode, but Stomp mode is dedicated for stomps.

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Absolutely MONSTROUS update!! I love how much Line 6 are listening to suggestions on IdeaScale, it's fantastic! V2.0 has taken things to a whole new level, you guys are killing it!! 

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You can set FS1/7 to be Snapshot Up/Down, and you can have both snapshots and stomps in Preset mode, but Stomp mode is dedicated for stomps.

Thanks for the info, I had it set up as Preset Up/Dwn with snapshots on the bottom and stomps on the top.  I guess my preference is 10 stomp mode.  I was anling to do 5 stomps and 5 snapshots in stomp mode.  And Bank up/dwn with presets in preset mode.  Not a complaint though.  Snapshots are really a different thing.

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I had the same issue of Inerzia....my helix won't start...tried every combination but  crashed....now I have the image of helix and helix rack ( I have the floor effect)

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By the way, my 2nd favorite feature after snapshots is input trim! I guess I'm not the only one tried to use their tablet to stream backing tracks. WOohoooO

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