zooey Posted August 17, 2016 Share Posted August 17, 2016 Amid the various talk about different ways of setting Helix up for optimal access to presets, snapshots, and stomps, I can't help feeling that the fundamental problem is that you can't get to all of all of those quickly. The Mode switch lets you switch between two footswitch configurations, which was fine when we were only dealing with presets and stomps, but now that snapshots are in the mix, you can either split the available switches between your choice of two different functions, which doesn't give you enough of either of them, or you're stepping on two switches simultaneously to get to snaps. Line 6 has proven that they're usually way out ahead of us in coming up with interface ideas and making them clear and easy to use, so there's a good chance they'll knock this one out of the park too, but I thought I put a proposal out there for comments. The basic idea is that the Mode switch isn't inherently a two-state toggle. It's a configurable loop of footswitch setups, and hitting Mode goes to the next one. For example, if it's configured to do Presets, Snapshots, and Stomps, and presets are showing now, pressing it once gets you snaps, again gets you stomps, and again gets you back to presets. In addition, in place of the Snapshot Mode Footswitches Auto Return option, you can explicitly configure what shows after recalling a preset, and after recalling a snapshot. Those settings plus the existing Preset mode switches really give you a lot of navigation flexibility. As I thought about this, I really want to see how it actually felt in use, but I don't have the knowledge to modify the Helix firmware (yet!), so I built an HTML mockup you can try. The top section imitates the relevant global settings, and the bottom section simulates the resulting footswitches, with Preset, Snapshot and individual Stomp indicators. There's a minimal explanation next to each of the global settings. This may be more complex than people want, and of course there's no perfect world, but I'm interested in what folks think of it. Please let me know if how it works is confusing, and I'll either try to explain better here, or if you have ideas on how to make the thing itself clearer, I can do that when I get a chance. (Just to say it, use a recent mainstream browser. This isn't commercial software, and near zero effort has gone into cross-platform testing, it's just to get the ideas into peoples' hands. That said, it works ok with several of my desktop browsers, and on my phone.) 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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