d0stenning Posted September 12, 2016 Share Posted September 12, 2016 Threads that discuss "whats coming next" and wish lists are legion. But here are some things that I consider generally true for most HELIX owners who've spent some time with this unit. MORE or IMPROVED AMPS or EFFECTS will add **little** really benefit to how we use HELIX - PRACTICALLY. I argue its now Icing On The Cake. 1) We **already** have quite enough Amp models to work with. If any guitarist worth their salt cannot get good sounds - **regardless** of style out to the models we already have - then the problems probably lie elsewhere - or the guitarist should consider selling it and going back to the "real thing" 2) Although there **are** effects galore that could be added - and arguably the largest use for HELIX is for its non-amp-sim effects - not so much the amps - due to the convenience of this versus a huge pedal-board and **although** it appears the reverb models could be improved. Even so - fact is we really DO have quite enough to be getting on with. So again - more or improved effects or amp models will not significantly improve the daily life, workflow and musical ways in which the HELIX gets used. THIS OUGHT NOT TO BE THE PRIORITY FOR the next firmware release. So what would offer MORE and SIGNIFICANTLY MORE value to how we use the HELIX ? Its all the other stuff. So now we have SNAPSHOTSHere are some examples - n- which was the last major improvement - effecting ALL users irrespective of the sounds they use: We need the ability to set a wider range of parameters for which they operate across ALL presets - namely GLOBAL. Examples of this are: 1) Easier means of adjusting the USB 1/2 input volume ( rather than in Globals ) - since for people who use this - this volume will most likely be tweaked constantly a LOT for example for each backing track 2) MIDI Controller settings for pedals - used for example to control external loopers, effects like H9 or Strymon, or DAW transport . Currently these are set up PER PRESET which is a pain if one needs to use a whole range of presents with the same MIDE settings. So - an option as to whether to use GLOBAL or PER-PRESET MIDI CONTROLLER settings needs adding. Alternate solutions for this problem or "need' can of course be figured out by L6 themselves but the main point is that a solution is found. 3) In similar fashion - the Global EQ option is great. But we need more of them. Presets For this would allow Separate Global EQs for amp cabinets, studio monitors , Live PA or FRFR - or even different venues commonly used. 4) Currently All of the SEND and RETURN assignments are LOCAL to each preset. Ideal for a lot of uses, but there are many cases where one might want to use a particular stereo set of returns GLOBALLY across the board. For example - to play stereo backing tracks via an external device like the DIGITECH JamMan Solo XT or analog outputs form A PC or Laptop or MP3 Player into the HELIX. 5) Many users have requested some easy GLOBAL means by which ANY preset that has a cabinet model in it - can easily either ACROSS THE BOARD - have the cabinets bypassed for those users who are using real external cabinets when gigging. but the cab-sims when recording or practicing. In addition to this - some have suggested that - for example a separate set of outputs, XLR/LINE or one of the SEND pairs - could be assigned GLOBALLY to output MINUS cabinets, while another pair output the entire chain. In a way this is similar to 4 Wire - except we're not talking "wet/dry" here but "Cab/No cab" - but again - at heart what the need here is - is to make life easy for those who are likely to use and set up many patches where the requirement for routing - just like MIDI Control mapping - is likely to be required identically for ALL presets. 6) There has been some discussion suggesting that adding another layer to provide EQ curves for different volume levels would be greatly beneficial. A forum user supplied some EQ curves which audiology has established can compensate for different playing-playing-back levels. If none of the above were implemented - another stop-gap solution - would be to at least allow us in the HELIX Editor to copy **parts** of one preset and paste to another preset. So a workaround solution for 1-5 might be to. IN THE HELIX EDITOR: 1) Allow the COMMAND CENTER settings to be copied and pasted into a different patch. 2) Allow ALL of a single BRANCH in a patch to be copied and pasted into another patch. 3) Allow TWO patches to be displayed AT ONCE in the HELIX EDITOR - to facilitate easier copying and pasting from one patch to another. To sum up - I think all of the above add far more value and would radically improve the ease of using HELIX in situations where we use a lot of patches. Particularly if prone to buying or trying out 3rd party presets or CustomTone presets. Now - for those who happen to or advocated that the solution to this - is to just use ONE SINGLE PATCH FOR EVERYTHING......... fine. Maybe that works for you - but not everyone - and in fact the above might be needed simply to get to the point where one feels ready to settle down to the ONE_PATCH_FOR_ALL solution. Which I think might be nice - but hard to get to. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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