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Thumb Drive Owners Manual


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Received Helix last week. In advance I had downloaded the owners manual off of the Line 6 site in order to have a head start on the operations. After delivery my intention was to take the provided thumb drive manual to Kinkos in order to print a bound hardcopy of the manual. ( I prefer post it notes and highlighters when I need to learn something technical). I open the thumb drive to review the file, and noticed there was no section on "Snapshots" in the drive version PDF. I did a word search of the document and "Snapshots" didn't return. This is a BIG DEAL as the Snapshot function of the Helix is incredible. If I had relied only on the thumb drive manual, I would be unaware of the Snapshot function. Just letting new owners know to get the Manual from the Line 6 site. This isn't a dig, an IT friend of mine told me that I should let the Line 6 Tech Writers know about this.

 

The Helix is complicated but really well thought out. Once (I) get a concept of a function, it sort of unfolds or snowballs in to other functionality.

 

I am sort of at a loss for how good it sounded on the gig. It was like my ears had popped, or like seeing after my glasses had been cleaned. It didn't exhibit digital brittleness, yet it allowed my tone to sit up in the mix while being bright and cutting through. I hope that I never get used to how good it sounded, had a couple of "got chills" moments on Sunday, same old licks, just new sonic qualities.

D-out 

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To the manual - yeah, I downloaded the most recent version, and put it on the drive.  Kinda saw it coming - snapshots were bound to require an update.

 

To the gig - congrats!  I know just how you feel, once I got my core sound dialed in the gigs have been consistently great - well, from a guitar sound point of view.  There's still the drummer to deal with.......

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The Helix will evolve with each new update. When Line 6 adds new features, they will invariably go into the manual. A digital manual is really the best solution unless you wish to print out only the new bits that are applicable and discard the bits that are obsolete, to keep your hard copy canon.

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