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Helix Firmware 2.10 Release Notes (Nov 22, 2016)

 

New Amp Models

 

Archetype Clean, based on* the clean channel of the Paul Reed Smith® Archon®

Archetype Lead, based on* the lead channel of the Paul Reed Smith® Archon®

Line 6 Litigator, new Line 6 Original inspired by boutique mid-gain amps

 

New Effects Models

 

- Distortion > Stupor OD (Mono, Stereo), based on* the BOSS® SD-1 Overdrive

- Delay > Pitch Echo (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original

* Paul Reed Smith and Archon are registered trademarks of Paul Reed Smith Guitars, LP.

* BOSS is a registered trademark of Roland Corporation U.S.

 

New Features

 

Auto Enable/Bypass blocks from EXP 1/2/3 and Variax Volume/Tone Knobs—Processing blocks (such as Wah, Pitch Wham, etc.) can now be enabled/bypassed by simply moving EXP 1, EXP 2, EXP 3, or Variax’s Volume or Tone knob. Press MENU and then Knob 1 (Bypass Assign). Turn Knob 1 (Switch) to select the desired switch. When selecting a continuous controller as a switch, Knob 2 (Position) and Knob 3 (Wait) appear.

Bypass Assign > Position—Position determines the location in the Exp Pedal or Variax knob’s travel where the block is engaged. For example, if set to 1%, the block will turn off as soon as the pedal is moved to the heel position. If set to 99%, the block will only turn on when the pedal is moved to the toe position. To swap the on/off state regardless of position, press the BYPASS button.

Bypass Assign > Wait—Wait determines how long it takes after the Exp Pedal or

Variax Knob is moved below the Position location before the block turns off. For example, you may not want the Wah to turn off instantly every time you hit the heel position during your big funk solo. Also, does your song really need a big funk solo?

Block Bypass via MIDI—Individual processing blocks can now be enabled/bypassed via incoming MIDI CC messages. Press MENU and then Knob 1 (Bypass Assign). Turn Knob 4 (MIDI In) to choose the desired MIDI CC. Incoming CC values 0-63 will turn the block off; values 64-127 will turn the block on. Note that some MIDI CCs are reserved for global functions and cannot be selected.

Learn Bypass Assign—As with Controller Assign, you can also now quickly learn a source for bypassing the selected block instead of assigning it manually. On the Bypass Assign screen, press Knob 6 (Learn) and then engage the desired footswitch, expression pedal, Variax knob, or MIDI CC. Helix will show the switch above Knob 1 (Switch) or if it’s a MIDI CC message, above Knob 4 (MIDI In).

Clear All Bypass Assignments—You can now clear all bypass assignments at once. From the Bypass Assign screen, press ACTION and then Knob 1 (Clear All Assignments). Press Knob 6 (OK) to confirm.

Snapshot footswitch LED color—You can now choose a color for each snapshot footswitch. Press the PRESETS knob and then Knob 6 (Rename Snapshot). Turn knob 5 (LED Color) to select the desired color. â€œAuto Color†is the default red. NOTE: There is currently no way to set snapshot footswitch color from the Helix application.

Split > Y Balance parameters—The old Split > Y block sends both left and right signals to Paths A and B equally. 2.10 adds individual balance (pan) control of the signals sent to Path A and B. By default, they’re set to “Centerâ€, which behaves exactly like the old Split > Y block.

Support for MIDIpants

 

Improvements/Changes

 

- Added a Headroom parameter to Delay > Vintage Digital

- Snapshots now recall the currently active expression controller (EXP 1 or EXP 2) for the built-in treadle

- Split > Y can now be bypassed; when bypassed, the block sends both left and right signals to both paths equally (like the old Split Y block)

- Looper Mode switch LEDs now display a dim/lit state to better reflect their current states

- Non-selected Pedal Edit Mode parameter switch LEDs now display a dim state

- Added forward slash [/] to list of characters for naming presets, setlists, snapshots, and Stomp mode custom labels

- Bypass Assign > Knob 1 (Footswitch) has been relabeled “Switch†to better reflect all values

- Tap Tempo no longer affects a preset’s dirty state (“E†icon)

- Minor updates to the Factory Preset bundle

- If a user fails to read and follow the update instructions, Helix will cause their car radio to only play polka death metal every Thursday from 1-3pm PST

 

Bug Fixes

 

- Errant graphics could appear when selecting an IR block from the Controller Assign page - FIXED

- When assigning a command to EXP 3 on the Command Center page, the turquoise indicator could occasional fail to appear - FIXED

- When sending/receiving Looper MIDI CC messages through external devices, MIDI feedback could occur - FIXED

- General stability improvements

- Other minor bug fixes and optimizations

 

Known Issues

 

- In very rare cases, corrupted presets containing a Volume/Pan > Volume Pedal block can cause volume to drop to 0%. In such cases, completely clear the Volume Pedal block and add again. If the same preset exhibits this behavior again, please contact Line 6 Customer Service and be ready to email us the raw preset so we can analyze it

- Bypass Assign > Wait defaults to 300ms from the hardware and 100ms when selected within the Helix edit application

- Copying and pasting a block assigned to auto enable/bypass from the Helix editor may result in a “Cannot paste block†error message while the Helix hardware confirms the block was indeed pasted correctly. Workaround: Save the preset to re-sync the application.

 

 

Helix Firmware 2.11 Release Notes (Dec 15, 2016)

 

Bug Fixes

 

- After importing a pre-2.10 preset that contains snapshots, EXP 2 could disappear from the expression pedal’s scribble strip LCD - FIXED

- After importing a pre-2.10 preset with IR 127 or 128 loaded, corruption could occur - FIXED

- Bypass Assign > Wait defaults to 300ms from the hardware and 100ms when selected within the Helix edit application - FIXED

- General stability improvements

- Other minor bug fixes and optimizations

 

Known Issues

 

- In very rare cases, corrupted presets containing a Volume/Pan > Volume Pedal block can cause volume to drop to 0%. In such cases, completely clear the Volume Pedal block and add again. If the same preset exhibits this behavior again, please contact Line 6 Customer Service and be ready to email us the raw preset so we can analyze it

- Copying and pasting a block assigned to auto enable/bypass from the Helix editor may result in a “Cannot paste block†error message while the Helix hardware confirms the block was indeed pasted correctly. Workaround: Save the preset to re-sync the application.

- EXP TOE cannot be bypass assigned using the LEARN option in Bypass Assign menu

 

 

Helix Editor v2.10 Release Notes (Nov 22, 2016)

 

New Features

 

Auto Enable/Bypass blocks from EXP 1/2/3 and Variax Volume/Tone Knobs—Processing blocks (such as Wah, Pitch Wham, etc.) can now be enabled/bypassed by simply moving EXP 1, EXP 2, EXP 3, or Variax’s Volume or Tone knob. Click the Bypass Assign tab. From the source pulldown menu (normally reads “Noneâ€), select the desired switch. When selecting a continuous controller as a switch, Position and Wait sliders appear.

- Bypass Assign > Position—Position determines the location in the Exp Pedal or Variax knob’s travel where the block is engaged. For example, if set to 1%, the block will turn off as soon as the pedal is moved to the heel position. If set to 99%, the block will only turn on when the pedal is moved to the toe position. To swap the on/off state regardless of position, click the small bypass icon above the selected block.

Bypass Assign > Wait—Wait determines how long it takes after the Exp Pedal or Variax Knob is moved below the Position location before the block turns off. For example, you may not want the Wah to turn off instantly every time you hit the heel position during your big funk solo. Also, does your song really need a big funk solo?

Block Bypass via MIDI—Individual processing blocks can now be enabled/bypassed via incoming MIDI CC messages. Click the Bypass Assign tab. Move the MIDI In slider to choose the desired MIDI CC. Incoming CC values 0-63 will turn the block off; values 64-127 will turn the block on. Note that some MIDI CCs are reserved for global functions and cannot be selected.

Split > Y Balance parameters—The old Split > Y block sends both left and right signals to Paths A and B equally. 2.10 adds individual balance (pan) control of the signals sent to Path A and B.

Snapshot Assign Shortcut—OPTION-click (Mac) or ALT-click (PC) any Home screen parameter to quickly assign its value to the Snapshots controller

Unassign Controller Shortcut—SHIFT-OPTION-click (Mac) or SHIFT-ALT-click (PC) any Home screen parameter to instantly remove any controller assignment

Exit Fullscreen Mode Shortcut—Press ESC to exit fullscreen mode

 

Improvements/Changes

 

- Added a Headroom parameter to Delay > Vintage Digital

- Split > Y can now be bypassed; when bypassed, the block sends both left and right signals to both paths equally (like the old Split Y block)

- Added forward slash [/] to list of characters for naming presets, setlists, snapshots, and Stomp mode custom labels

- Bypass Assign tab has been relabeled “Switch†to better reflect all values

- Tap Tempo no longer affects a preset’s dirty state

- If a user fails to read and follow the update instructions, Helix will cause their car radio to only play polka death metal every Thursday from 1-3pm PST

 

Bug Fixes

 

- If many MIDI program change messages are received while the editor is importing or exporting data, the editor can freeze and Helix can crash - FIXED

- Copying and pasting blocks on top of one another while in Pedal Edit mode can sometimes result in a blank scribble strip - FIXED

- General stability improvements

- Other minor bug fixes and optimizations

 

Known Issues

 

- When changing snapshots from the Helix application, block redraws may appear slower than normal. This does not affect actual snapshot selection

- Bypass Assign > Wait defaults to 300ms from the hardware and 100ms when selected within the Helix edit application

- Copying and pasting a block assigned to auto enable/bypass from the Helix editor may result in a “Cannot paste block†error message while the Helix hardware confirms the block was indeed pasted correctly. Workaround: Save the preset to re-sync the application.

 

 

Helix Editor v2.11 Release Notes (Dec 15, 2016)

 

Bug Fixes

 

- After importing a pre-2.10 preset that contains snapshots, EXP 2 could disappear from the expression pedal’s scribble strip LCD - FIXED

- After importing a pre-2.10 preset with IR 127 or 128 loaded, corruption could occur - FIXED

- Bypass Assign > Wait defaults to 300ms from the hardware and 100ms when selected within the Helix edit application - FIXED

- Bypass Assign > Custom Label And Switch LED parameters do not apply to EXP 1/2/3 and Variax Vol/Tone, yet were visible - FIXED

- In rare cases when selecting a snapshot, the Input block could revert to None and become unresponsive - FIXED

- If continuous bypass assignments exist in a preset containing multiple snapshot states, in rare cases, some parameters could not recall correctly - FIXED

- General stability improvements

- Other minor bug fixes and optimizations

 

Known Issues

 

- When changing snapshots from the Helix application, block redraws may appear slower than normal. This does not affect actual snapshot selection

- Copying and pasting a block assigned to auto enable/bypass from the Helix editor may result in a “Cannot paste block†error message while the Helix hardware confirms the block was indeed pasted correctly. Workaround: Save the preset to re-sync the application

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