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Hey people,

 

Would any of you guys mind helping me out, I just bought a helix LT and while I will have to wait about a week for it to ship and arrive I want to start learning more about it and building a stockpile of useful material to help me get the most out of the unit.

 

So while this more than likely already exists (if so please will you post a link to it), could you guys direct me to the best posts, sites and videos to read up on learning to program the helix and about how things work with it?

 

If you could provide some recommendations for Third Party Cab Impulse Responses to try out that would be awesome to!

 

I appreciate any help that's given.

 

Thanks in advance,

Phil

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I'm a relative newbie myself, but I think I can provide at least some help.  Having just been through the learning curve myself, I can definitely give you a few pointers that may be helpful.

 

First thing is that I'd recommend  you download the manual and read it: http://line6.com/support/manuals/helixlt

 

Until you actually PLAY with the unit, some of the stuff will be hard to wrap your head around (trust me on this one), but this should at least give you a head start.  I would also recommend searching YouTube for things like "Helix Snapshots" and "helix presets" etc.  There are lots of great videos out there, and many of them give great tips on getting the best sound.

 

Here's a couple of links that may give you food for thought about 3rd-party IR's...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8Qrt-Q79U4&t=850s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX8dLRb_9FM

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Three IR creators that are mentioned a lot are Ownhammer, 3 Sigma, and Red Wire. There are free ones all over the place. I find that they are more subtle than I expected so I'm pretty good with the included cabs. I have never actually purchased any except those that came with a bundle of patches. I know there are many who disagree with me and greatly prefer IR's over the included cabs. The main problem with this thread is you really do have to decided for yourself with your own ears. There doesn't seem to be a majority opinion on which is better.

 

https://www.ownhammer.com/store/

 

http://www.3sigmaaudio.com/shop/

 

http://www.redwirez.com/

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Free IR from Celestion. I like the fact that these are essentially direct from the speaker manufacturer (or at least licensed by them) - https://www.celestionplus.com/free-download/

 

This pack is free and designed and licensed for Line6 specifically for the Helix - http://line6.com/allure/

 

Other links for free IRs - http://line6.com/support/topic/17076-links-for-free-impulse-responses-ir-here/?hl=free+impulse+response

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Here's a little advice from a different direction from a newbie who got the Helix early this year.  Many of us are initially shocked at what seems like bad tone.  The forum is filled with discussion related to this, especially fizz.  As far as I have seen, it's always fixable unless there's an actually defective unit (seems really rare).  While not universally accepted, many of us believe the best way to get "your" tone is to create you own presets.  You can learn some cool approaches from others' presets.  And finally, it seems that is can take significant time to really get a handle on the Helix, and I still learn new things all the time, and others have said they are after having it for years.  If you think about all the parameters the amps, speakers, IRs, and all the effects have, the options are almost infinite (slight exaggeration).  My experience, which is someone with digital and modeling experience, is still that the possibilities are staggering.  Point is, be patient and realize really getting control of this thing might take longer than a few weeks.  I don't have a single preset I created early on that I still use.  I'm always learning something new and tweaking things and trying new amps, etc.  Patience my be required!

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Here's a great tutorial from Redwirez regarding how to best dial in tones with an IR.  Obviously it's written with a slant toward their IR's, but a lot of what they're talking about applies generally to mic types and mic placements on IRs and should be generally useful in selecting which configuration of IRs might best achieve the sound you want.

 

http://redwirez.com/ir/DialingInYourTone.pdf

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Would any of you guys mind helping me out, I just bought a helix LT and while I will have to wait about a week for it to ship and arrive I want to start learning more about it and building a stockpile of useful material to help me get the most out of the unit.

 

 

What kind of music will you be playing? Seems like only high gain players mention "the fizz". I am not a high gain player and I found that just dropping in an amp/cab model and a parallel reverb/delay sounded glorious to my ears. 

 

If you already have experience with a few real life amps and effects, Helix works the same way. It is just "virtual". Don't try to make it too complicated. 

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What kind of music will you be playing? Seems like only high gain players mention "the fizz". I am not a high gain player and I found that just dropping in an amp/cab model and a parallel reverb/delay sounded glorious to my ears. 

 

If you already have experience with a few real life amps and effects, Helix works the same way. It is just "virtual". Don't try to make it too complicated. 

You make a great point for me - it helps to have all the facts before providing advice!

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Hi and welcome. As you can see there are a lot of very helpful people at this forum. I do agree that the best way to learn is done by having the unit next to you.

Before i got mine i:

Did a lot of reading in this forum.

Downloaded the manual - did not spend a lot of time in this as Helix is very easy to handle.

Viewed a lot of youTube videos

Made notes of specific settings like IR / Cab low and Hi cuts and so. just to give me a checklist of settings that worked for other people.

Made note of a few IR that other recommended (for my kind of music)

 

Videos like Helix Minute - short and sweet

 

Building presets

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKG83A22c-s

 

Line6 videos:

http://line6.com/support/page/kb/_/tutorial-videos/line-6-video-tutorials-complete-list-r202

 

You can pick quite a lot up from there.

But as I am very hands on I had to go through all again to learn once my Helix arrived.

 

Good luck and remember - you can get great tones from this unit.....

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Search "freeset Friday " on YouTube. It will give you results linked to the official Helix channel. I still learn new things from that guy every week. Great channel...

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