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Help me decide how to use my second expression pedal


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Mission expression pedal is incoming!  Thanks to this board I took advantage of the $69.99 Line 6 deal and the order shipped yesterday.

 

Now that I know the Mission footswitch will be useless for a floor helix unit, I'm trying to decide how I can best use it.  My typical setup uses the onboard exp pedal for wah (engaged when I press the toe button) or whammy (engages with one of the regular footswitches).  

 

How do you all use your second exp pedals and what should I try out with mine?

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I'm not sure how the Mission toe-switch is configured, but if it has (or will accept) a standard 3PDT switch and has a dedicated jack (and you're handy with a soldering iron), you can use both Helix external expression pedal jacks to rig up a single external expression pedal with a functional toe switch. See here:

 

http://line6.com/support/topic/26725-toe-switching-with-an-external-exp-pedal/

 

I don't use mine that way anymore, but it is handy if you're just running one external expression pedal. These days I have two external expression pedals hooked up. They are both set up with the auto-on bypass function; the first controls rate on a Vibe in all patches, the second one is rate on either a tremolo or vibrato depending on the patch.

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For me the main thing I use it for in most patches is a Volume pedal. Volume pedals don't have footswitches. jbuhajla's recommendation would be another way I would predominantly use it.

 

I like the on board one for pedal effects that would have a switch like a wah. I wish I had known about the footswitch hack for the pedal with the footswitch. If the price cut is still there in a few months, I may get one.

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I have two external pedals so one is Exp2 and always volume, the other is Exp 3 and usually does mix for various effects or signal paths.  Exp 1 usually does drive or gain on amps or distortion or wah (which I very seldom use).

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3 expression pedals.  2 is always Volume pedal, usually after the amp and I use my knob fro before the amp.

3 is usually either mix and/or feedback on delays, but sometimes other things

1 is often wah if I have one, which isn't often, otherwise I often set it up to control mix and decay on reverbs.

Or I might use it to control drive on an amp or dirt pedal

Or I might use it for depth of tremelo

Or lots of other things.  And I'm only just getting into using multiple expression pedals.

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