Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
taylorbeats

Repurpose Unused Snapshots

Recommended Posts

So I set up my Helix to have a preset for each song I play.  Sometimes those songs require snapshots, sometimes it's only one snap.

What to do with the others?  Well I put notes in the scribble strips-chord progression, a notey run, song form etc.

It helps me quite a bit, nice large type and no fumbling with an ipad, etc.

At some point it might be great to have a song view on the larger screen.

 

  • Upvote 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
31 minutes ago, Hilpatajutaa said:

And now I regret that I bought LT. Stupid me.

lol! Great idea OP I wished there was more room for text in each preset/snap for minor notes.

 

Show us a pic?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gee...I hope you don't start playing any funky jazz stuff (Stevie Wonder, Micheal McDonald, Kenny Loggins, etc..  There's not enough scribble strips for those progressions!!!

 

  • Haha 1
  • Upvote 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gold Dust Woman, for the life of me just can't remember the progressions so a Verse and Chorus button.  Forces me to look down when I hit the switch.

And looking at the signal path constantly is kind of silly hence the Song Notes mode for the screen or add another screen somewhere with the next generation.

My failing memory...might as well get some use out of it and offer a new feature.

helix scribble.jpg

  • Like 2
  • Haha 1
  • Upvote 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good idea if it works for you. I will offer my working method seeing as it worked so well for last 2 x 1hour set gig.

 I use an iPad and OnSong, and yes fiddling with the iPad is a right pain. OnSong is set to auto scroll on each song, but you have to start it scrolling and swap to the next song. I use a single patch for the whole gig, mainly playing an acoustic JTV model either fairly straight or chorused but sometimes a strat into amp and for 2 songs the overdrive gets a showing. We are playing Folk Rock. Snapshots are used for the 4 basic sounds and then various effects added when needed such as kinky boost for solo.

What I do is connect Helix to iPad with USB and dedicate the top row switches to controlling OnSong: previous and next song, start scrolling, stop scrolling, page down. Auto scrolling is great but we vary tempo and nothing is worse than getting out of sync and not being able to see what to play next.

The next bit is what really makes it work: in OnSong I set each song to send the Snapshot change midi commands. So as I press next song OnSong switches to the next song in that nights set list and it changes the Helix snapshot which in turn changes the JTV setting. Then all I need to do is press start scrolling in the count in. Then stop scrolling for the “hold on” and humorous interaction with audience.

Absolute minimum control inputs required! Almost as if I had a dedicated tech doing it all for me like the pro’s have.

 

  • Like 1
  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 3/21/2018 at 8:04 AM, Rewolf48 said:

Good idea if it works for you. I will offer my working method seeing as it worked so well for last 2 x 1hour set gig.

 I use an iPad and OnSong, and yes fiddling with the iPad is a right pain. OnSong is set to auto scroll on each song, but you have to start it scrolling and swap to the next song. I use a single patch for the whole gig, mainly playing an acoustic JTV model either fairly straight or chorused but sometimes a strat into amp and for 2 songs the overdrive gets a showing. We are playing Folk Rock. Snapshots are used for the 4 basic sounds and then various effects added when needed such as kinky boost for solo.

What I do is connect Helix to iPad with USB and dedicate the top row switches to controlling OnSong: previous and next song, start scrolling, stop scrolling, page down. Auto scrolling is great but we vary tempo and nothing is worse than getting out of sync and not being able to see what to play next.

The next bit is what really makes it work: in OnSong I set each song to send the Snapshot change midi commands. So as I press next song OnSong switches to the next song in that nights set list and it changes the Helix snapshot which in turn changes the JTV setting. Then all I need to do is press start scrolling in the count in. Then stop scrolling for the “hold on” and humorous interaction with audience.

Absolute minimum control inputs required! Almost as if I had a dedicated tech doing it all for me like the pro’s have.

 

Wow, that’s impressive as can be! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think it would be cool if we could combine snapshots and stomp switches in a row.

I also wish we had an A/B option for each snapshot footswitch. Like this.  That way, if you're Helix is always in the Snap/Preset mode like mine, you could have 8 snapshots for each preset.

I wonder, would it get unwieldy if the preset foot switches also had 2 presets from which you could A/B?

What do you guys think?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not a bad idea from the OP.

I don't have any trouble with remembering music, but I'm horrible with names.

I could use mine for the bartenders and waitresses names at the clubs 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×