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Helix Rack + Control Pedal Edit mode with expression pedal


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It just occured to me - when you stomp and hold EDIT on Helix Control, does it automatically use specific EXP input(s) to allow adjusting parameters? On Helix Floor, I can edit using the built in expression pedal. How does this work on Helix Rack + Control + Expression Pedal? And, is the Mission Engineering ("Mission Helix") the only compatible expression pedal, or are there others to choose from?
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On Control, it seems that you can use any, although the FIRST time you go to a parameter in an FX block, SOMETIMES, you HAVE to use EXP 1 until you select another priority.

I also find that using the value- and value+ buttons is a little bit easier for most things.

There are a LOT of pedals that work. I've used the Volume Pedal (NOT the EXP pedal) output jack of an old Korg EXP2, I've used a VP Jr. and I've used a pair of zoom EXP pedals, although with those, I ended up making modified cables to make them work just right.

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15 hours ago, wilkinsi said:

So as long as I put the expression pedal in EXP1 on Control, it can be done?

 

I've only owned a Boss FV500H and 500L, and neither were very accurate with an Eventide Eclipse.

Yes. I have no idea about those pedals, though. I've never used them. I've used the Roland EXP pedal with previous Line 6 devices and it worked just peachy.

 

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The Ernie ball VP Jr. works excellently as a vol pedal with a regular cable (T/S), and equally as well as an expression with an Insert cable, see attached pdf file . The Ernie ball pedals are built like tanks, are very smooth and will be cheaper, I got my pedals for $85 US each. To each his own, but this is a workable solution, and won't cost what a mission pedal or line 6 costs, and some say the mission pedals feel strange. Just trying to help Good luck.

insert cable w pedal.pdf

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Didn't find an Ernie Ball, but I did get to try out a Roland EV-5, but it wasn't much better. Someone suggested an Electro Harmonix Next Step Expression Pedal. No moving parts, all one solid piece. I could imagine myself getting irritated by it hitting the floor everytime I release it. Does anyone here have experience with this particular pedal?

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  • 3 weeks later...

OK, I found the EHX to be a real PITA. No way was I taking that home. I did, however, manage to get Control to react to EXP2 (built in expression pedal) on Helix Floor. Whilst it was unstable in Pedal Edit Mode, I was able to assign EXP1 on Helix Control via Controller Assign/MIDI Learn to control a reverb block's Mix parameter, that is, after I connected a mono cable from CV Out on Helix Floor to Control's EXP1, set EXP2's command on Helix Floor via Command Centre to CV OUT;

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On 11/9/2018 at 4:30 PM, wilkinsi said:

I did, however, manage to get Control to react to EXP2 (built in expression pedal) on Helix Floor. Whilst it was unstable in Pedal Edit Mode, I was able to assign EXP1 on Helix Control via Controller Assign/MIDI Learn to control a reverb block's Mix parameter, that is, after I connected a mono cable from CV Out on Helix Floor to Control's EXP1, set EXP2's command on Helix Floor via Command Centre to CV OUT;

That is interesting. Does it still function? Because i once asked here in the forum if i can drive another Helix-unit via the CV-out of the Floor and was told that no. Without to get an explanation. Then i wrote the Line6.service and they did not answer this question but ignored me until my request turned unvalid (and i renewed my question two or three times). I found then another way to achieve my goal, however, this CV-out-solution would still be interesting. If your experience is long-time meanwhile and the Control did not take damage, i would risk a trial with my units.  

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