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Tempo-based utilities like gate and volume

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Hi everybody, the more I explore into my HX FX the more ideas I get, especially thanks to the awesome flexibility over the signal chain. I spend all my time in the signal view. I'd say I'm using the helix more like a creative tool, rather than a tone one. That's way I got the HX FX and not the full floor unit.

I was hoping there were more discussion about the creative/experimental side of things. I mean... having two separate chains (and having one at 100% wet) opens up to a hell lot of creative possibilities.

First big question I have is: how to have blocks like volume and gate being automated by the tempo to create for example auto-volume swells (tight to the BPM and not to dynamics and such like Adrianswell or Vintageswell). I can't use a pedal to do this 'cause I'm already dealing with playing the guitar and singing and change the sounds etc..

The gate idea is even crazier so I try to paint a scenario (assuming I'll be playing tight as hell):

I have two signal path A&B. Let's say A is the "guitar" channel and B is the "Crazy". I play fingerpicking and I want the bass notes only (thumb picked) to be picked up by the B signal chain. I know I'll be playing a bass note every let's say quarter, so I'd have a gate to mute the incoming signal every quarter, therefore getting a quarter notes bass line to process as I please (for example with harmony pitch or multitap to create basslines).

 

 What do you think? Do you guys know any workaround?

Thanks in advance

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Hey ho, just to add that I've been experimenting with a tremolo block at the beginning of path B to function as a sort of gate. I could get somewhere near the gating I'm after. Quite painful to set it right though and either too abrupt with a square wave or too lose with a triangle (letting too many notes slip in). Tried with all the tremoloes and the results are the same. I hope Line6 will borrows some tech from Yamaha and their expertise in synths and throw some synth-like utilities in the helix. Automating parameters through an LFO and/or an Envelope would be pushing the possibilities of the Helix to a new world.

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1 hour ago, Vincenzo_P said:

Automating parameters through an LFO and/or an Envelope would be pushing the possibilities of the Helix to a new world

 

When I read your opening post I was thinking that you would need LFO's and Envelopes.... those are two things not present in the HELIX. 

There are a couple of feature requests for this on Ideascale (the site L6 uses to submit feature requests). You could upvote these to try and garner more interest. 

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