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HELIX Wireless MIDI Controller (iPad) [2021 UPDATED]

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2021 Updated! V1.1 is Now online!


This is a Premium MIDI Layout made for Line 6 Helix devices: Helix Floor, Helix LT or Helix Rack.

Requires MIDI Designer Pro 2 (IOS app, sold separately)

Full tactile control over your Helix using MIDI over Bluetooth or MIDI-USB connections.


Hardware and Software requirements:

  • Line 6 Helix, Helix LT or Helix Rack

  • MIDI Designer Pro 2 (IOS App, sold separately)

  • Apple iPad

  • MIDI Interface (wireless or wired)

Changes Log:

16 January 2021 - Updated to 1.1

  • Improved design
  • BlueBoard screen added
  • Extended visual Input: Now this Layout can receive CC69 (Snapshots), values [0,1,2] if you have configured your device to send such data in Command Center. The same is applied to CC1 and CC2 (EXP pedals). These changes must be saved per preset basis in your device.


Recommended MIDI Interfaces:

  • Wireless: Yamaha MD-BT01 or CME WIDI Master
  • Wired (using Helix USB): Apple Lightning to USB3 Camera Adapter
  • Wired (MIDI to USB): Roland UM-ONE MKII + Apple Lightning to USB3 Camera Adapter


Included support (optional):

Embedded suport for the IK Multimedia Blueboard Bluetooth LE Modes:

  • Mode B (Half/Full speed, Undo/Redo, Play/Stop, Rec/Overdub)
  • Mode C (Snapshots 1-4)

Includes a Small MIDI implementation to replicate the BlueBoard behaviour with any other configurable MIDI device (Airturn, Airstep, Pirate MIDI Bridge6/4, Morningstar, etc)



A bit of tech stuff:

The operation of this MIDI Layout is based on the current MIDI implementation available on Line 6 Helix devices.

This means that the limits of what or how can be controlled are determined by the manufacturer (to a large extent).


The practical translation of this fact is that:

There are some functions in the Helix that are not controllable, simply because there is no CC assigned to whatever.

There are some things in the Helix that receive MIDI but they do not send it. A clear example are the footswitches (FS). For this reason, it is not possible to show a synchronized status (on/off) on the controller's screen. For this type of controls, it will only be possible to send a status change message, so the buttons will be of a momentary type.

Helix does not send the names of presets or setlists via MIDI -something that would normally use SYSEX messages or the Line 6's own protocol.




1- Main Screen.

From this screen you can control the main functions of your Helix.

Some elements receives the MIDI information that your Helix sends and display it on the screen, such as bank and program changes.

Others are used to send commands to activate and deactivate elements such as footswitches.

A few elements are bi-directional, such as looper controls (broken feature in the 3.0/3.01 Firmware. Waiting for the upcoming 3.1 Helix firmware update).

As you already know, the Helix does not send us the setlists names. However, you will be able to rename your Setlists on the controller easily from this screen, simply by pressing the "Setlist" button to write names coincident with those of your Helix.



2-Setlist Screen

The main function of this screen is to navigate comfortably between the eight banks of your Helix, but we can also select a preset in each of the 8 banks, and toggle between them at the touch of a button. There are also controls that receive information from your Helix, like these three large screens showing the current MIDI PC, Bank, and Preset (ABCD). The eight Snapshots and the most relevant looper controls are also present here.




3- Preset Screen

On this screen, the idea is to have quick and immediate access to all the Presets (and Setlists) of your Helix.

Snapshot selection controls are also present, as well as the looper, tap tempo and tuner buttons.



4- BlueBoard Screen

This new screen provides embedded support for the iRig BlueBoard. Two units can be used simultaneosly.

A small MIDI implementation is also included, to use with any other configurable MIDI controller (Airturn, Airstep, Pirate MIDI Bridge, Morningstar...)





1- Main View


2- Setlist View


3- Presets View


4- BlueBoard View




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This is a $20 template to use with the $25 MIDI Designer Pro iOS app (a nifty app for creating your own MIDI controllers)? So $45 total, right?

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19 minutes ago, soundog said:

This is a $20 template to use with the $25 MIDI Designer Pro iOS app (a nifty app for creating your own MIDI controllers)? So $45 total, right?


That's it! Still way cheaper that buying any external MIDI controller (specially if you already own an iPad, of course), and it adds many goodies such as wireless and tactile control, a kind of big Head-Up-Display, it can used with HD Edit simultaneously, makes you look even more cool over the stage... a completely new way to use your Helix for such small amount of money!


And you are supporting a currently unemployed guy at the same time, something that should represent a good amount of good karma increase for anyone interested ;-)

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