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Helix Rack, Engl e530 preamp, and Control

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I've got an Engl E530 and would love to control it via my helix foot controller. It doesn't have dedicated midi but does have 1/4in footswitch inputs. Is it possible to control the lead and clean channels via the helix control??

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4 minutes ago, goodpunk6 said:

I've got an Engl E530 and would love to control it via my helix foot controller. It doesn't have dedicated midi but does have 1/4in footswitch inputs. Is it possible to control the lead and clean channels via the helix control??

 

From the Helix manual Command Center section:

 

IMPORTANT! Connect EXT AMP 1/2 only to amplifiers that utilize "short-to-sleeve" footswitch inputs. Connecting to any other sort of input could cause permanent damage to both your amp and Helix! If you're not sure if your amp has short-to-sleeve inputs, contact the manufacturer.

 

IMPORTANT! The Helix device's ability to control external amp channel and/or reverb switching has been tested with many popular amps and heads. Unfortunately this does not guarantee compatibility with all products. Note that, depending on the circuitry of the channel switching jack in the guitar amp used, the EXT Amp function may not operate as expected.

 

NOTE: When an Ext Amp command is assigned to Instant 1-6, the connection determined by Knob 2 (Select) is made when the preset is loaded. When an Ext Amp command is assigned to a footswitch, the footswitch's current state (dim or lit) determines whether or not the External Amp connection is made when the preset is loaded; when dim, no connection is made; when lit, the connection determined by Knob 2 (Select) is made. Subsequent presses of the footswitch toggle the connection on (LED lit

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You can't control anything but the Helix Rack device with the Helix Control. You would need to use the Helix Rack to control your Engl.

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The Helix Control controls the amp switching THROUGH Helix Rack.

Don't forget to read the warnings!

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Tangential to the question, but how does the Engl 530 sound in general? That's the pre-amp Helloween used in the late '80s for the Keepers albums (aka the Book of Genesis for power metal).  Any chance you could give your impressions of A/B'ing the Engl with something like the 2204 Mod model in the Helix?  That's what I've used to try to emulate that Helloween sound.....

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