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Interested in the Standard Variax, but I'm sure this covers all models.  How many custom tunings can you store in the guitar?

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There’s 10 slots on the tuning knob that you can set up with whatever tuning you want. Beyond that, though, you can store a custom tuning with each model in Workbench HD if you want. And then, further beyond that, if you’re using it with the Helix or an HD series POD, you can have the Variax tuning controlled by the presets in those devices. So really, the answer is kind of as many as you need, depending on how you want to use it.

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I'm trying to set up a snapshot for an E flat tuning.  It's my understanding that to do this:

Input block > page over to 3rd page, and set up the tunings. It doesn't seem to work.

What am I doing wrong?

 

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I assume you’re using a Helix device? Make sure you select Custom as the Variax tuning parameter, and that you assign all the alternate tuning parameters (strings) to the Snapshot controller.

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Forget snapshots, I can't get it to change the tuning at all. I've resort to pitch modulators, that's no good. I'm using a normal guitar. Is that the issue?

 

 

 

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Custom tunings with Helix devices requires a Variax guitar. You can’t do it with a normal guitar.

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  • I'm sure there's a way to transpose a half step down, I just don't know how to do it.  I use my Whammy Pedal.  Or Get yourself an EHX Pitchfork Pedal.  Problem solved.

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11 hours ago, Steve_roberts said:

Forget snapshots, I can't get it to change the tuning at all. I've resort to pitch modulators, that's no good. I'm using a normal guitar. Is that the issue?

 

 

 

 

Minus a Variax, the only solution is a polyphonic pitch shifter like the Digitech Drop. As you've already discovered, Helix's pitch shifting algorithms are not polyphonic and cannot reliably shift more than one note at a time, which makes them useless for chords. They are intended for creating harmony parts for single-note lines.

 

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2 hours ago, spindlebox said:
  • I'm sure there's a way to transpose a half step down

 

Yes and no...see reply above. Helix pitch shifting is not polyphonic. You can pitch shift single notes, not multiple notes simultaneously, so trying to drop the entire guitar a half-step currently requires an external device capable of polyphonic shifting, such as the one you mentioned.

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Right, well, like I said, I use my Whammy DT for all of that stuff.  

 

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On 6/4/2020 at 3:49 AM, spindlebox said:

Interested in the Standard Variax, but I'm sure this covers all models.  How many custom tunings can you store in the guitar?

Thank you!

10 custom and you can change the original tunings on the knobs like open G or DADGAD ,you can change this with your own

 

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