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I have bookmarked the links.  In the middle of work.  However, for $20.00 I think this will be very valuable.  Especially as the talk is the current Helix version will be in play for some time.

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On 1/12/2022 at 9:38 PM, jpdennis said:

…..Especially as the talk is the current Helix version will be in play for some time.


This book is much more generally applicable than just Helix. The section on detailed FX parameters applies to all FX in the genre (Delay, Mod, Reverb, etc) whether the FX are modeled like Helix, Axe, or the physical thing. Some owners of the actual physical pedals being modeled would benefit from understanding what the knobs actually do.

 

The general discussions and theory behind the presets is also portable to other modeling equipment. The presets themselves are actually the only thing in this book that is really Helix specific.

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On 1/12/2022 at 5:32 PM, hyperwav said:

Does this address HX Effects or have any patches for it?

The detailed description of the FX parameters addresses all the FX blocks in HX FX. There are no HX FX presets but some of the discussion and examples could be reproduced in HX FX.

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On 1/14/2022 at 7:27 AM, silverhead said:

The detailed description of the FX parameters addresses all the FX blocks in HX FX. There are no HX FX presets but some of the discussion and examples could be reproduced in HX FX.

 

@silverhead thanks for replying. I'd add that the chapters on bi-amping and combi-band processing apply to effects, not just amps. For example, combi-band delay, chorusing, etc. can sound pretty cool.

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I just have to say how freakin' delighted I am to see Craig Anderton contributing to this forum and now with an eBook. Mr. Anderton is truly the equipment OG and I have fond memories of visiting his site, definitely hundreds if not thousands of times, decades ago when it was the ONLY decent place to see actual users' reviews of guitars and related effects and equipment. Truly it was the sole outpost in the wilderness of an Internet newly emerging out of the message board era. He provided such an invaluable service for so many musicians for so many years and helped guide me to excellent pieces of gear as well as lending an assist in avoiding klunkers. I hope 'The Big Book Of Helix Tips & Tricks' sells like gangbusters. He deserves every bit of the acclaim it is garnering!

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Thanks for the props! Now it's time for some props to the community. I've received some excellent suggestions/ideas for the next update, and already implemented several of them. Although all my eBooks include an email address for comments, Helix people have been the most engaged and helpful. 

 

So, this eBook is turning into the collaborative effort I had hoped it could become, and your comments will help guide the direction of the updates. It's kind of like working with a producer :)

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@kartikg3, version 1 of the eBook does contain a brief mention and description of the deep amp parameters on page 258.

 

Craig just updated the eBook to version 1.1. It contains 45 more pages, including coverage of the recently released firmware 3.15's features, and much more. One of the bulleted items covered in the revision is "Explanations of amp Hum, Ripple, and Sag parameters".

 

See: Craig's post about the update: 

 

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After buying my Helix LT I spent an outrageous amount of time on forums and on YouTube to learn tips and tricks that would make the experience with this hardware satisfying. I have a text file with all the most useful (to me) infos I have found in 2 years, and of course I made hundreds of presets and experiments, I played the Helix in studio and live and tweaked the hell out of it. So, when I saw this book for sale I thought it was useless to me. Nevertheless I gave it a try, and I am amazed how much useful stuff I am finding in it! This is an invaluable work for any serious Helix user. Chapeaux @craiganderton, a great, great book! Thank you!

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On 3/11/2022 at 3:18 AM, pico322 said:

After buying my Helix LT I spent an outrageous amount of time on forums and on YouTube to learn tips and tricks that would make the experience with this hardware satisfying. I have a text file with all the most useful (to me) infos I have found in 2 years, and of course I made hundreds of presets and experiments, I played the Helix in studio and live and tweaked the hell out of it. So, when I saw this book for sale I thought it was useless to me. Nevertheless I gave it a try, and I am amazed how much useful stuff I am finding in it! This is an invaluable work for any serious Helix user. Chapeaux @craiganderton, a great, great book! Thank you!

 

First of all, I'm glad you find the book useful! Second, if you want to contribute any of your tips for a future revision, drop me an email at the support email given in the book. Of course, you'll get credit for anything that's used.

 

I have to say that the suggestions people have sent me are very useful. I incorporated a lot of them in v1.1 and am keeping track of ones for v1.2. I really like the collaborative feel of doing a book this way.

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Thanks for this book since it served me very well as a beginner. The published edition gave me some tips for the Helix 4x sends and 4x returns. Additionally, I found some options for the LT with two additional Bass/Guitar inputs and the Helix with 5. I didn't find anything for the XLR Mic Preamp, but the Helix doesn't even have it. Instead, it includes the StageScape Mic Preamp. https://edubirdie.com/write-my-essay-for-me offers an analysis of the new edition, and even edubirdie's essay asserts that it has pretty useful instructions for line inputs of Helix and others. "The Big Book of Helix Tips and Tricks" provided me with a huge number of effects that I learned and what is better value for money. In a nutshell, I am satisfied and impressed by this masterpiece. The book taught me how easy to use, and how to make the touchscreen function - a modern and effective way to control the sound.

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I just ordered the book.  I was thinking about selling my Helix and going back to pedals because of the complexity.  I figured that $20 was a small amount to pay to try one last time to get a grip on the Helix.  I know of Craig Anderton from his old Cakewalk Sonar books, and know he's a reputable, knowledgeable guy., and his books are excellent.

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