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If you own any version of the The Huge Book of Helix Tips & Tricks, it's time to go grab your free update to version 1.3! Here's what's new:

 

  • 489 pages (30 more pages than version v1.2.1, 121 more pages than version v1.1)
  • Frequency response curves and analysis of the 9 new cabs introduced in Helix v3.60, and revised frequency response curves for the cabs introduced in v3.50
  • Coverage of the new Grammatico GSG, Elmsley, and Agua Sledge amps
  • Coverage of the new Dark Dove and Triple Rotary effects blocks
  • All-new tone analysis of the 13 three-parameter distortion blocks (this doesn't relate to 3.60, it's just something I found fascinating)
  • And as the software folks say, "additional bug fixes and enhancements" :)

 

To obtain the revised version, download the book again from the Sweetwater site at the link above, using the code you used to download your previous version. (If you didn't save the email with the code, it's in your Sweetwater account history.)

 

Remember there's a dedicated support forum for all my Sweetwater books on the Musicplayer.com website. I welcome suggestions for future revisions.

 

Finally, I've mentioned before that when a book goes to a new edition that represents a significant change (like software going from version 1.X to 2.X), owners of previous editions will be able to get the new edition for half-price. However, I don't anticipate this happening for quite some time.

 

 

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On 6/7/2023 at 7:18 PM, MusicLaw said:

Craig, Page 24 How to Find What's New and Different of v.1.3 mentions: "Sections Marked with (1.2) are new...."  Should be 1.3.

 

Thanks, I've made the change. I'll wait a couple weeks to see if anything else shows up, and then do a 1.3.1 hotfix. Unfortunately, my awesome proofreader was in and out of the hospital from March until a few days ago. She's a better proofreader than I am for my books, because she can see them with fresh eyes.

 

Please let me know if you think the info on the 3-control distortions was useful. If people like it, I'm considering doing a deep dive on some of the other distortions for v1.4.

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The Min/Mid/Max Tone Control Curve Charts are exceptional! So are your insightful comments as to each Distortion's suitability. More of your "deep dive" efforts would certainly be welcome!

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On 6/8/2023 at 1:00 PM, ingen63 said:

thx a lot for all the work you put into the free updates!

 

No problem! The way I figure it, I have to keep the books updated anyway for those who are just discovering Helix. So, making the update available to previous buyers doesn't require work other than what I'd do anyway. Besides, I don't feel it's right to charge people for a new book if much of the material was already in previous versions.

 

I'm sure there were be a v1.4 at some point, so suggestions are always welcome! There are still many Helix aspects I want to cover that don't relate to an update. A good example of going back and fleshing out older material is the analysis in v1.3 of what the tone control does in the three-parameter distortions.

 

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Question to the community: How interested are you in using Helix, and especially Helix Native, on instruments like vocals, drums, strings, synth, etc.? I'm using Native a lot in my studio projects, mostly because while it does the "bread and butter" presets well, it does more than traditional plugins.

 

So far I haven't added this kind of information to the Helix book, but I'm considering it...and maybe even releasing a set of studio-oriented presets in the Marketplace. It seems like an unexplored area that could use more attention.

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Personally I don't use Native it at all.

Haven't even downloaded it; never saw the need.
When I record, I do it with my Floor; I connect it to my interface and I am happy with the results.


Love your work, though.

I frequently print off a page of the big book explaining the parameters of a model and refer to it while I monkey around on the unit and listen.

It has helped me greatly in my understanding of quite a few models that were previously unfamiliar to me.

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On 6/18/2023 at 12:23 AM, MGW-Alberta said:

Personally I don't use Native it at all.

Haven't even downloaded it; never saw the need.
When I record, I do it with my Floor; I connect it to my interface and I am happy with the results.

 

Thanks for the comment! It's inspired me to come up with what might be a useful addition to v1.4.

 

In v1.3, there's a section in the chapter "The Overachieving Audio Interface" about using HX Stomp as a pseudo-plugin for DAWs. With Windows, that means your only audio interface can be Helix (Macs don't have that limitation).

 

However, many Mac and Windows DAWs include a way to interface with external hardware. Your hardware Helix then appears in your DAW just like it was a Helix Native plugin. So, the idea would be to expand the existing section to explain how DAWs handle external hardware, and then include some cool presets for drums, vocals, etc.

 

Helix is outstanding with many more audio sources than just guitar - some of the ways I'm using Helix with drum buses and drum loops can't be done with any other software I know of. It can also do superb effects with background vocals, strings, etc. Even though I have a ton of plugins, there's a preset I use on my voice that has become my go-to for vocals.

 

I'm curious if anyone would find this kind of material useful. Comments?

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On 6/8/2023 at 1:26 AM, craiganderton said:

If you own any version of the The Huge Book of Helix Tips & Tricks, it's time to go grab your free update to version 1.3! Here's what's new:

 

  • 489 pages (30 more pages than version v1.2.1, 121 more pages than version v1.1)
  • Frequency response curves and analysis of the 9 new cabs introduced in Helix v3.60, and revised frequency response curves for the cabs introduced in v3.50
  • Coverage of the new Grammatico GSG, Elmsley, and Agua Sledge amps
  • Coverage of the new Dark Dove and Triple Rotary effects blocks
  • All-new tone analysis of the 13 three-parameter distortion blocks (this doesn't relate to 3.60, it's just something I found fascinating)
  • And as the software folks say, "additional bug fixes and enhancements" :)

 

To obtain the revised version, download the book again from the Sweetwater site at the link above, using the code you used to download your previous version. (If you didn't save the email with the code, it's in your Sweetwater account history.)

 

Remember there's a dedicated support forum for all my Sweetwater books on the Musicplayer.com website. I welcome suggestions for future revisions.

 

Finally, I've mentioned before that when a book goes to a new edition that represents a significant change (like software going from version 1.X to 2.X), owners of previous editions will be able to get the new edition for half-price. However, I don't anticipate this happening for quite some time.

 

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Thank you a lot! 

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