H E L I X  2.54 Release Notes

Bug Fixes

– Pop noise can occur when exiting Tuner in four cable method setup with FX loop block engaged and audio playing upon entering and exiting Tuner -FIXED

– Once every 74 minutes or so, the AES/EBU or S/PDIF digital signal could drop out for several seconds -FIXED

– Other bug fixes and improvements

Known Issues

– No CC Toggle MIDI data is sent when changing between different Snapshots that feature CC Toggle command assignments in Lit state

– In rare cases, a crash can occur when creating an Input or Output in HX Edit (moving split/join to B path) while having a None block selected

– In rare cases, PC messages are sent after Instant Commands on preset load, resulting in perceived delayed response by the device receiving MIDI

– Shuriken Variax bank names will not appear in firmware until Helix is connected to a Mac/PC and Workbench HD is launched

– In rare cases, pitch artifacts may be heard on selected delay blocks when the Time parameter is set to Note Sync values higher than 1/2 Triplet

Getting started

I received an email asking for help getting started with the Helix and it got me to thinking about how I was able to dive in back when I first got this unit.

A great starting place is the Line 6 Helix channel on YouTube. They have a great many videos that are easy to follow and provide nice variety.

From there, check out The Helix Channel and any other video resource that you can find, such as videos by Pete Thorn.

Once you get the basic grasp of moving around the interface (which doesn’t take long), you’ll find yourself more focused on the particular sounds you want.

Once you get to that point, start reading up on how a guitar was recorded on a particular track you like, then, using the Helix, copy it.

Nine times out of ten, you can get the sound you are going for by just reading about how a guitar was recorded then emulating it.

If you want to do less research, lookup your favorite guitar/bass players on EquipBoard and see what gear they use. Now, create a preset with the gear they have listed. You’ll instantly be in the ballpark of the sound you want.

I hope that helps.

How did you all get started with the Helix? Feel free to share your story in the comments below.

Helix Firmware 2.53 Release Notes

Bug Fixes

▪ External Amp commands could not be transmitted when changing snapshots – FIXED

▪ In rare cases, Helix Rack could freeze when updating Helix Control – FIXED

▪ In some cases, an External Amp command (Tip only) could change the internal expression pedal from EXP 1 to EXP 2 (or vice versa) on Helix LT – FIXED

▪ In some cases, attempting to swap footswitch assignments when one switch was unassigned could cause Helix to freeze – FIXED

▪ Other bug fixes and optimizations

Known Issues

▪ In rare cases, a crash can occur when creating an Input or Output in HX Edit (moving split/join to B path) while having a None block selected

▪ In rare cases, PC messages are sent after Instant Commands on preset load, resulting in perceived delayed response by the device receiving MIDI

▪ Shuriken Variax bank names will not appear in firmware until Helix is connected to a Mac/PC and Workbench HD is launched

▪ In rare cases, pitch artifacts may be heard on selected delay blocks when the Time parameter is set to Note Sync values higher than 1/2 Triplet