MIDI

NOTE

Helix transmits and responds to MIDI messages over USB in the same manner as via its MIDI connectors. For USB MIDI operation on Windows® computers, it is necessary to download and install the Line 6 Helix ASIO® driver, available from line6.com/software. There is no driver installation necessary for an Apple Mac computer, iPad or iPhone.

MIDI Bank/Program Changes

Helix responds to traditional MIDI CC and Program change messages from an external MIDI device (or from MIDI software via USB) and will recall setlists, presets, and/or snapshots accordingly.

Remotely Selecting a Setlist, Preset, and/or Snapshot

Press PRESETS to open the Setlist menu:

MIDI Setlist Menu

The dark text above Knob 2 displays the required MIDI messages for recalling the Helix device's setlists, presets, and/or snapshots from external MIDI devices or software. In the illustration above, the FACTORY 1 setlist is recalled with a CC32 message of 007, the 16B Bottle Message preset is recalled with a PC (program change) message of 005, and SNAPSHOT 1 is recalled with a CC69 message of 000.

NOTE

When navigating Presets from the Helix hardware (PRESETS encoder, preset footswitches, PRESET / PRESET , etc.), Helix automatically transmits a MIDI Program Change message corresponding to the selected preset. If you'd prefer Helix to not automatically transmit or receive PC messages, turn "Global Settings > MIDI/Tempo"> Knob4 (MIDI PC Send/Receive) off.

MIDI CC

Helix has reserved specific MIDI CC messages for global functions; these CCs cannot be used as controllers. If you attempt to learn a CC message reserved for global functions (see "Controller Assign"), the following dialog appears:

MIDI CC

Pedal and Footswitch Assignments

MIDI CC# Value Function
1 0-127 Emulates EXP 1 Pedal
2 0-127 Emulates EXP 2 Pedal
3 0-127 Emulates EXP 3 Pedal
49 0-127 Emulates Stomp footswitch mode's FS1
50 0-127 Emulates Stomp footswitch mode's FS2
51 0-127 Emulates Stomp footswitch mode's FS3
52 0-127 Emulates Stomp footswitch mode's FS4
53 0-127 Emulates Stomp footswitch mode's FS5
54 0-127 Emulates Stomp footswitch mode's FS7
55 0-127 Emulates Stomp footswitch mode's FS8
56 0-127 Emulates Stomp footswitch mode's FS9
57 0-127 Emulates Stomp footswitch mode's FS10
58 0-127 Emulates Stomp footswitch mode's FS11
59 0-127 Emulates EXP Toe switch

Looper Controls

MIDI CC# Value Function
60 0-63: Overdub; 64-127: Record Looper Record/Overdub switch (FS8)
61 0-63: Stop; 64-127: Play Looper Play/Stop switch (FS9)
62 64-127 Looper Play Once switch (FS3)
63 64-127 Looper Undo switch (FS2)
65 0-63: Forward; 64-127: Reverse Looper Forward/Reverse switch (FS11)
66 0-63: Full; 64-127: Half Looper Full/Half Speed switch (FS10)
67 0-63:Off; 64-127: On Looper block on/off (if available); also enters/exits Looper footswitch mode

Additional Controls

MIDI CC# Value Function
0 0-7 Bank MSB
32 0-7 Bank LSB—Setlist select
64 64-127 Tap Tempo
68 0-127 Tunerscreenon/off
69 0-7 Snapshot select
70 - 76 0-127 Additional global MIDI commands (reserved for future use)
128 0-63: Oh; 64-127: Nooo Helix achieves self-awareness and starts poking fun of that face you make during the solo
Last Updated: 8/11/2019, 5:05:49 PM