1 From the Input block, press and turn the Guitar In-Z knob. This activates it for snapshot control.
2 Set the value however you want per snapshot.
For example, if you have three fuzzes in a row followed by an amp (?!), leave the Guitar In-Z set to a lower impedance for any snapshots where a fuzz is on, and set it to 1M Ohm for any snapshots where all three fuzzes are bypassed.
If you have a single fuzz and would prefer to just turn it on and off with a Stomp mode footswitch, you can also do this:
1 Press and hold the Guitar In-Z knob. Helix jumps to the Controller Assign page for that parameter.
2 Press Knob 6 (Learn Controller) and then press the fuzz’s Stomp switch.
3 Set the Min Value to 1M Ohm and the Max Value to whatever impedance sounds right for that fuzz. Now turning the fuzz on and off will also change the impedance circuit.
– from Digital Igloo on the gear page forum.
In the editor, left click and hold where it says Snapshot in the dropdown box and it’ll enable rename.
On the device, press the menu button and you will see a rename snapshot item.
The Helix makes creating snapshots incredibly easy, however, if you find yourself wanting a little direction, here is one user’s prescription.
Originally from jbuhajla on the Helix Forum
1. Create a preset with the core clean tone I am looking for, and add all desired effects in the routing scheme of your choice.
2. Bypass all or most effects.
3. Save this snapshot 1 as “clean-dry”
4. Touch/hold the snapshot FS you just saved, then touch the FS next to it. This will allow you to save your first snapshot into the next FS.
5. Click on the new snapshot 2, add more amp gain or an OD pedal, save snapshot 2 as “Grit-dry”
6. Touch/hold the snapshot 2 , then touch the FS next to it. Save this snapshot in the next FS as snapshot 3
7. Add more OD or Distortion, add more amp gain (turn down amp main volume to balance). Save snapshot 3 as “Overdrive-dry”
8. I then click back to the “Clean-Dry”, touch/hold, then touch the next FS, save snapshot 4
9. I then add reverb, delay, modulation, etc to the original clean sound, and save snapshot 4 as “clean-wet”.
10. I do the same thing for the other snaps
I start with a clean dry tone, and add on from there for each snap. Basically when I am done I have clean, crunch, drive dry and clean snapshots (6 total). I reserve the last two snapshots for any kind of “ambient” or “synthy” sounds I need for that song.
I then save this preset as a “template” and I change out the amp models and cabs for a different sound, but maintain the same work flow. Then you just have to go to each snap and tweak it and save. My set list is filled with presets named for the core amp/cab model they are built around. Those are all my templates for different sounds.
Then when I do a preset for a song, I just pick one of my preset templates with the appropriate amp/cab core tones, then tweak it for the song. I then save the preset as the song title.
As of firmware 2.10 the snapshot footswitch LED color can be changed.
- Press the PRESETS knob and then Knob 6 (Rename Snapshot).
- Turn knob 5 (LED Color) to select the desired color. “Auto Color” is the default red.
- Save your changes.
NOTE: There is currently no way to set snapshot footswitch color from the Helix application.