Command Center

Helix also just so happens to be a world-class master remote control for your entire touring or studio rig. Each of its Stomp mode footswitches and expression pedals can be used to send a variety of MIDI, CV/expression, or External Amp commands to your guitar amps, vintage pedals, synths, or even other modelers. In addition, up to six "Instant" commands can be transmitted automatically when a Helix preset is recalled, for starting your DAW, triggering a MIDI-controlled lighting system, or switching presets on external gear.

All Command Center assignments are stored per preset, but they can be copied and pasted to other presets. See "Copying and Pasting a Command"

NOTE

The Value parameters of any instant MIDI CC, Bank/Prog, MMC, and CV Out messages, plus the state (dim or lit) of any CC Toggle, CV Toggle, and Ext Amp messages are automatically recalled when selecting a snapshot.

NOTE

All MIDI-based Command Center messages are transmitted via MIDI and USB simultaneously.

Assigning a Command

1. Press MENU to open the Menu.

2. Press Knob 3 (Command Center).

Any switches, pedals or instant locations with commands assigned appear with turquoise triangles above them:

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3. Move the joystick to select the footswitch, pedal, Variax knob, or instant location you wish to use to send the command.

4. Turn Knob 1 (Command) to select the type of command you wish to transmit.

Not all command sources can send the same types of commands.

Select "None" to remove any command assignment.

5. Turn Knobs 2-5 to adjust the command's settings, which are determined by the type of command:

MIDI CC (Continuous Controller)

KnobParameterDescription
2MIDI ChSets the CC message's MIDI channel (1-16). When set to "Base", Helix follows the Global MIDI channel, which is set from the "Global Settings > MIDI/Tempo" page.
3CC #Sets the CC number (0-127).
4Value [Min Value]Sets the CC number's value (0-127). For EXP 1-3 and Variax Volume/Tone Knob, sets the minimum CC value controlled by the pedal or knob.
5[Max Value]For EXP 1-3 and Variax Volume/Tone Knob, sets the maximum CC value controlled by the pedal or knob.

CC Toggle

KnobParameterDescription
2MIDI ChSets the CC messages' MIDI channel (1-16). When set to "Base", Helix follows the Global MIDI channel, which is set from the "Global Settings > MIDI/Tempo" page.
3CC #Sets the CC number (0-127).
4Dim ValueSets the CC number's value (0-127) when the footswitch ring is dim. For Footswitches 7 (MODE) and 12 (TAP), appears as "Initial Val."
5Lit ValueSets the CC number's value (0-127) when the footswitch ring is lit. For Footswitches 7 (MODE) and 12 (TAP), appears as "Toggle Val."

NOTE

For CC Toggle commands, one of two values is automatically transmitted upon preset recall, determined by the footswitch's state (dim or lit) when the preset was saved. Subsequent presses of the footswitch toggle between the two states' CC values—Knob 4 (Dim Value) and Knob 5 (Lit Value).

Bank/Prog

KnobParameterDescription
2MIDI ChSets the Bank/Program message's MIDI channel (1-16). When set to "Base", Helix follows the Global MIDI channel, which is set from the "Global Settings > MIDI/Tempo" page.
3Bank CC00Sets the CC#00 (BankMSB) value. Select "Off" if the receiving device shouldn't respond to Bank MSB.
4Bank CC32Sets the CC#32 (BankLSB) value. Select "Off" if the receiving device shouldn't respond to Bank LSB.
5ProgramSets the Program Change (PC) value. Select "Off" if you only want to send a Bank MSB and/or Bank LSB message.

Note On

KnobParameterDescription
2MIDI ChSets the note's MIDI channel (1-16). When set to "Base," Helix follows the Global MIDI channel, which is set from the "Global Settings > MIDI/Tempo" page.
3NoteSets the MIDI note value (C-1 ~ G9). Middle C is C3.
4VelocitySets the MIDI note's velocity (0-127).
5Note OffDetermines whether the MIDI note sustains until pressing the switch again (Latching) or sustains only while the switch is held (Momentary).

MMC (MIDI Machine Control)

KnobParameterDescription
2MessageDetermines the message type.

Ext Amp

KnobParameterDescription
2SelectDetermines the Ext Amp connection [1 (Tip-to-sleeve), 2 (Ring-to-sleeve), or both] for switching an external amp's channel, reverb, or other functions.

IMPORTANT

Connect EXT AMP1/2 only to amplifiersthat utilize "short-to-sleeve" footswitch inputs. Connecting to any other sort of input could cause permanent damage to both your amp and Helix! If you're not sure if your amp has short-to-sleeve inputs, contact the manufacturer.

IMPORTANT

The Helix device's ability to control external amp channel and/or reverb switching has been tested with many popular amps and heads. Unfortunately this does not guarantee compatibility with all products. Note that, depending on the circuitry of the channel switching jack in the guitar amp used, the EXT Amp function may not operate as expected.

NOTE

When an Ext Amp command is assigned to Instant 1-6, the connection determined by Knob 2 (Select) is made when the preset is loaded. When an Ext Amp command is assigned to a footswitch, the footswitch's current state (dim or lit) determines whether or not the External Amp connection is made when the preset is loaded; when dim, no connection is made; when lit, the connection determined by Knob 2 (Select) is made. Subsequent presses of the footswitch toggle the connection on (LED lit) and off (LED dark).

CV (Control Voltage) Out

KnobParameterDescription
2CV Value [CV Min Val]Sets the CV value (1-100) appearing at the Helix device's CV/Expression jack. For EXP 1-3 and Variax Volume/Tone Knob, sets the minimum CV value controlled by the pedal or knob.
3[CV Max Val]For EXP 1-3 and Variax Volume/Tone Knob, sets the maximum CV value controlled by the pedal or knob.

CV (Control Voltage) Toggle

KnobParameterDescription
2Dim ValueSets the CV value (0-100) when the footswitch ring is dim. For Footswitches 7 (MODE) and 12 (TAP), appears as "Initial Val."
3Lit ValueSets the CV value (0-100) when the footswitch ring is lit. For Footswitches 7 (MODE) and 12 (TAP), appears as "Toggle Val."

NOTE

For CV Toggle commands, one of two CV values appears at the CV/Expression output, automatically transmitted upon preset recall, determined by the footswitch's state (dim or lit) when the preset was saved. Subsequent presses of the footswitch toggle between the two states' CV values—Knob 4 (Dim Value) and Knob 5 (Lit Value).

Copying and Pasting a Command

1. Select the location containing the command you wish to copy and press ACTION.

2. Press Knob 1 (Copy Command).

3. Select the location to which you want to paste the command - even in a different preset — and press ACTION.

4. Press Knob 3 (Paste Command).

Copying and Pasting All Commands

Setting up the same or similar set of commands across multiple presets can quickly become tiresome. Fortunately, Helix lets you quickly copy and paste all commands to another preset.

1. From the Command Center page, press ACTION.

2. Press Knob 2 (Copy All Commands).

3. Select the preset to which you want to paste the commands and press ACTION.

4. Press Knob 3 (Paste All Commands).

Clearing a Command

1. Select the location containing the command you want to clear and press ACTION.

2. Press Knob 4 (Clear Command).

Clearing All Commands

1. From the Command Center page, press ACTION.

2. Press Knob 5 (Clear All Commands).

The following dialog appears:

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3. Press Knob 6 (OK).

Customizing a Command Footswitch Label

1. From the Command Center screen, select Footswitch 1-5, 7-11, or Exp Toe with a command assigned and press Knob 6 (Customize).

The Customize screen appears:

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Move the joystick left or right to move the cursor.

Turn the joystick (or move it up/down) to change the selected character.

Press Knob 2 (Delete) to delete the selected character and shift all following characters to the left.

Press Knob 3 (Insert) to insert a space and shift all following characters to the right.

SHORTCUT

Press the joystick to cycle through A, a, 0, and [SPACE]. Press Knob 4 (Remove) to remove the custom label, after which the footswitch displays its normal assignment. Remove is grayed out until a custom name is applied.

2. Press Knob 6 (OK).

NOTE

Footswitches can also be customized from the "Bypass Assign" screen (or Helix editor application!)

Customizing a Command Footswitch Color

1. From the Customize screen, turn Knob 5 (Switch LED) to select the desired color (or turn it off).

Normally, you should leave this set to "Auto Color."

2. Press Knob 1 (Cancel) or to exit.

Last updated: March 7, 2021