2.10 OWNER’S MANUAL
90-20-0451 - B (For use with Helix LT Firmware 2.10)
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©2016 Line 6, Inc.
Contents
The Blocks
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What’s In the Box?
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Top Panel
Back Panel
Home > Signal Flow View
Home > Performance View
Quick Start
Setting Proper Output Levels
Selecting Presets and Setlists
Preset Footswitch Mode
Stomp Footswitch Mode
Snapshot Footswitch Mode
Looper Footswitch Mode
Pedal Edit Mode
Selecting Blocks/Adjusting Parameters
Bypassing a Block
Choosing a Block's Model
Choosing an Input
Choosing an Output
Moving Blocks
Copying and Pasting a Block
Clearing a Block
Clearing All Blocks
Saving/Naming a Preset
Serial vs. Parallel Routing
Removing Parallel Path B
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Moving Split & Merge Blocks for More Parallel Routings
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Dynamic DSP
Block Order and Stereo Imaging
What is Variax?
Controller Assign
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Input22
Quick Controller Assign
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Effects
Clearing a Block's Controller Assignment(s)
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Output23
Welcome to Helix LT
Common Terminology
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Amp+Cab27
Amp28
Preamp28
Manual Controller Assign
Clearing All Controller Assignments
Customizing a Controller Footswitch Label
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Command Center
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Assigning a Command
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Looper32
Copying and Pasting All Commands
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Merge32
Clearing All Commands
Tuner34
Customizing a Command Footswitch Color
Cab29
Impulse Response (IR)
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Send/Return31
Copying and Pasting a Command
Split32
Clearing a Command
Tuner Settings
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Snapshots35
Customizing a Command Footswitch Label
Global EQ
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Resetting Global EQ
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Global Settings
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Snapshots > Block Bypass
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Snapshots > Command Center
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Resetting All Global Settings
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Global Settings > Preferences
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Global Settings > Footswitches
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Global Settings > Displays
Snapshots > Parameter Control
Using Snapshots
Copying/Pasting a Snapshot
Swapping Snapshots
Renaming a Snapshot
Customizing a Snapshot Color
Saving Snapshots
Determining Snapshot Edit Behavior
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Global Settings > Ins/Outs
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Global Settings > MIDI/Tempo
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Global Settings > EXP Pedals
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USB Audio
Arranging Preset, Snapshot, and Stomp Switches 40
Bypass Assign
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Hardware Monitoring vs. DAW Software Monitoring 56
DI Recording and Re-amplification
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Core Audio Driver Settings (Mac OS X only)
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Quick Footswitch Assign
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ASIO Driver Settings (Windows only)
Customizing a Footswitch Label
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MIDI59
Manual Bypass Assign
Customizing a Footswitch Color
Swapping Footswitches
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MIDI Bank/Program Changes
MIDI CC
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Welcome to Helix LT
Block Blocks are objects that represent various elements of a preset, such
as amps, cabs, effects, splits, loopers, inputs, outputs, and impulse
responses.
Path A path represents the signal flow of your tone. Helix has two separate
Thank you for purchasing a Helix™ LT multi-effects pedal, one of the most powerful
and flexible audio processors ever created. We hope it helps drive your search for
tonal bliss and spawns years of creativity, both on stage and in the studio.
paths, 1 and 2, each with its own input(s) and output(s). Paths can be
serial (single) or parallel (dual). Path 1 can be routed into path 2 for
more sophisticated tones.
What Have I Gotten Myself Into?
Preset A preset is your tone. It consists of all blocks on the Home screen,
Although your Helix LT device may appear complicated at first glance, it's designed
in such a way that once you learn a few basic concepts and shortcuts, you'll be able
to construct both simple and complex tones at nearly the speed of thought, with very
little menu diving required.
Setlist A setlist is a collection of presets. Helix LT has eight setlists containing
Although you’re likely anxious to rip open the plastic and plug in, wait! At the very
least, check out the big color Helix LT Cheat Sheet that came in the box, and keep it
handy. Then read the "Home > Performance View" chapter of this manual and we’ll
have you up and shredding in no time.
cases, two models). Helix LT includes 49 guitar amp models, 7 bass
amp models, 30 cab models, 16 mic models, and 95 effects models.
snapshots, footswitch assignments, controller assignments, and Command Center messages.
128 presets each.
Model Each processing block can accommodate one model (or in some
Controller Controllers are used to adjust various parameters in real time. For ex-
ample, the expression pedal can be used to control wah, or the tone
knob on a Variax guitar can be used to control amp gain and reverb
depth.
NOTE: If you prefer to edit tones from your Mac or PC, download the free Helix
editor application from line6.com/software.
Send/ Sends and Returns are used to connect additional equipment to Helix
Return LT for effects loops or processing multiple instruments simultaneously. TIP: Be sure to also visit line6.com/videos where we're always adding new
video tutorials covering the latest Line 6 gear!
Helix LT has two mono sends and returns, which can also be paired for
stereo operation.
IR IRs (Impulse Responses) are mathematical functions representing
What’s In the Box?
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the sonic measurements of audio systems (in the case of Helix LT, its
speaker cabinet and microphone combinations). Helix LT can store up
to 128 custom or third-party IRs at a time. See "Impulse Response (IR)"
Line 6 Helix LT multi-effects pedal
Full-color Helix LT Cheat Sheet (read that one first!)
Variax® Variax isn't just a great guitar, its special electronics recreate the sounds
of other specific guitars and instruments, and allow for instant retuning of each string. Helix and Variax communicate with one another in
unique and powerful ways. See "What is Variax?"
USB flash drive containing the Helix LT Owner's Manual you’re reading right
now
AC power cable
digital audio connectivity between
L6 LINK™ L6 LINK provides easy, single-cable,
®
USB cable
Helix and Line 6 StageSource monitors and/or DT-Series amplifiers.
See "L6 LINK Output"
Hex wrench for adjusting the expression pedal's resistance
Warranty card
FRFR FRFR (Full Range, Flat Response) speakers, such as Line 6 Stage-
Source monitors, have the ability to amplify a modeler without adversely affecting its tone, ensuring great detail, a wide sweet spot, predictability, and consistency from studio to stage. You could almost think of
FRFR monitors as very loud, gig-ready studio monitors.
Common Terminology
While reading this manual, you may encounter several unfamiliar terms. It’s important
to know what they mean. Don’t worry—there’s no math.
Home
DAW DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) refers to any computer (or iPad device)
used for audio recording. The components of a DAW include an audio
interface, audio recording software (such as Cubase®, Logic, GarageBand, Pro Tools®, etc.), and monitoring system (amplifier & speakers or
headphones). Helix LT functions as a high-performance USB 2.0 audio
interface with all major DAW software - See "USB Audio"
The Home screen is your primary workspace for creating and editing
tones. If you ever get lost, press to return to the Home screen.
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Top Panel
LT
3 4
SAVE
16B Dream Rig Duet
1
8 9
BYPASS
ACTION
VOLUME
EXP 1
PRESET
2
12
7
1
EXP 2
13
Delay Harmony Delay
VIEW
1/8
[37%]
D
Minor
40%
0.0dB
Time
Feedback
Key
Scale
Mix
Level
5 6
PAGE
PAGE
10
11
15
A
B
14
MODE
HOLD TO EDIT
C
D
TAP
TUNER
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1. Main Display This large color LCD is your window into the power of Helix LT.
SHORTCUT: Controllers can be assigned to most parameters. Press and
hold a parameter’s knob to quickly jump to the "Controller Assign" page for
that parameter.
2. PRESET Turn this knob to select a preset. Press the knob to open the Setlist
menu. See "Selecting Presets and Setlists"
12.VOLUME Turn this knob to control the main output and headphones volume.
3. SAVE Press this button to rename and save changes to a preset.
4.
Press this button to dive a bit deeper into Helix LT, and you'll find Command
Center, Global EQ, Global Settings, and other menus.
5.
If you ever get lost, press this button to return to the main Home screen.
Press
again to toggle between the two main Home views - see "Home > Performance View" and "Home > Signal Flow View".
6.
Press this button once, or multiple times, to quickly jump to the tonestack
parameters (Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble, etc.) of any Amp+Cab, Amp, and Preamp
models in the current preset.
13.EXP 1/2 LEDs These tell you whether the built-in expression pedal is acting
as EXP 1 (red) or EXP 2 (green).
14.Footswitches The capacitive, touch-sensitive footswitches have colored
LED rings that tell you the current state of the assigned block or item. While in
Stomp footswitch mode, touch (but don't press) a footswitch to quickly select the
assigned block or item. Touch the switch repeatedly to cycle through multiple assigned items. See "Stomp Footswitch Mode"
SHORTCUT: While in Stomp footswitch mode, touch (but don’t press) a
footswitch for two seconds to create a Bypass Assignment for the selected
block.
7. Joystick Move the joystick to navigate the main display. On the Home screen,
move the joystick to select a block. Press ACTION and move the joystick to move
the selected block. Turn the joystick to change the selected block’s model. Press
the joystick to open the model list. Yeah, the joystick does a lot.
SHORTCUT: While in Stomp footswitch mode, touch and hold (but don’t
press) two switches to swap all assignments between them (including any
custom names or LED colors).
8. BYPASS Press this button to turn the selected block on and off.
SHORTCUT: Press and hold BYPASS to turn Global EQ on (
pears in the upper right corner of the LCD) and off.
icon ap-
SHORTCUT: Touch (but don’t press) TAP to briefly display the tempo panel.
This lets you quickly fine-tune the current tempo without navigating to the
Global Settings > MIDI/Tempo menu.
9. ACTION Press this button to open the action panel for the selected block or
screen. From the Home > Signal Flow screen, the action panel lets you move,
copy, paste, and clear blocks. Other screens may have unique action panels;
for example, the Global Settings action panel lets you reset all global settings at
once.
NOTE: The "Touch-Select" feature can optionally be turned off, and other
footswitch settings customized - See "Global Settings > Footswitches"
15.Expression Pedal Move the expression pedal to control volume, wah, or a
combination of amp and/or effects parameters. Activate the hidden toe switch to
toggle between EXP 1 and EXP 2. (The LEDs above tell you which one is active.)
If an external pedal is connected to the rear panel EXP 2 jack, the built-in pedal
becomes EXP 1 only. See "Controller Assign"
10.<PAGE/PAGE> If the selected block or item has more than one page of parameters, dots appear to the right of the item’s name.
PAGE > to view more parameters.
Press < PAGE or
11.Knobs 1-6 Turn one of the six knobs below the main display to adjust the
NOTE: Adding a Wah or Pitch Wham block automatically assigns it to EXP
1. Adding a Volume Pedal or Pan block automatically assigns it to EXP 2.
parameter's value above; press the knob to reset the parameter's value. If a rectangular button appears above a knob, press the knob to engage its function.
SHORTCUT: For most time-based parameters such as delay time or modulation speed, press the knob to toggle between setting the value in ms or Hz
and note divisions (1/4-note, dotted 1/8-note, etc.).
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Back Panel
LT
EXP PEDAL 2 GUITAR IN
RETURN
EXT AMP
1
16
SEND
2
17
1
18
XLR OUT
LEFT/MONO
2
PHONES
VARIAX
PUSH
LEFT/MONO
GND
LIFT
19
1/4” OUT
RIGHT
20
MIDI
IN
RIGHT
21
16.EXP PEDAL 2/EXT AMP An additional expression pedal can be connected to
DIGITAL OUT
AES/EBU | L6 LINK
22
23
24
USB
POWER
28
OUT/THRU
25
26
27
22.PHONES Out (12Ω) Connect stereo headphones here; turn the VOLUME knob
Helix LT and assigned to adjust a wide variety of parameters. See "Quick Controller
Assign" Alternatively, this jack can be connected to your traditional guitar amp to
switch its channels or turn its reverb on and off. Use a TRS cable for dual operation
(1=tip, 2=ring). To set this jack's function, see "Global Settings > Preferences"
to adjust volume.
NOTE: Helix LT provides plenty of gain for high impedance headphones.
With lower impedance headphones, you may notice a bit of distortion if the
VOLUME knob is turned all the way up. This is normal.
17.GUITAR IN Connect your primary guitar or bass guitar here. This jack provides
23.VARIAX Input This input provides power, digital audio, effects control, and in-
impedance selection and a switchable pad.
stant recall between Helix LT and a Line 6 Variax guitar. See "What is Variax?"
18.SENDS/RETURNS 1-2 These 1/4” ins and outs can be used as FX loops for
24.AES/EBU, L6 LINK L6 LINK provides easy digital audio connectivity between
inserting external stompboxes into your tone or as additional inputs and outputs for
connecting keyboards, drum machines, mixers, and other gear. See "Send/Return"
Helix LT and Line 6 StageSource monitors and/or DT-Series amplifiers. Alternatively,
digitally connect Helix LT to your studio equipment via an AES/EBU (110Ω XLR)
cable. See "L6 LINK Output"
19.Ground Lift Switch If you are experiencing hums and buzzes, press this button
in to eliminate ground loops between your equipment.
25.MIDI IN, OUT/THRU Connect Helix LT to your MIDI gear for sending and re-
20.XLR OUT Use balanced XLR cables to connect to your studio gear or the house
ceiving program changes, continuous controllers, and other MIDI messages.
mixer, PA or FRFR speaker(s) when playing live. When using a mono playback system, connect only the LEFT/MONO XLR jack.
26.USB Helix LT also functions as a high quality, multi-in/out, 24-bit/96kHz audio in-
terface for Mac and Windows® computers, with DI, Re-amping and MIDI functionality
built right in. Helix LT can also record to an Apple iPad device (with optional Apple
Camera Connection Kit). Use of a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port is required - Do not use an
external USB hub. See "USB Audio"
IMPORTANT! Never connect the XLR outputs to a device whose XLR
inputs have 48V phantom power enabled!
21.1/4” OUT Use unbalanced 1/4" TS cables to connect to your guitar amp, FRFR
27.AC In Connect Helix LT to a grounded AC power outlet.
speaker(s), studio monitors, or other playback system. When using a single amp or
speaker, connect only the LEFT/MONO 1/4” jack.
28.POWER switch It’s alive!
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Home > Signal Flow View
90% of your daily tone building is accomplished from the Home > Signal Flow screen.
Press
at any time to return to the Home > Signal Flow screen. If you don't see something similar to the illustration below, press
Select an input block
and turn the joystick to
set the input source.
Each path can have one
or two input blocks
Each of the two signal
paths can be either parallel
(A and B) or serial (A only)
PATH 2
Turn the joystick to select
a model; press the joystick
to open the model list.
indicates a stereo model
Split block (only "E" appears if
the preset has
visible when
selected); move been edited
down to create
a duplicate input
block
Merge block
(only visible when
selected); move
down to create a
duplicate output
block
Press BYPASS to
turn block on and
off (bypassed
blocks appear
dim)
16B Dream Rig Duet
Turn PRESET to
select a preset
PATH 1
Use the joystick or
touch a switch top
to select a block
(outlined in white)
Hold BYPASS to
turn Global EQ
on and off; Icon
appears when
Global EQ is on
1
A
again.
Press PRESET and then
turn Knob 5 (Select
Snapshot) to choose
one of eight snapshots
Select an output block and
turn the joystick to route the
signal to back panel jacks,
Path 2, or your computer via
USB. Each path can have
one or two output blocks
B
A
Delay Harmony Delay
1/8
[37%]
D
Minor
40%
0.0dB
Time
Feedback
Key
Scale
Mix
Level
Press knob to toggle
between note value
and ms (or Hz)
Value appears white and
in brackets if a controller
or snapshot is assigned
to it
Turn knobs 1-6 to adjust parameters
for the selected block
8
Press <PAGE/PAGE> to
view more parameters for
the selected block. This
block has four pages
Press knob to return
Levels to unity (0.0dB)
and Pans to center
Home > Performance View
Performance view displays assignments of the middle eight footswitches, so you know exactly what you're stomping on in the heat of battle.
Press
to toggle between the Home > Signal Flow and Home > Performance views.
NOTE: The footswitch layout below is not typical; normally you would press the MODE switch to toggle between Preset (8 presets) and Stomp (up to 8 stomps) footswitch
modes. However, you can accommodate the layout below by setting Global Settings > Footswitches > Preset Mode Switches to "Stomp/Preset."
"E" appears if
the preset has
been edited
Turn PRESET to
select a preset
STOMP MODE
SWITCHES
PRESET MODE
SWITCHES
Turn the joystick to select
a model; press the joystick
to open the model list.
indicates a stereo model
Press BYPASS to turn
Use the joystick or
block on and off (bypassed touch a switch top
blocks appear dim)
to select a block
(outlined in white)
16B Dream Rig Duet
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LA Studio
Comp
Mystery Filter
Ubiquitous
Vibe
Harmony
Delay
A
B
C
D
16A
16B
Team
Zerokelvin
Dream Rig
Duet
16C
16D
Mezcal Head
Edge Delay
Delay Elephant Man
1/8
[37%]
D
Minor
40%
0.0 dB
Time
Feedback
Key
Scale
Mix
Level
Press knob to toggle
between note value
and ms (or Hz)
Value appears white and
in brackets if a controller
or snapshot is assigned
to it
Turn knobs 1-6 to adjust parameters
for the selected block
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Press PRESET and then
turn Knob 5 (Select
Snapshot) to choose
one of eight snapshots
Press <PAGE/PAGE> to
view more parameters for
the selected block. This
block has four pages
Press knob to return
Levels to unity (0.0dB)
and Pans to center
Quick Start
4. Press
to open the Menu.
5. Press Knob 6 (Global Settings).
The Global Settings screen appears:
Global Settings
Setting Proper Output Levels
1. Make sure the VOLUME knob is turned down.
Firmware Version 2.10.0
Ins/Outs
Preferences
MIDI/Tempo
Footswitches
EXP Pedals
Displays
Ins/Outs
2. Connect a guitar to the GUITAR IN jack.
Off
Line
Line
Instrument
Instrument
0.0dB
Guitar In
Pad
1/4”
Outputs
XLR
Outputs
Send/
Return 1
Send/
Return 2
USB In 1/2
Trim
6. If necessary, move the joystick to select the Ins/Outs submenu.
7. Using Knobs 2 and 3 under the display, set levels according to
the table below:
Output Are you connecting to...?
1/4”
3. Connect the outputs to your playback system.
1/4” OUT
LEFT/MONO
PHONES
XLR
RIGHT
Guitar pedal or the front of a guitar
amp
Set 1/4” Outputs to
“Instrument”
Powered speakers with unbalanced
inputs or digital recorder
Set 1/4” Outputs to “Line”
Mic inputs on mixer or standalone
mic preamps
Set XLR Outputs to “Mic”
PA/FRFR speakers or studio monitors
with balanced inputs
Set XLR Outputs to “Line”
8. Slowly turn up the VOLUME knob.
OR
The 1/4” and XLR output levels must be set to match your playback system. If
you’re only using headphones for now, skip to step 9.
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Then do this:
Selecting Presets and Setlists
4. Press
to return to the Home screen.
You should see something like this:
1. Turn PRESET to select presets within the current setlist.
01A Quick Start
Helix LT stores eight setlists, each containing 32 banks of four presets (A, B, C,
and D). As we promised, no math - that’s a grand total of 1,024 preset locations. If
that's not enough, your cover band should be asking for more money.
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2. Press PRESET to open the Setlist menu:
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
FACTORY 1
FACTORY 2
USER 1
USER 2
USER 3
USER 4
USER 5
TEMPLATES
15A
15B
15C
15D
16A
16B
16C
16D
Cold Shot
Hey Joe
Tom Sawyer
Untitled Streets
Have a Cigar
Bottle Message
Mad House
Run Like
Amp+Cab
Rename
Setlist
SNAPSHOT 1
Reorder
Preset
Rename
Preset
Select
Snapshot
5.1
5.0
4.4
2.0
8.0
Drive
Bass
Mid
Treble
Presence
Ch Vol
Preset Footswitch Mode
1 FACTORY 1 16B Bottle Message
CC32: 000
PC: 005
CC69: 000
US Deluxe Nrm
5.0
Preset mode is used to navigate presets in the current setlist.
Rename
Snapshot
1. If not already there, press FS6 (MODE) to select Preset mode.
Navigating the Setlist menu is straightforward:
The middle eight switches display two banks of presets and the active preset appears with a red LED ring:
Turn the joystick (or move it up and down) to select items in a list.
From the Setlist column, press the joystick (or move it right) to load its first
preset.
16B Dream Rig Duet
16A
16B
From the Preset column, move the joystick left to go back to the Setlist column.
16D
Edge Delay
Team
Zerokelvin
Pastor of
Muppets
Mezcal Head
A
B
C
15A
15B
Jimi Not
Jimmy
Turn Knob 3 (Reorder Preset) to move the selected preset up and down the
list.
1
16C
Malthusian
D
15C
15D
No One
Survives
Starsburn
Delay Elephant Man
1/8
[37%]
Vibrato
8.4
40%
0.0 dB
Time
Feedback
Mode
Depth
Mix
Level
3. Use the joystick to select Setlist 8 TEMPLATES > Preset 01A
Quick Start.
MODE
TIP: The dark text above Knob 2 displays the required MIDI messages for
recalling 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 000, 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.
A
B
C
D
HOLD TO EDIT
TAP
TUNER
2. Press BANK
or BANK
to choose the desired banks.
The banks’ presets flash, indicating they’re ready to load.
3. Press one of the eight preset switches to load the preset.
NOTE: Footswitch behavior can be customized. See "Global Settings > Footswitches"
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Stomp Footswitch Mode
Snapshot Footswitch Mode
While in Stomp mode, each of the middle eight footswitches can do a number of
things:
Similar to the snapshots feature in some high end digital mixers, each of the eight
snapshots in Helix LT stores and recalls the state of certain elements in the current
preset, including:
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Toggle one or more blocks on and off
Toggle between two values of one or more parameters
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All of the above, even simultaneously
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Generate a MIDI or External Amp control
If not already there, press FS6 (MODE) to select Stomp mode.
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The middle eight footswitches display blocks' model names, parameter names, Command Center messages, and/or customized labels:
16B Dream Rig Duet
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1
Ubiquitous
Vibe
LA Studio
Comp
MULTIPLE (2)
A
B
C
D
Screamer
Mutant Filter
Elephant Man
Plate Verb
Block Bypass—The bypass (on/off) state of all processing blocks (except
Looper), independent of any footswitch assignments. Also see "Snapshots >
Block Bypass")
Parameter Control—The values of any parameters assigned to controllers
(up to 64 per preset). Also see "Snapshots > Parameter Control"
Command Center—The values of any instant MIDI CC, Bank/Prog, and MMC
messages, plus the state (dim or lit) of any CC Toggle and Ext Amp messages.
Also see "Command Center"
Tempo—The current system tempo, if "Global Settings > MIDI/Tempo" >
Tempo Select is set to "Per Snapshot." (By default, it's set to "Per Preset.")
Looper
1. Press BANK
mode.
1/8
[37%]
Vibrato
8.4
40%
0.0 dB
Feedback
Mode
Depth
Mix
Level
16B Dream Rig Duet
MODE
A
B
C
simultaneously to enter Snapshot
The middle eight snapshots flash, indicating one is ready to be selected.
Delay Elephant Man
Time
and BANK
D
HOLD TO EDIT
1
5
6
7
8
SNAPSHOT 5
SNAPSHOT 6
SNAPSHOT 7
SNAPSHOT 8
A
B
C
D
1
2
3
4
SNAPSHOT 1
SNAPSHOT 2
SNAPSHOT 3
SNAPSHOT 4
Delay Elephant Man
TAP
TUNER
1/8
[37%]
Vibrato
8.4
40%
0.0 dB
Time
Feedback
Mode
Depth
Mix
Level
MODE
NOTE: If a switch is assigned to multiple blocks or items, its box reads "MULTIPLE (X)," where X is the number of assignments, and stepping on the switch
turns them all on and off. If some blocks are on and some are bypassed, stepping on the switch toggles each block's bypass state.
A
B
C
D
HOLD TO EDIT
TAP
TUNER
NOTE: While in Stomp mode, stepping on BANK
or BANK
temporarily
enters Preset mode. Once you’ve selected a preset, Helix LT returns to Stomp
mode.
2. Press one of the eight snapshot switches to select it.
NOTE: Snapshots are powerful enough to warrant their own chapter. See "Snapshots" for more information.
NOTE: If you don’t want Snapshot footswitches to disappear after selecting one,
set "Global Settings > Footswitches" > Knob 3 (Snapshot Mode Switches) to
“Manual Return.” In this case, Helix LT stays in Snapshot footswitch mode until
you press FS6.
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Looper Footswitch Mode
NOTE: If you press while loop playback is stopped, this will always record a
new loop, and any previous recording will be discarded.
A third footswitch mode—Looper mode—is only available if a Looper block has been
assigned to a footswitch in Stomp mode. Nearly all factory presets have a Looper
block assigned to a footswitch, but your custom presets may not.
Looper Type
Max. Loop Length (1/2 Speed)
IMPORTANT! You may change presets while looping, but loop playback will
stop unless the preset you select includes the same type of looper block (mono
or stereo) on the same path (1 or 2) and is assigned to a footswitch.
Max. Loop Length (Full Speed)
Mono
120 seconds
60 seconds
Stereo
60 seconds
30 seconds
NOTE: While in Looper mode, stepping on BANK
or BANK
temporarily
enters Preset mode. Once you’ve selected a preset, Helix LT returns to Looper
mode.
1. From Stomp mode, press the footswitch labeled “Looper” (if
available).
2. To return to the previous mode, press FS6.
Looper mode appears:
16B Dream Rig Duet
UNDO
Pedal Edit Mode
1
ONCE
A
B
C
Most blocks can be edited without taking your hands off the guitar; if you hate having
to reach down and twist knobs, Pedal Edit mode will be your new best friend. Although
Pedal Edit is not intended to replace proper controller assignment, in a pinch, it can
also be used to tweak one parameter at a time during a performance.
D
1/2 FULL REV FWD
SPEED
Delay Elephant Man
1/8
[37%]
Vibrato
8.4
40%
0.0 dB
Time
Feedback
Mode
Depth
Mix
Level
1. Hold FS6 (MODE) for two seconds.
The preset's processing blocks appear, flashing:
16B Dream Rig Duet
MODE
A
B
C
D
HOLD TO EDIT
1
Volume Pedal
Mutant Filter
WhoWatt 100
A
B
C
D
1x12 US Deluxe
Minotaur
Ubiquitous Vibe
Octoverb
TAP
TUNER
A/B
Delay Elephant Man
Switch
Description
Step on to start recording a loop. Step on
to end the loop and
immediately start playback. Step on to overdub additional parts. Step
on
again to stop playback.
[37%]
Vibrato
8.4
40%
0.0 dB
Feedback
Mode
Depth
Mix
Level
MODE
A
If you make a mistake on your last overdub, step on UNDO to erase it.
Step on
1/8
Time
B
C
D
HOLD TO EDIT
TAP
TUNER
to play the recorded loop once through.
Recording at full speed and then switching to 1/2 speed will also drop
the loop down one octave. Recording at 1/2 speed will double your
looping memory and switching to full speed will cause the loop to play
at double speed (up an octave).
If the preset has more than eight processing blocks, you may not see the block
you want. Press FS6 one or more times until you do.
NOTE: Selecting a block in Pedal Edit mode has no correlation to any footswitch assignment it may have.
Step on REV/FWD to hear your loop backwards.
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Selecting Blocks/Adjusting Parameters
2. Press the footswitch displaying the block you want to edit.
The block's first page of parameters appear at FS1—FS6.
16B Dream Rig Duet
Mode
BACK
Peak
Gain
Range
Drive
A
B
C
D
VALUE–
VALUE+
EXIT
PAGE
PAGE
Blocks are objects that represent various elements of a preset, such as amps, cabs,
effects, splits, loopers, and even inputs and outputs.
1
Mix
1. From Stomp footswitch mode, briefly touch (but don’t press)
the footswitch assigned to the desired block.
The selected block appears with a white box on the main LCD:
Filter Mutant Filter
Band Pass
8.0
1.5
Low
Up
100%
Mode
Peak
Gain
Range
Drive
Mix
MODE
A
B
C
D
HOLD TO EDIT
TAP
If multiple blocks are assigned to a footswitch, its Performance View box reads
“MULTIPLE (X).” Touch the top of the switch repeatedly until the desired block
is selected.
TUNER
If the block has more than one page of parameters, press FS8 (<PAGE) or FS9
(PAGE>) until you find the parameter.
NOTE: Repeatedly touching a "MULTIPLE (X)" switch may jump to completely different screens, depending on its assignments. For example, if a switch
is assigned to an effect block, an effect parameter, and a Command Center
MIDI message, repeated touches will cycle through all three items on the
Home, Controller Assign, and Command Center screens, respectively. Basically, anything on the switch is only a touch away.
3. Press the footswitch displaying the parameter you want to adjust.
Press and hold a Time or Speed switch to toggle between setting the value in ms
or Hz and note divisions (1/4-note, dotted 1/8-note, etc.).
Alternatively, move the joystick to select a block.
4. Use the expression pedal to adjust the parameter.
For fine adjustment, press FS10 (VALUE–) and FS11 (VALUE+). Hold FS10
(VALUE–) or FS11 (VALUE+) for faster adjustments.
SHORTCUT: Press
to quickly select the Amp+Cab, Amp, or Preamp
block and its tonestack parameters (Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble, etc.) appear.
If a preset has more than one of these blocks, press
repeatedly to cycle
through all tonestacks.
To select a different block, press FS7 (BACK).
5. When finished, press FS12 (EXIT).
2. Turn Knobs 1-6 below the screen.
If you want to save any changes made to the preset, hold FS12 (EXIT) for two
seconds.
Some blocks have more than one page of parameters, in which case dots on the
right side of the inspector indicate the current page. For example, the dots below
indicate that page 1 parameters are visible (the colored dot) and a total of four
pages of parameters are available:
3. Press <PAGE/PAGE> to access more parameters (if available).
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Bypassing a Block
Most model categories include subcategories. For example, effects can generally
be mono or stereo (stereo models display the
icon). Amp+Cab and Amp models have Guitar and Bass subcategories. Cab models have single and dual subcategories.
If a footswitch is assigned to the block, press the switch.
Alternatively, select the block and press BYPASS to toggle the
block on and off.
Turn the joystick (or move it up and down) to select items in a list.
Press the joystick (or move it right) to view a category or subcategory’s contents.
Bypassed blocks appear semi-transparent and, if assigned to a footswitch, its LED
ring dims:
Move the joystick left to go back one column.
IMPORTANT! If you encounter items in the list that are grayed out or unavailable, this means the current path (1 or 2) cannot accommodate that
category, subcategory, or model. See "Dynamic DSP"
2. Using the joystick, select the desired category, subcategory,
and model.
NOTE: The switch's LED ring reflects the color and bypass state of its most recently selected block or item, even if other blocks assigned to the same switch
are enabled.
NOTE: Amp+Cab and Cab > Dual blocks are special in that they represent two models within a single block. To change the amp model in an
Amp+Cab block, press <PAGE until the amp icon is white and turn the
joystick. To change the cab model, press PAGE> until the cab icon is
white and turn the joystick.
Choosing a Block's Model
To change an existing block’s model, select the block and turn the
joystick.
To create a new block, select an empty location on the Home >
Signal View screen and turn the joystick.
To change the first cab model in a Cab > Dual block, press <PAGE until
the left cab icon is white and turn the joystick. To change the second
cab model, press PAGE> until the right cab icon is white and turn the
joystick.
Selecting models within the same category can be very quick. However, as Helix LT
has hundreds of items to choose from, using this method to, say, change a mono distortion block (beginning of the list) into a stereo FX Loop block (end of the list) is very
slow. Instead, you should open the model list:
1. Press the joystick to open the model list:
None
Distortion
Dynamics
EQ
Modulation
Delay
Reverb
Pitch/Synth
Mono
Stereo
Multitap 6
Ping Pong
Sweep Echo
Ducked Delay
Reverse Delay
Vintage Digital
Transistor Tape
Harmony Delay
3. To close the model list, select an item in the far right column
and press the joystick again (or press ).
Delay Harmony Delay
1/8
[37%]
A
Minor
50%
0.0dB
Time
Feedback
Key
Scale
Mix
Level
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Choosing an Input
If Path 2 has two input blocks, you may select either Path 2A or 2B, or even split your
signal further to both 2A and 2B. See "2 into 1" for an example.
From the Home > Signal View screen, move the joystick left to
select an Input block and turn the joystick.
TIP: To view a list of available outputs, press the joystick.
Normally you should select “Multi,” which includes two simultaneous inputs: Guitar
and Variax.
Moving Blocks
1. From the Home > Signal View screen, select any block (other
than Input or Output) and press ACTION.
TIP: To view a list of available inputs, press the joystick.
The block appears “picked up” and the action panel appears. The inspector's
icon shows you the directions in which the block can be moved.
SHORTCUT: From any Input block, joystick left to jump to the Output block.
From any Output block, joystick right to jump to the Input block. We call this the
"Pac Man Shortcut."
Use joystick to move block; move down to create Path B
Copy
Block
Choosing an Output
Paste
Block
Clear
Block
Clear All
Blocks
2. Move the joystick left or right to move the block.
Moving the joystick down moves the block to a new parallel B path. See "Serial
vs. Parallel Routing" for details.
From the Home > Signal View screen, move the joystick right to
select an Output block and turn the joystick.
NOTE: A block on Path 1 cannot be moved to Path 2 (and vice versa). You
can, however, copy and paste a block from one path to the other. See next
section.
Normally you should select “Multi,” which includes four simultaneous pairs of outputs:
1/4", XLR, Digital, and USB 1/2.
3. Press ACTION again (or
) to close the action panel.
Copying and Pasting a Block
If Path 1 doesn't have enough block locations or DSP to accommodate your tone, it
can be routed to Path 2:
Blocks from one path can be copied and then pasted into the same path, the other
path, or a path in an entirely different preset.
Select Path 1’s output block and turn the joystick to select Path
2A.
1. From the Home > Signal View screen, select the block you
wish to copy and press ACTION.
2. Press Knob 1 (Copy Block).
3. Select the location you wish to paste the block—even in a different preset—and press ACTION.
Path 2’s Input block displays an arrow, indicating it is being fed by Path 1.
4. Press Knob 2 (Paste Block).
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Saving/Naming a Preset
NOTE: Inputs, Outputs, Splits, Merges, and Loopers can also be copied and
pasted. However, if you, for example, try pasting the Looper into the Split
block's location, Knob 2 (Paste Block) will be grayed out. Furthermore, if the
destination path’s DSP cannot accommodate the copied block, the header
will briefly read “Cannot Paste—Path 1 [or 2] DSP full!” See "Dynamic DSP"
1. Press SAVE to open the Save Preset screen:
Save Preset
J
K
L
Cannot Paste—Path 1 DSP Full!
Copy
Block
Paste
Block
Clear
Block
Clear All
Blocks
M ‘ L a d y
Clearing a Block
Replace 1 FACTORY 1 > 26A M’Lady Neckbeard
1. From the Home > Signal View screen, select the block you
wish to clear and press ACTION.
Cancel
Delete
Insert
1
26A
Setlist
Destination
Save
Move the joystick left or right to move the cursor.
2. Press Knob 3 (Clear Block).
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.
Clearing All Blocks
Press Knob 3 (Insert) to insert a space and shift all following characters to
the right.
Clearing all blocks removes all processing blocks (including the Looper) and resets
both Path 1 and 2 to serial. It does not affect Path 1A or Path 2A Input and Output
blocks, nor does it affect the "Command Center"
SHORTCUT: Press the joystick to cycle through A, a, 0, and [SPACE].
1. Press ACTION.
2. Turn Knob 4 (Setlist) and Knob 5 (Destination) to choose the
Setlist and Preset location you wish to overwrite.
2. Press Knob 4 (Clear All Blocks).
The following dialog appears:
Any of the 1,024 presets can be overwritten.
3. Press SAVE again or Knob 6 (Save).
Clear all blocks?
Cancel
N e c k b e a r d
N
O
P
OK
TIP: You may want to create a backup before overwriting the presets on your
device - it's easy to do on your Mac or PC using the free Helix editor application
from line6.com/software!
3. Press Knob 6 (OK).
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Serial vs. Parallel Routing
...or maybe a single Amp block splitting into two separate Cab blocks...
For many guitar tones, a serial (one stereo path) signal flow is more than adequate.
For example, our 8 TEMPLATES > 01A Quick Start preset has a volume pedal, wah
pedal, Amp+Cab, reverb, and looper, but there's still room for distortion, modulation,
and delay blocks:
...or two separate Amp and two separate Cab blocks...
For more sophisticated tones, a parallel (two stereo paths) signal flow can be created.
This lets one split the signal into two stereo paths, process them separately, and mix
the two paths back together.
1. Select the Amp+Cab block and press ACTION to pick it up.
2. Move the joystick down.
The Amp+Cab block is moved to a newly created parallel path B (lower).
...or two separate Amp blocks merging into a Cab > Dual block.
In the illustration above:
Remember, this is only half of your tone. You still have Paths 2A and 2B to play with!
Our guitar signal goes into the Volume and Wah blocks.
The signal is split to path 1A (upper) and path 1B (lower).
Removing Parallel Path B
Stereo path 1A (upper) is sent to the Reverb and Looper blocks and Stereo path
1B (lower) is sent to the Amp+Cab block.
To remove path B, simply clear any blocks on path B (lower) or
move them all back up to path A (upper).
Stereo paths 1A and 1B are merged together after the Looper block and sent to
the Multi Output.
3. Press ACTION again to drop the Amp+Cab block.
This preset probably doesn't sound ideal. A more appropriate tone may have paths 1A
and 1B each with an Amp+Cab block, only to merge again before the Reverb...
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Moving Split & Merge Blocks for More
Parallel Routings
1 into 2
Move the Merge block down to path B.
The Merge block shifts right and a duplicate Output block is created:
1. Use the joystick to select the point where paths A and B split
or merge.
"Split" and "Merge" blocks only appear when selected, but can be adjusted and
moved like any other processing block.
In this example, the Input block is split to paths A and B, each with its own Output
block. Path A could be routed to the 1/4” outputs while path B could be routed to
the XLRs.
2. Press ACTION to pick up the Split or Merge block for moving.
True Parallel
Choose one of the following parallel routing options:
Move both the Split and the Merge blocks down to path B.
2 into 1
Duplicate Input and Output blocks are created:
Move the Split block down to path B.
The Split block shifts left and a duplicate Input block is created:
In this routing, a guitar and vocal could be processed independently, each with its
own input, stereo path, processing blocks, and outputs. Alternatively, two different
band members could be processed independently.
This new Input block can be assigned to a completely different input. This routing
can be used for mixing a guitar and vocal, or the models and magnetic pickups in a
connected Variax guitar, each with their own processing blocks.
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Dynamic DSP
Super Serial
A serial path has eight processing block locations. If that’s not enough, you can use
parallel path B to create one big “super serial” path.
Like nearly all modern audio processors, the Helix LT engine is based on DSP (Digital
Signal Processing). Some models require many times more DSP horsepower than
others, so it makes logical sense that fewer of those models could exist in a tone. To
work around this, some processors restrict you to one amp, one reverb, one delay, etc.
With Helix LT, we feel it's important to let you keep adding whatever you want to your
tone, even if you may eventually run out of DSP.
1. Move the Merge block down to path 1B.
A duplicate Output block is created.
2. Move the Split block all the way to the right, past the last
processing block on path 1A.
That said, there are some rules governing the number of certain types of blocks you
can add to a preset:
3. Select the Output block on path 1A and turn Knob 2 (Level)
all the way down.
Amp+Cab, Amp, or Preamp blocks Any combination, up to four (two per path)
Cab blocks (includes Amp+Cab Up to four (two per path; Cab > Dual blocks
blocks) are considered two)
That way, you’re only hearing Output 1B.
Impulse Response blocks Up to four 1024-point IRs (two per path) or
two 2048-point IRs (one per path)
Looper block One
To see which models can be added to the current path, press the
joystick to open the Model List.
In the illustration above, our signal is processed by the eight blocks on path 1A and
processed further by the three blocks on path 1B.
Grayed out items cannot be accommodated and are skipped over - See "Selecting
Blocks/Adjusting Parameters":
Of course, if this still isn’t enough, you could always duplicate the above signal flow
with path 2 and then route path 1B’s output block to path 2A for one gigantic serial
tone with up to 32 block locations (DSP permitting - See "Dynamic DSP"):
Mono
Stereo
None
Distortion
Dynamics
EQ
Modulation
Delay
Reverb
Pitch/Synth
Optical Trem
60s Bias Trem
Tremolo
Harmonic Tremolo
Script Mod Phase
Ubiquitous Vibe
Deluxe Phaser
Gray Flanger
Modulation Chorus
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2.5
2.0
Speed
Depth
5.0
Triangle
Predelay WavShape
0.0
50%
Tone
Mix
What is Variax?
Tips to Optimize DSP
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Each of the two primary paths utilizes its own DSP. If all of your blocks are on
paths 1A and 1B, you're only using half of the available horsepower! If you plan
on creating tones with two or more amps and more than a handful of effects,
expect to use both paths 1 and 2
Line 6 Variax guitars feature special electronics that model the sound of other specific
guitars and instruments, as well as allow for instant retuning of each string. Helix LT
and Variax work together in powerful and flexible ways. You can:
Some block types use much more DSP than others, such as amps, cabs, IRs,
and pitch shifters. Not surprisingly, the Amp+Cab block uses the most. EQ,
Dynamics, Volume/Pan, and Send/Return blocks use relatively little
•
•
Some models may use more DSP than others in the same category. This is
especially true with amp models
•
Instead of a parallel path with two Amp+Cab blocks or two separate Amps
and Cabs, try adding a single Amp block followed by a single Cab > Dual block
(mixing two different Cabs can provide some substantial variations)
•
The stereo version of an effects block will use roughly twice as much DSP as a
mono version of the same block. Likewise, the dual version of a cab block will
use roughly twice as much DSP as the single version
•
Some model categories have “Simple” blocks, which utilize less DSP than
others
Instead of toggling between two of the same amp or effects blocks (with different settings), use controllers or snapshots to instantly adjust parameters
within a single block.
Block Order and Stereo Imaging
Most of the effects models in Helix LT have both mono and stereo versions. A stereo
block displays
after its model name in the inspector. The stereo imaging—or how
wide your tone appears with stereo speakers or headphones—is highly dependent on
the type of blocks you add and in what order.
Keep the following things in mind when building tones:
•
•
•
All Amp+Cab, Amp, and Preamp blocks are mono, so any stereo signal sent
into these will be collapsed to mono. As such, it’s a good idea to add only
mono blocks before amps and preamps
Adding a mono effects block will collapse any preceding stereo blocks on the
same path to mono
If you’re only ever connecting Helix LT to the front of a single guitar amp or PA/
FRFR speaker, there may be no need to use stereo models at all (except, of
course, for models that are only offered as stereo)!
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Store Variax model, tuning, and/or volume and tone knob positions with a
Helix preset or snapshot and recall them instantly
Toggle between two Variax models and/or tunings via footswitch or MIDI CC
Turn the Variax volume and/or tone knobs to remotely control one or more
amp and effects parameters in Helix LT. You could almost think of them as
EXP 3 and EXP 4.
Split Variax modeled and magnetic signals, process them separately through
independent signal paths, and either mix them together or route them to different outputs
Power a Variax guitar's modeling engine via a VDI (CAT-5 or Ethercon) cable,
eliminating the need for the Variax guitar's removable battery.
The Blocks
Input > Multi and Input > Guitar blocks have an additional Guitar In-Z parameter. Helix
LT has an impedance circuit on its Guitar Input that affects tone and feel by loading
your guitar's pickups as they would by an effect pedal or amplifier. A lower value will
typically result in some high frequency attenuation, lower gain, and an overall "softer"
feel. A higher value provides full frequency response, higher gain, and an overall "tighter" feel.
Input
Multi and Variax input blocks have additional pages for Variax parameters:
James Tyler Variax or Variax Standard
Each preset can have up to four Input blocks (one or two per path).
Page Knob Parameter
1
Variax Settings
Determines whether Variax settings are applied per
preset or globally.
2
Variax Model
Selects the Variax model and pickup position setting. When set to "Don't Force," Helix LT respects
the Variax guitar's current setting.
3
Variax Vol
Knob
Remotely sets the Variax volume knob setting.
When set to "Don't Force," Helix LT respects the
current Variax Volume knob position.
4
Variax Tone
Knob
Remotely sets the Variax tone knob setting. When
set to "Don't Force," Helix LT respects the current
Variax Tone knob position.
5
Lock Variax
Controls
When set to "Unlocked," the Variax tone knob,
volume knob, and toggle switch remain active.
When locked, the Variax knobs and/or switches
no longer control the local functions on the guitar.
Turning the Variax model knob resets all to "Unlocked."
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Variax Tuning
When set to "Don't Force," Helix LT respects the
Variax current tuning. When set to "Custom," Helix
LT engages any custom tuning on Page
.
1
Variax String 6
2
Variax String 5
3
Variax String 4
4
Variax String 3
5
Variax String 2
6
Variax String 1
None Disables (mutes) the input block. Only available on Path 2.
Multi Guitar and Variax inputs are active simultaneously. Normally,
you should choose Multi.
Guitar Guitar in only.
Variax With a James Tyler® Variax® (JTV) or Variax® Standard guitar, the
"Variax" Input source receives the Model or Magnetic signal,
depending on the guitar's Model switch setting.
Variax Magnetics Receives only the JTV or Variax Standard's magnetic pickup
signal.
Return 1, 2, 1/2 Returns 1 and 2 can act as additional mono input blocks.
Return 1/2 can act as an additional stereo input block for processing a keyboards, drum machine, or even another modeler.
If a Return or FX Loop processing block exists in the preset, the
utilized Return input will be non-selectable. See "Send/Return"
USB 3/4, 5/6, USB inputs 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8 can all be used for processing
7/8 tracks from your Mac or Windows DAW software. See "USB
Audio"
Helix LT also receives input from USB 1/2, but it's dedicated
for monitoring audio from your computer (or iPad device) and
bypasses all processing blocks. As such, it's not available as an
input block source.
All input blocks have a dedicated noise gate. Threshold and Decay parameters are
grayed out unless the Input Gate parameter is turned on:
Input Multi (Guitar, Variax)
Off
–48.0dB
Input Gate Threshold
500 ms
Auto
Decay
Guitar In-Z
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Description
Choose the amount of half-steps, positive or negative, for which you want to raise or lower the pitch
of the selected string. The note labels displayed
assume the guitar is tuned to standard pitch (E,
A, D, G, B, E), with the A using a 440 Hz reference
pitch.
Output
L6 LINK Output
Alternatively, the digital XLR connector can be used for L6 LINK output (use of a 110Ω
XLR cable is recommended). L6 LINK provides easy digital audio connectivity between Helix LT and Line 6 StageSource speakers and/or DT-Series amplifiers. Two
StageSource speakers or DT amps can also be connected in series via L6 LINK and
your stereo Helix LT signal is intelligently split, with the left channel going to the first
StageSource or DT and the right channel to the second. If you have one StageSource
or DT connected, the Helix LT output is collapsed to mono and fed to the StageSource
or DT.
Each preset can have up to four Output blocks (one or two per path).
Multi 1/4", XLR, Digital, and USB 1/2 outputs are all active simultaneously.
Normally, you should choose Multi.
Path 2A, These outputs only appear for Path 1 output blocks, and are used to
2B, or route Path 1 into Path 2.
2A+B
TIP: With an L6 LINK connection to a DT-Series amp, often the Helix Preamp
models are a better choice than Amp or Amp+Cab models. Manually configure
the analog power amp options on the DT amp for more sonic possibilities!
1/4" 1/4" outs only.
XLR XLR outs only.
Send 1/2 Send 1/2 can act as an additional output block.
TIP: It is possible to use Helix LT to remotely control several parameters on
your DT-Series amp (channel select, power amp topology, reverb, etc.) via MIDI.
Connect a 5-pin MIDI cable from Helix's MIDI Out to the DT amp's MIDI In and
use the Helix "Command Center" to configure the desired MIDI commands for
any preset.
Digital Choose the desired sample rate from "Global Settings > Ins/Outs". The
AES/EBU, Global Ins/Outs settings are not necessary for L6 LINK - see "L6 LINK
L6 LINK Output" for more info.
Start by loading the TEMPLATES > 04D DT25-DT50 Remote preset since it
has several handy DT commands already mapped to Helix switches for you. You
can customize this template and create your own sets of controls to add to your
presets. Also see the DT MIDI Implementation Guide for a complete list of MIDI
commands, available from http://line6.com/support/manuals/.
USB 1/2, USB 1/2, 3/4, and 5/6 can act as additional output blocks for routUSB 3/4, ing paths to your computer, iPad or iPhone mobile device (with opUSB 5/6 tional Apple Camera Connection Kit). USB 7 and 8 are dedicated for reamping, and are not available as output block destinations. See "USB
Audio" for details.
All output blocks display Knob 1 (Pan) and Knob 2 (Level):
Output Multi (1/4”, XLR, Digital, USB 1/2)
Center
0.0dB
Pan
Level
SHORTCUT: Press Knob 1 (Pan) to return Pan to center. Press Knob 2 (Level) to
return Level to unity (0.0dB).
TIP: Use Knob 2 (Level) to set the path's overall level, which is important to
ensure all of your presets maintain a consistent volume throughout your set.
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Effects
Dynamics Models
Many Helix LT effects blocks can be either mono or stereo. Stereo effects display
after the model name.
Select an effects block and turn the joystick to change its model.
Distortion Models
Model
Subcategories
Based On*
Minotaur
Mono, Stereo
Klon® Centaur
Teemah!
Mono, Stereo
Paul Cochrane Timmy® Overdrive
Compulsive Drive
Mono, Stereo
Fulltone® OCD
Valve Driver
Mono, Stereo
Chandler Tube Driver
Top Secret OD
Mono, Stereo
DOD® OD-250
Scream 808
Mono, Stereo
Ibanez® TS808 Tube Screamer®
Hedgehog D9
Mono, Stereo
MAXON® SD9 Sonic Distortion
Stupor OD
Mono, Stereo
BOSS® SD-1 Overdrive
Vermin Dist
Mono, Stereo
Pro Co RAT
KWB
Mono, Stereo
Benadrian Kowloon Walled Bunny Distortion
Arbitrator Fuzz
Mono, Stereo
Arbiter® FuzzFace®
Triangle Fuzz
Mono, Stereo
Electro-Harmonix® Big Muff Pi®
Industrial Fuzz
Mono, Stereo
Z.Vex Fuzz Factory
Tycoctavia Fuzz
Mono, Stereo
Tycobrahe® Octavia
Wringer Fuzz
Mono, Stereo
Garbage's modded BOSS® FZ-2
Megaphone
Mono, Stereo
Megaphone
Bitcrusher
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Model
Subcategories
Based On*
Deluxe Comp
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Red Squeeze
Mono, Stereo
MXR® Dyna Comp
LA Studio Comp
Mono, Stereo
Teletronix® LA-2A®
Noise Gate
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Hard Gate
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Model
Subcategories
Based On*
Simple EQ
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Low Cut/High Cut
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Parametric
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
10-Band Graphic
Mono, Stereo
MXR® 10-Band Graphic EQ
Cali Q Graphic
Mono, Stereo
MESA/Boogie® Mark IV Graphic EQ
EQ Models
Modulation Models
Model
Subcategories
Based On*
Optical Trem
Mono, Stereo
Fender® optical tremolo circuit
60s Bias Trem
Mono, Stereo
Vox® AC-15 Tremolo
Tremolo/Autopan
Mono, Stereo
BOSS® PN-2
Harmonic Tremolo
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Script Mod Phase
Mono, Stereo
MXR® Phase 90
Ubiquitous Vibe
Mono, Stereo
Shin-ei Uni-Vibe®
Deluxe Phaser
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Gray Flanger
Mono, Stereo
MXR® 117 Flanger
Harmonic Flanger
Mono, Stereo
A/DA Flanger
Courtesan Flange
Mono, Stereo
Electro-Harmonix® Deluxe EM
Dynamix Flanger
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
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Modulation Models
Reverb Models
Model
Subcategories
Based On*
Model
Subcategory
Based On*
Chorus
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Plate
Stereo
Line 6 Original
70s Chorus
Mono, Stereo
BOSS CE-1
Room
Stereo
Line 6 Original
Line 6 Original
®
Trinity Chorus
Stereo
DyTronics Tri-Stereo Chorus
Chamber
Stereo
Bubble Vibrato
Mono, Stereo
BOSS® VB-2 Vibrato
Hall
Stereo
Line 6 Original
Vibe Rotary
Stereo
Fender Vibratone
Echo
Stereo
Line 6 Original
122 Rotary
Stereo
Leslie 122
Tile
Stereo
Line 6 Original
145 Rotary
Stereo
Leslie 145
Cave
Stereo
Line 6 Original
AM Ring Mod
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Ducking
Stereo
Line 6 Original
Pitch Ring Mod
Stereo
Line 6 Original
Octo
Stereo
Line 6 Original
63 Spring
Stereo
Line 6 Original
Spring
Stereo
Line 6 Original
Particle Verb
Stereo
Line 6 Original
®
®
®
Delay Models
Model
Subcategories
Based On*
Simple Delay
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Mod Chorus Echo
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Pitch/Synth Models
Dual Delay
Stereo
Line 6 Original
Model
Subcategories
Based On*
Multitap 4
Stereo
Line 6 Original
Pitch Wham
Mono, Stereo
Digitech Whammy®
Multitap 6
Stereo
Line 6 Original
Twin Harmony
Mono, Stereo
Eventide® H3000
Ping Pong
Stereo
Line 6 Original
Simple Pitch
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Sweep Echo
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Dual Pitch
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Ducked Delay
Mono, Stereo
TC Electronic 2290
3 OSC Synth
Stereo
Line 6 Original
Reverse Delay
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Vintage Digital
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Pitch Echo
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Model
Subcategories
Based On*
Transistor Tape
Mono, Stereo
Maestro® Echoplex EP-3
Mutant Filter
Mono, Stereo
Musitronics® Mu-Tron® III
Harmony Delay
Stereo
Line 6 Original
Mystery Filter
Mono, Stereo
Korg® A3
Bucket Brigade
Mono, Stereo
BOSS® DM-2
Autofilter
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Adriatic Delay
Mono, Stereo
BOSS DM-2 w/ Adrian Mod
Elephant Man
Mono, Stereo
Electro-Harmonix® Deluxe Memory Man
®
Filter Models
®
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Wah Models
Parameter
Description
Rate
Adjusts the rate of the effect, with higher settings providing faster
rates. Press the knob to toggle between numeric and note values.
Not all Rate parameters can be synced to note values, as they may be
non-linear and highly interactive.
Time
Adjusts the delay/repeat time, with higher settings providing longer
delays. Press the knob to toggle between ms and note values.
Choosing a ms value provides a specific time in milliseconds; choosing a Note Division value provides a time based on the current tempo.
With a note division value, this parameter’s value is retained when
changing models.
Depth
Adjusts the intensity of the modulation. Higher settings result in more
extreme pitch bending, wobble, or throb, depending on the effect.
Model
Subcategories
Based On*
UK Wah 846
Mono, Stereo
Vox® V846
Teardrop 310
Mono, Stereo
Dunlop® Crybaby® Fasel model 310
Fassel
Mono, Stereo
Dunlop® Cry Baby® Super
Weeper
Mono, Stereo
Arbiter® Cry Baby®
Chrome
Mono, Stereo
Vox® V847
Chrome Custom
Mono, Stereo
Modded Vox® V847
Throaty
Mono, Stereo
RMC® Real McCoy 1
Vetta Wah
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Colorful
Mono, Stereo
Colorsound® Wah-fuzz
Feedback
Conductor
Adjusts the amount of delayed signal fed back into the effect. Higher
settings can provide more dramatic textures.
Mono, Stereo
Maestro® Boomerang
Decay
Sets the length of time the reverb effect sustains.
Predelay
Determines the time before the reverb effect is heard.
Headroom
Some mod and delay pedals' internal signal paths exhibit a bit of grit,
especially when placed after a high-gain amp block. Negative values
increase the perceived amount of grit; positive values clean things up
a bit. At 0dB, the model behaves like the original pedal.
Volume/Pan Models
Model
Subcategories
Based On*
Volume Pedal
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Gain
Mono, Stereo
Line 6 Original
Pan
Stereo
Line 6 Original
Low Cut
High Cut
Common FX Settings
Parameter
Description
Drive
Adjusts the amount of overdrive, distortion, or fuzz.
Bass
Adjusts the bass level.
Mid
Adjusts the midrange level.
Treble
Adjusts the treble level.
Speed
Adjusts the speed of the effect, with higher settings providing faster
rates. Press the knob to toggle between Hz and note values.
Choosing a Hz value provides a specific modulation speed in cycles
per second; choosing a note value provides a time based on the current tempo. Not all Speed parameters can be synced to note values,
as they may be non-linear and highly interactive.
Filters a portion of the block's bass and/or treble frequencies, which
can help remove rumble and/or high-end harshness.
Mix
Blends the effected "wet" signal vs. the "dry" signal passed through
the block. When set to 0%, the path bypasses the effect completely.
When set to 100%, the entire path is fed through the effect, and no
dry thru signal is heard.
Level
Adjusts the overall output level of the effects block. Be careful not to
boost this parameter too high on multiple blocks, as digital clipping
could occur. You should typically leave this at 0.0dB for most blocks.
Where the original pedal's level or volume knob behavior doesn't
really apply to dB values, 0.0-10 may be used.
Trails
Trails Off: Any delay repeats or reverb decays are instantly muted
when the block is bypassed. Trails On: Any delay repeats or reverb
decays continue to decay naturally when the block is bypassed or a
different snapshot is selected.
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Amp+Cab
Amp Models
Amp+Cab blocks are convenient in that when you select an Amp model, its matching
Cab model is automatically loaded.
To change the amp model in an Amp+Cab block, press <PAGE
until the amp icon is white and turn the joystick. To change the
cab model, press PAGE> until the cab icon is white and turn the
joystick.
The first page of Amp+Cab parameters is called the tonestack, and represents the
knobs you would see on the real amp's panel:
Amp+Cab
Stone Age 185
3.4
2.5
5.0
3.4
2.5
10
Drive
Bass
Mid
Treble
Presence
Ch Vol
SHORTCUT: Press
to quickly select the Amp+Cab, Amp, or Preamp block
and access its tonestack parameters (Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble, etc.). If a preset
has more than one of these blocks, press
repeatedly to cycle through all
tonestacks.
Amp Models
Model
Subcategory
Based On*
WhoWatt 100
Guitar
Hiwatt® DR-103 Brill
Soup Pro
Guitar
Supro® S6616
Stone Age 185
Guitar
Gibson® EH-185
Tweed Blues Nrm
Guitar
Fender® Bassman® (normal channel)
Tweed Blues Brt
Guitar
Fender® Bassman® (bright channel)
Model
Subcategory
Based On*
US Small Tweed
Guitar
Fender® Champ®
US Deluxe Nrm
Guitar
Fender® Deluxe Reverb® (normal channel)
US Deluxe Vib
Guitar
Fender® Deluxe Reverb® (vibrato channel)
US Double Nrm
Guitar
Fender® Twin Reverb® (normal channel)
US Double Vib
Guitar
Fender® Twin Reverb® (vibrato channel)
Mail Order Twin
Guitar
Silvertone® 1484
Divided Duo
Guitar
÷13 JRT 9/15
Interstate Zed
Guitar
Dr Z® Route 66
Jazz Rivet 120
Guitar
Roland® JC-120 Jazz Chorus
Essex A15
Guitar
Vox® AC-15
Essex A30
Guitar
Vox® AC-30 with top boost
A30 Fawn Nrm
Guitar
Vox® AC-30 Fawn (normal channel)
A30 Fawn Brt
Guitar
Vox® AC-30 Fawn (bright channel)
Matchstick Ch1
Guitar
Matchless® DC30 (channel 1)
Matchstick Ch2
Guitar
Matchless® DC30 (channel 2)
Matchstick Jump
Guitar
Matchless® DC30 (jumped)
Mandarin 80
Guitar
Orange® OR80
Brit J45 Nrm
Guitar
Marshall® JTM-45 (normal channel)
Brit J45 Brt
Guitar
Marshall® JTM-45 (bright channel)
Brit Plexi Nrm
Guitar
Marshall® Super Lead 100 (normal channel)
Brit Plexi Brt
Guitar
Marshall® Super Lead 100 (bright channel)
Brit Plexi Jump
Guitar
Marshall® Super Lead 100 (jumped)
Brit P75 Nrm
Guitar
Park® 75 (normal channel)
Brit P75 Brt
Guitar
Park® 75 (bright channel)
Brit 2204
Guitar
Marshall® JCM-800
German Mahadeva Guitar
Bogner® Shiva
German Ubersonic Guitar
Bogner® Überschall®
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Tonestack and deeper amp parameters found on subsequent pages may differ depending on the amp model selected.
Amp Models
Model
Subcategory
Based On*
Cali IV Rhythm 1
Guitar
MESA/Boogie® Mark IV (channel I)
Cali IV Rhythm 2
Guitar
MESA/Boogie® Mark IV (channel II)
Cali IV Lead
Guitar
MESA/Boogie® Mark IV (lead channel)
Cali Rectifire
Guitar
MESA/Boogie® Dual Rectifier®
Archetype Clean
Guitar
Paul Reed Smith® Archon® (clean channel)
Archetype Lead
Guitar
Paul Reed Smith Archon (lead channel)
ANGL Meteor
Guitar
ENGL® Fireball 100
Solo Lead Clean
Guitar
Soldano SLO-100 (clean channel)
Solo Lead Crunch
Guitar
Soldano SLO-100 (crunch channel)
Solo Lead OD
Guitar
Soldano SLO-100 (overdrive channel)
PV Panama
Guitar
Peavey® 5150®
Line 6 Elektrik
Guitar
Line 6 Original
Line 6 Doom
Guitar
Line 6 Original
Line 6 Epic
Guitar
Line 6 Original
Line 6 2204 Mod
Guitar
Line 6 Original
Line 6 Fatality
Guitar
Line 6 Original
Line 6 Litigator
Guitar
Line 6 Original
Tuck n' Go
Bass
Ampeg® B-15NF Portaflex®
SV Beast Nrm
Bass
Ampeg® SVT® (normal channel)
SV Beast Brt
Bass
Ampeg® SVT® (bright channel)
Cali Bass
Bass
MESA/Boogie® M9 Carbine
Cali 400 Ch1
Bass
MESA/Boogie® Bass 400+ (channel 1)
Cali 400 Ch2
Bass
MESA/Boogie® Bass 400+ (channel 2)
G Cougar 800
Bass
Gallien-Krueger® GK 800RB
®
Common Amp Settings
®
Parameter
Description
Master
Adjusts the amount of power amp distortion. This parameter is highly
interactive with all other power amp parameters—the lower the Master
is set, the less effect the other controls will have.
Sag
Lower Sag values offer a "tighter" responsiveness for faster metal
performances; higher values provide more touch dynamics & sustain
for blues and classic rock riffs.
Hum
Ripple
Controls how much heater hum and AC ripple interacts with your tone.
At higher settings, things get freaky.
Bias
Changes the Bias of the power tubes. Lower values achieve a "colder"
Class AB biasing. At maximum, the amp is operating in Class A.
Bias X
Determines how the power amp tubes' voicing reacts when pushed
hard. Set low for a tighter feel. Set high for more tube compression.
This parameter is highly reactive with the Drive and Master settings.
Amp
Amp blocks are identical to Amp+Cab blocks, except they contain no matched cab
model.
Preamp
We’ve also included a complete set of Preamp versions of each Amp model, which
provide the tone of just the preamp stage of the amp—recommended when feeding
Helix LT into an external amplifier (either via 1/4" to your traditional amp or via L6 LINK
to a Line 6 DT25 or DT50).
Preamp blocks require less DSP than a full Amp block.
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Cab
Cab Models
Model
There are two subcategories of Cab blocks—Single and Dual. Not surprisingly, dual
Cabs take twice as much DSP as single Cabs.
To change the first cab model in a Cab > Dual block, press <PAGE
until the left cab icon is white and turn the joystick. To change the
second cab, press PAGE> until the right cab icon is white and turn
the joystick.
Cab Models
Model
Subcategories
Based On*
Soup Pro Ellipse
Single, Dual
1 x 6x9" Supro® S6616
1x8 Small Tweed
Single, Dual
1x8" Fender® Champ
1x12 Field Coil
Single, Dual
1x12" Gibson® EH185
1x12 US Deluxe
Single, Dual
1x12" Fender® Deluxe Oxford
1x12 Celest 12H
Single, Dual
1x12" ÷13 JRT 9/15 G12 H30
1x12 Blue Bell
Single, Dual
1x12" Vox® AC-15 Blue
1x12 Lead 80
Single, Dual
1x12" Bogner® Shiva CL80
2x12 Double C12N
Single, Dual
2x12" Fender® Twin C12N
2x12 Mail C12Q
Single, Dual
2x12" Silvertone® 1484
2x12 Interstate
Single, Dual
2x12" Dr Z® Z Best V30
2x12 Jazz Rivet
Single, Dual
2x12" Roland® JC-120
2x12 Silver Bell
Single, Dual
2x12" Vox® AC-30TB Silver
2x12 Blue Bell
Single, Dual
2x12" Vox® AC-30 Fawn Blue
4x10 Tweed P10R
Single, Dual
4x10" Fender® Bassman® P10R
4x12 WhoWatt 100 Single, Dual
Subcategories
Based On*
4x12 Mandarin EM Single, Dual
4x12" Orange® Eminence
4x12 Greenback25 Single, Dual
4x12" Marshall® Basketweave G12 M25
4x12 Greenback20 Single, Dual
4x12" Marshall® Basketweave G12 M20
4x12 Blackback30
Single, Dual
4x12" Park® 75 G12 H30
4x12 1960 T75
Single, Dual
4x12" Marshall® 1960 AT75
4x12 Uber V30
Single, Dual
4x12" Bogner® Uberkab V30
4x12 Uber T75
Single, Dual
4x12" Bogner® Uberkab T75
4x12 Cali V30
Single, Dual
4x12" MESA/Boogie® 4FB V30
4x12 XXL V30
Single, Dual
4x12" ENGL® XXL V30
4x12 SoloLead EM Single, Dual
4x12" Soldano
1x15 Tuck n' Go
Single, Dual
1x15" Ampeg® B-15
2x15 Brute
Single, Dual
2x15" MESA/Boogie® 2x15 EV
4x10 Rhino
Single, Dual
4x10" Ampeg® SVT® 410HLF
6x10 Cali Power
Single, Dual
6x10" MESA/Boogie® Power House
8x10 SV Beast
Single, Dual
8x10" Ampeg® SVT®
Mic Models
4x12" Hiwatt® AP Fane®
Model
Based On*
57 Dynamic
Shure® SM57
409 Dynamic
Sennheiser® MD 409
421 Dynamic
Sennheiser® MD 421-U
30 Dynamic
Heil Sound® PR 30
20 Dynamic
Electro-Voice® RE20
121 Ribbon
Royer® R-121
160 Ribbon
Beyerdynamic® M 160
4038 Ribbon
Coles 4038
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Impulse Response (IR)
Mic Models
Model
Based On*
414 Cond
AKG® C414 TLII
84 Cond
Neumann® KM84
67 Cond
Neumann® U67
87 Cond
Neumann® U87
47 Cond
Neumann® U47
112 Dynamic
AKG® D112
12 Dynamic
AKG® D12
7 Dynamic
Shure® SM7
Impulse Responses are mathematical functions representing the sonic measurements
of specific audio systems (for Helix LT, speaker cabinet and microphone combinations). Helix can load and store up to 128 custom or third-party IRs at a time.
Loading Custom IRs
Loading custom impulse responses requires connecting to the Helix application in
your Mac or Windows computer. The Helix application is available as a free download
from line6.com/software.
1. Connect Helix LT to your computer via USB and open the Helix
application.
Cab Settings
Knob Parameter
Description
1
Mic
Selects one of the 16 available mic models.
2
Distance
Sets the distance (1 inch to 12 inches) between the mic and
the speaker grille.
3
Low Cut
4
High Cut
Filters a portion of the cab's bass and/or treble frequencies,
which can help remove rumble and/or high-end harshness.
5
EarlyReflc
Sets the amount of "early reflections." Higher values add more
reflective room sound to your Amp tone.
6
Level
Adjusts the overall output level of the Cab.
2. Click the Impulses tab.
3. Drag one or more IR files from the desktop or any Finder window directly into the Helix app's Impulses list.
The Helix app updates the Helix LT hardware's IR list automatically. Helix LT can
load and store up to 128 IRs at a time. 48kHz, 16-bit, mono, .WAV type IRs of up
to 2,048 samples are natively supported. But the Helix app allows you to import
IR .WAV files of different sample rate, bit depth, length and stereo format, and
the app will convert these attributes automatically before sending to the Helix LT
hardware.
•
•
Go to the Helix app's Preferences to set the preferred behavior for importing
Stereo WAV IRs - there you can choose to import the left or right channel data
of the file, or a mix of both channels for the Helix (mono) IR.
The imported IR is automatically shortened (or lengthened) to 2,048 samples.
You may optionally choose a 1,024-sample version from the model list to
save DSP, which fades out the IR halfway through.
IMPORTANT! IR blocks reference an IR number, not the actual IR file. For
example, if you happen to replace or delete "IR 12" from the Helix application, it will affect any presets containing IR blocks with "IR 12" selected.
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Impulse Response Settings
Send Settings
Knob Parameter
Knob Parameter
1
IR Select
2
Low Cut
3
High Cut
4
5
Mix
Level
Description
Selects one of the 128 available IR locations. If a location contains an IR, the inspector header displays its name; otherwise,
it reads "<EMPTY>."
Filters a portion of the IR's bass and/or treble frequencies,
which can help remove rumble and/or high-end harshness.
Description
1
Send
Adjusts the level sent to your external devices.
2
Dry Thru
Adjusts the level of the signal passed through the Send block,
independent of the Knob 1 (Send) level. Normally, this should
be set to 0.0dB.
Return Settings
Blends the IR signal with the dry signal passed through the IR
block. When set to 0%, the path bypasses the IR completely.
When set to 100%, the entire path is fed through the IR, and
no dry signal is heard.
Knob Parameter
Adjusts the overall output level of the IR block.
Send/Return
1
Return
Adjusts the level received at the Return jack.
2
Dry Thru
Adjusts the level of the signal passed through the Return block,
independent of the Knob 1 (Return) level. Normally, this should
be set to 0.0dB.
Knob Parameter
1
Each of the sends and returns can be used independently, or used together as an FX
loop.
Description
2
Description
Return
Adjusts the level received at the Return jack.
Mix
Blends the Return signal vs. the dry signal passed through the
Return block. When set to 0%, the path bypasses the Return
completely. When set to 100%, the entire signal is fed from the
Return, and no dry thru signal is heard.
FX Loop Settings
FX loops let you dynamically insert your favorite external stompboxes (or rack effects)
into any location in your tone.
Knob Parameter
NOTE: Each send and return pair can be set for instrument (for inserting stompboxes) or line-level operation. See "Global Settings > Ins/Outs"
NOTE: Each return can be used only once in a preset. For example, if you add
a Return 1 block (or assign one of the input blocks to Return 1), Return 1/2, FX
Loop 1, and FX Loop 1/2 items will all appear grayed out in the model list, as they
also utilize Return 1.
1
Send
Adjusts the level sent to your external device.
2
Return
Adjusts the level received at the Return jack.
3
Mix
Blends the FX loop signal vs. the dry signal passed through
the FX Loop block. When set to 0%, the path bypasses the
FX loop completely. When set to 100%, the entire path is fed
through the FX loop, and no dry thru signal is heard.
Trails
Trails Off: An external stompbox would be instantly muted
when the FX Loop block is bypassed. Trails On: An external
delay or reverb stompbox would continue to decay naturally
when the FX Loop block is bypassed or a different snapshot is
selected.
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Description
Looper
Split > A/B Settings
The signal can be sent in different amounts to Paths A (upper) and B (lower).
Helix LT can add one mono or stereo Looper block per preset.
Knob Parameter
1
The Looper can exist anywhere on either Path 1 or Path 2. Also see "Looper Footswitch Mode"
Route To
Description
Determines the amount of the signal sent to Path A vs. Path B.
Press the knob to set to Even Split.
Split > Crossover Settings
Looper Settings
Treble frequencies are sent to Path A (upper) and bass frequencies are sent to Path
B (lower).
Knob
Knob
Parameter
Description
1
Frequency
Any signal above this frequency is sent to Path A (upper); any
signal below this frequency is sent to Path B (lower).
2
Reverse
When on, reverses the path assignments (any signal above
the crossover frequency is sent to Path B, any signal below
the crossover frequency is sent to Path A).
Parameter
Description
Playback
Adjusts looper playback level. You may find it useful to turn
this down a bit so your live guitar can be slightly louder.
2
Overdub
Relatively sets the level of your loop while overdubbing. For
example, if your Overdub Level is set to 90%, each time your
loop repeats, its volume will be reduced by 10%, sounding
quieter and quieter with each overdub pass.
3
Low Cut
4
High Cut
1
Filters a portion of the loop's bass and/or treble frequencies,
which can improve the mix with your live guitar.
Merge
A Merge > Mixer block appears any time a parallel path is created, but is visible only
when selected:
Split
A Split block appears any time a parallel path is created, but is visible only when selected:
Knob Parameter Description
Helix LT has three different types of Split blocks: Y, A/B, and Crossover.
Split > Y Settings
By default, a Split > Y appears any time a parallel path is created.
Knob
Parameter
Description
1
Balance A
Adjusts the left/right stereo balance of Path A.
2
Balance B
Adjusts the left/right stereo balance of Path B.
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1
A Level
Adjusts the output level of Path A (upper).
2
A Pan
Adjusts the left/right stereo balance of Path A.
3
B Level
Adjusts the output level of Path B (lower).
4
B Pan
Adjusts the left/right stereo balance of Path B.
5
B Polarity
Inverts the polarity of Path B. Typically, this should be set to
"Normal."
6
Level
Adjusts the overall output level of the Merge block.
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Tuner
2. Pluck an individual string on your guitar.
1. Hold the TAP footswitch until the Tuner screen appears:
3. To exit the Tuner, step on any footswitch.
–3
–50
B
When a box left of center is lit red, your string is flat. When a box right of center
is lit red, your string is sharp. When the center box on the lower row is lit green,
the top row of smaller bars can be used for more precision. When both arrows are
illuminated, your string is perfectly in tune.
All tuner settings are global.
TIP: If you have a favorite pedal or rack tuner and wish to use it instead of
the tuner in Helix LT, connect Send 1 or 2 to your tuner's input and turn
Knob 2 (Tuner Out) to select Send 1/2. This way, every time you hold the
TAP footswitch, Helix LT will automatically route the signal to your favorite
tuner.
+3
+50
Tuner
Multi
Multi
440 Hz
Off
Input
Output
Reference
Offsets
Tuner Settings
Page Knob Parameter
Description
1
Tuner In
Determines which input the tuner will listen to. Normally, you should choose "Multi," which listens to the Guitar and Variax inputs simultaneously.
2
Tuner Out
Determines the active output while the Tuner screen is active. If you prefer to hear nothing while tuning, choose "Mute." Normally, you should
choose "Multi," which routes the input to 1/4", XLR, Digital, and USB 1/2.
3
Reference
If you'd like to tune to a reference other than standard 440 Hz, select from 425 to 455 Hz.
6
Offsets
Enables the Tuner offsets displayed on Page
1
String 6 Offset
2
String 5 Offset
3
String 4 Offset
4
String 3 Offset
5
String 2 Offset
6
String 1 Offset
.
Some guitarists feel that tuning certain strings slightly sharp or flat in relation to concert tuning can improve intonation. String offsets calibrate the
tuner so that these slightly out-of-tune pitches appear as in tune. String 6 is low E and String 1 is high E. Tuning offsets won't be applied unless
Knob 6 (Offsets) on Page
is turned on.
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Snapshots
•
Tempo—The current system tempo, if "Global Settings > MIDI/Tempo" >
Tempo Select is set to "Per Snapshot." (By default, it's set to "Per Preset")
Depending on how you set them up, snapshots can act as eight variations of the
same tone, eight drastically different tones, or any combination thereof—all
within the same preset. In many cases, a single preset's snapshots may accommodate all the various tones required for a song.
In the upper right corner of the LCD you'll see a camera icon. The number indicates
the current snapshot.
1
Snapshots > Block Bypass
Snapshots store and recall the current bypass (on/off) state for all processing blocks.
For example, Snapshot 1—INTRO could have Distortion 1, Amp 1, Cab, Mod 1, and
Delay 1 on:
Why should I care about snapshots?
To be honest, maybe you shouldn’t. Ask yourself these questions:
•
•
•
Hey self, when performing live, does the small gap when switching tones drive
me nuts?
Snapshot 2—VERSE could have Dynamics, Distortion 2, Filter, FX Loop 1, Amp 2,
Cab, Delay 2, and Reverb on:
Do I secretly wish I were an octopus, so I can constantly change amp and effects settings throughout a song?
Snapshot 3—BRIDGE could have Dynamics, FX Loop 2, Amp 2, IR, EQ, Mod 2, and
Delay 2 on:
If my delay repeats and reverb trails don’t seamlessly spill over when switching
tones, does it drive me nuts?
If you answered “M’eh” or “Huh?,” stop reading this now, go play guitar, completely
ignore the camera icon, and you’ll never have to worry about snapshots again. Seriously. However, if you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, keep reading.
Snapshot 4—CHORUS could have everything on:
Okay, I’m still reading
There’s always going to be a small audible gap when switching presets in any box
with this level of dynamic model allocation and routing complexity; that’s just how advanced DSP works. However, snapshots allow for a surprising amount of tonal control
from within the same preset, and every change happens instantly and seamlessly.
And Snapshot 5—INTERLUDE could just be Amp 1 and the IR:
Similar to the snapshots feature in some high end digital mixers, each of the eight
snapshots stores and recalls the state of certain elements in the current preset, including:
•
•
•
Note that all snapshots in a particular preset share the same models; you cannot, for
example, add a US Deluxe Amp block in Snapshot 1 and switch its model to Essex
A30 in Snapshot 2. However, if Helix has enough available DSP, you can load both
amps into the same preset and snapshots can enable neither, one, or both of them.
Block Bypass—The bypass (on/off) state of all processing blocks (except
Looper), independent of any footswitch assignments. Also see "Snapshots >
Block Bypass"
Parameter Control—The values of any parameters assigned to controllers
(up to 64 per preset). Also see "Snapshots > Parameter Control"
IMPORTANT! Snapshots make it easy for multiple blocks assigned to the same
footswitch to end up in unexpected states. For example, if FS2 toggles between Delay (ON) and Reverb (OFF) blocks and a snapshot turns the Reverb
on, FS2 will suddenly turn both blocks on and off together.
Command Center—The values of any instant MIDI CC, Bank/Prog, and MMC
messages, plus the state (dim or lit) of any CC Toggle and Ext Amp messages.
Also see "Command Center"
See "Using Snapshots" for more information.
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Snapshots > Parameter Control
The parameter's value appears white and in brackets, indicating a controller's assigned to it—in this case, the Snapshots controller:
In addition, parameters can be set to jump to specific values with each snapshot.
[37%]
Here’s an example where seven parameters (out of a possible 64) are updated instantly with each snapshot:
Snapshot
Variax
Model
Amp
Gain
Delay
Mix
Split A/B
Pitch
1 INTRO
Spank-1
4.5
35%
Path A 100
0
#27
-7.2dB
2 VERSE
Spank-1
4.5
35%
Path A 100
+5
#27
0.0dB
3 BRIDGE
Lester-5
5.2
43%
Path B 100
+3
#103
+0.8dB
4 CHORUS
Lester-5
4.5
50%
Path B 100
0
#103
+1.5dB
5 INTERLUDE
Spank-1
3.9
8%
Even Split
+5
#27
0.0dB
6 SOLO
Lester-5
8.7
72%
Path B 100
+12
#103
+2.6dB
7 BREAKDOWN Acous-3
2.0
46%
Path B 47
-12
#12
0.0dB
8 OUTRO
4.5
35%
Path A 100
0
#41
-3.6dB
Spank-1
Feedback
IR
Output
Select Level
To adjust a parameter WITHOUT it automatically updating per
snapshot, just turn the knob like you normally would.
As long as a parameter is not assigned to any controller, its value is maintained across
snapshots.
SHORTCUT: Hold BYPASS and press a parameter knob to quickly remove any
controller assignment (including the Snapshots controller). The value appears
without brackets, indicating no controller is assigned to it.
See "Using Snapshots" for more information.
Manually Assigning the Snapshots Controller
1. From the Home screen, press and hold the knob for the parameter you want to update with each snapshot.
In the table above, we see that when switching from Snapshot 2—VERSE to Snapshot 3—BRIDGE:
•
•
•
•
•
Helix LT jumps to the Controller Assign page and displays your parameter above
Knob 1 (Parameter).
The connected Variax guitar switches from the Spank-1 guitar model to the
Lester-5 guitar model
2. Turn Knob 2 (Controller) to select "Snapshots."
The Amp block’s gain increases from 4.5 to 5.2
The Delay block’s Mix increases from 35% to 43%
NOTE: Actually, it doesn't matter which controller you assign the parameter to, as all controller-assigned parameters automatically update with each
snapshot. The exception is any parameters controlled by EXP Pedal 1, 2,
or 3 (such as Volume, Wah, and Pitch Wham), which are only updated per
snapshot if "Global Settings > EXP Pedals" > EXP 1/2/3 Pedal Position is
set to "Per Snapshot."
The Split block routes your guitar from Path A to Path B
The Pitch block’s Interval lowers from +5 to +3 semitones
•
The IR changes from #27 to #103
•
The Output block’s Level increases from 0.0dB to +0.8dB
3. Press
If you want a parameter to be automatically updated with each snapshot, a controller
(such as the Snapshots controller) must first be assigned to it.
to return to the Home screen.
NOTE: Each preset can have up to 64 controller assignments, including parameters controlled by Snapshots. If you attempt to add a 65th, "Too many
controller assignments!" appears in the header:
Quick Assigning the Snapshots Controller
Too many controller assignments!
To adjust a parameter AND have it automatically update per snapshot, press and turn the knob.
[1/8]
[37%]
[D]
[Minor]
[40%]
0.0 dB
Time
Feedback
Key
Scale
Mix
Level
In this case, you must clear some controllers to free up assignments. See
"Clearing a Block's Controller Assignment(s)" or "Clearing All Controller Assignments"
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Snapshots > Command Center
Using Snapshots
Snapshots also store and recall the following MIDI and Ext Amp messages sent to
external devices from the Command Center:
Okay, sick of reading and ready to jump into snapshots? Here we go...
•
•
•
The value of any Instant
1. Press BANK and BANK
footswitch mode.
MIDI CC, Bank/Prog, and MMC messages
The state (dim value or lit value) of any CC Toggle messages assigned to
footswitches
16B Dream Rig Duet
The state (dim or lit ) of any Ext Amp messages assigned to footswitches
For example, say you have a MIDI-controllable reverb pedal connected to Helix LT’s
MIDI OUT, an external guitar amp connected to Helix LT’s EXT AMP jack, and DAW
software connected via USB.
Snapshot
External
Reverb Type
(Instant CC)
External
Reverb Mix
(CC Toggle)
Swell
50%
1
Play
2 VERSE
Swell
50%
1
Play
3 BRIDGE
Shimmer
40%
2
Play
4 CHORUS
Shimmer
40%
2
Play
Bloom
50%
1
Play
Shimmer
40%
2
Play
7 BREAKDOWN
Bloom
40%
1
Play
8 OUTRO
Swell
50%
2
Stop
6 SOLO
•
•
•
6
7
8
SNAPSHOT 5
SNAPSHOT 6
SNAPSHOT 7
SNAPSHOT 8
A
B
C
D
1
2
3
4
SNAPSHOT 1
SNAPSHOT 2
SNAPSHOT 3
SNAPSHOT 4
Delay Elephant Man
1/8
[37%]
Vibrato
8.4
40%
0.0 dB
Time
Feedback
Mode
Depth
Mix
Level
MODE
A
B
C
HOLD TO EDIT
D
TAP
TUNER
2. Press one of the eight snapshot switches to select a different
snapshot.
NOTE: If you don’t want Snapshot footswitches to disappear after selecting one, set "Global Settings > Footswitches" > Knob 3 (Snapshot Mode
Switches) to “Manual Return.” In this case, Helix LT stays in Snapshot footswitch mode until you press FS6 (CANCEL).
Alternatively, press the PRESETS knob and turn Knob 5 (Select Snapshot).
In the table above, we see that when switching from Snapshot 7—BREAKDOWN to
Snapshot 8—OUTRO:
•
1
5
Amp Channel DAW Control
(Ext Amp)
(Instant MMC)
1 INTRO
5 INTERLUDE
simultaneously to enter Snapshot
NOTE: If you select a snapshot that hasn’t yet been altered, it appears the
same as the snapshot you came from. As soon as you alter a new snapshot
(say, by enabling or bypassing an amp or effect block), the snapshot becomes "active" and remembers any changes.
The external reverb pedal's effect type switches from Bloom to Swell
The external reverb pedal's mix increases from 40% to 50%
The external amp switches from Channel 1 to Channel 2
The connected DAW software's playback stops
3. Adjust the preset by doing one or more of the following:
•
NOTE: A Command Center message is only transmitted if its value changes. In
the table above, Helix LT is smart enough to not transmit duplicate MMC > Play
messages for every snapshot; it will, however, transmit MMC with Snapshot 8,
because its value changes from Play to Stop.
•
For more information, see "Command Center".
•
Turn several blocks on or off by pressing stomp mode footswitches and/or the
BYPASS button
Push-turn a few knobs to automatically assign their parameters to the Snapshots controller (their values appear white and in brackets)
On the Command Center page, adjust the values of any Instant
or press a footswitch assigned to CC Toggle or Ext Amp
4. Switch back to the snapshot you started with.
Helix LT instantly and seamlessly returns to its previous state.
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messages
5. Press Knob 6 (OK).
NOTE: If you've changed "Global Settings > Preferences" > Snapshot Edits
to "Discard," you must save the preset before selecting a different snapshot;
otherwise any edits will be discarded!
Swapping Snapshots
Copying/Pasting a Snapshot
1. Touch (but don't press) the two snapshot switches you want to
swap until the following dialog appears:
Instead of creating a new snapshot from scratch, you may want to copy an existing
one to another snapshot location and tweak just a few things. There are actually two
ways to do this:
Swap Snapshots 1 and 5?
Cancel
Quick Copy/Paste Snapshot from Footswitches
1. Press BANK and BANK
footswitch mode.
2. Press Knob 6 (OK).
simultaneously to enter Snapshot
Renaming a Snapshot
2. While touch-holding the footswitch for the snapshot you want
to copy, briefly touch and release the footswitch for the snapshot you want to overwrite.
Instead of having to remember the difference between "SNAPSHOT 1" and "SNAPSHOT 2," it's helpful to rename your snapshots something descriptive, such as
“VERSE,” “BIG SOLO,” or “D. IGLOO.”
A dialog panel appears:
1. Press PRESETS to open the Setlist menu.
Copy Snapshot 4 to Snapshot 5?
Cancel
2. Press Knob 6 (Rename Snapshot).
The Rename Snapshot screen appears:
OK
Rename Snapshot
3. Press Knob 6 (OK).
P
Q
R
SNA P SHO T
Copying/Pasting a Snapshot from the Front Panel
1
T
U
V
1. Press PRESETS to open the Setlist menu and turn Knob 5
(Select Snapshot) to select the snapshot you want to copy.
Auto Color
2. Press ACTION and then Knob 1 (Copy Snapshot).
Cancel
Helix LT returns to the Setlist menu.
Delete
Insert
Remove Switch LED
OK
Move the joystick left or right to move the cursor. Snapshot names are limited
to 10 characters.
3. Turn Knob 5 (Select Snapshot) to choose the snapshot you
want to overwrite.
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.
4. Press ACTION and then Knob 2 (Paste Snapshot).
A dialog panel appears:
Press Knob 3 (Insert) to insert a space and shift all following characters to
the right.
Copy Snapshot 4 to Snapshot 5?
Cancel
OK
OK
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Determining Snapshot Edit Behavior
SHORTCUT: Press the joystick to cycle through A, a, 0, and [SPACE].
Say you’re on Snapshot 2 (VERSE) and you change a few things—switch a delay block
on, switch a mod block off, tweak an Amp’s Gain parameter from your Variax’s Tone
knob, etc. If you switch to Snapshot 4 (CHORUS) and then back to Snapshot 2 for the
second verse, should Helix LT recall those changes or return Snapshot 2 to its state
when the preset was last saved? There’s no right answer, therefore, Helix LT lets you
choose.
Press Knob 4 (Remove) to remove the custom name. Remove is grayed out
until a custom name is applied.
3. Press Knob 6 (OK).
Snapshot names are only retained if you save the preset. See below.
1. Press
Customizing a Snapshot Color
and then Knob 6 (Global Settings).
2. Move the joystick to select the Preferences submenu.
1. From the Rename Snapshot screen, turn Knob 5 (Switch LED)
to select the desired color.
Global Settings
Firmware Version 2.10.0
Normally, you should leave this set to "Auto Color."
2. Press Knob 1 (Cancel) or
to exit.
Saving Snapshots
Ins/Outs
Preferences
MIDI/Tempo
Footswitches
EXP Pedals
Displays
Preferences
Press SAVE twice to save the preset.
Saving a preset stores all of its 8 snapshots automatically.
Recall
Authentic
01A-32D
EXP 2
Snapshot
Edits
Tap Tempo
Pitch
Preset
Numbering
EXP 2/
EXT AMP
3. Turn Knob 1 (Snapshot Edits) to set snapshot edit behavior:
NOTE: Selecting a preset recalls the Snapshot that was active when the preset
was saved.
•
•
Recall—Any snapshot edits are recalled when jumping from snapshot to snapshot, and appear as you last left them (the default).
Discard—Any snapshot edits are discarded when jumping from snapshot to
snapshot, and appear as the preset was last saved. If you want to save changes made to a snapshot while Snapshot Edits is set to “Discard,” press SAVE
twice before selecting another snapshot
The camera icon on the home screen shows you the Snapshot Edits setting at a
glance—When set to “Recall,” the camera is gray; when set to “Discard,” the camera
is red.
1
1
SHORTCUT: At any time, hold BYPASS and press SAVE to toggle this setting.
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Arranging Preset, Snapshot, and Stomp
Switches
1. Press
Tips for Creative Snapshot Use
•
and then Knob 6 (Global Settings).
•
2. Move the joystick to select the Footswitches submenu.
Global Settings
Ins/Outs
•
Firmware Version 2.10.0
Preferences
•
MIDI/Tempo
•
Footswitches
EXP Pedals
Displays
•
Footswitches
On
Touch Select
8 Presets
Auto Return
Preset Mode Snapshot Mode
Switches
Switches
Banks
•
Up/Down
Switches
•
3. Turn Knob 2 (Preset Mode Switches) to customize the middle
eight switches:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
8 Presets—Two banks of presets (the default)
Preset/Stomp—One bank of presets on the top row, switches from stomp
mode on the bottom row
Stomp/Preset—Switches from stomp mode on the top row, one bank of presets on the bottom row
Preset/Snap—One bank of presets on the top row, Snapshots 1-4 on the
bottom row
Snap/Preset—Snapshots 1-4 on the top row, one bank of presets on the
bottom row
Snap/Stomp—Snapshots 1-4 on the top row, switches from stomp mode on
the bottom row (see image below)
Stomp/Snap—Switches from stomp mode on the top row, Snapshots 1-4 on
the bottom row
8 Snapshots—Snapshots 1-8
4. Turn Knob 4 (Up/Down Switches) to customize FS1 and FS7 on
the far left.
Select Banks (Bank Queue), Presets, or Snapshots (see image above).
SHORTCUT: At any time, press and hold both FS1 and FS7 to cycle through
BANK
/ , PRESET
/ , and SNAPSHOT
/ .
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The obvious use case for snapshots is designating them to specific sections
of your song. For example, Snapshot 1 would be the Intro, Snapshot 2 would
be Verse 1, Snapshot 3 might be the Chorus, and so on.
Turn any Delay, Reverb, and/or FX Loops blocks' Trails parameter to "On" for
seamless spillover between snapshots.
"SNAPSHOT (X)"on a Performance view box isn't very descriptive. Don't
forget to name your snapshots—See "Renaming a Snapshot"
Worried that further tweaking might make your tone worse, not better? Snapshots are a great way to compare minor changes between tones without
having to take your hands off the guitar.
Want to switch channels on your external amp but don’t want to waste a
stomp footswitch on it? Command Center MIDI and Ext Amp Instant messages are automatically transmitted when a Snapshot is recalled.
Set different keys in Harmony Delay blocks or intervals in Pitch blocks per
snapshot.
Set different Variax models (or tuning!) per snapshot.
Having difficulty maintaining consistent volume throughout a song? Set the
Output block's Level parameter per snapshot.
Bypass Assign
Manual Bypass Assign
A Stomp mode footswitch is the most obvious method for turning blocks on and off,
but Helix LT can also engage or bypass a block automatically when moving an expression pedal or the Volume or Tone knob on a Variax guitar. For example, moving EXP
1 forward past the heel down position can enable a wah or Pitch Wham block and
returning EXP 1 to the heel position will bypass it again.
Aside from the BYPASS button, Helix LT has a variety of additional methods for turning
blocks on and off.
1. Press
Quick Footswitch Assign
to open the Menu.
2. Press Knob 1 (Bypass Assign).
1. From the Home screen, use the joystick to select the block you
wish to assign to a footswitch.
The Bypass Assign screen looks very similar to the Home screen:
Bypass
Assign
16B Dream
Rig+Vocals
Input, Output, Split > Y, and Merge blocks cannot be assigned to footswitches.
Split > A/B or Split > Crossover blocks can be assigned to a footswitch; when
bypassed, they behave exactly like Split > Y.
1
2. Step on FS6 (MODE) to select Stomp mode (if not already
there).
3. Touch and hold (but don’t press) the desired footswitch until
the following dialog appears:
Delay Harmony Delay
Assign footswitch to bypass selected block?
Cancel
Merge
Latching
Assign
Type
Customize
None
Off
Switch
MIDI In
Customize
Learn
3. Move the joystick to select the block you want to bypass.
OK
Input, Output, Split > Y, and Merge blocks cannot be assigned. Split > A/B or Split
> Crossover blocks can be assigned; when bypassed, they behave exactly like
Split > Y.
If you want to replace any other blocks that may already be assigned to the footswitch, turn Knob 4 (Assign) to "Replace." Otherwise, leave it set to "Merge,"
which allows for multiple blocks to be assigned to the same switch.
4. Turn Knob 1 (Switch) to select the desired footswitch, expression pedal, or Variax knob.
If you want to change the way the switch behaves, turn Knob 5 (Type) to "Momentary" or "Latching."
None Removes the bypass assignment.
Momentary The block is bypassed (or enabled, if already bypassed) for as long
as you hold the switch.
Footswitch Stepping on the Stomp mode footswitch turns the block on and
2-5, 8-11 off.
Latching The block is bypassed (or enabled, if already bypassed) every time
you press the switch. This is the default.
Selecting Footswitch 2-5 or 8-11 displays Knob 2 (Type). Turn
knob 2 to select "Momentary" or "Latching." When set to Momentary, the block is bypassed (or enabled, if already bypassed)
for as long as you hold the switch. When set to Latching, the block
is bypassed (or enabled, if already bypassed) every time you press
the switch.
4. Press Knob 6 (OK).
EXP Toe Adding a Volume Pedal, Pan, Wah, or Pitch Wham block automatically assigns it to "Exp Toe."
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EXP Pedal Moving the expression pedal automatically enables (or bypasses)
1, 2 the block.
SHORTCUT: Alternatively, press Knob 6 (Learn) and then send Helix LT a
MIDI CC message. The message is automatically selected. See "Controller
Assign" for more info.
Selecting EXP Pedal 1 or 2 displays Knob 2 (Position) and Knob 3
(Wait). Position determines where in the expression pedal's travel
the block is enabled or bypassed. 0% is heel down; 99% is toe
down. Wait determines how long Helix LT waits before bypassing
the block; for example, you wouldn't want the wah to turn off every
time you touched the heel down position in your big funk wah solo.
Customizing a Footswitch Label
1. From the Bypass Assign screen, use the joystick to select a
block whose bypass is assigned to a footswitch and press
Knob 5 (Customize).
Variax Vol, Moving the Variax Volume or Tone knob automatically enables (or
Variax Tone bypasses) the block.
Selecting Variax Vol or Variax Tone displays Knob 2 (Position) and
Knob 3 (Wait). Position determines where in the knob's travel the
block is enabled or bypassed. 0% is all the way down (counterclockwise), 99% is all the way up (clockwise). Wait determines
how long Helix LT waits before bypassing the block.
The Customize screen appears:
Customize
16B Dream Rig+Vocals
K
L
M
O k a y ,
SHORTCUT: Alternatively, press Knob 6 (Learn) and then move the desired
expression pedal or Variax knob. Helix LT automatically selects it.
NOTE: Adding a Volume Pedal, Pan, Wah, or Pitch Wham block automatically assigns it to "Exp Toe".
Auto Color
Cancel
NOTE: Footswitch type (momentary or latching) is determined per footswitch, not per assignment.
Latching
Off
Type
MIDI In
Customize
Insert
Remove Switch LED
OK
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.
Can’t assign any more blocks to this footswitch!
2
Delete
Move the joystick left or right to move the cursor.
NOTE: Each footswitch can have up to 8 assignments. If you attempt to
add a ninth, "Can't assign any more blocks to this footswitch!" appears in
the header:
Switch
N i c o l a s
O
P
Q
SHORTCUT: Press the joystick to cycle through A, a, 0, and [SPACE].
Learn
Press Knob 4 (Remove) to remove the custom label, after which the footswitch label displays its normal assignment. Remove is grayed out until a custom name is applied.
TIP: To reverse bypass behavior, press BYPASS. In such case, the block
will be bypassed when moving the expression pedal or Variax knob past the
Position location. Since multiple blocks can be assigned to an expression
pedal, moving the pedal can turn some blocks on and others off at different
positions in the pedal's travel.
2. Press Knob 6 (OK).
SHORTCUT: Once any item has been assigned to a footswitch, touch and
hold (but don't press) the footswitch, and a duplicate Customize button appears above Knob 5.
5. If desired, turn Knob 4 (MIDI In) to assign an incoming MIDI CC
message to turn the block on and off.
Incoming CC values 0-63 turn the block off; values 64-127 turn the block on. Note
that some MIDI CCs are reserved for global functions and cannot be selected.
NOTE: Footswitches can also be customized from the "Command Center"
screen (or Helix editor application!).
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Customizing a Footswitch Color
Tips for Creative Bypass Assignment
•
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.
Swapping Footswitches
•
If you want to change the location of Stomp mode footswitches (especially those
with multiple items assigned or custom labels and LED ring colors), instead of manually reassigning everything, you can quickly swap all assignments between two footswitches.
•
1. Touch (but don't press) any two Stomp mode footswitches
until the following dialog appears:
•
Swap all assignments between footswitches 2 and 8?
Cancel
OK
•
2. Press Knob 6 (OK).
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If you assign a footswitch to more than one block or other item, "MULTIPLE
(X)" isn't very descriptive. Don't forget to custom label it - See "Customizing a
Footswitch Label"
If you find yourself constantly toggling one switch off and another on, assign
both blocks to the same footswitch, and while one is selected, press BYPASS.
Now pressing the footswitch will toggle one off and the other on simultaneously. A footswitch can have up to eight blocks assigned, so a single press
could turn four blocks on and four blocks off, five blocks on and three blocks
off, one block on and seven blocks off, etc.
Assign a Wah block to be engaged only when moving an expression pedal
past 1%. Set the Wait time long enough so that natural foot movements don't
turn the wah off every time you reach the heel-down position, but no so long
that it turns off noticeably late when you rest the expression pedal at heeldown - See "Manual Bypass Assign"
Different blocks can be enabled or bypassed at different locations of an expression pedal or Variax knob's travel. Experiment with turning on multiple
overdrive blocks—one at Position 5%, another at Position 30%, another at
Position 70%, and so on.
When using a footswitch to toggle between two Amp or Amp+Cab blocks,
the amp models may sound notably different from one another (just like real
amps!). Use an EQ block to make one Amp block sound a bit closer to the
other Amp block and assign its bypass to the same footswitch.
Assign a delay block with very high feedback to be turned on only when reaching the toe position of an expression pedal (or fully clockwise Variax knob).
Squeals galore.
Controller Assign
2. Press Knob 6 (Learn Controller).
The button’s brain icon glows blue and the header reads “Move/use controller to
learn...”:
Helix LT provides a wide variety of tools for controlling your tone during a performance. The most obvious one is the built-in expression pedal (often assigned to wah
or volume), but you may also assign footswitches to toggle between two values of a
given parameter or parameters, control a parameter from an external MIDI device, or
the volume and tone knobs on a James Tyler Variax or Variax Standard guitar. You can
even have parameters instantly change when selecting different snapshots within a
preset.
Move/use controller to learn...
Feedback
None
Parameter Controller
Learn
Controller
3. Move the expression pedal, turn the Volume or Tone knob on
a connected Variax, step on a Stomp mode footswitch, send a
MIDI CC message from your keyboard, etc.
If a controller has been assigned to a parameter, the value appears white and in brackets:
The controller name appears above Knob 2 (Controller).
[37%]
NOTE: Helix LT 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, the following dialog appears:
Feedback
This MIDI CC# is reserved for global functions!
Feedback
NOTE: Adding a Wah or Pitch Wham block automatically assigns it to be controlled by EXP 1. Adding a Volume Pedal or Pan block automatically assigns it to
be controlled by EXP 2.
4. Press
to return to the Home screen.
SHORTCUT: To assign a parameter to the Snapshots controller, it's even
easier—just push and turn the parameter's knob. The value appears white
and in brackets, indicating it's now assigned to a controller.
Too many controller assignments!
Feedback
Learn
Controller
See "MIDI" for more information.
NOTE: Each preset can have up to 64 controller assignments. If you attempt to
add a 65th, "Too many controller assignments!" appears in the header:
None
Parameter Controller
None
Parameter Controller
Learn
Controller
SHORTCUT: Hold BYPASS and press a parameter knob to quickly remove
any controller assignment (including the Snapshots controller). The value
appears without brackets, indicating no controller is assigned to it.
In this case, you must clear some controllers to free up assignments. See "Clearing a Block's Controller Assignment(s)" or "Clearing All Controller Assignments".
Quick Controller Assign
1. From the Home screen, press and hold the knob for the parameter you wish to control.
Helix LT jumps to the Controller Assign page and displays your parameter above
Knob 1 (Parameter).
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Manual Controller Assign
4. Turn Knob 1 (Parameter) to select the parameter you wish to
control.
The Controller Assign screen is where you manually assign parameters to be adjusted
in real time by controllers.
1. Press
5. Turn Knob 2 (Controller) to select the desired controller.
None Removes the controller assignment.
to open the Menu.
Exp Pedal 1 The most common type of controller. Used to control volume, wah,
or 2 Pitch Wham, etc.
2. Press Knob 2 (Controller Assign).
Variax Vol, If you have a James Tyler Variax or Variax Standard guitar, its
Variax Tone volume and tone knobs can be used to adjust a wide variety of
parameters in Helix LT.
The Controller Assign screen looks very similar to the Home screen:
Controller Assign
1
Footswitch Stepping on a Stomp mode footswitch can toggle between a pa1-5, 7-11 rameter's min and max values.
Selecting Footswitch 1-5 or 7-11 will display Knob 3 (Type). Turn
knob 3 to select "Momentary" or "Latching." Momentary means
the value will change for as long as you hold the switch. Latching
toggles between Min and Max values every time you press the
switch.
Delay Harmony Delay
Time
None
Parameter Controller
Footswitches can be customized from the "Command Center"
screen.
0.0 dB
Learn
Level
Controller
MIDI CC Selecting "MIDI CC" will display Knob 3 (MIDI CC#). Turn Knob 3
to select the desired MIDI CC number.
3. Move the joystick to select the block containing the parameter
to which you want to assign a controller.
Snapshots Although all controller-assigned parameters are updated per snapshot, an additional "Snapshots" controller is available when other
controllers are already used.
The most recently accessed parameter appears above Knob 1 (Parameter).
NOTE: Amp+Cab and Cab > Dual blocks are special in that they represent
two models within a single block. To assign controllers to the amp parameters in an Amp+Cab block, press <PAGE until the amp icon is white.
To assign controllers to the cab parameters, press PAGE> until the cab
icon is white.
NOTE: Footswitch type (momentary or latching) is determined per footswitch, not per assignment.
NOTE: Some CC#s cannot be selected, as they are reserved for global functions. See "MIDI" for more information.
6. If desired, turn Knob 4 (Min Value) and Knob 5 (Max Value) to
set the range you wish to control.
To assign controllers to the first cab's parameters in a Cab > Dual block,
press <PAGE until the left cab icon is white. To assign controllers to the
second cab's parameters, press PAGE> until the right cab icon is white.
TIP: To reverse controller behavior, swap the min and max values.
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Clearing a Block's Controller Assignment(s)
•
1. From the Controller Assign screen, select the block whose
controller assignments you want to clear and press ACTION.
2. Press Knob 1 (Clear Controllers).
•
Clearing All Controller Assignments
•
1. From the Controller Assign screen, press ACTION.
•
2. Press Knob 2 (Clear All Controllers).
The following dialog appears:
•
Clear all controller assignments from every block?
Cancel
•
OK
•
3. Press Knob 6 (OK).
IMPORTANT! Clearing All Controller Assignments also removes the Wah
and Volume assignments from EXP 1 and EXP 2. Use this function with
caution!
•
•
Customizing a Controller Footswitch Label
As there's no room for a dedicated Customize button on the Controller Assign page,
customizing footswitches only assigned to one or more controllers must be done from
the "Command Center" page.
SHORTCUT: Once any item has been assigned to a footswitch, touch and hold
the footswitch (but don't press), and a Customize button appears above Knob 5.
Tips for Creative Controller Assignment
•
•
If you assign a footswitch to more than one controller or other item, "MULTIPLE (X)" isn't very descriptive. Don't forget to custom label it - See "Customizing a Command Footswitch Label".
By default, a parameter's Min and Max values will be pretty extreme. It pays to
play pretty conservative here, as subtle parameter adjustments go a long way.
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To smoothly blend between the tone on parallel paths A and B, select a Split
> A/B block and assign the Route To parameter to an expression pedal. By
default, a heel-down position means the signal passes fully through Path A.
Moving the pedal toward the toe-down position will gradually crossfade into
Path B. Alternatively, assign a footswitch to control the Route To parameter, for
instantly switching back and forth.
If you're looking for a gritty boost for a solo, instead of adding a Distortion
block, try assigning a footswitch to increase both the Mid and Channel Volume
parameters of an Amp+Cab, Amp, or Preamp block.
If you're looking for an ultra-clean boost, instead of adding a Volume/Pan >
Gain block, try assigning a footswitch to increase the Level parameter of a
Merge > Mixer or Output block.
If you have a favorite delay or reverb pedal, use an FX Loop block to insert it
into your tone. Assign EXP 1 or 2 to control the block's Mix parameter, which
will smoothly blend the pedal into your tone.
For extreme psychedelic dub delay squeals, assign a footswitch to both increase a Delay's feedback and decrease its time.
Assign a footswitch to toggle between two Delay > Time parameter values,
such as 1/4 and 1/8 dotted.
Assign the tone knob on your JTV Variax or Variax Standard guitar to a Pitch
Wham block's Position parameter. Watch guitarists in the audience try to
figure out how a knob on your guitar generates huge dive bomb effects.
Assign multiple Amp+Cab parameters to a single switch. With enough assignments, you could almost treat the switch as an A/B amp channel switcher.
Assign IR Select to a footswitch. Set the two IRs as min and max values. Now
you can instantly toggle between them.
Command Center
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 existing command assignment.
Helix LT 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 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.
5. Turn Knobs 2-5 to adjust the command's settings, which are
determined by the type of command:
MIDI CC (Continuous Controller)
Knob Parameter
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, and MMC
messages, plus the state (dim or lit) of any CC 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
to open the Menu.
Description
2
MIDI Ch
Sets the CC message's MIDI channel (1-16). When set to
"Base," Helix LT follows the Global MIDI channel, which is
set from the "Global Settings > MIDI/Tempo" page.
3
CC #
Sets the CC number (0-127).
4
Value [Min
Value]
Sets the CC number's value (0-127). For EXP 1/2 and Variax
Volume/Tone Knob, sets the minimum CC value controlled
by the pedal or knob.
5
[Max Value]
For EXP 1/2 and Variax Volume/Tone Knob, sets the maximum CC value controlled by the pedal or knob.
CC Toggle
Knob Parameter
2. Press Knob 3 (Command Center).
Any switches, pedals or instant locations with commands assigned appear with
turquoise triangles above them:
Command Center
Description
2
MIDI Ch
Sets the CC messages' MIDI channel (1-16). When set to
"Base," Helix LT follows the Global MIDI channel, which is
set from the "Global Settings > MIDI/Tempo" page.
3
CC #
Sets the CC number (0-127).
4
Dim Value
Sets the CC number's value (0-127) when the footswitch
ring is dim. For Footswitches 7 (MODE) and 12 (TAP), appears as "Initial Val."
5
Lit Value
Sets the CC number's value (0-127) when the footswitch
ring is lit. For Footswitches 7 (MODE) and 12 (TAP), appears
as "Toggle Val."
Instant 2
MIDI CC
Base
007
072
Command
MIDI Ch
CC#
Value
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).
3. Move the joystick to select the footswitch, pedal, Variax knob,
or instant location you wish to use to send the command.
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Bank/Prog
Knob Parameter
Description
Knob Parameter
2
MIDI Ch
Sets the Bank/Program message's MIDI channel (1-16).
When set to "Base," Helix LT follows the Global MIDI channel, which is set from the "Global Settings > MIDI/Tempo"
page.
3
Bank
CC00
Sets the CC#00 (Bank MSB) value. Select "Off" if the receiving device shouldn't respond to Bank MSB.
4
Bank CC32
Sets the CC#32 (Bank LSB) value. Select "Off" if the receiving device shouldn't respond to Bank LSB.
Program
Sets the Program Change (PC) value. Select "Off" if you
only want to send a Bank MSB and/or Bank LSB message.
5
Ext Amp
2
IMPORTANT! Your ability to control external amp channel and/or reverb
switching with the Helix LT device 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.
Description
2
MIDI Ch
Sets the note's MIDI channel (1-16). When set to "Base,"
Helix LT follows the Global MIDI channel, which is set from
the "Global Settings > MIDI/Tempo" page.
3
Note
Sets the MIDI note value (C-1 ~ G9). Middle C is C3.
4
Velocity
Sets the MIDI note's velocity (0-127).
5
Note Off
Determines whether the MIDI note sustains until pressing
the switch again (Latching) or sustains only while the switch
is held (Momentary).
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).
MMC (MIDI Machine Control)
Knob Parameter
2
Message
Determines 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. Only works when
"Global Settings > Preferences" > EXP 2/EXT AMP is set
to "EXT AMP."
IMPORTANT! Connect EXT AMP 1/2 only to amplifiers that utilize "shortto-sleeve" footswitch inputs. Connecting to any other sort of input could
cause permanent damage to both your amp and Helix LT! If you're not sure
if your amp has short-to-sleeve inputs, contact the manufacturer.
Note On
Knob Parameter
Select
Description
Description
Determines the message type.
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Copying and Pasting a Command
Customizing a Command Footswitch Label
1. Select the location containing the command you wish to copy
and press ACTION.
1. From the Command Center screen, select Footswitch 1-5,
7-11, or Exp Toe with a command assigned and press Knob 6
(Customize).
2. Press Knob 1 (Copy Command).
The Customize screen appears:
3. Select the location to which you want to paste the command—
even in a different preset—and press ACTION.
Customize
16B Dream Rig+Vocals
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4. Press Knob 3 (Paste Command).
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Copying and Pasting All Commands
Setting up the same or similar set of commands across multiple presets can quickly
become tiresome. Fortunately, Helix LT lets you quickly copy and paste all commands
to another preset.
Auto Color
Cancel
1. From the Command Center page, press ACTION.
Delete
Insert
Remove Switch LED
OK
Move the joystick left or right to move the cursor.
2. Press Knob 2 (Copy All Commands).
Turn the joystick (or move it up/down) to change the selected character.
3. Select the preset to which you want to paste the commands
and press ACTION.
Press Knob 2 (Delete) to delete the selected character and shift all following
characters to the left.
4. Press Knob 3 (Paste All Commands).
Press Knob 3 (Insert) to insert a space and shift all following characters to
the right.
Clearing a Command
SHORTCUT: Press the joystick to cycle through A, a, 0, and [SPACE].
1. Select the location containing the command you want to clear
and press ACTION.
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 4 (Clear Command).
2. Press Knob 6 (OK).
Clearing All Commands
NOTE: Footswitches can also be customized from the "Bypass Assign"
screen (or Helix editor application!)
1. From the Command Center page, press ACTION.
Customizing a Command Footswitch Color
2. Press Knob 5 (Clear All Commands).
The following dialog appears:
1. From the Customize screen, turn Knob 5 (Switch LED) to select
the desired color (or turn it off).
Clear all Command Center assignments?
Cancel
N i c o l a s
O
P
Q
Normally, you should leave this set to "Auto Color."
OK
3. Press Knob 6 (OK).
2. Press Knob 1 (Cancel) or
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to exit.
Global EQ
3. Press BYPASS to turn Global EQ on and off.
SHORTCUT: From the Home screen, press and hold BYPASS to turn Global EQ
on and off without having to navigate to the Global EQ page.
Global EQ has three fully parametric bands plus variable low and high cut filters, and is
used for compensating for the wide disparity in acoustic environments on tour or when
traveling from studio to studio. Global EQ is applied to all setlists and presets, and can
be heard from the 1/4" outputs, XLR outputs, or both.
TIP: Press PAGE> to view
and turn Knob 1 (Apply EQ) to set whether
Global EQ is applied to only the 1/4" outputs, only the XLR outputs, or both.
Resetting Global EQ
NOTE: Global EQ is never heard from Send, Digital, or USB outputs.
Resetting the Global EQ returns its settings to factory default (flat).
When Global EQ is active, the Home screen shows the Global EQ icon to the left of
the snapshots icon:
1. From the Global EQ screen, press ACTION.
2. Press Knob 1 (Reset Global EQ).
1
The following dialog appears:
Reset Global EQ?
1. Press
Cancel
to open the Menu.
3. Press Knob 6 (OK).
2. Press Knob 5 (Global EQ).
The Global EQ screen appears:
Global EQ
Press BYPASS to turn Global EQ on/off
180 Hz
5.0
0.0 dB
2.5 kHz
5.0
0.0 dB
Low Freq
Low Q
Low Gain
Mid Freq
Mid Q
Mid Gain
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OK
Global Settings
Resetting All Global Settings
The Global Settings menu contains additional parameters that apply to all setlists and
presets, such as input and output levels, custom footswitch mode settings, etc. The
upper right corner displays the current firmware version. Visit line6.com/support for
information on the latest Helix LT firmware updates.
1. From any Global Settings submenu, press ACTION.
1. Press
Resetting the Global Settings returns them to factory default. Performing this reset
does not affect any presets you may have created.
2. Press Knob 1 (Factory Settings).
The following dialog appears:
to open the Menu.
Restore Global Settings to factory defaults?
2. Press Knob 6 (Global Settings).
Cancel
The Global Settings screen appears:
Global Settings
3. Press Knob 6 (OK).
Firmware Version 2.10.0
Ins/Outs
Preferences
MIDI/Tempo
Footswitches
EXP Pedals
Displays
Ins/Outs
Off
Line
Line
Instrument
Instrument
0.0dB
Guitar In
Pad
1/4”
Outputs
XLR
Outputs
Send/
Return 1
Send/
Return 2
USB In 1/2
Trim
3. Move the joystick to select one of the six submenus.
If necessary, press <PAGE/PAGE> to view more parameters.
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OK
Global Settings > Ins/Outs
Page
Knob Parameter
Description
1
Guitar In Pad
If your guitar or bass has active or really loud pickups, you may want to turn this on. There's really no rule; use what sounds best.
2
1/4" Outputs
Choose "Instrument" when connecting the 1/4" outputs to stompboxes or the front of guitar amps; choose "Line" when connecting to
mixers, studio monitors, or standalone recorders. When using a single amp or speaker, connect only the LEFT/MONO 1/4” jack.
3
XLR Outputs
Choose "Mic" when connecting the XLR outputs to standalone mic preamps or the XLR mic inputs on mixers; choose "Line" when connecting to studio monitors or the line inputs on mixers. When using a mono playback system, connect only the LEFT/MONO XLR jack.
4
Send/Return 1
5
Send/Return 2
Choose "Instrument" when using a Send/Return pair as an FX loop for stompboxes; choose "Line" when using a Send/Return pair as
an FX loop for line-level rack processors, or as additional inputs and outputs for connecting keyboards, drum machines, mixers, and
other gear.
6
If you like to jam along with the iTunes or YouTube apps or your DAW, this setting determines from which outputs your computer or iPad
device's primary stereo audio stream will be heard. USB In 1/2 bypasses all Helix LT processing; USB 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8 can be selected
USB In 1/2 Destination
as input blocks for processing DAW tracks or re-amping. Normally, you should choose "Multi," which sends USB In 1/2 directly to the
1/4", XLR, and Digital outputs. See "USB Audio".
1
USB In 1/2 Trim
Sets the level of incoming audio from USB 1/2, which bypasses all Helix LT processing. Normally, this should be left at 0.0dB.
2
Re-amp Src (USB 7)
3
Re-amp Src (USB 8)
USB out 7 and 8 are dedicated for recording a DI signal which can be used for re-amping; choose which two inputs will be sent dry
(unprocessed) to your DAW. See "USB Audio".
4
Volume Knob Controls
Determines which output(s) are affected when turning the top panel VOLUME knob. For example, you may want to control the level sent
from the 1/4" outputs to your stage monitor without affecting the XLR level sent to the front-of-house mixer.
5
Headphones Monitor
Determines which signal(s) are heard from the PHONES output. Normally you would set this to Multi (1/4"+XLR+Digital+USB 1/2), but
there may be a situation where you only want to hear what's sent from the 1/4" or XLR outs, particularly if they are being fed different
signals (or band members!)
6
Digital Out Level
Sets the AES/EBU output level. Normally, this should be left at 0.0dB.
1
Sample Rate
Determines the sample rate of the AES/EBU output; choose 44.1 kHz (the default), 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, or 96 kHz. When connecting to
another device’s AES/EBU input, make sure both units are set to the same sample rate. Note that this setting does not affect the Helix
USB audio sample rate operation.
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Global Settings > Preferences
Knob Parameter
Description
1
Determines whether or not any edits made to a snapshot (block on/off, parameter control, Command Center, tempo) are remembered when returning to
that snapshot. When set to "Recall," any snapshot edits are recalled when jumping from snapshot to snapshot, and appear as you last left them. When
set to "Discard," any snapshot edits are discarded when jumping from snapshot to snapshot, and appear as the preset was last saved. If you want to save
Snapshot Edits
changes made to a snapshot while Snapshot Edits is set to "Discard,” press SAVE twice before selecting another. The camera icon on the home screen
shows you the Snapshot Edits setting at a glance—When set to "Recall," the camera is gray; when set to "Discard," the camera is red. At any time, hold
BYPASS and press SAVE to toggle this setting. Also see "Determining Snapshot Edit Behavior".
2
Tap Tempo
Pitch
Determines how delay repeats behave when repeatedly pressing TAP. "Accurate" respects the natural pitch fluctuations inherent when changing a real
delay pedal's time knob; "Transparent" minimizes these artifacts.
3
Preset Numbering
Determines whether each setlist's presets appear as 32 banks of four (A B C D) or are numbered 000-127 (convenient when recalling presets via MIDI
program change messages).
4
EXP 2/EXT
AMP
Determines whether the rear panel EXP 2/EXT AMP jack acts as an additional expression pedal input (EXP 2) or as a dual amp control output for switching
channels on external guitar amplifiers (EXT AMP).
Global Settings > MIDI/Tempo
Knob Parameter
Description
1
MIDI Base
Channel
Sets the system base MIDI channel that Helix LT uses for both receiving and sending MIDI communication via MIDI and USB. Note that MIDI messages
assigned from the Command Center page can be set to any MIDI channel.
2
MIDI Thru
When on, MIDI OUT also acts as a MIDI THRU; that is, it passes through any MIDI messages received at the MIDI IN jack.
3
MIDI Over
USB
When on, Helix LT receives and transmits MIDI data via USB in the same capacity as its MIDI jacks.
4
MIDI PC
Send/Receive
Determines whether or not Helix LT automatically sends MIDI program change (PC) messages when selecting presets. This setting does not affect any
MIDI commands manually assigned from the Command Center page. Also determines whether or not Helix LT responds to program changes.
5
Tempo Select
The “Speed” or “Time” parameters of all tempo-based FX can be set to a note value that follows Tap Tempo or the tempo set with Knob 6 (Snapshot
BPM/Preset BPM/Global BPM). Choose whether the tempo is stored and recalled with each snapshot, recalled with each preset, or is applied globally
across all presets and snapshots.
6
Snapshot
BPM/Preset
BPM/Global
BPM
This is an alternative way to set the tempo, as opposed to stepping repeatedly on the TAP footswitch. Depending on the Knob 5 (Tempo Select) setting,
this value is saved per snapshot, per preset, or globally. The tempo has a resolution of 0.1 BPM (beats per minute). You can also quickly access this parameter at any time by briefly touching the TAP footswitch.
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Global Settings > Footswitches
Knob Parameter
Description
Touch Select
If you don't want Helix LT to automatically select assigned blocks or items when you touch a switch top, or engage Quick Bypass Assign when you touch
a switch top for 2 seconds, set this to "Off." If you play barefoot, you might want to turn this off as well.
2
Preset Mode
Switches
By default, Preset footswitch mode displays eight presets (four on each row). Choose from "8 Presets," "Preset/Stomp" (one bank of presets on the top
row, switches from stomp mode on the bottom row), "Stomp/Preset" (switches from stomp mode on the top row, one bank of presets on the bottom
row), "Preset/Snap" (one bank of presets on the top row, Snapshots 1-4 on the bottom row), "Snap/Preset" (Snapshots 1-4 on the top row, one bank of
presets on the bottom row), "Snap/Stomp" (Snapshots 1-4 on the top row, switches from stomp mode on the bottom row), "Stomp/Snap" (switches from
stomp mode on the top row, Snapshots 1-4 on the bottom row), and "8 Snapshots" (Snapshots 1-8).
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When set to "Auto Return," Helix LT returns to the previous footswitch mode after selecting a snapshot. When set to "Manual Return," Helix LT stays in
Snapshot
Mode Switches Snapshot footswitch mode until you press FS6 (MODE).
4
Up/Down
Switches
1
When set to "Presets" or "Snapshots," FS1 (BANK
) and FS7 (BANK ) change to PRESET
/ or SNAPSHOT
/ , where pressing either switch
instantly selects the next/previous preset or snapshot, without a bank queue. This is useful if you've programmed a fixed set list for your show, and just
want to increment through all your presets or snapshots. You can also cycle through all three switch types by pressing and holding both the
and
switches for two seconds. At any time, press and hold both FS1 and FS7 to cycle through BANK
/ , PRESET
/ , and SNAPSHOT
/ . The
inspector will read "FS1/FS7 set to BANK UP/DOWN" (or similar).
Global Settings > EXP Pedals
Knob Parameter
1
EXP 1 Polarity
2
EXP 2 Polarity
3
EXP 1 Pedal
Position
4
EXP 2 Pedal
Position
Description
lf your external expression pedal appears to work backwards—for example, a Volume pedal block is loudest with the heel all the way down—set this to
"Inverted."
Determines whether expression pedal positions are recalled per snapshot, per preset, or applied globally. If you want a Volume Pedal or Wah to maintain
its position when switching presets, set this to "Global."
Global Settings > Displays
Knob Parameter
Description
1
LED Ring
Brightness
2
Tap Tempo LED If you'd prefer to not see the FS12 (TAP) red LED constantly flashing, you can turn it off.
Determines whether the Stomp mode footswitches' colored LED rings appear dim when bypassed, or off when bypassed. When playing in bright sunlight, you may want to set to this to "Off/Bright" to increase contrast.
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USB Audio
Helix LT functions as a USB 2.0, multiple-input/output, 24-bit - 96kHz, low-latency
audio interface for Windows and Mac computers, as well as for iPad and iPhone
mobile devices (with optional Apple Camera Connection Kit adapter), and is compatible with all major DAW software.
USB OUTPUTS
USB INPUTS
1/2 3/4 5/6 7/8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
The additional Helix LT USB Inputs and Outputs are available within the Input and
Output blocks, and within your DAW software track menus, which can be utilized for
numerous routing configurations, all without patching extra cables - see the following
examples.
Amp+Cab
In 1/2
If you set your DAW software track to record from Helix LT USB 1/2, you'll capture your
processed input signal in the DAW track - with zero-latency monitoring, since you are
hearing your input from the Helix LT hardware outputs before it is routed through your
software.
INPUT
ROUTING
In 3/4 5/6 7/8
Jamming with
YouTube, iTunes, etc.
With the default "Multi" Input and Output block settings in use, you'll automatically
hear audio software playback on USB 1/2 routed directly to the XLR, 1/4" and Phones
outputs. This lets you jam along with the YouTube or iTunes apps or your DAW tracks
without hearing them through a bunch of amps and effects.
Out 1/2 3/4 5/6
OUTPUT
ROUTING
16B Dream Rig Duet
Stone Age 185
3.4
2.5
5.0
3.4
2.5
10
Drive
Bass
Mid
Treble
Presence
Ch Vol
HELIX OUTPUTS
1/4” OUT
HELIX INPUTS
PHONES
DIGITAL
AES/EBU
L6 LINK OUT
GUITAR IN
PUSH
Out 7
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VARIAX
Out 8
DI (Dry) Signal
for Re-amping
NOTE: For USB audio operation on Windows computers, it is necessary to
download and install the Line 6 Helix ASIO driver (see page 58). For Mac computers, it is only necessary to download and install the Line 6 Mac Core Audio
driver if you desire audio sample rate operation at rates other than 48kHz (see
page 58). These drivers are available from line6.com/software. There is no
driver installation necessary for Apple iPad or iPhone mobile devices.
Hardware Monitoring vs. DAW Software
Monitoring
Global
Settings
16B Dream
Rig Duet
Use of the default "Multi" settings for both the Input and Output blocks provides hardware monitoring, which allows you to hear your live input signal at all times, independent of your DAW software's monitor settings. Hardware monitoring can be desirable
since it allows you to hear your live guitar with Helix processing added and essentially
"latency-free," since the monitor signal is not routed through your DAW software.
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Firmware Version 2.10.0
Ins/Outs
Preferences
MIDI/Tempo
Footswitches
EXP Pedals
Displays
Ins/Outs
In some DAW recording scenarios, it may be preferable to utilize your recording application's "input monitoring" or "software monitoring" feature, which routes your live
input signal through the armed recording track, thus allowing you to monitor the input
effected by any plug-ins you may have inserted on the track. The one downside of
DAW software monitoring, however, is that your live input signal will be delayed slightly
due to being routed through the software and back to the Helix LT outputs, which is
referred to as "latency." Helix LT is designed to provide very low latency operation see "ASIO Driver Settings (Windows only)" for info and settings.
0.0dB
Guitar
Variax
USB In 1/2
Trim
Reamp Src
(USB 7)
Reamp Src
(USB 8)
Multi
Multi
Volume Knob Headphones
Controls
Monitor
0.0 dB
Digital
Out Level
Recording a Dry DI Track
For this example, we'll record guitar into two DAW tracks simultaneously, with one
capturing the processed tone and the other the unprocessed DI guitar.
When a DAW track's software monitoring is active, you'll likely not want to simultaneously hear the Helix LT hardware monitoring signal. To achieve this, you can set the
Helix Output block to USB Out 3/4 or 5/6. These Output block options will route your
processed, stereo signal out to your DAW software without also providing the Helix
LT hardware monitoring to USB 1/2. You'll then need to set your DAW track to receive
from the same selected Helix LT USB Out to record the processed signal into the track
- or, you can optionally set the DAW track input to Helix LT USB 7 or USB 8 to record
a dry DI signal - see the next section.
1. On the Global Settings > Ins/Outs > Page 2 screen, set Re-amp
Src (USB 7) to "Guitar" (as shown above).
2. Dial in your desired Helix LT tone, while keeping the Input and
Output blocks both set to the default "Multi" setting.
3. Create two new audio tracks in your DAW software project:
Create one mono track to record the dry DI guitar, and set the track's input
to Helix USB 7.
NOTE: Keep the Input block set to "Multi" and your DAW software's main, Master
output to Helix LT USB 1/2 to also hear playback of your full DAW mix.
Create one stereo track to record your full, stereo, processed tone and set
the track's input to Helix USB 1/2.
DI Recording and Re-amplification
GUITAR IN
USB
DRY DI GUITAR
TRACK 1 (Dry DI Guitar)
TRACK 2 (Processed Guitar)
PROCESSED GUITAR
A common DAW recording technique is to record a dry DI (Direct Input) signal, such
as the unprocessed signal from your guitar or Variax. This allows you to process the DI
track later with plug-ins (such as the Line 6 POD Farm® Plug-In), and/or "re-amplify"
the DI track through an amp or other outboard gear. Helix LT has handy options built
right in for recording DI tracks, as well as for easy re-amplification of DI tracks back
through your own Helix LT tones, all without extra hardware or cabling!
16B Dream Rig Duet
Delay Harmony Delay
Helix LT offers two special DI outputs, USB Outs 7 and 8, which appear as available
options within your DAW software track input menus. These two dedicated USB Outs
are tapped directly from the Helix input sources of your choice. To configure the Helix
LT input source for each, go to Global Settings > Ins/Outs > Re-amp Src (USB 7) and
Re-amp Src (USB 8), where you can select Guitar, Variax, or Variax Mags:
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1/8
[37%]
D
Minor
40%
0.0 dB
Time
Feedback
Key
Scale
Mix
Level
4. Set both tracks' outputs, as well as the DAW Master output, to
Helix LT USB 1/2 to allow all tracks to play back through Helix
LT.
USB
DRY DI GUITAR
RE-AMPED GUITAR
NOTE: Setting the stereo track's output to Helix USB 1/2 allows you to hear
your processed tone via the Helix LT hardware monitoring while recording.
For this configuration, disable software monitoring on all DAW tracks.
TRACK 1 (Dry DI Guitar)
TRACK 2 (Processed Guitar)
TRACK 3 (Re-amped Guitar)
16B Dream Rig Duet
5. Arm both these DAW audio tracks, hit the Record button and
start laying down your guitar performance!
Delay Harmony Delay
Now you have your processed track to hear with the project, and a separate DI track
with which you can further experiment at any time with DAW plug-ins and/or re-amping (see the next section).
Re-amping Through Helix LT
1/8
[37%]
D
Minor
40%
0.0 dB
Time
Feedback
Key
Scale
Mix
Level
4. Now play your DAW project and you'll hear the DI track "reamped" through Helix LT! Tweak your Helix amp & effects as
desired while listening with the playback of your project mix.
If your DAW software provides options for routing individual audio tracks to outputs
other than just the main Helix USB Out 1/2, then you can use these steps for re-amping a dry recorded DI track back through Helix LT.
5. Once you have your re-amplified guitar tone they way you like
it, Solo both the DI and re-amped tracks, rewind to the start of
the project and hit the DAW Record button, allowing it to capture the signal into the new re-amped track in real-time.
1. In your DAW software, set the DI track's Output setting to a
Helix stereo USB Out other than USB Out 1/2. For this example
we'll use Helix USB Out 3/4.
2. Create a new stereo track in your DAW project and set this
track's Input and Output both to USB 1/2 - Let's name this
track "Re-amped." Arm the track for recording.
Allow the DI track to play to the end, stop recording and you've created your new reamped guitar track!
TIP: Note that you still have your original Guitar DI track, and you can repeat this
process to create additional re-amped tracks with different Helix LT settings,
add plug-ins, blend with your original guitar track and more.
NOTE: In some DAW software it may be necessary to also activate the software monitoring feature on this "re-amped" track to monitor the processed
signal when playing back your project. See your software's documentation.
3. On Helix LT, select the Input block and set it to receive from the
same USB stereo pair (USB In 3/4) and keep the Output block
set to "Multi." Load your choice of amps and effects on the
current Helix LT preset.
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ASIO Driver Settings (Windows only)
Default Bit Select the Bit Depth at which Helix LT will operate for recording
Depth and playback with your DAW software. 24 bit or 32 bit are recommended for quality audio production.
When using Helix LT as an audio interface for Windows DAW applications, it is highly
recommended to configure the software to utilize the "ASIO" Helix driver. The Line 6
ASIO driver offers the superior, low-latency audio performance required for DAW recording. This driver selection is typically found in your DAW software's Preferences or
Options dialog - see your software's documentation.
ASIO Your goal is to achieve the lowest latency possible in your DAW
Buffer Size software, but with glitch-free audio performance. Smaller buffer
size results in lower latency, however, also increases the demands
on your computer, which can result in clicks, pops or other audio
artifacts. Start with a lower slider setting here and, if you encounter
audio performance issues, come back to this panel and move this
slider to the right incrementally to remedy the problem.
NOTE: Download and install the latest Line 6 Helix ASIO driver from
line6.com/software.
Click the Apply and OK buttons when your Helix LT Control Panel settings are complete to return to your DAW software. Please also refer to your DAW software's documentation for more about its own specific audio device, buffer and project settings.
Once the ASIO Helix LT driver has been selected in your DAW software, you'll also
see a button in the same dialog for "ASIO Settings" (or with a similar title). Press this
button to launch the Helix LT Control Panel, which is where you make the following
Helix LT driver settings.
Core Audio Driver Settings (Mac OS X only)
To use Helix LT as an audio interface for Mac applications, it is not necessary to install
any additional driver. Helix LT will utilize the Mac computer's "Class Compliant" USB
driver automatically simply by connecting to your USB port. Helix LT will then appear
as a selectable Core Audio device within the Mac Utilities > Audio MIDI Setup panel
and/or directly within your audio and multimedia applications. However, note that this
Apple Class Compliant driver offers strictly 48kHz native sample rate operation. If
you prefer to use a different native sample rate (or if your particular DAW application
requires it), you can optionally download and install the Line 6 Mac Core Audio driver
from line6.com/software. This Line 6 driver offers 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88kHz or 96kHz
sample rate operation.
Sound This button launches the Windows Sound Control Panel, which is
Control where you can optionally configure Helix LT to be the audio playPanel back device for multi-media applications (such as Windows Media
Player, iTunes, etc.) These settings are not relevant for your DAW
software, since these applications utilize the standard Windows
driver.
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MIDI
MIDI CC
Helix LT 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:
NOTE: Helix LT 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 or iPad or iPhone device.
This MIDI CC# is reserved for global functions!
Feedback
MIDI CC# Value
MIDI Bank/Program Changes
Remotely Selecting a Setlist, Preset, and/or Snapshot
Press PRESETS to open the Setlist menu:
FACTORY 1
FACTORY 2
USER 1
USER 2
USER 3
USER 4
USER 5
TEMPLATES
15A
15B
15C
15D
16A
16B
16C
16D
Cold Shot
Hey Joe
Tom Sawyer
Untitled Streets
Have a Cigar
Bottle Message
Mad House
Run Like
1 FACTORY 1 16B Bottle Message
Rename
Setlist
CC32: 000
PC: 005
CC69: 000
SNAPSHOT 1
Reorder
Preset
Rename
Preset
Select
Snapshot
Learn
Controller
Function
Pedal and Footswitch Assignments
Helix LT 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.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
None
Parameter Controller
Rename
Snapshot
1
0-127
Emulates EXP 1 Pedal
2
0-127
Emulates EXP 2 Pedal
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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
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0-127
Emulates Stomp footswitch mode's FS5
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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
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0-127
Emulates Stomp footswitch mode's FS10
58
0-127
Emulates Stomp footswitch mode's FS11
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0-127
Emulates EXP Toe switch
Looper Controls
The dark text above Knob 2 displays the required MIDI messages for recalling 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 000, 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 LT hardware (PRESETS encoder,
preset footswitches, PRESET
/ PRESET , etc.), Helix LT automatically transmits a MIDI Program Change message corresponding to the selected preset. If
you'd prefer to not automatically transmit or receive PC messages, turn "Global
Settings > MIDI/Tempo" > Knob 4 (MIDI PC Send/Receive) off.
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0-63: Overdub;
64-127: Record
Looper Record/Overdub switch (FS8)
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0-63: Stop;
64-127: Play
Looper Play/Stop switch (FS9)
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64-127
Looper Play Once switch (FS3)
63
64-127
Looper Undo switch (FS2)
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0-63: Forward;
Looper Forward/Reverse switch (FS11)
64-127: Reverse
MIDI CC# Value
Function
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0-63: Full;
64-127: Half
Looper Full/Half Speed switch (FS10)
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0-63: Off; 64-127: On
Looper block on/off (if available); also enters/exits
Looper footswitch mode
Additional Controls
0
0-7
Bank MSB
32
0-7
Bank LSB—Setlist select
64
64-127
Tap Tempo
68
0-127
Tuner screen on/off
69
0-7
Snapshot select
70
0-127
71
0-127
72
0-127
73
0-127
74
0-127
75
0-127
76
0-127
128
0-63: Oh;
64-127: Nooo
Additional global MIDI commands (reserved for future
use)
Helix LT achieves self-awareness and starts poking
fun of that face you make during the solo
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