- Apr 27, 2013
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Thanks MusicLaw!@James R, congrats on getting the Helix!
You've got plenty of options and flexibility amongst your existing gear and the Helix. The extremely versatile Helix configurations (pedal board, full modeling with Amps and Cabs, 4CM, 7CM, etc.) gives you plenty to discover in deciding what sounds best to you! There's nothing wrong with running Helix to Amp Cabs and many conclude that is the best method, sound, and feel for them. Others vastly prefer the FRFR alternative. I'll run either depending on my needs, preference, mood, context, etc.
Also be sure that you have updated the Helix's firmware to the latest version 2.21.
I struggled with the Helix for the first couple days, I'm not going to lie.
It was pretty frustrating trying to figure out how the Helix thinks, for lack of a better term, so that I could approach things from different angles than what I am used to.
I feel that I've still got a long way to go, but I speak Helix much more fluently now.
I was able to accomplish my first goal, which is to have one single patch that can do it all, and it sounds bloody glorious.
I've got two amps in it, a Twin and a 2204.
A Timmy, a TS, and a Big Muff for dirt.
A trem, a phaser, a wah, a volume pedal, a chorus, 2 delays, and 2 reverbs.
I'm an always on guy for delay and reverb, so I set all four to one pedal and can switch from subtle barely noticeable, to much deeper settings with one click. Very cool feature.
I set up my snapshots the way I had my old looper set, also very cool.
I wanted to fight the snapshots at first, but I've come around to them and enjoy using them now.
I also set the two amps to one footswitch, so that when depressed it switches between them.
Obviously, this function of switching between two or more things set to the same footswitch is something that I'm totally digging, and will utilize to its full extent.
Now I just have to make a bunch of other presets for specific songs or sounds I want.
This patch is my generic "covers all bases" type of rig.
Overall, the deeper I dig, the more excited I'm getting about the whole thing.
I feel like I want to dive deeper down the rabbit hole.
I actually have a trade offer in on a Variax now.
Who am I becoming?