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HX Edit      
HX Edit
Version 2.81
Released 8/6/19

Works with:
Helix
Helix LT
Helix Rack
HX Effects
HX Stomp

HX Edit 2.81 Release Notes

Bug Fixes in 2.81

  • The active EXP Pedal (1 or 2) was not saved with the preset
  • On Helix LT, the XLR Outputs would reset to Mic level upon power cycle
  • After loading two presets in a row containing a Looper block on Path 1B or 2B, audio could sometimes drop out
  • In rare cases, restoring a backup made on 2.71 could cause headphone audio to be lost
  • In hands-free Pedal Edit Mode, moving an expression pedal could also affect any Wah, Volume/Pan, or controller assignments
  • Changing IRs via controller or snapshot could sometimes result in an audible crossfade between IRs
  • Presets with Input > S/PDIF blocks would not pass audio until another preset with a different input block is loaded
  • When Global Settings > Preferences > Snapshot Edits is set to “Discard,” tempo would not reflect this setting when set to “Per Snapshot”
  • Command Center > MMC > Record, Punch In, and Punch Out commands could not transmit correctly
  • In rare cases on Helix Floor, Helix Rack, and Helix LT, FS6 (MODE) could fail to toggle between footswitch modes
  • Adjusting certain Frequency parameters (typically those below 1kHz) could change at different increments between hardware and HX Edit
  • In HX Edit, assigning both a block and Command Center command to the same footswitch could result in erratic behavior when attempting to change the LED color
  • Snapshot-controlledCommand Center > CC Toggle or CV Toggle values could sometimes not import correctly from older presets
  • In rare cases, undoing a footswitch assignment remotely from HX Edit could result in a firmware crash
  • In HX Edit, repeatedly pressing Up/Down arrows could inadvertently jump to the bottom of the controller parameter list
  • In HX Edit, attempting to undo hardware changes after a Global Factory Reset could sometimes reload preset data from before the reset
  • Performing an Undo/Redo function could sometimes cause a Cab > Dual block to change to a Cab > Single block
  • Performing an Undo/Redo function could sometimes cause a stereo effect block to change to a mono effect block
  • In HX Edit on Windows, the Edit panel’s sliders could sometimes fail to appear
  • In HX Edit on Windows, customized Command Center text could sometimes be truncated
  • On Windows, the Win Defender pop-up could block installation of Helix Native or HX Edit

Known Issues in 2.81

  • On Helix Rack/Control, connecting an expression pedal to Helix Control could sometimes cause the pedal position display to behave erratically
  • Pitch/Synth > 3 OSC Synth, 3 Note Generator, and 4 OSC Generator are louder than in 2.71
  • In rare cases, the Dynamics > LA Studio Comp model can sometimes cause a drop in preset volume
  • In HX Edit, applying a custom color to a Snapshot footswitch can sometimes not be reflected on the hardware. For now, apply snapshot footswitch colors from the hardware
  • In HX Edit, if the current preset has not been saved, importing a different preset, setlist, or bundle does not currently clear the Undo history
  • In rare cases, HelixHX devices can become disconnected from HX Edit. If possible, always connect your HelixHX device directly to the USB port closest to your computer’s power connector. Never use any sort of USB hub, which may include the front USB ports on the front of towers
  • Helix Native will not open in hardened runtime builds of Cubase 10.5
  • Some tempo synced effects can act authentic with the global setting set to transparent if tempo changes are controlled via snapshots.
  • In HX Edit, importing a setlist containing Command Center > Instant commands may transmit the messages even if no new preset is loaded
  • Logic Pro X is currently unable to write snapshot or switch automation data forHelix Native
  • In HX Edit, performing an undo after a block cut or clear can delete the block’sfootswitch and/or controller assignments
  • In HX Edit, moving an effect, amp, cab, or IR block can sometimes inadvertently reposition a Split or Merge block
  • In HX Edit, certain Output > Powercab andDT parameters cannot currently be assigned to snapshots via Alt+click/Option+click. For now, press and turn the knob on the Helix hardware
  • In HX Edit, Ctrl+click/Command+click on certain Output > Powercab andDT parameters maynot reset them to default settings
  • In rare cases, posting a photo of the “Update Failed!” screenshot to Facebookwithout firstreading the instructions that clearly explain how that’sexpected behaviorwill result in an atomic wedgie
  • In Helix Native, changing models can clear automation assignments of common parameters (such as Amp > Bass or Delay > Time)

Compatible OS: Mac OS X, Mac OS Yosemite, Mac OS El Capitan, macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra
( 88 MB )

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HX Edit      
HX Edit
Version 2.81
Released 8/6/19

Works with:
Helix
Helix LT
Helix Rack
HX Effects
HX Stomp

HX Edit 2.81 Release Notes

Bug Fixes in 2.81

  • The active EXP Pedal (1 or 2) was not saved with the preset
  • On Helix LT, the XLR Outputs would reset to Mic level upon power cycle
  • After loading two presets in a row containing a Looper block on Path 1B or 2B, audio could sometimes drop out
  • In rare cases, restoring a backup made on 2.71 could cause headphone audio to be lost
  • In hands-free Pedal Edit Mode, moving an expression pedal could also affect any Wah, Volume/Pan, or controller assignments
  • Changing IRs via controller or snapshot could sometimes result in an audible crossfade between IRs
  • Presets with Input > S/PDIF blocks would not pass audio until another preset with a different input block is loaded
  • When Global Settings > Preferences > Snapshot Edits is set to “Discard,” tempo would not reflect this setting when set to “Per Snapshot”
  • Command Center > MMC > Record, Punch In, and Punch Out commands could not transmit correctly
  • In rare cases on Helix Floor, Helix Rack, and Helix LT, FS6 (MODE) could fail to toggle between footswitch modes
  • Adjusting certain Frequency parameters (typically those below 1kHz) could change at different increments between hardware and HX Edit
  • In HX Edit, assigning both a block and Command Center command to the same footswitch could result in erratic behavior when attempting to change the LED color
  • Snapshot-controlledCommand Center > CC Toggle or CV Toggle values could sometimes not import correctly from older presets
  • In rare cases, undoing a footswitch assignment remotely from HX Edit could result in a firmware crash
  • In HX Edit, repeatedly pressing Up/Down arrows could inadvertently jump to the bottom of the controller parameter list
  • In HX Edit, attempting to undo hardware changes after a Global Factory Reset could sometimes reload preset data from before the reset
  • Performing an Undo/Redo function could sometimes cause a Cab > Dual block to change to a Cab > Single block
  • Performing an Undo/Redo function could sometimes cause a stereo effect block to change to a mono effect block
  • In HX Edit on Windows, the Edit panel’s sliders could sometimes fail to appear
  • In HX Edit on Windows, customized Command Center text could sometimes be truncated
  • On Windows, the Win Defender pop-up could block installation of Helix Native or HX Edit

Known Issues in 2.81

  • On Helix Rack/Control, connecting an expression pedal to Helix Control could sometimes cause the pedal position display to behave erratically
  • Pitch/Synth > 3 OSC Synth, 3 Note Generator, and 4 OSC Generator are louder than in 2.71
  • In rare cases, the Dynamics > LA Studio Comp model can sometimes cause a drop in preset volume
  • In HX Edit, applying a custom color to a Snapshot footswitch can sometimes not be reflected on the hardware. For now, apply snapshot footswitch colors from the hardware
  • In HX Edit, if the current preset has not been saved, importing a different preset, setlist, or bundle does not currently clear the Undo history
  • In rare cases, HelixHX devices can become disconnected from HX Edit. If possible, always connect your HelixHX device directly to the USB port closest to your computer’s power connector. Never use any sort of USB hub, which may include the front USB ports on the front of towers
  • Helix Native will not open in hardened runtime builds of Cubase 10.5
  • Some tempo synced effects can act authentic with the global setting set to transparent if tempo changes are controlled via snapshots.
  • In HX Edit, importing a setlist containing Command Center > Instant commands may transmit the messages even if no new preset is loaded
  • Logic Pro X is currently unable to write snapshot or switch automation data forHelix Native
  • In HX Edit, performing an undo after a block cut or clear can delete the block’sfootswitch and/or controller assignments
  • In HX Edit, moving an effect, amp, cab, or IR block can sometimes inadvertently reposition a Split or Merge block
  • In HX Edit, certain Output > Powercab andDT parameters cannot currently be assigned to snapshots via Alt+click/Option+click. For now, press and turn the knob on the Helix hardware
  • In HX Edit, Ctrl+click/Command+click on certain Output > Powercab andDT parameters maynot reset them to default settings
  • In rare cases, posting a photo of the “Update Failed!” screenshot to Facebookwithout firstreading the instructions that clearly explain how that’sexpected behaviorwill result in an atomic wedgie
  • In Helix Native, changing models can clear automation assignments of common parameters (such as Amp > Bass orDelay > Time)

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
( 82 MB )

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HX Edit      
HX Edit
Version 2.80
Released 7/18/19

Works with:
Helix
Helix LT
Helix Rack
HX Effects
HX Stomp

IMPORTANT! 2.80 is the first firmware to utilize the new Helix Core engine, which unifies all Helix and HX products into the same ecosystem. Because there are tons of changes under the hood, presets created in 2.80 will not be compatible with earlier firmware, which means if you want to return to 2.71 for whatever reason, and you didn’t back up before updating to 2.80, your presets will NO LONGER WORK. Therefore, we _STRONGLY RECOMMEND_ everyone back up everything BEFORE updating.

Transitioning to Helix Core also forces us to reset your Global Settings. No way around that. Just back everything up, okay? Instructions for backing up begin… now.

Updating to 2.80 (READ ME!)

1a. Backing Up Helix / HX Hardware

  1. Connect your Helix / HX processor to a Mac or PC via USB and turn it on. Do not use any sort of USB hub.
  2. Open YOUR CURRENT VERSION of HX Edit (NOT the new HX Edit 2.80).
  3. From the top File menu, select “Create Backup…”
  4. Click “Create Backup.”

TIP: If you want to load the 2.80 factory presets and hotkey templates, it’s better to manually back up individual setlists, so you can later import them into empty setlists. To do this, from the preset library along the left side, select the setlist you want to back up and click “Export.” Choose a destination folder and click “Save.” Repeat for any other setlists you want to back up.

1b. Backing Up Helix Native.

If you don’t own Helix Native, skip to step 2.

  1. Open any instance of YOUR CURRENT VERSION Helix Native (NOT the new Helix Native 1.80) within your DAW and click the gear icon in the lower left corner to open the Preferences window.
  2. From the Presets/IRs tab, click “Export Bundle.”
  3. Choose the destination folder and click “Save.”

TIP: If you want to load the 2.80 factory presets, it’s better to manually back up individual setlists, so you can later import them into empty setlists. To do this, from the preset library along the left side, select the setlist you want to back up and click the small yellow “Export.” Choose a destination folder and click “Save.” Repeat for any other setlists you want to back up.

2. Updating HX Edit to 2.80

YOU MUST DO THIS BEFORE UPDATING YOUR HELIX / HX FIRMWARE!

  1. Turn off or disconnect any connected Helix or HX hardware.
  2. Log onto line6.com and visit the downloads page.
  3. From the middle pull-down menu, select “HX Edit.” From the right pull-down menu, select your computer’s operating system.
  4. Click the Go button.
  5. Find HX Edit Version 2.80 and click “Get Download.”
  6. Read the Software License Agreement (hahaahaaa!) and click “Accept and Download.”
  7. Once the software has downloaded, double-click the installer and follow the prompts.

NOTE: Installing HX Edit 2.80 automatically installs the latest version of Line 6 Updater, which is required to update the firmware.

3a. Updating Helix Floor / Rack / LT to 2.80

If you have HX Effects or HX Stomp, skip to step 3b instead.

  1. If you have Helix Rack / Control, turn off Helix Control. Also, shut down all Line 6 software or any programs that use audio, like DAWs, iTunes, Spotify, video games, etc.
  2. Connect Helix to a Mac or PC via USB (do not use any sort of USB hub) and turn it on.
  3. Launch Line 6 Updater. The latest version was automatically installed when you installed HX Edit 2.80 in “STEP 2 Updating HX Edit to 2.80” above.
  4. Enter your Line 6 Username and Password and click “Sign In.” A big green box appears with a picture of your Helix product. Click the big green box and then click “Update” next to Version: 2.80.
  5. Carefully read the instructions (HEY! DID YOU BACK UP FIRST?), click “Continue,” and then “Accept.” A warning dialog appears, telling you that Helix will be reset twice.
  6. Think “Hmm, maybe I should’ve backed up first? Nah, I insist on subverting the dominant paradigm,” and click “OK.” Helix begins updating. As wholly expected, because we warned you… because you always read the instructions… halfway through the update process, Line 6 Updater displays a second dialog and Helix’s LCD reads “Boot Failure. Entered Update Mode!” THIS IS NORMAL. Breathe deep, everything is fine. You’re almost there.
  7. Click “OK” again. When finished, Helix restarts automatically and begins rebuilding your presets. Let it finish.
  8. If you have Helix Rack/Control, turn on Helix Control. Helix Rack reads “Helix Control must be updated to work

properly. Update now?” Press Knob 6 (OK) to update Helix Control.

NOTE: Updating the firmware does not automatically load any new presets. See step 4, “Loading the 2.80 Factory Presets / Templates” below.

3b. Updating HX Effects / HX Stomp to 2.80

If you have Helix Floor, Helix Rack / Control, or Helix LT, follow step 3a above instead.

  1. Shut down all Line 6 software or any programs that use audio, like DAWs, iTunes, Spotify, video games, etc.
  2. Connect your HX processor to a Mac or PC via USB (do not use any sort of USB hub) and turn it on.
  3. Launch Line 6 Updater. The latest version was automatically installed when you installed HX Edit 2.80 in “STEP 2 Updating HX Edit to 2.80” above.
  4. Enter your Line 6 Username and Password and click “Sign In.” A big green box appears with a picture of your HX product. Click the big green box and then click “Update” next to Version: 2.80.
  5. Carefully read the instructions (HEY! DID YOU BACK UP FIRST?), click “Continue,” and then “Accept.” When finished, your HX device restarts automatically.

NOTE: Updating the firmware does not automatically load any new presets. See step 4, “Loading the 2.80 Factory Presets / Templates” below.

4. Loading the 2.80 Factory Presets / Templates

IMPORTANT! The following procedure will COMPLETELY ERASE ALL OF YOUR CUSTOM PRESETS! If you want to keep them, make sure you back them up First! (See “STEP 1a :Backing Up Helix /HX Hardware” above.)

  1. Turn off your Helix / HX processor.
  2. Depending on your type of Helix / HX product, follow the procedure below:

Helix Floor / LT - While holding footswitches 7 and 8 (two left-most switches on the bottom row), turn on Helix / Helix LT. Wait for “Will restore stock Presets and Setlists…” and let go

Helix Rack / Control - While holding knobs 3 and 4 below the screen, turn on Helix Rack. Wait for “Will reset Presets…” and let go

HX Effects - While holding footswitches 5 and 6 (middle two switches on the bottom row), turn on HX Effects. Wait for “Will reset Presets…” and let go

HX Stomp - While holding footswitches 1 and 2, turn on HX Stomp. Wait for “Will reset Presets…” to appear on the screen and let go

Helix Native - Click the gear icon in the lower left corner to open the Preferences window. From the Presets/IRs tab, click “Restore Factory Setlists”

5a. Restoring Helix / HX Hardware from a Backup (Optional)

  1. Connect your Helix / HX processor to a Mac or PC via USB (do not use any sort of USB hub) and turn it on.
  2. Open the NEW VERSION OF HX Edit 2.80 you installed in step 2, “Updating HX Edit to 2.80” above.
  3. From the top File menu, select “Restore from Backup.”
  4. Browse to the backup file and click “Open.”

TIP: If you instead exported individual setlists and loaded the 2.80 factory presets / templates (and want to keep them), from the preset list along the left side, select an empty User setlist and then drag the saved setlist file (from the tip in STEP 1) into the preset list

IMPORTANT! You may notice that after restoring from a backup (or loading in previously stored setlists or individual presets) that preset switching times are slower than normal. Restart Helix / HX, and you’ll see the display read “Rebuilding preset [XXX]”. Wait for it to rebuild your presets, and they will load faster.

5b. Restoring Helix Native from a Backup

If you don’t own Helix Native, skip this step.

  1. Open any instance of Helix Native within your DAW and click the gear icon in the lower left corner to open the Preferences window.
  2. From the Presets/IRs tab, click “Import Bundle.”
  3. Browse to the location chosen in STEP 2 above and click “Open.”

Whew! That wasn’t too terrible, now was it? What’s that… it was? Sorry. Now that Helix Core is finished, hopefully future update procedures will be less… involved.

New Amp Models in 2.80

Helix Floor, Helix Rack, Helix LT, Helix Native, HX Stomp

  • Fullerton Nrm, based on* the classic 1958 Fender® 5C3 Tweed Deluxe (normal channel)
  • Fullerton Brt, based on* the classic 1958 Fender® 5C3 Tweed Deluxe (bright channel)
  • Fullerton Jump, based on* the classic 1958 Fender® 5C3 Tweed Deluxe (jumped channels)
  • Grammatico Nrm, based on* the modern 2016 Grammatico LaGrange (normal channel)
  • Grammatico Brt, based on* the modern 2016 Grammatico LaGrange (bright channel)
  • Grammatico Jump, based on* the modern 2016 Grammatico LaGrange (jumped channels)
  • Revv Gen Red, based on* the red (gain 2) channel of the Revv® Generator 120
  • Ampeg SVT-4 PRO, based on* the Ampeg® SVT-4 PRO

NOTE: All product names used in this document are trademarks of their respective owners and neither Yamaha Guitar Group nor Line 6 are associated or affiliated with them. These trademarks appear solely to identify products whose tones and sounds were studied by Line 6 during sound model development. That said, the teams at Revv and Grammatico are super cool (and patient!) and you should buy their awesome amps.

New Effects Models in 2.80

Helix Floor, Helix Rack, Helix LT, Helix Native, HX Effects, HX Stomp

  • Distortion > Dhyana Drive (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Hermida Zendrive
  • Distortion > Heir Apparent (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Analogman Prince of Tone (basically half a King of Tone)
  • Distortion > Tone Sovereign (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Analogman King of Tone V4 (basically two Prince of Tones in one)
  • Distortion > ZeroAmp Bass DI (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Tech 21® SansAmp Bass Driver DI V1
  • Distortion > Ampeg Scrambler (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Ampeg® Scrambler Bass Overdrive
  • Filter > Asheville Pattrn (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Moog® Moogerfooger® MF-105M MIDI MuRF Filter (with both MuRF and Bass MuRF voicings)
  • EQ > Low/High Shelf (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original
  • EQ > Tilt (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original. Tilt is a subtle 6dB EQ that boosts high frequencies while simultaneously attenuating low frequencies (or vice versa). Great for quickly making tones a bit brighter or darker. The Center Freq parameter sets the frequency around which the boost and cut pivot

NOTE: All product names used in this document are trademarks of their respective owners and neither Yamaha Guitar Group nor Line 6 are associated or affiliated with them. These trademarks appear solely to identify products whose tones and sounds were studied by Line 6 during sound model development.

New Features in 2.80

NOTE: For additional information on Helix Native 1.80 or HX Edit 2.80, check out the latest Helix Native and HX Edit Pilot’s Guides, which are automatically installed with the new 1.80 / 2.80 software.

Hotkeys

Helix Floor, Helix Rack / Control, Helix LT, HX Effects

IMPORTANT! The first time you update Helix/HX to 2.80, your Mac or PC may ask what kind of keyboard you have connected. Just ignore this and close the window.

The Command Center can now send QWERTY hotkeys (keyboard shortcuts with or without modifiers such as Shift, Control, Option/Alt, and Command) to your Mac, PC, or iOS device via USB. You can now control virtually any software ever made, including DAWs, looping software, DJ software, media players, lighting software, video software, browsers, or video games… with your feet… or when assigned to an Instant command, from any preset or snapshot recall.

  1. From the Command Center menu, select a footswitch or Instant command and turn Knob 1 (Command) to select Hotkey.
  2. Turn knobs 2-5 to select the desired keystroke. If the keystroke doesnt have modiFers, leave knobs 2, 3, and 4 set to None.”

TIP: It’s much faster and easier to program keystrokes from HX Edit 2.80. Open the Command Center window, select a footswitch or Instant command, and from the Command pull-down menu, select “Hotkey.” Click the small keypad icon and simply enter the keystroke from your computer keyboard. Don’t forget to customize the switch label!

NOTE: Just like a normal computer keyboard, hotkeys won’t work unless the software or app you want to control is in focus.

Hotkey Templates

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, HX Effects

To get you started with hotkeys, we’ve provided the following template presets in 2.80:

  • Cubase
  • Pro Tools (Mac)
  • Pro Tools (PC) Logic/GarageBand
  • Ableton Live (Mac)
  • Ableton Live (PC)
  • Reaper (Mac)
  • Reaper (PC)
  • StudioOne
  • Cakewalk
  • MainStage
  • QLab
  • YouTube
  • iTunes
  • Spotify (Mac)
  • Spotify (PC)
  • Apple Keynote
  • First-person shooter video games

Most software has dozens if not hundreds of available hotkeys; feel free to swap ours out with the ones you use the most. With clever choices and a bit of finesse, you may be able to run a recording session (or elaborate live show with lighting and video cues) without ever touching a mouse or keyboard.

Depending on your type of Helix/HX product, follow the procedure below:

Helix Floor / Rack / LT

Press the PRESET knob, move the joystick left to select the Setlist column, select 8 TEMPLATES, and press the joystick. Hotkey templates begin at 06A

HX Effects

Press MODE to to select Preset mode and turn the Big Knob. Hotkey templates begin at 16A

NOTE: Updating the firmware does not automatically load any new presets or the hotkey templates; you must manually load them. See step 5, “Loading the 2.80 Factory Presets Templates”/ above.

Variax String Level

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT

Helix can now remotely adjust the level of individual guitar strings on a connected Shuriken Variax, JTV, or Variax Standard.

TIP: Just like with any amp, cab, or effect parameter, Variax String Level can be quickly assigned to footswitches or Snapshots. “Wait. You mean I can turn off the top three strings for the verse (Snapshot 1) and bring them back in for the chorus (Snapshot 2)? And if the high E is too shrill I can back its volume down to 85%?” Yes. “That’s pretty nuts.” Yes it is.

  1. Select the Input > Multi or Input > Variax block and press PAGE > three times.
  2. Turn Knobs 1-6 to adjust each strings level.
  3. If you want to set a particular string’s level separately for each snapshot, press and turn the string’s knob. The

value will turn white and appear in brackets.

NOTE: Assigning a continuous controller (such as an expression pedal or slider on your MIDI controller) is not recommended, as it may result in minor pops and clicks; this is due to limitations in Variax DSP, not Helix.

Powercab Plus Remote

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT

IMPORTANT! You must also update Powercab Plus! It must be running firmware 2.0 or higher.

Helix can now remotely adjust parameters in one or two L6 LINK-connected Powercab Plus modeling speaker cabs. When one Powercab Plus is connected via L6 LINK (110-ohm AES/EBU cable), it receives a mono signal from Helix; when two Powercab Plus amps are daisy-chained via L6 LINK, the first cab in the chain receives the left signal and the second cab receives the right signal.

TIP: Just like with any amp, cab, or effect parameter, Powercab Plus parameters can be quickly assigned to footswitches or Snapshots.

  1. Select the Output > Multi or Output > Digital block and press PAGE > once.
  2. Turn Knob 1 (Powercab Remote) to select “Per Preset” or “Global.” If you don’t plan on changing Powercab parameters along with Helix presets, choose “Global.”
  3. Turn Knob 2 (Powercab Mode) to select the desired type of Powercab mode: Flat, Speaker, or IR. Note that certain parameters will gray out depending on the mode chosen.
  4. Turn Knob 4 (Speaker Select) to specify which Powercab you want to control Powercab 1, Powercab 2, or both Powercabs simultaneously (“1+2 Link”). Normally, you should leave this set to “1+2 Link,” which edits both Powercabs simultaneously, to maintain phase coherence.
  • Flat Voicing when Powercab Mode is set to “Flat,” determines the type of speaker voicing
  • Speaker Type when Powercab Mode is set to “Speaker,” determines the current speaker model
  • Speaker DI Mic when Powercab Mode is set to “Speaker,” determines the mic model used on Powercab’s XLR output(s)
  • Speaker Mic Dist when Powercab Mode is set to “Speaker,” determines the mic distance used on Powercab’s XLR output(s)
  • Speaker User IR when Powercab Mode is set to “User IR,” selects the impulse response used
  • Speaker Low Cut applies a Low Cut filter to Powercab Plus for minimizing low end rumble
  • Speaker Hi Cut applies a High Cut filter to Powercab Plus for minimizing high end harshness
  • Speaker Level applies a level trim
  • Speaker Color lets you choose the LED ring color on any connected Powercab(s)

NOTE: For more information on Powercab Plus, see the Powercab Plus Pilot’s Guide.

DT50/DT25 Remote

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, HX Edit

Helix can now remotely adjust the real tube topology settings and other parameters in one or two L6 LINK-connected DT25 or DT50 amplifiers. When one DT25 or DT50 is connected via L6 LINK (110-ohm AES/EBU cable), it receives a mono signal from Helix; when two DT250 or DT50 amplifiers are daisy-chained via L6 LINK, the first cab in the chain receives the left signal and the second cab receives the right signal.

TIP: Just like with any amp, cab, or effect parameter, DT parameters can be quickly assigned to footswitches or Snapshots.

  1. From the Output > Multi or Output > Digital block, press PAGE > three times.
  2. Turn Knob 1 (DT 25/50 Remote) to select “Per Preset” or “Global.” If you don’t plan on changing DT topology settings along with Helix presets, choose “Global.”
  3. Turn Knob 2 (DT Select) to specify which DT amp you want to controlDT 1, DT 2, or both DT amps

simultaneously (“1+2 Link”). Normally, you should leave this set to “1+2 Link,” which edits both DT amps simultaneously, to maintain phase coherence.

DT Channel

When set to Channel A, the DT switches to Channel A and its preamp is bypassed for when using a preamp model in Helix. When set to Channel B, the DT switches to Channel B and its preamp is activated

TIP: Assign a stomp footswitch (or snapshots) to simultaneously bypass a Helix preamp block AND switch a connected DT amp to Channel B. This gives you a wider variety of tones in the same preset, without the DSP overhead required to run two simultaneous Preamp blocks.

DT Topology

Changes the DT amp’s negative feedback loop topology. Choose “I (Tight)” for behavior reminiscent of the great American Blackface amps of the 60s, choose “II (Loose)” for dialing in echoes of classic British amps, choose “III (ZNF)” for a very open or dynamic feeling amp, or choose “IV (Resonant)” to add low frequency resonance that pairs well with high gain tones.

DT Power Amp

Sets the DT amp’s operating class, wattage, and bias type. Choose “Class A” for more dynamics with greater touch sensitivity; choose “Class AB” for greater headroom and power

DT Tube Config

Changes the configuration of the DT’s power tubes. Chose “Pentode” for clear and commanding tone; choose “Triode” for quieter and rounder sounds with a more vintage feel.

DT Reverb

Turns the DT amp’s built-in spring reverb on and off

DT Rev Mix

Determines the amount of built-in spring reverb

DT 12AX7 Boost (DT50 only)

When Low Volume Mode is off, applies a volume boost DT

Feedback Cap (DT50 only)

Sets the DT amp’s feedback capacitor type

DT B+ Voltage (DT50 only)

Sets the DT amp’s phase inverter B+ voltage

NOTE: For more information on DT amps, see the DT25 Pilot’s Guide or the DT50 Pilot’s Guide.

Snapshot Bypass

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, Helix Native, HX Effects, HX Stomp, HX Edit

There may be situations where you don’t want Helix’s snapshots to control a particular block’s bypass state; that is, you’d prefer to turn it on and off manually. For example, you may want manual control of a boost pedal at any time without worrying whether a particular snapshot might turn it on or off.

Depending on your type of Helix/HX product, follow the procedure below:

Helix Floor / Rack / LT

Select a processing block, press ACTION, and set Knob 5 (Snapshot Bypass) to “Off” to disable snapshot control of that block’s bypass state

HX Effects

Select a processing block, press ACTION, and press the “Snapshot Bypass” switch to disable snapshot control of that block’s bypass state

HX Stomp

From Edit view, select a processing block, press ACTION, press PAGE >, and set Knob 3 (Snapshot Bypass) to “Off” to disable snapshot control of that block’s bypass state

Helix Native / HX Edit

Right-click (Mac: control-click) on a processing block and uncheck “Snapshot Bypass.” Alternatively, right-click (Mac: control-click) the Bypass button to uncheck “Snapshot Bypass.”

Hardware Compatibility Mode

Helix Native

Helix Native can now reflect the signal flow and model set of all Helix and HX hardware devices, so transferring presets to and from your DAW is even easier. In addition, Hardware Compatibility can be disabled entirely, so the simultaneous model count is now limited only by the speed of your computer.

  1. Open any instance of Helix Native within your DAW and click the gear icon in the lower left corner to open the Preferences window.
  2. Click the Hardware Compatibility tab.
  3. From the “Current Hardware Compatibility Mode” pull-down menu, select one of the following options:

Off

Disables Hardware Compatibility and lets you add as many blocks (of any type) as your computer’s horsepower will allow. Choose this setting if you don’t own any Helix or HX hardware

Helix Floor /LT / Rack (the default)

Configures Helix Native such that any presets made can be easily loaded into Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, or Helix LT

HX Effects

Configures Helix Native such that any presets made can be easily loaded into HX Effects. In this mode, no Amp or Cab models will be available

HX Stomp

Configures Helix Native such that any presets made can be easily loaded into HX Stomp

  1. Click OK. Depending on the current Hardware Compatibility Mode, Helix Native may repopulate the preset list to reflect that of the selected hardware. For example, if you choose “HX Stomp,” HX Stomp’s factory presets will appear and the signal flow will be limited to six blocks
  2. Click “Set as Default” to ensure any new instances of Helix Native open in the selected mode.

IMPORTANT! Each Hardware Compatibility Mode incorporates its own, independent preset library. Therefore, you will see the Helix Native preset library automatically repopulate to reflect that of the selected hardware.

Helix / HX Preset Sharing

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, Helix Native, HX Effects, HX Stomp, HX Edit

All Helix and HX hardware and software now live within the same ecosystem. Using multiple windows within HX Edit and/or multiple instances of the Helix Native plug-in, both blocks and entire presets can be freely dragged and dropped or copied and pasted between units. Aside from the obvious caveats below, all Helix and HX products can now share the same content.

IMPORTANT! Due to the vast differences in how Helix/HX products manage controllers, snapshots, and Command Center messages, there is no guarantee that every single tiny detail of a preset will translate properly.

You can now drag / drop, copy / paste, or otherwise load:

HX Effects or HX Stomp presets into Helix Floor / Rack / LT and Helix Native. If an HX Effects preset has 9 blocks, the ninth block will be routed to Path 2

Helix Floor / Rack / LT, Helix Native, or HX Stomp presets into HX Effects. However, there are caveats.

To avoid an error message, the source preset must:

Contain 9 or fewer blocks

Not contain any Amp+Cab, Amp, Preamp, or Cab blocks

Contain no more than one Split and Merge block

Fit within one path worth of DSP processing

Helix Floor / Rack/LT, Helix Native, or HX Effects presets into HX Stomp. However, there are caveats. To avoid an error message, the source preset must:

Contain 6 or fewer blocks

Contain no more than one Split and Merge block Fit within one path worth of DSP processing

Helix Floor / Rack/LT, HX Effects, or HX Stomp presets into Helix Native

NOTE: A dialog box will appear if the source preset cannot be accommodated by the current Hardware Compatibility Mode (see above). At this point, you may choose to switch the current Hardware Compatibility Mode to that of the source preset, or attempt to translate the preset into the current Hardware Compatibility Mode, given the caveats above. See the Helix Native Pilot’s Guide for more information. Click the question mark icon in the lower left corner of the plug-in.

Undo/Redo

Helix Native, HX Edit

Both the Helix Native plug-in and HX Edit now support multiple levels of undo/redo.

  1. Click the Undo button to undo the most recent edit.
  2. Click the Redo button to redo the most recent undo.

MIDI Learn

Helix Native (Helix Floor, Helix Rack, Helix LT, HX Effects, and HX Stomp already have this feature)

Helix Native can now learn an incoming MIDI CC message and automatically assign it to a parameter.

  1. Right-click on a parameter and select Controller > MIDI Learn. A small brain icon flashes. If you change your mind, click the icon to cancel.
  2. Send Helix Native a MIDI CC message. The parameter is automatically assigned to it.

TIP: In Helix Native, right-click (Mac: control-click) on a processing block to open a pull-down that lets you manually assign a MIDI CC to block bypass. Right-click (Mac: control-click) on a parameter slider to open a pull-down menu that lets you manually assign a MIDI CC to parameter control.

NOTE: Not all DAW software automatically routes incoming MIDI data through to any plug-in, especially those instantiated as an insert on an audio track. See your DAW’s documentation for more information. The new MIDI In indicator in the lower right corner flashes if Helix Native receives MIDI data.

Hands-free Pedal Edit for Input/Output Blocks

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT

In addition to Amp, Effect, Cab, IR, Split, and Mixer parameters, Input and Output Block parameters can also now be edited with your feet, including the new Variax String Level, Powercab Plus remote, and DT25/DT50 remote parameters.

  1. Press and hold MODE to enter Pedal Edit Mode. The switches flash.
  2. If necessary, press MORE one or more times to view additional blocks and press the Input 1A (or 1B, 2A, or 2B) or Output 1A (or 1B, 2A, or 2B) footswitch. If the block has more than one page of parameters, press FS8 (FS9 (PAGE>) until you find the parameter.
  3. Press the footswitch displaying the parameter you want to adjust and use an expression pedal to adjust the parameter. For fine adjustment, press FS10 (VALUE) and FS11 (VALUE+). Hold FS10 (VALUE) or FS11 (VALUE +) for faster adjustments.
  4. When finished, press FS12 (EXIT). If you want to save any changes made to the preset, hold FS12 (EXIT) for two seconds.

Snapshot Reselect

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, Helix Native, HX Effects, HX Stomp

Currently, pressing the currently active Snapshot switch will reload the stored state of that snapshot. With 2.80, you can now choose to instead toggle between it and the previously selected snapshot. For example, if you’re on Snapshot 2 and switch to Snapshot 8, pressing the Snapshot 8 footswitch will seamlessly toggle between Snapshot 8 and Snapshot 2.

From the Global Settings > Preferences menu, turn Snapshot Reselect to choose “Reload” or “Toggle Prev.” “Reload” remains the default.

Stomp Select

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT (parameter is already in HX Effects and HX Stomp)

Currently, briefly touching a stomp footswitch jumps to select its assigned items’ parameters; it’s a super fast and simple way to navigate your various amps and effects. For those neanderthals of you who play barefoot, you can disable this functionality from Global Settings > Footswitches > Touch Select. With 2.80, this parameter has now changed to Stomp Select, and lets you choose whether touching a switch, pressing a switch, or both instantly jumps to display the assigned items’ parameters.

Depending on your type of Helix/HX product, follow the procedure below:

Helix Floor / Rack / LT

From the Global Settings > Footswitches menu, turn Knob 1 (Stomp Select) to choose “None,” “Touch,” “Press,” or “Touch+Press.” “Touch” remains the default

HX Effects / HX Stomp

From the Global Settings > Footswitches menu, turn Knob 1 (Stomp Select) to choose “Touch,” “Press,” or “Both.” “Touch” remains the default

Swap Up/Down Switches

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, HX Effects

Some users have requested the ability to press the DOWN switch to select the next bank, preset, or snapshot. With 2.80, Up and Down can be swapped:

From the Global Settings > Footswitches menu, turn [Swap Up/Down] to choose “Off” (normal) or “On” (reversed).

SHORTCUT: Touch (but don’t press) the Up and Down switches together for one second, and then press Knob 6 [FS6 on HX Effects] (OK). The up and down switches are now swapped.

Turn Joystick to Select Blocks

Helix Floor, Helix Rack, Helix LT

Currently, turning the joystick encoder scrolls through available models for the selected block. With 2.80, you can now choose to instead turn the joystick to quickly move across the signal flow.

From the Global Settings > Preferences menu, turn Knob 5 (Joystick Encoder) to choose “Model” or “Selection.”

“Model” remains the default.

SHORTCUT: Pressing and turning the joystick will provide the opposite setting; that is, when set to “Model”, press and turn the joystick to quickly move across the signal qow. When set to “Selection,” press and turn the joystick to scroll through available models for the selected block.

Tempo Indicator

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control

Press TAP / TUNER two or more times to enter a new tempo. The TAP/TUNER scribble strip briefly displays the

entered tempo.

SHORTCUT: To fine-tune the tempo, briefly touch the TAP/TUNER switch. The Tempo panel opens. Turn Knob 6 (BPM) to manually set the tempo.

Pedal Position Indicator

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control

A new Global Settings > Displays > Pedal Position Display parameter lets you determine whether the scribble strip above the expression pedal temporarily displays the expression pedal position (“Temporary”) or remains visible (“Persistent”).

Move the built-in expression pedal. The EXP scribble strip displays a position indicator (0 ~ 100%).

Helix Native Pricing

It’s not technically a feature, but Helix Native is now $99.99 US for all registered owners of Helix Floor, Helix Rack, Helix LT, HX Effects, and HX Stomp ($300 off). Helix Native brings the amps, cabs, effects, and IR loading from Helix to your Mac or PC’s recording software without the need for time-consuming re-amping. Depending on your computer’s horsepower, you may be able to add an entire Helix’s worth of processing to multiple guitar, bass, synth, vocal, drum, bus, slide whistle, and nose flute tracks. Helix Native along with Helix hardware is also an immeasurably helpful tool when trying to rebuild studio tones for your tour, or tones built on the road for the next record. What used to take weeks (or hiring an expensive programmer) now takes seconds.

Other Changes and Improvements in 2.80

The Global Settings > Preferences > Tap Tempo Pitch (Authentic, Transparent) setting now also affects tempo changes taking place across snapshot changes, not just when pressing the TAP switch (Helix Floor Rack LT, Helix Native, HX Effects, HX Stomp)

On a Cab > Dual block, changing the first cab no longer changes the second cab (Helix Floor Rack LT, Helix Native, HX Edit [feature is already in HX Stomp])

Page indication has changed from small colored dots to the right of the inspector to a scrolling inspector header line (similar to the one in HX Stomp). This allows Impulse Response blocks to display longer IR names. Oh yeah speaking of which… (Helix Floor Rack LT)

Impulse Response blocks now display as many IR file name characters as will fit in the inspector header (Helix Floor Rack LT, Helix Native)

In previous versions, only the last value would be recalled via Snapshots (example: In Program messages, only the PC value could change). With 2.80, all values are recalled via Snapshots (example: In Hotkey messages, all modifiers and the keystroke can change, so each snapshot could have different sets of key commands). (Helix Floor Rack LT, HX Effects)

Additional values have been added to recall snapshots remotely via MIDI. CC69 Value 8 will select the next snapshot and Value 9 will select the previous snapshot (Helix Floor Rack LT, Helix Native, HX Effects [feature is already in HX Stomp])

Command Center > CC Toggle, CV Toggle (Helix Floor only), and Amp Control messages have an additional Type parameter that lets one determine whether the footswitch is latching or momentary. Previously, you would have to assign a processing block (set to momentary) to the same footswitch to make the Command Center message momentary (Helix Floor Rack LT, HX Effects)

An additional “None” value has been added to Command Center > Instant > Amp Control messages (Helix Floor Rack LT, HX Effects)

The “Pac Man” shortcut where moving the joystick right from the Output block jumps to the Input block (and vice versa) now also works when moving the joystick up and down (Helix Floor Rack LT)

On the Save Preset, Rename Preset, Rename Snapshot, Rename Setlist, and Customize screens, moving the joystick right from the last character jumps to the first (and vice versa) (Helix Floor Rack LT [feature is already in HX Stomp and HX Effects])

The boot screen now displays a red progress bar (Helix Floor Rack LT [feature is already in HX Stomp])

While in the Command Center menu, pressing SAVE twice to save a preset no longer exits you all the way to the Home screen (Helix Floor Rack LT, HX Effects)

Pressing Up and Down together from Snapshot mode now exits to the previous mode (same as pressing EXIT) (Helix Floor Rack LT, HX Effects)

Turning the PRESET knob past the last preset in each setlist now jumps back to the beginning of the setlist (and vice versa) (Helix Floor Rack LT [feature is already in HX Stomp and HX Effects])

A small indicator in the lower right corner of the plug-in window flashes whenever a MIDI message is received (Helix Native)

Automation and MIDI controller assignments can now be managed together from the Automation Controller Assign tab (Helix Native, HX Edit)

Blocks assigned to controllers or automation now display their category name in brackets. Parameters assigned to controllers or automation display a small icon to the left of their parameter sliders. In addition, pop-up menus now display controller or automation assignments, if any (Helix Native, HX Edit)

From the Controller Automation tab, right-click (Mac: control-click) an assignment to open a pull-down menu, letting you clear one or all assignments (Helix Native, HX Edit [feature is already in Helix Floor Rack/LT, HX Effects, and HX Stomp])

The Preferences menu in HX Edit now lets you set FS3, FS4, and FS5 functions (HX Edit [feature is already in HX Stomp])

A new “Restore Factory Settings” button has been added to the bottom of the Preferences window (Helix Native, HX

Edit [feature is already in Helix Floor Rack LT, HX Effects, and HX Stomp])

In HX Edit, snapshots can now be selected while the Command Center window is open

In HX Edit, the parameter tab will now be in sync with the Helix display for Amp+Cab and Cab > Dual blocks

When a Shuriken Variax is connected, HX Edit now displays its bank names properly

Wow, you’re still reading this? Congratulations; you’re way cooler and better looking than other Helix/HX owners. Celebrate your superiority with some delicious tacos.

As Ampeg is now Line 6’s sister company, all pre-2.80 Ampeg models have been renamed:

  • Amp > Bass > Tuck n’ Go is now called “ Ampeg B-15NF
  • Amp > Bass > SV Beast Nrm is now called “ Ampeg SVT Nrm
  • Amp > Bass > SV Beast Brt is now called “ Ampeg SVT Brt
  • Cab > 1x15 Tuck n’ Go is now called “ 1x15 Ampeg B-15
  • Cab > 4x10 Rhino is now called “ 4x10 Ampeg HLF
  • Cab > 8x10 SV Beast is now called “ 8x10 Ampeg SVT E

Numerous stability and performance improvements Lots of other little things

Bug Fixes in 2.80

  • On rare occasions, with dirty footswitches, a single press can generate two Command Center messages. We’ve added a small timeout to ensure this doesn’t happen, regardless of the condition of the footswitches.
  • Pressing the Cab > Mic parameter knob now returns the value to default.
  • While HX Edit is running, double-clicking a preset, setlist, or bundle file on the desktop or any finder window will load the file.
  • In HX Edit, background windows now properly reflect the connected state of the device.
  • In HX Edit, preset names are now preserved in setlist, bundle, or backup files if an empty preset was renamed.
  • Many other minor bug fixes.

Known Issues in 2.80

  • Global settings are reset after upgrade to 2.80. BACKUP FIRST!
  • Downgrading to 2.71 or older will erase ALL preset data.
  • The first time you update Helix/HX to 2.80, your Mac or PC may ask what kind of keyboard you have connected. This is due to the new Hotkey feature. Just ignore this and close the window.
  • Assigning a Command Center > Hotkey message to a footswitch that already has a block assigned to it (set to latching, which is the default) will cause the keystroke to be repeatedly sent to your Mac/PC. To avoid this behavior, either assign the Hotkey message to an empty footswitch or set the footswitch’s mode to Momentary.
  • The first preset of each setlist is loaded during a restore.
  • The Helix icon may appear during the update and it could stop spinning. This is fine, the update will continue.
  • DT must be on firmware version 2.00 for L6 Link control to function.
  • Powercab 112 Plus must be on firmware version 2.00 or higher for L6 Link control to function.
  • You cannot rename the 1 Switch Looper scribble strip on Rack or Floor.
  • A preset may load blank after dragging a looper block across a split, merge and another block two times. Simply load the preset again and it will load as expected.
  • A brief volume increase can occur at preset load from Powercab while loading presets with different Powercab modes on a Helix device.
  • Undo/Redo does not work when switching between time and note divisions.
  • In HX EDIT, Undo/Redo removes block assignments in certain cases such as moving between paths.
  • Save to Library lists presets in “01A-32D” setlist format regardless of preferences.

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HX Edit      
HX Edit
Version 2.80
Released 7/18/19

Works with:
Helix
Helix LT
Helix Rack
HX Effects
HX Stomp

IMPORTANT! 2.80 is the first firmware to utilize the new Helix Core engine, which unifies all Helix and HX products into the same ecosystem. Because there are tons of changes under the hood, presets created in 2.80 will not be compatible with earlier firmware, which means if you want to return to 2.71 for whatever reason, and you didn’t back up before updating to 2.80, your presets will NO LONGER WORK. Therefore, we _STRONGLY RECOMMEND_ everyone back up everything BEFORE updating.

Transitioning to Helix Core also forces us to reset your Global Settings. No way around that. Just back everything up, okay? Instructions for backing up begin… now.

Updating to 2.80 (READ ME!)

1a. Backing Up Helix / HX Hardware

  1. Connect your Helix / HX processor to a Mac or PC via USB and turn it on. Do not use any sort of USB hub.
  2. Open YOUR CURRENT VERSION of HX Edit (NOT the new HX Edit 2.80).
  3. From the top File menu, select “Create Backup…”
  4. Click “Create Backup.”

TIP: If you want to load the 2.80 factory presets and hotkey templates, it’s better to manually back up individual setlists, so you can later import them into empty setlists. To do this, from the preset library along the left side, select the setlist you want to back up and click “Export.” Choose a destination folder and click “Save.” Repeat for any other setlists you want to back up.

1b. Backing Up Helix Native.

If you don’t own Helix Native, skip to step 2.

  1. Open any instance of YOUR CURRENT VERSION Helix Native (NOT the new Helix Native 1.80) within your DAW and click the gear icon in the lower left corner to open the Preferences window.
  2. From the Presets/IRs tab, click “Export Bundle.”
  3. Choose the destination folder and click “Save.”

TIP: If you want to load the 2.80 factory presets, it’s better to manually back up individual setlists, so you can later import them into empty setlists. To do this, from the preset library along the left side, select the setlist you want to back up and click the small yellow “Export.” Choose a destination folder and click “Save.” Repeat for any other setlists you want to back up.

2. Updating HX Edit to 2.80

YOU MUST DO THIS BEFORE UPDATING YOUR HELIX / HX FIRMWARE!

  1. Turn off or disconnect any connected Helix or HX hardware.
  2. Log onto line6.com and visit the downloads page.
  3. From the middle pull-down menu, select “HX Edit.” From the right pull-down menu, select your computer’s operating system.
  4. Click the Go button.
  5. Find HX Edit Version 2.80 and click “Get Download.”
  6. Read the Software License Agreement (hahaahaaa!) and click “Accept and Download.”
  7. Once the software has downloaded, double-click the installer and follow the prompts.

NOTE: Installing HX Edit 2.80 automatically installs the latest version of Line 6 Updater, which is required to update the firmware.

3a. Updating Helix Floor / Rack / LT to 2.80

If you have HX Effects or HX Stomp, skip to step 3b instead.

  1. If you have Helix Rack / Control, turn off Helix Control. Also, shut down all Line 6 software or any programs that use audio, like DAWs, iTunes, Spotify, video games, etc.
  2. Connect Helix to a Mac or PC via USB (do not use any sort of USB hub) and turn it on.
  3. Launch Line 6 Updater. The latest version was automatically installed when you installed HX Edit 2.80 in “STEP 2 Updating HX Edit to 2.80” above.
  4. Enter your Line 6 Username and Password and click “Sign In.” A big green box appears with a picture of your Helix product. Click the big green box and then click “Update” next to Version: 2.80.
  5. Carefully read the instructions (HEY! DID YOU BACK UP FIRST?), click “Continue,” and then “Accept.” A warning dialog appears, telling you that Helix will be reset twice.
  6. Think “Hmm, maybe I should’ve backed up first? Nah, I insist on subverting the dominant paradigm,” and click “OK.” Helix begins updating. As wholly expected, because we warned you… because you always read the instructions… halfway through the update process, Line 6 Updater displays a second dialog and Helix’s LCD reads “Boot Failure. Entered Update Mode!” THIS IS NORMAL. Breathe deep, everything is fine. You’re almost there.
  7. Click “OK” again. When finished, Helix restarts automatically and begins rebuilding your presets. Let it finish.
  8. If you have Helix Rack/Control, turn on Helix Control. Helix Rack reads “Helix Control must be updated to work

properly. Update now?” Press Knob 6 (OK) to update Helix Control.

NOTE: Updating the firmware does not automatically load any new presets. See step 4, “Loading the 2.80 Factory Presets / Templates” below.

3b. Updating HX Effects / HX Stomp to 2.80

If you have Helix Floor, Helix Rack / Control, or Helix LT, follow step 3a above instead.

  1. Shut down all Line 6 software or any programs that use audio, like DAWs, iTunes, Spotify, video games, etc.
  2. Connect your HX processor to a Mac or PC via USB (do not use any sort of USB hub) and turn it on.
  3. Launch Line 6 Updater. The latest version was automatically installed when you installed HX Edit 2.80 in “STEP 2 Updating HX Edit to 2.80” above.
  4. Enter your Line 6 Username and Password and click “Sign In.” A big green box appears with a picture of your HX product. Click the big green box and then click “Update” next to Version: 2.80.
  5. Carefully read the instructions (HEY! DID YOU BACK UP FIRST?), click “Continue,” and then “Accept.” When finished, your HX device restarts automatically.

NOTE: Updating the firmware does not automatically load any new presets. See step 4, “Loading the 2.80 Factory Presets / Templates” below.

4. Loading the 2.80 Factory Presets / Templates

IMPORTANT! The following procedure will COMPLETELY ERASE ALL OF YOUR CUSTOM PRESETS! If you want to keep them, make sure you back them up First! (See “STEP 1a :Backing Up Helix /HX Hardware” above.)

  1. Turn off your Helix / HX processor.
  2. Depending on your type of Helix / HX product, follow the procedure below:

Helix Floor / LT - While holding footswitches 7 and 8 (two left-most switches on the bottom row), turn on Helix / Helix LT. Wait for “Will restore stock Presets and Setlists…” and let go

Helix Rack / Control - While holding knobs 3 and 4 below the screen, turn on Helix Rack. Wait for “Will reset Presets…” and let go

HX Effects - While holding footswitches 5 and 6 (middle two switches on the bottom row), turn on HX Effects. Wait for “Will reset Presets…” and let go

HX Stomp - While holding footswitches 1 and 2, turn on HX Stomp. Wait for “Will reset Presets…” to appear on the screen and let go

Helix Native - Click the gear icon in the lower left corner to open the Preferences window. From the Presets/IRs tab, click “Restore Factory Setlists”

5a. Restoring Helix / HX Hardware from a Backup (Optional)

  1. Connect your Helix / HX processor to a Mac or PC via USB (do not use any sort of USB hub) and turn it on.
  2. Open the NEW VERSION OF HX Edit 2.80 you installed in step 2, “Updating HX Edit to 2.80” above.
  3. From the top File menu, select “Restore from Backup.”
  4. Browse to the backup file and click “Open.”

TIP: If you instead exported individual setlists and loaded the 2.80 factory presets / templates (and want to keep them), from the preset list along the left side, select an empty User setlist and then drag the saved setlist file (from the tip in STEP 1) into the preset list

IMPORTANT! You may notice that after restoring from a backup (or loading in previously stored setlists or individual presets) that preset switching times are slower than normal. Restart Helix / HX, and you’ll see the display read “Rebuilding preset [XXX]”. Wait for it to rebuild your presets, and they will load faster.

5b. Restoring Helix Native from a Backup

If you don’t own Helix Native, skip this step.

  1. Open any instance of Helix Native within your DAW and click the gear icon in the lower left corner to open the Preferences window.
  2. From the Presets/IRs tab, click “Import Bundle.”
  3. Browse to the location chosen in STEP 2 above and click “Open.”

Whew! That wasn’t too terrible, now was it? What’s that… it was? Sorry. Now that Helix Core is finished, hopefully future update procedures will be less… involved.

New Amp Models in 2.80

Helix Floor, Helix Rack, Helix LT, Helix Native, HX Stomp

  • Fullerton Nrm, based on* the classic 1958 Fender® 5C3 Tweed Deluxe (normal channel)
  • Fullerton Brt, based on* the classic 1958 Fender® 5C3 Tweed Deluxe (bright channel)
  • Fullerton Jump, based on* the classic 1958 Fender® 5C3 Tweed Deluxe (jumped channels)
  • Grammatico Nrm, based on* the modern 2016 Grammatico LaGrange (normal channel)
  • Grammatico Brt, based on* the modern 2016 Grammatico LaGrange (bright channel)
  • Grammatico Jump, based on* the modern 2016 Grammatico LaGrange (jumped channels)
  • Revv Gen Red, based on* the red (gain 2) channel of the Revv® Generator 120
  • Ampeg SVT-4 PRO, based on* the Ampeg® SVT-4 PRO

NOTE: All product names used in this document are trademarks of their respective owners and neither Yamaha Guitar Group nor Line 6 are associated or affiliated with them. These trademarks appear solely to identify products whose tones and sounds were studied by Line 6 during sound model development. That said, the teams at Revv and Grammatico are super cool (and patient!) and you should buy their awesome amps.

New Effects Models in 2.80

Helix Floor, Helix Rack, Helix LT, Helix Native, HX Effects, HX Stomp

  • Distortion > Dhyana Drive (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Hermida Zendrive
  • Distortion > Heir Apparent (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Analogman Prince of Tone (basically half a King of Tone)
  • Distortion > Tone Sovereign (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Analogman King of Tone V4 (basically two Prince of Tones in one)
  • Distortion > ZeroAmp Bass DI (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Tech 21® SansAmp Bass Driver DI V1
  • Distortion > Ampeg Scrambler (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Ampeg® Scrambler Bass Overdrive
  • Filter > Asheville Pattrn (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Moog® Moogerfooger® MF-105M MIDI MuRF Filter (with both MuRF and Bass MuRF voicings)
  • EQ > Low/High Shelf (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original
  • EQ > Tilt (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original. Tilt is a subtle 6dB EQ that boosts high frequencies while simultaneously attenuating low frequencies (or vice versa). Great for quickly making tones a bit brighter or darker. The Center Freq parameter sets the frequency around which the boost and cut pivot

NOTE: All product names used in this document are trademarks of their respective owners and neither Yamaha Guitar Group nor Line 6 are associated or affiliated with them. These trademarks appear solely to identify products whose tones and sounds were studied by Line 6 during sound model development.

New Features in 2.80

NOTE: For additional information on Helix Native 1.80 or HX Edit 2.80, check out the latest Helix Native and HX Edit Pilot’s Guides, which are automatically installed with the new 1.80 / 2.80 software.

Hotkeys

Helix Floor, Helix Rack / Control, Helix LT, HX Effects

IMPORTANT! The first time you update Helix/HX to 2.80, your Mac or PC may ask what kind of keyboard you have connected. Just ignore this and close the window.

The Command Center can now send QWERTY hotkeys (keyboard shortcuts with or without modifiers such as Shift, Control, Option/Alt, and Command) to your Mac, PC, or iOS device via USB. You can now control virtually any software ever made, including DAWs, looping software, DJ software, media players, lighting software, video software, browsers, or video games… with your feet… or when assigned to an Instant command, from any preset or snapshot recall.

  1. From the Command Center menu, select a footswitch or Instant command and turn Knob 1 (Command) to select Hotkey.
  2. Turn knobs 2-5 to select the desired keystroke. If the keystroke doesnt have modiFers, leave knobs 2, 3, and 4 set to None.”

TIP: It’s much faster and easier to program keystrokes from HX Edit 2.80. Open the Command Center window, select a footswitch or Instant command, and from the Command pull-down menu, select “Hotkey.” Click the small keypad icon and simply enter the keystroke from your computer keyboard. Don’t forget to customize the switch label!

NOTE: Just like a normal computer keyboard, hotkeys won’t work unless the software or app you want to control is in focus.

Hotkey Templates

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, HX Effects

To get you started with hotkeys, we’ve provided the following template presets in 2.80:

  • Cubase
  • Pro Tools (Mac)
  • Pro Tools (PC) Logic/GarageBand
  • Ableton Live (Mac)
  • Ableton Live (PC)
  • Reaper (Mac)
  • Reaper (PC)
  • StudioOne
  • Cakewalk
  • MainStage
  • QLab
  • YouTube
  • iTunes
  • Spotify (Mac)
  • Spotify (PC)
  • Apple Keynote
  • First-person shooter video games

Most software has dozens if not hundreds of available hotkeys; feel free to swap ours out with the ones you use the most. With clever choices and a bit of finesse, you may be able to run a recording session (or elaborate live show with lighting and video cues) without ever touching a mouse or keyboard.

Depending on your type of Helix/HX product, follow the procedure below:

Helix Floor / Rack / LT

Press the PRESET knob, move the joystick left to select the Setlist column, select 8 TEMPLATES, and press the joystick. Hotkey templates begin at 06A

HX Effects

Press MODE to to select Preset mode and turn the Big Knob. Hotkey templates begin at 16A

NOTE: Updating the firmware does not automatically load any new presets or the hotkey templates; you must manually load them. See step 5, “Loading the 2.80 Factory Presets Templates”/ above.

Variax String Level

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT

Helix can now remotely adjust the level of individual guitar strings on a connected Shuriken Variax, JTV, or Variax Standard.

TIP: Just like with any amp, cab, or effect parameter, Variax String Level can be quickly assigned to footswitches or Snapshots. “Wait. You mean I can turn off the top three strings for the verse (Snapshot 1) and bring them back in for the chorus (Snapshot 2)? And if the high E is too shrill I can back its volume down to 85%?” Yes. “That’s pretty nuts.” Yes it is.

  1. Select the Input > Multi or Input > Variax block and press PAGE > three times.
  2. Turn Knobs 1-6 to adjust each strings level.
  3. If you want to set a particular string’s level separately for each snapshot, press and turn the string’s knob. The

value will turn white and appear in brackets.

NOTE: Assigning a continuous controller (such as an expression pedal or slider on your MIDI controller) is not recommended, as it may result in minor pops and clicks; this is due to limitations in Variax DSP, not Helix.

Powercab Plus Remote

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT

IMPORTANT! You must also update Powercab Plus! It must be running firmware 2.0 or higher.

Helix can now remotely adjust parameters in one or two L6 LINK-connected Powercab Plus modeling speaker cabs. When one Powercab Plus is connected via L6 LINK (110-ohm AES/EBU cable), it receives a mono signal from Helix; when two Powercab Plus amps are daisy-chained via L6 LINK, the first cab in the chain receives the left signal and the second cab receives the right signal.

TIP: Just like with any amp, cab, or effect parameter, Powercab Plus parameters can be quickly assigned to footswitches or Snapshots.

  1. Select the Output > Multi or Output > Digital block and press PAGE > once.
  2. Turn Knob 1 (Powercab Remote) to select “Per Preset” or “Global.” If you don’t plan on changing Powercab parameters along with Helix presets, choose “Global.”
  3. Turn Knob 2 (Powercab Mode) to select the desired type of Powercab mode: Flat, Speaker, or IR. Note that certain parameters will gray out depending on the mode chosen.
  4. Turn Knob 4 (Speaker Select) to specify which Powercab you want to control Powercab 1, Powercab 2, or both Powercabs simultaneously (“1+2 Link”). Normally, you should leave this set to “1+2 Link,” which edits both Powercabs simultaneously, to maintain phase coherence.
  • Flat Voicing when Powercab Mode is set to “Flat,” determines the type of speaker voicing
  • Speaker Type when Powercab Mode is set to “Speaker,” determines the current speaker model
  • Speaker DI Mic when Powercab Mode is set to “Speaker,” determines the mic model used on Powercab’s XLR output(s)
  • Speaker Mic Dist when Powercab Mode is set to “Speaker,” determines the mic distance used on Powercab’s XLR output(s)
  • Speaker User IR when Powercab Mode is set to “User IR,” selects the impulse response used
  • Speaker Low Cut applies a Low Cut filter to Powercab Plus for minimizing low end rumble
  • Speaker Hi Cut applies a High Cut filter to Powercab Plus for minimizing high end harshness
  • Speaker Level applies a level trim
  • Speaker Color lets you choose the LED ring color on any connected Powercab(s)

NOTE: For more information on Powercab Plus, see the Powercab Plus Pilot’s Guide.

DT50/DT25 Remote

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, HX Edit

Helix can now remotely adjust the real tube topology settings and other parameters in one or two L6 LINK-connected DT25 or DT50 amplifiers. When one DT25 or DT50 is connected via L6 LINK (110-ohm AES/EBU cable), it receives a mono signal from Helix; when two DT250 or DT50 amplifiers are daisy-chained via L6 LINK, the first cab in the chain receives the left signal and the second cab receives the right signal.

TIP: Just like with any amp, cab, or effect parameter, DT parameters can be quickly assigned to footswitches or Snapshots.

  1. From the Output > Multi or Output > Digital block, press PAGE > three times.
  2. Turn Knob 1 (DT 25/50 Remote) to select “Per Preset” or “Global.” If you don’t plan on changing DT topology settings along with Helix presets, choose “Global.”
  3. Turn Knob 2 (DT Select) to specify which DT amp you want to controlDT 1, DT 2, or both DT amps

simultaneously (“1+2 Link”). Normally, you should leave this set to “1+2 Link,” which edits both DT amps simultaneously, to maintain phase coherence.

DT Channel

When set to Channel A, the DT switches to Channel A and its preamp is bypassed for when using a preamp model in Helix. When set to Channel B, the DT switches to Channel B and its preamp is activated

TIP: Assign a stomp footswitch (or snapshots) to simultaneously bypass a Helix preamp block AND switch a connected DT amp to Channel B. This gives you a wider variety of tones in the same preset, without the DSP overhead required to run two simultaneous Preamp blocks.

DT Topology

Changes the DT amp’s negative feedback loop topology. Choose “I (Tight)” for behavior reminiscent of the great American Blackface amps of the 60s, choose “II (Loose)” for dialing in echoes of classic British amps, choose “III (ZNF)” for a very open or dynamic feeling amp, or choose “IV (Resonant)” to add low frequency resonance that pairs well with high gain tones.

DT Power Amp

Sets the DT amp’s operating class, wattage, and bias type. Choose “Class A” for more dynamics with greater touch sensitivity; choose “Class AB” for greater headroom and power

DT Tube Config

Changes the configuration of the DT’s power tubes. Chose “Pentode” for clear and commanding tone; choose “Triode” for quieter and rounder sounds with a more vintage feel.

DT Reverb

Turns the DT amp’s built-in spring reverb on and off

DT Rev Mix

Determines the amount of built-in spring reverb

DT 12AX7 Boost (DT50 only)

When Low Volume Mode is off, applies a volume boost DT

Feedback Cap (DT50 only)

Sets the DT amp’s feedback capacitor type

DT B+ Voltage (DT50 only)

Sets the DT amp’s phase inverter B+ voltage

NOTE: For more information on DT amps, see the DT25 Pilot’s Guide or the DT50 Pilot’s Guide.

Snapshot Bypass

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, Helix Native, HX Effects, HX Stomp, HX Edit

There may be situations where you don’t want Helix’s snapshots to control a particular block’s bypass state; that is, you’d prefer to turn it on and off manually. For example, you may want manual control of a boost pedal at any time without worrying whether a particular snapshot might turn it on or off.

Depending on your type of Helix/HX product, follow the procedure below:

Helix Floor / Rack / LT

Select a processing block, press ACTION, and set Knob 5 (Snapshot Bypass) to “Off” to disable snapshot control of that block’s bypass state

HX Effects

Select a processing block, press ACTION, and press the “Snapshot Bypass” switch to disable snapshot control of that block’s bypass state

HX Stomp

From Edit view, select a processing block, press ACTION, press PAGE >, and set Knob 3 (Snapshot Bypass) to “Off” to disable snapshot control of that block’s bypass state

Helix Native / HX Edit

Right-click (Mac: control-click) on a processing block and uncheck “Snapshot Bypass.” Alternatively, right-click (Mac: control-click) the Bypass button to uncheck “Snapshot Bypass.”

Hardware Compatibility Mode

Helix Native

Helix Native can now reflect the signal flow and model set of all Helix and HX hardware devices, so transferring presets to and from your DAW is even easier. In addition, Hardware Compatibility can be disabled entirely, so the simultaneous model count is now limited only by the speed of your computer.

  1. Open any instance of Helix Native within your DAW and click the gear icon in the lower left corner to open the Preferences window.
  2. Click the Hardware Compatibility tab.
  3. From the “Current Hardware Compatibility Mode” pull-down menu, select one of the following options:

Off

Disables Hardware Compatibility and lets you add as many blocks (of any type) as your computer’s horsepower will allow. Choose this setting if you don’t own any Helix or HX hardware

Helix Floor /LT / Rack (the default)

Configures Helix Native such that any presets made can be easily loaded into Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, or Helix LT

HX Effects

Configures Helix Native such that any presets made can be easily loaded into HX Effects. In this mode, no Amp or Cab models will be available

HX Stomp

Configures Helix Native such that any presets made can be easily loaded into HX Stomp

  1. Click OK. Depending on the current Hardware Compatibility Mode, Helix Native may repopulate the preset list to reflect that of the selected hardware. For example, if you choose “HX Stomp,” HX Stomp’s factory presets will appear and the signal flow will be limited to six blocks
  2. Click “Set as Default” to ensure any new instances of Helix Native open in the selected mode.

IMPORTANT! Each Hardware Compatibility Mode incorporates its own, independent preset library. Therefore, you will see the Helix Native preset library automatically repopulate to reflect that of the selected hardware.

Helix / HX Preset Sharing

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, Helix Native, HX Effects, HX Stomp, HX Edit

All Helix and HX hardware and software now live within the same ecosystem. Using multiple windows within HX Edit and/or multiple instances of the Helix Native plug-in, both blocks and entire presets can be freely dragged and dropped or copied and pasted between units. Aside from the obvious caveats below, all Helix and HX products can now share the same content.

IMPORTANT! Due to the vast differences in how Helix/HX products manage controllers, snapshots, and Command Center messages, there is no guarantee that every single tiny detail of a preset will translate properly.

You can now drag / drop, copy / paste, or otherwise load:

HX Effects or HX Stomp presets into Helix Floor / Rack / LT and Helix Native. If an HX Effects preset has 9 blocks, the ninth block will be routed to Path 2

Helix Floor / Rack / LT, Helix Native, or HX Stomp presets into HX Effects. However, there are caveats.

To avoid an error message, the source preset must:

Contain 9 or fewer blocks

Not contain any Amp+Cab, Amp, Preamp, or Cab blocks

Contain no more than one Split and Merge block

Fit within one path worth of DSP processing

Helix Floor / Rack/LT, Helix Native, or HX Effects presets into HX Stomp. However, there are caveats. To avoid an error message, the source preset must:

Contain 6 or fewer blocks

Contain no more than one Split and Merge block Fit within one path worth of DSP processing

Helix Floor / Rack/LT, HX Effects, or HX Stomp presets into Helix Native

NOTE: A dialog box will appear if the source preset cannot be accommodated by the current Hardware Compatibility Mode (see above). At this point, you may choose to switch the current Hardware Compatibility Mode to that of the source preset, or attempt to translate the preset into the current Hardware Compatibility Mode, given the caveats above. See the Helix Native Pilot’s Guide for more information. Click the question mark icon in the lower left corner of the plug-in.

Undo/Redo

Helix Native, HX Edit

Both the Helix Native plug-in and HX Edit now support multiple levels of undo/redo.

  1. Click the Undo button to undo the most recent edit.
  2. Click the Redo button to redo the most recent undo.

MIDI Learn

Helix Native (Helix Floor, Helix Rack, Helix LT, HX Effects, and HX Stomp already have this feature)

Helix Native can now learn an incoming MIDI CC message and automatically assign it to a parameter.

  1. Right-click on a parameter and select Controller > MIDI Learn. A small brain icon flashes. If you change your mind, click the icon to cancel.
  2. Send Helix Native a MIDI CC message. The parameter is automatically assigned to it.

TIP: In Helix Native, right-click (Mac: control-click) on a processing block to open a pull-down that lets you manually assign a MIDI CC to block bypass. Right-click (Mac: control-click) on a parameter slider to open a pull-down menu that lets you manually assign a MIDI CC to parameter control.

NOTE: Not all DAW software automatically routes incoming MIDI data through to any plug-in, especially those instantiated as an insert on an audio track. See your DAW’s documentation for more information. The new MIDI In indicator in the lower right corner flashes if Helix Native receives MIDI data.

Hands-free Pedal Edit for Input/Output Blocks

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT

In addition to Amp, Effect, Cab, IR, Split, and Mixer parameters, Input and Output Block parameters can also now be edited with your feet, including the new Variax String Level, Powercab Plus remote, and DT25/DT50 remote parameters.

  1. Press and hold MODE to enter Pedal Edit Mode. The switches flash.
  2. If necessary, press MORE one or more times to view additional blocks and press the Input 1A (or 1B, 2A, or 2B) or Output 1A (or 1B, 2A, or 2B) footswitch. If the block has more than one page of parameters, press FS8 (FS9 (PAGE>) until you find the parameter.
  3. Press the footswitch displaying the parameter you want to adjust and use an expression pedal to adjust the parameter. For fine adjustment, press FS10 (VALUE) and FS11 (VALUE+). Hold FS10 (VALUE) or FS11 (VALUE +) for faster adjustments.
  4. When finished, press FS12 (EXIT). If you want to save any changes made to the preset, hold FS12 (EXIT) for two seconds.

Snapshot Reselect

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, Helix Native, HX Effects, HX Stomp

Currently, pressing the currently active Snapshot switch will reload the stored state of that snapshot. With 2.80, you can now choose to instead toggle between it and the previously selected snapshot. For example, if you’re on Snapshot 2 and switch to Snapshot 8, pressing the Snapshot 8 footswitch will seamlessly toggle between Snapshot 8 and Snapshot 2.

From the Global Settings > Preferences menu, turn Snapshot Reselect to choose “Reload” or “Toggle Prev.” “Reload” remains the default.

Stomp Select

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT (parameter is already in HX Effects and HX Stomp)

Currently, briefly touching a stomp footswitch jumps to select its assigned items’ parameters; it’s a super fast and simple way to navigate your various amps and effects. For those neanderthals of you who play barefoot, you can disable this functionality from Global Settings > Footswitches > Touch Select. With 2.80, this parameter has now changed to Stomp Select, and lets you choose whether touching a switch, pressing a switch, or both instantly jumps to display the assigned items’ parameters.

Depending on your type of Helix/HX product, follow the procedure below:

Helix Floor / Rack / LT

From the Global Settings > Footswitches menu, turn Knob 1 (Stomp Select) to choose “None,” “Touch,” “Press,” or “Touch+Press.” “Touch” remains the default

HX Effects / HX Stomp

From the Global Settings > Footswitches menu, turn Knob 1 (Stomp Select) to choose “Touch,” “Press,” or “Both.” “Touch” remains the default

Swap Up/Down Switches

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, HX Effects

Some users have requested the ability to press the DOWN switch to select the next bank, preset, or snapshot. With 2.80, Up and Down can be swapped:

From the Global Settings > Footswitches menu, turn [Swap Up/Down] to choose “Off” (normal) or “On” (reversed).

SHORTCUT: Touch (but don’t press) the Up and Down switches together for one second, and then press Knob 6 [FS6 on HX Effects] (OK). The up and down switches are now swapped.

Turn Joystick to Select Blocks

Helix Floor, Helix Rack, Helix LT

Currently, turning the joystick encoder scrolls through available models for the selected block. With 2.80, you can now choose to instead turn the joystick to quickly move across the signal flow.

From the Global Settings > Preferences menu, turn Knob 5 (Joystick Encoder) to choose “Model” or “Selection.”

“Model” remains the default.

SHORTCUT: Pressing and turning the joystick will provide the opposite setting; that is, when set to “Model”, press and turn the joystick to quickly move across the signal qow. When set to “Selection,” press and turn the joystick to scroll through available models for the selected block.

Tempo Indicator

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control

Press TAP / TUNER two or more times to enter a new tempo. The TAP/TUNER scribble strip briefly displays the

entered tempo.

SHORTCUT: To fine-tune the tempo, briefly touch the TAP/TUNER switch. The Tempo panel opens. Turn Knob 6 (BPM) to manually set the tempo.

Pedal Position Indicator

Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control

A new Global Settings > Displays > Pedal Position Display parameter lets you determine whether the scribble strip above the expression pedal temporarily displays the expression pedal position (“Temporary”) or remains visible (“Persistent”).

Move the built-in expression pedal. The EXP scribble strip displays a position indicator (0 ~ 100%).

Helix Native Pricing

It’s not technically a feature, but Helix Native is now $99.99 US for all registered owners of Helix Floor, Helix Rack, Helix LT, HX Effects, and HX Stomp ($300 off). Helix Native brings the amps, cabs, effects, and IR loading from Helix to your Mac or PC’s recording software without the need for time-consuming re-amping. Depending on your computer’s horsepower, you may be able to add an entire Helix’s worth of processing to multiple guitar, bass, synth, vocal, drum, bus, slide whistle, and nose flute tracks. Helix Native along with Helix hardware is also an immeasurably helpful tool when trying to rebuild studio tones for your tour, or tones built on the road for the next record. What used to take weeks (or hiring an expensive programmer) now takes seconds.

Other Changes and Improvements in 2.80

The Global Settings > Preferences > Tap Tempo Pitch (Authentic, Transparent) setting now also affects tempo changes taking place across snapshot changes, not just when pressing the TAP switch (Helix Floor Rack LT, Helix Native, HX Effects, HX Stomp)

On a Cab > Dual block, changing the first cab no longer changes the second cab (Helix Floor Rack LT, Helix Native, HX Edit [feature is already in HX Stomp])

Page indication has changed from small colored dots to the right of the inspector to a scrolling inspector header line (similar to the one in HX Stomp). This allows Impulse Response blocks to display longer IR names. Oh yeah speaking of which… (Helix Floor Rack LT)

Impulse Response blocks now display as many IR file name characters as will fit in the inspector header (Helix Floor Rack LT, Helix Native)

In previous versions, only the last value would be recalled via Snapshots (example: In Program messages, only the PC value could change). With 2.80, all values are recalled via Snapshots (example: In Hotkey messages, all modifiers and the keystroke can change, so each snapshot could have different sets of key commands). (Helix Floor Rack LT, HX Effects)

Additional values have been added to recall snapshots remotely via MIDI. CC69 Value 8 will select the next snapshot and Value 9 will select the previous snapshot (Helix Floor Rack LT, Helix Native, HX Effects [feature is already in HX Stomp])

Command Center > CC Toggle, CV Toggle (Helix Floor only), and Amp Control messages have an additional Type parameter that lets one determine whether the footswitch is latching or momentary. Previously, you would have to assign a processing block (set to momentary) to the same footswitch to make the Command Center message momentary (Helix Floor Rack LT, HX Effects)

An additional “None” value has been added to Command Center > Instant > Amp Control messages (Helix Floor Rack LT, HX Effects)

The “Pac Man” shortcut where moving the joystick right from the Output block jumps to the Input block (and vice versa) now also works when moving the joystick up and down (Helix Floor Rack LT)

On the Save Preset, Rename Preset, Rename Snapshot, Rename Setlist, and Customize screens, moving the joystick right from the last character jumps to the first (and vice versa) (Helix Floor Rack LT [feature is already in HX Stomp and HX Effects])

The boot screen now displays a red progress bar (Helix Floor Rack LT [feature is already in HX Stomp])

While in the Command Center menu, pressing SAVE twice to save a preset no longer exits you all the way to the Home screen (Helix Floor Rack LT, HX Effects)

Pressing Up and Down together from Snapshot mode now exits to the previous mode (same as pressing EXIT) (Helix Floor Rack LT, HX Effects)

Turning the PRESET knob past the last preset in each setlist now jumps back to the beginning of the setlist (and vice versa) (Helix Floor Rack LT [feature is already in HX Stomp and HX Effects])

A small indicator in the lower right corner of the plug-in window flashes whenever a MIDI message is received (Helix Native)

Automation and MIDI controller assignments can now be managed together from the Automation Controller Assign tab (Helix Native, HX Edit)

Blocks assigned to controllers or automation now display their category name in brackets. Parameters assigned to controllers or automation display a small icon to the left of their parameter sliders. In addition, pop-up menus now display controller or automation assignments, if any (Helix Native, HX Edit)

From the Controller Automation tab, right-click (Mac: control-click) an assignment to open a pull-down menu, letting you clear one or all assignments (Helix Native, HX Edit [feature is already in Helix Floor Rack/LT, HX Effects, and HX Stomp])

The Preferences menu in HX Edit now lets you set FS3, FS4, and FS5 functions (HX Edit [feature is already in HX Stomp])

A new “Restore Factory Settings” button has been added to the bottom of the Preferences window (Helix Native, HX

Edit [feature is already in Helix Floor Rack LT, HX Effects, and HX Stomp])

In HX Edit, snapshots can now be selected while the Command Center window is open

In HX Edit, the parameter tab will now be in sync with the Helix display for Amp+Cab and Cab > Dual blocks

When a Shuriken Variax is connected, HX Edit now displays its bank names properly

Wow, you’re still reading this? Congratulations; you’re way cooler and better looking than other Helix/HX owners. Celebrate your superiority with some delicious tacos.

As Ampeg is now Line 6’s sister company, all pre-2.80 Ampeg models have been renamed:

  • Amp > Bass > Tuck n’ Go is now called “ Ampeg B-15NF
  • Amp > Bass > SV Beast Nrm is now called “ Ampeg SVT Nrm
  • Amp > Bass > SV Beast Brt is now called “ Ampeg SVT Brt
  • Cab > 1x15 Tuck n’ Go is now called “ 1x15 Ampeg B-15
  • Cab > 4x10 Rhino is now called “ 4x10 Ampeg HLF
  • Cab > 8x10 SV Beast is now called “ 8x10 Ampeg SVT E

Numerous stability and performance improvements Lots of other little things

Bug Fixes in 2.80

  • On rare occasions, with dirty footswitches, a single press can generate two Command Center messages. We’ve added a small timeout to ensure this doesn’t happen, regardless of the condition of the footswitches.
  • Pressing the Cab > Mic parameter knob now returns the value to default.
  • While HX Edit is running, double-clicking a preset, setlist, or bundle file on the desktop or any finder window will load the file.
  • In HX Edit, background windows now properly reflect the connected state of the device.
  • In HX Edit, preset names are now preserved in setlist, bundle, or backup files if an empty preset was renamed.
  • Many other minor bug fixes.

Known Issues in 2.80

  • Global settings are reset after upgrade to 2.80. BACKUP FIRST!
  • Downgrading to 2.71 or older will erase ALL preset data.
  • The first time you update Helix/HX to 2.80, your Mac or PC may ask what kind of keyboard you have connected. This is due to the new Hotkey feature. Just ignore this and close the window.
  • Assigning a Command Center > Hotkey message to a footswitch that already has a block assigned to it (set to latching, which is the default) will cause the keystroke to be repeatedly sent to your Mac/PC. To avoid this behavior, either assign the Hotkey message to an empty footswitch or set the footswitch’s mode to Momentary.
  • The first preset of each setlist is loaded during a restore.
  • The Helix icon may appear during the update and it could stop spinning. This is fine, the update will continue.
  • DT must be on firmware version 2.00 for L6 Link control to function.
  • Powercab 112 Plus must be on firmware version 2.00 or higher for L6 Link control to function.
  • You cannot rename the 1 Switch Looper scribble strip on Rack or Floor.
  • A preset may load blank after dragging a looper block across a split, merge and another block two times. Simply load the preset again and it will load as expected.
  • A brief volume increase can occur at preset load from Powercab while loading presets with different Powercab modes on a Helix device.
  • Undo/Redo does not work when switching between time and note divisions.
  • In HX EDIT, Undo/Redo removes block assignments in certain cases such as moving between paths.
  • Save to Library lists presets in “01A-32D” setlist format regardless of preferences.

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
( 82 MB )

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HX Edit      
HX Edit
Version 2.71
Released 12/4/18

Works with:
Helix
Helix LT
Helix Rack
HX Effects
HX Stomp

HX Edit 2.71

New Features 

Block Drag and Drop—Individual blocks in HX Edit can now be dragged and dropped between it and Helix Native or another HX Edit device/window

Paste Before and Paste After—Blocks copied to the clipboard can now be inserted before or after the selected block. Right-click a block and select "Paste Before" or "Paste After”

Improvements/Changes 

Quick Clear—Hovering your mouse over a block again displays a small “x” icon. Click the icon to clear the block

Compatible OS: Mac OS X, Mac OS Yosemite, Mac OS El Capitan, macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra, macOS Mojave
( 86 MB )

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HX Edit      
HX Edit
Version 2.71
Released 12/4/18

Works with:
Helix
Helix LT
Helix Rack
HX Effects
HX Stomp

HX Edit 2.71

New Features 

• Block Drag and Drop—Individual blocks in HX Edit can now be dragged and dropped between it and Helix Native or another HX Edit device/window

• Paste Before and Paste After—Blocks copied to the clipboard can now be inserted before or after the selected block. Right-click a block and select "Paste Before" or "Paste After”

Improvements/Changes 

• Quick Clear—Hovering your mouse over a block again displays a small “x” icon. Click the icon to clear the block

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
( 78 MB )

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HX Edit      
HX Edit
Version 2.70
Released 10/17/18

Works with:
Helix
Helix LT
Helix Rack
HX Effects
HX Stomp

2.70 "The Marketplace Update"

New Features (Firmware 2.70)

    • Marketplace support—Marketplace is a new online destination that lets users purchase presets and impulse responses created by select third-party content gurus. From the lower left-hand corner of HX Edit, click "My Account" and then choose "Get More Presets..." or "Get More IRs..."
    • Three New Tuner Types—From the Tuner page, turn the Type knob to choose between "Fine" (color-changing needle tuner with fine tuning bar), "Coarse" (color-changing needle tuner with no fine tuning bar), and "Strobe". SEE IMPORTANT KNOWN ISSUE BELOW*

New Features (Helix Native 1.70)

    • Marketplace support—Marketplace is a new online destination that lets users purchase presets and impulse responses created by select third-party content gurus. From the lower left-hand corner Helix Native, click "My Account" and then choose "Get More Presets..." or "Get More IRs..."

New Features (HX Edit 2.70)

    • Adds support for HX Stomp
    • Marketplace support—Marketplace is a new online destination that lets users purchase presets and impulse responses created by select third-party content gurus. From the lower left-hand corner of HX Edit, click "My Account" and then choose "Get More Presets..." or "Get More IRs..."
    • Multi-device support—HX Edit now opens a new window when multiple Helix or HX boxes are connected. For example, if you have Helix Floor and your bass player has HX Stomp, you can now connect both and quickly and easily copy and paste individual blocks back and forth. Windows can also be manually opened and closed from the Devices pull-down menu

Improvements

    • The tuner now accurately tunes notes down to 21.83 Hz (low F) for 5-string basses
    • HX Stomp only—Shortcut: If HX Stomp is in Preset or Snapshot mode, or FS3 in Stomp and Scroll mode has been assigned to something other than TAP/TUNER, you can now press ACTION and PAGE> together to open the Tuner screen
    • HX Stomp only—Shortcut: Press ACTION andPreferences > Snapshot Edits value

Bug Fixes

    • Helix Floor, Rack, LT only—A couple of amp models (including Cali Texas Ch 2) have their polarity reversed. When combined with another amp in parallel, this could cause phase cancellation. NOTE: This may affect the sound of some presets, especially if you swapped the polarity of Path B in the mixer block — FIXED
    • Helix Floor, Rack, LT only—Amp > Cali Texas Ch 1 could gradually decrease in level when Mid and/or Bass parameters are set to 0.0 — FIXED
    • Helix Floor, Rack, LT only—Delay models with two Time parameters could sometimes reset note divisions when changing snapshots — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—Clearing or cutting a block on Path B from HX Edit could sometimes HX Effects to freeze when in stomp footswitch mode — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—Switching from a preset with a Split > Crossover block to a preset with a Split > A/B block could sometimes cause HX Effects to freeze — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—When EXP Position is set to Global, the expression pedal's position could not be recalled immediately after switching presets, which could cause undesired signals to pass through — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—In rare cases, exiting the Tuner could sometimes slightly adjust signal level and tone — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—When connecting both left and right inputs, exiting the tuner could sometimes cause the right side of certain effects blocks to not be heard
    • HX Effects only—In very rare cases, engaging a certain combination of footswitches while connected to HX Edit and then power cycling HX Effects could clear certain blocks — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—From HX Edit, copying and pasting an Output block over itself could sometimes paste Mixer parameters — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—Switching Global Settings > MIDI/Tempo > Tempo Select values while transmitting MIDI clock could sometimes result in sending incorrect tempi — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—After resetting Global Settings, Tap Tempo could become unresponsive while receiving MIDI Clock — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—HX Edit would not reflect the Looper > 1 Switch Looper's bypass status — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—Mixer parameter values could inadvertently be copied into new empty presets — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—Quickly changing snapshots from HX Edit could sometimes cause hardware and software to disconnect — FIXED
    • Helix Native only—Control/Command-click on parameter slider would not always snap to the hardware's default value — FIXED
    • Many other minor bug fixes and improvements

Known Issues

  • *IMPORTANT: The three new tuner types only appear for those registered users who didn't complain incessantly about Helix's previous tuner on social media. For those who did complain (AND WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE), the new tuner will be unlocked once you perform ONE of the following:
  • Post a photo of yourself on the Helix Facebook Group with the "X" logo written on your forehead in black Sharpie (washable magic marker is acceptable). The admins have been given the authority to unlock units with flagged serial numbers; assuming business hours, please allow 1-2 hours for the new tuner page to be unlocked (NOTE: You may have to restart Helix/HX for the new tuner page to appear)
  • Post a meme of Arnold Schwarzenegger from Kindergarten Cop yelling "IT'S NOT A TUNAAHH!" on either the Line 6 Helix—or—The Gear Page > Digital and Modeling Gear forum. Be sure to use the proper Impact font. Memes will not be judged for their artistic merit, although the spelling must be correct. Again, admins have been given the authority to unlock units with flagged serial numbers
  • If you'd prefer to participate silently, you may instead manually rename 47 presets "Patience is Key" (NOTE: Will not work from HX Edit; nor can you just copy one "Patience is Key" preset into 46 additional locations. You must manually rename each one. Once all 47 presets have been named correctly, the inspector [or FS5 on HX Effects] will read "Tuners unlocked!")
  • HX Effects only—When Tuner Type is set to "Strobe" and your string is waaay out of tune, the graphic tuner nodes may appear a bit glitchy
  • HX Effects only—In rare cases, moving an Impulse Response block from Path A to Path B can cause a second IR block to reset its impulse selection
  • Importing bundles containing Marketplace assets can take notably longer
  • When manually engaging a rebuild presets command (holding FS1+2 or FS2+3), Helix can appear to freeze even though it doesn't. Wait 15-20 seconds for the rebuild to complete and all is well
  • Loading a Distortion > Kinky Boost block can sometimes result in an audible thump
  • HX Edit currently only supports one or two Helix or HX devices connected at the same time (true multi-device support is forthcoming)
  • Wait, are you serious about the sharpie forehead, Schwarzenegger meme, and renaming 47 presets thing? No. This is why you always read the entire release notes

Compatible OS: Mac OS X, Mac OS Yosemite, Mac OS El Capitan, macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra, macOS Mojave
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HX Edit      
HX Edit
Version 2.70
Released 10/16/18

Works with:
Helix
Helix LT
Helix Rack
HX Effects
HX Stomp

2.70 "The Marketplace Update"

New Features (Firmware 2.70)

    • Marketplace support—Marketplace is a new online destination that lets users purchase presets and impulse responses created by select third-party content gurus. From the lower left-hand corner of HX Edit, click "My Account" and then choose "Get More Presets..." or "Get More IRs..."
    • Three New Tuner Types—From the Tuner page, turn the Type knob to choose between "Fine" (color-changing needle tuner with fine tuning bar), "Coarse" (color-changing needle tuner with no fine tuning bar), and "Strobe". SEE IMPORTANT KNOWN ISSUE BELOW*

New Features (Helix Native 1.70)

    • Marketplace support—Marketplace is a new online destination that lets users purchase presets and impulse responses created by select third-party content gurus. From the lower left-hand corner Helix Native, click "My Account" and then choose "Get More Presets..." or "Get More IRs..."

New Features (HX Edit 2.70)

    • Adds support for HX Stomp
    • Marketplace support—Marketplace is a new online destination that lets users purchase presets and impulse responses created by select third-party content gurus. From the lower left-hand corner of HX Edit, click "My Account" and then choose "Get More Presets..." or "Get More IRs..."
    • Multi-device support—HX Edit now opens a new window when multiple Helix or HX boxes are connected. For example, if you have Helix Floor and your bass player has HX Stomp, you can now connect both and quickly and easily copy and paste individual blocks back and forth. Windows can also be manually opened and closed from the Devices pull-down menu

Improvements

    • The tuner now accurately tunes notes down to 21.83 Hz (low F) for 5-string basses
    • HX Stomp only—Shortcut: If HX Stomp is in Preset or Snapshot mode, or FS3 in Stomp and Scroll mode has been assigned to something other than TAP/TUNER, you can now press ACTION and PAGE> together to open the Tuner screen
    • HX Stomp only—Shortcut: Press ACTION andPreferences > Snapshot Edits value

Bug Fixes

    • Helix Floor, Rack, LT only—A couple of amp models (including Cali Texas Ch 2) have their polarity reversed. When combined with another amp in parallel, this could cause phase cancellation. NOTE: This may affect the sound of some presets, especially if you swapped the polarity of Path B in the mixer block — FIXED
    • Helix Floor, Rack, LT only—Amp > Cali Texas Ch 1 could gradually decrease in level when Mid and/or Bass parameters are set to 0.0 — FIXED
    • Helix Floor, Rack, LT only—Delay models with two Time parameters could sometimes reset note divisions when changing snapshots — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—Clearing or cutting a block on Path B from HX Edit could sometimes HX Effects to freeze when in stomp footswitch mode — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—Switching from a preset with a Split > Crossover block to a preset with a Split > A/B block could sometimes cause HX Effects to freeze — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—When EXP Position is set to Global, the expression pedal's position could not be recalled immediately after switching presets, which could cause undesired signals to pass through — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—In rare cases, exiting the Tuner could sometimes slightly adjust signal level and tone — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—When connecting both left and right inputs, exiting the tuner could sometimes cause the right side of certain effects blocks to not be heard
    • HX Effects only—In very rare cases, engaging a certain combination of footswitches while connected to HX Edit and then power cycling HX Effects could clear certain blocks — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—From HX Edit, copying and pasting an Output block over itself could sometimes paste Mixer parameters — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—Switching Global Settings > MIDI/Tempo > Tempo Select values while transmitting MIDI clock could sometimes result in sending incorrect tempi — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—After resetting Global Settings, Tap Tempo could become unresponsive while receiving MIDI Clock — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—HX Edit would not reflect the Looper > 1 Switch Looper's bypass status — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—Mixer parameter values could inadvertently be copied into new empty presets — FIXED
    • HX Effects only—Quickly changing snapshots from HX Edit could sometimes cause hardware and software to disconnect — FIXED
    • Helix Native only—Control/Command-click on parameter slider would not always snap to the hardware's default value — FIXED
    • Many other minor bug fixes and improvements

Known Issues

  • *IMPORTANT: The three new tuner types only appear for those registered users who didn't complain incessantly about Helix's previous tuner on social media. For those who did complain (AND WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE), the new tuner will be unlocked once you perform ONE of the following:
  • Post a photo of yourself on the Helix Facebook Group with the "X" logo written on your forehead in black Sharpie (washable magic marker is acceptable). The admins have been given the authority to unlock units with flagged serial numbers; assuming business hours, please allow 1-2 hours for the new tuner page to be unlocked (NOTE: You may have to restart Helix/HX for the new tuner page to appear)
  • Post a meme of Arnold Schwarzenegger from Kindergarten Cop yelling "IT'S NOT A TUNAAHH!" on either the Line 6 Helix—or—The Gear Page > Digital and Modeling Gear forum. Be sure to use the proper Impact font. Memes will not be judged for their artistic merit, although the spelling must be correct. Again, admins have been given the authority to unlock units with flagged serial numbers
  • If you'd prefer to participate silently, you may instead manually rename 47 presets "Patience is Key" (NOTE: Will not work from HX Edit; nor can you just copy one "Patience is Key" preset into 46 additional locations. You must manually rename each one. Once all 47 presets have been named correctly, the inspector [or FS5 on HX Effects] will read "Tuners unlocked!")
  • HX Effects only—When Tuner Type is set to "Strobe" and your string is waaay out of tune, the graphic tuner nodes may appear a bit glitchy
  • HX Effects only—In rare cases, moving an Impulse Response block from Path A to Path B can cause a second IR block to reset its impulse selection
  • Importing bundles containing Marketplace assets can take notably longer
  • When manually engaging a rebuild presets command (holding FS1+2 or FS2+3), Helix can appear to freeze even though it doesn't. Wait 15-20 seconds for the rebuild to complete and all is well
  • Loading a Distortion > Kinky Boost block can sometimes result in an audible thump
  • HX Edit currently only supports one or two Helix or HX devices connected at the same time (true multi-device support is forthcoming)
  • Wait, are you serious about the sharpie forehead, Schwarzenegger meme, and renaming 47 presets thing? No. This is why you always read the entire release notes

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
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HX Edit      
HX Edit
Version 2.60
Released 7/2/18

Works with:
Helix
Helix LT
Helix Rack
HX Effects

HX Edit 2.60 “The Spring Cleaning Update”

 
New Amp Models (2)
  • Cali Texas Ch1, based on* the clean channel of the MESA/Boogie® Lonestar
  • Placater Clean, based on* the clean channel of the Friedman BE-100
 
New Effects Models (4)
  • Distortion > Deranged Master (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Dallas Rangemaster Treble Booster—WARNING! Like the real thing, this model will take your head off! Works best before a distorted amp
  • Distortion > Deez One Vintage (Mono, Stereo), based on* the BOSS© DS-1 distortion pedal (classic Made-in-Japan version)
  • Distortion > Deez One Mod (Mono, Stereo), based on* the BOSS© DS-1 distortion pedal (Keeley mod version)
  • Looper > 1 Switch Looper (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 original (doesn't leave Stomp mode)
 
* All product names are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6.
 
Improvements/Changes
  • The Looper block is now called “6 Switch Looper” (see Known Issues below)
  • Variax Shuriken bank names now appear in the Input > Multi and Input > Variax block without requiring connection to Variax Workbench
  • HX Edit now remembers its window size after disconnecting the Helix/HX device
 
New Features
  • Full editor support for HX Effects—HX Edit now includes parameter, signal flow, bypass/controller assign, and Command Center editing for HX Effects
  • Block Copy/paste between HX Edit and Helix Native—HX Edit now lets you copy and paste individual blocks between it and the Helix Native plugin
  • Snapshot colors—HX Edit now lets you set footswitch colors for snapshots. Control-click on the camera icon and from the pull-down menu, select a color
 
Bug Fixes
  • In some cases, copying/pasting or exporting/importing a preset can result in some blocks reflecting incorrect bypass states — FIXED
  • Selecting a different model while the Customize window is open can cause the previous model’s name to be assigned to the footswitch — FIXED
  • In rare cases, after clearing a controller assignment from a parameter, the preset cannot be saved properly — FIXED
  • On MacOS, pressing Command-R to rename presets twice in a row can cause a graphical glitch and prevent the preset from being renamed — FIXED
  • Modulation > Legacy > Analog Chorus > Mode parameter was mislabeled “CH Vib” — FIXED
  • Pitch/Synth > Legacy > Smart Harmony > Key parameter was mislabeled “V1 Key” — FIXED
  • Copying/pasting a Command Center > Instant or Footswitch command may not update the Command Center window — FIXED
  • Copying/pasting a block does not copy/paste any MIDI bypass assignment — FIXED
  • If a snapshot-controlled parameter value is changed, pressing Snapshot Up/Down switches on the hardware can cause the Command Center window to not update properly — FIXED
  • Assigning MIDI bypass to a block would not display it in the Bypass/Controller assignment list — FIXED
  • Loading a preset from HX Edit while selecting a snapshot from the hardware can result in an error message — FIXED
  • In some cases, disconnecting and then reconnecting the hardware can cause the Presets and Impulses tab graphics to disappear until HX Edit’s window is closed and then reopened — FIXED
  • When moving blocks along the signal flow in HX Edit, the Helix hardware could sometimes reflect an inaccurate bypass state — FIXED
  • Helix, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT only: In HX Edit, changing the cab model in an Amp+Cab block can clear controllers assigned to the Amp’s parameters — FIXED
  • Helix, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT only: Moving a Split or Merge block down to Path B while a None block is selected can sometimes cause HX Edit to crash — FIXED
  • Helix, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT only: Copying/pasting multiple presets in the MacOS version of HX Edit and then immediately sending MIDI clock to the hardware can sometimes cause it to crash — FIXED
  • Helix, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT only: On presets with an Input block on Path 1A, changing the (inactive) Split type can cause Inputs 1A and 2A to be fed the wrong signal — FIXED
  • Helix, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT only: When assigning the Guitar In-Z parameter to a footswitch, a custom name and LED color could not be applied — FIXED
  • Helix LT only: Renaming a preset above the signal flow in HX Edit would not always update the preset name on Helix LT’s main display — FIXED
  • HX Effects only: From the Impulses tab, attempting to clear an IR can sometimes result in an error message — FIXED
  • Many other minor bug fixes, optimizations, and stability improvements
 
Known Issues
  • Existing user presets containing the original 6-switch Looper block will continue to read “Looper” instead of “6 Switch Looper” until the model is changed and the preset is resaved. This is normal and does not affect operation
  • HX Effects only: Connecting HX Effects to HX Edit after a Helix, Helix Rack/Control, or Helix LT has been connected can cause presets to not save correctly. WORKAROUND: Quit HX Edit, reboot HX Effects, and then restart HX Edit. This will properly restore device communication

Compatible OS: Mac OS X, Mac OS Yosemite, Mac OS El Capitan, macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra
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HX Edit      
HX Edit
Version 2.60
Released 7/2/18

Works with:
Helix
Helix LT
Helix Rack
HX Effects

HX Edit 2.60 “The Spring Cleaning Update”

 
New Amp Models (2)
  • Cali Texas Ch1, based on* the clean channel of the MESA/Boogie® Lonestar
  • Placater Clean, based on* the clean channel of the Friedman BE-100
 
New Effects Models (4)
  • Distortion > Deranged Master (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Dallas Rangemaster Treble Booster—WARNING! Like the real thing, this model will take your head off! Works best before a distorted amp
  • Distortion > Deez One Vintage (Mono, Stereo), based on* the BOSS© DS-1 distortion pedal (classic Made-in-Japan version)
  • Distortion > Deez One Mod (Mono, Stereo), based on* the BOSS© DS-1 distortion pedal (Keeley mod version)
  • Looper > 1 Switch Looper (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 original (doesn't leave Stomp mode)
 
* All product names are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6.
 
Improvements/Changes
  • The Looper block is now called “6 Switch Looper” (see Known Issues below)
  • Variax Shuriken bank names now appear in the Input > Multi and Input > Variax block without requiring connection to Variax Workbench
  • HX Edit now remembers its window size after disconnecting the Helix/HX device
 
New Features
  • Full editor support for HX Effects—HX Edit now includes parameter, signal flow, bypass/controller assign, and Command Center editing for HX Effects
  • Block Copy/paste between HX Edit and Helix Native—HX Edit now lets you copy and paste individual blocks between it and the Helix Native plugin
  • Snapshot colors—HX Edit now lets you set footswitch colors for snapshots. Control-click on the camera icon and from the pull-down menu, select a color
 
Bug Fixes
  • In some cases, copying/pasting or exporting/importing a preset can result in some blocks reflecting incorrect bypass states — FIXED
  • Selecting a different model while the Customize window is open can cause the previous model’s name to be assigned to the footswitch — FIXED
  • In rare cases, after clearing a controller assignment from a parameter, the preset cannot be saved properly — FIXED
  • On MacOS, pressing Command-R to rename presets twice in a row can cause a graphical glitch and prevent the preset from being renamed — FIXED
  • Modulation > Legacy > Analog Chorus > Mode parameter was mislabeled “CH Vib” — FIXED
  • Pitch/Synth > Legacy > Smart Harmony > Key parameter was mislabeled “V1 Key” — FIXED
  • Copying/pasting a Command Center > Instant or Footswitch command may not update the Command Center window — FIXED
  • Copying/pasting a block does not copy/paste any MIDI bypass assignment — FIXED
  • If a snapshot-controlled parameter value is changed, pressing Snapshot Up/Down switches on the hardware can cause the Command Center window to not update properly — FIXED
  • Assigning MIDI bypass to a block would not display it in the Bypass/Controller assignment list — FIXED
  • Loading a preset from HX Edit while selecting a snapshot from the hardware can result in an error message — FIXED
  • In some cases, disconnecting and then reconnecting the hardware can cause the Presets and Impulses tab graphics to disappear until HX Edit’s window is closed and then reopened — FIXED
  • When moving blocks along the signal flow in HX Edit, the Helix hardware could sometimes reflect an inaccurate bypass state — FIXED
  • Helix, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT only: In HX Edit, changing the cab model in an Amp+Cab block can clear controllers assigned to the Amp’s parameters — FIXED
  • Helix, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT only: Moving a Split or Merge block down to Path B while a None block is selected can sometimes cause HX Edit to crash — FIXED
  • Helix, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT only: Copying/pasting multiple presets in the MacOS version of HX Edit and then immediately sending MIDI clock to the hardware can sometimes cause it to crash — FIXED
  • Helix, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT only: On presets with an Input block on Path 1A, changing the (inactive) Split type can cause Inputs 1A and 2A to be fed the wrong signal — FIXED
  • Helix, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT only: When assigning the Guitar In-Z parameter to a footswitch, a custom name and LED color could not be applied — FIXED
  • Helix LT only: Renaming a preset above the signal flow in HX Edit would not always update the preset name on Helix LT’s main display — FIXED
  • HX Effects only: From the Impulses tab, attempting to clear an IR can sometimes result in an error message — FIXED
  • Many other minor bug fixes, optimizations, and stability improvements
 
Known Issues
  • Existing user presets containing the original 6-switch Looper block will continue to read “Looper” instead of “6 Switch Looper” until the model is changed and the preset is resaved. This is normal and does not affect operation
  • HX Effects only: Connecting HX Effects to HX Edit after a Helix, Helix Rack/Control, or Helix LT has been connected can cause presets to not save correctly. WORKAROUND: Quit HX Edit, reboot HX Effects, and then restart HX Edit. This will properly restore device communication

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
( 82 MB )

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HX Edit      
HX Edit
Version 2.52
Released 2/22/18

Works with:
Helix
Helix LT
Helix Rack
HX Effects

HX Edit 2.52 Release Notes

HX Edit 2.52 is a software update that includes fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!


Bug Fixes

- A block's Bypass MIDI IN assignment is also deleted when clearing a controller assignment in Bypass/Controller assign menu-FIXED
- A block's Bypass MIDI IN assignment is reset to OFF after entering EDIT menu and then returning to the Bypass/Controller assign menu-FIXED
- [HX EFFECTS] Exporting/importing preset may not preserve path B output destination-FIXED
- Right-click to Restore Split or Merge does not return block to last position-FIXED
- Not all Bypass MIDI In assignments are deleted after selecting Clear All Assignments in Bypass/Controller assign menu-FIXED
- General stability improvements
- Other minor bug fixes and optimizations


Known Issues

- Helix LT: Changing a presets name from HX Edit is not immediately reflected on Helix LT's main LCD
- Shuriken Variax bank names do not appear correctly in the Input > Multi and Input > Variax block
- Variax Model may not properly display name change after changing Snapshot
- Tap tempo button can change HX Edit's displayed tempo while Helix is receiving MIDI Clock from an external source

 

Compatible OS: Mac OS X, Mac OS Yosemite, Mac OS El Capitan, macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra
( 81 MB )

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HX Edit      
HX Edit
Version 2.52
Released 2/22/18

Works with:
Helix
Helix LT
Helix Rack
HX Effects

HX Edit 2.52 Release Notes

HX Edit 2.52 is a software update that includes fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!


Bug Fixes

- A block's Bypass MIDI IN assignment is also deleted when clearing a controller assignment in Bypass/Controller assign menu-FIXED
- A block's Bypass MIDI IN assignment is reset to OFF after entering EDIT menu and then returning to the Bypass/Controller assign menu-FIXED
- [HX EFFECTS] Exporting/importing preset may not preserve path B output destination-FIXED
- Right-click to Restore Split or Merge does not return block to last position-FIXED
- Not all Bypass MIDI In assignments are deleted after selecting Clear All Assignments in Bypass/Controller assign menu-FIXED
- General stability improvements
- Other minor bug fixes and optimizations


Known Issues

- Helix LT: Changing a presets name from HX Edit is not immediately reflected on Helix LT's main LCD
- Shuriken Variax bank names do not appear correctly in the Input > Multi and Input > Variax block
- Variax Model may not properly display name change after changing Snapshot
- Tap tempo button can change HX Edit's displayed tempo while Helix is receiving MIDI Clock from an external source

 

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
( 81 MB )

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HX Edit      
HX Edit
Version 2.51
Released 2/7/18

Works with:
Helix
Helix LT
Helix Rack
HX Effects

HX Edit 2.51 Release Notes


New Features

- HX Effects support: HX Effects can now utilize the HX Edit application as a preset librarian and IR loader. Full preset editing capability is coming to HX Edit Spring of 2018
- HX Effects IR Support: HX Effects can now load user and third-party Impulse Response (IR) files via the HX Edit application

- Full State Backup and Restore FOR HX Effects - HX Edit can perform a full state backup and restore of your HX Effects presets, IRs, and global settings. IMPORTANT! You MUST be running HX Effects firmware 2.50 or higher to use full state backup and restore!
From the File pulldown menu, select Create Backup Click [Create Backup] to confirm. To restore from a backup, from the File pulldown menu, select Restore From Backup From the Backup File pulldown, select the desired backup and click [Restore Backup]. You may choose to restore any combination of 8 setlists, IRs (including the index order), and/or Global Settings

 

Bug Fixes

- Helix LT: When moving split or merge blocks from within HX Edit, Performance view would close on Helix LT - FIXED
- General stability improvements
- Other minor bug fixes and optimizations

 

Known Issues

- In rare cases, block bypass states controlled by snapshots can be set incorrectly recalled when exporting and then importing presets in HX Edit
- Helix LT: Changing a presets name from HX Edit is not immediately reflected on Helix LT's main LCD
- Shuriken Variax bank names do not appear correctly in the Input > Multi and Input > Variax block

Compatible OS: Mac OS X, Mac OS Yosemite, Mac OS El Capitan, macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra
( 81 MB )

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HX Edit      
HX Edit
Version 2.51
Released 2/7/18

Works with:
Helix
Helix LT
Helix Rack
HX Effects

HX Edit 2.51 Release Notes


New Features

- HX Effects support: HX Effects can now utilize the HX Edit application as a preset librarian and IR loader. Full preset editing capability is coming to HX Edit Spring of 2018
- HX Effects IR Support: HX Effects can now load user and third-party Impulse Response (IR) files via the HX Edit application

- Full State Backup and Restore FOR HX Effects - HX Edit can perform a full state backup and restore of your HX Effects presets, IRs, and global settings. IMPORTANT! You MUST be running HX Effects firmware 2.50 or higher to use full state backup and restore!
From the File pulldown menu, select Create Backup Click [Create Backup] to confirm. To restore from a backup, from the File pulldown menu, select Restore From Backup From the Backup File pulldown, select the desired backup and click [Restore Backup]. You may choose to restore any combination of 8 setlists, IRs (including the index order), and/or Global Settings

 

Bug Fixes

- Helix LT: When moving split or merge blocks from within HX Edit, Performance view would close on Helix LT - FIXED
- General stability improvements
- Other minor bug fixes and optimizations

 

Known Issues

- In rare cases, block bypass states controlled by snapshots can be set incorrectly recalled when exporting and then importing presets in HX Edit
- Helix LT: Changing a presets name from HX Edit is not immediately reflected on Helix LT's main LCD
- Shuriken Variax bank names do not appear correctly in the Input > Multi and Input > Variax block

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
( 81 MB )

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HX Edit      
HX Edit
Version 2.50
Released 1/25/18

Works with:
HX Effects

HX Edit 2.50 Release Notes

New Features

- HX Effects support: HX Effects can now utilize the HX Edit application as a preset librarian and IR loader. Full preset editing capability is coming to HX Edit spring of 2018
- HX Effects IR Support: HX Effects can now load user and third-party Impulse Response (IR) files via the HX Edit application

- Full State Backup and Restore for HX Effects— HX Edit can perform a full state backup and restore of your HX ffects presets, IRs, and global settings. IMPORTANT! You MUST be running HX Effects 2.50 or higher to use full state backup and restore! From the File pulldown menu, select “Create Backup…” Click [Create Backup] to confirm. To restore from a backup, from the File pulldown menu, select “Restore From Backup…” From the Backup File pulldown, select the desired backup and click [Restore Backup]. You may choose to restore any combination of 8 setlists, IRs (including the index order), and/or Global Settings
 

Bug Fixes

- General stability improvements
- Other minor bug fixes and optimizations

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
( 81 MB )

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HX Edit      
HX Edit
Version 2.30
Released 11/21/17

Works with:
Helix
Helix LT
Helix Rack

HX Edit 2.30 Release Notes

New Amps (7)

Voltage Queen, based on* the Victoria® Electro King
Derailed Ingrid, based on* the Trainwreck Circuits® Express
Brit Trem Nrm, based on* the normal channel of the Marshall® Plexi Tremolo 50
Brit Trem Brt, based on* the bright channel of the Marshall® Plexi Tremolo 50
Brit Trem Jump, based on* the normal and bright channel (jumped) of the Marshall® Plexi Tremolo 50
Cartographer, based on* the Ben Adrian Cartographer
Agua 51, based on* the Aguilar® DB751 bass amp

New Effects (7)

- Distortion > Kinky Boost (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Xotic® EP Booster
- Distortion > Thrifter Fuzz (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original
- Dynamics > Kinky Comp (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Xotic® SP Compressor
- Modulation > Bleat Chop Trem (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Lightfoot Labs© Goatkeeper
- Modulation > Double Take (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original doubler
- Delay > Cosmos Echo (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Roland® RE-201 Space Echo
- Volume/Pan > Stereo Width (Stereo), Line 6 Original utility to collapse stereo paths
* All product names are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6.

New Features

- Full State Backup and Restore—The all new HX Edit application can perform a full state backup and restore of your Helix, Helix Rack/Control, and Helix LT presets, IRs, and global settings. IMPORTANT! You MUST be running Helix firmware 2.20 or higher to use full state backup and restore! From the File pulldown menu, select “Create Backup…” Click [Create Backup] to confirm. To restore from a backup, from the File pulldown menu, select “Restore From Backup…” From the Backup File pulldown, select the desired backup and click [Restore Backup]. You may choose to restore any combination of 8 setlists, IRs (including the index order), and/or Global Settings
Show/Hide PRESETS/IMPULSES List—Click the icon to the left of the preset name to show or hide the PRESETS/IMPULSES list

Known Issues

- In rare cases, moving a block from Path A to Path B can result in the Split block being created in the wrong position
- In rare cases, importing an IR file into the current “Empty” slot of an Impulse Response block can cause audio output to mute Workaround: Drag impulse response files directly into the IMPULSES list

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
( 74 MB )

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HX Edit      
HX Edit
Version 2.30
Released 11/21/17

Works with:
Helix
Helix LT
Helix Rack

HX Edit 2.30 Release Notes

New Amps (7)

Voltage Queen, based on* the Victoria® Electro King
Derailed Ingrid, based on* the Trainwreck Circuits® Express
Brit Trem Nrm, based on* the normal channel of the Marshall® Plexi Tremolo 50
Brit Trem Brt, based on* the bright channel of the Marshall® Plexi Tremolo 50
Brit Trem Jump, based on* the normal and bright channel (jumped) of the Marshall® Plexi Tremolo 50
Cartographer, based on* the Ben Adrian Cartographer
Agua 51, based on* the Aguilar® DB751 bass amp

New Effects (7)

- Distortion > Kinky Boost (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Xotic® EP Booster
- Distortion > Thrifter Fuzz (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original
- Dynamics > Kinky Comp (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Xotic® SP Compressor
- Modulation > Bleat Chop Trem (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Lightfoot Labs© Goatkeeper
- Modulation > Double Take (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original doubler
- Delay > Cosmos Echo (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Roland® RE-201 Space Echo
- Volume/Pan > Stereo Width (Stereo), Line 6 Original utility to collapse stereo paths
* All product names are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6.

New Features

- Full State Backup and Restore—The all new HX Edit application can perform a full state backup and restore of your Helix, Helix Rack/Control, and Helix LT presets, IRs, and global settings. IMPORTANT! You MUST be running Helix firmware 2.20 or higher to use full state backup and restore! From the File pulldown menu, select “Create Backup…” Click [Create Backup] to confirm. To restore from a backup, from the File pulldown menu, select “Restore From Backup…” From the Backup File pulldown, select the desired backup and click [Restore Backup]. You may choose to restore any combination of 8 setlists, IRs (including the index order), and/or Global Settings
Show/Hide PRESETS/IMPULSES List—Click the icon to the left of the preset name to show or hide the PRESETS/IMPULSES list

Known Issues

- In rare cases, moving a block from Path A to Path B can result in the Split block being created in the wrong position
- In rare cases, importing an IR file into the current “Empty” slot of an Impulse Response block can cause audio output to mute Workaround: Drag impulse response files directly into the IMPULSES list

Compatible OS: Mac OS X, Mac OS Yosemite, Mac OS El Capitan, macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra
( 80 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 2.21
Released 5/2/17

Works with:
Helix
Helix LT
Helix Rack

Helix Editor 2.21 Release Notes
 
Helix v2.21.0 is a software update that includes fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!
 
IMPORTANT! IF YOU’VE ALREADY INSTALLED HELIX FIRMWARE 2.21 and HELIX EDIT 2.20, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS INSTALL HELIX EDIT 2.21.

IF YOU HAVE NOT INSTALLED HELIX FIRMWARE 2.21 and HELIX EDIT 2.20, YOU *MUST* FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS!
 
1. Shut down all Line 6 software as well as any software that streams audio, including, but not limited to: iTunes, Spotify, DAWs, browsers, etc.
 
2. Use your CURRENT EXISTING Helix application to back up all of your presets and IRs (if you want to keep them). For example, if you’re running Helix FW 1.12, your current Helix application version should be 1.12.
 
NOTE: You may want to back up individual Setlists so you can restore them to empty setlists without affecting the new 2.20 factory presets.
 
3. Quit the CURRENT EXISTING Helix editor application and download and install the LATEST Helix editor application (2.21), available here: http://line6.com/software/ This also installs the newest version of Line 6 Updater (1.11).
 
4. If you’re using Helix Rack with Helix Control, turn off Helix Control.
 
5. Using the latest Line 6 Updater (1.11), update Helix/Helix Rack to the newest firmware (2.21). At the end of the update process, Helix/Helix Rack will reboot automatically and begin rebuilding presets. Wait for this process to complete.
 
6. If you’re using Helix Control with Helix Rack, connect and power on Helix Control. The inspector will ask if you want to update its firmware. Press Knob 6 (OK). Wait for the update to finish.
 
YOU MUST RESET GLOBALS AND RESTORE PRESETS, OTHERWISE HELIX 2.21 WILL NOT WORK PROPERLY. DO IT. DO IT NOW:

7. To reset globals and restore presets, turn off Helix/Helix Rack.

HELIX FLOOR/LT ONLY: While holding footswitches 9 and 10 (middle two switches on the bottom row), turn on Helix. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.

HELIX RACK ONLY: While holding knobs 5 and 6 below the screen, turn on Helix Rack. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.
 
8. Using the NEW Helix editor application (2.21), restore the user presets you backed up in step 2.

Bug Fixes
- In rare cases, the editor could freeze when creating a mono or stereo Delay > Pitch Echo block -FIXED
- In rare cases, the editor could freeze when creating a mono or stereo Pitch/Synth > Simple Pitch or Dual Pitch block - FIXED
- In rare cases, Helix could freeze when accessing Global Settings while receiving MIDI Clock via USB - FIXED
- In rare cases, Helix can become unresponsive after copying specific block types onto another - FIXED
- A customized footswitch with multiple assignments could have its bypass states swapped after exporting the preset and then importing again - FIXED
- The forward slash character [/]could not be added to custom labels - FIXED
- Presets with many controller assignments may could occasionally not update the editor UI with those assignments - FIXED
- Other bug fixes and optimizations

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
( 80 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 2.21
Released 5/2/17

Works with:
Helix
Helix LT
Helix Rack

Helix Editor 2.21 Release Notes
 
Helix v2.21.0 is a software update that includes fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!
 
IMPORTANT! IF YOU’VE ALREADY INSTALLED HELIX FIRMWARE 2.21 and HELIX EDIT 2.20, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS INSTALL HELIX EDIT 2.21.

IF YOU HAVE NOT INSTALLED HELIX FIRMWARE 2.21 and HELIX EDIT 2.20, YOU *MUST* FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS!
 
1. Shut down all Line 6 software as well as any software that streams audio, including, but not limited to: iTunes, Spotify, DAWs, browsers, etc.
 
2. Use your CURRENT EXISTING Helix application to back up all of your presets and IRs (if you want to keep them). For example, if you’re running Helix FW 1.12, your current Helix application version should be 1.12.
 
NOTE: You may want to back up individual Setlists so you can restore them to empty setlists without affecting the new 2.20 factory presets.
 
3. Quit the CURRENT EXISTING Helix editor application and download and install the LATEST Helix editor application (2.21), available here: http://line6.com/software/ This also installs the newest version of Line 6 Updater (1.11).
 
4. If you’re using Helix Rack with Helix Control, turn off Helix Control.
 
5. Using the latest Line 6 Updater (1.11), update Helix/Helix Rack to the newest firmware (2.21). At the end of the update process, Helix/Helix Rack will reboot automatically and begin rebuilding presets. Wait for this process to complete.
 
6. If you’re using Helix Control with Helix Rack, connect and power on Helix Control. The inspector will ask if you want to update its firmware. Press Knob 6 (OK). Wait for the update to finish.
 
YOU MUST RESET GLOBALS AND RESTORE PRESETS, OTHERWISE HELIX 2.21 WILL NOT WORK PROPERLY. DO IT. DO IT NOW:

7. To reset globals and restore presets, turn off Helix/Helix Rack.

HELIX FLOOR/LT ONLY: While holding footswitches 9 and 10 (middle two switches on the bottom row), turn on Helix. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.

HELIX RACK ONLY: While holding knobs 5 and 6 below the screen, turn on Helix Rack. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.
 
8. Using the NEW Helix editor application (2.21), restore the user presets you backed up in step 2.

Bug Fixes
- In rare cases, the editor could freeze when creating a mono or stereo Delay > Pitch Echo block -FIXED
- In rare cases, the editor could freeze when creating a mono or stereo Pitch/Synth > Simple Pitch or Dual Pitch block - FIXED
- In rare cases, Helix could freeze when accessing Global Settings while receiving MIDI Clock via USB - FIXED
- In rare cases, Helix can become unresponsive after copying specific block types onto another - FIXED
- A customized footswitch with multiple assignments could have its bypass states swapped after exporting the preset and then importing again - FIXED
- The forward slash character [/]could not be added to custom labels - FIXED
- Presets with many controller assignments may could occasionally not update the editor UI with those assignments - FIXED
- Other bug fixes and optimizations

Compatible OS: Mac OS X, Mac OS Mavericks, Mac OS Yosemite, Mac OS El Capitan, macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra
( 89 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 2.20
Released 3/30/17

Works with:
Helix
Helix LT
Helix Rack

Helix Editor 2.20 Release Notes

 

Helix v2.20.0 is a firmware update that includes new amps, cabs, effects, features, fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!

 

IMPORTANT! YOU *MUST* FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO INSTALL 2.20!

 

1. Shut down all Line 6 software as well as any software that streams audio, including, but not limited to: iTunes, Spotify, DAWs, browsers, etc.

2. Use your CURRENT EXISTING Helix application to back up all of your presets and IRs (if you want to keep them). For example, if you’re running Helix FW 1.12, your current Helix application version should be 1.12.

 

NOTE: You may want to back up individual Setlists so you can restore them to empty setlists without affecting the new 2.20 factory presets.

 

3. Quit the CURRENT EXISTING Helix editor application and download and install the LATEST Helix editor application (2.20), available here: http://line6.com/software/ This also installs the newest version of Line 6 Updater (1.11).

4. If you’re using Helix Rack with Helix Control, turn off Helix Control.

5. Using the latest Line 6 Updater (1.11), update Helix/Helix Rack to the newest firmware (2.20). At the end of the update process, Helix/Helix Rack will reboot automatically and begin rebuilding presets. Wait for this process to complete.

6. If you’re using Helix Control with Helix Rack, connect and power on Helix Control. The inspector will ask if you want to update its firmware. Press Knob 6 (OK). Wait for the update to finish.

 

YOU MUST RESET GLOBALS AND RESTORE PRESETS, OTHERWISE HELIX 2.20 WILL NOT WORK PROPERLY. DO IT. DO IT NOW:

 7. To reset globals and restore presets, turn off Helix/Helix Rack.

 

HELIX FLOOR ONLY: While holding footswitches 9 and 10 (middle two switches on the bottom row), turn on Helix. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.

 

HELIX RACK ONLY: While holding knobs 5 and 6 below the screen, turn on Helix Rack. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.

 

8. Using the NEW Helix editor application (2.20), restore the user presets you backed up in step 2.

 

New Features

- Support for 22 new 2.20 models

 

Bug Fixes

- In very rare cases, corrupted presets containing a Volume/Pan > Volume Pedal block can cause volume to drop to 0% - FIXED

- Certain Roland keyboards constantly spit out active sensing MIDI messages (with no way to disable them), which could affect Helix’s MIDI transmission - FIXED

- The Channel Volume taper for the Archetype amp model was incorrect - FIXED

- Many other minor bug fixes and optimizations

 

Known Issues

- When changing snapshots from the Helix application, block redraws may appear slower than normal. This does not affect actual snapshot selection

- If a Variax guitar is connected to Helix, MIDI channel 16 should never be used, as channel 16 is how Variax Workbench communicates with the guitar. This is by design. On a related note, Variax Workbench should never be used while MIDI tracks are armed or playing back in your DAW

- In rare cases, Helix may freeze when very rapidly changing presets while receiving MIDI clock

- Never edit Helix presets while uploading/downloading Variax Workbench presets. The Helix application can lose connection

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
( 80 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 2.20
Released 3/30/17

Works with:
Helix
Helix LT
Helix Rack

Helix Editor 2.20 Release Notes

 

Helix v2.20.0 is a firmware update that includes new amps, cabs, effects, features, fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!

 

IMPORTANT! YOU *MUST* FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO INSTALL 2.20!

 

1. Shut down all Line 6 software as well as any software that streams audio, including, but not limited to: iTunes, Spotify, DAWs, browsers, etc.

2. Use your CURRENT EXISTING Helix application to back up all of your presets and IRs (if you want to keep them). For example, if you’re running Helix FW 1.12, your current Helix application version should be 1.12.

 

NOTE: You may want to back up individual Setlists so you can restore them to empty setlists without affecting the new 2.20 factory presets.

 

3. Quit the CURRENT EXISTING Helix editor application and download and install the LATEST Helix editor application (2.20), available here: http://line6.com/software/ This also installs the newest version of Line 6 Updater (1.11).

4. If you’re using Helix Rack with Helix Control, turn off Helix Control.

5. Using the latest Line 6 Updater (1.11), update Helix/Helix Rack to the newest firmware (2.20). At the end of the update process, Helix/Helix Rack will reboot automatically and begin rebuilding presets. Wait for this process to complete.

6. If you’re using Helix Control with Helix Rack, connect and power on Helix Control. The inspector will ask if you want to update its firmware. Press Knob 6 (OK). Wait for the update to finish.

 

YOU MUST RESET GLOBALS AND RESTORE PRESETS, OTHERWISE HELIX 2.20 WILL NOT WORK PROPERLY. DO IT. DO IT NOW:

 7. To reset globals and restore presets, turn off Helix/Helix Rack.

 

HELIX FLOOR ONLY: While holding footswitches 9 and 10 (middle two switches on the bottom row), turn on Helix. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.

 

HELIX RACK ONLY: While holding knobs 5 and 6 below the screen, turn on Helix Rack. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.

 

8. Using the NEW Helix editor application (2.20), restore the user presets you backed up in step 2.

 

New Features

- Support for 22 new 2.20 models

 

Bug Fixes

- In very rare cases, corrupted presets containing a Volume/Pan > Volume Pedal block can cause volume to drop to 0% - FIXED

- Certain Roland keyboards constantly spit out active sensing MIDI messages (with no way to disable them), which could affect Helix’s MIDI transmission - FIXED

- The Channel Volume taper for the Archetype amp model was incorrect - FIXED

- Many other minor bug fixes and optimizations

 

Known Issues

- When changing snapshots from the Helix application, block redraws may appear slower than normal. This does not affect actual snapshot selection

- If a Variax guitar is connected to Helix, MIDI channel 16 should never be used, as channel 16 is how Variax Workbench communicates with the guitar. This is by design. On a related note, Variax Workbench should never be used while MIDI tracks are armed or playing back in your DAW

- In rare cases, Helix may freeze when very rapidly changing presets while receiving MIDI clock

- Never edit Helix presets while uploading/downloading Variax Workbench presets. The Helix application can lose connection

Compatible OS: Mac OS X, Mac OS Mavericks, Mac OS Yosemite, Mac OS El Capitan, macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra
( 89 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 2.11
Released 12/15/16

Works with:
Helix
Helix Rack

Helix Editor v2.11 Release Notes

 

Helix v2.11.0 is a software update that includes fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!

 

IMPORTANT! YOU *MUST* FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO INSTALL 2.11!

 

1. Shut down all Line 6 software as well as any software that streams audio, including, but not limited to: iTunes, Spotify, DAWs, browsers, etc.

 

2. Use your CURRENT EXISTING Helix application to back up all of your presets and IRs (if you want to keep them). For example, if you’re running Helix FW 1.12, your current Helix application version should be 1.12.

 

NOTE: You may want to back up individual Setlists so you can restore them to empty setlists without affecting the 2.11 factory presets.

 

3. Quit the CURRENT EXISTING Helix editor application and download and install the NEW Helix editor application (2.11), available here: http://line6.com/software/ This also installs the newest version of Line 6 Updater (1.10).

 

4. If you’re using Helix Rack with Helix Control, turn off Helix Control.

 

5. Using the latest Line 6 Updater (1.10), update Helix/Helix Rack to the newest firmware (2.11). At the end of the update process, Helix/Helix Rack will reboot automatically and begin rebuilding presets. Wait for this process to complete.

 

6. If you’re using Helix Control with Helix Rack, connect and power on Helix Control. The inspector will ask if you want to update its firmware. Press Knob 6 (OK). Wait for the update to finish.

 

YOU MUST RESET GLOBALS AND RESTORE PRESETS, OTHERWISE HELIX 2.11 WILL NOT WORK PROPERLY. DO IT. DO IT NOW:

 

7. To reset globals and restore presets, turn off Helix/Helix Rack.

 

HELIX FLOOR ONLY: While holding footswitches 9 and 10 (middle two switches on the bottom row), turn on Helix. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and

restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.

 

HELIX RACK ONLY: While holding knobs 5 and 6 below the screen, turn on Helix Rack. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.

 

8. Using the NEW Helix editor application (2.11), restore the user presets you backed up in step 2.

 

Bug Fixes

- After importing a pre-2.10 preset that contains snapshots, EXP 2 could disappear from the expression pedal’s scribble strip LCD - FIXED

- After importing a pre-2.10 preset with IR 127 or 128 loaded, corruption could occur - FIXED

- Bypass Assign > Wait defaults to 300ms from the hardware and 100ms when selected within the Helix edit application - FIXED

- Bypass Assign > Custom Label And Switch LED parameters do not apply to EXP 1/2/3 and Variax Vol/Tone, yet were visible - FIXED

- In rare cases when selecting a snapshot, the Input block could revert to None and become unresponsive - FIXED

- If continuous bypass assignments exist in a preset containing multiple snapshot states, in rare cases, some parameters could not recall correctly - FIXED

- General stability improvements

- Other minor bug fixes and optimizations

 

Known Issues

- When changing snapshots from the Helix application, block redraws may appear slower than normal. This does not affect actual snapshot selection

- Copying and pasting a block assigned to auto enable/bypass from the Helix editor may result in a “Cannot paste block” error message while the Helix hardware confirms the block was indeed pasted correctly. Workaround: Save the preset to re-sync the application

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
( 79 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 2.11
Released 12/15/16

Works with:
Helix
Helix Rack

Helix Editor v2.11 Release Notes

 

Helix v2.11.0 is a software update that includes fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!

 

IMPORTANT! YOU *MUST* FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO INSTALL 2.11!

 

1. Shut down all Line 6 software as well as any software that streams audio, including, but not limited to: iTunes, Spotify, DAWs, browsers, etc.

 

2. Use your CURRENT EXISTING Helix application to back up all of your presets and IRs (if you want to keep them). For example, if you’re running Helix FW 1.12, your current Helix application version should be 1.12.

 

NOTE: You may want to back up individual Setlists so you can restore them to empty setlists without affecting the 2.11 factory presets.

 

3. Quit the CURRENT EXISTING Helix editor application and download and install the NEW Helix editor application (2.11), available here: http://line6.com/software/ This also installs the newest version of Line 6 Updater (1.10).

 

4. If you’re using Helix Rack with Helix Control, turn off Helix Control.

 

5. Using the latest Line 6 Updater (1.10), update Helix/Helix Rack to the newest firmware (2.11). At the end of the update process, Helix/Helix Rack will reboot automatically and begin rebuilding presets. Wait for this process to complete.

 

6. If you’re using Helix Control with Helix Rack, connect and power on Helix Control. The inspector will ask if you want to update its firmware. Press Knob 6 (OK). Wait for the update to finish.

 

YOU MUST RESET GLOBALS AND RESTORE PRESETS, OTHERWISE HELIX 2.11 WILL NOT WORK PROPERLY. DO IT. DO IT NOW:

 

7. To reset globals and restore presets, turn off Helix/Helix Rack.

 

HELIX FLOOR ONLY: While holding footswitches 9 and 10 (middle two switches on the bottom row), turn on Helix. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and

restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.

 

HELIX RACK ONLY: While holding knobs 5 and 6 below the screen, turn on Helix Rack. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.

 

8. Using the NEW Helix editor application (2.11), restore the user presets you backed up in step 2.

 

Bug Fixes

- After importing a pre-2.10 preset that contains snapshots, EXP 2 could disappear from the expression pedal’s scribble strip LCD - FIXED

- After importing a pre-2.10 preset with IR 127 or 128 loaded, corruption could occur - FIXED

- Bypass Assign > Wait defaults to 300ms from the hardware and 100ms when selected within the Helix edit application - FIXED

- Bypass Assign > Custom Label And Switch LED parameters do not apply to EXP 1/2/3 and Variax Vol/Tone, yet were visible - FIXED

- In rare cases when selecting a snapshot, the Input block could revert to None and become unresponsive - FIXED

- If continuous bypass assignments exist in a preset containing multiple snapshot states, in rare cases, some parameters could not recall correctly - FIXED

- General stability improvements

- Other minor bug fixes and optimizations

 

Known Issues

- When changing snapshots from the Helix application, block redraws may appear slower than normal. This does not affect actual snapshot selection

- Copying and pasting a block assigned to auto enable/bypass from the Helix editor may result in a “Cannot paste block” error message while the Helix hardware confirms the block was indeed pasted correctly. Workaround: Save the preset to re-sync the application

Compatible OS: Mac OS X, Mac OS Mountain Lion, Mac OS Mavericks, Mac OS Yosemite, Mac OS El Capitan, macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra
( 88 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 2.10
Released 11/22/16

Works with:
Helix
Helix Rack

Helix Editor v2.10 Release Notes

 

Helix v2.10.0 is a software update that includes new features, fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!

 

IMPORTANT! YOU *MUST* FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO INSTALL 2.10!

 

1. Shut down all Line 6 software as well as any software that streams audio, including, but not limited to: iTunes, Spotify, DAWs, browsers, etc.

 

2. Use your CURRENT EXISTING Helix application to back up all of your presets and IRs (if you want to keep them). For example, if you’re running Helix FW 1.12, your current Helix application version should be 1.12.

 

NOTE: You may want to back up individual Setlists so you can restore them to empty setlists without affecting the new 2.10 factory presets.

 

3. Quit the CURRENT EXISTING Helix editor application and download and install the NEW Helix editor application (2.10), available here: http://line6.com/software/ This also installs the newest version of Line 6 Updater (1.10).

 

4. If you’re using Helix Rack with Helix Control, turn off Helix Control.

 

5. Using the latest Line 6 Updater (1.10), update Helix/Helix Rack to the newest firmware (2.10). At the end of the update process, Helix/Helix Rack will reboot automatically and begin rebuilding presets. Wait for this process to complete.

 

6. If you’re using Helix Control with Helix Rack, connect and power on Helix Control. The inspector will ask if you want to update its firmware. Press Knob 6 (OK). Wait for the update to finish.

 

YOU MUST RESET GLOBALS AND RESTORE PRESETS, OTHERWISE HELIX 2.10 WILL NOT WORK PROPERLY. DO IT. DO IT NOW:

 

7. To reset globals and restore presets, turn off Helix/Helix Rack.

 

HELIX FLOOR ONLY: While holding footswitches 9 and 10 (middle two switches on the bottom row), turn

on Helix. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.

 

HELIX RACK ONLY: While holding knobs 5 and 6 below the screen, turn on Helix Rack. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.

 

8. Using the NEW Helix editor application (2.10), restore the user presets you backed up in step 2.

 

New Features

Auto Enable/Bypass blocks from EXP 1/2/3 and Variax Volume/Tone Knobs—Processing blocks (such as Wah, Pitch Wham, etc.) can now be enabled/bypassed by simply moving EXP 1, EXP 2, EXP 3, or Variax’s Volume or Tone knob. Click the Bypass Assign tab. From the source pulldown menu (normally reads “None”), select the desired switch. When selecting a continuous controller as a switch, Position and Wait sliders appear.

- Bypass Assign > Position—Position determines the location in the Exp Pedal or Variax knob’s travel where the block is engaged. For example, if set to 1%, the block will turn off as soon as the pedal is moved to the heel position. If set to 99%, the block will only turn on when the pedal is moved to the toe position. To swap the on/off state regardless of position, click the small bypass icon above the selected block.

Bypass Assign > Wait—Wait determines how long it takes after the Exp Pedal or Variax Knob is moved below the Position location before the block turns off. For example, you may not want the Wah to turn off instantly every time you hit the heel position during your big funk solo. Also, does your song really need a big funk solo?

Block Bypass via MIDI—Individual processing blocks can now be enabled/bypassed via incoming MIDI CC messages. Click the Bypass Assign tab. Move the MIDI In slider to choose the desired MIDI CC. Incoming CC values 0-63 will turn the block off; values 64-127 will turn the block on. Note that some MIDI CCs are reserved for global functions and cannot be selected.

Split > Y Balance parameters—The old Split > Y block sends both left and right signals to Paths A and B equally. 2.10 adds individual balance (pan) control of the signals sent to Path A and B.

Snapshot Assign ShortcutOPTION-click (Mac) or ALT-click (PC) any Home screen parameter to quickly assign its value to the Snapshots controller

Unassign Controller ShortcutSHIFT-OPTION-click (Mac) or SHIFT-ALT-click (PC) any Home screen parameter to instantly remove any controller assignment

Exit Fullscreen Mode ShortcutPress ESC to exit fullscreen mode


Improvements/Changes

- Added a Headroom parameter to Delay > Vintage Digital

- Split > Y can now be bypassed; when bypassed, the block sends both left and right signals to both paths equally (like the old Split Y block)

- Added forward slash [/] to list of characters for naming presets, setlists, snapshots, and Stomp mode custom labels

- Bypass Assign tab has been relabeled “Switch” to better reflect all values

- Tap Tempo no longer affects a preset’s dirty state

- If a user fails to read and follow the update instructions, Helix will cause their car radio to only play polka death metal every Thursday from 1-3pm PST

Bug Fixes

- If many MIDI program change messages are received while the editor is importing or exporting data, the editor can freeze and Helix can crash - FIXED

- Copying and pasting blocks on top of one another while in Pedal Edit mode can sometimes result in a blank scribble strip - FIXED

- General stability improvements

- Other minor bug fixes and optimizations

 

Known Issues

- When changing snapshots from the Helix application, block redraws may appear slower than normal. This does not affect actual snapshot selection

- Bypass Assign > Wait defaults to 300ms from the hardware and 100ms when selected within the Helix edit application

- Copying and pasting a block assigned to auto enable/bypass from the Helix editor may result in a “Cannot paste block” error message while the Helix hardware confirms the block was indeed pasted correctly. Workaround: Save the preset to re-sync the application

 

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
( 79 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 2.10
Released 11/22/16

Works with:
Helix
Helix Rack

Helix Editor v2.10 Release Notes

 

Helix v2.10.0 is a software update that includes new features, fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!

 

IMPORTANT! YOU *MUST* FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO INSTALL 2.10!

 

1. Shut down all Line 6 software as well as any software that streams audio, including, but not limited to: iTunes, Spotify, DAWs, browsers, etc.

 

2. Use your CURRENT EXISTING Helix application to back up all of your presets and IRs (if you want to keep them). For example, if you’re running Helix FW 1.12, your current Helix application version should be 1.12.

 

NOTE: You may want to back up individual Setlists so you can restore them to empty setlists without affecting the new 2.10 factory presets.

 

3. Quit the CURRENT EXISTING Helix editor application and download and install the NEW Helix editor application (2.10), available here: http://line6.com/software/ This also installs the newest version of Line 6 Updater (1.10).

 

4. If you’re using Helix Rack with Helix Control, turn off Helix Control.

 

5. Using the latest Line 6 Updater (1.10), update Helix/Helix Rack to the newest firmware (2.10). At the end of the update process, Helix/Helix Rack will reboot automatically and begin rebuilding presets. Wait for this process to complete.

 

6. If you’re using Helix Control with Helix Rack, connect and power on Helix Control. The inspector will ask if you want to update its firmware. Press Knob 6 (OK). Wait for the update to finish.

 

YOU MUST RESET GLOBALS AND RESTORE PRESETS, OTHERWISE HELIX 2.10 WILL NOT WORK PROPERLY. DO IT. DO IT NOW:

 

7. To reset globals and restore presets, turn off Helix/Helix Rack.

 

HELIX FLOOR ONLY: While holding footswitches 9 and 10 (middle two switches on the bottom row), turn

on Helix. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.

 

HELIX RACK ONLY: While holding knobs 5 and 6 below the screen, turn on Helix Rack. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.

 

8. Using the NEW Helix editor application (2.10), restore the user presets you backed up in step 2.

 

New Features

- Auto Enable/Bypass blocks from EXP 1/2/3 and Variax Volume/Tone Knobs—Processing blocks (such as Wah, Pitch Wham, etc.) can now be enabled/bypassed by simply moving EXP 1, EXP 2, EXP 3, or Variax’s Volume or Tone knob. Click the Bypass Assign tab. From the source pulldown menu (normally reads “None”), select the desired switch. When selecting a continuous controller as a switch, Position and Wait sliders appear.

- Bypass Assign > Position—Position determines the location in the Exp Pedal or Variax knob’s travel where the block is engaged. For example, if set to 1%, the block will turn off as soon as the pedal is moved to the heel position. If set to 99%, the block will only turn on when the pedal is moved to the toe position. To swap the on/off state regardless of position, click the small bypass icon above the selected block.

- Bypass Assign > Wait—Wait determines how long it takes after the Exp Pedal or Variax Knob is moved below the Position location before the block turns off. For example, you may not want the Wah to turn off instantly every time you hit the heel position during your big funk solo. Also, does your song really need a big funk solo?

- Block Bypass via MIDI—Individual processing blocks can now be enabled/bypassed via incoming MIDI CC messages. Click the Bypass Assign tab. Move the MIDI In slider to choose the desired MIDI CC. Incoming CC values 0-63 will turn the block off; values 64-127 will turn the block on. Note that some MIDI CCs are reserved for global functions and cannot be selected.

- Split > Y Balance parameters—The old Split > Y block sends both left and right signals to Paths A and B equally. 2.10 adds individual balance (pan) control of the signals sent to Path A and B.

- Snapshot Assign ShortcutOPTION-click (Mac) or ALT-click (PC) any Home screen parameter to quickly assign its value to the Snapshots controller

- Unassign Controller ShortcutSHIFT-OPTION-click (Mac) or SHIFT-ALT-click (PC) any Home screen parameter to instantly remove any controller assignment

- Exit Fullscreen Mode ShortcutPress ESC to exit fullscreen mode


Improvements/Changes

- Added a Headroom parameter to Delay > Vintage Digital

- Split > Y can now be bypassed; when bypassed, the block sends both left and right signals to both paths equally (like the old Split Y block)

- Added forward slash [/] to list of characters for naming presets, setlists, snapshots, and Stomp mode custom labels

- Bypass Assign tab has been relabeled “Switch” to better reflect all values

- Tap Tempo no longer affects a preset’s dirty state

- If a user fails to read and follow the update instructions, Helix will cause their car radio to only play polka death metal every Thursday from 1-3pm PST

Bug Fixes

- If many MIDI program change messages are received while the editor is importing or exporting data, the editor can freeze and Helix can crash - FIXED

- Copying and pasting blocks on top of one another while in Pedal Edit mode can sometimes result in a blank scribble strip - FIXED

- General stability improvements

- Other minor bug fixes and optimizations

 

Known Issues

- When changing snapshots from the Helix application, block redraws may appear slower than normal. This does not affect actual snapshot selection

- Bypass Assign > Wait defaults to 300ms from the hardware and 100ms when selected within the Helix edit application

- Copying and pasting a block assigned to auto enable/bypass from the Helix editor may result in a “Cannot paste block” error message while the Helix hardware confirms the block was indeed pasted correctly. Workaround: Save the preset to re-sync the application

Compatible OS: Mac OS X, Mac OS Mountain Lion, Mac OS Mavericks, Mac OS Yosemite, Mac OS El Capitan, macOS Sierra, macOS High Sierra
( 88 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 2.01
Released 7/20/16

Works with:
Helix
Helix Rack

Helix Editor v2.01 Release Notes

 
Helix v2.01.0 is a software update that includes fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!
 
IMPORTANT! YOU *MUST* FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO INSTALL 2.01!
 
1. Shut down all Line 6 software as well as any software that streams audio, including, but not limited to: iTunes, Spotify, DAWs, etc.
 
2. Use your CURRENT EXISTING Helix application to back up all of your presets and IRs (if you want to keep them). If you’re running Helix FW 1.12, your current Helix application version should be 1.12.
 
NOTE: You may want to back up individual Setlists so you can restore them to empty setlists without affecting the new 2.01 factory presets.
 
3. Quit the CURRENT EXISTING Helix editor application and download and install the NEW Helix editor application (2.01), available here: http://line6.com/software/ This also installs the newest version of Line 6 Updater (1.09).
 
4. If you’re using Helix Rack with Helix Control, turn off Helix Control.
 
5. Using the latest Line 6 Updater (1.09), update Helix/Helix Rack to the newest firmware (2.01). At the end of the update process, Helix/Helix Rack will reboot automatically and begin rebuilding presets. Wait for this process to complete.
 
6. If you’re using Helix Control with Helix Rack, connect and power on Helix Control. The inspector will ask if you want to update its firmware. Press Knob 6 (OK). Wait for the update to finish.
 
YOU MUST RESET GLOBALS AND RESTORE PRESETS, OTHERWISE HELIX 2.01 WILL NOT WORK PROPERLY. DO IT. DO IT NOW:
 
7. To reset globals and restore presets, turn off Helix/Helix Rack.
 
HELIX FLOOR ONLY: While holding footswitches 9 and 10 (middle two switches on the bottom row), turn on Helix. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.
 
HELIX RACK ONLY: While holding knobs 5 and 6 below the screen, turn on Helix Rack. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.
 
8. Using the NEW Helix editor application (2.01), restore the user presets you backed up in step 2.
 

Improvements

- In addition to Tap Tempo, Snapshots and footswitches-as-controllers now also respect the Global Settings > Preferences > Tap Tempo Pitch setting

- 2.0 changed the default Guitar In-Z setting to “Auto” for new presets. Existing factory presets now also reflect this value

 

Bug Fixes

- Certain elaborate pre-2.0 presets with many controller assignments could sometimes fail to rebuild properly after updating from v1.x to v2.x firmware - FIXED

- Switch LED parameter was not responsive from the Controller Assign screen - FIXED

- In some cases, Ext Amp and Note On message states were ignored when exported and then reimported - FIXED

- The Helix > Preferences > Stereo IR Import setting was not remembered - FIXED

Engaging key commands while presets, setlists, or IRs were loading/exporting could result in instabilities - FIXED

- General stability improvements

- Other minor bug fixes and optimizations

 

Known Issues

- The Distortion > Bitcrusher Bit Depth parameter appears as “undefined”; continues to work properly from the hardware

 

Compatible OS: Mac OS X, Mac OS Mountain Lion, Mac OS Mavericks, Mac OS Yosemite, Mac OS El Capitan, macOS Sierra
( 87 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 2.01
Released 7/20/16

Works with:
Helix
Helix Rack

Helix Editor v2.01 Release Notes

 
Helix v2.01.0 is a software update that includes fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!
 
IMPORTANT! YOU *MUST* FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO INSTALL 2.01!
 
1. Shut down all Line 6 software as well as any software that streams audio, including, but not limited to: iTunes, Spotify, DAWs, etc.
 
2. Use your CURRENT EXISTING Helix application to back up all of your presets and IRs (if you want to keep them). If you’re running Helix FW 1.12, your current Helix application version should be 1.12.
 
NOTE: You may want to back up individual Setlists so you can restore them to empty setlists without affecting the new 2.01 factory presets.
 
3. Quit the CURRENT EXISTING Helix editor application and download and install the NEW Helix editor application (2.01), available here: http://line6.com/software/ This also installs the newest version of Line 6 Updater (1.09).
 
4. If you’re using Helix Rack with Helix Control, turn off Helix Control.
 
5. Using the latest Line 6 Updater (1.09), update Helix/Helix Rack to the newest firmware (2.01). At the end of the update process, Helix/Helix Rack will reboot automatically and begin rebuilding presets. Wait for this process to complete.
 
6. If you’re using Helix Control with Helix Rack, connect and power on Helix Control. The inspector will ask if you want to update its firmware. Press Knob 6 (OK). Wait for the update to finish.
 
YOU MUST RESET GLOBALS AND RESTORE PRESETS, OTHERWISE HELIX 2.01 WILL NOT WORK PROPERLY. DO IT. DO IT NOW:
 
7. To reset globals and restore presets, turn off Helix/Helix Rack.
 
HELIX FLOOR ONLY: While holding footswitches 9 and 10 (middle two switches on the bottom row), turn on Helix. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.
 
HELIX RACK ONLY: While holding knobs 5 and 6 below the screen, turn on Helix Rack. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.
 
8. Using the NEW Helix editor application (2.01), restore the user presets you backed up in step 2.
 

Improvements

- In addition to Tap Tempo, Snapshots and footswitches-as-controllers now also respect the Global Settings > Preferences > Tap Tempo Pitch setting

- 2.0 changed the default Guitar In-Z setting to “Auto” for new presets. Existing factory presets now also reflect this value

 

Bug Fixes

- Certain elaborate pre-2.0 presets with many controller assignments could sometimes fail to rebuild properly after updating from v1.x to v2.x firmware - FIXED

- Switch LED parameter was not responsive from the Controller Assign screen - FIXED

- In some cases, Ext Amp and Note On message states were ignored when exported and then reimported - FIXED

- The Helix > Preferences > Stereo IR Import setting was not remembered - FIXED

Engaging key commands while presets, setlists, or IRs were loading/exporting could result in instabilities - FIXED

- General stability improvements

- Other minor bug fixes and optimizations

 

Known Issues

- The Distortion > Bitcrusher Bit Depth parameter appears as “undefined”; continues to work properly from the hardware

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
( 76 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 2.00
Released 7/6/16

Works with:
Helix
Helix Rack

Helix Editor v2.00 Release Notes

Helix v2.00 is an update that includes new models, features, fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!

 
IMPORTANT! READ BEFORE INSTALLING 2.00!
 
1. Shut down all Line 6 software as well as any software that streams audio, including, but not limited to: iTunes, Spotify, DAWs, etc.
 
2. Use your CURRENT EXISTING Helix application to back up all of your presets and IRs (if you want to keep them). If you’re running Helix FW 1.12, your current Helix application version should be 1.12.
 
NOTE: You may want to back up individual Setlists so you can restore them to empty setlists without affecting the new 2.0 factory presets.
 
3. Quit the CURRENT EXISTING Helix editor application and download and install the NEW Helix editor application (2.00), available here:http://line6.com/software/ This also installs the newest version of Line 6 Updater (1.09).
 
4. If you’re using Helix Rack with Helix Control, turn off Helix Control.
 
5. Using the latest Line 6 Updater (1.09), update Helix/Helix Rack to the newest firmware (2.00). At the end of the update process, Helix/Helix Rack will reboot automatically and begin rebuilding presets. Wait for this process to complete.
 
6. If you’re using Helix Control with Helix Rack, connect and power on Helix Control. The inspector will ask if you want to update its firmware. Press Knob 6 (OK).
 
7. Turn off Helix/Helix Rack. HELIX FLOOR: While holding footswitches 9 and 10 (middle two switches on the bottom row), turn on Helix. HELIX RACK: While holding knobs 5 and 6 below the screen, turn on Helix Rack. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.
 
8. Using the NEW Helix editor application (2.00), restore the user presets you backed up in step 2.

New Features
- Snapshots—Select one of eight snapshots to instantly recall all block on/off states, up to 64 parameter values, certain Command Center values, and tempo. Any Delay, Reverb, or FX Loop block with its Trails parameter turned on will spill across snapshots seamlessly. Click the gray box below the large preset name and select the desired snapshot from the list. For more information, check out the new Helix Application Pilot’s Guide, available from the Help menu
- Copy/Paste SnapshotsSelect the snapshot you want to copy, click the camera icon and select “Copy.” Select the snapshot you want to overwrite, click the camera icon and select “Paste”
- Rename SnapshotsClick the camera icon and select “Rename.” SHORTCUT: Click-hold the snapshot name
- Tempo SelectClick the Tempo box (to the left of TAP) and select Per Snapshot, Per Preset (the default), or Global
- Controllers to Variax Parameters—Controllers (including Snapshots) can now control/recall Variax parameters, so you can do cool stuff like toggle between two guitar models with a footswitch, control Variax’s tone knob with an expression pedal, assign a momentary footswitch to drop D, recall completely different tunings with each snapshot, and more. There’s nothing special to do; just assign a controller to Variax parameters like you would any other parameter
- Additional keyboard shortcuts:
     B: Displays and places focus on the EDITOR window - Bypass Assign panel
     Shift-Command-C (Win: Ctrl-Shift-C): Copies the currently selected snapshot to the clipboard
     Shift-Command-V (Win: Ctrl-Shift-V): Pastes copied snapshot to the currently selected snapshot
     Shift-Command-R (Win: Ctrl-Shift-R): Renames the currently selected snapshot

Other Improvements
- If a controller is assigned to a parameter, brackets now appear around the value (as on the hardware)
- The Footswitch Assign page has been renamed “Bypass Assign” to better describe current and potential future functionality
- The Helix Application Pilot’s Guide has been updated to 2.0. From the Help menu, select “Helix Application Pilot’s Guide”

Bug Fixes
- General stability improvements
- Minor bug fixes and optimizations

Known Issues
- Attempting to drag more than 128 IRs into the Helix app will load no IRs at all
- Brackets may continue to appear around controller-assigned values even after performing a Clear All Controllers procedure
 
 


Compatible OS: Mac OS X, Mac OS Mountain Lion, Mac OS Mavericks, Mac OS Yosemite, Mac OS El Capitan, macOS Sierra
( 87 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 2.00
Released 7/6/16

Works with:
Helix
Helix Rack

Helix Editor v2.00 Release Notes

Helix v2.00 is an update that includes new models, features, fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!
 
IMPORTANT! READ BEFORE INSTALLING 2.00!
 
1. Shut down all Line 6 software as well as any software that streams audio, including, but not limited to: iTunes, Spotify, DAWs, etc.
 
2. Use your CURRENT EXISTING Helix application to back up all of your presets and IRs (if you want to keep them). If you’re running Helix FW 1.12, your current Helix application version should be 1.12.
 
NOTE: You may want to back up individual Setlists so you can restore them to empty setlists without affecting the new 2.0 factory presets.
 
3. Quit the CURRENT EXISTING Helix editor application and download and install the NEW Helix editor application (2.00), available here:http://line6.com/software/ This also installs the newest version of Line 6 Updater (1.09).
 
4. If you’re using Helix Rack with Helix Control, turn off Helix Control.
 
5. Using the latest Line 6 Updater (1.09), update Helix/Helix Rack to the newest firmware (2.00). At the end of the update process, Helix/Helix Rack will reboot automatically and begin rebuilding presets. Wait for this process to complete.
 
6. If you’re using Helix Control with Helix Rack, connect and power on Helix Control. The inspector will ask if you want to update its firmware. Press Knob 6 (OK).
 
7. Turn off Helix/Helix Rack. HELIX FLOOR: While holding footswitches 9 and 10 (middle two switches on the bottom row), turn on Helix. HELIX RACK: While holding knobs 5 and 6 below the screen, turn on Helix Rack. Wait for the message “Will reset Globals and restore stock Presets, Setlists and IRs…” to appear and let go.
 
8. Using the NEW Helix editor application (2.00), restore the user presets you backed up in step 2.

New Features
- Snapshots—Select one of eight snapshots to instantly recall all block on/off states, up to 64 parameter values, certain Command Center values, and tempo. Any Delay, Reverb, or FX Loop block with its Trails parameter turned on will spill across snapshots seamlessly. Click the gray box below the large preset name and select the desired snapshot from the list. For more information, check out the new Helix Application Pilot’s Guide, available from the Help menu
- Copy/Paste SnapshotsSelect the snapshot you want to copy, click the camera icon and select “Copy.” Select the snapshot you want to overwrite, click the camera icon and select “Paste”
- Rename SnapshotsClick the camera icon and select “Rename.” SHORTCUT: Click-hold the snapshot name
- Tempo SelectClick the Tempo box (to the left of TAP) and select Per Snapshot, Per Preset (the default), or Global
- Controllers to Variax Parameters—Controllers (including Snapshots) can now control/recall Variax parameters, so you can do cool stuff like toggle between two guitar models with a footswitch, control Variax’s tone knob with an expression pedal, assign a momentary footswitch to drop D, recall completely different tunings with each snapshot, and more. There’s nothing special to do; just assign a controller to Variax parameters like you would any other parameter
- Additional keyboard shortcuts:
     B: Displays and places focus on the EDITOR window - Bypass Assign panel
     Shift-Command-C (Win: Ctrl-Shift-C): Copies the currently selected snapshot to the clipboard
     Shift-Command-V (Win: Ctrl-Shift-V): Pastes copied snapshot to the currently selected snapshot
     Shift-Command-R (Win: Ctrl-Shift-R): Renames the currently selected snapshot

Other Improvements
- If a controller is assigned to a parameter, brackets now appear around the value (as on the hardware)
- The Footswitch Assign page has been renamed “Bypass Assign” to better describe current and potential future functionality
- The Helix Application Pilot’s Guide has been updated to 2.0. From the Help menu, select “Helix Application Pilot’s Guide”

Bug Fixes
- General stability improvements
- Minor bug fixes and optimizations

Known Issues
- Attempting to drag more than 128 IRs into the Helix app will load no IRs at all
- Brackets may continue to appear around controller-assigned values even after performing a Clear All Controllers procedure
 

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
( 76 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 1.12
Released 5/11/16

Works with:
Helix
Helix Rack

Helix Editor v1.12 Release Notes

 Helix Editor 1.12 is a free update that includes new fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations.

 

IMPORTANT! READ BEFORE INSTALLING ANY NEW SOFTWARE!

 

If you have already updated Helix or Helix Rack’s firmware to 1.12:

 

1. Install the 1.12 Editor update, available at http://line6.com/software/. Check the “Beta” box.

 

 

If you have NOT already updated Helix/Helix Rack’s firmware to 1.12, please follow the instructions below:

 

1. Shut down all Line 6 software as well as any software that streams audio, including, but not limited to: iTunes, Spotify, DAWs, etc.

 

2. Use your CURRENT EXISTING Helix application to back up all of your presets and IRs. If you’re running Helix FW 1.06 or 1.06.5, your current Helix application version should be 1.04. If you’re running Helix FW 1.10, your current Helix application version should be 1.11.

 

3. Quit the CURRENT EXISTING Helix application and download and install the NEW Helix editor (1.12), available here: http://line6.com/software/ This also installs the newest version of Line 6 Updater (1.09).

 

4. If you’re using Helix Rack with Helix Control, turn off Helix Control.

 

5. Using the new Line 6 Updater (1.09), update Helix (or Helix Rack) to the newest firmware (1.12.0). If you’re using Helix Rack with Helix Control, after Helix Rack has been updated, connect and power on Helix Control, and it will update automatically.

 

6. Using the latest Helix editor (1.12), restore all user presets and IRs.

 

NEW FEATURES

- Scribble strips and footswitch LED colors can now be customized from the Footswitch Assign, Controller Assign, and Command Center screens for any items assigned to a footswitch

- Processing blocks can be copied and pasted. Control-click (Win: Right-click) a block and select “Copy Block.” Control/right-click the destination location or block you want to overwrite and select “Paste Block.”

- Additional keyboard shortcuts:

H - Selects the Home tab

F - Selects the Footswitch Assign tab

C - Selects the Controller Assign tab

M - Selects the Command Center tab

G - Selects the Global EQ screen

P - Selects the Preset list

I - Selects the Impulse Responses list

A - Selects and cycles through Amp+Cab, Amp, and/or Preamp tonestacks

T - Tap Tempo

Space Bar - Toggles the currently selected block on and off

Tab - Toggles focus between the librarian and editor windows

Arrow Up/Down/Left/Right (Editor) - Selects the current block

Arrow Up/Down/Left/Right (Model List) - Navigates the model list

Arrow Up/Down (Librarian) - Navigates the preset or IR list

Enter/Return (Librarian) - Loads the selected preset

[,][.], [-][+] - Manually adjusts the most recently clicked slider

Shift-[,][.], Shift-[-][+] - Manually adjusts the most recently clicked slider faster

Command-C (Win: Control-C) - Copies the current block

Command-V (Win: Control-V) - Pastes the block

Command-S (Win: Control-S) - Saves the preset

Control-click (Win: Right-click) a slider - Allows for manually entering a value

Command-click (Win: Control-click) a slider - Resets to default value

 

OTHER IMPROVEMENTS

- Input > Multi and Input > Variax now displays a Variax Volume slider

- A light blue box surrounds either the librarian or editor panel, telling you which one is in focus; press Tab to toggle between them

- Block selection is now synchronized between Helix and the Helix editor

- A confirmation dialog now appears when attempting to clear all controllers

- Added graphics for Input > USB 3/4, USB 5/6, and USB 7/8

- Manually entering delay Time values is now accomplished in milliseconds, not seconds

- The Helix firmware indicator in the upper left corner now reads “Firmware”

 

BUG FIXES

- A USB port driver issue within OS X El Capitan precluded certain computers (namely MacBook Pros and iMacs from mid-2012) from allowing communication between Helix and the Helix Editor. Note: You must update OS X to El Capitan 10.11.4 - FIXED

- Quickly moving an expression pedal assigned to many parameters can sometimes cause disconnection with Helix on Windows 7 - FIXED

- Note sync was not assignable to a controller - FIXED

- Importing a bundle while streaming audio could cause the Helix editor to disconnect - FIXED

- Removing the last block on parallel path B would display a floating “None” block until a different block was selected - FIXED

- Certain menu sliders could behave erratically when a footswitch had eight items assigned - FIXED

- Moving blocks could automatically select EXP 2 if one of the blocks’ parameters defaulted to EXP 1 - FIXED

- Hardware and software could lose sync if a controller-assigned block was moved from Path 1A to 1B and back - FIXED

- The Looper block’s Footswitch Assign page displayed a momentary/latching slider - FIXED

- A couple effects parameters were incorrect or missing - FIXED

- Certain stereo delay models could display an incorrect Time parameter value - FIXED

- Helix editor would sometimes not open immediately after closing Line 6 Updater - FIXED

- General stability improvements

- Many other minor bug fixes and optimizations

Compatible OS: Mac OS X, Mac OS Mountain Lion, Mac OS Mavericks, Mac OS Yosemite, Mac OS El Capitan, macOS Sierra
( 86 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 1.12
Released 5/11/16

Works with:
Helix
Helix Rack

Helix Editor v1.12 Release Notes

 Helix Editor 1.12 is a free update that includes new fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations.

 

IMPORTANT! READ BEFORE INSTALLING ANY NEW SOFTWARE!

 

If you have already updated Helix or Helix Rack’s firmware to 1.12:

 

1. Install the 1.12 Editor update, available at http://line6.com/software/. Check the “Beta” box.

 

 

If you have NOT already updated Helix/Helix Rack’s firmware to 1.12, please follow the instructions below:

 

1. Shut down all Line 6 software as well as any software that streams audio, including, but not limited to: iTunes, Spotify, DAWs, etc.

 

2. Use your CURRENT EXISTING Helix application to back up all of your presets and IRs. If you’re running Helix FW 1.06 or 1.06.5, your current Helix application version should be 1.04. If you’re running Helix FW 1.10, your current Helix application version should be 1.11.

 

3. Quit the CURRENT EXISTING Helix application and download and install the NEW Helix editor (1.12), available here: http://line6.com/software/ This also installs the newest version of Line 6 Updater (1.09).

 

4. If you’re using Helix Rack with Helix Control, turn off Helix Control.

 

5. Using the new Line 6 Updater (1.09), update Helix (or Helix Rack) to the newest firmware (1.12.0). If you’re using Helix Rack with Helix Control, after Helix Rack has been updated, connect and power on Helix Control, and it will update automatically.

 

6. Using the latest Helix editor (1.12), restore all user presets and IRs.

 

NEW FEATURES

- Scribble strips and footswitch LED colors can now be customized from the Footswitch Assign, Controller Assign, and Command Center screens for any items assigned to a footswitch

- Processing blocks can be copied and pasted. Control-click (Win: Right-click) a block and select “Copy Block.” Control/right-click the destination location or block you want to overwrite and select “Paste Block.”

- Additional keyboard shortcuts:

H - Selects the Home tab

F - Selects the Footswitch Assign tab

C - Selects the Controller Assign tab

M - Selects the Command Center tab

G - Selects the Global EQ screen

P - Selects the Preset list

I - Selects the Impulse Responses list

A - Selects and cycles through Amp+Cab, Amp, and/or Preamp tonestacks

T - Tap Tempo

Space Bar - Toggles the currently selected block on and off

Tab - Toggles focus between the librarian and editor windows

Arrow Up/Down/Left/Right (Editor) - Selects the current block

Arrow Up/Down/Left/Right (Model List) - Navigates the model list

Arrow Up/Down (Librarian) - Navigates the preset or IR list

Enter/Return (Librarian) - Loads the selected preset

[,][.], [-][+] - Manually adjusts the most recently clicked slider

Shift-[,][.], Shift-[-][+] - Manually adjusts the most recently clicked slider faster

Command-C (Win: Control-C) - Copies the current block

Command-V (Win: Control-V) - Pastes the block

Command-S (Win: Control-S) - Saves the preset

Control-click (Win: Right-click) a slider - Allows for manually entering a value

Command-click (Win: Control-click) a slider - Resets to default value

 

OTHER IMPROVEMENTS

- Input > Multi and Input > Variax now displays a Variax Volume slider

- A light blue box surrounds either the librarian or editor panel, telling you which one is in focus; press Tab to toggle between them

- Block selection is now synchronized between Helix and the Helix editor

- A confirmation dialog now appears when attempting to clear all controllers

- Added graphics for Input > USB 3/4, USB 5/6, and USB 7/8

- Manually entering delay Time values is now accomplished in milliseconds, not seconds

- The Helix firmware indicator in the upper left corner now reads “Firmware”

 

BUG FIXES

- A USB port driver issue within OS X El Capitan precluded certain computers (namely MacBook Pros and iMacs from mid-2012) from allowing communication between Helix and the Helix Editor. Note: You must update OS X to El Capitan 10.11.4 - FIXED

- Quickly moving an expression pedal assigned to many parameters can sometimes cause disconnection with Helix on Windows 7 - FIXED

- Note sync was not assignable to a controller - FIXED

- Importing a bundle while streaming audio could cause the Helix editor to disconnect - FIXED

- Removing the last block on parallel path B would display a floating “None” block until a different block was selected - FIXED

- Certain menu sliders could behave erratically when a footswitch had eight items assigned - FIXED

- Moving blocks could automatically select EXP 2 if one of the blocks’ parameters defaulted to EXP 1 - FIXED

- Hardware and software could lose sync if a controller-assigned block was moved from Path 1A to 1B and back - FIXED

- The Looper block’s Footswitch Assign page displayed a momentary/latching slider - FIXED

- A couple effects parameters were incorrect or missing - FIXED

- Certain stereo delay models could display an incorrect Time parameter value - FIXED

- Helix editor would sometimes not open immediately after closing Line 6 Updater - FIXED

- General stability improvements

- Many other minor bug fixes and optimizations

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
( 75 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 1.04
Released 2/16/16

Works with:
Helix
Helix Rack

Helix Application v1.04 Release Notes

Helix Application 1.04 is a free software update that includes new features, fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!

IMPORTANT! Before restoring your backed up presets to Helix, you must first install the latest 1.04 version of the Helix application!

 

Bug Fixes
- CC Toggle With Larger Dim Value Than Lit Value Not Restoring Properly Upon Export/Import 
- Importing multiple IRs or Presets can crash app 
- CC Toggle Dim and Lit States Switch After Exporting and Importing 

Known Issues
- In rare cases, the Helix application may fail to connect when set to autolaunch on Mac OS X
- Importing or exporting a preset bundle while streaming audio may cause Helix to disconnect

Compatible OS: Mac OS X, Mac OS Mountain Lion, Mac OS Mavericks, Mac OS Yosemite, Mac OS El Capitan
( 83 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 1.04
Released 2/16/16

Works with:
Helix
Helix Rack

Helix Application v1.04 Release Notes

Helix Application 1.04 is a free software update that includes new features, fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!

IMPORTANT! Before restoring your backed up presets to Helix, you must first install the latest 1.04 version of the Helix application!

 

Bug Fixes
- CC Toggle With Larger Dim Value Than Lit Value Not Restoring Properly Upon Export/Import 
- Importing multiple IRs or Presets can crash app 
- CC Toggle Dim and Lit States Switch After Exporting and Importing

Known Issues
- In rare cases, the Helix application may fail to connect when set to autolaunch on Mac OS X
- Importing or exporting a preset bundle while streaming audio may cause Helix to disconnect

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
( 73 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 1.03
Released 1/26/16

Works with:
Helix
Helix Rack

Helix Application v1.03 Release Notes

Helix Application 1.03 is a free software update that includes new features, fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!

IMPORTANT! Before restoring your backed up presets to Helix, you must first install the latest 1.03 version of the Helix application!

New Features

  • Supports newer preset format used by Helix firmware 1.06.0
  • Supports backup and restore of new Helix amp, distortion, modulation, filter and pitch models in 1.06.0
  • Now supports drag and drop of folder import of preset and IRs

Bug Fixes

  • General stability improvements
  • Stability improvements regarding operations with IRs
  • Other minor bug fixes and optimizations

Known Issues

  • In rare cases, the Helix application may fail to connect when set to autolaunch on Mac OS X
  • Importing or exporting a preset bundle while streaming audio may cause Helix to disconnect

Compatible OS: Mac OS X, Mac OS Mountain Lion, Mac OS Mavericks, Mac OS Yosemite, Mac OS El Capitan
( 48 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 1.03
Released 1/26/16

Works with:
Helix
Helix Rack

Helix Application v1.03 Release Notes

Helix Application 1.03 is a free software update that includes new features, fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!

IMPORTANT! Before restoring your backed up presets to Helix, you must first install the latest 1.03 version of the Helix application!

New Features

  • Supports newer preset format used by Helix firmware 1.06.0
  • Supports backup and restore of new Helix amp, distortion, modulation, filter and pitch models in 1.06.0
  • Now supports drag and drop of folder import of preset and IRs

Bug Fixes

  • General stability improvements
  • Stability improvements regarding operations with IRs
  • Other minor bug fixes and optimizations

Known Issues

  • In rare cases, the Helix application may fail to connect when set to autolaunch on Mac OS X
  • Importing or exporting a preset bundle while streaming audio may cause Helix to disconnect

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
( 74 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 1.02
Released 11/23/15

Works with:
Helix
Helix Rack

Helix Application v1.02 Release Notes

Helix Application 1.02 is a free software update that includes new features, fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!

IMPORTANT! Before restoring your backed up presets to Helix, you must first install the latest 1.02 version of the Helix application!


New Features
- Supports newer preset format used by Helix firmware 1.04.1
- Supports backup and restore of new Helix delay models in 1.04.1


Bug Fixes
- General stability improvements
- Other minor bug fixes and optimizations


Known Issues
- Importing a setlist and then importing a bundle can cause the Helix app to disconnect
- In rare cases, the Helix application may fail to connect when set to autolaunch on Mac OS X

Compatible OS: Mac OS X, Mac OS Mountain Lion, Mac OS Mavericks, Mac OS Yosemite, Mac OS El Capitan
( 48 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 1.02
Released 11/23/15

Works with:
Helix
Helix Rack

Helix Application v1.02 Release Notes

Helix Application 1.02 is a free software update that includes new features, fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!

IMPORTANT! Before restoring your backed up presets to Helix, you must first install the latest 1.02 version of the Helix application!


New Features
- Supports newer preset format used by Helix firmware 1.04.1
- Supports backup and restore of new Helix delay models in 1.04.1


Bug Fixes
- General stability improvements
- Other minor bug fixes and optimizations


Known Issues
- Importing a setlist and then importing a bundle can cause the Helix app to disconnect
- In rare cases, the Helix application may fail to connect when set to autolaunch on Mac OS X

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
( 74 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 1.01
Released 10/30/15

Works with:
Helix

Helix Application v1.01 Release Notes

Helix Application 1.01 is a free software update that includes new features, fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!

IMPORTANT! Before restoring your backed up presets to Helix, you must first install the latest 1.01 version of the Helixapplication!

New Features

  • Added Windows 10 support

Bug Fixes

  • IRs with underscore characters (“_”) in the name may not load properly —FIXED
  • Preset names could not include an underscore (“_”) —FIXED
  • The Helix app could only import one IR file when clicking the Import button —FIXED
  • The Helix app could crash when importing 88.2 kHz IR files using Windows —FIXED
  • General stability improvements
  • Other minor bug fixes and optimizations

Known Issues

  • Importing a setlist and then importing a bundle can cause the Helix app to disconnect
  • In rare cases, the Helix application may fail to connect when set to autolaunch on Mac OS X

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
( 74 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 1.01
Released 10/30/15

Works with:
Helix

Helix Application v1.01 Release Notes

Helix Application 1.01 is a free software update that includes new features, fixes, stability improvements, and optimizations. It is highly recommended that all Helix users perform this update!

IMPORTANT! Before restoring your backed up presets to Helix, you must first install the latest 1.01 version of the Helixapplication!

New Features

  • Added Windows 10 support

Bug Fixes

  • IRs with underscore characters (“_”) in the name may not load properly —FIXED
  • Preset names could not include an underscore (“_”) —FIXED
  • The Helix app could only import one IR file when clicking the Import button —FIXED
  • The Helix app could crash when importing 88.2 kHz IR files using Windows —FIXED
  • General stability improvements
  • Other minor bug fixes and optimizations

Known Issues

  • Importing a setlist and then importing a bundle can cause the Helix app to disconnect
  • In rare cases, the Helix application may fail to connect when set to autolaunch on Mac OS X

Compatible OS: Mac OS X, Mac OS Mountain Lion, Mac OS Mavericks, Mac OS Yosemite, Mac OS El Capitan
( 48 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 1.00
Released 9/30/15

Works with:
Helix

This is the Helix application. It's used to organize and backup your presets and setlists, and load third-party IRs (Impulse Responses) onto Helix.

Compatible OS: Mac OS X, Mac OS Mountain Lion, Mac OS Mavericks, Mac OS Yosemite, Mac OS El Capitan
( 48 MB )

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HX Edit      
Helix
Version 1.00
Released 9/29/15

Works with:
Helix

This is the Helix application. It’s used to organize and backup your presets and setlists, and load third-party IRs (Impulse Responses) onto Helix.

The required Helix Driver is included in this app installer.

Compatible OS: Windows 7, Windows 8
( 57 MB )

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