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Helix Firmware 2.30

Line 6 Helix Firmware 2.30 released

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Line 6 announced Helix Firmware 2.30 and Helix Native 1.10

The update comes with 7 new Amp models and 7 new Effects along with a number of brand new Features.

7 New Amp Models in Helix 2.30:

  • 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

Click here to see the full list of Amp Models in Helix

7 New Effects Models in Helix 2.30:

  • 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

Click here to see the full list of Effects Models in Helix

* All product names are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6.

New Features with Firmware 2.30

  • Helix FW: Support for HX Edit – Helix, Helix Rack/Control, and Helix LT now work with the new HX Edit application (Mac/PC)
  • HX Edit: 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 back up a Helix running firmware 2.20 or higher and MUST restore to a Helix running 2.30 or higher! 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
  • Helix Native+HX Edit: Show/Hide PRESETS/IMPULSES List – Click the icon to the left of the preset name to show or hide the PRESETS/IMPULSES list
  • Helix Native: Plug-in Window Resizing – Click and drag the lower right-hand corner of Helix Native to resize the window and view more or fewer parameters and model list items
  • Helix FW: Global Settings > MIDI/Tempo > Duplicate PC Send – Before 2.30, Helix would purposely omit MIDI PC messages with an identical value as the previous PC message. You may now choose to send duplicate PC messages
  • Helix FW: LFO reset – Stepping on TAP once now resets any LFO-based effects, such as tremolos and rotary speakers
  • Helix FW: Support for Variax Shuriken banks – When a Variax Shuriken is connected, Helix’s Input > Multi and Input > Variax blocks will reflect the proper factory bank names. These bank names are retained until a James Tyler Variax or Variax Standard is connected


  • The Distortion > Obsidian 7000 model has been tweaked to sound and feel even more like the original

Bug Fixes

  • Helix Native: In the rare case that all paths are full, it is possible to drag more blocks into them, which may result in the error “Failed to move item. (Unknown. [code -1])” – FIXED
  • Helix Native: On rare occasions, a warning dialog may appear during AU Validation scan of other AudioUnit plug-ins – FIXED
  • Helix Native: After updating from OS X 10.12 Sierra to OS X 10.13 High Sierra, Helix Native may not load properly in GarageBand – FIXED
  • Helix Native: After importing an IR file in a certain instance of Helix Native, the same file may not automatically appear in subsequent instances – FIXED
  • Helix FW: Turning the Cali IV Rhythm 1 model’s Master knob down can occasionally cause an increase in output volume – FIXED
  • Helix FW: When UK 846 and Teardrop 310 wah models’ Level and Mix parameters are set to 0, ~3dB of gain can be added – FIXED
  • Helix FW: Pitch blocks’ Interval parameters may not be properly restored after exporting and then importing a preset – FIXED
  • Helix FW: MIDI clock could become unstable for a brief time after adjusting certain parameters on the Global Settings > MIDI/Tempo page – FIXED
  • Helix FW: In the Command Center, if an Ext Amp message is assigned to a footswitch, Ext Amp messages assigned to Instant commands may not restore properly – FIXED
  • Many other minor bug fixes and optimizations
  • General stability improvements

Known Issues

  • HX FW: In rare cases, MIDI note commands set to momentary can switch to “latching”
  • HX FW: If its Mid and Bass parameters are set to 0.0, the Cali IV Lead Amp/Amp+Cab model sometimes exhibits a decrease in gain
  • HX FW: If snapshot names have been cleared, preset names can sometimes appear blank when switching from Snapshot footswitch mode to Preset footswitch mode
  • HX Edit: In rare cases, moving a block from Path A to Path B can result in the Split block being created in the wrong position
  • HX Edit: 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
  • Helix Native: Recalling an effect or instrument rack in Ableton Live with Helix Native instantiated can mute the track. Workaround: Uninstantiate and re-instantiate the plug-in
  • Helix Native: In rare cases, clearing Helix Native’s preset library while the DAW is under high CPU loads can cause the plug-in to become unresponsive. Workaround: Close the Helix Native plug-in window and reopen
  • Helix Native: EXP pedal assignments may not automatically be assigned
  • Helix Native: The copy/paste clipboard may be cleared after closing and reopening Helix Native

Pricing & Availability

Helix 2.30 is now available as a free download for Helix and Helix Rack at http://line6.com/software/.

About Line 6, Inc.

Based in Calabasas, California, Line 6 is a leading manufacturer of guitars, amplifiers, effects, effect processors, and recording interfaces. Line 6 is world renowned for its studio- and stage-standard gear featuring its patented amp and effect modeling and digital wireless technologies. Line 6 invented digital guitar amp modeling technology in 1996, and is currently the #1 maker of guitar amplifiers. Its award-winning products are used by musicians worldwide and have been featured on countless platinum and Grammy® award-winning titles. Line 6 is distributed in over 60 countries, with operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and China. For more information, visit www.line6.com.

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