Helix is everywhere these days. But is Line 6 Helix easy to use? That’s gong to depend on a lot of different factors, and today we take a look at all of them.
We have already done a seriously deep dive into the features and ways to use a Helix. We have also taken a look at how to use it to get a great tone while recording. The flagship Line 6 Helix Floor model is a serious piece of gear that can either replace your entire rig, or just be a great addition to your setup. How you choose to use it is up to you!
When I took at look at the Line 6 Helix, I found it to be so full of features that I couldn’t even cover all of the different things it does. Line 6 has also constantly updated the device, and added new features. When someone says “the sky is the limit” when it comes to guitar tone, I think about the Line 6 Helix.
The best collection of amps, effects, and speaker IRs in the business! The Helix is the most versatile all in one processor on the market.
Is Line 6 Helix Easy To Use?
The Line 6 Helix can be as easy, or complicated to use as the user wants. This is because there are easy-to-use preset options built into the Helix that you can use right out of the box. But the Helix can also be plugged up to your computer and used with HX Edit to make your own patches from scratch. Both methods are pretty easy, but it is totally up to the user.
The Line 6 Helix Floor is one seriously mighty processor. It can be used in so many different ways, and every user will have their own method of putting it to use. Is Line 6 Helix easy to use? That is up to the person, since it does so many things so well!
You can use the Helix as your main source for recording, and even use it as an interface for your DAW program. On the other hand, you can use it for nothing but the effects, and add it to your live setup on your pedalboard. You can also use it with an FRFR speaker, replacing the need for an amplifier when you play gigs.
When it comes to actually using the presets and patches, every user will be different. The Helix comes loaded with tons of usable patches pre-programmed in the unit. Some of these are really great, and based on some famous guitar tones. I know some people that use the pre-programmed patches exclusively, just tweaking the EQ a little.
But more experienced users may want to do a deep dive into the unit, and create their tones all on by themselves. You can do this with Helix controls on the unit, but the best way is to use HX Edit. This allows you to pick any amp and speaker combo that the Helix has installed. You can also create your entire effects chain in the program. The possibilities are limitless, and I know I could personally get lost going through all the options!
Is Line 6 Helix Easy To Use? Yes… and No
Guitarists that buy a Line 6 Helix usually already have an idea of how they will use it in mind. Some people that are more tech savvy may have no problem using HX Edit to create a whole bunch of different tones. There are tons of amp sims built in, and the Helix can be used for just about any genre. But it takes time to sit down and program the Helix, and for some guitarists…that might be a pain.
The easiest way to use the Helix is to use the pre-programmed patches. You can do this, or download the artist packages that are available to get any tone you need. You will probably have to tweak the settings a little bit since every guitar is different. But it can be as easy as “tweak and save”!
And finally, you can use the Line 6 Helix just for the effects it has, and ignore the amp sims completely. There are hundreds of effects that you can choose from, and it could replace all of your pedals, if that is how you wish to use it. The main take-away here, is that the Line 6 Helix is versatile as hell. It really depends on the user!
Christoper HortonChristopher has been playing guitar and piano for 27 years. He has been active in the professional music industry for over two decades. He has toured for years with several bands and music projects. He worked in LA as a studio musician and engineer working with bands like IAMSOUND, Baroness, Kylesa, Black Tusk, Reflux, and Tripping Daisy. In between giving private lessons, he is recording a solo album for 2022-2023. Christopher plays Schecter guitars, BOSS amplifiers, and uses STL Tones in the studio.
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