Helix + Reaper DAW

Any users here who could share any screenshots of what settings they use if possible?

Am trying to use Reaper to try to record some basic stuff with the amp tones from the Helix.

Btw I'm using a PC with Windows 8.
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  • horsehorse Frets: 554
    What I do when tracking guitars with my helix Lt is use the helix as the interface via usb, monitoring and recording the 'wet' signal, but also recording a dry signal which you can take at the same time on input 7 or 8 (can't remember) - that lets you mess around with re-amping the dry signal later on.

    What are you finding difficult? How to set the reaper recording track so that you can hear the wet signal?
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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 270
    https://line6.com/support/topic/24500-helix-dry-signal-in-reaper-via-usb/

    Found this, I'll have a proper look at it tomorrow and hopfully this will show me where I'm going wrong.

    Thanks for your help @horse ;

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  • sgosdensgosden Frets: 667

    I found it quite easy to set up helix with reaper (I'm still a very beginner at it)

    the link you shared seems to have most the basics included :)

    I've been watching a lot of 'reaperTV' on youtube. He's very good at explaining what he's doing.

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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 270
    Had a quick go on Saturday, but no luck...I'll have to try again, definitely something I'm doing wrong with the settings & not the fault of Reaper/Helix.
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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 270
    sgosden said:

    I've been watching a lot of 'reaperTV' on youtube. He's very good at explaining what he's doing.

    Cheers, I'll check out some videos.
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  • Have you set Helix as the interface in Reaper’s settings? You may still have it set to default - apologies if you’ve already checked this.
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  • sgosdensgosden Frets: 667
    duotone said:
    Had a quick go on Saturday, but no luck...I'll have to try again, definitely something I'm doing wrong with the settings & not the fault of Reaper/Helix.

    are you not getting reaper and helix talking at all?
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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 270
    sgosden said:
    duotone said:
    Had a quick go on Saturday, but no luck...I'll have to try again, definitely something I'm doing wrong with the settings & not the fault of Reaper/Helix.

    are you not getting reaper and helix talking at all?
    It must be 'connected' because when I strum some chords on the guitar the yellow bar in Reaper goes up then drops down again until I hit the next chord/notes
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 18466
    Do you have input monitoring turned on?
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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 270
    octatonic said:
    Do you have input monitoring turned on?
    Yes.

    Can I ask what Global Settings --> Ins/Outs --> Multi you have it set to?


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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 756
    If you're using the Helix as your audio interface, do you have your monitors (or headphones) connected to the Helix?

    It's not a competition.
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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 270
    edited May 1

    If you're using the Helix as your audio interface, do you have your monitors (or headphones) connected to the Helix?

    No, I have;

    Studio Monitors --> Presonus Audiobox iTwo --> USB connected to Laptop  AND THEN Helix LT --> USB connected to Laptop

    Maybe this is where I'm messing up?


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  • horsehorse Frets: 554
    duotone said:

    If you're using the Helix as your audio interface, do you have your monitors (or headphones) connected to the Helix?

    No, I have;

    Studio Monitors --> Presonus Audiobox iTwo --> USB connected to Laptop  AND THEN Helix LT --> USB connected to Laptop

    Maybe this is where I'm messing up?


    Reaper may well be using the helix as your output device then, which may be the problem.

    I believe that reaper prefers a single device for input and output, but may let you split them in 'legacy mode' on windows
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 18466
    edited May 1
    duotone said:

    If you're using the Helix as your audio interface, do you have your monitors (or headphones) connected to the Helix?

    No, I have;

    Studio Monitors --> Presonus Audiobox iTwo --> USB connected to Laptop  AND THEN Helix LT --> USB connected to Laptop

    Maybe this is where I'm messing up?


    Almost certainly, yes.

    Analog to digital converters are so good now that you don't need to use the digital/USB output of your Helix to record into your DAW.
    Just connect the Helix's output to your soundcard's analog input.
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  • horsehorse Frets: 554
    octatonic said:
    duotone said:

    If you're using the Helix as your audio interface, do you have your monitors (or headphones) connected to the Helix?

    No, I have;

    Studio Monitors --> Presonus Audiobox iTwo --> USB connected to Laptop  AND THEN Helix LT --> USB connected to Laptop

    Maybe this is where I'm messing up?


    Almost certainly, yes.

    Analog to digital converters are so good now that you don't need to use the digital/USB output of your Helix to record into your DAW.
    Just connect the Helix's output to your soundcard's analog input.
    Although using the helix to re-amp is more straight forward if connecting helix via usb
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  • DiscoStuDiscoStu Frets: 2870
    edited May 2
    When I bought my Focusrite interface my mate told me I couldn't have it plugged in to my Windows laptop at the same time as my Yamaha THR amp, so maybe having two USB interfaces running at the same time is causing the conflict.
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  • equalsqlequalsql Frets: 3162
    DiscoStu said:
    When I bought my Focusrite interface my mate told me I couldn't have it plugged in to my Windows laptop at the same time as my Yamaha THR amp, so maybe having two USB interfaces running at the same time is causing the conflict.
    This ^^^^
    You will need to 'bond' the two audio interfaces. The free ASIO driver asio4all allows you to bond multiple interfaces.
    It will find all compatible audio hardware and allow you to select which ones you want to use.
    You can then see all the selected devices i/o options in Reaper's audio config page when using the asio4all driver instead of your Presonus or Line6 specific drivers.
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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 270
    Cheers for all the useful advice guys, I'll have a go at setting it up tonight and let you know how I get on.  
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  • wave100wave100 Frets: 125
    equalsql said:
    DiscoStu said:
    When I bought my Focusrite interface my mate told me I couldn't have it plugged in to my Windows laptop at the same time as my Yamaha THR amp, so maybe having two USB interfaces running at the same time is causing the conflict.
    This ^^^^
    You will need to 'bond' the two audio interfaces. The free ASIO driver asio4all allows you to bond multiple interfaces.
    It will find all compatible audio hardware and allow you to select which ones you want to use.
    You can then see all the selected devices i/o options in Reaper's audio config page when using the asio4all driver instead of your Presonus or Line6 specific drivers.
    I tried doing that with ASIO4all once, but it just seemed to add the latency of the two audio interfaces together. I was really just doing it to see if it worked so didn't persevere. I would second @octatonic 's suggestion of just using the line out old skool. Just get a decent sound then record it, save yourself a lot of time.

    The other, more faffy, option is to connect the monitors/headphones to the Helix when recording guitars and to the Presonus when doing other stuff.
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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 270
    wave100 said:
    equalsql said:
    DiscoStu said:
    When I bought my Focusrite interface my mate told me I couldn't have it plugged in to my Windows laptop at the same time as my Yamaha THR amp, so maybe having two USB interfaces running at the same time is causing the conflict.
    This ^^^^
    You will need to 'bond' the two audio interfaces. The free ASIO driver asio4all allows you to bond multiple interfaces.
    It will find all compatible audio hardware and allow you to select which ones you want to use.
    You can then see all the selected devices i/o options in Reaper's audio config page when using the asio4all driver instead of your Presonus or Line6 specific drivers.
    I tried doing that with ASIO4all once, but it just seemed to add the latency of the two audio interfaces together. I was really just doing it to see if it worked so didn't persevere. I would second @octatonic 's suggestion of just using the line out old skool. Just get a decent sound then record it, save yourself a lot of time.

    The other, more faffy, option is to connect the monitors/headphones to the Helix when recording guitars and to the Presonus when doing other stuff.
    Think that is what I may have to end up doing.  I didn’t get a chance the other evening to spend some time getting it set-up (Aunts Birthday) but will report back here when I do.

    ASIO4all -  Will give that a wide berth for now. Thanks @wave100 ;
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 18466
    ASIO for all works to a point (better than Pro Tools aggregate mode anyway) but there is a processor overhead.

    Honestly, just record it via analogue outputs, the converters are more than up to the job.
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  • horsehorse Frets: 554


    The other, more faffy, option is to connect the monitors/headphones to the Helix when recording guitars and to the Presonus when doing other stuff.
    That's what I ended up doing. Helix with headphones when tracking guitars or messing about with reamping etc, then switching usb cable to my main interface for everything else, and the main interface remains connected to monitors
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