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Line 6 Helix 2.90 / Helix Native 1.90: Firmware & app update

Line 6 has just released a new firmware and app update for Helix line with version 2.90 & Helix Native with version 1.90. The update brings new amp, 2 new cabs, & 6 new effects to the Helix Range.

New Amp, Cabs, & Effects

AmpNew CabsNew Effects
Revv Gen Purple1×12 FullertonDistortion – Alpaca Rouge
1×12 GrammaticoDistortion – Legendary Drive
Distortion – Xenomorph Fuzz
Dynamics – Rochester Comp
Modulation – Pebble Phaser
Split – Dynamic

According to Line 6, the new additions from the latest firmware update are based on:

New AmpBased On
Revv Gen PurplePurple (Gain 1) channel of the Revv Generator 120
New CabsBased On
1×12 FullertonClassic 1953 Fender 5C3 Tweet Deluxe
1×12 GrammaticoModern 2016 Grammatico LaGrange
New EffectsBased On
Alpaca Rouge (Distortion)Modded Way Huge Red Llama
Legendary Drive (Distortion)Carvin VLD1 Legacy Drive (high-gain channel)
Xenomorph Fuzz (Distortion)Subdecay Harmonic Antagonizer
Rochester Comp (Dynamics)Ashly CLX-52 (created in conjunction with Billy Sheehan)
Pebble Phaser (Modulation)Electro-Harmonix Small Stone phaser
Dynamic (Split)Line 6 original

Except for the Split block, all of the new effects emulate some other effects device. The new Line 6 Split block allows a user to dynamically route signals to Path B depending on the signal strength.

Line 6 Helix/HX 2.90 Update: New Features

The Line 6 Helix/HX 2.90 update introduces new features such as output meters, gain-reduction meters, clip indicators, command center commands, shortcuts, & improved IR referencing for the following Helix/HX devices:

New FeatureSupported Helix / HX Device
Output MetersHelix Floor, Helix Rack, Helix LT
Gain Reduction MetersHelix Floor, Helix Rack, Helix LT
Signal Present / Clip IndicatorsHelix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, HX Stomp
Command Center CommandsHelix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, HX Effects
Shortcuts (Model Subcategories)Helix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, HX Effects, HX Stomp
Improved IR ReferencingHelix Floor, Helix Rack/Control, Helix LT, Helix Native, HX Effects, HX Stomp

The Command Center includes new HX Preset, HX Snapshot, & HX Looper command options that enable a user to configure any preset, snapshot, or looper function. With the latest Line 6 Helix/HX 2.90 update, users can quickly navigate model subcategories without having to open the model list.

Line 6 Helix Native 1.90 Update: New Features

The latest Line 6 Helix Native 1.90 plugin update makes a quick A/B comparison possible. Additionally, the update allows the user to drag the IR directly from the impulse list to the signal flow view. Double-clicking an IR in the Impulses list now auto-populates the currently selected IR block.

The Helix Native 1.90 update also adds a new “Check for Updates” box in the preferences window.

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Ishaan Sarna

Founder of AUDEMPIRE (Pro Audio Equipment Store), SOUNDELICIT (Music Industry & Pro Audio Blog), TECHNOISER (Tech blog), and ISOLAPSE (Motion Industry & Photography Gear Blog). Music Producer by profession and also a Tech Enthusiast.