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Kevin M

Is this a joke? I sure hope it is...that form factor makes no sense.


Now there is a Helix/Hx form factor for everyone.
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Compared to original HX Stomp - I like the HX STOMP XL form factor with all jacks on rear and added footswitches
Hopefully they fixed the weak HX STOMP headphone output amp  -
and I miss a dedicated Stereo AUX INPUT (often means no need for a separate Mixer 

The original HX Stomp with jacks on three sides- when jack are occupied with cables eats up too much precious pedal board space.   

But the HX Stomp XL @ $749  is close to what i paid for a used Helix in 2016

suspect they were targeting MS-3 form factor



So it's just... HX Stomp, but with more touch footswitches and all the jacks on the back? For $150 more?

Because customers asked for more switches. Or kept finding clever—but way less elegant or integrated—ways to add more switches. And it was relatively easy. We're not going to pretend it's the most innovative product we've ever designed but for some customers, it's the goldilocks form factor.

Thanks, but my personal needs require a Variax input, twice the DSP, and six switches, not eight. Why didn't you give me exactly what I want?
<exasperated sigh>

So it's like the size of two HX Stomps?
If you omit the space required for jacks on the side (even pancake jacks), more like 1-2/3 Stomps. It's 12.5" wide (vs. HX Stomp's 7" width). Depth and height are virtually identical.

Does it add anything else?
Hands-free Pedal Edit mode (tweak presets with your feet), 128 presets vs.126, four snapshots per preset vs. three, and you can access the 6 Switch Looper without needing a MIDI controller. Other than that, it is HX Stomp with 5 extra switches.

Does it have the Command Center?
Absolutely. In fact, a big reason HX Stomp got the Command Center in 3.0 is because we had already done the work for HX Stomp XL. It makes a killer master MIDI/QWERTY controller for your entire pedalboard.

Wait, what happened to the Volume knob?
We moved it to the back panel to save room. It's spring loaded so you can recess it into the chassis to keep your cables from accidentally turning it.

Can I use third-party power supplies?
Yes. Any power supply that works with HX Stomp should work fine with HX Stomp XL.

Can it load HX Stomp presets?
Yep, just drag 'em in via HX Edit. It can also load Helix, Helix Rack+Control, Helix LT, Helix Native, and HX Effects presets, as long as they contain 8 or fewer blocks on a single DSP path.


I know it's labeled for 3 amps of current draw like the original one, but has there been word on the actual current draw? 

(Hopefully not much more than the 1 amp for the OG—I would be running it from two Cioks dc7 ports.)