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Helix FAQs: Which IR cabs I use

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In the Helix FAQ series I answer some commonly asked questions about the Line 6 Helix. I use IR Cabs in pretty much all my patches, and typically I’ll run two IR cabs per patch (basically like taking one amp and running it to two cabs).

Here is the link to the IR cab package I use from OwnHammer

9 Responses to Helix FAQs: Which IR cabs I use

  1. Mike Oliver Dec 6, 2016 at 11:21 am #


    Thanks for the insight on the Path 2A/2B parallel split — neat idea!

    I applied last night as I revised the Helix patch I used last year for TSO’s “First Snow” in preparation for an upcoming service. In contrasting the difference between the preset I used for 2015 and the revised version, perhaps what I notice most of all the slight random variances in how the revised Helix preset responds, a feature of the analog gear that I used for several years before the Helix (e.g., Matchless and Mesa heads, Wampler OD & distortion pedals, PettyJohn Electronics PreDrive, TC Electronic and Strymon delays, etc.). Granted, it’s one of those things that wouldn’t register audibly for some folks, but it matters for the player in how they feel and sense their expression of the music they play.

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Brian Jan 11, 2017 at 2:41 pm #

      Thanks Mike! Yeah there are so many little things that really nobody but the player will hear or notice, but I agree – it all makes a big difference to us.

  2. Jason Apr 17, 2017 at 10:33 am #

    Did OwnHammer pull the IR bundle you used?

    • Brian Oct 20, 2017 at 9:26 pm #

      Yeah they did – the Core Tone Bundle is a similar offering from them now.

  3. John Boy Aug 20, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

    I also couldn’t find the Justin York collection at Ownhammer

    • Brian Oct 20, 2017 at 8:25 pm #

      Hey John – the Justin York collection isn’t available anymore – the Core Tone Bundle is comparable.

  4. Joshua Wong Dec 27, 2017 at 4:39 am #

    Hey Brian, does third party IRs really sound better than the stock helix cabs ?

    • Brian Jan 25, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

      Hi Joshua – I think they make a pretty big difference, especially with gain/drive. But you have to match the right IR for the amp, too.

  5. Doug J Jul 12, 2018 at 12:25 am #

    The Justin York collection doesn’t appear to be available on ownhammers site any longer?

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