IMPORTANT: Because this patch uses effects models that were not included with the initial release of the Helix, it is very important that you upgrade the firmware on your Helix and the Helix software from Line 6 to the latest version before installing this patch. Otherwise you will have missing effects (and no amp). The latest version of this patch uses models from Firmware version 2.3. You’ll also need the latest version of the HX Edit program to import it to your Helix.
Signal flow and Amps/Effects
You can set up a Helix in almost any way you can think of, but I like to set it up like a pedalboard – so I have effects mapped to switches. I don’t typically like to set up completely different patches for different parts of a song, although this is certainly an effective way to do things.
Here is the signal flow and effects:
- Input: set to guitar
- Volume (log curve) – mapped to EXP 2
- Deluxe Comp – Transparent compressor – mapped to switch labeled “Compressor”
- Kinky Boost – EP Booster – set to switch labeled “EP Booster”
- Teemah! – Timmy drive – set to switch labeled “Timmy”
- Scream 808 – classic tube screamer sound – mapped to switch labeled ‘808’
- Amp – AC30 Fawn Nrm model
- Transistor Tape Delay – Set to Quarter note delay – mapped to switched labeled “Quarter DLY’
- Vintage Digital Delay – Set to dotted 8th note delay – mapped to switch labeled “Dotted 8th DLY”
- Dual Delay – Long ambient delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘AMBI SWELLS’
- Particle Verb – Big ambient modulated reverb – mapped to switch labeled ‘AMBI SWELLS’
- Octo – Shimmer reverb – mapped to switch labeled ‘AMBI SWELLS’
- Hall Verb – big ambient reverb – mapped to switch labeled ‘Big Verb”
- Hall Reverb – Set to a short decay. I use this as an almost always on kind of reverb – mapped to switch labeled “Short Verb”
- Looper – mapped to switch labeled ‘LOOPER’
You can treat this patch like a typical pedalboard setup. Just turn on/off the effects that you want. Feel free to stack the drives for a big sound. Make sure to set up your Helix in stomp box mode and set the two left switches to turn effects on/off (not to bank up/down). Otherwise you will not have footswitch access to all the effects.
There are a few special tricks with this patch, though…
‘SWELLS’ switch. This single knob turns on massive delay and reverb. Swells with this on are awesome. Add the ‘Big Verb’ and a drive for even bigger swells
Making changes for your guitar and setup
Every guitar and player is different, and you will likely need to make a few changes to suite your gear and playing style.
EQ/Amp Gain Changes. Start here – use the EQ controls on the amp to suite your tastes with the base clean tone. If the amp breaks up too much with your guitar in the clean setting, lower to gain on the amp. From there, adjust the tone knobs of the drive pedals if desired.
Remember that your guitar will respond differently than my guitar to this patch, so adjust the gain structure and EQ on the amp first. I also like the amp to break up a bit when I strum harder. Adjust the gain setting on the amp without any drive pedals on first to set the level of gain on your ‘clean’ tone.