This demo is for the Acoustic Helix patch. The HX Stomp patch contains the same base elements – see below for exactly what is included in the HX Stomp version.
1. UPDATE YOUR FIRMWARE: Please upgrade the firmware on your HX Effects and the HX Edit software from Line 6 to the latest before installing this patch. Even if your Helix is up to date, the ‘HX Edit’ app needs to be updated as well.
2. REVERBS: The 2.6 Firmware update changed the mix levels of the new (HX) reverbs. This patch accounts for those changes, so if you are not updated to 2.6 or later on your Helix, the reverbs will not sound right.
3. This patch is designed to be used with an acoustic guitar with pickups installed (it’s not meant to simulate an acoustic with the use of an electric guitar). We’ve included various effects and features found in many acoustic pre-amps, as well as creative effects often used with acoustic guitar.
4. This patch will only work with HX Stomp. It will not work with other Line 6 Products (Helix, HX Effects, etc)
SIGNAL FLOW AND EFFECTS
- LA Studio Comp – not mapped to a switch
- Vintage Digital Delay – Dotted 8th note delay – mapped to Footswitch 1
- Transistor Tape Delay – Quarter note delay – Not mapped to a switch (can be mapped to an external switch – off by default)
- Plate verb – Not mapped to a switch (can be mapped to an external switch – on by default)
- Glitz Verb – big modulated verb – mapped to Footswitch 2
- Cali Q Graphic – not mapped to a switch
This patch can is designed to be used in ‘stompbox’ mode – snapshots are not set up.
Delay: The dotted 8th note delay is mapped to FS 1, and can be used for rhythmic delay (think Phil Wickham). There is a quarter note delay in the patch as well – this can be either set to be always on (or mapped to turn on with the dotted 8th delay), or set to an external footswitch.
Reverb: For Reverbs, you have a subtle plate verb that is always on (you can alternatively map this to an external switch), and a large modulated verb available via Footswitch 2. The Big/Mod verb is the Glitz reverb, and it sounds pretty huge. It will work well for more intimate songs where you want to fill up a lot of space. If you’re in a larger band setting and are a rhythm acoustic player, this will make your guitar disappear in the mix, so use with caution.
EQ: The EQ at the end of the chain is meant to be always on, and it adds some life and character to most acoustic guitars. You may want to adjust this EQ setting for your guitar. If the overall tone is too bright, lower the 2200 and 6600 hz sliders, and try adding some 240hz. If your tone is too dark, increase the 2200 hz and 6600 hz sliders.