Guitar used in this demo:
- PRS (Paul Reed Smith) DGT
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 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.
Firmware 2.6 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.
Half Gain/Unity Gain: We’ve included two volume level versions of this patch, The ‘Half Gain’ patches are designed to use with the Helix volume at 50%, and are roughly the same output level as all our other patches. The ‘Unity Gain’ patches are designed to use the Helix volume at 100%, and are roughly twice as loud as our other patches. The tone of the patch is unchanged – just the output level is different.
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 we have effects mapped to switches.
Here is the signal flow and effects:
- Volume (log curve) – mapped to EXP 2
- Deluxe Comp – not mapped to a switch, always on
- Teemah! – Timmy drive – mapped to switch labeled “Timmy”
- Soup Pro Preamp – Superbolt type OD – mapped to switch labeled “Superbolt”
- Vermin Dist – ProCo Rat – mapped to switch labeled “Rat”
- Tremolo – mapped to switch labeled “Tremolo”
- PlastiChorus – mapped to switch labeled “Chorus”
- Hall Verb – acts as an always on verb – mapped to switch labeled “Short Verb”
- Amps – AC30 Fawn NRM and Soup Pro
- Transistor Tape Delay – Quarter note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘Quarter DLY’
- Transistor Tape Delay – Dotted 8th note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘Dotted 8th DLY’
- Cab – IR (IR patch version) // 4×12 Cali V30 (stock version)
- Dual Delay – ¼ and dotted 8thdelays – mapped to switch labeled “Dual DLY ST”
- Glitz Verb – big modulated verb – mapped to switch labeled “Mod Verb”
This patch is meant to recreate the board and sounds of Jeffrey Kunde, specifically in his work with the worship band Jesus Culture. We based the effects and sounds from the most recent rig rundown of his setup on YouTube.
DRIVE TONES – DIRT PEDALS:
There are three dirt pedals in this patch, meant to give you a stage 1,2, and 3 overdrive sound using them in this order:
- Timmy: this is the lightest (stage 1) drive.
- Superbolt: stage 2 drive – basic rhythm sound.
- Rat: stage 3 drive – the most gain of the three.
You can stack drives as well for different options.
DELAYS AND VERBS:
The delays are set up so you can have a more subtle quarter and dotted 8thdelay sound (those two are in parallel). The real magic is in the dual delay option. It’s a stereo delay, so and it will send a quarter note delay out one side and a dotted 8thout the other. If you are able to run stereo, it will create a huge spread, and since there is a bit of modulation in it, it sounds big.
The reverb options give you a basic hall reverb and a big modulated reverb.
If you run the Helix in mono, all the stereo effects will be summed to mono.
GUITARS (and making changes for YOUR guitar):
We made this patch with a PRS DGT, which has both humbucker and single coil tones available. The patch will respond well to both pickup types, but as always, you may want to tweak settings depending on your guitar.
Start with the EQ settings on the amps and then move to gain settings to get your desired clean tone. You can also adjust the output level of the preamp to adjust how much signal is hitting the drives and amps.