In this demo Brad is playing a custom built telecaster with Lambertones Blondies pickups
1. UPDATE YOUR FIRMWARE: Please 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.
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. IR CABS: This download contains both stock and IR cab versions. We think they both sound great, but if you’d like to use the specific IR we used, it’s from the ATyp 2×12 IR Set from Live Ready Sound.
- Here is the IR we used: LRS M2 ATyp SM7b 02 (Top row – slot 49 in our Helix)
SIGNAL FLOW AND EFFECTS
Here is the signal flow and effects:
- Deluxe Comp – not mapped to a switch, always on
- Valve Driver – Chandler Tube Drive OD – mapped to switch labeled ‘Valve Driver’
- Scream 808 -Tube Screamer OD – mapped to switch labeled ‘808’
- Teemah – Timmy OD – mapped to switch labeled ‘Timmy’
- Amps – Matchstick CH1 & US Double NRM
- Cabs/IR’s – 4×12 Cali V30 (in the stock cab versions) – see above for IR info
- PlastiChorus – mapped to switch labeled ‘PlastiChorus’
- Tremolo – mapped to switch labeled ‘Tremolo’
- Adriatic Delay – 1/8 Delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘1/8Adri’
- Plate verb – subtle ‘always on’ type reverb – mapped to switch labeled “Plate Verb’
- Glitz Verb – big modulated verb – mapped to switch labeled “Big Verb (Mod)”
- Cali Q Graphic – Always on EQ – Use this EQ to make tonal tweaks for your guitar/setup. These controls will affect your tone differently than the amp controls. See below for recommended settings.
- Looper (6 switch) – mapped to button labeled ‘Looper’. If you prefer the 1-button looper, feel free to substitute it – just make sure to use the stereo version.
This patch is meant to be used in either stompbox or snapshot mode. We recommend setting up your Helix to use all ten stomps (stompbox mode) or all eight snapshots (snapshot mode). The Helix LT does not allow 10-button stomp mode, so you’ll have to re-arrange the button assignments to suite your preferences.
The delays, reverbs, EQ, and Looper are in stereo. If you only use the L/Mono output of the Helix, everything will be summed to mono automatically.
Feel free to stack drive pedals for bigger sounds. Bradford uses the Tube Driver for neck pickup lead lines or big chords on the bridge. It has a big warm sound which is awesome, but the other drives are more suited for chime-y rhythm and lead parts.
The delays sound big and wide if you’re able to run stereo. Bradford enjoys warm delay sounds, which is why his go-to are the tape and Adriatic (analog) delays.
Bradford’s approach to swells is a bit different than other WT patches – they are more subtle, and Brad uses them more to add texture to keys-based pad sounds.
EQ AT THE END OF THE CHAIN?:
Typically when you record guitar parts in the studio, you’ll put EQ and compression on the final tone. We’ve replicated the EQ in this patch. You can use the Cali Q Graphic block for final tone shaping. See below for recommended settings.
There are eight snapshots included in this patch to get different sounds (all patches feature the same snapshots).
- Snapshot 1: CLEAN. This is the base clean tone with delay.
- Snapshot 2: AMBI CLEAN – Clean tone with big reverb.
- Snapshot 3: DRIVE. Light overdrive.
- Snapshot 4: DRIVE+: Bigger overdrive.
- Snapshot 5: LEAD.
- Snapshot 6: AMBI LEAD: Like snap 5 but more wet effects.
- Snapshot 7: CLEAN TREM: Tremolo is Bradford’s favorite mod effect.
- Snapshot 8: SWELLS.
MAKING ADJUSTMENTS FOR YOUR SETUP
SETTING THE PATCH UP FOR YOUR GUITAR
All guitars are different, so you may want to make changes to suite your playing style and guitar. We set this up with a variety of guitars, including both single coils and humbuckers (primarily a Telecaster style guitar). If your guitar has humbuckers, please refer to the suggested settings below.
We recommend making a copy of the patch and changing the copy just in case you want to revert back to the original.
RECOMMENDED SETTINGS FOR SINGLE COILS:
The version of this patch you initially download is voiced more toward single coils. We built it primarily using a Telecaster style guitar. If you have a humbucker equipped guitar with low-output humbuckers, it should be perfect for your uses too.
Feel free to adjust the amp EQ and the settings of the Cali Q Graphic block (at the end of the patch) if you’d like to make the patch a bit brighter or darker.
RECOMMENDED SETTINGS FOR HUMBUCKERS:
If your guitar has traditional output Humbuckers, try the following changes (we recommend making a copy of the original patch)…
MATCHSTICK CH1 AMP SETTINGS:
- Drive: Change to 3.0
- Cut: Change to 6
- Bass: Change to 3.5
- Treble: Change to 4.0
- Presence: Change to 6.0
US DOUBLE NRM AMP SETTINGS:
- Drive: Change to 4.0
- Bass: Change to 7.4
- Treble: Change to 3.2
- Presence: Change to 3.5
Cali Q Graphic block settings:
- 240 Hz Slider: Change to 0.0
- 2200 Hz Slider: change to +1.6
- 6600 Hz Slider: change to 0.0
If you would like to make this patch louder or quieter without affecting tone, the following adjustments can be made:
“Ch Vol” control on the amp module. This will increase or decrease volume without affecting the tone of the amp. This is the primary level adjustment tool I use for changing patch volumes.
Output block level. Changing the level control on the output block (the very last thing in the signal chain) will increase or decrease overall volume. We typically have this set at zero, but feel free to adjust this as you see fit.