In this play through Bradford is using a PRS Custom 24 with Lambertones pickups (Grinder bridge + Crema neck). Note: this video was done with version 1.0 of this patch. Scroll down to see the improvements we’ve made.
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. If you get an error importing a patch, the problem is most likely outdated firmware on your Helix/HX Edit.
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 CAB INCLUDED: This download includes a premium IR from Tone Junkie. We matched this specific IR to this amp, but feel free to experiment with other IR’s for different tonal options. We’ve also included a stock cab version of the patch, but we urge to try the IR – it really does sound better – and it’s included for free :).
Here is the specific IR included, and its location in our Helix:
- TJ 31 MATCH 30 R121+57 . In our Helix, it’s in IR slot 31 (this will always correspond with the number after ‘TJ’ in the file name).
To purchase more IR packs, visit the Tone Junkie store here.
HOW TO IMPORT THIS PATCH AND IR
- Connect your Helix to your computer using a USB Cable
- Download and instal the ‘HX Edit’ app from Line 6
- In the ‘HX Edit’ app, drag and drop the patch into a slot in the ‘PRESETS’ column
- To import an IR, switch to the ‘IMPULSES’ column (next to the PRESETS column), and drag & drop the IR into the appropriate slot (see note above). The image below shows the specific IR location for this patch.
- PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have the IR loaded into the ‘IMPULSES’ column, the patch will not sound correct, even if you have the IR block on – you must drag and drop the IR into the IMPULSES column.
This patch is designed to be used in Snapshot mode. To enable this mode in your Helix, go to the ‘Footswitches’ section of the Global Settings and select ‘8 Snapshots’ in the ‘Preset Mode Switches’ menu. Here are the snapshots:
- SNAPSHOT 1: SWELLS/VS. Ambient swells for the first verse.
- SNAPSHOT 2: CHORUS. Basic rhythm tone with light drive.
- SNAPSHOT 3: VERSE 2. Clean-ish with verb and delay.
- SNAPSHOT 4: INST. Instrumental before the bridge.
- SNAPSHOT 5: CHORUS (+). More drive than Snap 2
- SNAPSHOT 6: BRIDGE (+). This is the biggest drive tone of the patch.
- SNAPSHOT 7: VERSE TREM. Same as the verse snap but with tremolo. We like to kick this on at the end of the guitar part in the verse sections (see our video play through).
- SNAPSHOT 8: AMBI CLEAN. It’s here if you need it.
SIGNAL FLOW AND EFFECTS
Here is the signal flow and effects:
- Deluxe Comp – not mapped to a switch, always on
- Heir Apparent – Prince of Tone (voiced to sound like Bradford’s KOT, Yellow side) – mapped to switch labeled ‘KOT-Yellow’
- Scream 808 – Tube Screamer – mapped to a switch labeled ‘808’
- Dhyna Drive Hermida Zendrive — mapped to switch labeled ‘Zendrive’
- Tremolo – mapped to switch labeled Tremolo
- Volume – mapped to EXP 2
- Amp – Fullerton Jumped
- Cabs/IR – see above for IR info
- Transistor Tape Delay – dotted 8th delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘1/8d DLY’
- Adriatic Delay – 8th Delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘1/8 Delay’
- Transistor Tape Delay – stereo (1/4 and 1/8d) – mapped to switch labeled ‘Dual DLY ST’
- ’63 Spring – subtle spring reverb – mapped to a switch labeled ‘Spring Verb’
- Glitz Verb –modulated verb – mapped to switch labeled “Big Verb (Glitz)
- Multitap 4 Delay – ambient delay used for swells
- Glitz Verb – big modulated verb used for swells
- Simple EQ – 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.
This patch is meant to be used in Snapshot mode, but can be used in stomp box mode as well. We recommend setting up your Helix to use all ten stomps. The Helix LT does not allow 10-button stomp mode, so you’ll have to re-arrange the button assignments to suite your preferences.
Everything after the cab/cab block runs in stereo. The delays are mono, but they are panned using the mixer block. All the verbs and effects after the delays are stereo effects. If you are able to run stereo, the wet effects will sound bigger and better. If you only use the L/Mono output of the Helix, everything will be summed to mono automatically. NOTE: Do not use just the Right output of the helix – some of the delays will not be audible if you do this.
Feel free to stack drive pedals for bigger sounds. All three one at once will give you a lead/solo tone.
The dotted 8th delay is in parallel with the quarter delay and 1/8th delay, so they’ll be more rhythmic when used together.
Hit the ‘Swells’ button to turn on the Multitap delay with big ambient reverb.
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.
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 you have higher output humbuckers, you might want to make adjustments based on the suggestions 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)…
- Drive Norm: Change to 1.4
- Drive Bright: Change to 2.0
- Tone: Change to 9.4
- Treble: Change to 8.7
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.
Version 2.0: 2019-08-08
- Changed: Amp/cab (switched to the Fullerton model)
- Changed: Drives and settings (to fit with the Fullerton model)
Version 2.0 moves this patch from the Fender Deluxe amp model to the Fullerton (Fender Deluxe Tweed) amp model. The basic character is the same, but we feel the Fullerton model sounds better.
Initial Release (Version 1.0): 2019-07-01