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Fried-Z – Line 6 Helix Pack (3-in-one patch pack)

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Get classic British and American tones with this 3-patch pack for the Line 6 Helix. Includes patches based on the Friedman BE-100, the Dr. Z Route 66, and a dual-amp patch. We’ve included both stock and IR-ready patches.

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Description

Guitars used in this demo:

  • Suhr Classic Pro (strat style)
  • Suhr Classic T (tele style)
  • Suhr Alt T (dual HB)

NOTE: This demo was done with version 1.0 of this patch pack. Scroll down to the changelog to see how we’ve improved it.

IMPORTANT NOTES

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 available here.

  • Here are the specific IR’s we’re using in these patches: All patches: LRS M2 ATyp SM7b Comp 01  (slot 43 in our Helix)

INCLUDED PATCHES

Fried-Z Dual (stock and IR versions): These patches include both the Friedman and Dr. Z amp models in a dual amp setup.

Fried (stock and IR versions): These patches include just the Friedman amp.

DocZ (stock and IR versions): These patches include just the Dr. Z.

The effects layout and snapshots are similar between all the patches – although settings have been tweaked to sound best with each setup. Feel free to experiment. We don’t think one sounds necessarily better than the other – just different. The Friedman has more of an American sound while the DocZ has more of a British sound.

SIGNAL FLOW AND EFFECTS

Here is the signal flow and effects:

  1. Input
  2. Volume (log curve) – mapped to EXP 2
  3. Deluxe Comp – not mapped to a switch, always on
  4. 70’s Chorus – mapped to a switch labeled “Chorus”
  5. Kinky Boost – EP Booster – mapped to switch labeled ‘EP Booster’
  6. Scream 808/Teemah! – Tube Screamer/Timmy – mapped to switch labeled “808/Timmy” (this is an 808 in all the patches except for the DocZ – in that one we used the Timmy)
  7. Stupor OD – Boss SD-1 – mapped to switch labeled “SD-1”
  8. Amp(s)
  9. Cab/IR – 4×12 Cali V30 (in the stock cab versions) – see above for IR info
  10. Elephant Man – DMM Delay, 8th note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘Short DLY’
  11. Transistor Tape Delay – Quarter note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘Quarter DLY’
  12. Adriatic Delay – Dotted 8th note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘Dotted 8th DLY’
  13. Cosmos Echo – big ambient delay mapped to button labeled “SWELLS’
  14. Plateaux Verb – Shimmer Verb – mapped to button labeled ‘SWELLS’
  15. Hall Verb – acts as an always on verb – not mapped to a switch
  16. Glitz Verb – big modulated verb – mapped to switch labeled “Mod Verb”
  17. Cali Q Graphics – end of chain EQ – not mapped to a switch
  18. Looper

SNAPSHOTS

There are eight snapshots included in this patch to get different sounds (all patches feature the same snapshots).

They are:

  • Snapshot 1: CLEAN – This is the base clean tone with quarter note delay.
  • Snapshot 2: CLEAN VERB – more reverb.
  • Snapshot 3: DRIVE – uses the EP Booster
  • Snapshot 4: DRIVE + – uses the Stupor OD
  • Snapshot 5: AMBI CHORUS – Delay, Verb, and Chorus
  • Snapshot 6: THE EDGE – dotted 8th and quarter delay together with a bit of drive.
  • Snapshot 7: P&W LEAD – big drive, delay, and verb.
  • Snapshot 8: SWELLS – this uses the ‘Swells’ stomp button plus more verb and delay.

USAGE

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).

DRIVE TONES – DIRT PEDALS:

We’ve included three overdrive pedals: the EP Booster, 808/Timmy, and Boss SD-1. Ycan stack them for bigger sounds.

DELAYS:

The quarter and dotted 8th delays are set up in parallel, so they will not interact with each other. This creates more of a rhythmic delay rather than a wash.

SWELLS:

If you want to go really ambient with swells, the ‘Swells’ switch turns on the Cosmos echo and the shimmer verb. It will sound huge and create big pad type sounds, especially when used in combination with the other big reverb.

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’re using a guitar with 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.

RECOMMENDED SETTINGS FOR HUMBUCKERS:

If your guitar has traditional output Humbuckers, try the following changes (we recommend making a copy of the original patch.

FRIED-Z PATCH

AMP SETTINGS:

  • Placater Drive: Change to 3.5
  • Placater Treble: Change to 7.0
  • Interstate Zed Drive: Change to 1.9
  • Interstate Zed Drive: Treble: Change to 7.5

CALI Q GRAPHIC SETTINGS:

  • 2200 Hz Slider: Change to 1.8

DOC-Z PATCH

AMP SETTINGS:

  • Interstate Zed Drive: Change to 1.6
  • Interstate Zed Treble: Change to 7.5

CALI Q GRAPHIC SETTINGS:

  • 2200 Hz Slider: Change to 1.8

FRIED PATCH

AMP SETTINGS:

  • Placater Drive: Change to 4.5
  • Placater Treble: Change to 8.8
  • Placater Bass: Change to 3.8

CALI Q GRAPHIC SETTINGS:

  • 2200 Hz Slider: Change to 1.8

VOLUME CHANGES

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.

CHANGELOG

Initial Release (V1.0): 2018-08-10

Version 2.0: 2019-02-28

  • Changed: IR cabs (still from the same IR pack as the initial release, just better matched)
  • Added: End of chain EQ
  • Added: Recommended settings for single coils and humbuckers
  • Improved: Amp settings – better tone and match to IR cab

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