In this demo Brian is using a Suhr Alt T
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 Helix software from Line 6 to the latest before installing this patch. You will also need the latest version of the HX Edit app to transfer this patch to your Helix.
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.
IR vs Stock version:This download contains both stock and IR cab versions. We think they both sound great, but if you’d like to use the specific IRs we used, they’re from the ATyp 2×12 IR Set from Live Ready Sound. These IR’s are not included with the patch. The specific IR’s used are included in the ReadMe file you get with the download.
Overall volume level: This patch is designed to use the main Helix volume knob at 100% (Unity Gain). This will be roughly half the volume as some of our earlier patches designed to run the volume knob at 50%. If you’d like to increase the volume level of the patch, adjust the ‘Channel Volume’ sliders for the amps. This will not affect the tone, only the level that Helix sends out.
Signal flow and Amps/Effects
Here is the signal flow and effects:
- Input: set to guitar
- Volume (log curve) – mapped to EXP 2
- Kinky Comp
- Minotaur – Klon OD – mapped to button labeled ‘Klon’
- Stupor OD – SD-1 OD – mapped to button labeled “SD-1”
- Pitch Wham – mapped to button labeled ‘Pitch Wham’ (Mix is mapped to EXP 1)
- Amps: AC30 Fawn Nrm and Brit J45 Brt
- IR/Stock cab
- Tape Delay – Quarter note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘1/4 DLY’
- Vintage Digital Delay – 1/8 note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘1/8 DLY’
- Hall Verb – mapped to switch labeled ‘Hall’
- Ganymede Verb – mapped to switch labeled ‘Big Verb (Mod)’
- Transistor Tape Delay – Ambient delay – mapped to button labeled ‘Swells’
- Glitz Verb – Ambient reverb – mapped to button labeled “Swells’
The default usage of this patch is with Snapshots. You’ll need set up your Helix so that you can see all eight snapshots. The snapshots correspond to the different sections of the song, and are labeled:
- Snapshot 1: INTRO/VS1 – Dotted 8thdelay is prominent
- Snapshot 2: CH1/Ambi – ambient swell tone for the first chorus
- Snapshot 3: VS2 – similar to verse 1
- Snapshot 4: CH Big – Main chorus tone using the Whammy effect. EXP 1 will be automatically selected, and it controls the mix of the whammy
- Snapshot 5: Bridge – Big rhythm tone for the bridge
The CH Big snapshot uses the whammy, and it’s tied to EXP 1 (EXP 2 is volume). EXP 1 will automatically be selected during the VS2 snapshot, so feel free to set the expression pedal at its lowest point during that verse, which allows you to be ready to use it during the chorus.
You can also treat this patch like a typical pedalboard setup – make sure you set your Helix so that all 10 buttons are available to you for stomp boxes. Just turn on/off the effects that you want. Feel free to stack the drives for a big sound. Make sure to set up your Helix in stomp box mode and set the two left switches to turn effects on/off (not to bank up/down – this is not available on the Helix LT). Otherwise you will not have footswitch access to all the effects.
Making changes for your guitar and setup
We used a guitar with humbuckers to build this patch, although they are bright with lower output than typical HB’s. Every guitar and player is different, and you will likely need to make a few changes to suite your gear and playing style.
Gain structure changes (THIS IS IMPORTANT). Your guitar may respond differently than my guitar to this patch, so adjust the gain structure and EQ on the amp first to suit your guitar. I also like the amp to break up a bit when I strum harder. Adjust the gain setting on the amp without any drive pedals on first to set the level of gain on your ‘clean’ tone. From there, tweak the level of the drives to suit your taste. I’ve set them up to stack well together, but you don’t have to use them that way. Alternatively, you can adjust the output of the Comp to give more volume or less to the front end of the amp.