Worship Tutorials – Holy Spirit Helix Patch
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 version before installing this patch. Otherwise you will have missing effects (and no amp).
NOTE: This download includes two different patches – one with Impuse Responses and one with stock cabs. The patch with the impulse responses is labeled ‘IR’ in the title. The Impulse Responses are cabinet models from OwnHammer. You can purchase them or use your own IRs. The specific IRs in this patch are from the Justin York Collection by OwnHammer, and are the files labeled:
OH JY-MES-412 BL 57B2+121.wav (Mesa 4×12) – this is the IR cab on the top row
OH JY-VX30-212 L 421C2+121 (Vox 2×12) – this is the IR cab on the bottom row
Feel free to experiment with different IR’s – or feel free to purchase or download other cab IR’s and experiment with those.
PLEASE NOTE: This patch does not include the IR Cab – you’ll need to download it separately and transfer it to your Helix. It’s a pretty simple process that required the Helix app from Line 6. There is also a preset included with a stock Helix cab. Feel free to use this, but we encourage you to try out the IR Cab – it sounds better.
This patch contains 4 snapshots set up for use for the song Holy Spirit by Bryan and Katie Torwalt. You’ll need to be in snapshot mode to use them – reference the Helix 2.0 manual for instructions.
Snapshot 1 – Swells – big ambient swells.
Snapshot 2 – Big chords – this is the big sound that comes in after the chorus
Snapshot 3 – Solo
Snapshot 4 – Bridge
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 I have effects mapped to switches. I don’t typically like to set up completely different patches for different parts of a song, although this is certainly an effective way to do things.
Here are the effects in the patch and what they are mapped to.
- Input: set to guitar
- Volume (log curve) – mapped to EXP 2
- LA Studio Comp – I leave this on all the time, and it’s set to be very transparent sounding (not mapped to a switch)
- Dual Pitch – Set up like a POG (octave up and down) – mapped to switch labeled ‘POG’
- Minotaur – very low gain Klon sound – mapped to switch labeled KLON
- Scream 808 – classic tube screamer sound that works extremely well with this amp – mapped to switch labeled ‘808’
- Amp – Mesa Boogie Mark 4 model
- Tape Delay – Quarter note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘QUARTER DLY’
- IR Cabs
- Mod/Chorus Echo – Long ambient delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘AMBI SWELLS’
- Adriatic Delay – Long ambient delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘AMBI SWELLS’
- Octo – Shimmer reverb – mapped to switch labeled ‘AMBI SWELLS’
- Particle Verb – Modulated reverb – mapped to switch labeled ‘AMBI SWELLS’
- Digital Delay – Dotted 8th note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘DOTTED 8TH DLY’
- Cave – amibent reverb – mapped to switch labeled ‘CAVE’
- Plate – subtle reverb – mapped to switch labeled ‘PLATE verb’
- Looper – mapped to switch labeled ‘LOOPER’
If you are not in Snapshot mode, you can treat this patch like a typical pedalboard setup. 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). Otherwise you will not have footswitch access to all the effects.
There are a few special tricks with this patch, though…
‘AMP DRIVE’ switch. This switch does something I’ve always wanted to be able to do with a real amp – it turns the gain knob up!. It also turns the channel volume down a bit so that the volume boost isn’t huge, but it still gets louder. This is the best drive sound on the patch, in my opinion – exactly like cranking the amp.
‘AMBI SWELLS’ switch. This single knob turns on two long ambient delays and two huge reverbs. Swills with this on are awesome. Throw the POG and drive at it and it gets even better.
Making changes for your guitar and setup
Every guitar and player is different, and you will likely need to make a few changes to suite your gear and playing style.
EQ Changes. Start here – use the EQ controls on the amp to suite your tastes with the base clean tone. From there, adjust the tone knobs of the drive pedals if desired.
Gain structure changes (THIS IS IMPORTANT). I created this patch with an Eastman T386 with Porter Pickups. Your guitar may have hotter pickups or have less output. I also like the amp to break up a bit when I strum harder. To adjust the gain structure of the amp, DO NOT just change the gain knob – this will mess up the functionality of the ‘AMP GAIN’ switch. Instead, change the ‘Min’ and ‘Max Value’ settings of the gain mapped to that switch. When the switch is off, the amp gain is set to the ‘min’ setting. When the switch is on, the amp gain is set to the ‘max’ setting. Alternatively, you can adjust the output of the LA Studio Comp to give more volume or less to the front end of the amp.