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 Impulse Response cabs and one with stock cabs. The patch with the impulse responses is labeled ‘IR’ in the title. The Impulse Response is a cabinet models from LiveReady Sound. You can purchase them or use your own IRs. The specific IR in this patch is from the A Top 2×12 Speaker Cab IR Set and can be purchased here. It is not included in the patch. The IR from that pack that I’m using in this patch is labeled:
LRS M2 ATyp SM7b 02 – the same IR is used in both IR instances in the patch. I have it in slot 49, so if you import that IR to slot 49 in your Helix, it will be plug-and-play.
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. If you don’t want to purchase and mess with separate IR’s, feel free to use the stock cab version. It sounds almost pretty close. I find the IR’s have a bit more clarity, but tone is subjective – you may even like the stock cab version more.
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 is the signal flow and effects:
- Input: set to guitar
- Volume (log curve) – mapped to EXP 1
- LA Studio Comp – I leave this on all the time, and it’s set to be very transparent sounding (not mapped to a switch)
- 60 Bias Term – not used specifically in this patch
- Minotaur – very low gain Klon sound – mapped to switch labeled “Klon”
- Teemah! – Timmy drive – mapped to switch labeled ’Timmy’
- Scream 808 – classic tube screamer sound – mapped to switch labeled ‘808’
- Plate Verb – always on to give the sound a sense of space in a room
- Amp 1 – Vox AC30 Fawn
- IR 1/Stock cab 1
- Amp 2 – Vox AC30 Fawn (slightly different setup from amp 1)
- IR 2/Stock Cab 2
- Hall Verb – set to switch labeled “Long Verb”
- Volume pedal – set up for a 2.7db gain boost – set to switch labeled “Boost”
- Adriatic Delay – Quarter note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘QUARTER DLY’
- Vintage Digital Delay – Dotted 8th note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘DOTTED 8TH DLY’
- Vintage Digital Delay – 8th note delay – Not assigned or used specifically in this patch
- Hall Verb – short – mapped to switch labeled ‘Short Verb’
- Looper – mapped to switch labeled ‘LOOPER’
The default usage of this patch is with Snapshots. I have my Helix set up so that there are 4 snapshots across the bottom which gives me access to the delays, ambient swells, and looper on the top row.
The snapshots correspond to the different sections of the song, and are labeled:
- INTRO/VS – Use this for all the non-overdrive portions of the song (intro, verse, 1st chorus)
- CH/CRUNCH – This is the main drive sound – Big choruses and bridge
- SOLO – Solo tone (boosted) – this will be LOUD if you play big chords with it
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). Otherwise you will not have footswitch access to all the effects.
I set this patch up with my Shelton SkyFlite IV using both the bridge HB position for the drive parts and the neck single coil for the clean parts. I’ve found this patch works well with both single coil and HB equipped guitars, but as always you may want to tweak it slightly for different guitars.
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). 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 LA Studio Comp to give more volume or less to the front end of the amp.