In this demo Brian is playing a Shelton SkyFlite IV with Porter pickups. This demo is showcasing Version 1.0 of this patch. See below for the updates and improvements we’ve made since the initial release.
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 IR’s we used:
- TOP ROW: LRS M2 ATyp SM7b 02 (slot 49 in our Helix)
- BOTTOM ROW: LRS M2 ATyp SM7b Comp 01 (slot 43 in our Helix)
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: INTRO/VS. Clean tone with delay and verb.
- SNAPSHOT 2: CHORUS 1. Similar to snapshot 1 – less delay.
- SNAPSHOT 3: VS PUSH. Bit more drive than Snap 1.
- SNAPSHOT 4: CH BIG. Main rhythm crunch tone.
- SNAPSHOT 5: SOLO. Lead tone for the solo.
- SNAPSHOT 6: BRIDGE. Big rhythm tone
- SNAPSHOT 7: BRIDGE PUSH. Little more gain than snap 7.
- SNAPSHOT 8: SWELLS: This tone isn’t technically in the song, but it’s nice to have avaialable.
SIGNAL FLOW AND EFFECTS
Here is the signal flow and effects:
- Volume (log curve) – mapped to EXP 2
- Deluxe Comp – not mapped to a switch, always on
- Teemah – Timmy OD – mapped to switch labeled ‘Timmy’
- Scream 808 – Tube Screamer OD – mapped to switch labeled ‘808’
- Brit Plexi Nrm Preamp – meant to replicate the Scarlett Love OD – mapped to switch labeled ‘Scarlett Love OD’
- Transistor Tape Delay – Quarter note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘1/4 DLY’
- Vintage Digital – Dotted 8th note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘1/8d DLY’
- Plate verb – subtle ‘always on’ type reverb – mapped to switch labeled “Short Verb’
- Reverse Delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘Ambient/Swells’
- Cosmos Echo – mapped to switch labeled ‘Ambient/Swells’
- Searchlights Verb – mapped to switch labeled ‘Ambient/Swells’
- Amps – AC30 Fawn Nrm, Matchstick Ch1
- Octo Verb – Mapped to switch labeled ‘Swells’
- Mod/Chorus Echo – 8TH note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘1/8 DLY’
- Plate verb – subtle ‘always on’ type reverb – mapped to switch labeled “Big Verb’
- Glitz Verb – big modulated verb – mapped to switch labeled “Big Verb (Mod)”
- Gain – mapped to button labeled ‘Boost’ – this gives you a pure volume boost for solos.
This patch is meant to be used in snapshot mode, but can be used in stomp box mode. We recommend setting up your Helix to use all ten stomps (stompbox mode) or all eight snapshots (snapshot mode). The Helix LT does not allow 10-button stomp mode, so you’ll have to re-arrange the button assignments to suite your preferences.
The amps (and everything after them) are in stereo. 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 both the quarter and eight delays, so they’ll be more rhythmic when used together. They are also set to output in stereo when the Helix is used in stereo (using both outputs). If you only use the Left/Mono output, the entire patch will be summed to Mono.
Hit the ‘Swells’ button to turn on the Cosmos echo with big ambient reverb and shimmer.
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)…
- AC30 Fawn Gain: Change to 4.0
- AC30 Fawn Treble: Change to 8.0
- AC30 Fawn Presence: Change to 7.6
- Matchstick Gain: Change to 2.5
- Matchstick Treble: Change to 7.4
- Matchstick Presence: Change to 6.9
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.
Initial Release: 2017-09-30
Version 2.0: 2019-02-27
This is a complete overhaul of this patch
- Added: New HX Reverbs from firmware 2.5
- Added: End of chain EQ
- Added: Suggested settings for single coils and humbuckers (via the ReadMe file)
- Added: Stereo (amps and wet effects are all in stereo)
- Changed: Amp settings – better tone
- Improved: Drive block settings
- Improved: Swells blocks settings
- Changed: Output level has been adjusted – we suggest running your Helix with the big volume knob at 100% (unity gain)
- Changed: IR cab suggestion – using an IR from the same IR pack as the rest of our updated patches