In this demo Bradford is using a MJT Thinline Tele with Porter Vintage Tele pickups
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 (2.3 as of the release of this patch) before installing this patch. Otherwise you will have missing effects (and no amp).
NOTE: This download includes two different patches – one with an Impulse Response cab 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 SM7b PR20 ATyp Mix
I have it in slot 40, so if you import that IR to slot 40 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 2
- Deluxe Comp
- PlastiChorus – not mapped to a switch
- Teemah! – Mid-gain drive – mapped to button labeled “Timmy”
- Scream 808 – Tube Screamer – mapped to switch labeled “Scream 808”
- Amp – AC30 FAWN NRM
- Vintage Digital Delay – Dotted 8th note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘Dotted 8th DLY’
- Adriatic Delay – Quarter note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘Quarter DLY’
- IR/Stock cabs
- Gain boost – used for the ‘Boost’ snaptshot (2db gain boost)
- Cosmos Echo – Space Echo – big ambient delay used in the “Swells” snapshot and “Ambi Swells” switch
- Octo Verb – Shimmer – used in the “Swells” snapshot and “Ambi Swells” switch
- Particle Verb – Modulated reverb – used in the “Swells” snapshot and “Ambi Swells” switch
- Elephant Man – DMM Delay – mapped to switch labeled “Short DLY”
- Hall Verb – long – mapped to switch labeled ‘Long Verb’
- Hall Verb – short – basic reverb sound, not mapped to a switch
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:
- RIFF – Lead riff tone
- CH 1 – cleaner tone for the first chorus
- CH Big – This is the main driven tone in the song
- CH Boost – If you play single note lines during the Tag section of the chorus, this will push your sound up 2db so you won’t lose energy.
- SWELLS – There are a lot of sections of this song where the electric guitars just swell
- BR Clean – first half of the bridge
- BR Build – When the band kicks in during the bridge
- 80’s Clean – If you listen closely, you’ll hear a clean guitar part with chorus, which is what we have built in this snapshot.
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.
We set this patch up with telecaster (MJT Thinline with Porter Vintage Tele pickups). The main tones you hear on the album come from a Gretsch with Filtertrons, but the single coils of a tele get pretty close. If you play a guitar with humbuckers, you may want to turn the drive on the amp down a bit and maybe add more high end.
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 Comp to give more volume or less to the front end of the amp.