Guitar used in this demo:
- PRS (Paul Reed Smith) DGT
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 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.
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.
Half Gain/Unity Gain: We’ve included two volume level versions of this patch, The ‘Half Gain’ patches are designed to use with the Helix volume at 50%, and are roughly the same output level as all our other patches. The ‘Unity Gain’ patches are designed to use the Helix volume at 100%, and are roughly twice as loud as our other patches. The tone of the patch is unchanged – just the output level is different.
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 we have effects mapped to switches.
Here is the signal flow and effects:
- Volume (log curve) – mapped to EXP 2
- Deluxe Comp – not mapped to a switch, always on
- Deluxe Phaser – mapped to switch labeled ‘Phaser’
- Vetta Wah – mapped to EXP 2 and controlled with the expression pedal
- Teemah! – Timmy drive – mapped to switch labeled “Timmy”
- Scream 808 – Tube Screamer – mapped to switch labeled “808”
- Amp – Cali Texas Ch 2
- Cab – IR (IR patch version) // 4×12 Cali V30 (stock version)
- Elephant Man Delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘Short DLY
- 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’
- Cosmos Echo – Space Echo delay – big ambient delay mapped to button labeled “SWELLS’
- Searchlights Verb – Big modulated verb – mapped to button labeled ‘SWELLS’
- Octo – Shimmer verb – mapped to switch labeled “SWELLS”
- Glitz Verb – big modulated verb – mapped to switch labeled “Mod Verb”
- Plate Verb – acts as an always on verb – not mapped to a switch
This patch is designed for rock tones. There is really no ‘clean tone’, but cleaner sounds can be achieved by rolling your volume back on your guitar and playing lightly. The patch is designed to be used in stompbox mode.
DRIVE TONES – DIRT PEDALS:
The base tone without any drives engaged will give you a basic rhythm crunch tone. Hit the 808 for more saturation and gain, and the Teemah for a solo boost type or big rhythm sound.
We wanted to give you (and ourselves) options for ambient sounds. The two main delays working together can create a bit of a wash at slower tempos. The ‘Mod Verb’ will be your go-to ambient sound if you’re not doing swells – if you if you use it with both delays, you’ll get a very ambient sound.
If you want to go really ambient with swells, the ‘Swells’ switch turns on the Cosmos Echo (it does not change with different tap tempos) and the Searchlights reverb. It will sound huge and create big pad type sounds, especially when used in combination with the other big reverb.
GUITARS (and making changes for YOUR guitar):
This patch is really built for a guitar with humbuckers. We set it up with a PRS DGT. If you’re using a guitar with single coils, you may want to turn the treble or presence down on the amp if it’s too bright (or up if it’s too dark), and turn up the gain if it’s not dirty. Your guitar may react differently, so you may want to tweak it to suite your guitar(s) and playing style.
With this amp, we found that playing with each individual gain control and the ‘thick/er’ settings produced a wide variety of tones. Play around with them to find what sounds best with your guitar and playing style.
Another way to reduce or increase the level of gain if your guitar has higher output pickups is to lower the output level on the compressor. This will keep all the amp settings intact but hit them amps with less signal.
We recommend making a copy of the patch and changing the copy just in case you want to revert back to the original.
EQ Changes. Adjust the EQ controls on the amp to suite your tastes with the base tone. From there, adjust the tone knobs of the drive pedals if desired.