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 before installing this patch. You will also need the latest version of the HX Edit app to transfer this patch to your Helix.
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.
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
- Compulsive Drive – OCD Distortion – mapped to button labeled “OCD”
- Minotaur – Klon Drive – mapped to button labeled “KLON”
- Scream 808 – Tube Screamer – mapped to switch labeled “Scream 808”
- Amps – AC30 FAWN NRM & Brit J45 Brt
- IR/Stock cabs
- 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’
- Cosmos Echo – Space Echo – big ambient delay mapped to button labeled “Swells”
- Glitz Verb – Big ambient reverb – mapped to button labeled “Swells”
- Glitz Verb – Ambient reverb – mapped to button labeled “Big Verb (Mod)”
- Plate 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:
- Snapshot 1: Intro/Lead – suitable for the ambient lead part in the intro
- Snapshot 2: VS1/Swells – swells sound for the first verse
- Snapshot 3: VS2/BR1 – ambient chorus tone for the 2nd verse and first half of the bridge
- Snapshot 4: CH Big – main rhythm sound – play during the 2nd chorus and for any big rhythm sections
- Snapshot 5: Big LD/BR – Huge ambient lead tone for the 2nd half of the bridge and outro sections
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 – this is not available on the Helix LT). Otherwise you will not have footswitch access to all the effects.
This patch was made with a guitar with single coils, and listening to the recording it seems like single coils were used, but a humbucker guitar could be used easily as well. You may need to adjust the gain and EQ settings of the amp to match your guitar.
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.
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.