In this demo Bradford is using a Shelton Electric Instruments SkyFlite IV.
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 ATyp SM7b 02
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 2
- Deluxe Comp
- Bubble Vibrato – mapped to switch labeled “Bubble Vibrato”
- Scream 808 – Tube Screamer – mapped to switch labeled “Scream 808”
- Kinky Boost – Xotic EP Booster – mapped to switch labeled “EP Booster”
- Minotaur – very low gain Klon sound – mapped to switch labeled “Klon”
- Amp – Cartographer
- Vintage Digital Delay – Dotted 8th note delay (bigger mix)
- Vintage Digital Delay – Dotted 8th note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘Dotted 8th DLY’
- Vintage Digital Delay – 8th note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘8th DLY’
- Vintage Digital Delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘Reverse DLY’
- Dual Pitch – set to a POG type sound- mapped to switch labeled “POG”
- IR/Stock cabs
- Cosmos Echo – Space Echo – big ambient delay used in the “Swells” snapshot
- Hall Verb – short – basic reverb sound, not mapped to a switch
- Hall Verb – long – mapped to switch labeled ‘Long Verb’
- Particle Verb – set to switch labeled “Particle Verb”
The default usage of this patch is with Snapshots. You’ll need set up your Helix so that you can see all eight snapshots since this patch uses seven of them. The snapshots correspond to the different sections of the song, and are labeled:
- RIFF – Big drive sound for the intro/turn riffs
- VERSE 1 – cleaner tone for the first verse
- VERSE VIB – This is the vibrato tone you hear in the first verse (just on a few notes) – we put it right about the VERSE 1 snapshot for easy access
- CHORUS – Big drive sound for the chorus chords
- BRIDGE – This tone is for the 2nd half of the bridge – washy reverse delay and reverb
- SWELLS – We threw in an ambient swells sound just in case you want one, it’s not actually in the song. It works well during the first half of the bridge, though.
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 my Shelton GalaxyFlite (JM style guitar) using both the bridge HB (Porter Wide Range HB) position for the drive parts and the neck position for the cleaner 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 Comp to give more volume or less to the front end of the amp.
And finally – thank you so much for checking out this patch!
Brian Wahl & Bradford Mitchell