Classic American tones from the Fender Champ and Fender Deluxe Reverb amp models
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 (link below). Here is the specific IR: LRS M2 ATyp SM7b 02 (from the A Type 2×12 pack found here). In our Helix, it’s in IR slot 49.
Tweed D’Luxe (stock and IR versions): These patches include both the Tweed (Champ) and Deluxe amp models in a dual amp setup.
Tweed (stock and IR versions): These patches include just the Tweed amp.
D’Luxe (stock and IR versions): These patches include just the Deluxe amp.
The effects layout and snapshots are similar between all the patches – although settings have been tweaked to sound best with each setup. Feel free to experiment. We don’t think one sounds necessarily better than the other – just different. We set up the Tweed to sound pretty dirty even at it’s cleanest settings – just like how the real amp sounds best.
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
- Tremolo – mapped to switch labeled ‘Tremolo’
- Kinky Boost – EP Booster – mapped to switch labeled ‘EP Booster’
- Drive 1 – This is different for each patch (Tweed D’Luxe & Tweed: Scream 808 // D’Luxe: Minotaur) – mapped to switches named for each drive
- Drive 2- Tweed D’Luxe & Tweed: Minotaur // D’Luxe: Kinky Boost) – mapped to switches named for each drive
- Drive 3- Tweed D’Luxe & Tweed: Compulsive Drive // D’Luxe: Scream 808) – mapped to switches named for each drive
- Cab/IR – 4×12 Cali V30 (in the stock cab versions) – see above for IR info
- Glitz Verb – big modulated verb – mapped to switch labeled “Mod Verb”
- Elephant Man – DMM Delay, 8th note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘Short DLY’
- Vintage Digital – Dotted 8th note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘Dotted 8th DLY’
- Transistor Tape Delay – Quarter note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘Quarter DLY’
- Cosmos Echo – big ambient delay mapped to button labeled “SWELLS’
- Plateaux Verb – Shimmer Verb – mapped to button labeled ‘SWELLS’
- Ganymede Verb – More subtle verb – mapped to button labeled “Short Verb”
- LA Studio Comp – Always on compressor – acts like studio compression
This patch is meant to be used in either stompbox or snapshot mode. We recommend setting up your Helix to use all ten stomps (stompbox mode) or all eight snapshots (snapshot mode).
DRIVE TONES – DIRT PEDALS:
Feel free to stack drive pedals for bigger sounds. The OCD is going to be the biggest drive tone, and the other drives are lower gain.
The quarter and dotted 8th delays are set up in parallel, so they will not interact with each other. This creates more of a rhythmic delay rather than a wash.
Hit the ‘Swells’ button to turn on the Cosmos echo with big ambient reverb.
We put a 2nd compressor (LA Studio Comp) at the end of the chain. This replicates what many recording engineers will do by adding a light level of compression to the final guitar signal. It will even out your tone when switching to higher gain sounds, and just fattens everything up.
There are eight snapshots included in this patch to get different sounds (all patches feature the same snapshots).
- Snapshot 1: Clean. This is the base clean tone with delay.
- Snapshot 2: Verby Clean – more reverb.
- Snapshot 3: OD 1: Light overdrive
- Snapshot 4: OD 2: More overdrive
- Snapshot 5: Ambi Trem – Big verb and tremolo
- Snapshot 6: Dad Rock – Big distortion (in the Deluxe Patch, this snap is called ‘The Edge’ and has U2-type delay with light drive).
- Snapshot 7: P&W Lead – big drive, delay, and verb.
- Snapshot 8: Big Swells – this uses the ‘Swells’ stomp button plus more verb and delay.
GUITARS (and making changes 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. If you have higher output humbuckers, you might want to turn down the gain on the amp(s), or, alternatively, turn down the output on the first compressor – this will hit the amp(s) with less signal.