In this demo Bradford is using a Suhr Classic T
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
This patch is set up like a pedalboard into an amp, with pedals assigned to the footswitches. We run our Helix floor in 10 stomp mode, so if you’re using an LT, you’ll need to prioritize which effects you want at your feet.
Here is the signal flow and effects:
- Volume (log curve) – mapped to EXP 2
- Deluxe Comp
- PlastiChorus – not mapped to a switch (used in Snapshots)
- Teemah! – Timmy OD – mapped to switch labeled ‘Timmy’
- Scream 808 – Tube Screamer – mapped to switch labeled “808”
- Brit Plexi Nrm – Plexi drive sound – mapped to switch labeled ‘Scarlett Love OD’
- Vintage Digital Delay – Dotted 8th note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘Dotted 8th DLY’
- Hall Verb – acts as an always on verb – mapped to switch labeled “Short Verb”.
- Reverse Delay – mapped to button labeled “Ambient/Swells’’
- Cosmos Echo – Space Echo delay – big ambient delay mapped to button labeled “Ambient/Swells’’
- Searchlights Verb – Big modulated verb – mapped to button labeled ‘Ambient/Swells’’
- Amps – AC30 Fawn Nrm and Matchstick Ch1
- IR/Stock Cabs
- Octo Verb – Shimmer – mapped to button labeled ‘Ambient/Swells’
- Glitz Verb – big modulated verb – mapped to switch labeled “Big Verb (Mod)”
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: VS/CH 1 – use during the first verse and chorus
- Snapshot 2: Turn/Riff – this is the first turnaround riff section
- Snapshot 3: VS 2 – slightly more driven version of the first verse/chorus sound
- Snapshot 4: CH Big – main rhythm sound – play during the 2nd chorus and for any big rhythm sections
- Snapshot 5: Bridge – Bridge rhythm sound – we use it with octaves
- Snapshot 6: INST – this is the soft instrumental section after the bridge, uses chorus
- Snapshot 7: Bridge BLD – where the bridge picks up and builds
- Snapshot 8: SWELLS – not used in this song, but who doesn’t want swells? J
Making changes for your guitar and setup
Every guitar and player is different. We tested this patch out with a variety of guitars using different kinds of pickups, but 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. We 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.