DLX AC30 WT – Dual Amp Line 6 Helix Patch (UPDATED)

$5.99

This dual amp Helix Patch uses the Fender Deluxe and Vox AC30 amp models and a variety of effects to get sounds perfect for modern worship music. You get two different patches – one using IR cabs from Tone Junkie (included for free) and the other using stock cabs.

CURRENT VERSION: 4.0 (updated 10/19/2020 – see release notes below).

Description

This video is a demo of the original version of this patch. The updated version sounds significantly better. We’ll have a new demo up soon! The notes below describe what you get in the updated version.

A PAIR OF CLASSIC AMPLIFIERS ALONG WITH TONS OF EFFECTS DESIGNED TO EMULATE TONES HEARD IN MODERN PRAISE AND WORSHIP

IMPORTANT NOTES

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. If you get an error importing a patch, the problem is most likely outdated firmware on your Helix/HX Edit.

2. IR CAB INCLUDED: This download includes two premium IR’s from Tone Junkie.  We’ve also included a stock cab version of the patch, but we urge to try the IR’s.

Here are the IR’s included:

    • TJ 66 Alnico Silver FAT-906 2  (top row)
    • TJ 66 Utah FAT 906-3  (bottom row)

As of firmware 2.90, Helix will automatically detect the IR’s regardless of what slot they are placed in the ‘Impulses’ column. You do have to make sure they are named correctly, though. If you change the names, you’ll have to re-set the IR blocks to the correct IR’s

To purchase more IR packs, visit the Tone Junkie store here.

INCLUDED PATCHES

This download includes the following patches:

  • DLX+AC30 WT IR: This is the main stereo patch with IR cabs. It’s set up for guitars with single coil pickups or low output humbuckers.
  • DLX+AC30 WT HB: This is the same as the first patch but set up for traditional or higher output humbuckers.
  • DLX+AC30 WT: This is the same as the single coil patch but with stock cabs.

HOW TO IMPORT THIS PATCH AND IR

  1. Connect your Helix to your computer using a USB Cable
  2. Download and instal the ‘HX Edit’ app from Line 6
  3. In the ‘HX Edit’ app, drag and drop the patch into a slot in the ‘PRESETS’ column
  4. To import an IR, switch to the ‘IMPULSES’ column (next to the PRESETS column).
  5. PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have the IR loaded into the ‘IMPULSES’ column, the patch will not sound correct, even if you have the IR block on – you must drag and drop the IR into the IMPULSES column.

SIGNAL FLOW AND EFFECTS

  1. Input
  2. Deluxe Comp – not mapped to a switch, always on
  3. Tremolo – not mapped to a switch, used in snapshots
  4. Teemah – Timmy OD – mapped to switch labeled ‘Timmy’
  5. Scream 808 – Tube Screamer OD – mapped to switch labeled ‘808’
  6. Volume (log curve) – mapped to EXP 2
  7. Amps – AC Fawn NRM, US Deluxe NRM
  8. Cab/IRs – see above for IR info
  9. Cali Graphic EQ – Always on EQ – Use this EQ to make tonal tweaks for your guitar/setup. These controls will affect your tone differently than the amp controls.
  10. Chorus – Not mapped to a switch (used in Snapshots)
  11. Transistor Tape Delay – Quarter note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘1/4 DLY’
  12. Vintage Digital – Dotted 8th note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘1/8d DLY’
  13. Transistor Tape Delay – Dual stereo delay (1/8 + dotted 8th) – mapped to switch labeled ‘Dual ST Tape’
  14. Plate verb – subtle ‘always on’ type reverb – mapped to switch labeled “Plate Verb’
  15. Glitz Verb – big modulated verb – mapped to switch labeled “Cloud Verb”
  16. Glitz Verb – used in Swells snapshot
  17. Plateaux Verb – Shimmer Verb – mapped to button labeled ‘SWELLS’
  18. Looper (6 switch) – mapped to button labeled ‘Looper’. If you prefer the 1-button looper, feel free to substitute it – just make sure to use the stereo version.

USAGE

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). The Helix LT does not allow 10-button stomp mode, so you’ll have to re-arrange the button assignments to suite your preferences.

AMP GAIN SWITCH:

We have mapped the ‘Drive’ parameter on the amps to the switch labeled ‘Amp Gain’. This gives you a pure amp overdrive which we think sounds better than using a drive pedal.

STEREO:

The amps and everything after run in stereo. If you are able to run stereo, the wet effects will sound bigger and better. If you only use the L/Mono output of the Helix, everything will be summed to mono automatically. NOTE: Do not use just the Right output of the helix – some of the delays will not be audible if you do this.

DIRT PEDALS:

Feel free to stack drive pedals and/or the amp gain switch for bigger sounds.

EQ AFTER THE AMP?:

Typically when you record guitar parts in the studio, you’ll put EQ and compression on the final tone. We’ve replicated the EQ in this patch. You can use the Cali Q Graphic block for final tone shaping.

SNAPSHOTS:

There are eight snapshots included in this patch to get different sounds (all patches feature the same snapshots).

They are:

  • Snapshot 1: CLEAN. This is the base clean tone with delay.
  • Snapshot 2: DRIVE. Light overdrive.
  • Snapshot 3: DRIVE+: Bigger overdrive.
  • Snapshot 4: P&W LEAD: Big drive with delay and big verb.
  • Snapshot 5: CLEAN TREM – Tremolo and verb. Delicious
  • Snapshot 6: THE EDGE – Play ‘Where the Streets Have No Name”
  • Snapshot 7: CHOR DRIVE – Big drive tone with chorus. The 80’s are back.
  • Snapshot 8: BIG SWELLS – All the delays and reverbs.

MAKING ADJUSTMENTS FOR YOUR SETUP

SETTING THE PATCH UP FOR YOUR GUITAR

All guitars are different, so you may want to make changes to suite your playing style and guitar. We recommend making a copy of the patch and changing the copy just in case you want to revert back to the original.

We’ve included both single coil and humbucker voiced patches to serve as starting points for your guitars. To make adjustments, we recommend starting with these parameters:

  • Amp Gain: Adjust the min/max values of the amp gain so that your guitar is slightly breaking up with big chords on the bridge position (without any drive pedals on)
  • Amp EQ controls: Adjust these to suite your individual guitars/taste
  • Cali Q Graphic EQ block: This is a simple way to adjust the overall tonal characteristics of the patch.

VOLUME CHANGES

If you would like to make this patch louder or quieter without affecting tone, the following adjustments can be made:

“Ch Vol” control on the amp module. This will increase or decrease volume without affecting the tone of the amp. This is the primary level adjustment tool I use for changing patch volumes.

Output block level. Changing the level control on the output block (the very last thing in the signal chain) will increase or decrease overall volume. We typically have this set at zero, but feel free to adjust this as you see fit.

CHANGELOG

CURRENT VERSION: 3.0 (released 2019-04-26)

Version 4.0: Updated Oct 19, 2020

  • Updated: Tone Junkie IR Cabs (added a 2nd cab) – better tone
  • Changed: Amps are now in stereo rather than summed to mono (amp settings are tweaked for better tone)
  • Added: ‘Amp Gain’ switch – maps the gain parameters of the amps to a button for pure amp overdrive
  • Changed: Drive block settings – better gain tones
  • Changed: Delay settings – all delays are now stereo (added a dual stereo Tape delay)

Version 3.0: Updated April 26, 2019

  • Added: Tone Junkie IR cab (included with the patch)
  • Updated: Amp and drive pedal settings (better tone)

Version 2.0: Updated Oct 22, 2018

  • Updated: Amp settings (better tone)
  • Updated: Drive section (better tone and stacking)
  • Added: Improved swells/ambient section
  • Added: Stereo – everything after the amp/cab block runs in stereo
  • Added: End of chain EQ – improved tone and tweaking for different guitars
  • Added: ‘IR’ version of the patch voiced for Live Ready Sound IR’s
  • Added: Recommended settings for humbucker and single coil equipped guitars (via the ReadMe notes)

Version 1.3: Updated 7/6/2017

  • Fixed: reverb levels to compensate for Helix firmware 2.6
  • Added: ‘Unity gain’ version of the patch (meant to be used with the big volume knob at 100%)

Version 1.2: Updated 7/2/2017

  1. Added: HX reverbs that released with Helix firmware 2.5

Version 1.1: Updated 2/12/2017

  • Changed: added new OwnHammer cabs to the IR version of the patch

Version 1.0: Initial Release: 5/04/2017

Updates are free and delivered via email. If you have an older version of this patch and have not received updates via email, please send us a support email and we’ll get the updated patch files to you.

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