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.
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 If you get an error importing a patch, the problem is most likely outdated firmware on your Helix/HX Edit.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 CABS INCLUDED: This download includes premium IR cabs from. We matched these specific IR’s to this amp, but feel free to experiment with other IR’s for different tonal options. We’ve also included a stock cab version of the patch, but we urge to try the IR – it really does sound better – and it’s included for free :).
Here are the IR’s included:
- WT 60s AC Silver 57 (this goes in the IR block in the top row)
- WT 63 B-MAN Oxford 121 (this goes in the IR block in the bottom row)
This download includes the following patches:
- DLX+AC30 WT SC: 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
- Connect your Helix to your computer using a USB Cable
- Download and instal the ‘HX Edit’ app from Line 6
- In the ‘HX Edit’ app, drag and drop the patch into a slot in the ‘PRESETS’ column
- To import an IR, switch to the ‘IMPULSES’ column (next to the PRESETS column), and drag & drop the IR into the an open slot.
- 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
- Deluxe Comp – not mapped to a switch, always on
- Tremolo – not mapped to a switch, used in snapshots
- Heir Apparent – KOT Drive – mapped to a switch labeled ‘KOT’
- Teemah – Timmy OD – mapped to switch labeled ‘Timmy’
- Volume (log curve) – mapped to EXP 2
- Amps – AC Fawn NRM, US Deluxe NRM
- Cab/IRs – see above for IR info
- 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.
- Chorus – mapped to a switch labeled ‘Chorus’
- Transistor Tape Delay – Quarter note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘1/4 DLY’
- Vintage Digital – Dotted 8th note delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘1/8d DLY’
- Transistor Tape Delay – Dual stereo delay (1/8 + dotted 8th) – mapped to switch labeled ‘Dual ST Tape’
- Plate verb – subtle ‘always on’ type reverb – mapped to switch labeled “Plate Verb’
- Dynamic Hall Verb – big modulated verb – mapped to switch labeled “Dyn Hall Cloud”
- Glitz Verb – used in Swells snapshot
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
Version 5.0: Updated Dec 29, 2021
- Added WT IR cabs
- Tweaked amp/EQ settings (better tone)
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
- 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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