LINE 6 HELIX PATCH BASED ON THE TRAINWRECK EXPRESS AMP MODEL
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 If you get an error importing a patch, the problem is most likely outdated firmware on your Helix/HX Edit. You will need at least firmware 2.80.
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 CAB INCLUDED: This download includes a premium IR from Tone Junkie. We matched this specific IR 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 is the specific IR included, and its location in our Helix:
- TJ 23 MATCH 25 R121+7B. In our Helix, it’s in IR slot 23 (this will always correspond with the number after ‘TJ’ in the file name).
To purchase more IR packs, visit the Tone Junkie store here.
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 appropriate slot (see note above). The image below shows the specific IR location for this patch.
- 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.
GNAL FLOW AND EFFECTS
Here is the signal flow and effects:
- Deluxe Comp – not mapped to a switch, always on
- Minotaur – Klon – mapped to switch labeled ‘Klon’
- Heir Apparent – Prince of Tone (voiced to sound like Bradford’s KOT, Red side) – mapped to switch labeled ‘KOT-Red’
- Scream 808 – Tube Screamer – mapped to switch labeled ‘808’
- Volume – mapped to EXP 2
- Amp – Derailed Ingrid
- Cabs/IR’s – see above for IR info
- Script Mod Phase – Phase 90 – mapped to switch labeled ‘Phase 90’
- Adriatic Delay – 1/4 note delay (subtle) – mapped to switch labeled ‘1/4 DLY (soft)’
- Transistor Tape Delay – dotted 8th delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘.8th Tape’
- Plate Verb – subtle spring reverb – mapped to a switch labeled ‘Plate Verb’
- Adriatic Delay – Dual Delay (1/8d + quarter) – voiced to sound like Bradford’s Strymon El Cap settings – mapped to switch labeled ‘Dual El Cap)
- Double Tank – Ambient reverb voiced to sound like the Empress Reverb Ghost mode – mapped to switch labeled ‘Ghost Verb
- Glitz Verb – big modulated verb – mapped to switch labeled “SWELLS Verb”
- Simple 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. See below for recommended settings.
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.
The delays, reverbs, and EQ are in stereo. If you only use the L/Mono output of the Helix, everything will be summed to mono automatically.
Feel free to stack drive pedals for bigger sounds. We voiced the two Heir Apparent blocks to sound like Bradford’s King of Tone settings.
We included three delays – a quarter note, dotted 8th note, and dual (quarter + dotted 8th) delay. We used the Adriatic block to achieve a dual delay sound, and we voiced it to sound like Bradford’s favorite Strymon El Capistan settings.
You can access ambient swells from the ‘Swells’ button in stomp mode or the Big Swells Snapshot. The Snapshot engages more delays.
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 and delay/verb
- Snapshot 5: AMBI CLEAN: Clean ambient tone
- Snapshot 6: PhaseClean: Clean tone with Phaser
- Snapshot 7: PhaseLead: Lead tone with Phaser
- Snapshot 8: SWELLS.
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 set this up with a variety of guitars, including both single coils and humbuckers (primarily a Telecaster style guitar). If your guitar has humbuckers, please refer to the suggested settings below.
We recommend making a copy of the patch and changing the copy just in case you want to revert back to the original.
RECOMMENDED SETTINGS FOR SINGLE COILS:
The version of this patch you initially download is voiced more toward single coils. We built it primarily using a Telecaster style guitar. If you have a humbucker equipped guitar with low-output humbuckers, it should be perfect for your uses too.
Feel free to adjust the amp EQ and the settings of the Cali Q Graphic block (at the end of the patch) if you’d like to make the patch a bit brighter or darker.
RECOMMENDED SETTINGS FOR HUMBUCKERS:
If your guitar has traditional output Humbuckers, try the following changes (we recommend making a copy of the original patch)…
- Drive: Change to 0.7
- Bass: Change to 4.0
- Treble: Change to 8.0
SIMPLE EQ SETTINGS:
- Mid Gain: Change to 2.2
- High Gain: Change to 2.5
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.
Initial Release (1.0): 2019-09-19