Please Note: This demo was made with Version 1.0 of this patch. Scroll down to see the improvements we’ve made.
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. If you get an error importing a patch, the problem is most likely outdated firmware on your Helix/HX Edit.
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 07 M75 7B (top row) . In our Helix, it’s in IR slot 7 (this will always correspond with the number after ‘TJ’ in the file name).
- TJ 23 MATCH 25 R121+7B (top row) . 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.
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’
- Scream 808 – Tube Screamer – mapped to switches labeled ‘808’
- Minotaur – Klon – mapped to switch labeled ‘Klon’
- Compulsive Drive – OCD – mapped to switch labeled ‘OCD’
- Amps – US Small Tweed and US Deluxe Nrm
- Cab/IR – see above for IR info
- Elephant Man – DMM Delay, slap delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘Slap DLY
- 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’
- Dual Delay – big ambient delay mapped to button labeled “SWELL DLY’
- Ganymede Verb – More subtle verb – mapped to button labeled “Short Verb”
- Glitz Verb – big modulated verb – mapped to switch labeled “Big Verb”
- Simple EQ – not mapped to a switch
- 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).
The amps and everything after them run in stereo. All the verbs and effects after the delays are stereo effects. 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.
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 swells Snapshot will turn on all the wet effects. Alternatively, in Stomp mode you can turn on the ‘Swells DLY’ and the ‘Big Verb’ stomps for a similar effect.
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.
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)…
US Small Tweed Settings:
- Drive: Change to 4.0
- Treble: Change to 8.1
- Presence: Change to 7.8
US Delxe Nrm Settings:
- Drive: Change to 3.8
- Treble: Change to 8.3
- Presence: Change to 8.0
- Low Gain: Change to 0
- Mid Gain: Change to 2.3
- High Gain: Change to 2.8
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 2.0: 2019-10-18
- Changed: Amp and drive model settings (better tone)
- Changed: Delay blocks (better tone and stereo spread)
- Changed: Reverb settings (better tone and stereo spread)
- Added: Tone Junkie IR Cabs
- Added: End of chain EQ with suggested HB settings
- Added: Entire patch (including amps) is now in stereo
- Removed: ‘Tweed’ and ‘Deluxe’ patches (this is now a single dual amp patch)
Version 1.0 (initial release): 2018-09-01
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