In this video we’re using a Jennings Guitars Voyager with McNelly Stagger Swagger (v2) pickups. The Helix is recorded direct via the XLR outputs. // NOTE: This demo was made with version 1.0 of this patch. Scroll down to see the improvements we’ve made.
This patch re-creates the sounds from the song ‘What A Beautiful Name’ as recorded by Hillsong Worship on the album Let There Be Light. It is designed to be used in Snapshot mode, and the snapshots correspond to different song sections.
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 If you get an error importing a patch, the problem is most likely outdated firmware on your Helix/HX Edit.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 two premium IR Cabs from our MATCH G12H30 pack. We matched these specific IRs 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 IRs – it really does sound better – and it’s included for free :).
Here are the IR’s included:
- WT Match G12H30 160 (top row)
- WT Match Blue AC 2×12 121 (bottom row)
With Firmware 2.90, Helix should recall the IR based on its name rather than slot number, so it shouldn’t matter which slot you import the IR into. To purchase additional IR packs, visit Worship Tutorials.
This download includes the following patches:
- WABN WT IR: This is the main patch set up for guitars with single coil pickups or low output humbuckers.
- WABN WT HB: This is the same as the first patch but set up for traditional or higher output humbuckers.
- WABN WT: This is the same as the first patch but using stock cabs (again – try the IR’s).
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 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.
This patch is designed to be used in Snapshot mode. To enable this mode in your Helix, go to the ‘Footswitches’ section of the Global Settings and select ‘8 Snapshots’ in the ‘Preset Mode Switches’ menu. Here are the snapshots:
- SNAPSHOT 1: INT/VS/CH. Ambient swells. If you pick lightly, you don’t need volume swells – it will just give you a big ambient wash.
- SNAPSHOT 2: VS/CH CLN. Ambient clean tone. You can also use this if you’d like to play the riff in the instrumental (typically this is the piano).
- SNAPSHOT 3: INST/SWELL. Ambient swells to play underneath the instrumental section.
- SNAPSHOT 4: BRIDGE BLD. “You have no rival” – time to get big.
- SNAPSHOT 5: CH BIG: Main big rhythm tone.
- SNAPSHOT 6: AMBI LEAD. This covers the big ambient trill part you hear at the end of the song. There is a ton of reverb here, so don’t play full chords – octaves or single notes work best.
- SNAPSHOT 7: NOT USED.
- SNAPSHOT 8: NOT USED.
SIGNAL FLOW AND EFFECTS
- Deluxe Comp – not mapped to a switch, always on
- Dual Pitch – POG Type effect – mapped to switch labeled ‘Dual Pitch’
- Heir Apparent – Prince of Tone (voiced to sound like Bradford’s KOT, Yellow side) – mapped to switch labeled ‘KOT-Yellow’
- Heir Apparent – Prince of Tone (voiced to sound like Bradford’s KOT, Red side)
- Scream 808 – Tube Screamer – mapped to switch labeled 808’
- Volume – mapped to EXP 2
- Amp – Matchstick Jump
- Cabs/IR’s – 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. See below for recommended settings.
- Transistor Tape – 1/4 Delay — mapped to switch labeled ‘1/4 DLY’
- Transistor Tape Delay – 8th delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘1/8th Tape’
- Transistor Tape Delay – Dotted 8th delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘1/8d Tape’
- Plate Verb – mapped to switch labeled ‘Short Verb’
- Glitz Verb – big modulated verb – mapped to switch labeled “Big Verb”
- Multitap 4 delay – ambient delay – mapped to switch labeled ‘Swells’
- Glitz Verb – big modulated verb – mapped to switch labeled ‘Swells’
This patch is meant to be used in stomp box mode or snapshot mode. We recommend setting up your Helix to use all ten stomps. 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 ‘Ch 1 Drive’, ‘Ch 2 Drive’, and ‘Bass’ parameters on the amp to the switch labeled ‘Amp Gain’. This gives you a pure amp overdrive which we think sounds better than using a drive pedal.
Everything after the amp block runs in stereo. 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.
Feel free to stack drive pedals for bigger sounds. All three one at once will give you a lead/solo tone.
Hit the ‘Swells’ button to turn on the delays with big ambient reverb.
EQ AT THE END OF THE CHAIN?:
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. See below for recommended settings.
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.
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 4.0 Update: 2021-01-04
- Added: Premium Worship Tutorials IRs
- Added: Single coil and humbucker patches (no more suggested settings)
- Changed: Amp and EQ tweaks (better tone)
Version 3.0 Update: 2019-10-02
- Changed: Drive section (added drives from the 2.80 FW update)
- Changed: Amp (changed to the Match JMP amp)
- Changed: End of chain EQ (to adjust for the amp settings)
Version 2.0 Update: 2018-12-13
- CHANGED: Amp section and settings (much better overall tone)
- CHANGED: Drive section
- CHANGED: Delays
- CHANGED: Reverbs (added new HX Reverbs)
- CHANGED: Ambient Swells section
- CHANGED: IR Cab
- ADDED: Stere – everything after the amp runs in stereo
- ADDED: End of chain EQ
- ADDED: Suggested EQ settings for single coils and humbuckers
Initial Release (v1.0): 2016-10-20