Browse Helix Models and Effects

Helix currently supports 72 amplifier models, 194 effects, 37 speaker cab models, and 16 microphones. On top of all that you also have the ability to load Impulse Responses (IRs) that you can grab from free or paid sources. Go have fun.

Minotaur (Klonยฎ Centaur)

Minotaur, the Helix model of a Klonยฎ Centaur

Recorded using a Les Paul with Burstbucker pickups into a Twin Reverb model with the normal input. The overdrive pedal and amp are set at default settings. A touch of reverb added for depth.

The Klon Centaur is a guitar overdrive pedal developed by Bill Finnegan between 1990 and 1994. The pedals were made manually by Finnegan. The Centaur is characterized as a "transparent" overdrive, meaning it adds gain to the signal without significantly altering the tone of the guitar.

Depending on the settings of the control knobs, the pedal can act mostly as a clean boost, adding mostly volume and minimal coloring to the sound. This can be used to drive the input valve stage of the amplifier to use the characteristic distortion sound of an overdriven guitar amp. Alternatively (or additionally) the controls can be set to distort the sound signal in the pedal, where two germanium diodes can perform waveform clipping (see clipping (audio)). The "gain" knob is a double potentiometer (a "dual-ganged gain pot"), which controls bass and middle frequencies. Other knobs are treble and volume.

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Litigate

All Litigator, all the time. 3 snapshots - clean, slightly dirtier with delay, and a higher gain tone. Uses the Allure IR Pack, which is available for free from Line 6, Google it.

  • ๐Ÿ‘‡ Downloads: 736
  • ๐Ÿค˜ Upvotes: 10
  • Member: Jorge
  • Performance Type:
    Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA)


Rockerverb

New for Helix 3.1, the Rockerveb is a very cool and versatile amp for rock n roll. Try this tone in place of a Marshall for a crunchier, fatter tone.

Youtube
  • ๐Ÿ‘‡ Downloads: 281
  • ๐Ÿค˜ Upvotes: 6
  • Member: Jorge
  • Performance Type:
    Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA)


Mike Ness Tone

This is the HX Stomp version of this tone - there's also a version for the Helix available here by selecting the Helix as your device. This is a very good approximation of Mike Ness's Tone on the Social Distortion albums. The recipe is iconic - a dirt pedal into a Bassman head, then into Marshall cabinets. The sample clip was played on a legit Les Paul with P90 pickups - you need this to get the real deal.

Soundcloud
  • ๐Ÿ‘‡ Downloads: 362
  • ๐Ÿค˜ Upvotes: 5
  • Member: Jorge
  • Performance Type:
    Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA)


Vicky Blues

This is a Pod Go patch that is based off a popular blues patch I have for the Helix. It's great for high-flying electric blues.

Soundcloud
  • ๐Ÿ‘‡ Downloads: 335
  • ๐Ÿค˜ Upvotes: 5
  • Member: Jorge
  • Performance Type:
    Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA)


Twin City

Nice Fender Twin, for Hawaiian or Country sounds. There's a Minotaur lurking in there somewhere, in case you need it.

  • ๐Ÿ‘‡ Downloads: 690
  • ๐Ÿค˜ Upvotes: 4
  • Member: Jorge
  • Performance Type:
    Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA)


Ambient Rock

The patch has three presets which are for switching sounds while soloing. The first preset is a light overdrive, the second light overdrive plus echo, and the third light overdrive plus distortion. See the example below for a soloing example. I also added a noise gate to help reduce the noise.

Youtube
  • ๐Ÿ‘‡ Downloads: 152
  • ๐Ÿค˜ Upvotes: 4
  • Member: Rabbuhl
  • Performance Type:
    Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA)


Vicky Blues

A Blues patch using the Voltage Queen (Victoria Electro King) amp and a Klon overdrive.

Soundcloud
  • ๐Ÿ‘‡ Downloads: 179
  • ๐Ÿค˜ Upvotes: 3
  • Member: Jorge
  • Performance Type:
    Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA)


Angry 5150

This pissed off 5150 is perfect for detuned metal chord work.

Soundcloud
  • ๐Ÿ‘‡ Downloads: 234
  • ๐Ÿค˜ Upvotes: 3
  • Member: Jorge
  • Performance Type:
    Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA)


JOHNAMAYERTRIX

(Reposted with permission from AndrewUtz on CustomTone.com) A John Mayer Tone, referencing Slow Dancing In A Burning Room. In this patch I used some basic stuff that I know John has used (or the closest thing to it I could find). I know live he has used dumbles along with a fender bandmaster, so for this I used a split path and ran a Litigator and a Twin Reverb at the same time. As far as the cabs go I tried my best to match how I know that continuum was recorded, I typically use red wire IR's but for you guys I used the equivalent Helix cabs. I put a dual cab block of the same cab but one is mic'd with a 57 and the other a beyerdynamic 160 (he really used an M88). Looks like he also used U87 or 67 room mics but alas it wouldn't let me add in another cab block. To compensate for this I used a room reverb at the end of the chain. I also put the Spring reverb before the cabs to simulate the acutal outboard fender reverb tanks john has used in the past. This patch probably needs some tweaking to make it like whatever you like, but I definitely think this is a good starting point for a Mayer like tone.

  • ๐Ÿ‘‡ Downloads: 223
  • ๐Ÿค˜ Upvotes: 3
  • Member: Jorge
  • Performance Type:
    Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA)


AC 30 Tone for Boss Katana Amps

Use this patch by plugging straight into a Katana 50. Use the acoustic channel on the amp, and keep all Katana settings at noon, and adjust to taste. This patch uses the "A30 Fawn Brt" Helix model for a chimey AC30 tone. Use the Klon for some nice hot overdrive. There's some spring reverb included to round out the tone. Sounds great on the Katana combo.

  • ๐Ÿ‘‡ Downloads: 314
  • ๐Ÿค˜ Upvotes: 3
  • Member: Jorge
  • Performance Type:
    Plugged in Front of the Amp


Patch Performance
Type
Description Member ๐Ÿ‘‡ Downloads ๐Ÿค˜ Upvotes
Litigate Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA) All Litigator, all the time. 3 snapshots - clean, slightly dirtier with delay, and a higher gain tone. Uses the Allure IR Pack, which is available for free from Line 6, Google it. Jorge 736 10
Rockerverb
Youtube
Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA) New for Helix 3.1, the Rockerveb is a very cool and versatile amp for rock n roll. Try this tone in place of a Marshall for a crunchier, fatter tone. Jorge 281 6
Mike Ness Tone
Soundcloud
Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA) This is the HX Stomp version of this tone - there's also a version for the Helix available here by selecting the Helix as your device. This is a very good approximation of Mike Ness's Tone on the Social Distortion albums. The recipe is iconic - a dirt pedal into a Bassman head, then into Marshalโ€ฆ Jorge 362 5
Vicky Blues
Soundcloud
Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA) This is a Pod Go patch that is based off a popular blues patch I have for the Helix. It's great for high-flying electric blues. Jorge 335 5
Twin City Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA) Nice Fender Twin, for Hawaiian or Country sounds. There's a Minotaur lurking in there somewhere, in case you need it. Jorge 690 4
Ambient Rock
Youtube
Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA) The patch has three presets which are for switching sounds while soloing. The first preset is a light overdrive, the second light overdrive plus echo, and the third light overdrive plus distortion. See the example below for a soloing example. I also added a noise gate to help reduce the noise. Rabbuhl 152 4
Vicky Blues
Soundcloud
Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA) A Blues patch using the Voltage Queen (Victoria Electro King) amp and a Klon overdrive. Jorge 179 3
Angry 5150
Soundcloud
Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA) This pissed off 5150 is perfect for detuned metal chord work. Jorge 234 3
JOHNAMAYERTRIX Direct (Recording, Headphone, PA) (Reposted with permission from AndrewUtz on CustomTone.com) A John Mayer Tone, referencing Slow Dancing In A Burning Room. In this patch I used some basic stuff that I know John has used (or the closest thing to it I could find). I know live he has used dumbles along with a fender bandmaster,โ€ฆ Jorge 223 3
AC 30 Tone for Boss Katana Amps Plugged in Front of the Amp Use this patch by plugging straight into a Katana 50. Use the acoustic channel on the amp, and keep all Katana settings at noon, and adjust to taste. This patch uses the "A30 Fawn Brt" Helix model for a chimey AC30 tone. Use the Klon for some nice hot overdrive. There's some spring reverb includโ€ฆ Jorge 314 3
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