DH BETHEL HELIX PATCH
THIS IS MY SIGNATURE HELIX PATCH [HX STOMP ACCESSIBLE] WHICH CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF MY FULL STEREO PEDALBOARD & AMP RIG I USE WHILE TOURING AND RECORDING WITH BETHEL MUSIC.
Designed for the all-in Helix user, DH BETHEL is my signature Helix patch which is based on my full pedalboard and stereo amp rig I use when recording and touring with Bethel Music (see my rig rundown HERE). My patches are designed on the Helix and compatible with the Helix LT, Helix Rack, Helix Native, and accessible on the HX Stomp. All patches are in stereo (two amps with two cabs) unless otherwise noted and are intended to be used in stompbox mode and/or snapshot mode (see the instructions tab for more info). My patches are meticulously dialed in and tested using multiple pro-grade monitoring sources (Proac Studio 100 monitors, Vintage NS-10m monitors, and 64 AUDIO A12t in-ear monitors) to ensure accurate and pristine tones that fit into a mix perfectly.
This download includes the main Helix patch in two versions (one tailored to humbuckers and one to tailored to single coils), select impulse responses from my meticulously engineered IR library, PLUS 10 extra effects patches with a total of 55 dialed-in effect blocks, as well as a patch with my amps & IR’s from the main patch.
While the main two Helix patches WILL NOT be accessible on the HX Stomp (because they exceed the 6-block limit), all of the eliments of the main patches (amps, IR's, drives, comps, verbs, delays, etc) and the extra effects (a total of 55 extra effect blocks) are saved into 6-block patches so you can access all of it on your HX Stomp and customize it to your needs and use! With these effects patches, you can substitute (copy and paste) my pre-dialed in effects and create endless configurations on the Helix and HX Stomp.
PREMIUM IMPULSE RESPONSES INCLUDED!
The amps in this patch are based on my UK-made AC30/6 TB with Greenbacks and Fender Prosonic with a Fender Custom Shop G10V. Impulse Responses of these exact speakers from my meticulously engineered IR library are included to ensure the most accurate tone achievable. Included IRs:
- UK-Made Greenback from my AC30/6 TB mic'd with a Shure 545 (mic position 3 - see my IR page for details)
- G10V Fender Custom Shop speaker from my Prosonic mic'd with a Shure 545 (mic position 3 - see my IR page for details)
These IR's were created from the EXACT speakers/mics/placement I use when recording and touring with Bethel Music. See the instructions tab for how to import the IRs. For more tonal options & flexibility with speaker/cab choice, mic selection/blends, and mic placement - check out my full IR library HERE!
PICKUPS & GUITAR
All patches include two versions: one dialed in for humbuckers and one for single coil pickups. The "S" at the end of the preset name indicates the patch was tailored to single coil pickups. The main difference is some small EQ tweaks in the midrange in the post amp/IR EQ. Regardless of what pickups you have, it is recommended to test out both patches and see which one suits your tastes and guitar better. Feel free to save a copy of the preset and experiment with the EQ, or any other elements of the patch to tune it as you please.
- DH BETHEL main patch, dialed in with humbuckers.
- DH BETHEL S the “S” for "single coil” version.
- DH AMPS compression, stereo amps and IRs, post-amp EQ.
- DH COMP & DRIVES compression, and my “DRIVE, BOOST, FUZZ” section from my main helix patch.
- DH DELAYS 1 .8th delay, 1/8 delay, 1/4 delay, wow tape 1/4, deluxe memory man dual, deluxe memory man 1/16.
- DH DELAYS 2 dual delay, dd-5 .8th, glitch reverse, bucket delay, lo resolution 1/8, tube echo 1/4.
- DH MODULATION 1 warm vibrato, clean vibrato, aggressive vibe, tri-chorus, 70s chorus, 80s chorus
- DH MODULATION 2 clean chorus, widener, chorus-flanger, uni-vibe, vintage flanger, lofi rotary
- DH PITCH +1 oct1, +1 oct2, +1 glitch oct, +&- 1 oct, +1 bell oct, pitchfork/whammy.
- DH REVERBS 1 ’63 spring, spring, shimmer, cloud 1, cloud 2, cloud 3.
- DH REVERBS 2 small room, plateaux, plateaux octaves, ganymede 1, ganymede 2.
- DH REVERBS 3 room 1, room 2, reflections, warm room.
- DH TREMOLO clean trem, blackface trem, wide tremolo, helix trem, pan trem, harmonic trem.
FOOTSWITCH ASSIGNMENTS (10 STOMP MODE)
- MEMORY MAN off / on
- BLOOM off: light bloom and delay. on: more bloom and delay.
- CLOUD off / on. designed to be stacked on the Bloom reverb.
- AMBIENT changes multiple reverb and delay parameters.
- DELAY SUB changes delay subdivision from 1/8 to dotted 8th.
- CHORUS off / on
- POG off / on
- BOOST *see operational notes below for info on the drive section.
- POG LEAD
- CHORUS CLEAN
- CHORUS DRIVE
IMPORTANT OPERATIONAL NOTES
In order to maximize effect options and tonal accuracy in the helix when compared to my full rig, this patch is rather complex and very intricate. There are many parameter assignments to almost every footswitch in this patch in order to fine-tune every tone and maximize the effect options to processing power ratio. Here is a helpful breakdown of how the patch was designed to operate:
VOLUME PEDAL BLOCK & CLEAN HEADROOM
I wanted to incorporate an easy and effective way to adjust the amount of amp breakup on clean tones without affecting the signal level going into the compressor or drives. In order to do this, the volume block is placed before the amps and by default is set to 92% maximum volume in the toe-down position. This is so you have the option to easily and quickly increase or decrease the max volume hitting the amps, causing more or less clean tone breakup. This is a great option to have when fine-tuning the patch to your guitar and pickups. A single coil and humbucker patch are already included in all presets, this is just another good option to have.
DRIVES & GAIN
The drive section (Drive - first stage, Boost - second stage, and Fuzz - third stage) is designed to be used in a stacking / cascading format and not in an individual way. Meaning for the first gain stage, only the “drive” should be on. For the second gain stage, the “Drive” AND “Boost” should be on. For the third gain stage, the Drive Boost AND Fuzz should be on. This is because each gain stage changes a number settings throughout the patch including drive settings, amp settings, compressor settings, post-amp EQ settings, etc, to emulate the tones and response of my full rig as close as possible.
By default, there is a main Delay that is always on (the mix and decay change with certain reverb settings). Instead of using a footswitch to toggle this delay ON and OFF, I made it a “DELAY SUB” footswitch which changes the subdivision of the delay by giving you two different options with that one delay. Much more useful and frees up another block/footswitch. By default the subdivisions are set to 1/8 and dotted 8th, but you can easily modify the subdivision to your preference.
Like the Drive section, the Reverb section was also designed to be stacked / cascaded. The footswitches for Reverbs in this patch are labeled Bloom, Cloud, and Ambient. The order of stacking is as follows:
- All Reverb footswitches OFF: some delay with a light bloom reverb running before the amps.
- “Bloom” ON: higher bloom mix & more decay, higher delay mix.
- “Cloud” ON: stacks a post-amps reverb on the pre-amps “bloom”.
- “Ambient” ON: increases mix, decay, and high cut on the reverb. Switches the delay into a ping-pong delay.
SUBBING IN EFFECTS FROM THE EXTRA EFFECTS PRESETS
All the effects in the included extra effects presets are assigned to footswitches and named with a custom name in order easily identify them on the Helix LED strips (you won't be able to see these names on other devices without the LED strips, but they are mentioned in order above). In order to copy and paste an effect block into another preset, follow these steps:
- Right click on effect block you want to use, go to “bypass assign”, and select “none”.
- Copy and Paste the effect block into the patch of your choice, and save a new copy of the preset.
- NOTE: certain effects require more DSP than others and may require the removal of multiple blocks to free up enough DSP to use the desired effect. Experimentation is required here.
MONO VS STEREO OPERATION
All of my patches are designed to be run in stereo - It is highly recommended for optimal tone. If you intend to run mono please note: The Line 6 devices automatically “sum” or combine the stereo signal chain to mono when only one cable is plugged into the left output of the Helix/HX Stomp. However, this tends to blur and cloud the tone in my opinion - for that reason it is HIGHLY recommended that you still plug a cable into both the left and right outputs to keep the stereo signal paths intact, even if you only run mono out of the left output. You will noticed your tone and the effects are clearer than if only one cable is plugged into the outputs and they are summed.