PeterHamm Posted May 5, 2016 Share Posted May 5, 2016 I answered a post on the fb forum and thought it would be useful here. Tips I've learned form using Helix for 4 and a half months.1. Separate your amp and cab... every time... so you can put delays "in the loop" if you want. The Z Amp + a Z Cab, for instance, sounds the same as a Z Amp+Cab. There is no advantage to NOT separating the cab. And the spring verb and opto trem and imho the delays sound better between the amp and the cab.2. Try dual cabs and ribbon mics. Make one close and one further away. I like it way better than third party IRs myself.3. Run delays in parallel, not series. You might like that better.4. Figure out how your pedal board works for you and set it the same basic way on every single patch. EVERY ONE!5. Don't use Pitch FX after the amp. It won't track well.6. Try the Matchless. Thank me later.7. 10-footswitch mode. Seriously.8. Get an extra EXPedal. Or two...9. Set a footswitch so that it goes between clean and dirty versions of the same amp. Voila, two patches in one. For extra fun, have one cabinet for clean and one for dirty. Also, you might want the delay mix different on clean vs. dirty.10. You probably don't need "ambiance" reverb, because the room you play in (if you're live) is probably verb-ey enough, so save the horsepower Special FX verb is another story.11. Name your patches something that tells you, at a glance, what's in them. For instance, one of mine is T_MZ4_Uv_Mel9. That's a patch for my tele into a Matchless with both a Z and a 4x10 cab, Univibe, and Mel9 in one of the loops. I don't list the delays because I have similar delays on every patch, same with special FX verb.12. Mess with the Leslies (especially the Fender and the 145) but make sure you turn the amp cab OFF when using the Leslie effect. Bonus: make a footswitch available to change speed from fast to slow and back.Got some useful tips? Add them! 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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