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Hi guys,

 

Having recently bought the Helix and now being able fluently use it and navigate all the menus, I am now interested in custom patches.

 

 

So, what are your favorite custom patches on the line 6 helix custom tone page?

 

Favorite patch artists? Favorite patches from patch artists? 

 

General favorite tones?

 

 

 

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I've tried downloading and trying a few. Didn't really like any of them. I build all of my presets from scratch. 

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You may be disappointed if you are expecting to find Customtone presets that many people agree are 'the best'. There are so many external factors, in addition to the specific preset, that affect the overall tone that it's highly unlikely that you hear exactly the same sound that the preset creator thought was so good he/she wanted to share it on Customtone. Some of these external factors include type of guitar, its pickups and their switch setting, string gauge, playing style, monitoring amp or speakers, room acoustics, presence or absence of other players, listening volume, ...... and the list goes on.

 

That's why in most cases you will download a tone based on its name or description and find that it sounds nothing like what you expected. However, it probably did sound much like you would expect to the tone creator. You will find that you need to tweak most presets to get them to sound good in your environment with your equipment. Occasionally you will find a preset that needs little or no tweaking but that is a rarity and often a testament to the skill of the tone creator.

 

Customtone is very useful as a learning tool. You can get useful ideas about preset configuration and routing options that can help you learn to design presets that appeal to you. But in the end you will probably find that creating your own presets is more rewarding.

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Hi guys,

 

Having recently bought the Helix and now being able fluently use it and navigate all the menus, I am now interested in custom patches.

 

 

So, what are your favorite custom patches on the line 6 helix custom tone page?

 

Favorite patch artists? Favorite patches from patch artists?

 

General favorite tones?

Favorites? None... don't waste your time, for all the reasons Silverhead just listed.

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If you keep in mind all of the points that Silverhead outlined, you can still make good use of some custom patches as a base to work from. I have a bunch of patches from Freeman and Glenn DeLaune that I use and then tweak for my guitar, playback, song etc. Both of these guys do things with delays and other effects that I wouldn't normally think of. Some of the recent patches I got from Freeman, were outstanding, especially the one's related to Pink Floyd. He has that sound dialed in really well.

But, if you think you're going to open a patch, hit a chord and instantly sound like your guitar hero, you'll probably be disappointed.

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Silverhead makes a point.   Specially because I upgraded from a Boss GT-8 to a Helix.  I played with the gt-8 for over 10 years.  I must have went through thousands of patches on the boss forums, not counting my own.  My own creations always felt and sounded the best.  90% of custom patches needed to be heavily modified on my set up to be even playable.  Jumping to the Helix has been a complete life style change for me.  Going back to my GT-8, and those old patches literally hurts my ears.  Now that I'm older, with a lot less time and a bit more money then I used to have; I'm more interested in adding a lot of good base / template tones to my helix.  To finally have those sounds that I could only dream of.  

 

I will say that after browsing custom tone, I have a few favorites of mine that require little to no tweaking:

 

  • Dream Clean:

This patch is just fantastic, the clean tone is just great, and the distortion part of the patch is really nice.  I like starting out clean and bursting into a distorted riff.  This patch does that.  It's unique and different enough from the stock patches.  

 

Another fantastic done that is odd, deep, and just fun to play with is:

 

  • Buckethead Big S:

By Vitass.  For me, this tone  sounds 90% like the buckethead song Big Sur Moon.  The delay idea performance is fantastic, and gives play to Ewan Dobsons "Time 2".  Not to mention, this patch is just plain fun to experiment with your own stuff.  

 

specracer986

 

Thanks for answering my inquiry.  I appreciate your insight.  I am very much interested in look at Freeman and Delarune.  I am a Floyd fan, and would love to add a sound of theirs to my library.  I am a big Dream Theater fan as well, and it seems Delarune has a patch or two similar to John Petrucci's Mesa output.

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I found Glenn Ds Metal pack, rock pack and cleans brilliant. In particular his 1959 Marshall, Blackface, Blackstar, and Morgan. Add a couple of Fremens Blues patches, and some of Scotts specialist song specific patches and you're away....

 

Yes making your own stuff rules but those few I mentioned above are brilliant. For some reason Glenn's stuff sounds incredible on my system and I can't really get close, I use QSC 8s, 10s and 12s via a mixer or direct. I have a bass cut at about 90 and treble at 7500 on the IR blocks. 

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PB-272

 

What is your hardware? 

 

I'm using basically the Helix along with with my Sennheiser HD Pro 380.  I have Marshal AVT 275 that I don't use very much because it doesn't sound as good my headphones or my computer speakers.

 

EDIT: If you can provide a link to what you got, I'd like to to see it.  He likely uploaded a video for that pack.

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On 9/25/2017 at 7:24 AM, jbuhajla said:

I've tried downloading and trying a few. Didn't really like any of them. I build all of my presets from scratch. 

Care to share? :)

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Having just downloaded @Jason Sadites Nunoish patch, which is blindingly close, I've just downloaded some more of his.

I'd also recommend looking at his YouTube videos on how to dial in a tone in general and for specific amp models.

The man knows what he's doing :)

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Although this is an old thread ,I wish we can keep it alive.I find this thread very useful.Some of the tones suggested here are great.So if we can update this from time to time it would be great !

Thanks.

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Consider investing in Fremen's new 2.6 collection. Yeah, its not free, but its a generous collection of rich presets + snapshots that obviously have many hours of development time behind them. I design my own presets and have poked around in the Customtones , but this collection demonstrates what the Helix is capable of, and is worthy of studying.

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