Recommend your favorite Helix amps & effects?

primemover12

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I recently picked up Helix Native because I got a great deal on it. However, all I've really done so far is replicate a few of the basic sounds I use in ReValver, Amplitube, and Spark.

The basic verdict there is that the PV Panama is competent; far better than the Metal Lead V in Amplitube; but not as smooth and believable as the 6505 in ReValver. The 2204 in Helix is better than the Brit 8000 in Amplitube; but a little less believable than the JCM800 in Spark. And the Soldano in Helix is significantly better than the Soldano in Amplitube.

But there's a huge world outside those three amps.

So, if you love your Helix, tell me which amps and effects you love the most.

I've played a bit with the new Revv amp, and I liked it for leads. Felt like a Bogner--thick and a bit dark.
 

burton56

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1) Amp- US Double Vib (Fender Twin Reverb Vibrato Channel)
2) Compressor- Deluxe Comp
3) OD/Distortion- SD9 (MAXON SD9), Vermin Dist (ProCo Rat)
4) Flanger- Gray Flanger (MXR 117)
5) Tremolo- Optical Trem (Fender Optical Trem)
6) Delay- Transistor Tape (Echoplex EP3)
7) Reverb- Plate and ‘63 Spring

-Bonus IR- God’s Cab- I believe it’s a 4X12 Mesa Cab, AKG C414 1 inch from cap and 1 inch from edge.
 

Blinkon

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I love the trainwreck / derailed model, set to low-mid gain, master around 4-5, and a warm ribbon-mic cab or IR.
 

vibrostrat43

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I really like the Placater dirty which is about as heavy as I ever get. If you're looking for higher gain amps take a look at the Archetype, and Rev amps.
 

Cymbaline

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Amps: 2204, Placater Dirty, Soldano, Badonk (Haven't upgraded to 2.8 yet but I expect the Revv will be awesome)
Boost: Scream 808, Stupor OD, Minotaur
Effects: Script Mod Phase, Ubiquitous Vibe, Gray Flanger, 70s Chorus, Transistor Tape
Reverb: Plate or Spring
 

JHand

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Amps - JTM45, Lonestar, one of the Twin models, 2204, and one of the tweeds (not sure which one yet).

OD/etc - OCD, tone sovereign/heir apparent, KWB, and tube screamer.
 

dmock66

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I agree with many of the aforementioned - and will add the Interstate Zed. I've been using that one for quite some time and really like how it interacts with the Deranged Master (Dallas Rangemaster Treble Boost). Also, I pair the Heir Apparent/Tone Sovereign with the Cali Texas Cln and really like how they pair up.

With respect to cabinet/mics - I almost exclusively use the Interstate 2x12 cab with the 160 6" back.
 

primemover12

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You mentioned you liked the 2204.... try the placater dirty
I really like the Placater dirty which is about as heavy as I ever get. If you're looking for higher gain amps take a look at the Archetype, and Rev amps.
Amps: 2204, Placater Dirty, Soldano, Badonk (Haven't upgraded to 2.8 yet but I expect the Revv will be awesome)
Boost: Scream 808, Stupor OD, Minotaur
Effects: Script Mod Phase, Ubiquitous Vibe, Gray Flanger, 70s Chorus, Transistor Tape
Reverb: Plate or Spring
Per all these recommendations, I fired up Helix and swapped the Placater in for the 2204 and WOW--this is the sound I wanted. Tighter, percussive, and hot. Seems like the sim of Friedman's Marshall is better than the actual Marshall sim.

I was getting a little discouraged because it seemed like the Helix was ok but not tops for some of my favorite sounds (I'd still take ReValver 4 for the 5150 sound; Spark for the JCM800), but it's turning out that the Revv, Placator, and Soldano make it uniquely great. Plus, the harmony/pitch effects are a ton of fun.
 

Rob Eadgbe

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My favorite high gain amp so far is the Archetype Dirty (PRS Archeron). I'm not sure if I've ever had the gain above 3.5, and it's more than enough for me with great clarity.

Make sure you're trying different cabs, mics types and placements, plus low and high cut. There's so much you can tweak with stock cabs that I haven't even bothered jumping down the IR rabbit hole yet.
 

jdroost

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Placator Dirty, mahadeva(Bogner Shiva), US Double.
Also quite surprised on how much I like the Litigator.

63 Spring and the new single king of tone (forget the name).
Optical Trem
 

JCW308

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Swapped for a 2204 on my Helix today too (instead of a dirt box) and it is freaking fantastic! Two amps, one clean Marshall and one dirty Marshall 2204!
 

Riffzilla

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Placater Dirty is my favourite amp so far. Even for lower gain it works better than the other marshally amps in Helix IMO. For high gain I like Solo Lead, Revv and Archetype Lead. Litigator and Mandarin are my favourite cleans. I’ve not messed too much with drive pedals yet- I’m finding amp drive way better than setting a clean amp model and using it as a pedal platform - all the drives just sound a bit meh so far.
 




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