Premium Helix Amp Tone
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This is my take on Magnatone amps! I was lucky enough to play a vintage model that was on backline during a recording session I was hired for and back in Fall 2019, I came across a reissue while I was in Norway. Both experiences left their mark in my mind as being some of the best amps I've ever played. They had a similar sort of black panel Deluxe tone to them, so although there is no Magnatone amp model in the Helix, I was able to achieve a similar tone with the Deluxe Nrm model, mixed with a stereo Vox/Matchless cab combo. You'll get presets emulating both the original and reissue amps since they were so different. Also included are effect modules that I've dialed in to recreate the unique amplitude modulation (tremolo) and heavily sought-after frequency modulation (vibrato) circuits present in Magnatone amps.
What you're getting:
- Four presets
- EGS_Magnatone_AM.hlx (clean amp tone for single coils)
- EGH_Magnatone_AM.hlx (clean amp tone for humbuckers)
- EGS_Magnatone_FM.hlx (breakup tone for single coils)
- EGH_Magnatone_FM.hlx (breakup tone for humbuckers)
- A walkthrough of how each of the switches are working together
- A detailed guide on best practices for setting up your Helix device
- FAQ and troubleshooting guide
- Some premium frickin TOAN for your Helix
“Premium Amp Tone” means that this preset is designed to make the absolute most out of the Helix’s amp, cabinet, EQ, compressor, and overdrive blocks. This preset is meticulously dialed in and tested for live performance with a full band. Use it on your HX Stomp in combination with other external effect pedals, or drop the 6 blocks given into your larger Helix unit and build your own custom preset around it with the premium amp tone serving as the foundation. Explore different combinations of footswitches 1-3 and you'll find that this preset will cover all your needs for different overdrive and amp tones. Footswitches 4 and 5 are not necessary to the preset, but can be useful. If you have questions at any point, reply to the download email you’ve received and I’ll follow up to assist you.
Each of these presets are limited to a maximum of 6 blocks, and as such will work on all of the following products:
Native users - please note that these presets are set up in stompswitch mode and do not contain snapshot data. Native is set up to prefer snapshot mode, but you can still easily access the "stompswitches" through MIDI commands.
Helix - Magnatone Premium Amp Tone
The presets in this package were designed on studio monitors, tested over the course of many rehearsals and live performances, and finally revised on a professional FOH system. They were tested and refined at levels of 90db+ (read about the Fletcher Munson curve for more info) so you can be sure it’s be trustworthy on a gig in a full band mix and in the studio for recording purposes. It's a long process that has resulted in versatile, reliable presets that can be trusted across any amplification device.