When he picks up a guitar, you know that what’s coming will be inspired. His tone is as delicate as it is furious. You probably already listen to at least one of the artists that he’s shared the stage and studio with: All The Bright Lights, Johnnyswim, Jesus Culture, John Mark McMillan, Matt Redman, the list goes on. There is only one James Duke, and the "That's So James Duke" Helix Preset embodies his amp choices and his tonal approach.
We started with the foundation of James’ tone: a blend of his two most beloved amp choices. James, dialed in the right blend of these two amplifiers to re-create the tonal canvas that he builds from.
Once James was happy with the amplifier section, we spent a day with his favorite pedals - and the pedals currently on his board. We looked at the tonal characteristic of each pedal in the signal chain and painstakingly recreated each one. One of the things that makes this profile so inspiring to play is that it captures the way that James stacks pedals, creating a sonic landscape that has depth.
These sounds represent years of developing my approach to tone. The effects we have created for this Signature Series are some of my favorite go-to sounds that I’ve used on some of my favorite albums.
Because I've spent so long with my guitars and my amps developing my sound and style, I'm a bit romantic about it and I tend to resist new technology. But, when I got into the Helix system I was really amazed at how accurate the sounds could be. We even spent some extra time to create a custom Modulated Reverb FX loop that I think you'll love.
We all play and sound unique, with different guitars and styles. So dig in and turn some knobs. I think you will be happy with what you hear.