take a look at the line 6 helix now
felix is a new kind of guitar processor it is basically a combination of work
that has taken about four years to develop and incorporates a rental
modeling engine it also has a very intuitive user interface and it is
probably the most comprehensive controller that you can use for you be
Tareq incorporating analog and digital gear now the helix in itself is kind of
described as a real smart control and you with these three headings then we
have the real where we talk about the modeling and effects modeling the
microphones and all the modeling that is created to sound as real and feel is
real and authentic as the real thing as a loss in the studio you sitting in the
control room and your amp is miked up in the live room and what you hear in bed
with the studio monitors is basically exactly that and so we have complete new
way of modeling we call it the PHX modelling and that goes down to modeling
the components of the individual Empson sex and speakers and microphones so far
there for an amplifier for example they be looking at up to fifteen individual
components in an amplifier and modulate a model these behaviors like the
transistors and capacities that are in there so each part in the signal chain
is basically being model profiled and then put into the a model for example
and that promises to be a very real and authentic replication of what the real
thing is the real am the real effect as it is a little example the effect the
unified for example uses a little light bulb to control the the sound in it and
actually in the the model of universe is a model of the light bulb
and this is kind of the component level modeling that’s in the helix that gives
it a really authentic and Andrea Lind and you know really special kind of
guitar player who’s a little bit more texture you feel the responsiveness of
the AM and the same goes for the speaker cabinet completely new speaker cabinets
has been remodeled and capture together with about 16 microphones that are also
moderate and not just the microphone itself but also the proximity to it so
you can basically move the microphone back and forth and control the base
response at the microphone is giving just like the real thing like you do in
the studio which is really great so that’s kind of the real aspect of it and
then we have this mod aspect with a lot of power comes not only a lot of
responsibility but also a steep learning curve and in general we wanted to look
at things to have a more intuitive way of working with it because it’s all
great having all the tools there if it’s difficult to set up and create you know
it takes kind of the flow of the creative process and the music making
process so we’ve been to an extent where we kind of looked at how can we make the
so intuitive that if you spend about five minutes with helix and read a
little chichi that’s in the box you are ready to go and what happened is that we
put a huge LCD display on it and that basically shows you everything the whole
signal flow and then you have touch-sensitive foot switches that allow
you to stay the way you interact with them you use a touch them to edit them
you press them down to engage them or you hold them to a sign them and that
makes creating sounds very very intuitive and very very fast it’s like
some creation at the speed of thought so to speak and the control aspect of this you know
real smart control is about the integration of helix into other products
or into other gear so if you have a bunch load of oddball effect units that
you rely on for yourself and then you can incorporate this into helix using
the effects loops that are in here for example and make it part of a preset for
example and combined it so everything is combined with in helix and that makes it
a very flexible and very professional way of dealing with internal and
external effects in addition to that we have inputs for control pedals
expression pedals TV control am switching and probably have one of the
most advanced MIDI controllers that you find in the guitar multi effects your
network you can send up to six media messages at the same time so you could
start a sequence or at the same time as you start recording and change the level
on the mixing desk clerk sample and that makes it probably the most advanced
control unit that is out there so that’s kind of an overview of helix and you
know why don’t we have a little look up close and listen to cover sounds and see
what it’s like working with helix ok so why don’t we know take a look and listen
to some of the songs in helix let’s start with the Spree satirical Hey Joe
which is an emulsion mister mister hendricks I guess so you have kind of a
plexi marshall et kind of sound nice is that you know when you work with
a volume control on the guitar you can really get the interaction so if i dial
it down a little clean sound for the org Octavia fact that you like and these effects are just basically
models of the original ones and even if I dial it down again it reacts like the
real thing so they have the superior which is very nice and so I can get
access to 45 in here I have about seventy effects that all on you and the
model admits that it’s called the 8x modeling which as I said before it’s
kind of component level modeling but it also gives you a total of four stereo
signal paths which means you not only running one chain instead you can run up
to four chains and assign them to alter the same guitar you plug in like a bass
guitar and microphone and you can have a signal chain for each of these which is
great and it becomes a really sophisticated way of managing like a wet
dry vac for example so that’s great now maybe for golf or some other sounds real
quick maybe something more in the medley kind of thing and I think what what kind of it is nice
but then again if you dial down done here in this industry said if you
look at the display I’m actually running the same through two different speaker
cabinets that mike with different microphones so i’m i’m having a full by
12 Mike with some 57 and 11 royal 121 microphone and this is something that’s
become kind of a studio standard with the last decade or so and you can kind
of blend these two signals to get 10 overall sound and the other thing that
is quite interesting everything in helix is assignable so
this model here this angle meter has a boost that’s what the AM comes with right and
I can actually program this mid boost to be switched on and off so I can have my
rhythm sound and then I can switch the boost on and have and have the boost
come on and at the same time of also program to delay on here so this is
basically my my solar tana have a boost in midrange and I have a delay so I can
go from playing to lead playing let’s see what it sounds like kind of look into the section as a set
this 45 amp models from tiny little to attempts to high gain am so there’s
something for everyone to listen to some of the more cleaner stuff like use the
the deluxe a little bit of reverb compressor and
then you kind of in funk funk all you just put a little bit of
Khorasan and then you kind of in police land another interesting thing is to put
maybe the tremolo one and have been more of a kind of 67 and just put a little to no clothes on
and and you kind of them do central so let’s go to this is an empty priests
said and now we’re going to run to the workflow and see how easy it is to
program so you can see here is my signal change the guitar goes in here and goes
out there and I used to Joystiq you on the right hand side to move between
positions and let’s start for example with an M just pressed on the joystick
in the gets me the list of available models and I can choose the amp and cab
model which is a complete more than just the amp for one assigned separate
cabinet to it I can do that and if I play with an amp and just one used the
preemptive can do that as well for this one just gonna stand stay with the amp
and cab model just press on it and choose between base am so obviously
accusing guitar amp since I have a guitar around my neck and let’s go for
you know the the classic kind of what I have here now is a model of a jump
Wrexham on here at the bottom and above those in codice you see the parameters
that I can influence of my drive base middle and so forth used the page button here on the right I
can go to the next page where heavy influence on even more parameters like
the US egg and the ripple and the bias control and all of that can really
customize and horny and those again coming back to the component level
modeling of this is possible to influence on this page for example if I
want my amp too few little stiff I could take you know the SAG out so which is
kind of it you know the way the the politics compress in a way but wanted to
feel a little bit more gory I can put more in go back to the default just by clicking
on to this coda and then on the next page I have the cabinet and again I have
lots of different microphone options here can see 16 total also the distance
and here again the proximity effect will be accurately tracked and can you put
the local and here I know for example that the 57 cut off in like 15 kilohertz
and so I can dial this in a bit of a reflection depending on how far is so
have a lot of what it sounds like have a little bit of room or something
in there so again I use this navigation and go to maybe some reverb stereo
reverb can choose a simple plate for example and smaller makes a little less
maybe that’s nice what we call us well have a little bit of delay but let’s
delay for the sake of it but just like in the studio I can I have kind of the
stereo delay going on just like in the studio I could run this like an ox so
I’m just taking this effect and moving it down into the second row and this is
basically my second effect path right so I’ve got the am going through the reverb
and then parallels to that I have the the delay gives me a lot of control over
what I wanted to signal path so I wanted to defect delay I’m gonna put a
modulation of course or something like this on their I could have my delays
with the commerce on them for example if I don’t like anything it’s really easy
you can go and clear that block and that sort of the signal chain but this is
basically how easy it is to create your custom custom sounds just for one for
good measure before the amplitude could maybe a distortion books or something
obviously want this to be in mono baby screaming and then they give me that
gives me a nice signal chain now too much gain now the easy way to assign
these is so that I can take this blog here that is highlighted for example screamer and I just touch any of the
buttons here at the lower row for example a touch this and then it asked me do you want to
assign this foot disaffected the sports pages ok and boom much you scream
appears here so I can turn it on and off right here do the same thing for the for the delay
for example just wanna put it here ok and same thing for the reverb and this
is how easy it basically is to assign everything now let’s say for example my
troops come on my delay Morpheus I need to adjust that that’s
too fast or too slow whatever I just touch it and then this
row of the parameters for this effect will show up so I can go actually I want
to time delays or clicking here and get me a daughter to live so there’s no
hooked up to the to the temple this is how easy it is to assign any of
the parameters in here which is great cuz again it’s kind of the you know the
speed of thought so to see and that is you know basic operation is a said if
you spent like five minutes with it teaches that comes in the box and go
through that is really easy and you want to save this you just gonna say this is
new priests it and just remember it going to be one so this is now a new
preset one and all of these things can be custom name so if you want to call
this screen may 28 something completely different and change the name so and it
shows up accordingly now obviously but change the priests it
to something completely different like this one then the names change
according to the effects that are in my chain which is pretty cool another thing that is really easy and
makes a difference is this disparity edit mode which means you hold down the
button and then all the effects amps and everything in your signal chain is being
displayed here and you have the opportunity to can troll and and change
everything using your feet so let’s say I wanted to
change the the Minotaur sound so all the parameters are being displayed if I
wanted to change the game I can do that and just use the expression pedal
selected and you know to you happy or should you know heavy footed you can use
really fine adjustments you know what the level so it’s really easy you don’t
even have to take your hands off to edit anything if you live gig and you think
you know too much reverb you know you don’t have to bend only just use your
feet it’s really easy and really comfortable to do and that is you know
how easy kind of the workflows with helix now one other thing that you can do a
bunch of other things that you can do is incorporate any of the analog out board
gear that you may have like a stompbox we have for sex loops here that are all
freely assignable so let’s say you have a distortion books and an echo you know
that you love and that you used to create your town’s what you can do is
basically said these your center return path and you can have an effects loop
for example or send and return and integrate all of this this is no been
shown up in your signal path you can assign it to any of the foot switches
have even more left here maybe I want to assign it to hear that ok and this is my
effects loop and let’s let’s assume there’s an echo unit that are connected
to a drunken now switch on and off and this makes it really easy to incorporate
anything into your Rick and yeah I guess so so there you have it in terms of
connection we can connect to get our base obviously we have a microphone
input which has the same great preempted is in the m20 d stage scape mixer from
96 the actual dynamic range of the guitar input as 123 decibel which is
kind of the best in class we have the effects loops excellent quarter inch out
headphones out we’ve got connections for various guitarist and also on a CPU and
digital SPDIF output and use because you can use helix also as a 88 out USB
interface and make the use this as the as the brains for you good recording
setup and then obviously you have the meaty connections so if you want to send
any media messages while you switch and something in an all you can do this as
well like changing channels or no change in presets indirect effects or whatnot
so it it makes for a complete kind of control system for your guitar really
and yeah I guess so that’s helix kind of new breed of Qatar
processes from 96 and it’s you know as I said it’s real it’s smart and it gives
you all the control that you want so if you want more information about helix
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20 thoughts on “Review Line 6 Helix Multi-Effect Processor

  • October 9, 2015 at 7:52 pm
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    Totally digging the Engl Tone so fat n raw

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  • October 10, 2015 at 2:48 am
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    Is there a noise gate available ?

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  • October 10, 2015 at 5:42 am
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    Great demo! Very in depth on the operation and workflow of the unit. The interface does look very intuitive.

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  • October 11, 2015 at 4:33 pm
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    Thanks Chris I was still trying to figure mine out, I learn a couple of thanks from you vid.

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  • October 13, 2015 at 5:01 pm
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    Can anybody point me to a 'Room Mic only' review? Thank you.

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  • October 19, 2015 at 1:05 am
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    Why were you hissing with feedback on a solid state with a noise gate… Then rolled volume as fast as possible to avoid it, could it be dialed out or am I gonna really utilize that expression pedal

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  • October 19, 2015 at 3:02 am
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    You know I love this machine BUT "it still sounds like a Model!" and not like a true valve Amp!!! DO NOT BE FOOLED, todays technology and really has been for years now – totally allows for us to replace the Valve/Analog with a digital system that will do every bit as great "ISSUE IS" most MAJOR MANUFACTURES , want to dazzel you with a great image and tons of features but yet completely roll back on the SOUND QUALITY; so they can sell you the upgrade later!

    I know of a digital processor that sounds every bit of the actual Valve Amps ETC, blind shoot out – you will not be able to tell the difference PERIOD but it comes from a BOUTIQUE MANUFACTURE AND NOT A MAJOR one.

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  • October 21, 2015 at 7:32 pm
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    "Review"? This is just a promotional overview.

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  • October 25, 2015 at 4:33 am
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    Fuck that guitar is ugly !

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  • October 29, 2015 at 6:53 pm
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    Everybody is playing catch up with Fractal Audio AXE FX II. They are nowhere even close. This is typical video of Hyperbole by Line 6 and other competitors. Even the TC G system is now just a toy. Forget all this Line 6 stuff go get an AXE FX II or the new AX8 if you want a simpler system for road use. The sounds that this guy was getting on this video were really horrible. Sorry but no cigar Line 6 fails again as it always has done in the past. Line 6 has done more to ruin guitar sounds than any company in guitar history.

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  • October 30, 2015 at 8:39 am
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    I just recently purchased the Helix for both the Studio & Stage and have had absolutely fantastic results. The first 9-10 units coming into New Zealand were sold in 5 days and I was fortunate enough to get one. One of my friends has an Axe FX and is now getting the Helix after hearing it and playing through it. Like anything else in this world it always comes down to personal taste but I myself am seriously enjoying this fine piece oof musical genius and take my hat off to Line6 on a job well done.
    Eddie Simon – Producer @ Acoustic Wave Recording Studio Christchurch, New Zealand

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  • December 22, 2015 at 7:32 pm
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    I own the Helix. It s a terrific guitar effects processor. No complaints @ 1500 dollars. There s a lot to learn though with the Helix. It s definitely not a one day and "I got it" piece of gear.

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  • December 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm
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    Personal fav no nonsense review of the Helix on YouTube. Tony Mackenzie nails it on the innards of the unit, but this is the best it's sounded via YouTube IMHO. Thanks!

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  • January 4, 2016 at 3:29 pm
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    Very nice review

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  • February 4, 2016 at 11:46 pm
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    nice review on the Helix…I wish they wouldve payed a good guitar player!

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  • February 20, 2016 at 11:21 pm
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    Line 6 = tonesnob option.

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  • April 21, 2016 at 12:30 am
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    Guys is this better than the hd500x in terms of realism of the sound? the 500x i got sounds pretty good so im guessing that this is at least 5 times better/realistic. Anyone that got the chance to test them both?

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  • July 2, 2017 at 4:09 pm
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    LOL! He said, "cheat sheet," but the captioning translated, "chichi."

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  • February 25, 2018 at 3:06 am
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    This thing is great, when I want my analog pedal board, boom! When I want the unit alone, cool! When I want Valve, I cut off the map model and run through Amp. I play modern stuff, and old school. This unit covers it all. Fractal is amazing, I chose Helix for simplicity. Plus I can see the screen.

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  • March 10, 2018 at 5:40 am
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    El problema que tiene la helix es que no puedo conectar vía XLR porque si el phanton power de la mixer está activado genera ruidos, en mi pedalera, como se corrige ese problema, estoy decepcionado, de un aparato tan caro, que de ese problema…veo que estas conectado XLR, 1/4…como puedo arregle ésto

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