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Helix is a new kind of multi-effects guitar processor: it’s not only a tour-grade multi-effect pedal that sounds and feels authentic, it’s also one of the most comprehensive master controller for guit... Click To Read More About This Product

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Helix is a new kind of multi-effects guitar processor: it’s not only a tour-grade multi-effect pedal that sounds and feels authentic, it’s also one of the most comprehensive master controller for guitar systems ever built. Start by recreating the tones in your head with the new HX modeling engine - the new amps, cabs, mics, and effects will feel familiar to anyone who has ever spent time in the studio getting the best guitar sounds from both vintage and modern gear. Have a pile of oddball pedals that you rely on for your personal sounds? No problem. Take advantage of the most comprehensive I/O and routing capabilities ever built into a multi-effect and easily integrate them into the Helix environment. Once connected, create custom setups and footswitch labels that make your external pedals feel like they’re all under the hood. Whether you spend your time in the studio or on the stage, Helix is the next-generation guitar processor you’ve been waiting for.

Real Tone that feels and sounds like your analog gear
When it comes down to authentic sound and feel, Helix represents a giant leap forward for guitar technology. The dual-DSP engine provides massive power to accurately recreate the dynamic feel of tube amplifiers, not just their sonic fingerprint. Each stage of an amp’s circuit has been measured and matched back to the original, so that each model reacts and interacts just like the real thing. This level of dynamic circuit detail extends into areas like power supply ripple, individual tube sag, and control over B+ voltages. Once these elements are captured, you get classic bloom and gooey compression on some amps, and a powerful gut punch on others. Helix also lets you load custom impulse responses, allowing you to personalize your rig setup.

So intuitive, you'll already know how to use it
Massive power traditionally comes with a steep learning curve, but Helix challenges that way of thinking. Touch-sensitive footswitches allow you to select an effect block for editing simply by touching it. In combination, the large 6.2 inch 800x480-pixel LCD display all but eliminates menu-diving and provides the same level of control you would expect from an external editor. Colored LED rings and customizable scribble strips complete the user interface, letting you know what each footswitch is doing at a glance. When it comes to creating tones, Helix is as fast as you are.

Part of the goal in developing Helix was to allow guitarists to interact with technology in ways that are more intuitive, making the creation of tones easier. This means that - for the very first time - you won’t have to stop playing to tweak a knob. With Pedal Edit Mode, you can edit any parameter you like using your foot: simply select the block that you want to tweak, and its parameters spill out onto the footswitches. Select a parameter, and tweak the value using the expression pedal.

Giving you the ability to touch a footswitch and quickly tweak parameters or easily assign or learn controllers, Helix is the fastest tone creator of its kind on the planet. But that’s only part of the story – it’s also the most flexible. Helix has four stereo paths per preset, allowing you to design complex routing scenarios for each patch. Creating variations on wet and dry routing schemes is as easy as loading a template or tweaking the joystick, and using the onboard effects models in conjunction with the four freely-assignable effects loops means that the tonal possibilities are truly huge.

Control of your entire rig - Integrate and control internal and external devices
As the most advanced guitar processor ever made, Helix can become the nerve center for your entire guitar rig. Easily integrate traditional effects pedals and other hardware into your environment, creating a seamless hybrid rig that incorporates the best of what software and hardware have to offer.

Helix has the most flexible audio routing ever seen on a guitar processor, thanks to its dynamically allocated DSP. Use the four effects loops to connect four separate pedal chains, or split them up and use them as freely-assignable inputs and outputs. In combination with four stereo paths, this means that you can process multiple instruments at once, send wet and dry signals to different places, and create large integrated systems that take advantage of both digital and analog I/O at the same time.

When you need to incorporate external devices via MIDI, Helix offers more flexibility than any multi-effects. In addition to powerful real time MIDI control, Helix can send up to six separate commands at patch recall that aren’t assigned to a footswitch, which means you can change a patch on a synth, start a sequencer, and turn up a fader on an external mixer, all with one press of a footswitch. Add three expression pedals, CV/Expression out, and external amp switching, and Helix can be the command center for any size rig.

Features
  • Dual DSP-powered HX modeling engine with four discrete stereo signal paths, 45 amps, 30 cabs, 16 mics and 70 effects
  • Imports 3rd party 1024/2048 cab IR' (impulse responses)
  • 12 capacitive-sensing footswitches and customizable scribble strips - touch to edit, hold to assign, press to engage
  • Hands-free Pedal Edit mode lays out effect parameters across switches and expression pedal
  • Near-instant footswitch and controller assignment
  • Up to three expression pedals, CV/Expression out, external amp switching and deep MIDI control
  • Extensive I/O for seamless integration with your entire rig - 10 inputs 12 outputs (including four fx loops), plus 8-in/8-out USB audio interface
  • AES/EBU, SPDIF and VDI interfaces
  • Industry-leading 123dB of dynamic range on the guitar input, for tremendous depth and ultra-low noise
  • Tour Grade construction
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Line 6Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (39)
  • Versatile (39)
  • Excellent sound quality (38)
  • Responsive (35)
  • Compact (22)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (40)
  • Home studio (37)
  • Professional recording (32)
  • Amateur recording (24)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Professional musician (19)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Dray3573

I've owned several L6 products including the original POD, POD XT, POD HD desktop, Bogner Spider Valve, HD500X, Firehawk, and Amplifi. The Helix is by far (and I mean by...Read complete review

I've owned several L6 products including the original POD, POD XT, POD HD desktop, Bogner Spider Valve, HD500X, Firehawk, and Amplifi. The Helix is by far (and I mean by far) a product that is in a completely different playing field.

Not that the other products were bad, but the Helix is just that different. It may not suite everyone, but if you cannot get it to sound good it's more likely due to player ability rather than equipment capability. Just listen to some of the audio clips by people who have demoed it. Some sound fantastic and others not so much.

Absolutely the best UI I have ever seen. I've only had to refer to the manual a couple of times.

With future upgrades to the firmware and added models that I'm sure will come this thing is only going to get better.

I'm using it to go straight into FOH at my church where we have to limit stage volume and this works fantastic.

Apart from the other L6 products I've owned I have also owned Dr. Z amps, Strymon, JHS, Xotic, and other pedals and have used a Torpedo CAB.

All that stuff was good but the Helix can hold its own just fine with any high end equipment.

Not to mention how nice it is to walk into a venue with a guitar in a backpack case and the Helix in a carry case. One trip from door to door, no more multiple trips back and forth from the car to the venue hauling equipment.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A step in the right direction... But...

I have already had to send this unit in for mechanical failures and it never traveled out of its home from the moment I put it on the floor when I got it.Read complete review

I have already had to send this unit in for mechanical failures and it never traveled out of its home from the moment I put it on the floor when I got it.

Coming from a POD 500 > XT Live > POD, it does respond more like a real setup. However, I have been disappointed with the sound when plugged into a Line 6 Stagesource L3T. It is super harsh and to get rid of the harshness using the filters and global eq the tone starts sounding flat. It is fine from a Class D amp + cab tho it feeds back a lot more then playing on a real JCM800 + Cab at a similar volume so I figured FRFR would fair better. It doesn't.

I hope it is a firmware issue that gets resolved or I may head back to the 500 and wait for version 2.0.

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(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Dray3573

By Dan

from Austin, TX

Pros

  • Excellent dynamics
  • Super easy to use

Cons

  • No Reverse Delay Or Verb
  • Pricey

Best Uses

  • Live Into Foh
  • Low Volume Practice
  • Recording

Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal:

I've owned several L6 products including the original POD, POD XT, POD HD desktop, Bogner Spider Valve, HD500X, Firehawk, and Amplifi. The Helix is by far (and I mean by far) a product that is in a completely different playing field.

Not that the other products were bad, but the Helix is just that different. It may not suite everyone, but if you cannot get it to sound good it's more likely due to player ability rather than equipment capability. Just listen to some of the audio clips by people who have demoed it. Some sound fantastic and others not so much.

Absolutely the best UI I have ever seen. I've only had to refer to the manual a couple of times.

With future upgrades to the firmware and added models that I'm sure will come this thing is only going to get better.

I'm using it to go straight into FOH at my church where we have to limit stage volume and this works fantastic.

Apart from the other L6 products I've owned I have also owned Dr. Z amps, Strymon, JHS, Xotic, and other pedals and have used a Torpedo CAB.

All that stuff was good but the Helix can hold its own just fine with any high end equipment.

Not to mention how nice it is to walk into a venue with a guitar in a backpack case and the Helix in a carry case. One trip from door to door, no more multiple trips back and forth from the car to the venue hauling equipment.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(10 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Just get an Ax8

By JoetotheF

from Seattle Washington

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Breaks Easily
  • Not Responsive

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal:

I bought this to replace my axe Fx II, I was hoping it would be an amazing floor based unit that is spec'd very close to an axe fx. I did find the effects to be top quality, but the amp models left a lot to be desired. It was basically the POD HD 2.0. Sadly my Helix broke after 24 hours of use (black screen of death) and needless to say I didn't care enough to rebuy it. I will stick with my Axe Fx.

(9 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not Impressed!

By Moose

from Boston, MA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

    • Big And Bulky
    • Digital Sounding
    • Overpriced For What It Is

    Best Uses

      Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal:

      I spent 2 days dialing in tones on this and found it to be limited in its capabilities. It still sounds digital to me and I did not think the "feel" was all that much improved over the HD500x. I opted for a Fractal Audio AX8 which is FAR superior and is $100 cheaper!

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Exceeds Expectations

      By Earl G

      from Hartford, Connecticut

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal:

      As a 52 year old semi-pro musician, I feel like I've owned or played through just about every piece of gear out there. I've tried a number of Line 6 multi-effects, and they always felt a little "flat" sounding to me. Although, I loved the simplicity, flexibility and value aspects they offered. Well, the Helix not only meets my expectations, but totally blows them away. The word "wow" came out of my mouth more than one time when I first plugged it in and went through the patches. The regular amp models are spot on, and all the dynamics are there that you would expect from a tube amp. For recording, this is a no-brainer. And the reverbs allow you to dial in a small, tight room sound, so you're getting something that sounds like a tube amp mic'ed in a nice room. Very cool. The effects are all great too, and they all have a level control, which I think is important because the "apparent level" often changes when using an effect (e.g. chorus' make the signal louder, phasers make is softer, etc.) I am still just getting to know the system, but I have to say I'm very happy and it's totally worth the $1,500. It's built like a tank, although the parameter adjustment knobs seem like they could easily get broken off, so you'll want a case if you're using it on the gig. I'm surprised they didn't add the little chrome "roll bars" that they include on their other models to prevent damage to the knobs. I am going to be using this exclusively for recording. What occurred to me is that the time I would normally spend micing an amp and getting a decent sound, I can now spend being creative. Congrats to the Line 6 team! You guys knocked it out of the park with this one!

      Tip: The Expression pedal defaults to volume. It has the ability to click over to a second expression pedal assignment, which is usually preset to a wah pedal on most patches (cool). But, the documentation is a little light on how to switch over. You need to press on the toe of the pedal to switch between the two expression pedal presets. This is intuitive, but there's no "click" feedback like you might expect, so it wasn't totally apparent how that worked. Clear enough once you discover that though.

      (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Incredible if...

      By Rockin

      from Washington

      Pros

      • Huge Displays
      • Sounds Great
      • Tough So Far
      • Very intuitive

      Cons

      • Missing some features
      • Needs Frfr

      Best Uses

      • Studio To Stage

      Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal:

      I own a Pod HD500 going into a DT25, which sounds really good.
      I was hoping to use my Helix with the DT25 but was VERY wrong.
      The amp modeling (even just using the pre-amps) into any of my regular amps sounds absolutely abysmal, just completely unusable.
      Purchased a pair of Electro-Voice ZLX-15P (definitely the 15's, not the 12's) and it sounds awesome now.
      I took it to my local Guitar Center to try it out with those speakers and actually had people come up and compliment the tone.

      While the switching abilities for this thing are extensive, you can mostly forget out Line 6 Link as it has been marginalized.

      The case is very rugged and IMO looks great, the expression pedal is tough enough to cary the Helix around by.
      I had issues with previous Line 6 toe switches, but hopefully this one will fair better.

      The screen is huge, very easy to read and the way the footswitch lights and displays work is great and really provides excellent feedback to what is happening.

      You could use this going into an amp if you were to just use the effects (no amp modeling) and/or to control the amp switching.
      But to use the much touted HX modeling, don't use an amp, splash the case and get decent FRFR (or close to it) speakers and then you can really experience and enjoy just how good the Helix is.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (6 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      For the Cost, it Should Sound Amazing...

      By Framulox

      from Newport News, VA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

        • Sound Quality Not Proportional to Price

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal:

        For as much as the unit cost, I should be floored by the realism of the modeled amp tones, but after messing with it for a while, the best I could get is ok tones. It is a little better than my Zoom G3 and about the same, but slightly better as my Digitech RP360, both of which cost me under $200. It may have plenty of bells & whistles, but I just need a convincing amp model when I cannot be with my actual amp. I once had a Line6 XT Live floor Pod, this unit sounds about the same, but the floor pod was also much less cost. The item itself seems freakishly large, not as compact as I would have hoped for for carrying with me on work trips. Editing was easy, I will give it that, but so is the Zoom G3. I like that the virtual cabinet mic can be moved and a couple of bandpass filters are supplied, but beyond that, it really is not worth the money they want for it. I will be returning it today.

        (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Helix

        By Nova

        from New York

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal:

          I use the Line 6 Helix mostly for live performances, as well as studio recordings. Honestly, the Helix has me hooked in every way from it's sleek exterior design, down to the versatile ability to work with almost any interface. Above all else, the usability and ease of which you can program your effects loops and chains, is so user friendly! I'm not a big tech guy, so I can get lost pretty quickly while working with most multi effects units, but this one is very straight forward, easy to use/learn, and effectively functions as a pedal board. The quality of the samples they use is top notch as well. It is definitely taking my guitar tone to the professional level quickly, and I've only seen the peak of what this unit can do so far. It's very expensive, but if you have the money to make this happen, I highly recommend getting a Helix, it's absolutely incredible. (be sure to read service comments!)

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Outstanding product, the hype is all true...

          By Mike

          from Bethlehem, PA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Built like a tank
          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Great Amp Models
          • Great Effects Quality
          • Incredible Flexability
          • Responsive
          • Simple To Program
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • No Cons To Speak Of

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Great Studio Sound Card
          • Home Studio
          • Outstanding For Gigging
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal:

          BELIEVE THE HYPE: The Helix is the best product to come to market for a studio recording and gigging guitarist I've purchased in the past 30+ years. I do both and have had my Helix for 2 months and couldn't be more satisfied with this product, worth every penny and then some!

          I've been chasing the perfect tone as many of us do, as well as the flexibility to control my amps and effects live and in the studio for 35 yrs. I've owned and sold many great tube amps, stomp-boxes, and multi-effects products over the years in search of perfection. I sold that gear for one reason or another; to heavy to lug around, didn't sound quite the way I wanted, too difficult to program or edit, etc. I am dead serious when I say that Helix has it all and it's incredibly easy to setup and use...

          I don't say this lightly as a tube amp purest kind of guy, Helix has absolutely outstanding amp models as well as many rock solid effects to choose from, it also has the easiest "User Interface" of any multi-effects processor on the market bare none, and it's also built like a tank for the road. I've always hated having to read manuals to get up and running with these kind of devices, and menu diving to program has been a huge pain in the butt with previous multi-effects units I've owned (Axe Effects Ultra, HD500X, GT10 and GT8). I've never been a big Line 6 fan but In my humble opinion they hit it out of the park with Helix for its amp tones, effects, and simplicity to use!

          I've been using Helix for 2 months in 2 different configurations, one is standalone with an FRFR Tech 21 Power Engine 60 (full range speaker version), and the other in 4 cable method with my Hughes & Kettner Grandmeister 36 tube head which I bought 6 months ago with a single 12" cab. I've decided to sell the H & K head and cab because Helix does the job with no sacrifice at all in tone or flexibility. I didn't think it would be possible but I'm thrilled to be able to downsize my rig and have awesome tube tones...

          If you're a tube guy like me and considering a new multi-effect processor for you rig I highly recommend you check out the Helix if you can afford the price tag. Guitar Center gives us 30 days to return if you're not satisfied. Trust me you won't be returning it, my mind was made up on day 1 after just a few hours of playing...

          Best regards,
          Mike

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great piece of gear

          By Rob in MA

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy to program
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Some features not totally bullet-proof yet

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal:

          Was not impressed with Line 6 modeling a few years ago, but time has made a huge difference.
          The two most important factors for me were: how does it sound? and how easy is it to program?
          Both are positive. Does it sound exactly like every amp that is modeled? No. But certainly close enough for most gigs and the flexibility is tremendous. Have not tried the external loops yet because, well, I haven't needed to. The internal effects are really good, and the UI is very intuitive. Line 6 has an editor app coming soon, but really, I can do most of what I need to do from the unit itself. The ability to customize the footswitches/scribble strips and the built-in Expression pedal are what pushed me away from the Fractal AX8 and into the arms of the Helix. Does it have the 200 amp models of the AX8? No. Does it need them? Not in my opinion. If Line 6 delivers on the editor and keeps improving the Helix through firmware updates, this will keep many guitar players happy for a long, long time.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Unbelievable tube amp realism!

          By Danadstudios

          from Boston

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal:

            I have a home recording studio and am a gigging musician. I've been using modelers from Roland, ElevenRack, and line 6 for over 20 years but have always felt they came short of the real thing....until now! The presets need some tweaking like moving the mic closer, lowering the gain, backing off on effects, etc. but the effort is well worth it. My ears are literally in disbelief of the sweet tones I'm hearing. Programming is very logical and assigning foot switches a breeze. Using 3rd part IRs (like OwnHammer) and sharing patches on line online brings you further into sonic bliss. Lively, responsive, dynamic are descriptors that come to mind.
            There are mind boggling routing possibilities such as sending an output to your Amps power section while sending a Mic'd Cab simulation to the PA. Switching between amps within a patch is a great way to utilize presets efficiently. If you're running out of DSP then there is something wrong with the patch design.

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