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Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal  

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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 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (36)
  • Excellent sound quality (34)
  • Versatile (34)
  • Responsive (32)
  • Compact (20)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (34)
  • Home studio (31)
  • Professional recording (27)
  • Amateur recording (20)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (26), Professional musician (16)

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.

VS

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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3.0

Not bad...not good

By Axe Grinder

from California

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Versatile

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal:

I gig almost every weekend and I practice every day so I put a LOT of time on the Helix over 9 months. There are a hundreds of 'fanboy' reviews to read and watch but this isn't one of them. My review just hits the cons of some of the effects Helix and using it live.
Envelope filtering, pitch are terrible. Distortions are bad too. They sound good at low volume but when playing at stage volume they sound really bad. The wah modeling is all the same, but you can tweak the settings on them and the long travel of the foot pedal made it really hard to use the wah effectively. I searched for a way to shorten the throw of the frequency but I couldn't find it. The EQ's are all the same.
I found that changing patches also changed the volume output. Even with no effects in use between patches there is a +/- volume change. I guess because of the different effects in the patches but it's not good when playing live.
After 9 months I sold mine and went back to my stomp boxes. I can't speak to the amp modeling and running it live with IR's.
I wouldn't recommend this for anyone looking for something to use as a live rig but if you're looking for an expensive toy to experiment with and you're only playing for yourself then you'll love this.

 
5.0

Was worth the investment!

By My feet hurt

from CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal:

      If you cant get great tones out of this then it is probably due to a failure of your amplifier, cab or what ever else you are running this into or through. I'm using a DT-25 head(Which I almost always keep on Ch. II) and a Marshall 4x12 cab and it sounds amazing. Im not a professional musician, only play at home, but have been playing for 30+ years. Now I have sold most of my old pedals and amps and am content with the Helix. It may not be the purest tone compared to a quality setup that's dialed in right, but if your tired of spending money and having too much equipment laying around it is a good alternative. I've got all the effects and sounds I need in one easy to operate and nice looking unit.

       
      5.0

      Awesome

      By Andy

      from Prescott Valley

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal:

        Great sound

         
        4.0

        BEWARE if think you are going to hook up to your DT-25/DT-50

        By Hugh

        from Amelia Island, FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive

        Cons

        • Does not control the DT amps like the HD500 does

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal:

        I love the way the HD500 uses the L6 Link to control the amp parameters on my DT-25 guitar amps. Helix does not do this.
        Other than this huge dissapointment, everything else is great!
        Hugh

         
        3.0

        Not as great as it could be...

        By Phil McKracken

        from Neenah, WI

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Raw amp/cab tones

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal:

        I have been a VERY long time supporter of Line 6 and have owned most major versions of POD they've ever made going back to the original bean (XT Pro, Bass XT Pro, HD500X, etc.).

        From a controller perspective, the Helix is second to none. Massive flexibility and control that enables limitless possibilities. I can't imagine a reasonable or unreasonable scenario where the Helix wouldn't be able to flawlessly integrate into a rig. The effects sound awesome.

        Now the "but" part: My long-time critique of Line 6 has remained consistent. Most of the raw amps/cabs just don't sound very good completely isolated by themselves without effects. Unfortunately, that has carried over to the Helix. I strongly suspect that while they are performing their modeling process, they are not starting with a great sounding amp that is actually mic'd up and sounding great before they begin their modeling process. Most of the Helix sounds are fizzly in the high frequencies. While they offer a huge selection of speaker cabinets and microphones, all of them sound like they are mic'd dead center of the dust cap of the speaker. Nobody ever does that in reality because it sounds terrible in real life, except maybe for a super clean tone. There is no option to simulate moving the microphone toward the edge of the speaker, just the distance from the speaker. Yes, you can go buy some Impulse Responses (IR's) and probably remedy that, but should you have to after spending this amount of money?

        I bought this just prior to Thanksgiving and literally spent 36 hours messing around with it over the 4 day weekend trying to coax just a few great amp tones out of it and finally got there with IR's. Line 6 needs to ensure that every raw amp preset you step on when you pull it out of the box sounds good, not tubby/woofy and/or fizzly, which most of them currently do.

        If your tones have effects that mask the underlying raw amp tones, then you will love the Helix. If not, lots of noodling time is necessary.

         
        5.0

        What are you waiting for?

        By B

        from Lake Geneva,WI

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal:

        One word: Amazing

         
        5.0

        Line6 Helix is great !

        By biggarfish

        from Limington, Maine

        About Me Experienced

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal:

          The Helix is great so far can't wait to start playing with live.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing

          By Master Nate

          from Scottsdale, AZ

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal:

            I was initially unimpressed with the Helix. I found alot of the presets WAYYYY too harsh and bright. That being said, the amp models themselves are wonderful. I think the cabs give you alot of room on the frequency spectrum, probably too much. Using IR's can help alot, I recommend Ownhammer. I have really enjoyed their studio essentials pack. My EVH 5150 III is going up on Craigslist today.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            i love it, wish i was as good as as the Helix!

            By randy

            from paris, tn

            About Me Experienced

            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 do small gigs and now i don't have to haul a heavy amp. i get all i need and so much more from the helix.

               
              4.0

              A cut above previous L6 products

              By Wayne

              from Oregon

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Software update was nearly cataxtrophic

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal:

              Hobby recording. I am very impressed with the sound quality, and the responsiveness. It feels like a real amp. Finally!!!

              Latest software update was sketchy, and I couldn't use it. I updated firmware to 1 generation behind the current version. Current version locked my unit up. Sounds like my experience is pretty common. I received some good help through the forums. Back on track, and I will give the current update a miss.

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