Power to spare
Line 6 spearheaded the modeling revolution years ago. Now they are stepping into the future with Helix. At the core of the Helix is Line 6's new dual DSP HX modeling engine. Representing a giant leap forward in guitar technology, the HX engine reproduces every minute detail that goes into a great amplifier. Every single detail has been taken into account, down to an amplifier's power supply ripple and tube sag, ensuring you receive an ultra-realistic playing feel and experience. The classic bloom and compression of some amps and the powerful punch of others are all faithfully accounted for. Plus, you can also load custom impulse responses to personalize your tone.
Up and running in no time
Before Helix, powerful amp and effects modeling came with a significant learning curve. But even with a massive amount of routing, recording, and editing power under the hood, Helix's touch-sensitive footswitches let you actually edit your whole sound with your feet, without even having to stop playing. And the large 6.2" LCD display rids the system of all the menu surfing, while giving as much control as the deepest editing software. It's so intuitive to navigate that Line 6 claims you'll have 90% of Helix mastered within a five-minute glance at the full-color Helix quick-start guide; and we're not just talking tone editing. Design your rig at the speed of thought.
Give Helix the control
Already have a beloved guitar rig that you've spent years getting just right? Perfect! Helix also makes a robust controller for your rig. Offering one of the most in-depth routing I/Os on any guitar processor, it allows you to easily create a hardware/software hybrid setup integrating your other pedals, your channel-switching tube amplifier, your rack equipment, and even other instruments. And you do it all through Helix's four stereo effects loops. You can send multiple wet and dry signals to different sources, place the loops in various locations in your signal chain, swap between your amp and modeled sounds, switch channels on your external amps, and so much more, at the press of a footswitch. You can even take control of your band's MIDI rig with up to six separate MIDI commands at patch recall.
Changes with the tap of the toe
If there's one thing Irvine Art & Music guitar players know, it's that guitarists love stompbox pedals. While menu and software editing can offer great tones and control, we're naturally inclined to want to step on a footswitch and hear the tone we're looking for. Line 6 understands that, which is why Helix eschews all of the deep and confusing editing that plagues many other pro-level products, for a simple-to-use 12-footswitch interface that gives you all the sound and parameter tweaking you'll ever need. And each switch carries a customizable LCD scribble strip for assigning names to your controls. Now you don't even have to stop playing to get comprehensive control of your whole rig.
Since gear takes such a beating on the road, every single component in the Line 6 Helix was chosen to be able to stand up to the punishment a professional guitarist will put it through. Helix combats the abuse with roadworthy footswitches and a bulletproof housing. From the side panels to the extruded top, the solid-aluminum construction won't bend or break. It will let you concentrate on your performance, not your gear. Even the expression pedal is made from the same aluminum. So if you're a gigging musician who needs a tour-grade multi-effects unit that can keep up with you, make sure to give Helix an audition.
Helix answers your guitar gear needs
It almost doesn't matter what amp or effect you're looking for. Since Helix can be used as a standard amp modeler, a streamlined controller for your rig, a guitar interface, or your entire rig by itself, it has everything you need to suite almost any scenario. Line 6's new HX modeling engine gives you all the sounds they're known for, completely redesigned to be amazingly accurate. And your rig-integration options are limitless with Helix's comprehensive I/O. Helix is Line 6's most advanced processor yet, and it could easily become the most valuable tool in your sonic arsenal!
Line 6 Helix Multi-effects Guitar Processor Features:
- Dual DSP-powered HX modeling engine
- Over 300 amp, cabs, mic, and effects models
- World-class polyphonic pitch-shifting effects
- 6.2" LCD display
- 12 touch-sensitive footswitches for editing
- 10 inputs, 12 outputs (including 4 effects loops)
- 8-in/8-out USB audio interface
- 3 expression pedal outs
- Mic-level XLR input
- S/PDIF, AES/EBU, and L6 Link digital outputs
- Capacitive touch-sensitive switches for parameter recall
- Assignable RGB LED color rings
- Customizable LCD scribble strips
- Preset or stompbox modes
- Integrated looper
- Solid-aluminum construction
- Tour-grade footswitches
- Supports third-party impulse responses (IRs)
- True preset spillover
1024 (8 setlists with 32 banks x 4 presets)
200+ effects (Helix & Legacy combined, latest firmware), Up to 32 simultaneous FX (DSP permitting)
Distortion, Delay, Reverb, Modulation, Pitch shift, Synth filter, Compressor/Limiter, Wah
Over 100 Amp, Cab and Mic Models (latest firmware)
60 seconds (mono), 30 seconds (stereo) full speed
1 x XLR (mic), 1 x 1/4" (guitar), 1 x 1/4" (aux), 4 x 1/4" (return)
1 x Coax (S/PDIF), 1 x RJ45 (Variax)
2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4", 4 x 1/4" (Send)
1 x Coax (S/PDIF), 1 x XLR (AES/EBU, Link out)
1 x Type B (8 x 8)
1 x 1/4"
1 x 1/4" (control voltage), 1 x 1/4" (ext amp switch), 2 x 1/4" (expression 2/3)
450MHz SHARC DPS Processor
OS X 10.10 or later, Windows 7 SP1 or later
Standard IEC AC cable (included)