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Line6 Helix Guitar Processor

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Helix Essentials included

Helix Essentials included

Get more out of your Helix! After purchasing and registering a Line6 Helix Floor, Helix LT or Helix Rack since since 01.04.2022, you can book a free 45-minute online training session. The sessions are conducted by Nico Schliemann.

Guitar Processor

  • Next generation dual DSP based HX Modeling Engine with 4 discreet stereo-signal paths
  • 50 Guitar amp models, 12 bass amp models, 37 speakers, 16 microphones and 104 effects
  • Imported IRs (impulse responses) with up to 1024 / 2048 samples
  • 12 Pressure sensitive foot switches for editing
  • The Hands Free Pedal Edit mode sets the effects parameters onto the switch and expression pedal
  • Near-Instant foot switch and controller assignment
  • Up to 3 expression pedals
  • CV/Expression output
  • Amplifier switching output and extensive MIDI control
  • Extensive inputs and outputs for the seamless integration of entire rigs
  • 10 Inputs, 12 outputs (including four FX loops)
  • 8 In / 8 Out USB audio interface
  • AES / EBU, SPDIF and VDI interfaces
  • 123 dB Dynamic range on the guitar input for enormous depth and low noise
  • Robust construction
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 55.8 x 30 x 8.5 cm
  • Weight: 6.6 kg
Available since October 2015
Item number 366537
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Design Floorboard
Tube(s) No
Amp Modeling Yes
Effects Yes
Headphone Output Yes
Direct Out Yes
MIDI Interface Yes
Integrated Expression Pedal Yes
Connections for Pedals or Switches Yes
Aux-Input Yes
Integrated Tuner Yes
USB-Port Yes
Drum-Computer No
Incl. Tuner 1
Expression Pedal 1
Line Out 1
PSU included 1
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Everything a guitarist needs

Line 6 presents the Helix, a complete digital system for guitarists that simulates the core elements of a conventional setup - amplifier, speaker cabinet (and the microphone placed in front of it), and effects placed before and after the preamp - all while letting the user configure and store their settings however they wish. Players can even integrate real pedals into the system using the four send/return loops. The Helix's powerful processors feature four stereo signal paths, enabling the user to create complex soundscapes that can be utilised by both analogue and digital means as well as via USB. The user interface, which includes a large colour LCD screen together with smaller individual displays for the footswitches, also delivers outstandingly intuitive operation.

User interface on the Line6 Helix Guitar Processor

Command center with amp simulations and effects

The Line 6 Helix features high-quality simulations of 62 different amplifier channels, 37 speaker cabinets, and 17 microphones as well as more than 100 effects. Thanks to its dual SHARC processors, the Helix enables the creation of complex presets using up to four signal chains, which in the past would have required immensely heavy and expensive rack assemblies. Authentic sounds are achieved using sophisticated component modelling in combination with impulse response-based cabinet simulations. In addition to the unrivalled ease of operation provided by the Helix's user interface, its extensive connectivity also lets the user control external devices, and the unit can optionally be configured using a computer by means of the dedicated editor software, which is available free of charge.

For every guitar and every genre

It goes without saying that the Line 6 Helix has a lot to offer musicians who perform live, but the benefits for recording studios and home studios are also many. Its immense selection of amp simulations and effects also means the Helix will capably handle any conceivable genre of music, from top 40 hits to Djent Metal, and the range of potential applications goes beyond electric guitar: The Helix is also suitable for amplifying electric basses and acoustic guitars, and it can additionally provide effects for keyboards and other line-level instruments. What is more, Line 6 issues regular updates with additional amp sounds and effects, so the range of possibilities is expanding all the time.

Connections on the Line6 Helix Guitar Processor

About Line 6

The American manufacturer Line 6, which has been an affiliate of the Yamaha group since 2014, is one of the pioneers in the field of digital amplifiers for guitarists. The company was founded in 1996 and, that same year, presented the world’s first digital modelling amplifier: The AxSys 212. The breakthrough came in 1998 with Line 6's POD, which made sound modelling available in home studios for the first time. Since 2015, the Helix series has provided even more refined simulations. The Variax technology has additionally allowed the Californian firm to model electric guitars sounds with ever more flexibility. Besides effects pedals, Line 6 also offers software and recording technology, and is active in the field of digital wireless systems for sound transmission and small PA systems.

Soloist, team player, and manager

As mentioned above, the Line 6 Helix offers guitarists and bass players a universal solution which, despite its compact dimensions, can replace an entire amplifier setup. This means that players are ready to record whenever and wherever they like, as well as having an immense range of sounds at their fingertips on stage without the volume and sound consistency issues associated with real amplifiers picked up by microphones. At the same time, players can use the Helix as a high-performance effects processor and speaker simulator to enhance the sound of amplifiers they already have, and its four programmable effect loops, MIDI control capability, and astonishingly clear and intuitive user interface make it ideal for use as a central controller for external hardware.

In the spotlight: Component modelling

In component modelling, a real circuit is measured one component at a time and digitally emulated with precisely the same characteristics. This allows an exact analysis of the installed components’ individual properties, actuation, and characteristic curves to be made, which results in an overall sound that is closely based on a specific original instead of on a generic circuit diagram, and its responsiveness and playing dynamics are also astonishingly authentic.

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Bejesus holy smokes!
pubuss 23.09.2019
I mean why did I waited so many years to switch to Helix Floor!!!

I do abuse mostly cleans, sparkly Fenderish type tones and this thing does it better than I expected! It's not about the metal tones, I do not care how awesome they are. But the clean single coil things you can get out of this unit is mindboglinly good.

I can't say Helix + Headrush's 108 FRFR feels in hands and sounds to my ears anything but the same as a proper valve amp with 1x12 cab next to it. Can't feel the difference so many speak so loudly.
One thing though worth mentioning that Helix does all and weights nothing! That is always good for your back and for travel conveniance.

For those who are interested, Helix Native is nothing like Helix floor, the zero latency and matched input preamp of the floor unit completely changed the perception of Helix software to me.

Can't recommend this enough to anyone, absolutely game changer in my case. Easy to use, sounding outstandingly good, being reliable with perfect warranty service is a must nowadays!
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The game changer
Tom from the block 02.07.2018
I've been real fan of all that pedalboard'n'amp stuff. But then i decided to buy Helix. And Helix changed everything.

I am lead vocalist and guitar player in cover band. We play well known songs in many different genres and styles. I was tired of buying expensive pedals. Some of them were on my pedalboard just for one song on gig. Then i made a hard decision... I bought Line6 to replace my pedalboard. I am really satisfied!

The main reason i bought this is amp modelling. There's no need to carry my tube amp on gigs anymore because amps on Helix sound even better. On Helix you will find everything you need. It takes a little time to go through all effects an test them. Each effect has many parameters to configure so you can get that perfect sound you are looking for.
Interface is so easy to use. Built my first preset in under 5 minutes.

Build quality is totally worth the price. Built like tank. Metal housing looks solid and gives you that Top class feeling.

By far there are no cons to write.
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Very good, waiting to get excellent
Sami H. 14.11.2015
Like many electronic devices these days, helix also runs on a software platform. Because it is very new, there's a whole lot of bugs and improvements to wait. Good thing is that line6 is working all the time and has already released a couple of updates.

If you want to get crazy with kahillion effects the helix will run out of dsp power quite fast - but for "reasonable" basic setups it delivers muchos buenos!

The unit as a whole is very versatile - works well for so many more things than only processing guitar sounds. If you're after everything helix could be used for, I can't see any competitors. For making only guitar-sounds I'd go for something else. I think the guitarcabinets on helix are a bit dark to my taste but that is fixed via IR-support. Just load in ownhammers for a bliss!

The UI is quite fantastic. Best I've seen so far. Very fast to learn and use.

Would I recommend Helix? Deffinately yes.
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Helix. Great pro peice of kit!
griller 11.02.2018
I've only had my Helix for 3 days but have set up a couple of patches and done 3 live gigs.
So far, I am blown away.
I just go into the fx return to use the power amp section of my amp. I don't want or need to use the 4 cable method as the preamp doesn't offer anything that the Helix doesn't do better.
My needs are pretty basic. I use the volume on my guitar to go from clean to crunch to lead. I use reverb and switch on delay for solos. For specific songs, I use chorus or tremolo.
The amp models respond exactly as I need them to when using the volume on my guitar.
It took about 5 minutes to work out the user interface as it is extremely intuitive. Even when using live it's really easy and quick to make changes to any setting on the fly.
It sounds amazing through the Blug but I'm seriously considering getting a Line 6 L2t frfr to use instead.
For acoustic guitar players, the Helix is also outstanding! I have loaded some third-party IRs and can't put my acoustic down. be careful its addictive!
Looking forward to a long and fun time with this beast and for me, it is the most rewarding gear purchase I've ever made.
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