Line 6 Helix Footswitch
Packing plenty of processing power in a rugged, tour-ready chassis, Line 6’s Helix is a veritable swiss-army knife for your guitar rig. This multi-effects processor is equipped with a dual-DSP HX modeling engine to give you outstanding amp and tone modeling whether you’re looking for that classic British amp sound, modern heavy tones, or anything in-between. Plus, the intuitive design of Helix incorporates touch-sensitive footswitches, large LCD screen, and hands-free editing capabilities to ensure that this processor will not only sound great, but is easy-to-use even when you’re in the middle of a gig.
When it comes to authentic sound and feel, Helix represents the next-generation in guitar technology. The dual-DSP engine provides massive power to accurately recreate the dynamic feel of tube amplifiers, not just their sonic fingerprint.
The new HX Hybrid cabs represent a new approach to the speaker cabinet capture process. Not only do they provide the resolution of a 2048-point Impulse Response at lower DSP usage, they also provide a far more accurate low-end response than previously captured at 12 different distances. Helix also lets you load custom impulse responses, allowing you to personalize your rig setup even further.
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.
Poweful modeling interfaces traditionally have a steep learning curve in order to get the most out of them, however Helix approaches things differently. Touch-sensitive footswitches allow you to select an effect block or other item for editing simply by touching it, and in combination with the large 6.2″ LCD display, you don’t have to spend time diving multiple menus deep to make changes. Plus, the colored LED rings and customizable scribble strips complete the package to let you know what each footswitch is doing at a glance.
Helix was designed with ease-of-use in mind, and to that end you can easily make changes on-the-fly without your guitar ever leaving your hands. With Pedal Edit Mode, you can edit any amp or effect parameter you like using your foot – simply select the block that you want to tweak, and its parameters cascade out onto the footswitches. Select a parameter, and tweak the value using the expression pedal.
Create tones faster with Helix’s footswitches – just touch a footswitch and start tweaking instantly. This process is so fast that you can easily and comfortably assign any item to a switch in a few seconds flat.
With four stereo signal paths per preset, Helix allows you to design complex routing scenarios. Creating variations on 4-cable method and wet-dry-wet routing schemes is as easy as selecting a template preset, and using the onboard effects models in conjunction with the 4 freely-assignable effects loops means that the tonal possibilities are huge.
Thanks to Helix’s advanced capabilities and forward-thinking design, it can easily become the nerve center for your entire guitar rig. 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.
Flexible Audio Routing as Helix has incredibly flexible routing options – 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 discrete signal paths at once, send wet and dry signals 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 flexibility not seen before in a multi-effects unit. 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 digital mixer – all with one press of a footswitch. Add two additional expression pedal inputs, CV/Expression out, and external amp switching, and Helix can be the command center for any size rig.
Line 6 Helix Features:
Dual DSP-powered HX modeling engine with up to 4 discrete signal paths, 45 amps, 30 cabs, 16 mics, and 70 effects
Imports user and 3rd party 1024/2048 Cab IRs (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
Ultra-fast footswitch and controller assignment
Up to 3 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, S/PDIF, and Variax VDI
Industry-leading 123 dB of dynamic range on the guitar input for tremendous depth and ultra-low noise