The tools to quickly recreate the sound in their head, without sonic compromise.
Helix Rack is a new kind of guitar processor: it’s not only a tour-grade rack mounted multi-effect processor that sounds and feels authentic, it’s also one of the ... read more
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It's worth it.
Like many working musicians, I'm always looking for ways to improve my sound. I was starting to notice that I was spending more time than I wanted adjusting settings on my pedals and I have never enjoyed the pedal tap dancing that occurs throughout most gigs. Enter Helix.
This thing is a beast. Incredibly well-built and tough as nails. But that's just the superficial. The internals of the Helix are truly beautiful. I had been reading up on rack effects and in particular products from Fractal but after a lot of research I found a more cost-effective alternative. The Helix offers a similar sonic experience but with unparalleled intuitiveness. My number one reason to love Helix is that it's SIMPLE to use live or anywhere else. It can adjust to whatever sound you need.
The effects are incredible and worth the cost by themselves. However, the ability to use the amp modeling into front-of-house starts to widen the gap between Helix and other multi FX units. There is a trend for stages to be evermore "quiet" and Helix is perfect for helping you get an optimal mix for whatever monitoring technique you utilize. If you aren't satisfied with the stock "amps" Helix allows you to load third-party impulse responses (IR's) to dial in your ideal sound.
The Helix will also help you record. Any sound you can come up with can be brought over to your Mac or PC easily. You won't regret this feature as it could potentially save you a lot of money in plug-in costs.
As an active stage/recording musician I'm telling you that the Helix will meet all your needs and then some. If you are at a stage where you are wondering how to maintain good tone while simplifying your stage responsibilities look no further than Helix.
edited almost 3 years ago
Great piece of gear! Fantastic sound quality, all effects you might need for the highest level of creativity. This multi FX modeller is easy to operate and will deliver within minutes great sounds that will impress even pros!
On stage I'd recommend to run it with a good Combo, my favourite is The Vox AC30 and mic it.
Tone built to last
I've used Line 6 PODs (xT Live, then the HD500) live for years, but always felt they weren't rugged (broke the power jack on one) and weren't easily tweakable on the fly. The Helix, on the other hand, is built like a tank and incredibly easy to use.
This thing is MONEY!
I've been a Line 6 user for years... POD, POD X3 Live, POD HD500, POD HD 500X and have been THRILLED to this point... spent countless hours crafting, honing and creating new sounds that are arguably genre-bending, inventive and well... I like them!
I unboxed the HELIX and was impressed by the build quality - overwhelmingly so! Its a tank, a SEXY TANK!!!!
Then the sound quality... its amazing... just amazing! I am working on my own sounds and am just blown away by the sounds that come shipped with it... just AMAZED!
The quality is SUPERB!!!
Literally the kitchen sink
If you can afford it, get it. It's fun to program and the possibilities are endless. Blind listening tests show people cannot tell the difference between this unit and the units it is modeling. Terribly efficient over time when you consider all the features and combinations possible.
My second choice.
I like it as I can have it right on my desk and pick my tones. Use an expression pedal if needed. I still will always use my overdrive pedals, as the chief complaint is the built-in overdrives are not the best. Again, problem solved.
I love this unit, but I love the Kemper slightly more. I don't play live, and when I do I just use an amp and a couple of pedals.
The tools to quickly recreate the sound in their head, without sonic compromise.
Helix Rack is a new kind of guitar processor: it’s not only a tour-grade rack mounted multi-effect processor 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 Rack environment. Once connected, create custom setups 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 Rack 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 Rack 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 Rack also lets you load custom impulse responses, allowing you to personalize your rig setup.
Smart Interaction - So intuitive you already know how to use it
Massive power traditionally comes with a steep learning curve, but Helix Rack challenges that way of thinking. The large 6.2" 800x480-pixel LCD display all but eliminates menu diving and provides the same level of control you would expect from an external editor. When it comes to creating tones, Helix Rack is as fast as you are.
Speed up your editing with Helix Control
Helix Rack can be controlled by almost any MIDI-capable device, but adding Helix Control gives you the same innovative capabilities found in the floor based Helix, and 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 Helix Control footswitches. Select a parameter, and tweak the value using one of three optional expression pedals.
Helix Rack 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 Rack 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 Rack has extremely flexible audio routing 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 Rack offers more flexibility than any multi-effect ever. In addition to powerful real time MIDI control, Helix Rack can send up to six separate commands at patch recall that aren’t assigned to a connected 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 patch recall. Add AES/EBU digital I/O, Wordclock sync, support for three expression pedals, CV/Expression out, and external amp switching, and Helix Rack can be the command center for any size rig.
- 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)
- Large 6.2" 800x480-pixel LCD display
- 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
- Up to three expression pedals, expression toe switch input, CV/Expression out, external amp switching and deep MIDI control
- AES/EBU and SPDIF digital I/O with Wordclock sync
- Industry-leading 123dB of dynamic range on the guitar input, for tremendous depth and ultra-low noise
- Tour Grade construction “ 3RU rack enclosure with optional foot-based controller