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Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal with Backpack

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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 o...Click To Read More About This Product

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Get the amazing versatility of the Helix, plus the ability to easily carry it to the gig.

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.

Helix Backpack
The Line 6 Helix Backpack is a rugged, go-anywhere custom-designed carrying case made especially for Helix floor processor. The same care and attention to detail that went into Helix’s design is reflected in the backpack. From its luggage-grade construction and closed-cell foam padding to its rugged, molded rubber carrying handles and water-resistant zippers, Helix Backpack will protect your gear for years to come. For the ultimate in convenience, Helix Backpack provides ample room for additional items such as sheet music, cables, small pedals, power supplies, and other accessories.

FEATURES
Helix Backpack
  • Luggage-grade construction
  • Stowable backpack straps
  • Quilted airmesh backing for comfort
  • Closed-cell foam padding for maximum protection
  • Rugged, molded rubber carrying handles
  • Water-resistant zippers
  • Ample room for accessories and sheet music
  • Includes velcro straps for organizing your cables

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SPECIFICATIONS
Helix Multi-Effects Floor Processor
  • 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 FXloops), 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 with Backpack
 
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4.0

Flexible

By voxmore

from San Jose, Ca

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Versatile

Cons

  • May require some tweaking to get 'your sound'

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal with Backpack:

Depending on your musical style, the factory presets will be right up your alley, or you'll need to do a lot of tweaking. The bulk of the presets seem to be oriented toward direct to the board recording with high gain. These days I'm doing mostly live through an amp and going back and forth between Jazz and Rock, so it falls in the latter category for me. The good news is that there is a large variety of effects and amp models to choose from, so with some patience, you can find what you are looking for. The amp models sometimes come in 3 varieties: Combo, head and speakers, or just preamp. Many of the presets are combos or head/speakers (probably fine for recording direct), but I found for plugging in to one of my amps, switching to a preamp only model worked better in many cases. I'm happy to be downsizing my pedal board to something lighter and smaller than what I'm gigging with currently (too many pedals and still not enough room to get all the sounds I want), and be able to dial up whatever effects I need for a song. BTW, the backpack that came with the unit is very nice, and the extra pockets are big enough to hold a useful amount of extra stuff (although I'm not sure about the little loops at the top that look like they belong on an ammo belt - I'd rather have had a larger top pocket).

Suggestion to Line 6: It would be nice if I could globally set EXP2 to a master output volume for the whole Helix, instead of per patch, and be able to assign one of the other buttons to switch between EXP-1 and EXP-2 (this latter item might already be possible - I haven't looked). When changing patches the volume can jump immediately to a very different level than the one you were playing at if you had been using the pedal to change the volume of a patch. While it's manageable the way it is if you are careful, you really need to be paying attention. True, I could use an external volume pedal, but it seems kind of crazy to have to with a unit like this.

 
5.0

Fantastic tones! Strong BUY!

By L.G. VanHuen

from NYC

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Accurate Amp Models
  • Excellent Sound Quality

Cons

  • Moderatley High Learning Curve

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Line 6 Helix Multi-Effects Guitar Pedal with Backpack:

I've been using an HD500X, which I really loved. While the sounds right out of the box on the HD500X where not great, with some attention and tweaking I was always able to dial in what I needed. The Helix is amazing from the moment you plug it in. I was skeptical that the Helix could warrant the price differential, but it does. I use this for direct recording and live performance. Combined with my USA JTV-69 I have all the amps and all the guitars I need with just two pieces of gear. Amazing!

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