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Malekko Heavy Industry Helium MKII Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

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A brief history of the Wolftone pedals: in the early 2000s, Studio Electronics released two Todd Wolfgram designed effect pedals, the Wolftone Helium...Click To Read More About This Product

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Octave distortion with two separate tone palettes.

A brief history of the Wolftone pedals: in the early 2000s, Studio Electronics released two Todd Wolfgram designed effect pedals, the Wolftone Helium and Wolftone Chaos. These pedals have since earned almost mythical status due to their intense distortions and unique sound.

Now, after months of close work with Todd, this updated version of the legendary Helium features a second Wolf setting to augment the original pedal's two-position octave sonic palette and has been designed to operate with a ˜standard' 9v neg tip power supply. The Helium MKII is an Octavia style distortion pedal coupled with an intense octave up effect. Its Texture and Octave switches will take your sound from a vintage Tychobrae scream to a clear, sweet, singing octave, while the ˜Mix' control lets you blend your distorted fundamental note into the effect.

The interaction of gain to dynamic response work together to make the Helium MKII the most versatile and pivotal "octave up" pedal to date.

Vintage '60s fuzz tone
Intense octave up effect
From twisted scream to sweet and singing
Easy to blend

Maybe you've never thought of octaves as part of your sound. Try this pedal and you might rethink that.


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WOW! This is an Awesome Pedal.

By Les Paul Disciple

from Covington, LA

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  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Intensely Psychedelic
  • Responsive
  • Versatile


    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Malekko Heavy Industry Helium MKII Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I have the earlier version of this pedal (Mk I). It's the same pedal with a slightly different enclosure. I don't live near a music store so I had to shop "octave up" distortion pedals via the demos on YouTube. This one sounded the best and was the most versatile in terms of tone shaping. This thing is a beast. It has an intense sound. Almost too intense. As with other "octave up" distortion pedals, this works best when using the neck pickup in the upper registers of the fretboard. I run an overdrive pedal into it to boost the signal (this helps the pedal track the signal with greater consistency). I especially like the mix knob to adjust the balance between the two octaves. The pedal tracks best when playing single note patterns but it does yield some interesting sounds when multiple notes are played. Fast heavy string bends create a really gnarly screeching sound that I just love. I tend to turn down the tone knob on my guitar as there is an abundance of treble with this device. The pedal has a pair of three way switches that filter the tone. I prefer the 'vintage' settings as the others can get really abrasive. Judging by the few reviews of this pedal that I've seen online, not a lot of people own this pedal. That's a shame because this pedal really does kick rump in a major way. I own it and I strongly recommend it. The pedal is handmade in the United States so it's not an inexpensive item but it's been worth every penny to me.

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