Line 6 Helix Guitar Multi-effects Floor Processor

Guitar Multi-effects Pedal with Amplifier Modeling, Simple Editing Interface, 12 Footswitches, Expression Pedal, Aluminum Enclosure, Analog and Digital I/O, and USB Recording Out
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The Most Powerful Guitar Processor Ever?

The Line 6 Helix multi-effects floorboard processor reaches far beyond anything you've ever experienced. It can be a great addition to your rig, a streamlined controller for your existing system, or an incredible-sounding guitar interface for recording in the studio — it can even replace your entire effects setup! Equipped with Line 6's new HX modeling engine, Helix will let you hear brand-new models of modern and vintage amps, cabs, mics, and effects — all designed to sound and feel just like the originals. And your rig-integration options are limitless, with Helix's astoundingly comprehensive I/O and routing capabilities. Line 6 has long been at the forefront of the modeling revolution, and Helix is the professional guitar processor Line 6 was destined to create.

Power to spare

Line 6 spearheaded the modeling revolution years ago. Now they are stepping into the future with Helix. At the core of the Helix is Line 6's new dual DSP HX modeling engine. Representing a giant leap forward in guitar technology, the HX engine reproduces every minute detail that goes into a great amplifier. Every single detail has been taken into account, down to an amplifier's power supply ripple and tube sag, ensuring you receive an ultra-realistic playing feel and experience. The classic bloom and compression of some amps and the powerful punch of others are all faithfully accounted for. Plus, you can also load custom impulse responses to personalize your tone.

Up and running in no time

Before Helix, powerful amp and effects modeling came with a significant learning curve. But even with a massive amount of routing, recording, and editing power under the hood, Helix's touch-sensitive footswitches let you actually edit your whole sound with your feet, without even having to stop playing. And the large 6.2" LCD display rids the system of all the menu surfing, while giving as much control as the deepest editing software. It's so intuitive to navigate that Line 6 claims you'll have 90% of Helix mastered within a five-minute glance at the full-color Helix quick-start guide; and we're not just talking tone editing. Design your rig at the speed of thought.

Give Helix the control

Already have a beloved guitar rig that you've spent years getting just right? Perfect! Helix also makes a robust controller for your rig. Offering one of the most in-depth routing I/Os on any guitar processor, it allows you to easily create a hardware/software hybrid setup integrating your other pedals, your channel-switching tube amplifier, your rack equipment, and even other instruments. And you do it all through Helix's four stereo effects loops. You can send multiple wet and dry signals to different sources, place the loops in various locations in your signal chain, swap between your amp and modeled sounds, switch channels on your external amps, and so much more, at the press of a footswitch. You can even take control of your band's MIDI rig with up to six separate MIDI commands at patch recall.

Changes with the tap of the toe

If there's one thing Sweetwater guitar players know, it's that guitarists love stompbox pedals. While menu and software editing can offer great tones and control, we're naturally inclined to want to step on a footswitch and hear the tone we're looking for. Line 6 understands that, which is why Helix eschews all of the deep and confusing editing that plagues many other pro-level products, for a simple-to-use 12-footswitch interface that gives you all the sound and parameter tweaking you'll ever need. And each switch carries a customizable LCD scribble strip for assigning names to your controls. Now you don't even have to stop playing to get comprehensive control of your whole rig.

Tour-grade durability

Since gear takes such a beating on the road, every single component in the Line 6 Helix was chosen to be able to stand up to the punishment a professional guitarist will put it through. Helix combats the abuse with roadworthy footswitches and a bulletproof housing. From the side panels to the extruded top, the solid-aluminum construction won't bend or break. It will let you concentrate on your performance, not your gear. Even the expression pedal is made from the same aluminum. So if you're a gigging musician who needs a tour-grade multi-effects unit that can keep up with you, make sure to give Helix an audition.

Helix answers your guitar gear needs

It almost doesn't matter what amp or effect you're looking for. Since Helix can be used as a standard amp modeler, a streamlined controller for your rig, a guitar interface, or your entire rig by itself, it has everything you need to suite almost any scenario. Line 6's new HX modeling engine gives you all the sounds they're known for, completely redesigned to be amazingly accurate. And your rig-integration options are limitless with Helix's comprehensive I/O. Helix is Line 6's most advanced processor yet, and it could easily become the most valuable tool in your sonic arsenal!

Line 6 Helix Multi-effects Guitar Processor Features:

  • Dual DSP-powered HX modeling engine
  • Over 200 amp, cabs, mic, and effects models
  • 6.2" LCD display
  • 12 touch-sensitive footswitches for editing
  • 10 inputs, 12 outputs (including 4 effects loops)
  • 8-in/8-out USB audio interface
  • 3 expression pedal outs
  • Mic-level XLR input
  • S/PDIF, AES/EBU, and L6 Link digital outputs
  • Capacitive touch-sensitive switches for parameter recall
  • Assignable RGB LED color rings
  • Customizable LCD scribble strips
  • Preset or stompbox modes
  • Integrated looper
  • Solid-aluminum construction
  • Tour-grade footswitches

Additional Media

Line 6 Helix Cheat Sheet
Helix Guitar Multi-effects Processor User Manual

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Multi-FX
Number of Effects 70 (104 with firmware updates)
Amp Modeling Yes
Number of Models 62 amps, 37 cabs, 16 mics (with firmware updates)
Inputs 1 x XLR (Mic), 1 x 1/4" (Guitar), 1 x 1/4" (Aux), 4 x 1/4" (Ext Control), 4 x 1/4" (Return)
Outputs 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4", 1 x 1/4" (Headphones), 4 x 1/4" (Send)
Digital Inputs 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x RJ45 Variax in
Digital Outputs 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x XLR (AES/EBU)
MIDI I/O In, Out/Thru
USB 1 x Type B
Other I/O 2 x 1/4" (expression pedals), 1 x 1/4" (control voltage), 1 x 1/4" (ext amp switching)
Computer Connectivity USB Type B
Height 3.58"
Width 22.05"
Depth 11.85"
Weight 14.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 99-060-0105

Customer Reviews

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Simply Amazing!

I've had this thing for about 2 weeks, and I cannot believe all of its capabilities. This thing sounds and feels like the real thing. I have had to do some tweaking and fiddling with presets, as I found the stock sounds good but not always getting to where I wanted. This was similar to other reviews. The amps are solid and free updates and additions come from time to time. I mostly use impulse responses and have found several free IRs on the forums. The effects are great and you can adjust everything as you would on a normal pedal or rack. The main reason I chose this over the Lite version was massive I/O. This thing can do it all and without compromise. I noted on one of the forums the ability to effectively have 4 separate tracks all being routed in and out of a DAW, incredible. If you're on the fence about this gear, go ahead and take the leap. It is well worth it! Pros: Great Sound, massive I/O, just about every effect you'd want, sturdy build quality Cons: None so far BIG shout out to Brock Andrews, Sweetwater Sales Engineer. He helped me pick this thing over many other software and hardware options. Also, I received a dud (B-Stock to save some money) and Brock worked with Michael McNees, Sweetwater Tech Support Specialist, to get it all handled. Within a few days, I had another unit and was rocking. Can't go wrong with Sweetwater and their team, and it's probably the best customer service experience I have ever encountered.

Powerful Piece of Gear!

This unit is mind blowing! I use it primarily in the context of leading worship at my local church, so it gets used 5-6 times a week between rehearsals and services. I have migrated up to this from POD HD, so I will comment on similarities/differences where applicable. I also will not voice any opinion in regards to amp/pedals integration, in case that's what you're looking for. I would suggest you check out Pete Thorn's Helix review on YouTube for that (really you should check it out, if you're interested in Helix at all).Here's my signal flow, in case you're curious about that stuff:Gretsch 5620T-CB > Line 6 G30 Wireless > Helix > FRFR Monitor/XLR-to-PAUpon unboxing Helix, the first thing I noticed is this thing is STOUT compared to POD-HD (basically 15lb v. 11lb, respectively). Not that higher weight is a guarantee of better quality, but it has to count for something, right? The knobs and buttons are clearly better engineered than the one on POD-HD. Actually, the ultimate reason I made the upgrade is that I had my POD leaned against a wall (sitting on the long side, so it wasn't way up in the air) and accidentally bumped into it. It tipped over onto it's face and busted off some of the control knobs so that I couldn't do any patch editing without plugging it into the computer and using the Edit software (more about that later).So, having used POD-HD for years and setting up quite a library of song-specific patches, I initially started using Helix by looking at a patch that I had set up in POD-HD and setting up nearly an exact copy of that in Helix. Not that there's anything wrong with that workflow, but it kept me from delving into some of the unique feature of Helix (at least initially). A couple of things that set me up to completely break from POD-HD patch setup are the vastly improved amp models and the ability to use third-party speaker/cabinet impulse responses. I record at home and use in-the-box amp modeling quite often. As a part of that workflow, I use a couple of Ownhammer impulse response libraries that are simply amazing. Needless to say, I was really looking forward to being able to use them in a live context and, boy oh boy, was i not disappointed. Not that there's any problem with the native Helix cab sims, but the combination of Helix amp modeling and Ownhammer speaker/cab IR's is absolutely stunning. I tend toward keeping things as simple as I can and usually favor one amp/cab combination for clean/breakup tones and one amp/cab combination for crunch/overdrive tones. In POD-HD, I gravitated toward the Dr. Z Route 66 amp/cab for low gain and the Soldano SLO (crunch channel)/Hi-Watt cab for mid-gain. In Helix, I am absolutely amazed every time I use the Fender Deluxe through a 2x12 Marshall cab with Celestial Blackbacks and the Marshall Plexi through the same 2x12 cab with Celestial Creambacks. After experimentation with these features, I broke ties completely with what I had setup in POD-HD and never looked back. Take that for what it’s worth; your milage will obviously vary.So, clearly I don’t use Helix to it’s fullest potential and I regularly use other features from what I’ve mentioned, but the tones and flexibility of the software and user interface are a joy to use and garner many compliments from other musicians. The one thing I miss from POD-HD has nothing to do with anything about Helix itself. I miss the ability to edit patched directly on the computer via Edit software. Currently, the Helix app only allows for naming, moving, copying, and pasting patches, so all patch editing has to be done via the physical Helix UI. I know I previously decried the ability to edit POD-HD in Edit software ONLY, but it is most convenient in my current workflow to be able to edit patches from BOTH Edit software AND physical UI. So, there it is, my one caveat, and it has nothing to do with the unit itself.It’s certainly a financial investment, but that pales in comparison to the cost you would incur purchasing all the physical amps, cabs, fx, etc. that are available in Helix and that doesn’t even take into account the possible signal routing options. I would HIGHLY recommend this unit to anyone looking to get into an amazing modeler that brings with it exceptional sound quality and utmost flexibility. Cheers!
Music background: Worship leader, musician, recording & live sound engineer, lover of music, etc., etc.

Time to sell all my pedals

Wow - this unit is worth every dollar. Even outputting to my old Marshall VS, it's like falling in love with guitar playing all over again. The unit really feels more like a computer, and not a guitar pedal, but it's so intuitive to use. A lot of the factory banks are pretty cool, but people say the real value of the unit is building your own patches to dial in a sound, and the ability to share patches with others using the online library is really awesome. It's indescribably satisfying when you come across banks with names like "PV Panama" and "For the love of Steve," and before you pluck a note you already have a mental impression of what it should sound like, and then you hear it, and it's pretty darn close. One thing that I noticed is that with my previous multifx pedals, they pretty much neutered all the different tonal characteristics of the guitars I have, but this unit manages to preserve all those personalities. I highly recommend it, if you dig having an infinite combinations of sounds at your disposal.Carl B., my sales engineer, was great. He called after I placed an order just to run through some details. Even though the unit got delayed a few times (not SW's fault at all), he continued to keep me up to date.
Music background: rocker in my own living room

Helix is a Winner

Unbelievable! I have owned several Line 6 products and always returned to my amps and pedals. But this is a game changer. The ease to create the exact sounds I want is awesome. It takes a little tweaking but the system and layout is so intuitive that your really don't need the manual (but read it as you will accomplish more is shorter time). Over a 1,000 preset storage locations! With just a little practice I got the 40 or so sounds I wanted (but now I want more - but no problem to do it). I just took the 400+ presets, found the ones close to what I need to play live (without an amp) and record, then quickly made the changes to taste. Very, very easy. By the way, this is not an off the shelf item as there are standing orders. My Sweetwater rep nailed the expected ship date. I really appreciate their setting accurate expectations.
Music background: Live Performance, Writing, Recording

Best Guitar Kit in Many Years

Actually the presets are not much you would want to use, they are there to help you figure out what to do with it. Its really a toolkit for people who know what they are doing, and it doesn't take long to figure it out. Kind of a waste of money for noobs, this is really pro kit. Sooo close to the real thing it unless you have a big budget there is NO reason to use a real studio, just from the cabling effort alone. Amazing amp models, and load of effects, love the Solo (Soldano) and Brit (Marshall) models and how you can really create some really credible rigs with it. Did not realize how well this works for recording, piece of cake simplifies the workload amazingly. My main setup switches between a Solo Lead Crunch and Brit 2204 Heads going into a Stereo Pair of the 2x12 Silver Bell and 412 Greenback 25 cabs, then with whatever FX in front and Delays after followed by the LA Studio Comp. Really nice also can record the dry guitar down to reamp later super simple. Although its not quite as wonderful as the real thing its way easier, and recording this quality with actual gear is expensive and difficult in the real world. And in a mix nobody would ever know anyway except for a handful of audio engineer types with silly expensive amps and speaker listening setups. So for me its the ideal kit, also near zero latency when recording, the drivers seem really decent, but I have not really had time to evaluate the quality of the mic pre.The one thing missing is a serious GUI editor to run on your computer so you don't have to knob twiddle on the floor. (like Fender Fuse) I am hoping they do that.As far as live work, its all there, except for some really subtle stomp box combos. Seriously thinking of buying a big set of powered speakers and dumping all of my amps.

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Line 6 Helix Guitar Multi-effects Processor

Helix is an extraordinarily powerful recording and performing tool. It rivals pricier modeling products and surpasses them in some regards, especially with its large, bright, and color-coded editing surfaces. The design is sleek and the construction is genuinely roadworthy....
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See also: Multi Effects Pedals, Line 6, Line 6 Multi-effects