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
  • 50 amps, 30 cabs, 16 mics, and over 70 effects
  • 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

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

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Multi-FX
Number of Effects 70
Amp Modeling Yes
Number of Models 50 x Amps, 30 x Cabs, 16 x Mics
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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5/5

First Gear Review Ever

This is my first gear review ever and not for lack of consumer and professional experience but because I have never had a piece new or vintage make me feel like it was worth writing. THIS THING BLEW ME AWAY! It is absolutely amazing. It feels like a real amp, it sounds like a real amp, it feeds back like a real amp. I was left dumb founded. I literally put my 68 Custom PRRI and my vintage '67 Super Reverb up for sale on reverb today. I wont go into a bunch of technical details or anything but coming from someone who has had a ton of tube amps from fender, mesa, Marshall, etc. not to mention all the pedals Vertex, OCD, OKKO, J Rockett, Zvex, etc. This thing is amazing and totally worth the price. I use it through a pair of event studio monitors and am using a Suhr Bella as a clean platform to put it through live and it sounds beautiful. I won't be getting rid of my pedals but I will be using them with the Helix. I can't recommend this product enough.
Music background: Producer/Mix Engineer/Guitarist
5/5

Impressed. Very Impressed.

I've had this for a week now, and I am truly a fan. I have a lot of gear (I equip 2 rehearsal studios, long story). This will let me reduce that collection a lot.For context, I have the unit set up running through a Yamaha EMX powered mixer with the knobs set to neutral, 15 inch Yamaha Club Series speakers, using the XLR jacks (set hard left and hard right) for stereo and the 1/4 inch out into a centered channel for a center dry. This was easy to configure.Highlights1. The user interface is world class. Line6 really nailed it. I was able to complete my first patch, a WDW rig, not a simple, single amp rig, in under 5 minutes. From there a little tweaking (fun) had it dialed in to a great sound in under 15 minutes total.2. The amp models are really good. I don't know if they sound exactly like the amps they modeled, but they sound good, and they definitely capture the spirit of those amps. "Feel" was very good as well, and the models respond to playing dynamics like you would expect from a good tube amp.3. The 1.06.5 firmware update. Added Matchless models and a Timmy overdrive pedal model. Great additions.4. Control Center - I set this up to control a drum machine. It was very easy, and I consider myself a MIDI novice. 5. Templates - Want a specific kind of patch but can't figure out how to do it? Check the templates to see if there is already a starting point for you. Lowlights1. If you have an existing HD500/DT amp setup and you expect to replace the HD500 with this unit, it's not quite what you might expect. The integration with the DT through Line6 Link doesn't provide full control of the amp's functions. You can accomplish this with MIDI, but it's not an out of the box feature. I haven't set that up yet, but I intend to give it a try. 2. Some of the factory patches are clearly designed to show extremes of the processing, which makes them useless to me, but this is really a nit.So, final opinion... Worth every penny and then some. Played through an FRFR setup, this is an amazing good product.
Music background: Highly experienced amateur player, luthier, and sound engineer
5/5

Impressive

30+ year guitarist. This is the first guitar pedal that I would be comfortable taking from the store directly to the stage with zero tweaking. I scrolled thru some of the factory presets last night as I was playing with some friends and I didn't need to make any tone tweaks whatsoever......very impressed!!!Thanks to Mike Picotte for outstanding support as usual...☺
5/5

Way beyond satisfied

I was getting really good sounds from my HD500, but it took a long time to get there. I finally learned to be careful about digital clipping between the models in a patch.That problem is gone in the Helix, and the result is that you can quickly dial in the sound you're looking for.There may be others that sound as good, but not for this price. The other high-end modelers I know of are not designed as well, and they don't Yamaha-sized resources behind them.
Music background: 6 shows a month
5/5

The One I've Been Waiting For

I've been using modelers since Line 6 came out with the Pod XT, and I also own an HD Pro. Nice devices in their way but they never nailed tone for me. I was recently planning to go Old School and start seriously collecting Amps, but saw the Helix and decided to give Line 6 one more chance - I am glad I did!This unit is all it is advertised as and more - ease of use is ridiculous, and the amp and effect models have an organic feel to them that I have never captured before, even with my analog pedal board - I finally understand and have quickly incorporated use of guitar volume to get the exact amount of drive for the tone I want and it is awesome - one patch can do everything from clean to fully saturated and everything in between, note by note.Here's another thought that I haven't seen mentioned as much as it deserves - with the patch selection/individual stomp mode, a patch is no longer something you switch to for a given effect at one point in a song. It's now a complete virtual pedal board. Pick a style, choose your amp, add in the pedals appropriate for the songs and you have a complete setup that will work in multiple songs, then rinse and repeat. Make a setup for your favorite guitarist, or figure out your own pedal board, or match different effects and amps to different guitars - I really like working this way.Line 6 knocked it out of the park!
Music background: Home Studio

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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