TC Electronic Helix Phaser Pedal

Phaser Guitar Effects Pedal with TonePrint Plus 2 Native Presets, Analog-Dry-Through, and Selectable True-/Buffered-Bypass Switching
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Every Phaser You've Ever Wanted!

Whether you're after satisfying Gilmour-style swirls or driving sweeps inspired by Van Halen, the TC Electronic Helix Phaser guitar effects pedal delivers the customizable and versatile modulation effects you need. Unlike traditional phaser pedals, which can have you fiddling for hours before you realize you'll never quite get the sound you want, the Helix Phaser comes loaded with a dedicated DSP to fuel a wide range of nuanced phaser effects. You can flip between a more shimmery vintage mode or a smooth modern phaser sound, but there's also a TonePrint setting onboard. In addition to loading up presets created by celebrity artists, you can also use TC Electronic's TonePrint Editor on your Mac or Windows PC to create your perfect custom phaser sounds.

TC Electronic Helix Phaser Guitar Effects Pedal at a Glance:
  • Factory loaded with epic phaser effects
  • TonePrint lets you customize your sound
  • Digital flexibility meets analog fidelity
Factory loaded with epic phaser effects

Even if it wasn't equipped with TC Electronic's TonePrint technology, the Helix Phaser would already outclass typical phaser pedals by putting two distinct phaser effects within reach of your pedalboard. With the flip of a switch, the Helix Phaser lets you take your effect from the gritty swoosh you'd expect from a classic rock anthem to a jet-like smooth and rounded tone that's more at home in a hair-raising solo. Many phasers are an all-or-nothing deal, but with its dedicated Mix and Feedback knobs, the Helix allows you to lay it on thick or dial it back as subtle as you like. Likewise, Speed and Depth controls make it easy to find the sweet spot between slow sweeps and psychedelic pulses.

TonePrint lets you customize your sound

As useful as they are, the Helix Phaser's Vintage and Smooth settings are just two of the amazing tones you can get out of this agile guitar effects pedal. Thanks to TC Electronic's TonePrint technology, you can turn your Helix into virtually any phaser you can dream up. For starters, there's TC Electronic's library of custom TonePrints to choose from, including several presets created by guitar gurus such as Scott Ian and Pete Thorn. But that's just the beginning. With the TonePrint Editor loaded up on your Mac or Windows PC, you get full access to all of the parameters under the hood, allowing you to craft totally unique phaser tones of you own. Next time someone asks what that cool phase effect you're playing through is, you can honestly tell them it's one of a kind.

Digital flexibility meets analog fidelity

DSP may be at the heart of the Helix Phaser, but it certainly doesn't sound like a digital stompbox. That's because TC Electronic knows how important it is to marry high-quality analog circuitry with their impressive digital processing. For example, the Helix's Analog-Dry-Through function ensures that your unaffected signal remains totally untouched, so you won't risk jeopardizing that killer tone you've spent so long perfecting. Also, you may have noticed that the Helix's I/O is stereo, which also pretty handy. Finally, TC Electronic gives you the choice between buffered or true bypass, so depending on how many pedals you're running or how you've put your rig together, you'll always have the style of switching you want.

TC Electronic Helix Phaser Guitar Effects Pedal Features:
  • A versatile phaser stompbox that gives you access to any phaser effect you can dream up
  • Choose between vintage swirl, modern sweeps, or the TonePrint setting
  • Speed, Depth, Feedback, and Mix controls let you dial in your effect
  • Load up custom artist presets for the TonePrint library for access to more phaser sounds
  • TonePrint Editor software for Mac and Windows PCs lets you customize your own presets
  • Stereo I/O with Analog-Dry-Through provides 2 channels of stunning analog sound
  • Choose from buffered or true bypass via an internal switch
Experience a world of phaser effects with the TC Electronic Helix Phaser!

Additional Media

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Tech Specs

Pedal Type Phaser
Inputs 2 x 1/4"
Outputs 2 x 1/4"
Height 2"
Width 2.8"
Depth 4.8"
Manufacturer Part Number 960820001

Customer Reviews

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I bought the Helix for one sole perfectly emulate the classic phaser you hear in a lot of the classic country music such as Waylon Jennings. It does that flawlessly. Beyond that, the other tone print downloads are incredible icing on the cake. Great pedal!
Music background: Studio engineer, producer, multi-instrumentalist.


This is a terrific Phase pedal. I own an EVH 90, a Phase 99, and they are both great. T.C. Helix gives many "different" but excellent sonic possibilities and the price is superb.
Music background: Songwriter/Guitarist

Jack of all Phasers

This pedal can do it all. I was considering the Phase 90 but I liked the thought of having the extra controls the Helix has and am glad that I went with the Helix instead. I haven't found any Phase sounds that this thing couldn't emulate....including the Phase 90. It's amazingly easy to use and the Toneprint app makes dialing in sounds even easier. There are so many sounds you can dial up with the Helix that I can't imagine I would ever need to go to another phaser pedal. Plus, the price is right for the Helix. $130 for a pedal that can do as much as this can is a really great deal. If there was one thing that surprised me in a negative way it would when I left the pedal off but with a guitar cable plugged in for about 4-5 hours it killed the battery. Weird considering I have never had that happen on any of my other pedals. I will end up putting this in my pedal board which has its' own power anyways so it shouldn't be a problem for me anymore but thought it was worth noting.

Good Solid Pedal

This is the most versatile phaser I have owned. Love my EVH but it seems to good for one setting and one setting only. I like having the ability to control how much wet signal is in the mix. I mostly use the vintage settings. I have not gotten around to downloading any tone prints yet but I am happy with this pedals hard coded sounds. If you are after EVH tones you might like the MXR EVH unit better but this one gets pretty close to that sound plus many others.
Music background: I play guitar
See also: Phasers, TC Electronic, TC Electronic Phaser Pedals