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by S. Ali (3/10/2014):

this thing is pure magic on vocals, guitars, and synths. the way it can aggressively push mids ... Read more

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Overview

Helios™ Type 69 EQ Plug-In

Simple, Yet Powerful Three Band Passive EQ Modeled After the Very First Type 69 Console

Helios consoles were used to record and mix some of the finest rock, pop and reggae classics ever produced. The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Roxy Music, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley are just a few that recorded with these amazing wrap-around consoles. Of all the Helios consoles produced between 1969 and 1979, the original “Type 69” is considered the most musical. Universal Audio modeled the EQ section of the very first Type 69. This console was originally found at Island’s Basing Street Studio in London; it now resides with Jason Carmer in Berkeley, California, where it continues to record multi-platinum albums.

The simple yet powerful Helios Type 69 Passive EQ adds a unique sonic texture to the music that passes through it. It can be pushed to its most extreme boost settings while retaining openness and clarity. The Type 69 Passive EQ replicates all the controls of the original hardware. The Treble band is a fixed 10 kHz shelf EQ, while the Bass band functions as a stepped 50 Hz shelf filter (-3,-6,-9,-12,-15 dB) or frequency selectable Peak EQ (60, 100, 200, 300 Hz). The Mid band operates as a frequency selectable Peak or Trough (Notch) EQ with eight frequencies (.7, 1, 1.4, 2, 2.8, 3.5, 4.5, 6 kHz). Other features include Level adjust, EQ Cut (bypassing the EQ circuit while retaining the native sound of the unit), and Phase Reverse.

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  • Paul White

    (Sound On Sound)

    "I particularly like the mid-range ... this one [Helios Type 69] still sounds sweet if you need to add a lot of boost."

    Hugo Nicolson

    (Radiohead, Primal Scream, Dido)

    “The [UAD] Helios, in my opinion, has the best mid-range and top-end of any plug-in EQ on the market.”

    Ryan West

    (Kanye West, T.I.)

    "The Helios is awesome ... I can boost the gain and sweep the frequencies until I get that sound that makes me go 'Wow!'"

    George Shilling

    (Resolution Magazine)

    "This is a fantastic EQ, especially when used on drums and acoustic instruments, with a real 1970’s spirit."

    Barry Rudolph

    (Music Connection)

    "We used this [Helios 69] EQ on everything from vocals to kick drums. It has a very unique and musical character"

  • Barry Rudolph

    (Music Connection)

    "[The Helios Type 69 EQ Plug-In] has a very unique & musical character unlike any of the other EQ's offered by UA."

    Garrett Haines

    (EQ Magazine)

    "I like [the Helios] more than the 1073 plug, especially on individual tracks. That’s saying a lot ... I recommend both."

    Mark Cousins

    (Music Tech UK)

    "The UAD-1 card has become a strong alternative to mixing on a Pro Tools HD system."

    Eric Stewart

    (10cc)

    “To get that sound again, the Helios sound from a plug-in, I thought, bloody hell, this is genius.”

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    After 5 years of trying I'm still unable to find any use for this EQ.
    by D. Toth (Saturday 7 June, 2014)

    I own this Helios EQ plugin for about 5 years already. I wanted to like it and tried often&hard, but usually after minutes of tweaking I just remove it and use something else. Bass cutting part is fixed to 50Hz, which I find to be too high for my purposes. Mid section is just ok, but nothing I could … Read More

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    real analog character
    by S. Ali (Monday 10 March, 2014)

    this thing is pure magic on vocals, guitars, and synths. the way it can aggressively push mids and highs without ever sounding artificial or unpleasant is unique, and effortlessly brings dull tracks to life. the low band is great for adding pronounced weight to a kick drum - equally at home in old s … Read More

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    Very Musical Sounding EQ
    by C. Tunnessen (Tuesday 7 January, 2014)

    The sound of this EQ is top notch. All frequencies can be pushed hard and still sound incredibly musical. Sounds great on everything I've tried so far - Vocals, Guitars, Drums. Only drawback is small window size makes it difficult to read the numbers. Most of the newer UAD plugins have larger window … Read More

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    Plug In love is real love
    by M. Mehr (Sunday 22 December, 2013)

    How i love it! One of my secret weapon when it comes down the give an audio a certain kind of warm and sexy feeling! Markus … Read More

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    My new go to electric guitar EQ
    by C. Paschall (Friday 11 October, 2013)

    Used to be hooked on the API's but these days, this is my new guy! I've had several friends swearing by this one for a while so I knew even before buying it I had a winner on my hands. No question they were right! … Read More

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    An Irish musician, remixer, producer, and engineer, Jacknife Lee has worked with legendary rock bands... Read More

    Mike Shipley

    GRAMMY®-winner Mike Shipley is one of the music industry’s top mixers; his hit-making career spans over thirty years. Read More

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    Jacquire (pronounced Ja-KEER) King has emerged as one of the most exciting engineer/producers of his generation. Read More

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    Matt Knobel has a great job. A job that many of us covet. He is the head engineer at South Beach's Setai Recording Studio. Read More

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    I know — we interviewed Matt Boudreau back in March about his racks of UA outboard gear and four UAD-1 cards... Read More

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Features & Specs

Helios Type 69 EQ Plug-In

Features:

  • Classic “Helios Type 69” console EQ modeled from original Basing Street desk
  • Distinct and colorful three band EQ with phase reverse and level adjust
  • Replicates all the controls of the original hardware
  • High Shelf, Parametric Mid and Bass Peak/Shelf EQ
  • EQ Cut (bypassing the EQ circuit while retaining the native sound of the unit)
  • Plug-in can be pushed to extreme settings while remaining open and musical
  • Phase reverse switch and Level Adjustment built-in
  • Requires a UAD DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

See the UAD Instance Chart here

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Docs

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

Apollo Software Manual

UA Product Catalog.pdf

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