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by H. Gu (8/26/2015):

Easy to use. I highly recommend UA plugins. Very useful. 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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    by H. Gu(Wednesday 26 August, 2015)

    Easy to use. I highly recommend UA plugins. Very useful. Read More

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    brilliant
    by N. Larson(Tuesday 25 August, 2015)

    Absolutely fantastic and incredibly useful little guy. I don't know what it's doing or why its so special, but it makes nearly anything sound better and that's all I need to know Read More

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    Lovely harmonics !
    by F. Torres(Wednesday 12 August, 2015)

    its free and cant complain ! read the manual and found great wth some harmonics ! gonna get to use it more often in some instruments or voices over ! good for a free one Read More

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    Definitely NOT an unwanted gift!
    by S. Duignan(Monday 3 August, 2015)

    Brilliant EQ, sounds lovely. I think I've already reviewed it here but I'll say it again: It sounds great on almost anything if used wisely. Full of character. Nice to be a able to actually boost with a plug-in EQ and not think 'that sounds a bit rubbish'. Great advertisement for the… Read More

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    All hail Helios the mighty sun god!
    by S. Duignan(Friday 31 July, 2015)

    Fantastic EQ with simple controls and extremely nice sound/character. My first real taste of the quality of UAD plugs, and what a great advert it is for them. Have yet to find anything that doesn't sound nice with a bit of this on it. I'm loving it on synth bass from my Analog Keys; Using… Read More

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Artists
  • Michael Ilbert

    Engineer/producer Michael Ilbert's has crafted records by the Hives, Supergrass, and In Flames, but it's his work on Taylor Swift's Red and 1989 that have garnered him multiple Grammy nominations. Read More

    Valente Bertelli

    Valente Bertelli is a recording artist and producer based in Los Angeles. Here, he breaks down the track "It Don't Matter" from his latest album, Music For Rooftops. Read More

    Jacquire King

    Jacquire King (Of Monsters and Men, Norah Jones, Modest Mouse) shows how he used the Apollo interface and UAD plug-ins to track Robert Ellis' band on a live rendition of the track, "Good Intentions."… Read More

  • Dave Tozer

    Here, Dave Tozer details how you can synthesize a powerful UAD/Logic Pro X production workflow. Read More

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    Engineer F. Reid Shippen breaks down how he employed UAD plug-ins to mix the Bronze Radio Return track, “Melting in My Icebox.”… Read More

    Joe Zook Mixes OneRepublic and Serena Ryder

    WIth multiple platinum-selling records under his belt, Zook is one of the industry's most sought-after mix engineers. Read More

  • Nashville Producer Jay Joyce Brings the Rock Edge

    Producer, engineer, and musician Jay Joyce has developed a thriving career in both the rock and country recording scenes. Read More

    The Glitch Mob

    UA sits down with edIT, Boreta, and Ooah of The Glitch Mob to hear about their latest release, their life on the road. and their studio workflow with UAD Plug-Ins. Read More

    Jacknife Lee

    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

    Jacquire King

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

    Matt Knobel

    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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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

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Docs

Apollo Software Manual (Thunderbolt)

Apollo Software Manual (FireWire)

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

UA Product Catalog

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