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Customer Reviews 313 Reviews

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by D. Nakonechny (11/21/2015):

Don't kid yourself this EQ is a very straight forward but musical EQ….its vintage sound… Read more

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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


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

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    by D. Nakonechny(Saturday 21 November, 2015)

    Don't kid yourself this EQ is a very straight forward but musical EQ….its vintage sound will blow you away and surprising smoothness will really impress even those with a keen and precise ear. I had a hard time falling in love with this EQ when I first got it but after using it and figuring… Read More

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    Nice Bottom as Well
    by C. Brindis(Wednesday 18 November, 2015)

    Some reviews about the middle being sweet, but have also had some good success cutting up top and then boosting with an instance on the bottom. You can get in the realm of Pultech EQs easily and smoothly. Certainly usable (especially free). Read More

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    Nice EQ
    by K. de Wit(Monday 16 November, 2015)

    UA gave me this plugin for free, so how can I complain. It is a nice EQ that does exactly what you expect to do. Very light on the DSP as well. Read More

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    Very good EQ
    by Y. Dan(Sunday 15 November, 2015)

    It's a very good EQ, charming high quality clean appear! Read More

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    Keep pushing!
    by A. Blakeney(Thursday 12 November, 2015)

    I have found this to be a great EQ for boosting. Finding the power in a sound and amplifying it is a breeze with the Helios. It adds weight and harmonic richness to a source, allowing you to push it into saturation easily while retaining clarity. Not the most glorious GUI from UAD, but… Read More


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Features & Specs

Helios Type 69 EQ Plug-In


  • 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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