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Customer Reviews 102 Reviews

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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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    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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    by L. Maplanka (Wednesday 5 October, 2011)

    wonderful on dirty guitars. you already know the sound cause you've heard it before … Read More

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    The Go to UA Insert EQ for mixing In the BOX.
    by R. Baird (Wednesday 12 December, 2012)

    I swear I hear magic in this EQ. I have the 1081, 1073, 88RS, Pultec, & Cambrige EQ. All are great at what they do, but I found shaping drums with the 69 adds a lot of character. To me I think this EQ sounds more natural than the 1073. You can hear the EQ bring out the wood in the instrument it's cr … Read More

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    by J. Dachel (Saturday 12 May, 2007)

    I wasn't impressed with this plugin. Sounds OK, but doesn't really have anything over any of the EQ's I already own. The presets are not useful. Lots of cute names, but no real clue as to what the EQ's are emulating. I paid $200 for this plugin, because the demo would not work. Don't waste your mone … Read More

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    by M. Thomas (Thursday 30 June, 2011)

    I own it but I don't use it a lot. Admittedly, I like to start with presets and then edit from there. The presets are cryptic and not extremely helpful so I usually go to another plug so I can continue working quickly. … 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

UA Product Catalog.pdf

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