Helios® Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection
The hallowed Helios Type 69, totally re-modeled with Unison™ technology.
Whether it was housed at Olympic in London, Musicland in Munich, or in the famed Rolling Stones’ mobile studio, the Helios Type 69 console was at the center of hundreds of iconic albums from rock’s “Golden Age.” From must-own albums by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Pink Floyd, to Bob Marley and the Wailers, David Bowie, Black Sabbath, and AC/DC, the Type 69 delivered fat, unmistakable attitude, with a punchy midrange and an assertive growl.
The all-new Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ plug-in for UAD-2 hardware and UA Audio Interfaces is a masterful, end-to-end circuit emulation of the rare hardware, going well beyond UA’s original Helios Type 69 plug-in.
Now You Can:
Track and mix through a stunning emulation of the Helios Type 69 vintage analog channel
Get the full character of the original hardware’s Lustraphone transformer-based mic preamp with Unison™ technology
Sculpt your sources with a colorful inductor-based three-band EQ
Shape guitars, vocals, and more with legendary Type 69 midrange aggression
Tweak low-end character with uniquely voiced low-frequency boost and cut filters
Mix with artist presets from J.J. Blair (Johnny Cash, George Benson), Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio), Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits), and more
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Turn Your DAW into a Classic Helios Type 69 Console
In crafting the new Helios Type 69 plug-in, UA’s team of engineers dug deep into two original Type 69 Olympic-era “golden units,” faithfully modeling their custom-made, feedback-style, 70 dB input section — along with a complete emulation of the coveted Lustraphone mic input transformer. This end-to-end circuit capture is the only "triple amp" preamp on the UAD platform, giving you complex, colorful flavors that will make any source come to life.
Unison Technology for UA Audio Interfaces
Harnessing UA’s groundbreaking Unison technology, the new Helios Type 69 plug-in gives you the hardware’s line/mic preamp impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and exact circuit behaviors. Just insert the plug-in into the Console app’s Unison preamp slot to track in real time through a spot-on Helios Type 69 modeled preamp.
Passive, Aggressive EQ
The new Helios Type 69 also offers a ground-up redesign of the original hardware’s famously bold passive three-band EQ. For the first time, the Helios Type 69 plug-in perfectly emulates the rich sounding inductor saturation behaviors that keep radical EQ moves sounding ultra musical, even at extreme settings.
The Low End Theory
With four uniquely voiced low frequency bell-shape boost filters, the Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection imparts the same solid and wide bass foundation found on seminal rock, pop, and reggae recordings. You can also clean up sources like overheads and room mics by switching the Bass band into a fixed 50 Hz low cut mode, with stepped gain control.
Add Tough Type 69 Attitude with any UAD Hardware
Of course, the Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection isn’t just for UA Audio Interface owners. UAD hardware owners can use the Collection on any mix, for bold, intense colors, without going outside the box. With the Helios Type 69 complete console channel emulation, plus the included DSP-lite Helios Type 69 Legacy plug-in, you can craft your projects with the same bold flavor found on the biggest records ever made.
“Helios is responsible for many of the best sounding albums of the 70s. Its mic preamp and EQ are bright, open, and aggressive sounding without being harsh. I love using it on snare drums and acoustic guitars.”
– Joe Chiccarelli (Jason Mraz, Beck, The Strokes, Morrissey)
“The new Helios Type 69 plug-in is killer. It captures the colorfully unique and musical EQ, and Unison technology emulates all the crunchy cool of the mic pre.”
– Jacquire King (James Bay, Kings of Leon, Tom Waits)
“The UAD Helios Type 69 brings new and exciting texture to any source. I love using the Mic mode to crunch guitars. Just fabulous! ”
– Vance Powell Jack White, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs
Watch The Reviews
November 13, 2018
Ottimo per chitarra elettrica e basso..!!! Uno dei miei preferiti..!!Read More
November 13, 2018
ok i love my neves pre they each have their own spectrum and their application but THIS helios type 69 is VERY midrangy and musical in evry way...use it on drum to fatten it up or on...Read More
November 8, 2018
I realy love the way hi ends are beautiful...Read More
October 30, 2018
I own all the channel strips and this and the Neve 1073 are my go toos! It is so straightforward and dials in with no thinking or cumbersome tweaking Get it you won't be dissapointed!...Read More
October 18, 2018
No regret for the best outputRead More
October 15, 2018
A little bit different!
Its got a distinctly different sound. Great for intros and breakdowns!Read More
Complete end-to-end circuit emulation of the original Helios "Olympic"-era Type 69 channel design
Coveted Lustraphone mic input transformer and famously colorful passive inductor based EQ
Feedback-style 70 dB preamp and Unison technology with mic, line, and Hi-Z inputs
High Shelf, Mid Bell, and Bass Bell/Shelf EQ with bypass for DSP savings
Includes Helios Type 69 Legacy EQ plug-in for DSP savings
Requires a UAD DSP Accelerator Card or UA Audio Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide
Helios® Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection
Ottimo per chitarra elettrica e basso..!!! Uno dei miei preferiti..!!
ok i love my neves pre they each have their own spectrum and their application but THIS helios type 69 is VERY midrangy and musical in evry way...use it on drum to fatten it up or on guitars tu add mids complexity....this channel strip is alone in his own world..hard to explain but it shine everywhere you put it...the only jackpot is it needs lots of dsp to run it....more than 2 average plugins...but its a notch in top quality
I realy love the way hi ends are beautiful...
I own all the channel strips and this and the Neve 1073 are my go toos! It is so straightforward and dials in with no thinking or cumbersome tweaking Get it you won't be dissapointed! UAD rules !
No regret for the best output
A little bit different!
Its got a distinctly different sound. Great for intros and breakdowns!
Excellent Unison and Beyond
I was a bit surprised at how much I love this plug. It's so versatile. Acoustic Instruments with a very good Mic through the helios Unison is top notch. I've used several mics small and large diaphram and they all stage very well. Like any new piece of gear you will need to committ to getting to know its sweet spots. But the tech and the mojo are all there. Well done!
New go to
For heavy electric guitars this thing is awesome! I thought the legacy plug in was good, this one dominates.
Very good pere + eq!
Very good pere + eq!
Great preamp and EQ!
I like it a lot in guitars and midi instruments to get them alive.
I tried it first on an Ibanez special series.... Shit, I couldn't believe my ears!! Cranked the input and i was in paradise!! What a sound!! Saturation and body to your Gtr, simply amazing !!
I didn’t intend to buy this one, but made the mistake of demoing it. Unique and pleasing eq and sweet touch when pushing the gain a little. Very nice in the mix.
Great product, great sound.
Unique and valuable preamp
A terrific choice when warmth and punch are required. Some unique EQ functions provide a different perspective on dialing up sounds. Love it!
While I also have the 610s and the 1073, when looking for a Unison plugin for tracking, I find myself turning to the Helios more often than not, especially for vocals and bass. But I didn’t truly realize just how well they’d nailed it until I ran a guitar into it and pushed the input gain. Most preamp plugins don’t really get heavy saturation right to my ears (including other Unison plugins), but when I plugged in my Epi Sheraton and cranked the input gain, there was that classic late 60s, early 70s tone (think: Beatles’ “Revolution” and early Zeppelin). That alone would have been enough to justify the plugin for me and is an excellent alternative to using the Deluxe plugin.
Excellent sound but unusable.
It sounds fantastic, but I can't mix with that one unless I have 128 DSP.
On my Apollo 8 Duo, I can hardly put 4 instances in Unison, but impossible To add a compressor, reverb or tape sim.
Unusable for me.
Helios® Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection ..... on a deserted island allowed only one plug in .......
Helios® Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection ..... on a deserted island allowed only one plug in ....... this is my all time first pick ! In Unison with Nueman Mics or even SM57, this is the warm, punchy saturated tone of so many great recordings. Big thanks for this one.
I quite like this one actually!
I kind of waited until I could afford it and did not hesitate when it came in a my target price. It is a weird pre-amp to begin with with it config but it gets these sounds that I have been looking for since I started all the UAD stuff and new tricked out rig thing.
To put it in short form , the plugin replaces at least 3 others to get the same sound and does it faster.
I have only had it for a few days and like all the recent releases that I have bought , I knew I wanted it right away.
I think the new stuff has been great and although I wish I could buy it all, the Neve preamp, SSl buss and this one have brought me closer to the sounds I hear in my head.
With a good mastering studio and mastering engineer the results are first rate.
PS I don't believe in mindlessly giving 5 stars to everything.
Its like saying Awesome all the time. Eventually it loses it's meaning.
So here is my rating....I like it "a lot"!
I guess I also believe in using mastering engineers which will also irk a ires.
Agressive harmonics and Eq with a real Vintage tone
Taste it! The middle frequency and the aggressive preamp is all the things that you need to make a great sound with a vintage flavor on drums, guitars and bass, is for everything but if you need a quickly response on a Plugin, this is one of the best options for you!
Helios Type 69 Preamp and Eq Collection
This preamp has a unique sound that is all its own. Throw it on anything to give it character and vibe. It gives your mixes a musical flare. Well done.