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
Take a Listen
5-Min UAD Tip
In this video, learn how to shape drums using Helios’ colorful inductor-based three-band EQ and uniquely voiced low-frequency boost and cut filters.
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
March 24, 2019
Helios Type 69 Preamp & EQ
I love this plugin! I was able to dial in a perfect kick drum and snare with all of the color and character you would ever want for a mix. I am uber-impressed and so very glad I bought...Read More
March 23, 2019
Authentic rock punch and grit
One of my favourites for "in-your-face" screaming rock vocals. Helios 69 Unison makes it possible without breaking a sweat. A true classic.Read More
March 22, 2019
The ability to get pro results with under a 5K spend draws ever closer. Loved the Legacy original, though these plugs are easily left off when getting ideas down & pondered if I really...Read More
March 22, 2019
March 22, 2019
Great Unison Pre
The Helios has a very smooth mid forward character to it on every source that I have recorded so far. This is my new 'goto' unison preamp, Great work UA TeamRead More
March 21, 2019
La distorsion est magnifique et l'eq est tout simplement parfait sur les batteries, instruments et voix!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
Helios Type 69 Preamp & EQ
I love this plugin! I was able to dial in a perfect kick drum and snare with all of the color and character you would ever want for a mix. I am uber-impressed and so very glad I bought it. My new go to for drums for sure! I/m looking forward to trying it out on other elements and maybe tracking with it!
Authentic rock punch and grit
One of my favourites for "in-your-face" screaming rock vocals. Helios 69 Unison makes it possible without breaking a sweat. A true classic.
The ability to get pro results with under a 5K spend draws ever closer. Loved the Legacy original, though these plugs are easily left off when getting ideas down & pondered if I really needed this on my original Apollo as of course this model doesn't configure unison on Hi-z inputs but, prefer my original to updated Apollo so there you go. That said was looking at a good review on how to achieve great results on recording acoustic guitar https://youtu.be/emAxUzcihP0 (he uses original Apollo too) so began taking note, trial/tried/tested the latest SSL plug & tips then a/b'd them with my recent Helios upgrade, added a little UAD LA-2A or was it 1176 compression to boot, as Helios doesn't have this option & SSL has but, got a great result & better sound than with SSL in my set up & with my SM58 & yes, SM stands for studio microphone, having sold my Soundelux U47 copy. Also DI'd too at same time which on its own always makes acoustic un-pro sounding. Both blended is good. Have always wanted to get the 'Only Living Boy In New York' intro sound by Paul Simon & Arty or George's 'My Sweet Lord' intro, okay it's tracked a bit... so yes, that day is now coming closer with the Helios on Unison, some UAD Comp' on channel insert committed to the recording & bingo & yes... a little nudge reminder that acoustic needs a mic rather than DI always, even when rushing, don't rush. My rule of thumb is get the acoustic sounding good then the vocal will flow too. Mmmm nice one UAD x
Great Unison Pre
The Helios has a very smooth mid forward character to it on every source that I have recorded so far. This is my new 'goto' unison preamp, Great work UA Team
La distorsion est magnifique et l'eq est tout simplement parfait sur les batteries, instruments et voix!
Love This thing !
It sounds great on everything! Don’t hesitate, just buy, Rich warm sound !!
My new go to Unison Pre
For a long time the 1073 has been my go to. Slowly but surely that’s been changing to the Helios. Great warm character. Very subtle yet rich
This plugin shines on everything. Never heard that kind of mojo in a plugin before, it's a must have!
I love the classic character this gives when tracking.
Lot's of character and bite on this Eq!Definitely a great tool to have!
I just bought it!!!
Having missed this plugin when it was on sale in December, I didn't blink when I saw that it was on sale again in March! The eq that comes with your Apollo when you first purchase it, was so nice, warm, punchy, gritty, that it just made sense for me to get the preamp! And always having coupons in your cart is a bonus! Great job UAD and Helios!
I am thrilled with the Helios Type 69! There is a "weight" to the sound, especially with the bass band engaged. It's meaty and articulate overall, with the ability to quickly dial in a nice clarity with the mid-band. I have a session coming up in a few weeks that I can't wait to use this on.
My only minor complaint is I would have liked to see a trim knob for final output, like on the SSL4000. Other than that, I love this plugin!
Helios Type 69
Very versatile tool. Use it on guitars and vocals a lot
This plugin is the number one. His Eq it’s the top of the top!!! Recommended!!!
Helios 69 Preamp & EQ collection
Undoubtedly the Lawrence Fishburne of preamps. It's versatility & unique character adds incredible detail, warmth, and/or punch to whichever track it's laid down on. Sit back & dial in the settings between the preamp modes & play with volume & EQ to create either a unique sound or tap into the presets to achieve the classic sounds heard on countless great performances over the decades. All one has to do is research the number of hit records the Helios 69 has appeared on to get a taste of what it brings to the table. Easily one of my favorite tools during the creation process. Much respect to the UA engineers & the Helios team for making this plug-in available.
THE colour I was looking for
Helios 69 has the best colour in the UAD arsenal imho. The preamp in it is actually massive. Uses more dsp than any other plugin’s preamp section. The eq is enough to dial in some minor adjustments or even broad strokes. The overall combination lives on my vocals now. Well done uad.
Sounds like the real deal