Helios® Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection
Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection
My favorite unison preamp for vocals
When I bought the apollo twin I wanted it for the Neve unison plugin on my vocals. I decided to test them all before I make my final decision and the helios was the clear winner for me on vocals. But what I didn't know is that I would use this baby almost on anything. Use it on your acoustic guitars tracking, on your DI bass or with the Ampeg plugin and even try to put it on your electric guitars this plugin is simply fantastic. I would be using the apollo twin for this plugin alone!!
Great on everything!
I own all the unison preamps but this one gets the most use. Love it in combo with all my mics, but especially with the Townsend Labs L22. Great on guitars and bass. Can thicken just about anything up and the distortion is fabulous.
Mr Awesomeness Type 69
I really like this preamp. Will I get another $50 discount code for my best review ever? :)
Superb, use it all the time
I haven't used the original hardware, so I cannot write a comparative review.
I'll just say this: Helios Type 69 has proved invaluable, and it has been a pleasure to use since I purchased it a few months ago.
I have used it mainly on DI bass, ahead of an instance of LA-2, then into Ampeg SVTVR; with that recording chain, I'm achieving some of the most satisfying recorded bass sounds I have ever managed in 30 years of studio work, and with very little effort. That's important; I don't want to spend time playing with dials when the creative mood strikes... everything needs to be fast and intuitive, and in service of the process.
From Helios, I hear warmth, vitality, dimension. It's pretty easy to use if you spend a few minutes with the manual first.
It really helps electric bass sit in the mix. The other rave reviews here don't surprise me at all. Treat yourself; this one sounds special.
Haven’t really had much time with the Type 69 but I did get some very thick and juicy flavours with a simple valve mic and my old 80s Taka acoustic and it didn’t take much mucking around either. Lots of colour lots of growl. I can see many sessions in my new Helios virtual studio!
V. De Puydt
Warmth and shine
One of my first choices for recording voices. Adds warmth, grain but still clear and precise. I love it.
It’s awesome !
one of the best unison pre amplifiers
Ottimo su molte sorgenti ma sulle chitarre è veramente fantastico, anche la versione legacy rende molto bene. Consigliato.
For me, this plug-in is an essential part of an electric guitar track.
Easy to use.
Sounds great with little work.
The best guitar preamp
I record my electric guitars by plugging my Fender Deluxe reverb tonemaster directly from its line out to the Hi-Z of the Apollo.
It already sounds great, but with The Helios in Unison the tone gets really professional. Adds grain and character to every guitar and allows to cut unwanted frequencies and boost what needs to be boosted. A must have !
L. Tian Siung
Simple and nice
Use it with guitar recording, sounds great!
As soon as I turn this preamp on in unison it brings the guitars and pretty much everything to another level.
o. martinez lopez
Sound of legend
I use this a lot when I want some fuzzy bass or guitar or even vocals. It has a super analog sounding distortion that sounds so good. Not to mention it has enough gain to power my sm7b without any inline amplification. I also will turn the input down and the output up for some clean acoustic guitar, plus the eq helps with any boomy sounds. Don’t underestimate this one.
Great on acoustic guitar
My favourite pre for tracking acoustic guitar. Very clean and musical. Even helps makes a DI acoustic sound (halfway) decent.
What a pre!!
My go to unison!