Helios® Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection
Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection
Punchy, aggressive, and warm tones!
When i got this pre i tried it on my kick and snare just to see how it would sound and man was I not disappointed. I was using another brand's version of the Helios and even a 1073 style plugin (separately) and what this did was married what i was trying to achieve with both of the other plugins in way less time. Its less excited sounding than a 1073 to my ears and it totally worked for adding nice round bottom end to my kick and focusing my snare without adding too much sizzle.
It was love from the first time I tried it on vocals
I love the texture, the middle, and the punch.
Weird & fun, very straightforward and inviting experimentation.
Nice on guitars.
hits that mid range sweet spot and can add crunch if ya want.
For serious Rock tone
This one is for serious guitar sound, as well for drums.
I always use it when I mixing rock
i think just fix the "-dB 50"
and fixing that ^ should create enough room to spread the sections, by a mostly imperceptible amount, but enough to subliminally define the sections from one annother.
if anything, minimal GUI tweaks..
sometimes just the most minute positional shift of graphic, or parameter control, can make something click in someone's mind where otherwise they would be floundering in a bath of uncertainties..
if UA could strike a balance between new Type 69 user intelligibility, and veteran aesthetic appreciation, i think that would be best...
but i do think graphical improvements are in line..
Oh...i know what it was !!!
the the reason the Mid bad was " Very" confusing, was the ill-definition between the EQ sections...that's what it was....beyond that, it would have been only slightly confusing i think..
i want to explain this while it's still fresh in my mind..
because it is like that....
once you understand it, it's not that bad....
but but before you understand it you looking at it immobilized...like i can't even turn knobs because i have no idea what i am doing..
starting with the bass, because that the worst....
1 ) the top is a bell boost / the bottom is a shelving cut
2) the top gradients are in Hz / the bottom gradients are in dB
3 ) that "50" = Knee Frequency
now the 10Khz shelf only needs something to show it is a shelving filter...and maybe that's ok how it is....but the descriptors are too close to the gain section
the mid was very confusing...
and i can't explain why now.....i don't know what happened there..
once you understand the Type 69, you realize it is something that is difficult to convey with a silkscreen....ok....with that said, i personally don't think it would be a crime if UA did some tweaks to the original silkscreen, ( eg. move the -dB closer to the end of the bass sheving cut gradient, and move the 50 to the right side and give it an HZ )..( and Hz left of the 400...+ at Hz bell ??? ... maybe some light lines to separate the sections?, or at least one to help set the 10Khz apart from the gain.....once you understand it, it really doesn't seem that bad anymore ...weird.
worth studying the manual.
50"Hz shelfing" not -db...oh my gosh, the original silkscreen is torturous..
but yeah...once you understand it, it mostly makes sense..
it's a premium classic channel strip, with a luxurious character sound, but it needs a lot of DSP... too much DSP for involved signal chains, but worth studying the manual; and leaning what it can do for a source so you know when to go with it...
it would help, if when the 10Khz shelving filter was set to 0dB, it was removed from the DSP load... the mid band is sort of the star of the EQ section...but the pre also has useful character by itself, if you have to switch out the EQ to run the Preamp DSP load..
Scratch that last review
it uses Allot of DSP
i am into this pup now
the DSP on this is really a lite load for what it lends....it's certainly worth going over manual, just to lean an EQ in this case...it's getting the front end unison spot on my guitars balanced XLR out.
i know this is a great pre/eq
but i haven't logged much time with it because the EQ section is so confusing to me i just grab something else....i am sure the EQ makes sense to people who already understand it, but do they remember the first time they saw it, and not understanding it???
i have to sit down with the manual, just to run the EQ....i am serious.
ok, i will give it five stars..
but it's only because i haven't read the manual on it to figure out how to run the cryptic EQ....
i guess you have made the grade until you can actually understand the Helios 69 EQ section...
is it wrong to rip on a classic?
it's not the pre that got the star down, and it's not the sound....
but i just look at the EQ on this thing, i scratch my head and look at it again...
what am not getting here?...if i ever figured the EQ out, the next time i went to tweak it it would be the same thing...
what am i supposed to do? twist knobs like a blind person until it sounds good?
Crunchy Saturation, Amazing on Drums
I saw mick gordon using this plugin in his drum chain on his livestream and had to try it myself. This plugin can add a whole new level of aggressiveness to drums, guitars, synths, honestly anything. I don't think theres anything natively that sounds as good when pushed hard as this preamp sim. A must have.
the Helios stuff is all fat and juicy! I always have the EQ in my mastering chain.
The sound of rock n roll
The Helios definitely adds that special something heard throughout the good old Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones records. I can't recommend it enough!