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Customer Reviews

Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection

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R. Metelkin

August 31, 2020


I love the texture, the middle, and the punch.

M. Samel

August 26, 2020

So colorful!

Weird & fun, very straightforward and inviting experimentation.

M. Pribble

August 24, 2020

Nice on guitars.

hits that mid range sweet spot and can add crunch if ya want.

M. Malinski

August 23, 2020

For serious Rock tone

This one is for serious guitar sound, as well for drums.
I always use it when I mixing rock

E. Koch

August 22, 2020

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.

E. Koch

August 22, 2020

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..

E. Koch

August 22, 2020

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..

E. Koch

August 22, 2020

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 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..

E. Koch

August 22, 2020

additional thoughts

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.

E. Koch

August 22, 2020

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..

E. Koch

August 22, 2020

Scratch that last review

it uses Allot of DSP

E. Koch

August 22, 2020

i am into this pup now

the DSP on this is really a lite load for what it's certainly worth going over manual, just to lean an EQ in this's getting the front end unison spot on my guitars balanced XLR out.

E. Koch

August 21, 2020

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.

E. Koch

August 21, 2020

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...

E. Koch

August 20, 2020

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?

A. Maire

August 8, 2020

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.

l. parker

August 7, 2020


the Helios stuff is all fat and juicy! I always have the EQ in my mastering chain.

I. Inkilä

August 1, 2020

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!

E. Zambrano

July 29, 2020


Super versatile

C. Kiasi

July 24, 2020

Precise and smooth

Really precise and smooth. Worth trying out the demo for yourself. But Im getting good results.

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