Helios® Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection

Helios® Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection

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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

Take a Listen
5-Min UAD Tip
5-Min UAD Tip

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Watch The Reviews

      Key Features

      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

      Customer Reviews

      Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection

      Overall Rating

      J. Davies

      January 13, 2021

      Hellios69 is Just Fine

      I didn’t need or really want another channel strip preamp, but I am glad to mixing with the Helios69 now. I’ve had good results mixing electric guitar, B3 organ and rock vocals. I also like this preamp with an Ampeg B15 for bass. The H69 has a unique sound of it’s own and I use it as much as a Neve, which I also use in Unison for all tracking. I’m really happy with this plugin!

      N. Petitfrère

      January 13, 2021

      Raw and apologetic

      If you need transparency, you might pass on this one, it is in fact so colorful that you might even consider it as an effect that can radically shape your sound in the nicest way,

      Ps: this little guy needs a Softube Console 1 full compatibility

      D. Blues

      January 11, 2021

      I had no experience with the Helios, but it rules.

      Probably the biggest surprise in my Heritage bundle. A very, very nice Preamp and EQ. Looking forward to learning all of the tricks in this one. I got interesting and unique textures from everything I fed into it. Warm and very real sounding. HIghly recommended if you need a fresh jolt.

      G. Funes

      January 11, 2021

      Back in time!

      The best emulation of this channel strip that I heard in the world. A must if you want to get to that 70s rock sound.

      b. zucchetti

      January 9, 2021

      Excellent as everything of UAudio !

      Woow ! i used for emulate a old song style but is great for everything!
      A great big portable studio in my Mac !
      By the time and waiting the right promotion i will buy everythink of UAudio!

      G. Potter

      December 31, 2020

      Has become my go to for drums

      Just has a super warm character that can make anything feel more cozy. The EQ really shines on kick and toms, giving them a round depth that fills your heart with joy.

      N. Rang

      December 28, 2020

      Not great on vocals!

      Not the best on vocals, but I can't complain because I was given it for free.

      J. Markunas

      December 22, 2020

      Beats The Waves Version Hands Down

      The title says it all. This plugin holds true to the original, but UAD emulated out the analog background hiss, which makes it better than the original. If you're doing sludge/classic rock guitar or bass, this is your guy.

      S. Othniel

      December 22, 2020

      My Favourite Preamp

      There is some mojo with this plugin and I love it.

      a. lindsey

      December 17, 2020

      Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ

      Really love this on electric guitar and snare drum. I was hesitant cause I had the legacy but this is really stronger.

      E. Anderson

      December 12, 2020

      Out of nowhere

      I was stuck on another unison plugin that I used for tracking guitars. I saw a YT video with Spanky and Rick Beato using different channels strips. This impressed/inspired me to start testing new things. This channel strip is magical on high gain guitars.

      C. Luebeck

      December 11, 2020

      A must have.

      I absolutely love this plug-in. I want to throw this on everything.

      R. Teles de Menezes

      December 1, 2020

      Pro Sound

      I use this plugin on guitars and basses, it’s just perfect.

      K. Jardine

      November 16, 2020

      Update is up-great!!!!

      The legacy version is killer on guitars, but this new version makes it even better. Don’t sleep on this plugin, the da is amazing.

      R. Martinez

      October 26, 2020

      Awesomeness!

      Simply no words to describe such an amazing and faithful to the original this plugin is and that is a lot to say, taking into consideration the legacy of such a preamp (Helios® Type 69) Highly recommended!

      R. Martinez

      October 26, 2020

      Awesomeness!

      Simply no words to describe such an amazing and faithful to the original this plugin is and that is a lot to say, taking into consideration the legacy of such a preamp (Helios® Type 69) Highly recommended!

      R. Martinez

      October 26, 2020

      Awesomeness!

      Simply no words to describe such an amazing and faithful to the original this plugin is and that is a lot to say, taking into consideration the legacy of such a preamp (Helios® Type 69) Highly recommended!

      T. Delannay

      October 15, 2020

      Pro UAD

      Top produit, Merci UAD.

      b. bensoy

      October 8, 2020

      One of the best emulations of Universal audio

      I think the distortion character is very very good on this one and all other things. I didnt use the real unit but this sounds very authentic for sure and signal changer.

      D. Poznaks

      October 3, 2020

      Warm

      Amazing!!!