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

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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.

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      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

      (78 reviews)

      J. Weaver

      May 21, 2018

      Soooo good!!

      Just inserting this on a channel makes whatever better.

      M. Rom

      May 19, 2018

      Mid heaven.

      I liked the eq from the beginning. With the addition of the pre-amp and Unison capabilities, I can emulate the Rolling Stones Mobile Unit. The eq is made for guitars, in my humble opinion. Acoustic or electric, just placing it on the track or the incoming signal makes a difference. Tweak the mids and stuff just comes alive. Play with it, you won't be disappointed.

      I. Gang

      May 18, 2018

      It is the best sound. It seems to be using the original hardware. Thank you for your choice of many.

      It is the best sound. It seems to be using the original hardware. Thank you for your choice of many.

      G. Gamiz

      April 28, 2018


      I like the pre and the Hi-frequencies

      P. Mata Rodriguez

      April 26, 2018

      Excellent vintage sound

      Excellent vintage sound, easy to use and very easy to find a good sounding setup

      P. Moshay

      April 18, 2018

      didn't know this until i demo'd it, now i love it

      its amazing how fast you can fall in love with something like this..... its far from any other channel strip and so inspiring to use! Just about everything can sound much better with this channel strip. The eq make sounds JUMP out of the speakers!

      R. Kallinger

      April 15, 2018

      Helios Type 69

      I am a recording reggae artist. Ever since i started recording i did the recording editing and mixing of my vocals myself. Helios caught my attention cause it was used for some Bob Marley Productions. I had NO idea of how much this thing would take my vocals on another level. I am super happy i bought it! 100% worth it. crunchy edgy crystal clear vox. Definitely what my vocals needed.
      Greetings from Vienna (Austria)


      April 14, 2018


      Adds a nice weight and color to everything I ran through it. It does what it does..... REALLY WELL.


      April 14, 2018


      Adds a nice weight and color to everything I ran through it. It does what it does..... REALLY WELL.

      T. Kirby

      April 5, 2018

      Vintage delight

      This has quickly become my favourite channel strip for vintage warmth. Beautiful on acoustic guitar.

      A. Snow

      April 4, 2018


      This is the real deal. One of my favorites from UA. It adds real depth and gives the recording a special something.

      T. Liljegren

      April 3, 2018

      Totally amazing!

      Perfect for almost everything. A must-have!

      j. elliott

      April 1, 2018

      a major step.

      i just keep falling deeper and deeper for this new helios. saturation is great and it can get downright nasty if pushed hard, the eq is real musical too. totally worth the upgrade.

      D. Chonka

      March 29, 2018


      Just when I thought the pallet of unison preamps could not be more satisfying, out comes the helios, a perfect addition. Clean and transparent yet rich and stylish, satisfies my need for vintage grit and bite and yet allows for a very honest and clear sound on a diverse range of instruments and voicings. It is an obvious rock god but I was blown away by how amazingly well the Helio sounded tracking a brass quintet as well, nothing but goodness here!
      Thanks UAD!
      A +++++

      G. Twydell

      March 23, 2018


      I have been a huge Helios fan for a while now. Strangely enough i was thinking i wonder when this will update the old plugin with a new unison preamp version very recently... and well here we go! Chuffed with the result. Love the sound!

      C. Barrett

      March 22, 2018


      YEP! This does rock! :) I mean.. wow, vibe galore! Me like.

      W. Slaughter

      March 22, 2018

      Favorite Track Plugin

      I own almost everyone of the unison console plugins and this is my favorite! Not that the others are subpar by any means and they ALL have their place but.... it this has a creamy gooey sound that goes right with my Kemper that is easy asscesable and I have even stopped playing for a second and thought... Damn! My sound is badass!! I am very they satisfied here!!! Great job UAD :)

      H. Zhao

      March 22, 2018

      介于4-5之间 还是打了5星

      很好的捕捉了人声中细腻的部分 只是10K以上的高频增益点需要更加细化分布

      A. Beckman

      March 20, 2018

      Oh my midrange

      I've been using the 610 and the 1073 a lot, but this is a whole new beast. The mix circuit in particular can create some insane tones! It can put out some really brutal overdrive-y tones as well for heavier sounds. Great for anything with lots of midrange

      M. Miller

      March 18, 2018

      Another classic brought to life by UAD!

      Great job UAD. This upgrade is quickly becoming one of my favorite goto tools for vocals, bass, and drums! Awesome!!!