Helios® Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
“Helios is responsible for many of the best sounding albums of the 70s. Its mic preamp and EQ are bright, open, and aggressive sounding without being harsh. I love using it on snare drums and acoustic guitars.”
– Joe Chiccarelli (Jason Mraz, Beck, The Strokes, Morrissey)
“The new Helios Type 69 plug-in is killer. It captures the colorfully unique and musical EQ, and Unison technology emulates all the crunchy cool of the mic pre.”
– Jacquire King (James Bay, Kings of Leon, Tom Waits)
“The UAD Helios Type 69 brings new and exciting texture to any source. I love using the Mic mode to crunch guitars. Just fabulous! ”
– Vance Powell Jack White, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs
Watch The Reviews
May 21, 2020
Admittedly it is a bit of a DSP eater, but this is undoubtedly one of my favorite EQ's for guitars (acoustic and electric) and drums, or anything needing affirmative midrange presence or...Read More
May 19, 2020
Rock n roll
It has a strong character that brings in the unique aggression that says rock n roll. Not as flexible as other unison plugs, but once it works it rocks the hell out of my recording.Read More
May 4, 2020
Charming character to vocals!
Thought I would give it a try and recorded some vocal tracks with the Helios 69 plug-in and was like wow!! You’ll love this worth every penny :~)Read More
May 2, 2020
Love this plug-in! Quick and easy to dial in the classic vintage rock sound for vocals!Read More
April 29, 2020
This pre is amazing, instant 60s sound that works amazing on every track, also very musical eq, I really love this preRead More
April 25, 2020
Coming from a full analog studio and using the physical hardware I was a little concerned however UA did their job flawlessly. Well done.Read More
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
Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection
Admittedly it is a bit of a DSP eater, but this is undoubtedly one of my favorite EQ's for guitars (acoustic and electric) and drums, or anything needing affirmative midrange presence or bite without harshness. Great job!
Rock n roll
It has a strong character that brings in the unique aggression that says rock n roll. Not as flexible as other unison plugs, but once it works it rocks the hell out of my recording.
Charming character to vocals!
Thought I would give it a try and recorded some vocal tracks with the Helios 69 plug-in and was like wow!! You’ll love this worth every penny :~)
Love this plug-in! Quick and easy to dial in the classic vintage rock sound for vocals!
This pre is amazing, instant 60s sound that works amazing on every track, also very musical eq, I really love this pre
Coming from a full analog studio and using the physical hardware I was a little concerned however UA did their job flawlessly. Well done.
I own some truly great analog preamps. The one that would be impossible to get is this one. The plugin is astonishing. I use this every time I track guitars. Tons of analog voodoo.
r. loyola Perez
simplemente increible !!!!!
Sounds like baby cherub angels
Preamp with attitude
I think one of the most important plugin/hardware in musicproduction is the pre amp.
The Helios Type 69 is the most versatile pre amp I ever came across. Superbe.
Great UAD plugin. Just like always makes me feel a little less CPU and more Desk. Love that stuff.
I held out too long, I’ve been going to this more than any of the other unison plugs recently. Has an excellent color to it.
Preamp with presence!
Helios type 69 preamp stands out for its color, although it has several preamps.
Therefore, a certain effect can be expected.
Just passing through this preamp changes the texture of the sound, and I think the equalizer is a pretty good musical equalizer, although it's a bit difficult to handle.
Personally, it's a bit rougher than the Neve 1073 or V76 and has a big texture.
If you touch the fader well, you get a pretty clean texture.
Every plug-in is always a write, so there is no way to use it in any case.
I think it's a preamplifier that shines more in certain situations than in general. (To express a certain presence or texture)
I love very good preamps.
THE rock guitar tone...
It elevates a guitar signal immensely. Adds so much clarity, presence and body. Can’t speak highly enough of this one.
Analog Heaven Helios!
I saw some great reviews the Helios Type 69 and decided to get it. I used it on my unison preamp slots of my twin to track my guitar parts as well as for overheads for my band’s drummer on our new single. Not so only was my mixing engineer impressed by the tones I sent him but the band couldn’t believe it was us playing! It adds all the vintage harmonics you love from your classic rock tunes along extreme clarity and warmth. I 100% recommend it!
One of the most useful channel strip emulations
Great and irreplaceable on guitars and some drums, Helios EQ brings joy and happiness when tracking or mixing rock band. Apart from some other rather soft sound shapers this is a strong tool for bringing upfront chosen signal by well shaped EQ and some dirtiness.
I love this Preamp. EQ is easy to use and super musical. Currently my go to Preamp. I made a spotify playlist using the list of recorded albums from the manual and it's chock full of heavy hitters. Pretty cool IMO.
No name HERO
very good sound！！
Adds a lot of sweet texture to the signal and has become one of my favourites.