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. Edwards

      April 19, 2019

      Incredible sound!

      Great sounding unison plugin!

      M. Filowitz

      April 19, 2019

      Helios Type 69 Preamp

      This is an awesome sounding preamp!!! Great job again UA.

      M. Altieri

      April 18, 2019

      Fantastic

      ... big sound Warm and open use more dsp but the sound is right ... Try it

      I. Papagiannidis

      April 17, 2019

      Great highs great saturation when boosted

      Great highs great saturation when boosted!great on cymbals, vocals ,drums. Fantastic job uad you nailed it once again!

      K. Trakz

      April 15, 2019

      No lie........

      The vintage soul is in this plug. I’ve even mixed trap music with this plug and the vocals sit in the mix like butter.

      C. Azarcon

      April 15, 2019

      Awesome plugin!

      really produces excellent sound!

      M. Cawthra

      April 15, 2019

      Unusable, sadly.

      As I use Windows7 and UAD's installer will not correctly install the device drivers for my system, and hasn't been able to reliably achieve this for several upgrades of the plugin installer distributions, I cannot use the plugin I paid for at all. I gather from the forums several users are stumped by certification errors on UAD's installations.

      D. Marais

      April 14, 2019

      Beautiful

      One word... beautiful. Sometimes that’s all there is to say. Thank you, UA.

      J. Casillas

      April 13, 2019

      swiss army

      it is a nice utility for raw rock sound

      R. PETERSON

      April 13, 2019

      GREAT SOUNDING PLUGIN

      JUST USED IT ON A RHODES AND IT WORKED GREAT TO DISTINGUISH IT FROM THE GUITAR TRACK. EASY TO OVERDRIVE SOUNDS FOR MANY PURPOSES. SO MUCH POTENTIAL.

      M. Deal

      April 13, 2019

      A sound off the beaten track

      Makes a nice change from Neve on voice and synths.

      R. Visbal

      April 11, 2019

      Simple Outstanding!!!

      The legacy version rocks, but this is just over the top. Beefy Lows, Shinny Highs, and a lot of Grit. UA has done it once again, this is a must have!!!

      P. Jonsson

      April 11, 2019

      Helios Hype 69

      Just used it on bass and vocals - it has a very unique sound and I am impressed

      R. DEWINDT

      April 9, 2019

      Very nice sound and energy.

      Love the impact that I here comming from my drum bus,I definitely will be
      using further.

      D. van Haarlem

      April 9, 2019

      Wow, on vocals! Haven’t even tried it with guitars, bass and drums ;-)

      Just recorded a lead vocal with Helios, printed it straight from the UAD-console into my DAW; no EQ, just preamp. This one surely has that Mojo en Finesse. Last month’s favorite was the V76, but this one tops them all. No more needed ;-)

      P. Jonsson

      April 7, 2019

      Helios Hype 69

      Just used it on bass and vocals - it has a very unique sound and I am impressed

      I. Batista

      April 5, 2019

      Beautiful sound!

      I love the bouncy lows and the shine of this preamp, it’s a beautiful and special sound. In a perfect world I would like the 10Khz shelf to be 12 or higher, or even better as selectable, but nonetheless it sounds awesome! UA rocks!

      s. bobal

      April 1, 2019

      absolutna jednička

      fantasticki sa da naladit vokalovi hlas

      T. Glosser

      March 25, 2019

      Just Beautiful

      Try the 14 day demo, and you will fall in love with the Helios.

      C. Dennis

      March 24, 2019

      Helios Type 69 Preamp & EQ

      I love this plugin! I was able to dial in a perfect kick drum and snare with all of the color and character you would ever want for a mix. I am uber-impressed and so very glad I bought it. My new go to for drums for sure! I/m looking forward to trying it out on other elements and maybe tracking with it!