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
September 17, 2020
Ce preampli est monstrueux ! Il a redonné vie à un Rode NT 1000 et sculté le son d’un tlm 170. Pour des prises de voix ça dégage, je le trouve ALLUCINANT !!!Read More
September 14, 2020
Great for vocals
Puts vocals right where I want them with great tone.Read More
J. López Uribe
September 14, 2020
Rock and Roll
The best colour for any electric guitar; it just adds awesome tonesRead More
September 11, 2020
Punchy, aggressive, and warm tones!
When i got this pre i tried it on my kick and snare just to see how it would sound and man was I not disappointed. I was using another brand's version of the Helios and even a 1073 style...Read More
September 10, 2020
It was love from the first time I tried it on vocalsRead More
August 31, 2020
I love the texture, the middle, and the punch.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
Ce preampli est monstrueux ! Il a redonné vie à un Rode NT 1000 et sculté le son d’un tlm 170. Pour des prises de voix ça dégage, je le trouve ALLUCINANT !!!
Great for vocals
Puts vocals right where I want them with great tone.
J. López Uribe
Rock and Roll
The best colour for any electric guitar; it just adds awesome tones
Punchy, aggressive, and warm tones!
When i got this pre i tried it on my kick and snare just to see how it would sound and man was I not disappointed. I was using another brand's version of the Helios and even a 1073 style plugin (separately) and what this did was married what i was trying to achieve with both of the other plugins in way less time. Its less excited sounding than a 1073 to my ears and it totally worked for adding nice round bottom end to my kick and focusing my snare without adding too much sizzle.
It was love from the first time I tried it on vocals
I love the texture, the middle, and the punch.
Weird & fun, very straightforward and inviting experimentation.
Nice on guitars.
hits that mid range sweet spot and can add crunch if ya want.
For serious Rock tone
This one is for serious guitar sound, as well for drums.
I always use it when I mixing rock
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.
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..
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..
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 immobilized...like 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..
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.
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..
Scratch that last review
it uses Allot of DSP
i am into this pup now
the DSP on this is really a lite load for what it lends....it's certainly worth going over manual, just to lean an EQ in this case...it's getting the front end unison spot on my guitars balanced XLR out.
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.
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...
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?