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
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

      M. Sigmon

      August 18, 2018

      Unique and valuable preamp

      A terrific choice when warmth and punch are required. Some unique EQ functions provide a different perspective on dialing up sounds. Love it!

      M. Hattem

      August 18, 2018

      Nailed it!

      While I also have the 610s and the 1073, when looking for a Unison plugin for tracking, I find myself turning to the Helios more often than not, especially for vocals and bass. But I didn’t truly realize just how well they’d nailed it until I ran a guitar into it and pushed the input gain. Most preamp plugins don’t really get heavy saturation right to my ears (including other Unison plugins), but when I plugged in my Epi Sheraton and cranked the input gain, there was that classic late 60s, early 70s tone (think: Beatles’ “Revolution” and early Zeppelin). That alone would have been enough to justify the plugin for me and is an excellent alternative to using the Deluxe plugin.

      M. Julien

      August 7, 2018

      Excellent sound but unusable.

      It sounds fantastic, but I can't mix with that one unless I have 128 DSP.
      On my Apollo 8 Duo, I can hardly put 4 instances in Unison, but impossible To add a compressor, reverb or tape sim.
      Unusable for me.

      V. WILLS

      July 20, 2018

      Helios® Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection ..... on a deserted island allowed only one plug in .......

      Helios® Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection ..... on a deserted island allowed only one plug in ....... this is my all time first pick ! In Unison with Nueman Mics or even SM57, this is the warm, punchy saturated tone of so many great recordings. Big thanks for this one.

      R. Cambrin

      July 16, 2018

      I quite like this one actually!

      I kind of waited until I could afford it and did not hesitate when it came in a my target price. It is a weird pre-amp to begin with with it config but it gets these sounds that I have been looking for since I started all the UAD stuff and new tricked out rig thing.
      To put it in short form , the plugin replaces at least 3 others to get the same sound and does it faster.
      I have only had it for a few days and like all the recent releases that I have bought , I knew I wanted it right away.
      I think the new stuff has been great and although I wish I could buy it all, the Neve preamp, SSl buss and this one have brought me closer to the sounds I hear in my head.
      With a good mastering studio and mastering engineer the results are first rate.
      PS I don't believe in mindlessly giving 5 stars to everything.
      Its like saying Awesome all the time. Eventually it loses it's meaning.
      So here is my rating....I like it "a lot"!
      I guess I also believe in using mastering engineers which will also irk a ires.

      M. Hernandez

      July 16, 2018

      Agressive harmonics and Eq with a real Vintage tone

      Taste it! The middle frequency and the aggressive preamp is all the things that you need to make a great sound with a vintage flavor on drums, guitars and bass, is for everything but if you need a quickly response on a Plugin, this is one of the best options for you!

      UAD User

      July 14, 2018

      Helios Type 69 Preamp and Eq Collection

      This preamp has a unique sound that is all its own. Throw it on anything to give it character and vibe. It gives your mixes a musical flare. Well done.

      m. łuczak

      July 13, 2018


      super drive

      UAD User

      July 11, 2018

      Great eq

      Love to throw this on vocals it really shines

      m. schooltink

      July 10, 2018

      Helios Preamp and EQ Collection

      top pre/eq great response rich mid range .

      L. Alin Gabriel

      July 9, 2018


      With this one something has happened regarding emulation. It sounds marvelous with it just turned on.The eq is perfect. Excellent job.

      S. Bacic

      July 8, 2018

      It works great but almost unusable in the mix to me

      If I knew that DSP usage for UAD Quad is 18% I would never buy this plugin. Yes! It sounds great but use too much DSP power to use it in the mix.

      K. Takeuchi

      July 6, 2018

      Exciting Mid-Low

      Mid-Low range simply gets magic through it! I often use it for vocal, guitar, drums, etc. where I would like to add some extra power to.

      R. Gonzalez Yanel

      July 6, 2018


      El previo unison suena súper bien. La eq es muy musical. Me encanta

      R. Gonzalez Yanel

      July 5, 2018


      Utilizado como Unison le da una saturacion genial al sonido. La eq es muy musical.

      J. Mage

      July 3, 2018

      The missing link

      Yeah; when pushed, this thing saturates in exactly that classic way I've been looking for. That grit that you hear on classic Led Zepp... Henrix...I mean it really gets there. Only drawback is that it's a huge CPU hog. Need more processors! Eq is also extremely musical!!!

      L. Leonard

      July 2, 2018

      This is awsome

      Helios's micpre add some warmth & punch,then EQ especialy lowend is so nice for Kick and Bass.

      G. Girard

      July 1, 2018


      esse plugin eh chique dimais

      G. Girard

      July 1, 2018


      esse plugin eh chique dimais

      Y. SHIMURA

      June 27, 2018