In June 2015 Line 6 announced their new Multi-effects processor Helix. Helix will be available as a floor pedal and rack version, both with the same audio and control capabilities. For the Helix rack version an optional foot controller will be available.
Line 6 claims Helix to be a giant leap forward in guitar processing. The so called HX modeling engine in the Line 6 Helix uses dual-DSP processing to to create a level of realism that weren’t previously attainable from modeling. It is reputed to accurately recreate the dynamic feel of tube amplifiers.
Highlights of Line 6 Helix
- Dual DSP-powered HX modeling engine
- four discrete stereo signal paths
- 45 amps
- 30 cabs
- 16 mics
- 70 effects
- 8-In/8-Out USB Audio Interface
- imports third-party 1024/2048 cab impulse responses (Cab IRs)
- 12 capacitive-sensing footswitches with multi-color LED rings
- hands-free Pedal Edit mode
- Customizable scribble strips
- 6.2″ 800×480 pixel display
- Helix $1,499
- Helix Rack $1,499
- Helix Control $499
Helix will be available in autumn 2015.
For more information about Helix visit the Line 6 Website at www.line6.com/Helix.
I’m using Line 6 gear since the first POD (Bean) came out and had almost every version of them (XT, XT Live, X3). At the time I’m using the HD500. Even if the Helix isn’t considered to be a replacement of the HD500 or HD500x, I’m very interested in how it sounds and feels and it’s capabilities. I will probably write a few more articles about it. So please stay tuned and check back on a regular basis.
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