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Line 6 Helix Floorboard Dual DSP Audio Engine Guitar Processor

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The Line 6 Helix Floorboard Dual DSP Audio Engine Guitar Processor is a force to be reckoned with. The state of the art guitar processor not only is an authentic feeling, tour-tested multi-effects system, but is also an unrivaled controller for the modern guitarist, period. Fueled by cutting-edge HX Modeling innovation, the Helix reproduces precise vintage and modern sounding amps, cabs, effects and mics, all while maintaining the bona-fide sound and feel of the original models.

The Helix offers the most impressive I/O and routing capabilities ever built into a multi-effects device. What does that mean for you? You can now seamlessly integrate your existing pedal-rig, and personal sound settings into the Helix. You’ll have full control of all your external pedals using the custom setups and footswitch labels, creating your own unique sound.

With the new Helix 2.0 firmware, you’ll be able to add new models and more features that expand upon the Helix experience. Whether you’re a studio musician, touring side-man, or just a gear enthusiast- The Line 6 Helix Floorboard is a monster processor that will inspire your best playing time and time again.

Line 6 Helix Floorboard Dual DSP Audio Engine Guitar Processor Features

  • Helix 2.0 Firmware is here—download it free now at line6.com
  • Large color display: 800 x 480 Pixel, 6.2" color LCD
  • Joystick and edit buttons: Select, move, bypass and navigate edit pages with one hand.
  • Scribble Strips: Customize footswitch labels and LED ring colors
  • Capacitive touch footswitches: Touch to select, hold to assign and press to engage
  • Pedal Edit: Hold the Mode switch for hands-free amp and effects editing
  • External Control: Remote control for traditional amps and stompboxes
  • Variax Integration: Instant model and tuning recall, effects control and power for your Variax guitar
  • Dual DSP-powered HX modeling engine with 4 discrete stereo signal paths, 45 amps, 30 cabs, 16 mics and 70 effects
  • Imports 3rd party 1024/2048 cab IR’s (impulse responses)
  • 12 capacitive-sensing footswitches and customizable scribble strips—touch to edit, hold to assign, press to engage
  • Hands-free Pedal Edit mode lays out effect parameters across switches and expression pedal
  • Near-instant footswitch and controller assignment
  • Up to 3 expression pedals, CV/Expression out, external amp switching and deep MIDI control
  • Extensive I/O for seamless integration with your entire rig - 10 inputs 12 outputs (including four fx loops), plus 8-in/8-out USB audio interface
  • AES/EBU, SPDIF and VDI interfaces
  • Industry-leading 123dB of dynamic range on the guitar input, for tremendous depth and ultra-low noise
  • Tour Grade construction
Authentic, Rich Tone
Warm vintage-sounding tubes, analog delay, fat overdriven tones and all the precious analog gear you love, the Helix is a piece of gear that seals the deal for today’s guitarists. The elusive “feel” of tube driven amps becomes a reality via the unique DSP engine of Helix. It’s designed to recreate everything you love about that vintage tube sound, but also delivering the touch. When talking about true amp modeling, the Line 6 Helix is second to none. The team at Line 6 has painstakingly matched each stage of an amp’s circuit back to the original, creating a model that reacts and interacts just like the real thing. The nuances of tube sag, B+ voltage control, and power supply ripple are all there giving you punchy overdrive and juicy compression.

*Helix 2.0 firmware introduces five new amp models based on* the legendary Mesa/Boogie® Mk IV and Marshall® JCM 800, as well as new distortion, EQ, modulation and delay effects.

Intuition
The Line 6 Helix puts to rest that steep learning curve found on other devices, and breaks the traditional mold of other multi-effects boards. The touch-sensitive footswitches allow you to quickly choose an effect block for easy edits, and the 6.2 inch 800x480-pixel LCD display all but eliminates menu-diving - providing precise control that you would expect from an external editor. The user interface is intuitive, smooth and fast. LED rings keep you informed on each footswitch’s patches, and unnecessary fiddling is eliminated. With a quick glance you’ll see that everything is in order so you can focus on playing.

Among the main focuses in developing Helix was to make the interaction between guitarists and technology easier. With Helix, the guitarist won’t have to stop playing to fuss around with buttons. Instead, Pedal Edit Mode, make the expression pedal and footswitches work in unison to tweak the value of any parameter you like. It’s as easy as selecting the block you wish to edit, and letting the expression pedal do the work. The ability to tap a footswitch and tweak parameters on the fly, makes the Line 6 Helix truly one–of-a-kind. Yet if that wasn’t enough, the Helix crushes the competition when it comes to flexibility.

Helix easily sends processed and dry signals, as well as complex routing schemes for each patch, by utilizing its four stereo paths per preset. Thus using the onboard effects models in conjunction with the 4 freely-assignable effects loops make the sonic possibilities nearly unlimited.

Helix 2.0 Firmware
Helix 2.0 firmware includes the new Snapshots performance feature. It is a nifty little feature that enables you to recall, and edit specific elements of your sound inside each preset. Essentially, Snapshots can provide eight variations of the same tone, eight unique tones, or any combination within the same preset.

Control Center
Let Helix become the hub for all of your guitar rig needs. You can now effectively coordinate your old pedals and other equipment into your Helix environment, making a consistent rig that fuses the best of what hardware and software bring to the table. The flexibility of Helix is put to the test when running all four effects loops as pedal chains, or freely assignable inputs and outputs. With four stereo paths you can do everything from processing multiple instruments simultaneously, allocating wet and dry signal paths, and integrate systems that utilize both digital and analog I/O together.

As for MIDI, Helix blows the competition out of the water. With the tap of a footswitch, you can alter synth patches, assign a sequencer, and tweak an external mixer. Incorporating all these external devices is achieved because Helix can send six separate commands at patch recall that are not assigned to a footswitch. Suddenly the Line 6 Helix has become the captain of your rig!

Lastly, Helix 2.0 firmware features Variax® control enhancements. Guitarists can expand their tonal range by switching between multiple guitar models via footswitch, and controlling the Variax tone knob with an expression pedal.

Helix
The Line 6 Helix Floorboard is in a league of its own. It has been designed with the modern guitar player in mind. No other effects pedal bridges the gap between musician and technology quite like Helix. It is a tool that gives the artist the creative flexibility to quickly and effectively recreate the sounds they hear in their heads, sacrificing zero sonic quality.

The new models in Helix 2.0 Firmware Include: 
    New Amp Models
    • Cali IV Rhythm 1, based on* the Rhythm I channel of the Mesa/Boogie® Mk IV
    • Cali IV Rhythm 2, based on* the Rhythm II channel of the Mesa/Boogie® Mk IV
    • Cali IV Lead, based on* the Lead channel of the Mesa/Boogie® Mk IV
    • Line 6 2204 Mod, Line 6 Original based on* a hot-rodded Marshall® JCM® 800
    • Line 6 Fatality, Line 6 Original based on THALL

         New Effects Models
    • Distortion > Wringer Fuzz (Mono, Stereo), based on* Garbage’s special BOSS® FZ-2
    • EQ > Cali Q Graphic (Mono, Stereo), based on* the Mesa/Boogie® Mk IV’s 5-band EQ
    • Modulation > Harmonic Tremolo (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original
    • Delay > Vintage Digital (Mono, Stereo), Line 6 Original
* All product names used herein are trademarks of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Line 6. These trademarks of other manufacturers are used solely to identify the products of those manufacturers whose tones and sounds were studied during Line 6’s sound model development.

Mesa/Boogie is a registered trademark of Mesa/Boogie, Ltd.
Marshall and JCM are registered trademarks of Marshall Amplification Plc.
BOSS is a registered trademark of Roland Corporation.

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Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  818-575-3600 Warranty:  July 12, 2017 Helix warranty: 2 Years for qualifying customers who register a Helix Floor, Helix Rack, or Helix LT processor, or a Helix Control pedal in the United States within the first year of ownership. Customers who already own a Helix product will have a second year added to their current one-year Helix Warranty at no cost: 1 Year on other products; G-Port and RiffTrack Package: 90 Days; B-Stock: 90 Days

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Customer Reviews

Bryan Maples Submitted: 3/5/2019
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This is the baddest unit I have ever used oh, I am in Marshall guy but this thing blows it away
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I play in a cover band, we play three nights a week every weekend,I used to only used Marshall amps but this thing actually blows it away, I highly recommend this to anyone who's a guitar enthusiast looking for that perfect tone,
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Richard Hurley Submitted: 3/5/2019
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Loving this so much!
What is your opinion of this product?
I have to say the tones that come from the Helix will blow you away! I have been searching for this pedal for years. I play in a church Worship team and the sound combinations I can put together with this pedal are endless! you can capture the exact tones and effects of any song you wish quickly. The user interface was easy to use and learn. this pedal gets 100 stars from me, but you only see 5 because the 95 are silent. This pedal is worth so much more than the price! AMS has great payment options to choose from and make it easy to purchase this dream pedal.
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Michael Submitted: 3/5/2019
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What an amazing pedal!
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This pedal is amazing. The amount of options on this thing seems endless which inspires hours of fun. It is great for Church worship. Dont hesitate and get one today!
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Noah Submitted: 3/5/2019
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Gear aside, customer service was best!!!
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I love the helix, awesome machine for sure. It'll be everything I ever need to continue my path with the guitar, but what's even better is the AMS experience, the easy payments, and the customer service that comes with it is second to none.
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Thunder John Submitted: 3/5/2019
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What’s left to be said...?
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I was a little skeptical at first. I’ve always been a pedalboard into a tube amp kind of guy. I’ve never been a fan of the Line 6 digital amp stuff. But when the Helix first came out, I was a little intrigued. My biggest reservation was how the amps would sound. I assumed that they would sound like a cheap, digital copy of the amp they were trying to imitate. I had a friend get one not too long after they came out. I was running FOH for a church and he plugged in and I was completely blown away. He asked how it sounded. I was honest and told him that it sounded better than his normal guitar rig. Finally, back in December, I took the plunge. And after almost four months of having it, I couldn’t be happier. And after discovering IRs, it’s been no looking back. I still have my pedals and tube amps. But I haven’t used them in the four months that I’ve had the Helix. Good job, Line 6. You can make even THIS purist consider digital.
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Kenny W Submitted: 2/26/2019
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Everything a gigging guitarist could ask for!
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As a Country/Alt-Country musician, I was hesitant at first. Line 6 has a reputation in our community of being more for rock & metal. When the Helix came out, a friend who plays pop/r&b kept telling me the board had great cleans so I decided to give it a look. The price might make you scroll right past the product, but if you look into the products capabilities, you’ll realize you get what you pay for. As guitarist we’re always searching for tones, and the Helix seems to have a limitless amount. Yes even for a country guitarist. While most of the built in presets I’ll never use, the ability to build your own presets is remarkably easy. One of the bests parts about the Helix is no amp is required! For smaller gigs, I am able to show up to venues with my guitar, Helix, and cables; plug into the PA and play. If you’re a player looking to consolidate pedals and save your back from lugging heavy amps, this is the perfect product!
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Bran Submitted: 2/22/2019
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Been waiting 20 years for this!
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Let's face it, Line 6 products just sound awesome. They always have. What makes this unit the Holy Grail for me is the usability and programmability. I spent years with the HD500 looping live, and wishing there were better ways to get performances done. The Helix has taken all of my "what if"s and "if only"s and turned them all into reality. The processing power and routing capabilities alone are things of my old dreams. Add to that the Variax integration and I/O options, and I'm in heaven. I can go from a solo acoustic/vocal/looping gig to a wedding/jazz/pop gig literally in SECONDS! I don't have to switcth wires or guitars or cabs or mics... As if the 2 independent stereo streams aren't enough, I can create snapshots, so I can go from a Semi hollow, dry, jazzy Twin to an echoed, chorused out 80's Strat lead by hitting ONE BUTTON... There is literally no gig I cannot (easily and enjoyably) do now. But not just just do. No extra setup, no extra guitars or stand or mics... I get to think less and play more. I set up a patch with my headphones, plug into my 2 FRFR speakers, and I'm rolling. (Soundmen also love that my rig does their job for them) I'll never miss my Twin or Soldano stack again. That's just the live side. As an avid composer and home recorder, again, the Helix has answered many soundcard prayers. I have yet to hear a single glitch in recording/playback after 2 months of daily use. Latency is terrific, and routing capabilities are dreamlike, enabling easy reamping, not only for guitar tracks, but any intrument or vocal track... Funny thing is, I have thousands of dollars of vst plugin effects installed, and I use the FX in the Helix 70% more often than those. This is a beautiful beast in so many ways! Basically, we have computers to make our lives and jobs easier. Now, guitarists/musicians have a computer to make theirs better as well... My main concern now is for Line 6. Where do you go from near perfection??? Thank you Line 6 for the Helix! And, thank you AMS for many years of wonderful customer service and incredibly fast, safe shipping.
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Thomas Mitchell Submitted: 2/20/2019
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Sound randomly goes out
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The tones on the Helix, when it functions are amazing. However the Helix randomly loses all output to the lxr and 1/4 jacks. Because of this the item is useless and I can’t trust it for use in worship services (it failed even with a reset 10 minutes ago after performing flawlessly during rehearsals).
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Pedro Rodriguez Submitted: 2/4/2019
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Enjoy it really happy with my purchase.
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Really good pedal it's worth every penny.
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Gibson_fan Submitted: 2/3/2019
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Great for gigging musicians!!
What is your opinion of this product?
I had a really hard time justifying the cost of this rig at first. I thought it would be a lot like other multi effects units I had bought before and I would just end up selling it. I WAS SO WRONG! More and more venues are going the route of low to no stage volume and this fits the bill. The amp models may not be quite spot on but most people in the audience don't know or don't care. What is great about this unit is I can go into a venue and feed the FOH my left and right xlr outs and the tone I want is always there! The speaker cabs that come with this sound fairly good, however, the Helix comes alive when using IR's! It's great to be playing a Plexi through a 4x12 greenback cab and then switch presets and hear the roar of a Rectifier through a Mesa oversized cab with V30's. If I had it to do all over again I would. It is a great investment for the working musician. This review is not about how the unit sounds (great) or all the effects and routing options and amp sims because others have already covered that. This is to tell all the home recording artists and gigging musicians that this really is the way to go. Through this on the floor and feed the FOH the XLR outs and you have a 5 minute setup time! Add in IEM'S and you have a great setup for the gig!
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