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    Line 6 Helix Floorboard Dual DSP Audio Engine Guitar Processor

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    Product Description

    Real. Smart. Control.
    Helix is a new kind of guitar processor: it’s not only a tour-grade multi-effect pedal that sounds and feels authentic, it’s also the most comprehensive master controller for guitar systems ever built. Start by recreating the tones in your head with the new HX modeling engine—the new amps, cabs, mics, and effects will feel familiar to anyone who has ever spent time in the studio getting the best guitar sounds from both vintage and modern gear.

    Have a pile of oddball pedals that you rely on for your personal sounds? No problem. Take advantage of the most comprehensive I/O and routing capabilities ever built into a multi-effect and easily integrate them into the Helix environment. Once connected, create custom setups and footswitch labels that make your external pedals feel like they’re all under the hood.

    And now with new Helix 2.0 firmware, you get additional models and features that deepen the Helix experience. Whether you spend your time in the studio or on the stage, Helix is the next-generation guitar processor you’ve been waiting for.

    Line 6 Helix Floorboard Dual DSP Audio Engine Guitar Processor Features

    • Helix 2.0 Firmware is here—download it free now at
    • 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
    Real Tone
    It feels and sounds like your analog gear. When it comes down to authentic sound and feel, Helix represents a giant leap forward for guitar technology. The dual-DSP engine provides massive power to accurately recreate the dynamic feel of tube amplifiers, not just their sonic fingerprint. Each stage of an amp’s circuit has been measured and matched back to the original, so that each model reacts and interacts just like the real thing. This level of dynamic circuit detail extends into areas like power supply ripple, individual tube sag, and control over B+ voltages. Once these elements are captured, you get classic bloom and gooey compression on some amps, and a powerful gut punch on others. Additionally, you can load custom impulse responses to personalize your rig setup. 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.

    Smart Interaction
    So intuitive you already know how to use it. Massive power traditionally comes with a steep learning curve, but Helix challenges that way of thinking. Touch-sensitive footswitches allow you to select an effect block for editing simply by touching it. In combination, the large 6.2 inch 800x480-pixel LCD display all but eliminates menu-diving and provides the same level of control you would expect from an external editor. Colored LED rings and customizable scribble strips complete the user interface, letting you know what each footswitch is doing at a glance. When it comes to creating tones, Helix is as fast as you are.

    Part of the goal in developing Helix was to allow guitarists to interact with technology in ways that are more intuitive, making the creation of tones easier. This means that—for the very first time—you won’t have to stop playing to tweak a knob. With Pedal Edit Mode, you can edit any parameter you like using your foot: simply select the block that you want to tweak, and its parameters spill out onto the footswitches. Select a parameter, and tweak the value using the expression pedal.

    Giving you the ability to touch a footswitch and quickly tweak parameters or easily assign or learn controllers, Helix is the fastest tone creator of its kind on the planet. But that’s only part of the story—it’s also the most flexible. Helix has FOUR stereo paths per preset, allowing you to design complex routing scenarios for each patch. Creating variations on wet and dry routing schemes is as easy as loading a template or tweaking the joystick, and using the onboard effects models in conjunction with the 4 freely-assignable effects loops means that the tonal possibilities are truly huge.

    Helix 2.0 Firmware
    Helix 2.0 firmware includes the new Snapshots performance feature, enabling you to instantly recall, switch, and control selected elements of your tone within individual presets. Depending on how they’re set up, Snapshots can act as eight variations of the same tone, eight drastically different tones, or any combination thereof—all within the same preset.

    Control of your entire rig
    Integrate and control internal and external devices. As the most advanced guitar processor ever made, Helix can become the nerve center for your entire guitar rig. Easily integrate traditional effects pedals and other hardware into your environment, creating a seamless hybrid rig that incorporates the best of what software and hardware have to offer.

    Helix has the most flexible audio routing ever seen on a guitar processor, thanks to its dynamically allocated DSP. Use the four effects loops to connect four separate pedal chains, or split them up and use them as freely-assignable inputs and outputs. In combination with four stereo paths, this means that you can process multiple instruments at once, send wet and dry signals to different places, and create large integrated systems that take advantage of both digital and analog I/O at the same time.

    When you need to incorporate external devices via MIDI, Helix offers more flexibility than any multi-effect ever. In addition to powerful real time MIDI control, Helix can send up to six separate commands at patch recall that aren’t assigned to a footswitch, which means you can change a patch on a synth, start a sequencer, and turn up a fader on an external mixer, all with one press of a footswitch. Add three expression pedals, CV/Expression out, and external amp switching, and Helix can be the command center for any size rig.

    Finally, Helix 2.0 firmware features new Variax® control enhancements open up new performance possibilities—toggle between two guitar models with a footswitch, control the Variax tone knob with an expression pedal, assign a momentary footswitch to drop D, and more.

    Helix is like no other guitar pedal that you’ve ever seen before. It represents a new way of thinking about guitarists and technology, and it gives creative musicians the tools to quickly recreate the sound they hear their head, without sonic compromise.

    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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    Phone:  818-575-3600 Warranty:  1 Year; G-Port and RiffTrack Package: 90 Days; B-Stock: 90 Days
    John T
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    A bit pricey but worth it - and AMS support is EXCELLENT!
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    What is your opinion of this product?
    I have purchased several Line 6 products over the years, and I was a bit dubious about the claims made in reviews and YouTube videos about the new modeling engine and versatility of the Helix. I waited about a couple of years to see if it lived up to the hype before making my purchase - IT DOES! SO easy to create sounds and import works from others. Programming is very intuitive and much easier than prior footboard units. I have played my Helix through a few amps I have to see how it "plays in the sandbox"; no problems getting the sounds I want. The first unit I received had a couple of issues; I contacted AMS customer service who couldn't have been nicer in replacing the defective unit! NO arguments, no pushback, just the best customer service I have received from a music store! And received follow-up emails to ensure everything was ok! They will continue to be my preferred music store.
    Scott W
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    Best piece of gear I ever bought!
    What is your opinion of this product?
    Truly amazing. You'll never need pedals again unless you're to attached to ones you can't let go. External pedals and amp controls switch perfectly with helix. You can tie them into any patch your creating.
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    Everything a guitarist could need, and ease of use
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    Very Happy with this Purchase
    What is your opinion of this product?
    I was a little nervous buying this - I tried the HD500 a few years ago, and it was OK - not great, and this unit is about 3 times as expensive. I tried other brands (Boss and Zoom), but although some of their effects and sounds were very good, some were just ok, and some were pretty bad. Also, there's always a learning curve with these products - figuring out how to get the sounds you want out of it. My previous solution was buying the individual pedals I wanted for the sound i wanted - but that became a nightmare of loose connections, lack of flexibility (not to mention size and weight). I figured if this sounded almost as good as my pedals, it would be easier to carry around and set up, and a lot more flexible. It turns out that this at least matches the sound from *most* of my pedals (and I'm pretty sure if I invest more time I can tweak those closer) - but I can just put my favorite odd pedals in the effects loops and switch them in and out by preset or by specific buttons.
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    Game Changer!!
    What is your opinion of this product?
    I have a couple Marshall tube amps and 3 Fenders. I was one of those players who wouldn't touch a SS or look seriously at modelers. This thing is different. I use 4 amps set up with a Voodoo splitter and loads of pedals but this can give me the sounds I want without touching cables, it's portable, and it sounds like my tube amps with the pick and finger noise. Not to mention that you can integrate it into your monster setup. My advice, if you buy one more piece of gear, make this that piece. When you get it, install the update first before creating your own presets. Check out both banks of factory presets and the templates for a place to start. If you install the editor on your computer, editing is MUCH easier. Your neighbors will love that you can get that driven power tube sound through headphones or at a reasonable level through an amp or PA (until the band shows up).
    Dustin Merriman
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    What is your opinion of this product?
    This thing puts out amazing tone. Can't wait to try it out this weekend live.
    Doc Montana
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    Just Buy It, It's That Good !!!
    What is your opinion of this product?
    Once I found the correct gain/eq setting on my EVH amp, took out the wireless, found the magic cord to use (Monster Rock), and dialed in the correct Helix output level, I had the sweet spot. It absolutely feels like a tube amp and many if not most of the stock settings nail the amp they emulate. It's built so tough I think a guy could use it as a car bumper in a pinch. My cheaper guitar cables didn't do it justice so spend a few bucks on a good instrument cable like the Monster Rock. Programming is intuitive and make sure you immediately update the firmware with the latest version with the latest update tool. Plenty of YouTube videos to watch on the Helix. It is the best multi effects pedal I have ever had for sure. It's amazing !!! Excellent tone, tube/amp feel, easy programming, tough, love the scribble strips, endless routing possibilities, tons of custom patches available, nails any amp or tone or effect, and can foretell the future (not really) !!!!
    Juan Medina
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    The sad truth
    What is your opinion of this product?
    to start, i have a long great history with modelers, ive personally had time with line 6 pod line 6 spiders line 6 vetta II pv vypyr 30 pv vypyr tube 120h x2 in stereo(current setup) ---sims---- revalver guitar rig bias desktop lepaul plugins nadir ir & redwirez From what i gather, the helix is a huge step up as far as INS/OUTS clean+overdriven sounds UI FX & in deep control but even with post fx, i could'nt get anything better then a pod hd as far as high gain goes, again the clean rock and over driven sounds are spot on and great. and i even like the idea of it being a pedalboard for your tube amp. the reason i purchased the helix was to play good tones late at night, record in a daw at any time, and hoped the amps would be better than my previous experience, but it wasnt, it was on par. A/B my vypyr and helix, and it took almost all the dsp with 2 amps and 2/4 cabs just to get it to sound close for the 5150. in the end for me that wont cut it
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    Wow This is not your father's Line 6
    What is your opinion of this product?
    I had a Kemper and all the amp profiles sounded similar , more or less EQ etc. Another investment for the floor pedal and it seemed way too expensive for the sonic results. The Helix uses the latest Dual Sharc processors and Cirrus a/d converters which are the top of the line and way ahead of Fractal. And you don't need to pay 2 months worth of house payments to get the helix like Fractal ($2400 for the rack). The huge display is amazing with all the info you need to rapidly make your personal tweaks. Construct 4 separate signal paths that could be directed through 4 separate sends and returns. So if you connect for amps,or Pa"s you would have 4 separate sounds. The sounds are better than the Kemper and are infinitely more customized to your taste. Now don't even bother opening the manual...You don't need it! This is the most intuitive and well thought out floor unit anyone has ever can even program using your feet and the capacitive foot-switches all have LED
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    I love it. Super easy to use and sounds awesome!!!
    What is your opinion of this product?
    It really is as easy to use as advertised. It sounds great. The display screen beats any other I have seen. This is going to replace my HD500 DT25 rig.
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