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Line 6 Helix Floorboard Multi-Effects Pedal

 
4.9

(11 reviews)

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The Line 6 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.

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.

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 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.

Get your Line 6 Helix Floorboard Multi-Effects Pedal today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

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Line 6 Helix Floorboard Multi-Effects Pedal
 
4.9

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5.0

Profoundly advanced tonal quality!

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from York, PA

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Deep tonal control
  • Intuitive Interface
  • Updates reveal just how flexible the Helix is

Cons

  • If any, I'd say the price. But its worth it

Best Uses

  • Gigs
  • Home recording
  • Semi-large church setting

Comments about Line 6 Helix Floorboard Multi-Effects Pedal:

Wow!
The tones created from the Helix are simply amazing! While there will be a learning curve, it's really quite...well...intuitive.
Be sure to check out 'Line 6 Helix User Group' over on fb.

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5.0

Does it all

By 

from Los Angeles, CA

Staff Reviewer

Pros

  • Light Weight
  • Portable
  • Versitile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Line 6 Helix Floorboard Multi-Effects Pedal:

      Great look and easy to use. This pedal has a great selection of digital amps and cabinet with the new HX modeling engine. This is a great addition to the guitar player looking for a distinct studio sound.

       
      5.0

      Beautiful Essential Piece of Guitar Gear

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      from Edison, NJ

      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

      • Audio Routing
      • Beautiful Finish
      • External Device Control
      • Great Sounding Effects
      • Midi Control

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Stage
        • Studio
        • Synth Manipulation
        • Tour

        Comments about Line 6 Helix Floorboard Multi-Effects Pedal:

        For a real boutique piece of gear in the Multi Effects Proccessing department, Line 6 unveils a stunning board. In addition to the multitude of high quality effects that faithfully reproduce close to analog tone, the audio routings are astounding! You can even control external devices and allow for MIDI control. Oh, and that display? Imagine you had a VST and you wondered what it would look like if realized as a piece of hardware gear. Line 6 answers this call and does it with the grace and high quality that Line 6 is known for.

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        5.0

        Line 6 Versatility

        By 

        from Los Angeles CA

        Staff Reviewer

        Comments about Line 6 Helix Floorboard Multi-Effects Pedal:

        Line 6 keeps stepping up they game. This is the best sound amp modeler yet. It's supper versatile, letting you play blues, metal, funk and more while keeping adjustments easy and intuitive. A powerful piece of gear in a small package.

        This has been a hands on review by Nathan at Sam Ash Canoga Park.

         
        5.0

        The ultimate Multi-FX board

        By 

        from Edison, NJ

        Staff Reviewer

        Comments about Line 6 Helix Floorboard Multi-Effects Pedal:

        The Line 6 Helix Floorboard does everything. Not only does it have hundreds of different effects you can use that sound amazing, you can set it up as a midi controller for you boutique pedals and save space on the stage. LED screen on the board lays out everything in front of you for ease of use.

         
        5.0

        GREAT UNIT.BEST SOUNDS OUT THERE

        By 

        from CANOGA PK CAL

        Staff Reviewer

        Comments about Line 6 Helix Floorboard Multi-Effects Pedal:

        BEST MULTI FX PEDAL OUT THERE AND A GREAT PICE. THIS IS A HANDS ON REVIEW FROM ROCKIN DAVE AT SAM ASH MUSIC

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        5.0

        Awesome modeler!

        By 

        from Los Angeles, CA

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Accurate Sounds
        • Portable
        • User Friendly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Live Gigs
          • Studio

          Comments about Line 6 Helix Floorboard Multi-Effects Pedal:

          Line 6 has come a long way with their modeling technology and this is their best sounding product yet! It is super simple to tweak and even has its own backpack style carrying bag for fly dates or biking from one gig to the next. Dig it!

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          4.0

          Incredible Multi-effect pedal

          By 

          from Sam Ash Music Ontario

          Staff Reviewer

          Comments about Line 6 Helix Floorboard Multi-Effects Pedal:

          Incredible multi effect pedal! Line 6 has a long tradition of producing awesome guitar effects- this is the newest member of the family. You can digitally recreate all kinds of different amp and cabinet combination, effects and even integrate your own pedals. Sound quality is awesome and its really easy to use.

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          5.0

          Impressive.

          By 

          from Columbus, OH

          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

          • Built Well
          • Great Sound
          • Intuitive
          • Options

          Cons

          • Learning Curve

          Best Uses

          • Live Performance
          • Quiet Jamming
          • Recording

          Comments about Line 6 Helix Floorboard Multi-Effects Pedal:

          As a fan of digital processors, the Helix is one of the better ones on the market. In the under $2000 price range, it is - by far - the best. With any digital processor there will be a learning curve, but the Helix is a fairly easy unit to understand once you understand the basic functions of it. The sound quality is excellent. Many digital processors sound, well, digital. The Helix does a good job of sounding organic. I think it's a great studio piece, or even an excellent gig solution if you're looking to downsize your gigging equipment. Just go direct with the Helix!

          I am an employee at Sam Ash Music in Columbus, OH.

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          5.0

          The Only Multi-Pedal You Need

          By 

          from Canoga Park, CA

          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

          • Does It All
          • Intuitive
          • Realistic Sounds

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • In Studio
            • Touring

            Comments about Line 6 Helix Floorboard Multi-Effects Pedal:

            This is the ultimate Multi-pedal. It really does do it all. Every single sound is exactly spot on to it's analogue gear counterpart. This unit is for very professional musicians who are looking to have all their gear condensed down into a very customizable board. The first time I sat down with this pedal it was almost as if I had used it before. Extremely intuitive and excellent for literally any use, this is the only pedal you'll ever need.

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            Series Helix
            Model Floorboard Multi-Effects Pedal

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            Amps/Foot Controllers: one year Computer Accessories: 90 days