The Line 6 Helix Rack is a truly modern studio guitar effects processor with next generation, dual DSP processing and all the IO a gear addict could need.
Winner of Guitarist Magazine's Gear of The Year 2016 "Best Multi-Effects Award"
Helix Rack delivers an amazing workflow for your recording studio or installation effects setup. Browse presets and tweak effortlessly with the LCD display and smart controls. Hundreds of effects and amps, modeled down to the component level, whether it's distorting transistors, vibey photocells or funky wah inductors. All of Line 6's experience of recreating the classics and inventing whole new sounds has gone into HX engine.
Nail your perfect tone with next gen DSP processing that replicates every nuance of the greatest amps in existence. Integrate the Helix Rack into an existing setup or sack the roadie and get it all in the HX engine.
Line 6 Helix Rack Key Features:
- Tour-grade multi-effect guitar processor
- Output for Helix Control floor controller
- Dual DSP-powered HX modeling engine
- 45 amps, 30 cabs, 16 mics, and 70 effects
- Editing workflow can be mastered incredibly quickly
- 6.2" 800 x 480 LCD display
- 10 inputs, 12 outputs (including four effects loops)
- 8-in/8-out USB audio interface
- Multiple expression pedal outs
- CV/Expression out
- External amp switching
- XLR input
- S/PDIF, AES/EBU, and L6 Link digital outputs
While the Helix can be controlled by any MIDI device you get instant integration and greater depth using the specially designed Line 6 Helix Control board.
Massive power traditionally comes with a steep learning curve, but Helix Rack challenges that way of thinking. 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. When it comes to creating tones, Helix Rack is as fast as you are.
Speed up your editing with Helix Control
Helix Rack can be controlled by almost any MIDI-capable device, but adding Helix Control gives you the same innovative capabilities found in the floor based Helix, and 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 Helix Control footswitches. Select a parameter, and tweak the value using one of three optional expression pedals.
Helix Rack with Helix Control 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 Rack 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.
Control of your entire rig
As the most advanced guitar processor ever made, Helix Rack 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 Rack 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 Rack offers more flexibility than any multi-effect ever. In addition to powerful real time MIDI control, Helix Rack can send up to six separate commands at patch recall that aren't assigned to a connected 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 patch recall. Add AES/EBU digital I/O, Wordclock sync, support for three expression pedals, CV/Expression out, and external amp switching, and Helix Rack can be the command center for any size rig.
Helix Rack represents a new way of thinking about guitarists and technology, and gives creative musicians the tools to quickly recreate the sound they hear their head, without sonic compromise.
February 3, 2017Read Article
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