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    Axe-fx Killer? Line 6 Releases Helix

    If this new amp and effects modeling process sounds as good as it looks and reads on paper .... I predict a price change with respect to the so-called high end processors (Fractal/Kemper etc).




    Line 6, Inc. today unveiled Helix, their new flagship tour-ready guitar processor. Helix represents a giant leap forward in guitar processing, as well as a new way of thinking about guitarists and their relationship to technology. Every hardware and software component has been meticulously designed and works together to accurately recreate the dynamic feel of tube amplifiers and lush sonic footprint of classic effects pedals.


    The breakthrough HX modeling engine uses dual-DSP processing to deliver a level of realism that hasn’t been previously attainable from modeling, and brings along with it an entirely new playing experience.


    “Helix is the start of a new chapter in the way guitarists relate to technology,” said Marcus Ryle, Line 6 President. “Line 6 has spent over twenty years refining and evolving modeling technology. With Helix, we’ve created a next-generation platform with all-new HX models that are the culmination of all our past experience. We are confident that Helix will sound and feel amazing to both analog purists and tech savvy players alike”.



    With 12 touch-sensing footswitches, each with a multi-color LED ring and dedicated graphic display, plus a large color LCD and a revolutionary hands-free editing mode, Helix sets a new standard for making tremendous power astonishingly easy to use. Add in professional MIDI and hardware control capabilities and four assignable effects loops, and it’s also the most comprehensive master controller for guitar systems ever built.


    Helix will be available as a floor pedal and rack version, with the same audio and control capabilities. To bring the touch sensitive footswitches and display capabilities of the pedal board version to Helix Rack, there will also be an optional foot controller.



    Pricing & Availability
    The Helix floor pedal will begin shipping at the end of summer 2015 and will have an MSRP of $1,499. The rack version MSRP $1,499 and foot controller MSRP $499 will be coming later in the fall. All models will be available through select dealers worldwide.



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    Re: Axe-fx Killer? Line 6 Releases Helix

    Video Demo of Line 6 Helix

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    Re: Axe-fx Killer? Line 6 Releases Helix

    Detailed Dem of Line 6 Helix

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    Re: Axe-fx Killer? Line 6 Releases Helix

    Looks interesting for sure... I'm really enjoying the Fractal FX8. I'm a tube amp guy and the FX8 is really just great effects for a tube amp without all the amp modeling stuff.
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    Re: Axe-fx Killer? Line 6 Releases Helix

    Are you using the FX8 in the loop?

    Any tone suck?

    I sold my Axe-Fx 2 and with the intention of buying the new Axe-FX 2 XL. Doing some larger gigs and it makes sense to start going through FOH on those gigs and just using my combo on the smaller shows.

    However .. looking at this unit ... I need to wait until I hear some quality clips -- Line 6 checked off all the boxes in my book.

    If they did a good job on the modeling (DSP wise it has the same HP as the upcoming Axe-FX floor unit) -- then I am in (could end end up saving almost $1,600- 1,800 with discounts vs a fractal purchase).


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    Looks interesting for sure... I'm really enjoying the Fractal FX8. I'm a tube amp guy and the FX8 is really just great effects for a tube amp without all the amp modeling stuff.
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    Re: Axe-fx Killer? Line 6 Releases Helix

    New Sean Halley Helix demo. Fractal HQ has to be crapping in its pants

    The Line 6 Helix so far sounds amazing.


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