Flagship HX Guitar Processors

Helix® Floor and Helix Rack are the flagship guitar processors of the Helix family, offering incredible power, flexibility, and control. HX Modeling uses dual-DSP processing to deliver the nuanced character that exists in the original classics, giving you natural bloom, compression, modulation, and honk on some models, as well as intense gain and breakup in others.

Not only do HX Models sound and feel real, Helix Floor and Helix Rack processors are comprehensive master controllers for your guitar system, with extensive I/O that provides unprecedented flexibility for studio and stage. Touch-sensitive footswitches, customizable scribble strips, and a large color LCD make the user experience faster and more efficient.

HELIX FLOOR

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    • Power Switch

      Just in case you ever stop playing guitar for more than a few hours.

    • AC In

      Connect Helix to a grounded AC power outlet.

    • USB

      Helix also functions as a high quality, multi-in/out, 24-bit/96kHz audio interface for Mac® and Windows® computers, with DI, Re-amping and MIDI functionality built right in. Helix can also record to an Apple iPad (with optional Apple Camera Connection Kit).

    • Exp 2 and 3

      Two additional expression pedals can be connected to Helix and assigned to adjust a wide variety of parameters.

    • Ext Amp 1/2

      Connect to your traditional guitar amp to switch its channels or turn its reverb on and off. Use a TRS cable for dual operation (1=tip, 2=ring).

    • CV/Expression Out

      Connect to the expression pedal input on stompboxes or CV (Control Voltage) input on vintage pedals or synths.

    • Guitar In

      Connect your primary guitar or bass guitar here. This jack provides 123dB of dynamic range, a digitally-controlled impedance circuit, and switchable pad.

    • Aux In

      Connect a secondary, active-pickup equipped guitar or bass here.

    • Mic In

      Plug your microphone in here for processing your vocals or recording to your computer via USB. This XLR jack provides 48V phantom power for studio condenser mics and a variable low cut filter.

    • Sends/Returns 1-4"

      These 1/4” ins and outs can be used as FX loops for inserting external stompboxes into your tone or as additional inputs and outputs for connecting keyboards, drum machines, mixers, and other gear. Helix can process multiple instruments simultaneously, in stereo, with discrete inputs and outputs.

    • Ground Lift Switch

      If you are experiencing hums and buzzes, press this button in to eliminate ground loops between your equipment.

    • XLR Outs

      Use balanced XLR cables to connect to your studio gear or the house mixer, PA or FRFR speaker(s) when playing live. When using a mono playback system, connect only the LEFT/MONO XLR jack.

    • 1/4” Outs

      Use unbalanced 1/4" TS cables to connect to your guitar amp, FRFR speaker(s), studio monitors, or other playback system. When using a single amp or speaker, connect only the LEFT/MONO 1/4” jack.

    • Phones Out

      Connect stereo headphones here; turn the top panel PHONES knob to adjust volume.

    • Variax Input

      This input provides power, digital audio, effects control, and instant recall between Helix and a Line 6 Variax guitar. Imagine pressing a single switch to jump between a hollow body guitar set to DADGAD and a solid body guitar (or banjo!) set to drop C#. Now imagine turning your guitar’s tone knob to control multiple amp and effects parameters. The integration between Variax and Helix is unprecedented.

    • MIDI In, Out/Thru

      Connect Helix to your MIDI gear for sending and receiving program changes, continuous controllers, and other MIDI messages.

    • S/PDIF In/Out

      Digitally connect Helix to your studio equipment via S/PDIF (75-ohm RCA) cables.

    • AES/EBU, L6 Link

      L6 LINK provides easy digital audio connectivity between Helix and Line 6 StageSource monitors and/or DT-Series amplifiers. Alternatively, digitally connect Helix to your studio equipment via an AES/EBU (110-ohm XLR) cable.

    • Power Switch
    • AC In
    • USB
    • Exp 2 and 3
    • Ext Amp 1/2
    • CV/Expression Out
    • Guitar In
    • Aux In
    • Mic In
    • Sends/Returns 1-4"
    • Ground Lift Switch
    • XLR Outs
    • 1/4” Outs
    • Phones Out
    • Variax Input
    • MIDI In, Out/Thru
    • S/PDIF In/Out
    • AES/EBU, L6 Link
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    • Save

      Press this button to rename or save changes made to the preset. Press twice to quick save.

    • Menu

      Press this button to dive a bit deeper into Helix, and you'll find Command Center, Global EQ, Global Settings, and other menus.

    • Preset

      Turn to select presets. Press to open the Setlist view, where you can access up to 1,024 preset locations.

    • Home

      If you ever get lost, press this button to return to the main Home screen.

    • Amp

      Press this button to quickly jump to the tonestack parameters (Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble, etc.) of any Amp+Cab, Amp, and Preamp models in the current preset. If your preset has more than one of these types of block, press multiple times to cycle through all tonestacks.

    • Main Display

      This large color LCD is your window into the power of Helix. Most functions can be accomplished without any menu diving.

    • Bypass

      Press this button to turn the selected block on and off.

    • Action

      Press this button to open the action panel for the selected block or screen. From the Home screen, the action panel lets you move, copy, paste, and clear blocks. Other screens may have unique action panels; for example, the Global Settings action panel lets you reset all global settings at once.

    • Joystick

      If the selected block or item has more than one page of parameters, dots appear to the right of the item’s name. Press < PAGE or PAGE > to view more parameters.

    • Page

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    • Volume

      Turn this knob to control the main output volume.

    • Phones

      Turn this knob to control volume from the PHONES output.

    • Knobs 1-6

      Turn one of the six knobs below the main display to adjust the parameter's value above; press the knob to reset the parameter's value. If a rectangular button appears above a knob, press the knob to engage its function. Press and hold a parameter’s knob to quickly jump to the Controller Assign page for that parameter.

    • Scribble Strips

      The thirteen Helix LCD scribble strips tell each footswitch's current assignment, so there are never any surprises during a show. If a particular footswitch has more than one block or item assigned, the scribble strip may read “MULTIPLE (X)," where X is the number of assignments. You can even customize the scribble strip’s label and footswitch LED color.

    • Up/Down Switches

      Step on FS1/FS7 to select the next/previous bank of presets. Press both FS1 and FS7 to enter Snapshot footswitch mode. Hold both FS1 and FS7 to cycle through Bank, Preset, and Snapshot Up and Down.

    • Preset Switches

      While in Preset footswitch mode, step on a footswitch to select a preset.

    • Stomp Switches

      While in Stomp footswitch mode, step on a footswitch to toggle its block(s) on and off. Touch a footswitch to select its assigned block or item. Touch repeatedly to cycle through multiple assigned items. Touch and hold to assign that footswitch to the selected block. Touch and hold two switches to swap all assignments. Footswitches do a lot too.

    • Mode Switch

      Step on FS6 to toggle between Preset and Stomp footswitch modes. Hold for Pedal Edit mode (edit blocks with your feet, even while playing!).

    • Tap/Tuner Switch

      Repeatedly step on FS12 to set tempo. Hold to open the Tuner. Touch briefly to open the tempo panel.

    • Expression Pedal 1 (and 2)

      Move the expression pedal to control volume, wah, or a combination of amp and/or effects parameters. Activate the hidden toe switch to toggle between EXP 1 and EXP 2. (The scribble strip LCD above tells you which one is active.)

    • Save
    • Menu
    • Preset
    • Home
    • Amp
    • Main Display
    • Bypass
    • Action
    • Joystick
    • Page
    • Volume
    • Phones
    • Knobs 1-6
    • Scribble Strips
    • Up/Down Switches
    • Preset Switches
    • Stomp Switches
    • Mode Switch
    • Tap/Tuner Switch
    • Expression Pedal 1 (and 2)

Explore Features

  • Real Tone
  • HX Cabs
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  • Component Modeling
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  • Behavioral Modeling
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  • Smart Interaction
  • Touch Footswitches
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  • Scribble Strips
  • Snapshots
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  • Stereo Paths
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  • Hands Free
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  • Helix Edit
  • Control Rig
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  • Effects Loop
  • MIDI Control
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  • Smart Control
  • Variax Control
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Helix Floor Buy Now

  • Powerful Dual-DSP HX Modeling
  • Large 6.2”, 800x480-Pixel LCD Screen
  • 62 Amps, 37 Cabs, 16 Microphones, and 104 Effects
  • Capacitive Footswitches and Customizable Scribble Strips. Touch to Edit, Hold to Assign, Press to Engage
  • Up to 3 Expression Pedals, CV/Expression Output, External Amp Switching, and Deep MIDI Control
  • 22.05 x 11.85 x 3.58 inches, 14.7 lbs

Helix Rack Buy Now

  • Powerful Dual-DSP HX Modeling
  • Large 6.2”, 800x480-Pixel LCD Screen
  • 62 Amps, 37 Cabs, 16 Microphones, and 104 Effects
  • Pairs with Helix Control for Ultimate Performance Power
  • Up to 3 Expression Pedals, CV/Expression Output, External Amp Switching, and Deep MIDI Control
  • 19 x 5.05 x 8.80 inches, 11.9 lbs (Control: 17.09 x 9.46 x 2.58 inches, 7.3 lbs)