Line 6 has released its latest firmware update for the Helix series of products, version 2.9.
Alongside some bug fixes, the most exciting introductions come in the form of new amplifier, cab and pedal models for the Helix Floor, Helix Rack, Helix LT, Helix Native, HX Effects and HX Stomp. Here’s what’s been added:
- The Revv Gen Purple, based on the purple (Gain 1) channel of the Revv Generator 120
- 1×12 Fullerton, based on the classic 1953 Fender 5C3 Tweed Deluxe
- 1×12 Grammatico, based on the modern 2016 Grammatico LaGrange
- Alpaca Rouge, inspired by a modded Way Huge Red Llama
- Legendary Drive, based on the Carvin VLD1 Legacy Drive (high-gain channel)
- Xenomorph Fuzz, inspired by the Subdecay Harmonic Antagonizer
- Rochester Comp, based on the Ashly CLX-52 and created in conjunction with Billy Sheehan
- Pebble Phaser, based on the Electro-Harmonix Small Stone phaser
Aside from these, the update adds both Output Meters and Gain Reduction Meters to the Helix Floor, the Helix Rack / Control and the Helix LT. These let you see the levels at which the units’ outputs and sends are operating at, as well as the activity of the compressors and gates on board.
Something to note is that any output meter, not just the ones added in these updates, is not a persistent way to gauge perceived loudness, as Line 6 explains: “Meters (in any product, not just Helix) are never appropriate for ensuring consistent levels from preset to preset. The models you use, the preset’s frequency and dynamic response, your guitar or bass, your pickups, your playback system, your environment, your location in front of (or behind!) your playback system, and especially your bandmates all radically affect the perceived loudness of various presets.”
In any case, however, the addition should be useful for gaining quick visual information as to what’s happening with your signal.