Whether you're after satisfying Gilmour-style swirls or driving sweeps inspired by Van Halen, the TC Electronic Helix Phaser guitar effects pedal delivers the customizable and versatile modulation effects you need. Unlike traditional phaser pedals, which can have you fiddling for hours before you realize you'll never quite get the sound you want, the Helix Phaser comes loaded with a dedicated DSP to fuel a wide range of nuanced phaser effects. You can flip between a more shimmery vintage mode or a smooth modern phaser sound, but there's also a TonePrint setting onboard. In addition to loading up presets created by celebrity artists, you can also use TC Electronic's TonePrint Editor on your Mac or Windows PC to create your perfect custom phaser sounds.
Even if it wasn't equipped with TC Electronic's TonePrint technology, the Helix Phaser would already outclass typical phaser pedals by putting two distinct phaser effects within reach of your pedalboard. With the flip of a switch, the Helix Phaser lets you take your effect from the gritty swoosh you'd expect from a classic rock anthem to a jet-like smooth and rounded tone that's more at home in a hair-raising solo. Many phasers are an all-or-nothing deal, but with its dedicated Mix and Feedback knobs, the Helix allows you to lay it on thick or dial it back as subtle as you like. Likewise, Speed and Depth controls make it easy to find the sweet spot between slow sweeps and psychedelic pulses.
As useful as they are, the Helix Phaser's Vintage and Smooth settings are just two of the amazing tones you can get out of this agile guitar effects pedal. Thanks to TC Electronic's TonePrint technology, you can turn your Helix into virtually any phaser you can dream up. For starters, there's TC Electronic's library of custom TonePrints to choose from, including several presets created by guitar gurus such as Scott Ian and Pete Thorn. But that's just the beginning. With the TonePrint Editor loaded up on your Mac or Windows PC, you get full access to all of the parameters under the hood, allowing you to craft totally unique phaser tones of you own. Next time someone asks what that cool phase effect you're playing through is, you can honestly tell them it's one of a kind.
DSP may be at the heart of the Helix Phaser, but it certainly doesn't sound like a digital stompbox. That's because TC Electronic knows how important it is to marry high-quality analog circuitry with their impressive digital processing. For example, the Helix's Analog-Dry-Through function ensures that your unaffected signal remains totally untouched, so you won't risk jeopardizing that killer tone you've spent so long perfecting. Also, you may have noticed that the Helix's I/O is stereo, which also pretty handy. Finally, TC Electronic gives you the choice between buffered or true bypass, so depending on how many pedals you're running or how you've put your rig together, you'll always have the style of switching you want.
No you're not hallucinating, the Helix Phaser has finally landed and it's ready to take your tone to new inspiring heights with all the massive mind-bending swooshes and swirly goodness you could possibly desire. But be warned! Once you turn this pedal on, you may never want to turn it off again.
Tons of guitarists throughout history have sworn by phasers as their secret tone weapon. It's an effect that's helped define countless legendary records within the world of pop, rock, metal and indie and once you kick in Helix Phaser, you'll know why! With its extensive set of controls, Helix Phaser enables you to dial in everything from vibrant vintage-sounding Gilmour swirls, big and bold Van Halen sweeps to more modern phaser tones a la Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead. Now add TonePrint and True Bypass to the mix and you have your new favorite sonic drug.
You know we can't release anything without putting that certain TC twist on it. So instead of making a simple set-it-and-forget-it phaser, we went ahead and created the most flexible and versatile phaser ever. You'll get everything from subtle sweeps to massive sonic bends straight out of the box, but hook it up to our free TonePrint Editor and all that's left to say is HOLY MOTHER OF TONE! Tone-tweaking paradise awaits, with only the sky and your imagination as the limit.
As if the freedom to completely create your own dream phaser from the ground up via the TonePrint Editor wasn't enough, you'll also get instant access to amazing recreations of some of the most legendary phaser units ever, plus custom-tuned phaser sounds created by some of music's finest via the free TonePrint App for Android and iOS. Now this may sound trippy, but trust us, it works! You just have to beam it to believe it!
You love tone, so do we, and our design philosophy testifies to that. So whatever route you wanna go, we got your back. With optimized headroom, True Bypass or Buffered Bypass switch and Kill-Dry on/off, this pedal guarantees optimal tonal integrity and zero loss of tone. And, no matter if the pedal is on or off your precious dry sound is always passed through the pedal unharmed in all it's pure analog glory due to an Analog-Dry-Through.