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Enter the Helix

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.

 

  • Amazing range of high-quality phaser tones
  • TonePrint enabled
  • True Bypass

Total Tonal Awesomeness

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, the 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 True Bypass and Analog-Dry-Through to the mix and you have your new favorite sonic drug.

Waves of Versatility

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.

 

TonePrint

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!

 

TonePrint® - Signature Effects!

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The Artist Entrance

TonePrint means signature effects - and signature effects means truly creative tones. From classic innovators to the guys shaping the future of music, we've asked the coolest artists around to come up with their customized signature version of a TC Electronic effect - and make them available to you for free!

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Beam!

Download the free TonePrint app for Android and iPhone, choose the TonePrint you want to hear and beam it instantly from your phone through your guitar's pickup into your TonePrint pedal. No cables needed! Learn more about beaming TonePrints.

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Your Vision, Your Sound!

Music is the truest expression of self. That's why it is your right to have your effect sound the way YOU want to, no holds barred.

With the TonePrint Editor, you get full control over all effect behavior, knob ranges and everything in between so you can create your signature TC sound.

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True to Tone

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.

Sounds

Sound examples by Soren Andersen

Backstage Pass - All Access

Helix Phaser was made to inspire so let’s dive in to the features that’ll take your tone from plain to plain out rocking!

Feedback

Turn this dial for a more pronounced and resonant phaser effect and get ready to feel the feedback!

Speed

From slow, evolving sweeps to fast, pulsating spins. It’s all there and then some! Just turn this knob and decide how fast you want to go.

Mini-Toggle

Want your phaser tones gritty and swooshy, or maybe a little more smooth and rounded? Flip the mini-toggle and choose your style. Set it in the middle and activate the TonePrint functionality for your own custom-made phaser sound.

Depth

Want to tame those sweeps a little? Or maybe go for a full on psychedelic-fest? Turn this dial and find your personal sweet spot.

Mix

This controls the overall mix between your dry sound and the phaser effect. Crank it if you want to be heard, or dial it back if you like your phaser tones extreme but low in the mix.

True Bypass

Helix Phaser was made to let the “you” in your playing shine through. Its True Bypass design ensures zero tone coloration, letting your tone shine through with no loss of high-end.

Analog-Dry-Through

Helix Phaser always lets your original sound pass without ever converting it to digital, keeping every nuance in your tone intact with zero latency.

Helix Phaser's Resume

  • Expansive range of high-quality phaser tones
  • TonePrint enabled - for a world of signature and customizable effects
  • Stereo in & out - for added flexibility to your set-up
  • True Bypass 
  • Compact Design
  • 9V/100mA
  • High quality components
  • Road-ready design

Videos

Helix Phaser - All play, no talk demo

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Reviews

Guitar World
by Chris Gill

The Helix absolutely nails almost every classic phaser. The vintage setting delivers thick, growling swirls with throbbing bass, while the smooth setting produces a more subtle midrange-dominated shift that erupts in the background. The speed ranges from flowing molasses throbs to mosquito wing flutters. The only “vintage” aspect missing from both pedals is the noise, but most players will welcome that vast improvement.

Check out the full review by Guitar World
Total Guitar
by Michael Brown

Helix's vintage setting is a near dead-on Phase 90 impersonation. Unlike many multi-mode phasers, it doesn't sound digital, with midrange peaks in all the right places - up the depth and feedback control and it'll drive your amp hard. Flick over to the smooth setting, and while the sweep's peaks and troughs are smoothed out, the phasing effect is more intense and vocal, with borderline pitch bends - think the 'wow-wow' warbles of the rare Ludwig Phase II on Sonic Youth's The Diamond Sea, then crank everything to full, and rate to minimum for Mike Einziger's 12-stage Boss PH-2 sweeps.

Check out the full review by Total Guitar
Premier Guitar
by Charles Saufley

The digital Helix Phaser is one of the nicest Tone Print pedals we’ve heard—and we’ve really enjoyed most of them. With a very nice vintage flavored mode, a second, resonant ‘smooth’ mode, a highly tunable control set and the already growing host of Tone Print options, it’s a phaser that will spin the heads of more than a few one-knob phase devotees.

Check out the full review by Premier Guitar
Guitar Player
by Joyce Kuo

There are so many phaser permutations to audition, that even the pickiest tone fiend would have to find something that wowed them.

Bonedo
by Bassel El Hallak

With Helix Phaser, TC Electronic has managed to create another outstanding stomper that offers everything you could ever want from a phaser, and then some. The sounds are nothing less than outstanding and carries that much desired vintage flair, which sets it apart from a lot of the competing products currently on the market. All of that plus TonePrint, in a compact package that won’t break the bank – TC has done everything right!

Check out the full review by Bonedo
Guitar Interactive
by Lewis Turner

In use I found the Helix to be a very musical and transparent pedal, subtle and understated unless you deliberately dialled in otherwise. It delivered mind bending swooshes for all my prog rock needs and swirly goodness for my '70's funk satisfaction, with no tone loss, and things didn’t start to get muddy at the bottom end of the swirl. What's more, none of my top end punch was lost. The Vintage setting delivered a gritty and classic sound while the Smooth setting, as you might expect, was smoother and a little more rounded/modern sounding. A great pedal that should fulfil all your Phaser needs.

Check out the full review by Guitar Interactive
Tone Report
by Sam Hill

With its huge variety of tones, impeccable sound quality, and compact size, the Helix is another winner from TC Electronic. The company has been crushing it lately, and I can’t wait to see what it comes up with next.

Check out the full review by Tone Report
Guitar
by Chris Hauke

If you like phaser sounds then you're gonna love the Helix. It's truly remarkable how much tonal flexibility can be found within Helix Phaser. All modes cover a wide sonic spectrum due to the four knobs, which offer everything from subtle swirls to totally twisted tones, so there's definitely something in there for everybody!

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