Helios
Helios

The Rolling Stones had a silver one in their mobile truck, The Beatles had two green ones at Apple Studios and 10cc had a red one at their Strawberry Studios. These are, of course, the legendary Helios mixing desks, an often overlooked and forgotten console having recorded many hit records of the 60s and 70s and designed by the late Dick Swettenham. After Helios Electronics Ltd. closed down in 1979, Tony Arnold of Courthouse Facilities, who had been servicing the consoles, bought the company and started reissuing what's considered the best-sounding of the four different Helios module iterations: the Type 69 microphone preamp/EQ. Repeatedly tested against their surviving vintage modules, these incredibly faithful recreations pass every test thrown their way. The Type 69 mic pre is available through Vintage King alongside an exclusive series of Helios products, including the 1U dual-channel rack and Type 69 500-Series module.

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