Full-Service Recording Studio and Production Boutique

Helio Sound is a full-service recording and production boutique owned and operated by Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel of The Helio Sequence



Our Story

Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel are the Portland, OR based band/production duo The Helio Sequence. They've been recording and performing professionally for over 20 years, working with legendary label Sub Pop, releasing six full-length albums, touring internationally as a headlining act, and supporting bands including Modest Mouse, The Pixies, Blonde Redhead, Kings of Leon, Keane, and Death Cab For Cutie. Their music has been used in ad campaigns by Google, Apple, Nike, Starbucks, Coach, Levi's, Target, Microsoft and many more.

Summers and Weikel own and operate Helio Sound, a full-service studio working with both music industry and commercial clients. Helio Sound is a versatile audio workshop tailored for a wide range of projects, equally as at home recording and producing bands as working on commercial custom composition, sound design, and experiential projects. 


our vision


We don't believe in Stock Music

Our goal is to work closely with clients to craft a unique audio experience that deepens visceral and emotional connections. Whether we're working on an album production, honing a track from our large library licensing catalogue, or composing from the ground up, every piece is a hands-on process geared toward the most effective fit for the given project.

We Don't Believe in Boundaries

We utilize our decades of musical experience to produce and compose across genres and styles. Acoustic, electronic, beat-oriented, ambient, string/orchestral arranging, sound design for brand and industrial, and more...we do it all.

WE believe in next level quality

We're working with topnotch Burl Mothership conversion and bus mixing, Dutch & Dutch monitoring, racks of handmade analog preamps and FX, an exotic array of vintage synths, guitars and amps, and a huge library of state-of-the-art digital plugins and instruments. Exceptional tools give you distinctive, hi-fidelity, impactful audio.

We believe story comes first

Music and sound ultimately serve storytelling. As album producers, we look forward to getting inside the song and bringing out the best. For video and experiential synch projects we strive for an elevated union of audio and visual experience where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

WE're Translators

We listen, we absorb, we plan, we communicate. Every project begins with a simple conversation: What inspires you? What do you want to feel? What do you want to hear? We look forward to taking ideas, concepts and references and rendering them in brilliant sound.

WE're Collaborators

Let’s bring ideas to life. Let’s create an experience. Let’s make something remarkable. Let’s make something meaningful. Together.




Custom Composition


Sound Design

Brand Mnemonics


Audio Magic





Post Production










Computer Hardware

Custom Intel i9-7940x
3x Universal Audio UAD-2 Quad Processing Cards
2x Edirol UM-880 8x8 Midi Interface


Pro Tools Native
Cakewalk Sonar Platinum
Ableton Live Suite
Sonoris DDP Creator
Universal Audio UAD-2 Effects
Tons of FX/Tools from Slate, Soundtoys, iZotope, FabFilter, DMG, Acustica, Lexicon, Eventide, Plugin Alliance, Softube, Celemony, Zynaptiq, Sonnox and lots more.


Burl B80 Mothership (12 in, 16 0ut)
Dangerous Convert AD+
Universal Audio 2192 (2in, 2 out)
Lavry AD10
Benchmark DAC-1 and DAC-2
RME Fireface 400 


Dutch & Dutch 8C
Adam S3a
Custom Speakers by Raymond Weikel
Quad 12L
Audeze LCD-1
3x Sennheiser HD650
Furman Headphone Distribution System



Soundelux ELUX-251
Bees Neez Arabella
Blue Blueberry
Rode NT1
2x Microtech Gefell
M300 Oktava MK-012
Royer R-121
2x Beyerdynamic M260DX
(modded by Stephen Sank)
Altec 682a
AKG 200e, D19C, D12E
Astatic DN-50
EV 630, 631
EV 635, 664
EV RE-15, RE-16
Geffel RFT DM622
Shure 545,545D
Shure SM7,SM7a
Sennheiser 441
Vintage Pillow Speaker
Wasaphone MKII
AKG D112
Audix D6, i5
Beyerdynamic M88 TG Beyerdynamic M201 TG
EV N/D-468
ElV N/D-868
EV N/D-767a
EV RE-20
EV RE-55
Heil PR40
Shure Beta52, Beta58
2x Shure SM57
2x Shure SM7B
2x Sennheiser 421-Mk II
Sennheiser E602, E835
2x Telefunken M80
Telefunken M82
Philips EL 6033/00
Sennheiser MD-2
Sennheiser MD-4

MICrophone preamps

Chandler Redd.47
Manley Dual Mono
Universal Audio M610
2x Telefunken V672
Chandler LTD-1
2x Chandler Germanium Pre
Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5012 A-Designs Pacifica A-Designs
API 312
2x OSA MP1-A
Radial J-4


2x Multivox MX-312 Multi Echo 2x Dynacord VRS-23
Dynacord SRS-56 Ibanez AD-202
Rockman Stereo Echo
Boss RX-100
Demeter RV-1 Real Reverb
DOD Custom Spring Reverb
Orban 111B
2x Custom
Synapse/UREI 562 Multi-band Filter Distortion

Digital FX

Lexicon PCM96
Sony R-7
Digitech Valve FX
Roland DEP-5
Delta Labs AMD-1024
Effectron II
Korg SDD-2000
Roland SDE-2500
Yamaha SPX50D
Dynacord DRP-16

Analog Processing

Burl B32 Analog Summing Mixer
Knif Vari Mu II
Speck X.Sum Line Mixer (modded 16 channel mixer)
2x Chandler Germanium Tone Control
Chandler LTD-1
Toft AFC-2 (2 channel EQ)
Little Labs IBP (phase)

Guitar FX

Big Tone Brewery Music Maggie Dunlop 535Q
Fulltone Supa-Trem
Lovetone Ringstinger
Studio Electronics ModMax Filter Vox 847-A
Strymon Timeline
Strymon Blue Sky
Strymon Flint
SIB Mr. Echo
3x George Dennis Stereo Delay GD-130
George Dennis Stereo Phaser GD-95
Digitech Valve FX
Boss DD6
Barber LTD Silver
EarthQuaker White Light
Wampler Ego
Sonuus Voluum
Radial Tonebone JX-2
Electro Harmonix Bad Stone
MXR Univibe
Plum Crazy Fuzzy Lady
Behringer VP1 Vintage Phaser
Ross Phaser
Lots More

Electric Guitars

1971 Gibson SG Special
2008 Gibson ES-335 Dot
1997 Guild S-100 (prototype model)
1998 Fender Telecaster Special
2001 Danelectro Hodad Baritone
Fender P-Bass
Fender Stratocaster (“Partscaster”)

ACoustic guitars

1920's Gibson L-1 (parlor style ala Robert Johnson)
1955 Martin 00-28G (rare classical)
1950's Handmade German Archtop
1978 Guild F-40 (mini jumbo)
1996 Martin D-1 (dreadnaught)
2005 Epiphone Masterbilt AJ500M (dreadnaught)
2009 Guild GAD-30R (orchestra)

Guitar Amps

1964 Fender Bassman w/Original 2x12 Cab
1972 Ampeg VT-40
Soursound Custom 50 watt Head
Soursound Custom 75 watt Head
Crate G60
Avatar open back 2x12" Cab
Avatar convertible 2x12" Cab
Leslie 60 


ANalog Synths

Korg MS-20 Mini
Korg Minilogue
Moog Minimoog
Oberheim OB-Xa
Oberheim Xpander
Oberheim Matrix 6r
Roland MKS-50
Studio Electronics ATC-Xi
Suzuki OM-300 Omnichord
Yamaha CS-50
Yamaha CS-60

Hybrid Synths

2x Ensoniq ESQ-M*
Korg EX-8000
Kawai K3m

digital synths

Casio CZ-1
Casio VZ-8M
Ensoniq SQ-R+
Kawai K1m
Kawai K5m
Korg Wavestation SR
Nord Modular Key
Roland D-550
Roland JD-990
Roland JV-2080
Roland XP-50
Waldorf Q Rack
Waldorf XT Rack
2x Yamaha FB-01
Yamaha TX-802
Yamaha TG-33

Software Synths

Madrona Labs Aalto
Madrona Labs Kaivo Native Instruments Battery 4 Native Instruments Kontakt 5 Native Instruments Monark Native Instruments Razor Native Instruments Reaktor 6
Softube Modular
Spectrasonics Keyscape Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2 Spectrasonics Trilian
Synapse Audio The Legend
U-He Bazille
U-He Diva
U-He Repro-1
UVI Falcon
UVI Synth Anthology 2
Xfer Records Serum
Xils Lab PolyKB 3
XLN Audio Addictive Drums 2

Sample Libraries:

Spitfire Audio
Cinematic Studio Series
Native Instruments
Sound Dust
Orchestral Tools
Wave Alchemy
That Sound


E-Mu E-5000
2x Ensoniq Mirage Rack
2x Akai S-612
Casio SK-1

MIDI CONtrollers

Komplete Kontrol S61 MKII
2x Edirol UM-880
Roland XP-50
Nord Modular Key
Roli Seaboard Rise 25
Suzuki Q-Chord
Oberheim Cyclone
Yamaha DTX562K Electronic Kit
Fishman Triple Play Guitar MIDI Pickup
Ableton Push 2
Alyseum U3-88C


Mic/Line - Mogami 2549
Patchbay - 96 point mogami wired Instrument - Mogami 2524
Analysis Plus (Bass, Flexi), Carver (Bass), Gotham GAC-1 Digital - Mogami (AES), Canare (Wordclock), Alva (MADI) Monitoring - Analysis Plus Solo Crystal Copper


1942 Upright Piano (made by Wurlitzer)


1967 Ludwig Super Classic (maple) 3 pc. set
1980's Slinglerland Spirit Plus (mahogany) 5 pc. set
1970's Slingerland 24" Bass Drum
1970's Slingerland 20" Floor Tom
1960's Gretch Round Badge 5" Snare
1967 Ludwig Acrolite 5" Snare
1960's Ludwig Supraphonic 6.5" Snare
1970's Ludwig Supraphonic 5" Snare
1990's Pearl Masters Custom Maple 6.5" Snare
1990's Pearl Brass Piccolo 3.5" Snare
2008 Greg Keplinger Custom Steel 6.5" Snare


50’s Zildjian A 15” Hi-Hats
Istanbul Cindy Blackman “Ohm” 15” Hi-Hats
Paiste 2002 Me 14”/15” Hi-Hats
Paiste 2002 Sound-Edge 14”/15” Hi-Hats
Paiste Giant Beat 15” Hi-Hats
Istanbul Xist 20” Crash Istanbul
Xist 22” Crash
Paiste 2002 20” Crash
Paiste Signature Full 22” Crash
Sabian HHXtreme 19” Crash
Sabian HHXtreme 20” Custom Crash
Zildjian K Custom Dark 22” Ride
Zildjian K Custom Light 24” Ride
Lots of percussion!




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