Headrush Pedalboard. Who's got one, and do you like it?

Discussion in 'Modeling Amps, Plugins and Apps' started by galaxiex, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. Ron R

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    I've never even tried one, but it looks to me like the Helix, and both seem more complicated than I really need. I've had a Pod HD400 for around 7-8 years, it suits my needs just fine, is built solid, and the switching layout is about perfect for me - 4 presets/switches per bank. Put too many switches at my feet, and I can pretty much guarantee I'll hit the wrong one at some point during a gig.
     
  2. galaxiex

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    Thanks for the reply's. :)

    I'm still in the honeymoon stage with this unit, but so-far I'm liking it. :cool:

    For the cover band that I'm in, it's gonna be really nice to have rigs/presets for specific songs.

    With my old school analog pedal board, sometimes I had to do quite the tapdance for certain songs.
    With this unit, if I set it up right,
    those songs will be a one button stomp to get everything I need for the song.

    Very easy to edit, move, change things around, setlists etc...

    I'm impressed with the user interface, and as far as CPU horsepower,
    well I don't think it's gonna be a problem.

    Quad core and all that...:D
     
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    I must say I hadn't really considered the Headrush as I was aiming at a Helix LT but I like the ease of use and some sounds are great with the right IRs.
    Fantoni and Andertons lads seem to be positive too. Marco gets a useful acoustic sound too which is good.
    Definitely on my radar now thanks for the heads up.
     
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  4. galaxiex

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    The more I use this, the more I like it. :)

    It's sooooo easy to use.
    Some things I had to crack the manual for but really, it's just too easy. :cool:

    One thing I'm very glad of... NO deep menu diving.
    That has always scared me away from Digital stuff.

    Waaaay back when.... I bought a Line 6 Axsys 2X12... remember those?
    It sounded "ok" but too fiddly to setup sounds.
    Sold it after 6 months and bought a HotRod Deluxe. (still have it)

    Also had a Boss ME-50 guitar processor.
    Too much menu diving and not really good sounds.

    Those 2 put me off Digital guitar anything for a looong time.

    The Headrush is a keeper for now.

    We'll see how we get along 6 months from now. ;)

    Cheers!

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  5. Larry K. Williams

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    The more I use it, the more I love it.

    I am not a manual reader. And, you need it very little with the HeadRush.
     
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    Had mine for around 2 months now. Second hand on ebay and absolutely love it. There is no need to read any manuals at all. very straight forward. Owned a boss gt10 in the past which lasted around 6 months. There were too much menu diving for my liking.
    This has none of that and sounds great straight to the mixing desk. My back is also a lot happier and so is the shock absorbers on my car with less weight to carry. Never going back to lugging an amp.
     
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    here is my opinion. I love the form factor and the gui/touchscreen AND THE LOOPER. The tones are not as hifi as the helix or axefx units to me but this can be a good thing for some. I am on the fence with it because of support and am sitting back to see where the updates go. I think they need better amp sims and way better and more unique effects in this box-even the zoom g5n or cdr70 has more versatile and fun effects in it. I really hope they plan some major updates for this and not just move on. That said if i found one used for $500 i would buy it.
     
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    Well I've been using the HeadRush for about 6 months now and don't see "not" using it for the foreseeable future.

    That said, I do miss using my tube amps in a band setting. ;)

    We have gone "ampless" for our rehearsals and live shows.
    For rehearsals we still use monitors for now, but will be going to IEM's for everyone.
    I'm using headphones for now.
    Takes some getting used to.

    We also have a new QSC 30 digital mixer and with the i-phone app I get to control my own headphone mix.

    The HeadRush is still working great for all this, but I'm hoping they will add a pitch shifter ala the EHX Pitch Fork.
    The EHX Pitch Fork can be used as a virtual capo, and I use it like that in the FX loop for a couple songs.

    Headrush did add the Digitech Drop on the last update, and it's great for quickly playing a half or whole step down.
    But if you get below 4 half steps down, it becomes kinda "digital" warbly sounding.

    Another minor niggle is the tuner, very jittery/glitchy and again I'm hoping they will fix that in the next update.

    All in all I'm still happy with it. :)
     
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    thax for that reply. The headrush to me blows the helix away in form and looper and control(touchscreen) but is much weaker in support and updates. Noone can match helix and fractal in updates i guess. I am not a line6 guy at all really and root for the headrush to be updated more and with more cool effects like fractal kemper(now) and even helix have. Also better amp tones(not that they are bad at all but they did just take the older 11 rack ones and modified them so i would hope they can put more attention into making them better)

    I think headrush should have come out at 500.00-599 and it would have been a no brainer. but at 1k there are too many other options. The gt1000 is decent in many ways and the effects are better then hr to my ears. but there too i think boss should have released it at $500-600. That market is prime for a new better amplifire 6 with a touchscreen gui update and more amps and beytter effects. Hec even zoom is due for a $300 unit soon. there is ampero and hotone but i am not too hot on those companies.
     
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