The new Headrush Prime is the company’s latest multi-core processor advanced pedalboard and now features AutoTune. Giving guitarists access to onboard guitar FX, amp, cabinets and microphone emulations, plus smart amp cloning and IR loading.
This Headrush Prime takes the flagship pedalboard to new heights and has a host of useful features, making it perfect for the working musician. It uses a custom-designed multicore DSP system with gapless preset switching at the heart of the system. Making it a powerful piece of gear that can handle a variety of situations.
Described by HeadRush as having a huge library of ‘realistic and responsive’ onboard guitar FX, amp, cab and microphone emulations, smart amp cloning and IR loading, best-in-class looper, and a full suite of vocal FX. This one is packed with many benefits for working guitarists.
The inclusion of Antares AutoTune is a key element of Prime’s appeal and could be perfect for many performers.
They have an ever-expanding library of presets accessible via firmware updates and so users have the ability to grow this collection of guitar and vocal effects over time.
Amp & Effects Cloning
The Prime also features the ability easy clone existing amps and effects, making it easy to customise the users desired tastes. Just follow the instructions on the main screen to capture your favourite gear.
It also ships with around 300 onboard Impulse Responses and allows users to import third-party IRs.
Combine this with the amp/effects cloning and those aforementioned libraries, and it becomes a very customisable all-in-one solution for tone chasers and working musicians.
Users can access the onboard looper and get creative. The loops have a maximum length of 5 minutes and can hold up to 20 minutes of layered audio. I like that users can import WAV files to use within the looper as a backing track player. And they can sync the looper to external MIDI devices.
This all adds up to a pretty feature-rich compact pedalboard and thankfully it has an intuitive 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen interface to help users navigate all these features.
Then users can use the 12 footswitches with customisable colour LEDs and OLED scribble strips to assign the various models and trigger them as required.
Users can switch between various hands-free modes including Stomp Mode, Rig Mode and Hybrid.
It is all housed in a steel chassis with a built-in expression pedal which all powers from a standard universal power supply.
Prime has a host of physical connections and also includes Bluetooth for audio connectivity and this is used for playing along with mobile devices.
Then it also uses a Direct Wi-Fi connection to access the HeadRush Cloud for preset and amp clone sharing.
4 Cable Method
They have included a Stereo FX loop and this wall also users to set up using the popular 4 cable method. Then there is a USB-A port for importing/exporting files directly to and from a USB drive, as well as connecting external USB-MIDI controllers.
Plus, will operate as a 24-bit 96 kHz audio interface via the USB-B port.
Below is the comprehensive list of inputs and outputs.
- 1/4” (6.35 mm) TS input (guitar)
- XLR / 1/4” (6.35 mm) input (microphone)
- 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS input (expression pedal)
- 1/4” (6.35 mm) TS input (expression pedal toe switch) 1/8” (3.5 mm) stereo input (auxiliary device)
- 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS output (external amp footswitch) 1/4” (6.35 mm) stereo pair outputs
- XLR stereo pair outputs
- 1/8” (3.5 mm) stereo headphone output
- 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS input (FX send)
- 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS output (FX return)
- MIDI in/out
- USB Type-A port
- USB Type-B port
The HeadRush Prime is certainly a step up from their 2017 Pedalboard and offers far more benefits for gigging musicians, especially if vocals are a key part of your music.
Having all these options puts it quite high on the list of all-in-one pedalboard solutions for guitarists.
MSRP – EUR 1249 *
- Now with AutoTune: HeadRush
- OLED Scribble Strips: HeadRush
- Touch Screen navigation: HeadRush
- 7 inch touch screen: HeadRush
- Prime rear panel connectivity: HeadRush