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Akai Professional Headrush Echo/Delay Simulator with Loop Recorder

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Akai Professional Headrush Echo/Delay Simulator with Loop Recorder

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The E2 Headrush Tape Echo/Delay and Phrase Sampler Pedal from Akai Professional is a versatile stomp box that simulates a 4-head analog tape echo machine and includes both a normal delay effect and loop recording capabilities. Plug your guitar, bass, vocal, or mono synth into the E2's 1/4" input, and prepare to be awash in repeated signals.

Operational modes include a Normal Delay Mode, a Tape Echo Mode, and a Looping Recorder Mode that lets you play and record a phrase and immediately loop playback so you can overdub. Delay options include real time feedback and gain adjustment as well as echo rate, high frequency damping, and other controls. In Tape Echo Mode up to four virtual tape head returns use their own outputs, which you can send to separate amps or mixer channels. Alternately, the four outputs can be selectively routed to and combined at the Mix output. In Normal Delay Mode, the effected (wet only) signal can also be received via the Head 1 output.

The E2 improves upon its predecessor, the E1 by using two heavy-duty footswitches and offering foot switch mode selection as well as tempo tap.

The Headrush requires a 9V power supply such as the recommended P9-III AC Adaptor (not included).

16-bit Digital Delay
Set the delay time anywhere between 0.5 ms and 23.8 seconds using the Normal Delay (default sample rate is 44.1 kHz). You can even achieve a generous 35.0 seconds of delay in Extend Mode (using a 29.4 kHz sample rate), to simulate cavernous echoes.
Three Delay Effects in One
The Headrush includes a vintage Tape Echo effect, a Normal Delay, and a Looping mode. Turning the HF Damp knob in Tape Echo Mode dials in a muffled sound to simulate the classic analog sound.
Looping Recorder with Overdub
The looping recorder function with unlimited overdubs allows elaborate solo performances. Play and record a phrase and immediately loop the playback so you can overdub. Normal loops last up to 23.8 seconds (overdubs last 11.9 seconds), though in lo-fi Extend mode these ranges stretch out to 35.6 and 17.8 seconds respectively. Overdubbed phrases are layered over original phrases for a lush wall of sound.
Designed for Live Performance
Most critical functions are available using two sturdy foot switches. Pressing both simultaneously lets you switch between Tape Echo, Normal Delay, and Looping Rec mode. Stomping the right switch twice on beat lets you set the delay tempo without putting down your instrument. In Looping Rec Mode, this same switch turns overdubbing on or off. Use the left switch as an effect bypass control. The LED display indicates which effect is in use and a flashing Tempo indicator lets you know the current speed of the delay or loop.
Full Control
Sculpt the echo you want by adjusting the volume level, amount of high frequency damping, number of repeats (feedback), delay time, the relative gain of the four Head outputs, and the apparent timing differences between the four virtual heads.
Configurable Outputs
In Tape Echo Mode, up to four separate Head delay outputs can be sent to your mixer for custom panning and adjustment or to separate amps for a variety of four-channel effects. Use the Mix output for a combined signal. Each time you connect to one of the four Head output jacks, that signal is removed from the Mix. In Normal Delay Mode, two outputs are used: one for the Mix, and one with wet effects output only.
Pedals No
Switches Foot Switches
Dual-Function On/Off and Play/Stop
Dual-Function Tap Tempo and Rec/Over Dub

Selectors
Looping Level (Vari/Fix)
Looping Time (Normal/Extend)

Mode Button
Mode Select (Tape Echo, Normal Delay, or Looping Rec)
Controls Level Knob
HF Damp Knob
Feedback Knob
Time Coarse/Time Knob
Time Fine/Head Gap Knob
Ratio
Connectors Input
1/4" TS Phone

Outputs
5 x 1/4" TS Phone (Mix, Effect/Head 1, Heads 2-4)
Effects Vintage 4-Head Tape Echo
Normal Delay
Digital Loop Recording
Display No
Power Supply 9V DC (160mA)
MP9-III AC Adaptor not included
Dimensions 5.51 x 7.22 x 2.56" (14.0 x 18.35 x 6.5 cm)
Weight 2.54 lbs (1.15 kg)
Akai Professional Headrush Echo/Delay Simulator with Loop Recorder
  • E2 Headrush Delay and Phrase Sampler Pedal
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Akai ProfessionalHeadrush Echo/Delay Simulator with Loop Recorder
     
    4.7

    (based on 9 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Versatile (6)
    • Compact (4)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • Excellent sound quality (3)
    • Good audio (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (5)
    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (5), Experienced (4)

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    4.0

    The Brain of My Work

    By Idgy

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

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          Comments about Akai Professional Headrush Echo/Delay Simulator with Loop Recorder:

          My favorite looping pedal (tried many), mainly for its on-the-spot composition abilities. I have had to replace a couple of times---first, for the function button breaking, then, the AC adapter breaking, which was difficult to replace, and the pedal seemed to get fried from an alternative.

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          4.0

          Broken

          By John

          from Glenwood Springs, Co

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily

          Best Uses

            Comments about Akai Professional Headrush Echo/Delay Simulator with Loop Recorder:

            Its a great tool, mine just did not work right out of the box. The loop setting will occasionally turn off on its own. And if you're in the middle of a jam session, thats no good. It does sound great though and I can imagine how it would be if it actually worked the way it was supposed too. I would suggest this item.

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            5.0

            great product

            By yoyo

            from nj

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Akai Professional Headrush Echo/Delay Simulator with Loop Recorder:

              use it for performance

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              4.0

              Great Brand

              By TechCrazzzy

              from South Florida, USA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Akai Professional Headrush Echo/Delay Simulator with Loop Recorder:

                  Great item

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                  5.0

                  Headrush to the Max

                  By Milkman

                  from Hampton, Va.

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Limited Functions

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Akai Professional Headrush Echo/Delay Simulator with Loop Recorder:

                  The headrush is awesome, couldn't be easier to use, once you read over the manual. The buttons are a perfect size for the common shoe size. love its application...only down fall is that you cant use the phase sampler and delay/echo at same time.

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                  5.0

                  One of the coolest toys I currently own!

                  By Chuck Danger

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording
                    • Soundtracks

                    Comments about Akai Professional Headrush Echo/Delay Simulator with Loop Recorder:

                    Acoustic or electric guitars and basses plug right into this pedal.

                    It's very easy to operate and sounds great.

                    The only drawback I might offer is that its footpriint/size is rather large and I was barely able to squeeze it into my pedal board.

                    With that being said - the pedal made it on board without pushing any other pedals off and I am really enjoying it!

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                    5.0

                    Everybody should have one!

                    By Zee

                    from Toronto

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Sturdy and solidly built
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Akai Professional Headrush Echo/Delay Simulator with Loop Recorder:

                      I am still learning how to use it but the sound quality is great! I can use this with stock amp gain / distortion and get a very nice sound. Simple to use, buttons have no noise, feels like it is built nice and soldi. I'd buy another one if I ever lost this one, no hesitation. I think I will get alot of use from this piece of gear. Exceptional pedal for the price!

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                      5.0

                      GREAT PRODUCT

                      By Lee

                      from Raleigh, NC

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Good Selection Of Effects
                      • Responsive
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Akai Professional Headrush Echo/Delay Simulator with Loop Recorder:

                        This is a great looper and delay pedal. sounds fantastic and easy to learn.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Plenty of functions and sounds

                        By Thomas

                        from Oslo, Norway

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                              Comments about Akai Professional Headrush Echo/Delay Simulator with Loop Recorder:

                              I found the Headrush pretty easy to use, but still not so easy that it gets boring. It has plenty of functions to play with and there are lots of great sounds to find. The loop function does its job with up to 35 secs intervals. The delay has two different settings, Normal Delay and Tape Echoe. There are plenty of ways to adjust the sound as you want it, like the depth of the tone (HF Damp) which adjusts the high frequency.

                              With the Headrush you can use the functions in many different ways. By using the delay function and all the settings on full you can get a great psycadelic sound where the tones swim around in ou amp, or you can set the settings very low and get a Eric Johnson sort of solo sound, also great. The only thing I find sad is that you can't use the effects together (you can't have delay in a loop recording)

                              I am very satisfied with it, it had all I wanted. For those who are thinking of buying one and haven't got the chance to try it yourself, check out the videos on youtube.

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