I was over at Harmony-Central’s Forum yesterday, and there was a post about the Akai E2 Headrush. About a year ago, I was really focused on buying this pedal, and for whatever reason it got pushed of the list. The looping feature in there and the ability to send loops to different amps is a very cool concept to me. And now it’s back on my list for sure. Currently there is a good deal at Musician’s Friend on it!
Here is the official product description:
The Akai E2 Headrush Delay/Looper Pedal picks up where the award-winning E1 left off. This stompbox brings together 16-bit digital delay with times from 0.5ms to an astonishing 35 seconds, tape echo simulations with 4 separate heads, and a looping recorder in one convenient effects pedal.
In addition to offering digital and analog-type delay sounds, user-selectable delay options allow for maximum control of signal output. There are several realtime interval and level adjustment selections as well as feedback level for repeats.
Headrush can also simulate a 4-head analog tape echo machine and it is possible to set the spacing between the virtual heads to create complex multiple delays and repeats. The outputs of each of the virtual heads appear on individual outputs for ultimate flexibility when used with an external mixing console.
The looping mode allows you to record and overdub layer after layer of sound in real time making Headrush an unbelievable live performance tool.
Depending upon which mode is selected, the left switch controls the on/off and play/stop functions while the right switch sets the tap delay time or recording and overdub options. The LED display indicates which effect is in use and blinks in time showing the delay time selected.
I found this good video demonstrating some of the looping/delay features in a very interesting way by isiroibb.
I also wanted to show another video of one my favorite bands, Arma Secreta. Chris Wark uses the Akai E2 Headrush with his guitar and they go to a clean and dirty amp. I really love this concept and wanted to show you a real-world example of this pedal:
You can currently pickup the Akai E2 Headrush Delay/Looper for $199.00 at Musician’s Friend.
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13 years ago
Hello, I’ve had an Akai Headrush and didn’t like it. Quality of the delay sound wasn’t good and it had not a big headroom.
Take a look at the Boss RC-2 if you wan’t a good looper. It has a build in Drumcomputer and you could delete the last recorded overdubed loop and retry to record it, without deleting the whole loop and start from beginning. You could store loops that are keept after powered off (up to 16min!). Smaller than the Headrush.
If you wan’t a good delay that has a loop feature take a look at the eventide time factore, way better then the headrush. Very good tape-delay simulation, can sound like a deluxe memory man and lots more!