Neural DSP Quad Cortex Amp/FX Processor

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QUAD CORTEX

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Vulgar Display of Power
Quad Cortex is the most powerful floor modeler on the planet. With 2GHz of dedicated DSP from its Quad-Core SHARC architecture, this ludicrous amount of processing capacity provides limitless sound design possibilities.

Neural Capture
Capture, share and download your favorite rigs' sounds. Equipped with unique biomimetic AI technology, Quad Cortex can learn and replicate the sonic characteristics of any physical amplifier, overdrive, and cabinet with unprecedented accuracy.

Unlike any other, the sophisticated neural network algorithm perceives sound akin to human perception, making it the most natural-sounding capture solution on the planet.

Neural has collaborated with some of the best producers and sound designers to provide an ever-growing collection of free rig captures in addition to the full-circuit models.

As good as it gets
Quad Cortex packs a vast amount of state-of-the-art emulations of your favorite gear with unprecedented accuracy and unbelievably natural dynamic response.

Cabsim
With over 1000 perfectly captured impulse responses, Quad Cortex ships with one of the most extensive IR collections on the planet - and it is the only of its kind equipped with virtual microphones that can be positioned around the speaker like in a real studio. Third-party IRs are extremely easy to load.

Powerful parametric EQ
Absolute control at your fingertips. Taking full advantage of the 7" multi-touch display, our parametric EQ is intuitive and fun to use.

Neural CNS
Seamlessly Integrate Cortex with your favorite devices.
Explore and share endless presets on the cloud using Neural CNS Mobile. It syncs up to your device, and with Quad Cortex's built-in WiFi module all the presets are beamed wirelessly.

Cortex Desktop Controller allows you to control the floor unit in real-time, as well as direct access to Neural CNS for exploring, sharing and downloading presets with the Cortex users community

Switching Modes
Switching modes couldn't be easier, providing easy access to features and switch customization.
• Stomp Mode: Assign and activate any block in a rig to a footswitch like you would with an analog pedalboard.
• Scene Mode: Select any footswitch to instantly activate and control the settings of any number of blocks within a rig.
• Preset Mode: Instant access to 8 virtual rigs.

Features/Specs
• 7" display with multi-touch sensors
• An ever-growing collection of hyper-realistic virtual devices
• Neural Capture
• Proprietary stainless steel stomp+rotary actuators
• 2GHz Quad-Core SHARC architecture
• WiFi module for wireless preset sharing, cloud backups, over-the-air firmware updates, and more!
• Anodized aluminum unibody
• Use Quad Cortex as a high-fidelity interface, with Cirrus Logic codecs and an ultra-low-latency USB audio transmission.

Wow.l.just wow!1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCourtenay, British Columbia
I’ve been a pedalhead my whole life and was constantly swapping a myriad of pedals to different boards depending on what the gig was and who I was playing with be it solo, duo or band. I was always swapping things and had a big cooler full of pedals, cable and power supplies. My challenge is that I play an Emerald Virtuo which has both piezo and humbuckers out so I needed to run two active signal paths in as small a footprint as possible which my Helix didn't have the horsepower for. Getting older, I am always concerned with weight so when I saw the QC’s in stock, I went for it.

Again….WOW. within literally 5 minutes, I had a smoking nice Marshall tone dialed in that I’m still using a few months later. Unlike the Helix, the QC is very intuitive and logical in its layout. I captured a few of my Strymon pedals and they are on the money. Everything from the Cortex Cloud to the amazing signal routing makes this an incredible music tool. Now I just have 1 pedal to do all of my tone. Simply amazing.
As usual, L&M made it an easy acquisition with they’re first rate service.
Posted by David Gauci on Nov 17, 2022
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i traded my dual recto and marshall heads and i couldnt be happier0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreToronto (Bloor St.), Ontario
Sounds great right out of the box.

The interface is extremely intuitive and i was able to connect to cortex cloud and download addition presets without needing to read a manual.

As i stated in the title, i traded in amps that i had spent years wanting when i bought the cortex. it honestly just sounds better.

For an album, yeah you might want to break out the full stack in a nice room and toss a few mic's on it.

for a live situation, bringing 100+lbs of fragile, expensive analog gear just doesn't make sense. add to that the extra noise and SPL interfering with the sound engineer's mix.

imagine gigging and you just have to bring your guitar, QC and cables instead of cabs/heads/pedalboards etc...

the sonic difference between a well dialed in and mic'd amp and the quad cortex aren't meaningful enough for it to make sense to hang on to the giant clunky legacy equipment.
Posted by Alex MacDonald on Jun 21, 2022
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Good idea, bad execution1 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCalgary Royal Vista, Alberta
The form factor, UI, and ease of use make the QC very appealing. Compared to other modelers on the market, the QC sounds *good* but as a kemper user for the past 6+ years, I was not blown away despite the marketing hype. The unit was extremely buggy and locked up on me during a live show, prompting a restart in between songs (take 2 minutes to boot). The power supply is cheap and gave a ground loop hum, making it borderline unusable for recording. To make matters worse, NDSP doesn’t really seem to be prioritizing the QC despite their promised at release. There’s still no editor, you can’t use their plugins with the unit yet, and software updates are slow and seemingly incomplete, sometimes breaking things that were fixed with a previous update. I ended up returning my unit and sticking with the Kemper, which has been flawless for me. I may re-visit the QC in a fee years (provided NDSP hasn’t forgotten about it by then) to see if some of the growing pains have been worked out.
Posted by Dustyn on Jun 17, 2022
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Unmatched Sounds and User Friendly0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreEdmonton Whyte, Alberta
Unbeatable sounds and VERY simple to use. After nearly 3 decades of tube amps I’m completely satisfied leaving them at home and bringing this for gigs. Could use more effects, but I’m told these are being developed. If you’re looking for a modelling unit to replace the amp, this is the only choice (note: I have not tried a Fractal yet). In any case, absolutely gobsmacked after capturing my boutique rig. Indistinguishable from the real thing. Most helpful piece of gear I’ve ever purchased. Would strongly recommend to anyone seeking to record direct or leave the amp at home.
Posted by RB on Apr 19, 2022
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Really good, But Really Bad6 of 9 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreBurlington, Ontario
I had a QC for about 6 months. The unit sounds incredible straight out of the box. It’s very easy to make great sounding personal presets without having to purchase other 3rd party IRs etc. However, the unit is severely lacking in effects. And also lacking in reliability. I purchased and within the 6 months I owned it, it failed during two live shows! Long + Mcq was very good about returning the unit for a full refund. I literally had a 2800.00 paperweight. This company released this unit probably two years too early. It’s just not ready for market yet!!! And has a lot of bugs in the software. I loved the unit when it was working well. But the unreliability of this unit has brought me back to Fractal. Give this company 2 years or so, and I think they will correct all these issues and quality control at the factory. But today… it’s a sad waste of a lot of money at this point…
Posted by TJ on Dec 7, 2021
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Big power in a small package3 of 3 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreToronto (Danforth), Ontario
I've been excited about getting this product for quite sometime. After placing the order and waiting 3 months I finally received it and am quite happy with it. It's a computer, so there is a lot going on a nd a lot to learn. The good thing is that it's very intuitive. Is it the best product in its category??? Not sure and probably not yet, but after 2 firmware updates I am very confident in the people at Neural and believe that this will be at the head of its class in no time. With tones and sounds similar to the other guys is the same category, the part that I really enjoy is its small footprint and portability. I'm sure I'll love this thing the more I use it and the more familiar I am with it and all of its nuances.
Posted by Trevor on Oct 13, 2021
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Closest StoreQuébec, Quebec
Je voulais un modeler haute qualité qui était versatile... bref un couteaux suisse sonore. Qqchose qui fitterait a la maison pour jouer avec écouteur, au studio ou live. et idéalement que je pourrais facilement transporter. Le Quad Cortex fait touuuute. Il sonne vraiment bien, Lorsque tu le part tu ne vois plus le temps passer, c'est vraiment une belle machine. l'interface est profonde mais simple a la fois, vraiment c'Est dur de trouver des défauts
Posted by Guillaume on Mar 31, 2021
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