HeadRush MX5 Compact Floor Amp Modeling Guitar Effect Processor

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With powerful tone-generating technology at its core and a 4 high-resolution colour touch display, MX5 delivers a huge range of classic vintage, modern, and exclusive boutique amp models and FX, as well as the ability to load a virtually unlimited number of custom impulse response (IR) files. MX5 also features a looper with save and load functionality, studio-quality USB audio interface for streamlined recording and reamping, and a built-in expression pedal with an intuitive hands-free editing mode.

The HeadRush MX5 packs a big punch of tone with an immense library of 46 amplifier models, 15 cabinets with 10 microphone emulations, 300 impulse responses, and 63 premium FX! All HeadRush models are flawless simulations of the most sought-after vintage and modern gear with unrivalled accuracy and authentic dynamic response. There's even an expertly curated selection of premium HeadRush FX that can't be found anywhere else. This library will continue to be expanded with regular firmware updates that add new models and features based on user requests and feedback.

Custom-designed DSP system with powerful multi-core processing
High-resolution 4-inch touch display with guitarist-centric interface
Versatile library of realistic & responsive amplifier, cabinet, mic and FX models
Gapless preset switching with reverb/delay tail spillover
Load virtually unlimited custom impulse response files
Hands-free edit mode for quick on-the-fly live editing
Looper with save and load loop features
Built-in expression pedal with toe-switch and adjustable tension
Stereo FX loop for external FX or 4-cable connectivity with guitar/bass amps
1/8-inch (3.5mm) aux input, 1/8-inch (3.5mm) headphones output; MIDI input and output
Record and re-amp via USB (up to 24-bit/96KHz)

Super-compact yet loaded with all the power of HeadRush, MX5® is an incredibly easy to use and realistic-sounding guitar FX and amp modeler that's ideal for the desktop, the studio and the stage. Featuring a finely-tuned multi-core processor and 4-inch high-resolution touch display, the HeadRush MX5 makes tone building easy, letting you touch, swipe and drag-and-drop to instantly create and edit your perfect tone in an unprecedentedly realistic and intuitive way.

Amazing 4-inch Touch Display
Center stage on the HeadRush MX5 is an ultra-responsive 4-inch touch display and a guitarist centric, intuitive user interface literally touch, swipe and drag-and-drop to instantly create rigs with lightning speed and precision.

Perfectly Portable and Flexible
Equally suited to home recording or live performance situations, the HeadRush MX5 is incredibly portable at just 3.5 lbs. (1.6 kg) and can fit in most backpacks or instrument cases. It's never been this easy to bring the best classic vintage and modern gear to rehearsals, performances, or recording sessions near or far, without breaking the bank - or your back!

Easy-to-use Stomp, Rig and Hybrid Footswitch Modes
Controlling your sound has never been easier courtesy of MX5's 3 built-in footswitches that toggle 3 models or scenes, change rigs, or access your setlists. Quickly switch between the footswitch modes by holding footswitch 1 to select your desired mode. You can also select setlists, enter hands-free mode, and lock the touch display from this menu.

Fully-Assignable Expression Pedal for Maximum Control
The expression pedal has two powerful modes, Classic Mode and Advanced Mode, alongside a toe switch to switch between two banksExpression Pedal A or B. In Classic mode, if you assign a wah pedal to Expression Pedal A and a volume pedal to Expression Pedal B, only one of them will be active at any time; when you are controlling the wah pedal, the volume pedal will be bypassed, and vice versa. With the Advanced setting you can assign up to four parameters to each expression pedal (A and B). Moving the pedal will adjust all of its assigned parameters simultaneously. Using the toe switch will select the other expression pedal and leave the current pedal's parameters active and at their maximum values.

Best-In-Class Looper with Save & Load Functionality
The HeadRush MX5 has an advanced built-in looper that you can use to layer parts during performances, or use as a songwriting tool when inspiration strikes. You can load .WAV and .MP3 audio files into the Looper to play along with backing tracks; you can also save your new loops as .WAV files and export them to your Mac/PC via USB Transfer Mode for sharing with the world. Each loop has a maximum length of 5 minutes, and can hold up to a whopping 20 minutes of layered audio at a time.

All the connections you need
The HeadRush MX5 integrates seamlessly into your current rig with all the connections you need to handle any performance situation. Combining a 1/4-inch guitar input, (2) 1/4-inch TRS outputs switchable between amp or line level, a 1/8-inch output for headphones, 5-Pin MIDI in/out via 2 1/8-inch-to-MIDI adapters, plus an onboard 1/4-inch stereo FX loop to integrate external pedals at any point in the signal chain, effortless integration into your existing setup is a snap! The HeadRush MX5 even features a 1/4-inch TRS input to connect an external expression pedal. The HeadRush MX5 unites your existing equipment while opening up a world of new sonic possibilities.


Footswitches: (3) footswitches with colour LEDs

(1) 300 master volume knob
(1) 360 navigation/data encoder

(1) full-colour LED-backlit display with touch interface
4-inch / 102 mm (diagonal)

(1) 1/4-inch(6.35 mm) mono input (guitar)
(1) 1/4-inch (6.35 mm) TRS input (expression pedal)
(1) 1/4-inch (6.35 mm) stereo output (send)
(1) 1/4-inch (6.35 mm) stereo input (return)
(2) 1/4-inch (6.35 mm) balanced output (main)
(1) 1/8-inch (3.5 mm) stereo output (headphones)
(1) 1/8-inch (3.5 mm) stereo input (auxiliary device)
(1) 1/8-inch (3.5 mm) MIDI output
(1) 1/8-inch (3.5 mm) MIDI input
(1) USB Type-B port
(1) DC power adapter input

Power Connection: DC power adapter input
Input Voltage: 12 VDC, 3.0 A, center-positive

Dimensions (W x D x H): 2.75" x 11.6" x 7.6" / 70 x 295 x 195 mm
Weight: 3.46 lbs / 1.57kg

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I am just totally blown away by the MX5. I owned the POD Go, loved it, but sold it for the MX5 for the value it gives for the price point. After spending just 5 minutes with it I could dial in way more satisfying tones from it way faster than I could from the POD Go. Very responsive tones. While the models may not have as many parameters as their Helix counterparts, I think that's where this unit's strength is; the sounds you can get from them are very realistic IMO. Their UI/UX experience is the most intuitive and feature rich I have ever seen among many modellers; one of my favourite features being block-level presets, preset setlists and PC-like file management; You get practically unlimited storage for your presets, rigs and IRs. If you are skeptical about Headrush, please make sure you check their manual and feature set. They offer great support on their forums and sites; and the best part IMO is they offer the FULL DSP power as the flagship unit which makes this unit the best in it's price range by a long shot.
Posted by Kartik H on Oct 7, 2021
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