“ The Akai Professional E2 HEAD RUSH combines delay, tape echo, and a looping recorder in a single pedal. User-selectable delay options allow for maximum control of output signal. Real-time feedback and gain adjustment as well as echo rate enable sounds to be shaped with precision. E2 HEAD RUSH also simulates a four-head analog-tape machine with control of decay and spacing between virtual-tape heads to create complex multiple delays and repeats. The signal from each virtual head appears on an individual output for multiple returns when used with an external mixing console or multiple amps.Looping Recorder mode enables you to record and overdub layer after layer of sound in real-time, making E2 HEAD RUSH an unbelievable live performance tool.Depending upon which mode is selected, the left footswitch controls the on/off and play/stop functions while the right footswitch sets the tap delay time or recording and overdub options. The LED display indicates which effect in use and blinks in time showing the delay time selected.E2 HEAD RUSH empowers you to bring back sounds of yesterday, blend them with the ruggedness and flexibility of today's technology, and add new functionality. Every effect-pedal board needs one! „
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The Akai E2 headrush pedal is a delay come looping pedal and I think does both very well.
I started live looping with this pedal and found it to be pretty simple as it only has two buttons to control you loop. When you first start looping it just takes a bit of practice to really nail the loop correctly as, depending on what your looping, a few fractions of a second can really make the difference. If you have never come across live looping before I'll give a quick run down of what is involved and what can be achieved.
The way I normally start a loop on this pedal is to play a bass line along with a drum loop from a drum machine or hardware sampler. When i am happy with my groove I would start recording the loop by pressing the right switch (overdub/record) with my foot, the LED would light up red to indicate i was recording, and after 4 bars press the left switch to end the recording of the loop and to start the play-back! I would then stop the drum machine and time to relax and take a breath. Next I would lay down a guitar or keyboard part so would start jamming along with the loop that was playing back until i was happy and then overdub the loop by pressing the overdub/record switch again. You can leave the pedal overdubbing as long as you wish so you can record a rhythm guitar section over the 4 bars (my original loop length) and follow that immediatley with a lead guitar section over the same 4 bars. So essentially you have a 4 bar loop going on with 2 guitars, bass and drums. One of the best features with this loop pedal is that if you now press the record/overdub switch twice it will revert to the first loop you recorded i.e. just the bass and drums. The pedal will still be on overdub mode too so you can be still playing and overdubding immediatly, which gives variation on your loops. Thats kind of basic looping for you there, although you can make it more interesting by adding another loop pedal before or after this one so you can loop loops etc. I have just recenlty bought a Boss RC50 which is like having 3 loopers by its self and then use this one before it as either a looper or delay pedal.
The delay on this pedal is very nice too. It can emulate tape delay which i have never used but the digital delay sound good and is easy to control. I have mainly used this delay in dub type music and have found it easy to get the timing and decay of the delay just right. When in delay mode (the modes are selected by pressing both switches at the same time, each mode denoted by different coloured LED's) you use the right swith to 'tap' to the delay tempo. Once you have your delay time set you can adjust the delay and how wet or dry you want the delay sound to be by adusting the knobs at the top. Nice and simple.
The pedal itself is well made of dicast metal and is very rugged and heavy. The spacing of the switches is far enough apart as to not accidently press both at the same time. Overall it has a nice feel and I'm sure will last for many years.
The things for me that single it out as a good looping pedal is the ability to revert to the original loop at anytime, which a lot of loop pedals do not do. Which once your used to it can be very frustrating to not have. The quality of the loop does not deminish either with more loops.
On the down sides the loop length could be a bit longer and there is no battery compartment so has to be run off mains power. Other than that I can think of no down sides.
The price compared to other loopers is very favourable and i would recommend this pedal to everyone!!!!