Neural DSP Quad Cortex

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Multi-Effect Pedal for Electric Guitar & Electric Bass

  • Powerful and compact effect unit with 2 GHz dedicated DSP from the Quad-Core SHARC architecture
  • Unique neural capture network architecture enables the analysis and simulation of the dynamics and sound of other amplifiers
  • Integrated Wifi for sharing rig capture presets, backups and firmware updates
  • The integrated Superior Modeling Technology enables a constantly growing collection of algorithms with uncompromising sound quality
  • With custom rig captures from some of the best producers and sound designers
  • Very low latency and unparalleled routing flexibility
  • 7" Multi-touch display
  • Cabsim with over 1000 impulse responses
  • 11 Newly developed combination foot switches with rotary control function
  • Volume controls
  • Power supply connection: barrel connector 5.5 x 2.1 mm, negative polarity inside
  • Power supply via 12 V DC power adapter (included)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 290 x 191 x 48 mm
  • Weight: 1.6 kg

Note: no battery operation possible.

Connections:

  • Input 1 & 2: Combo XLR / 6.3mm jack
  • FX Loop 1: 2x 6.3 mm jack
  • FX Loop 2: 2x 6.3 mm jack
  • Output 1 & 2: 2x XLR
  • Output 3 & 4: 2x 6.3 mm stereo jack
  • Headphone connection: 6.3 mm stereo jack
  • Expression 1 & 2: 2x 6.3 mm stereo jack
  • MIDI In & Thru / Ou
  • USB
Tillgänglig sedan April 2021
Artikelnummer 486992
försäljningsenhet 1 Styck
Design Floorboard
Tube(s) No
Amp Modeling Yes
Effects Yes
Headphone Output Yes
Direct Out Yes
MIDI Interface Yes
Integrated Expression Pedal No
Connections for Pedals or Switches Yes
Aux-Input Yes
Integrated Tuner Yes
USB-Port Yes
Drum-Computer No
Incl. Tuner 1
Integrated Effects 1
MIDI Connector(s) 1
Line Out 1
PSU included 1
Aux Input 1
USB Connection 1
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Anonym 24.10.2021
Enkel och otroligt bra!
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Excellent unit in an early stage
ProgGuy 29.05.2021
I got this exclusively for studio use, focusing on recording and reamping of guitars and basses, so the focus is on what I'd handle an amp/cab/mic combo in the studio. Previously using Helix an Kemper, the Quad Cortex excells with regard to sound quality and versatility, with more dynamic and real sounding models (to the Helix) and more versatile uses of both models and captures (to the Kemper). The user interface in v.1.0 is already way beyond any competition, as I don't want to rely on PC editors.

The downside is that as it's still brand new, it still lacks a few features, especially regarding pre and post FX compared to the more mature products. That's not really significant for me as I use it in the studio, but I hope to see a wider range of good pre FX to reduce the pedal clutter and increase reliabiliy for studio use.
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This is basically just a prototype... (and you can't direct monitor on Windows)
ligma fingaz 04.01.2022
Direct Monitoring feature still is unusable on Windows as of January 2022. I have tried every QC OS update/USB driver/windowsOS workaround on the PC of every bedroom producer I know and all with the same result. The entire signal gets bitcrushed when you record, fizzy unusable mush. Line-outs work just fine. Never had this issue occur on a Mac.

Side-note: I'm pretty disappointed that many teased features (such as being able to load Archetype plugins, having a desktop editor) have not been added and at this point never will be. I anticipate they'll put out a new unit with this feature in a few years and leave any early adopters in the dirt. This unit is rusting away, a waste of potential. The company's focus seems to have shifted almost entirely to their plug-in users. Not acceptable conduct at this price-point. I dare you Neural, prove me wrong in the next update

Lastly: flimsy unconditioned power supply, should come with something more reliable. USB 2.0 Type B is practically extinct why is it on this unit? Why doesn't the app have audio demos for user presets? Why is it so cluttered to navigate? Why is there so much latency switching presets?
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QC or Fractal Audio FM9
AlesT 04.09.2022
First impression – einfach genial!

I bought this product in hope for a good sounding and easy to use unit. I own a Fractal Audio FM3. QC is the most user friendly unit I have ever tried - einfach genail! This is something the FA should learn from Neural. QC is also very lighter compared to FM3 and has lot more DSP power, you be very creative. With FM3 you can use only 1 amp in the chain.

What is my main problem with FM3, there are so many options and parameters to tweak, I have this constant feeling that I could sound better with some fine adjustment? With QC I have managed to set up the unit and create a patch in 15 min without reading any manual or watching any video, this is pure advantage!

What about the sound?

Happy with the thought that I will sold the FM3 and keep the QC, I set the A/B test. Both units had the latest firmware. I play 40+ years, owned and tried many high end amps (Friedman, Marshall, Mesa, Fender etc), owned digital stuff like Kemper, Helix and currently FM3. I argue that if you really want to test a digital modeler of profiler, you have to test it with guitar cabinet using a linear power amp (no IR). The test signal chain, my favourite Gibson Les Paul, AB switch, one line into FM3 one into QC and into a Matrix GT 1000 FX to the Marshall 1960 AV cabinet. I compared all the amps (same models) that are in the both units (Friedman, Soldano, EVH, JCM 800, VH4, VOX, Fender etc.). I tested from the bedroom to the stage volume.

And the result…

I could not believe and I didn't want to believe what I'm hearing. I was shocked, the FM3 sounded so much better, more fresh, more dynamic, much more real compared to the real amp. Just for the record, I tested the real Friedman amp BE 100 Deluxe, so I know how the real amp compare to FM3. In the end I kept my FM3, because it was so very close considering the feel, response and sound. And the idea to have many other amps that I love and don’t need to spend 20K EURO just for amps, is a good feeling. So, back to the QC sound, with the high gain amps, the QC has some strange, annoying frequencies in mid-range. Even with lowering the minds and EQ cuts, there is this 'nasal' thing going on. With clean amps it' even worse, I felt like having a blanket over the speakers with the QC. I thought I'm doing something wrong, so I checked many videos any read the manual. Tried other settings, options, but the significant difference was always there. In the blind test I could guess 10 times in a row which one I'm playing.

I'm really disappointing, because I wanted to keep the QC for it's simplicity.

Neural marketing strategy?

Maybe the user friendly product that combines two worlds (modelling and profiling) is the USP for the Quad Cortex? I don’t know, but for me, the number one criteria is always the feel and the sound.

I wish Neural could do something to improve the sound quality. With the sound of the FM3, I would keep the QC for 100% even the FM3 feels more robust, but I will not deep into this topic. Simplicity would be the game changer for me.

Verdict

If the feel and sound is your main concern, I suggest you try Fractal FM9 (you are not limited with just one amp in the row and you have more switches compared to FM3) and QC. Make sure you test it with a quality linear power amp and the guitar cabinet and choose your winner.

If you are looking for a decent sounding product with an unbelievable simplicity and countless options including profiling, the QC is the choice for you.

I will send my QC back ASAP (I know there are many of you waiting for the stock), sell my FM3 and buy an FM9. The 400 EUR + for FM9 compared to QC is nothing if I consider the sound and feel quality from Fractal Audio.

Thank you Thomann, you are the best retailer in Europe, no wonder that all shop in the circle of 500 km around my home, closed their business or they are selling only super low costs instruments.
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