Akai Professional Head Rush E2
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yoTrakkz 12/01/2011

Akai Professional Head Rush E2 : yoTrakkz's user review

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The Akai Headrush E2 is a standard digital delay. It's pretty barebones as far as these pedals go. The settings are arguably the most minimal settings on any a Digital Delay, simply being able to adjust level, delay time, feedback, etc. The last switch also incorporates a hold; feature, which will basically loop short phrases as long as you depress the pedal with your foot. There are two outputs, one on either side, but i haven't ever used more than one so I can't comment on using that. There's nothing crazy like midi or computer editing options on it either.


This product is incredibly simple. If you don't want to much getting in the way, this would be perfect for you. Not much too explain and will only take a few moments to get a grasp of it. Even if you don't know what any of the knob settings mean at first, you'll get a feel for it quickly.


Akai makes great digital delay pedals, and this one is no exception. I've never had anything but good experiences with this pedal as far as sound quality goes. I play guitar and I think the pedal is perfect for this, though I doubt a bass would sound any worse going through it. The hold feature is pretty cool although it's not a replacement for a loop station, since it tends to sound pretty clipped. It's better as a jarring effect then a legitimate loop.


I've used this pedal for about 5 years and I've never had a problem with it really. I sometimes wish that I could do a bit more with it, but that would mean getting something much more expensive and generally unnecessary for me personally. I like how simple it is, which makes it easy to change settings on the go. That being said, programming pre-set settings onto it is not possible, and that would likely make it easier to use in live settings. I ended up going with this simply because it was cheapest, so I'd recommend shopping around and maybe checking out some other pedals first (check out the other Akai pedals, just because they all tend to sound pretty good.) I don't know if I'd pick this up again but it's certainly not a regrettable choice.