The item images show the demo unit that we unwrapped in our showroom. Customers will only receive un-opened, brand new units, depicted in the last couple of pictures. To categorise the Neural DSP Quad Cortex as a guitar/bass pedal is an understatement. Weighted under 2 kg, it is a compact box that houses a collection of algorithms for your guitar or bass, including 50+ amp profiles, 70+ effects, and 1000+ cab IRs. These algorithms are growing over time as we speak. A combination of touch screen, as well as foot switches that also coupled as rotary knobs, provides efficient and customisable controls for recording and live situations. With a few strokes on the touch screen, you can swap the order of effects in the chain without complicated cabling.
The sounds from our initial test were impressive – we are keeping one in our showroom as demo, and hopefully we will shoot some nice videos with it. If you have some existing effect pedals that you cannot live without, two sets of send/return allow you to use those pedals and move them anywhere you like in the Neural effect chain. The latest update includes a much-anticipated looper function, as well as a large number of effects, amps and IRs. Please note that we are unable to ship this item to China Mainland. Quick link to Neural’s product page here.