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Neural DSP Quad Cortex Digital Amp & Effects Modeller

The most powerful floor modeller in the world! Leading Quad-Core SHARC processing, 50+ onboard amps, 70+ effects, 1000+ IRs & much more.

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Product Description

The Quad Cortex is an ultra-powerful, action-packed floor guitar amp and effects modeller from modern tone masters Neural DSP. This is the company's first entry into guitar hardware, with their previous successes in virtual amp software such as the Archetype: Nolly, Omega Ampworks and Fortin Nameless Suite.

This superb creation captures high-end guitar tones in a portable, seamlessly-intuitive piece of kit. The Quad Cortex is capable of hosting hundreds of amps and effects without breaking a sweat — thanks to the impressive 2GHz Quad-Core SHARC architecture, which is undoubtedly the future of amp modelling technology. This ludicrous amount of processing capacity provides limitless sound design possibilities!

Key Features

  • Newly-added loop function (introduced in 2022, update required).
  • Leading Quad-Core SHARC processing.
  • 50+ onboard amps, 70+ effects, 1000+ IRs.
  • Capture, share and download your favourite rig sounds.
  • Ever-growing collection of free rig captures in addition to Neural DSP's full-circuit models.
  • Tactile and intuitive 7" multi-touch display.
  • Lightweight and compact (just 1.95kg/4.2lbs and 29cm/11.4" wide).
  • Robust anodized aluminium unibody, with laser engraved graphics and stainless steel rotary actuators.
  • WIFI module for wireless preset sharing, cloud backups, over-the-air firmware updates, and more.
  • TS, TRS, XLR, USB, MIDI and headphone connectivity. Dual expression inputs and dual effects loops.

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Power Your Dream Rig

Pushing the boundaries of guitar tone has never been more accessible. The Quad Cortex's powerhouse of a processor is capable of running numerous amp models, cabinets and stereo effects interchangeably at the tap of a button.

Emulate real amp characteristics: the unique onboard biomimetic AI technology replicates any physical amplifier, overdrive, and cabinet with unprecedented likeness. Whatever you hear from a real amp, you'll hear from the Quad Cortex! Neural DSP will also continue to collaborate with leading sound designers to add more patches to the already impressive Sound Library.

Extensive Sound Library

Neural DSP boasts an ever-growing library of over 1000 guitar amp and effect algorithms. Curate your perfect tone with all Neural DSP have to offer in the Quad Cortex. The Sound Library is the go-to software for the next generation of guitar virtuosos, such as Rabea Massaad, Tosin Abasi, Plini and industry engineers like Adam "Nolly" Getgood. Like them, this is the easiest way to get your fingers on great guitar tone.

Teach your Quad Cortex new sounds. Want to take your favourite amp tone everywhere without lugging around the amp itself? Plug in a microphone and use Neural Capture to record it — you'll struggle to tell the difference between the original amp and the Quad Cortex. Built-in phantom power means you can capture your sound in optimal quality using a condenser mic too. The added bonus of the Quad Cortex's mic preamp means you can easily record a variety of instruments and spice them up with effects!

Intuitive User Interface

Not only does the Quad Cortex house one of the most extensive sound collections on the planet, but it's also one of most effortless to use. Tinker to your heart's content using the powerful parametric EQ on the 7" multi-touch display. Position virtual microphones exactly where you want on over 1000 impulse responses, with third-party IRs easy to load up as well. Drop in signal path blocks within seconds to voice your effects in unique ways, and use the rotary stomp switches to scroll through amp settings and assign 32 banks of eight presets each for instant tonal access — just like an analogue switcher.

Compact Size & All-Encompassing Connectivity

Weighing in at just under 2kg and more compact than an Apple MacBook Pro, the Neural DSP Quad Cortex is ideal for touring musicians, guitarists cutting down on gear clutter, or those with restricted space and volume levels.

Slot the Quad Cortex into any setup, either stereo or mono. It's equipped with TS, TRS and XLR ins and outs to handle everything you throw at it. Two available effects loops let you incorporate your favourite pedals into the signal chain, while MIDI connections automate switching and control every parameter within the Quad Cortex. There's even a headphone output for silent playing.

Customer Reviews

Quad Cortex is amazing. It gives me so many different options for sounds & I can easily take it anywhere.” - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

[The Quad Cortex] has enabled me to reduce my amps and large pedalboard down to one small box that fits in my gig bag whilst not changing the sounds I use live at all.” - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

"Head & shoulders above other modellers when it comes to both tone & user interface." - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

CorOS 2.0.0 Out Now - 'Hybrid Mode' & More!

You can configure a Hybrid Mode via the new "Modes configuration" option on the Main Menu. It allows you to assign a separate mode to each row of footswitches. Hybrid Mode is ideal for people who want to quickly access new Presets while having granular control within their active Preset by incorporating Stomp Mode or Scene Mode. You can create a Hybrid Mode out of any of the three available modes. Additionally, you can remove modes you don't use to toggle between 3, 2, or even just 1 active mode!

Additional updates include Cab/IR Global Bypass, Global EQ, Master Volume Knob Assignment, Gain Reduction Meter, Device Versioning, Tap Tempo Scene Change, Scene Bypass State Behavior and an IR Loader block. Click here to learn more about CorOS 2.0.0.

Cortex Mobile 1.4.0 Now Available!

Cortex Mobile 1.4.0 is now available on the App Store and Google Play. Version 1.4.0 exposes supplementary information when viewing a Preset, such as the devices used and the configured Scenes.

The following features have been added:

  • Preset Metadata: Users can now see a list of the devices used in a Preset, including the official manufacturer names of models (where applicable).
  • Preset Scenes: Users can now see the Scenes configured for a Preset and switch between them to visualize the bypass state of each device.

The following features have been changed:

  • Users can now edit and delete Presets or Captures uploaded to their profile.
  • Several small UI and backend changes.
  • "Preset Devices" and "Scenes" buttons display beneath the Preset description.
  • The Preset Devices page lists all of the devices used in the Preset and includes the manufacturer and product names where applicable.
  • On the Scenes page, use the dropdown or the footswitch buttons to see the names of each Scene configured in the Preset as well as the bypass state of the devices used. In a future version, you will be able to interact with the devices to see parameter settings and more.

New Looper Function with 1.3.0 Update

Included in the recent CorOS 1.3.0 update (released in 2022), the Quad Cortex now features a looper function! With up to four minutes and forty four seconds of recording time, place the looper anywhere on the grid for creative routing configuration!

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Customer Reviews

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142 reviews

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Adam6th Feb 2024

Fantastic modeller -- truly one of the best on the market. UI is so intuitive, it just makes using the thing so much easier. There's plenty of ways you can hook this up to your gear and enjoy the plethora of effects, amps, captures, and everything else you can dream of.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr stephen booth11th Jan 2024

Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 4

Trusted Customer7th Jan 2024

The first peer to valves for my ears and fingers yet infinitely more flexible. Capable of much more than just emulation. Great UI, inspiration on tap, and loads more potential in the hardware. Deciding to democratise their tone cloud instead of monetisation is the icing on the cake.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer26th Dec 2023

The sounds in this unit are unreal, so usable straight out of the box. The only issue I'm having is trying to record into my DAW however that is probably my fault more than anything due to lack of experience!

Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

Mr Chris O'Toole7th Dec 2023

Insane unit, should have got one ages ago

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr. Paul Downes4th Nov 2023

Fantastic bit of kit...I prefer it to the Helix I had previously

Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

Mr James Maddern17th Nov 2023

Absolutely unbelievable gear, the amp models are so accurate and the UI is a brilliant touch.

Value 4Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr R Marrs15th Nov 2023

It does everything I want from the FX unit it sounds amazing and the Computer editor is fantastic. However, I would have liked the unit to be able to load via USB or perhaps even better the ability to plug in a USB stick with songs/sets & practice material that can be loaded on the fly. The 7" screen is really nice but it would be a game changer to be able to use the PC editor and replace the current somewhat meaningless FX blocks icons with your own custom icons, especially with personal FX/amp clones .... Drag & Drop thumbnail PNG picture icons etc. I am otherwise very happy with the unit, Perhaps an upgrade at a later date will see this option become available.

Value 4Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer3rd Nov 2023

Quad Cortex is a game changer! It has all the good features in one small footprint; a very nice touchscreen combined with the modelling amps (like Helix or Fractal) and amp or drive pedal capturing possibility (like Kemper or ToneX). As a Kemper rack user, I'm extremely happy with Quad Cortex's flexibility and user friendliness. I'm able to create any patch within minutes by using the touchscreen. Multiple signal paths allow me to create complex presets as well as using the same unit for an acoustic duo gig. Both the vocal mic and my acoustic can be fed into Quad Cortex and signal paths are processed completely separate. It's never been a case with my Kemper as the touch screen is not intuitive enough and very old school limited signal path/stomp availabilities.

Value 4Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Chris Pratt13th Oct 2023

Big investment but an awesome piece of kit!

Value 4Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

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