NAMM 2020: Neural DSP promises “the most powerful floor modeler unit on the planet” with the Quad Cortex

Neural DSP Quad Cortex
(Image credit: Neural DSP)

NAMM 2020: In one of the biggest surprises of the show (before it even starts), Helsinki, Finland-based plugin darling Neural DSP has turned its hand to hardware with the Quad Cortex amp modeler and multi-effects.

Promising more processing power than its rivals, the Quad Cortex boasts 2GHz of dedicated SHARC and dual ARM DSP, which Neural DSP claims will result in improved sound quality and more simultaneous amp models, effects, routing and sound-shaping capabilities.

A 7” multi-touch screen is teamed with proprietary rotary footswitch controls and the ability to run four rigs simultaneously.

Neural DSP is best known for its highly lauded plugins, as used by Tosin Abasi, ‘Nolly’ Getgood and Plini, so this move into hardware is a major shake-up for the floor-based amp-modeler market - even if that screen looks awfully similar to Line’s Helix.

There’s no price confirmed yet, but the Quad Cortex will be up for limited pre-order at Neural DSP, and available later this year.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.