Neural DSP adds a looper to the Quad Cortex in comprehensive new update

Neural DSP Quad Cortex
(Image credit: Neural DSP)

Neural DSP has issued an update for its celebrated Quad Cortex multi-effects pedal and amp modeler, which introduces a looper function for the first time since the unit’s release.

That’s a pretty big deal, given in our own review, the only critique we could muster was that it didn’t have a looper.

Well, that’s all been corrected, with the long-awaited function finally arriving as part of the company’s CorOS 1.3.0 update.

The looper – which can be used in Preset, Scene and Stomp mode – offers four minutes and 44 seconds of record time, and can be placed anywhere on The Grid, allowing for a number of creative routing configurations.

The looper can also remain active through Preset changes, so long as each individual Preset has a Looper block attached, and is controlled via conventional looper pedal controls: Record, Overdub, Play/Stop and Undo.

Reverse and Half Speed controls are also available, which rewinds the recording and replaces the audio, respectively. These are joined by a Half Speed feature that replays the loop at – you guess it – half its recorded speed.

Completing the versatile control set is Duplicate – which extends your original loop by any desired length – the one-repeat-only One Shot and a Re-Loop setting that can trim the length of your initial recording.

Other notable features include a Quantize option that syncs the loop to the Quad Cortex’s tempo, MIDI compatibility and a Threshold level that triggers the looper when an audio signal is detected.

To see/hear the Looper in action, check out Mike Dawes’ demo in the video above.

A wealth of other updates have also been included as part of CorOS 1.3.0, among them nine new amp models – highlights include Marshall Silver Jubilee and Vox AC15-inspired offerings – four fresh delay patches and a trio of virtual cabs.

New factory presets, modulation effects and functional operations have also been added – all of which you can check out by visiting the Neural DSP website.

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Matt Owen

Matt is a Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.