HeadRush adds four amps, four effects to its Pedalboard, Gigboard and MX5 floorboard modelling units

15 February, 2022

— HeadRush 2.4 now offers players amp models inspired by a four-channel Engl Powerball head, plus four new classic stompbox emulations, including a bass preamp/distortion —

HeadRush has announced a new update to its floor-based amp modellers, adding a quartet of amp models inspired by the Engl Powerball II, and effects modelled on classic octave fuzz, overdrive, preamp/drive and bass preamp/distortion pedals.

The update is free and compatible with HeadRush Pedalboar, Gigboard and MX5 units. If you want a quick run-through of the new sounds in order, hit up the video above. And if those demo sounds are agreeable, you can download them to your HeadRush unit.

HeadRush says sample Powerball is a 2011 model, which is a guitar amp for heavy metal guitar players if ever there was one. A four-channel fire-breather, the real-life amp has 100-watts, a quartet of 6L6GC power tubes with four Engl ECC83/12AX7 tubes in the preamp, and a host of features for tightening the bottom end and sculpting mids.

Such high-powered tube amps are something to be savoured in the wild, but they are not easily housetrained and are heavy to lift. As such, it makes perfect sense to use a digital alternative, and this 2.4 update will put that uncompromising, saturated grind into the hands of more players.