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Review of the Akai E2 Headrush looper pedal. The user manual isn’t as helpful as you would expect it to be so you will have to discover some of the features. Is there an optional expressional pedal that I can add to the Akai E2 HeadRush to control. Akai E2 Headrush Delay Looper Pedal Manual. Akai Professional E2 Headrush Review – based on Question/Answer format so you can skip around to . You would need to manually do this.

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The Akai E2 Headrush has a user friendly interface.

The dual footswitch makes it hands-free to use. No quantize option available. The Akai E2 Headrush is a relatively inexpensive, easy to use, and robust looper that works well for both live performances and home use, but also lacks many of the bells and whistles of other loopers available today.

With the Akai E2 Headrush, musicians were promised better headroom, more looping time and a solution to the noise problems with the E1. Akai delivered on its promises, but the looper is still fairly simplistic compared to other options. In some cases, this could be an advantage, however. For example, the E2 Headrush is fairly easy to use straight out of the box. It features the following three play modes:.

In this mode, the Akai E2 Headrush lets you play and record a phrase that can be played back as a loop immediately. There is unlimited overdub so you can practice or perform endlessly. Overdubs and loops can be stretched by an extra 10 seconds in the Extend mode.

You might be disappointed if you are looking to record entire verse and chorus parts because you will get just about 24 seconds at If you want to overdub then you instantly cut these numbers into half, so you are looking at But this is more than enough for live performances and can be eight bars or longer depending on the tempo of your song.

However, what you can do is use the Akai E2 Headrush intelligently to play backing tracks for parts of your songs in a live performance…among other things. Even with no previous looping experience, you can use the E2 Headrush right out of the box. Significantly, because there is no quantize option, you will need spot-on timing to be able to use this effectively as is the case with any looper pedal.


The biggest problem we encountered while testing the E2 Headrush was that there is a volume issue with each layer you add. In other words, you cannot adjust the individual input level for each layer that you loop. One possible solution to this, unless you are playing something that cuts right through, is to use tonal variation via your pickup switches to solve the mix issue.

Once in delay mode, you can use the right foot switch to tap the time tempo tap. It works well depending on how much you plan to use this.

I do feel that there should have been an option of Reverse Delay, which would have made this even better.

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When used with an electro-acoustic guitar, it sounded natural and plush and guess what? There was none of the crackle or hiss either. If that is something you are interested in experimenting with, your best option is really the Digitech Jamman Delay. The sound, however, is a little too muffled. Noise, especially a hissing sound, was the nemesis of the Akai E1 pedal. Simply put, most of these seem manjal. Noise problems if hearrush, may be due to something in the pedal chain being overlooked or perhaps something as simple as too much gain.

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That being said, this pedal is not the quietest out their either. This delay is natural and rich.

Out of the three modes, this unit works seems to work best as a looper. The E2 offers a good share of options while still maintaining a not-so-complicated user interface. Almost everything is accessible using the two foot switches.

The right foot switch can be stomped on twice on the beat to set the tap tempo in the Delay mode. So basically you can do things without having to stop playing, including switching modes and changing delay tempo.


It is packed with good features for the price. The footswitches on the Akai E2 Headrush are sturdy and the general build of the pedal is solid due to the dicast metal body. The two foot switches are far apart to ensure that there are no accidents. The feel is rugged and study and it seems like it could last for quite a few years without causing any trouble.

The biggest letdown is that there is no battery compartment and you have to power it through an adapter only. Spend 10 minutes reading the user manual, spend an hour or two fiddling with it and you should be in control of the E2 Headrush.

At the most, give it a week you and will be able to milk it to get the most out of it.

Frankly, this pedal gets a bonus point for being so friendly and easy to use. If you have a good sense of timing, you can get a hang of this very quickly.

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Worked great at first. Now nothing but frustration. Complaints by other users all the same. Now shuts down at any point of a loop.

Look at other brands! I have used the Akai E2 Headrush for over 5 years and not the first problem. Does what it claims and does it well. As the review indicates, not alot of bells and whistles; however, sounds great. Akai E2 Headrush Mode Selector. Akai E2 Headrush Review 3. With the E2 Headrush, users were promised better headroom, more looping time and a solution to the noise problems with the E1. The result is a relatively inexpensive and robust looper that works well for both live performances and home use, but also lacks many of the bells and whistles of the newer loopers on the market today.

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