The Gigboard crams the processing power of Headrush's flagship Pedalboard into a compact and easy to use format.
Many of the several companies currently vying for the 'ultimate guitar floor processor' also offer slimmmed-down versions of their flagship products, which aim to deliver the same quality in a more affordable, convenient form factor for those who don't need access to every feature. The Headrush Gigboard is one such product, and is based on the larger Headrush Pedalboard (reviewed in SOS September 2017).
The Gigboard has one of the most intuitive interfaces I've yet encountered, courtesy of its seven-inch colour touchscreen. The screen supports all the usual double-tap, drag and swipe functions we've come to expect from tablets, to the extent that I could spend a few hours exploring the unit with the supplied quick start manual still sealed in its bag! A full manual, available online, will help you understand the full power of this device, though. It reveals various features that are less obvious, including that the more vain performers out there can even load in their own band logo to display when the screen is locked!
Inside the tough steel enclosure, a quad-core processor hosts amp models powered by Eleven HD Expanded DSP code. Power comes from an external adaptor — I'm not keen on those, but that seems to be the way of things today. Eleven was one of the first serious amp modellers for Pro Tools some years back, but the development team have not been idle. The OS permits gapless preset changes, with reverb and optional delay tail spillover (unless in Looper or USB audio mode). The built-in looper offers up to 20 minutes of record...
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