I google "HEADRUSH MX5 MIDI","HEADRUSH MX5 MIDI controller" in japan, to confirm easy to access my article. But I cannot find my blog.
My blog found in video search. Recently, it seems to be happen. But sometimes I could found my article in google, perhaps it's not related.
Maybe my generation in japan, many people doesn't video search.Since, I wrote this article.
If I add article about MX5 with MIDI, I add content in this article.
To enjoy playing guitar in my room, I bought compact multi stompbox. I looked for some information about compact mulit stompbox, so I wrote this article. Maybe, I looked for compact multi stompbox for beginners or middles.
First condition I thought
able to use headphone
all pedals in small pedal board
high quality sound
Roughly introduce names of exist now multi stompbox
The condition of 3. is on the other side, and for the time being, I will raise a candidate. Roughly, sorted by price.
I wanted to play a guitar after a long time, I bought HEADRUSH MX5. It was a month ago. Do, I summarize impression.
I feel good bought MX5, but I thought there are a few point POD GO has better.
Various good sounds
Sounds are very good heard with Headphone.
It's very fun, confirm combination of amps and effect pedals.
I watched YouTube Videos, it seems to be MX5 more accurate modeling than POD GO. If you want to accurate comparative of sounds modeling, please watch the youtube to search "MX5 vs POD GO".
Easy to operate basically
Operability is very good. Basically function can used without user guide. Monitar is easy to distinct.
MX5 has two potentiometer, one is volume another one is to parameter adjust and it can be clicked. It is rare case two potentiometers adjust, so can oprate one by one.
If you are difficult to operate with potentiometer, you can use touch panel.
Touch panel is most useful when you want to exchange effect pedals position.
Foot switch is very useful too. Especially, stomp mode is useful. 3 switches can assign scene(For example ,Clean,Claunch,LEAD).
If you want to change RIGs, you push two switches at the same time.
Usually, needless to other equipment(like external MIDI Controller).
Small and light
If you use only MX5, you can bring it in gigcase. Very easy to move. It is smaller than POD GO.
Looper with External MIDI Control
It's personal problem, I often use looper. Looper can be used with external MIDI Control.
MX5 switches can use with looper, so you can play looper with some effects.
If you want to know in detail, show below article.
Difficult to look for modeling guide
There is few article about modeling pedals and amps.
I estimate from pictures what pedals and amps are. So, pedals and amps I don't know, are very difficult to use.
POD GO's pilot manual wrote about all modelings.
But There are no all modeling in MX5 official site.
I don't join community of HEADRUSH, I will confirm about this point after join community of HEADRUSH.
See other multi stompbox manual, snapshot which save setting effects pedals and amps is exist. MX5 doesn't has snapshot, has only RIG.
When you make sounds, if you want to back the settings, you
have to remember the settings. In that time, I want to use snapshot.
Touch panel react cable and display lock
When cable hit touch panel, touch panel works. To avoid it, there is funciton of display lock.
In display lock mode, Like below picture, only watch RIG name and 3 switches display.
When I use external MIDI switches, I cannot confim effect pedals on/off.
MX5 is compact but pedal is small too. My foot is not big, if you have a big foot, It's difficult to use.
MX5 switch cannot assign multi reversing
When you use compact pedals, you often push two switches of pedals. MX5 switches cannot do it. You must use scene.
But external MIDI controller can do it.
Few unique pedals
My favor is unique pedals. POD GO has a lot of filters and synth. MX5 has few unique pedals(there is 'autosaw').
But MX5 has basic modulation, there is no problem, person don't use unique pedals.
At the end
I expect improve MX 5 when update, so I wrote it.
It's exactly fun if you buy MX5.
More than ten years ago, when I saw Line6 FM4(discontinued), I feel the power of guitar. I think a guitarist needs one unique sound.
In this time, I introduce pedals without classic distortion,delay,modulation. You maybe think it doesn't need guitar,but it is fun using guitar.
If I have a time, I will survey a uniquq pedals.
About Electro Harmonix
Most famous pedal is "Big Muff"(fuzz). and "memory man"(delay) and "small clone"(chorus) are classic padal.
I'm surprised at numbers of Electro Harmonix pedals,When I survey.
Too many padals there are, so I'll show you some of them.
When I bought the pedal, battery is inside pedal. It's rare.
And the battery is printed a strong man who is founder of Electro Harmonix.
I thought use power supply, but I used battery when I saw the man. I use a battery until I can use it.
I'm satisfied with bought HEADRUSH MX5. But, I want to play with unique sound. Distortion, delay, modulation are very satisfying, but I want to play with filters or synthesizers.
If you want stompbox with filter , you should buy LINE 6 POD GO or HELIX.
I'm satisfied with MX5 basic fuctions(high quality modeling amps and pedals checked in youtube), and I don't like to change stompbox in short term. That's why I bought filter pedals.
Well, few people use filter pedals.
The sounds like Using volume potentiometer in guitar. That's good but not satisfy.
As a side note, MX5 pedals list link is below. There is no 'AUTO SWELL' in the link. It is very difficult to search infomation about pedals and modelings.
I bought electro-harmonix Nano Q-Tron.
If you are very good player, you can play with wah pedal. But I cannot play well. It can be set sound in detail.
I feel good pedals palying verious sounds. But I want to play funky session more than electical session.
I wrote about
examination of MIDI Controller using HAEDRUSH MX5 in Previous blog, since I didn't know about MIDI Controller.Then, I knew two mode of swtich action Toggle and Momentary.
When I wrote about how to use MIDI controller using HAEDRUSH MX5 in
this blog, I tested two configurations. Pattern 1, when the switch are pushed, send 'on' message.And when the switch are relesed, send 'off' message. Pattern 2, when the switch are pushed, send 'on' and 'off' message(Pattern2 is tested for the LED on/off).
I use Pattern 2. but I have no idea why use Pattern1.
What's the meaning of decision about on/off using Momentary mode.
Momentary mode MIDI Controller sends signals when push and release. When I heard about momentary mode, I thought some actions only works when you are pushing the switch. For example, When you are pushing the swith, works delay pedal.
Think it as a engineer
It is not my major(if it is my major, I understood it). It might need additional 1 step for calculate using Toggle mode. But, it might be opposite.
I don't know that the human beings can feel 1steps time.