The HeadRush MX5 is the newest and most streamlined multi-fx module from HeadRush! This article will answer the most frequently asked questions to get you up to speed on the massive potential of the MX5!

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the HeadRush MX5?

Featuring a finely-tuned quad-core processor and powered by exclusive Eleven® HD Expanded™ DSP software, the HeadRush MX5™ delivers the most versatile, realistic-sounding, and responsive amplifier, cabinet, microphone, and FX models ever found in a road-ready floorboard guitar FX processor. The touch display enables you to touch, swipe, and drag-and-drop to instantly create and edit your rigs in an unprecedentedly realistic and intuitive way. Plus, it features gapless preset changes with reverb and delay tail spillover, a built-in looper with 20 minutes of record time, the ability to load custom impulse response files, and exclusive original boutique effects that can’t be found anywhere else. Whether you’re looking for a classic warm vintage amp with natural tube drive, wide ambient stereo delay textures with infinite feedback or the heaviest of heavy djent tone, the HeadRush MX5 covers it all and everything between.  

Where do I download the included Celestion IR files?

Every HeadRush MX5 includes a download card for (2) free IR files from Celestion. We've put together a video that walks through how to download and install these great-sounding IR's - 


What are the minimum system requirements for the HeadRush MX5?

The following system requirements are the minimum specifications required for using the HeadRush MX5 with your computer:

  • Windows: Windows 8.1
  • Mac: macOS 10.14
  • Host USB port; High-speed USB 2.0 or 3.0  

Can I power the MX5 using my multi-pedal power supply?

No, the MX5 must be powered only with the included power supply.

It may look compatible with popular multi-pedal power supplies but the MX5 will require more power than those boxes can provide. These boxes are a popular way to eliminate or reduce ground noise between different pedals by supplying a common ground. The MX5 is fully grounded through and through and will not add extra noise when integrated into a pedal system using the included power supply.

What inputs and outputs does the HeadRush MX5 have?

  • (1) ¼-inch (6.35mm) TS input (guitar) 
  • (1) ¼-inch (6.35mm) TRS input (secondary expression pedal) 
  • (1) ¼-inch (6.35mm) Stereo input (FX Returns) 
  • (1) ¼-inch (6.35mm) Stereo output (FX Send)
  • (2) ¼-inch (6.35mm) TRS outputs (amp- or line-level) 
  • (1) ?-inch (3.5mm) Stereo Output (Phones Out)
  • (1) ?-inch (3.5mm) Stereo Input (Aux In)
  • (1) ?-inch (3.5mm) Midi Output (Adapter included)
  • (1) ?-inch (3.5mm) Midi Input (Adapter included)
  • (1) USB Type-B port 
  • (1) DC power input 

What are the HeadRush MX5's dimensions and weight?

  • Dimensions: (WxDxH): 11.6” x 5.9” x 2.75” (295 x 150 x 70mm)
  • Weight: 3.46lbs (1.57kg)   


Does the HeadRush MX5 have reverb/delay tail spillover across presets?

Yes, reverb/delay spillover can be enabled/disabled for each rig by tapping the TAIL button in the rig view.

Can I load custom/3rd party impulse responses (IRs) into the HeadRush MX5?

Yes, The HeadRush MX5 supports all common wave formats (WAV, AIFF), sample rates (up to 192kHz), and bit depths (up to 32-bit).  

Can I turn off the amp/cab models for specific outputs or send my guitar directly to an output with no amp modeling applied at all?

Yes, you can do this using the Alternate Output setting, which is located on the global settings page.  

What kind of MIDI messages can be sent/received by the HeadRush MX5?

Yes, the HeadRush MX5 will accept and send MIDI Program Change and Control Change messages via the 1/8 '' MIDI in/out ports. This can be used to change rig presets and specific Program Change messages can be assigned on the Hardware Assign page for each preset. You can also set the global send/receive MIDI channel in the Global Settings menu.

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Included Amp, Cab, Mic, and FX Models

Is there a list of included Amp, Cab, Mic, and FX models?

Yes, you can view this at

Does the HeadRush MX5 have a tremolo pedal model?

Yes. Some of our amp models include their onboard tremolo, but there is also a tremolo pedal model that can be used separately.  

Does the HeadRush MX5 have any pitch or harmony FX?

Yes. Our Wham and Harm models cover pitch shifting and harmonization effects.  

Does the HeadRush MX5 have a bit-crusher FX?

Yes. Our 8-Bit Crush model gives you a wide variety of grimey crushing sounds. You can even individually mute or invert any of the 8-bits.  

Does the HeadRush MX5 have any doubler FX?

Yes. Our Stereo Doubler model quickly and easily gives you the classic wide sound of double-tracked guitars.  

Can I use the FX Sends/Returns to add my other hardware pedals and effects to my signal chain?

Yes, hardware guitar pedals, rack effects, and any other gear can be looped into your signal chain by using the FX Send and Return ports on the HeadRush. Use the FX Loop block to place the Send/Return at any point in your HeadRush signal chain.

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Assigning Footswitches/Expression Pedal

Can I change the settings with the expression pedal?

Using the hands-free edit mode, you can adjust any parameter without having to bend over. Hold the footswitch assigned to the model that you want to adjust, select the parameter, and use the expression pedal to fine-tune your settings.  

Can I arrange my footswitch assignments in any order?

Yes! You can arrange your footswitch assignments on the Hardware Assign page without affecting the model's placement in the signal chain.

Can I assign my footswitches to only control only rig preset selection or only model selection?

Yes, you can do this by holding the bottom left footswitch and selecting the Rig, or Stomp views accordingly.

Can I assign half of my footswitches to control models, and half of my footswitches to control rig selection at the same time?

Yes, you can do this by holding the bottom left footswitch and selecting the Hybrid view.  

Can I turn off the auto-assignment of models to footswitches?

Yes, you can adjust this parameter in the global settings menu.  

How many parameters can I assign to the expression pedal A + B?

The expression pedal can function in Classic Mode or Advanced Mode.  

  • In Classic Mode, you can assign one parameter to each expressional pedal (A and B). Using the toe switch will select the other expression pedal and deactivate (bypass) the current expression pedal’s parameter. For example, if you assign a wah pedal to Expression Pedal A and a volume pedal to Expression Pedal B, only one of them will be active at any time; when you are controlling the wah pedal, the volume pedal will be bypassed, and vice versa.  
  • In Advanced Mode, you can assign up to four parameters to each expression pedal (A and B). Moving the pedal will adjust all of its assigned parameters simultaneously. Using the toe switch will select the other expression pedal and leave the current pedal’s parameters active and at their maximum values.

How does the EXP input work?

If you connect an external expression pedal to this ¼" input, the external expression will control parameters assigned to expression pedal B. When an external expression pedal is connected, the internal expression pedal will only control parameters assigned to expression pedal A.  

Which expression pedals work with the HeadRush MX5?

Most standard expression pedals will work with the HeadRush MX5. We recommend the M-Audio EX-P expression pedal.    

Is it possible to add a third expression pedal?

Yes! A third expression pedal can be added by plugging an additional midi controller or pedal into the MIDI In port using the included adapter! 


What are Scenes?

A Scene is a combination of models that can be turned on or off with a single footswitch. When the footswitch assigned to that scene is pressed, multiple models included in that scene will turn on or off depending on how they are assigned. To set and edit scenes for a footswitch, go to the Hardware Assign page and tap Toggle/Hold/Scene. Here you can choose models assigned to that scene and whether they turn on or off when the scene is activated.

Why does it seem like there is a delay when changing a patch?

The switches on the HeadRush MX5 are dual-purpose: holding down the switch will enter hands-free edit mode, and letting go initiates the action of the assigned pedal (on/off). This means that a model will not turn on/off until the associated pedal is released, which may differ from some standalone pedals that active/deactivate on the initial press.

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How many layers/how much record time does the looper have?

You can have up to 50 loop layers with up to 5 minutes of recorded audio per layer, up to 20 minutes of total recorded audio per loop.  

What does the Peel/Undo function of the Looper do?

When you press this footswitch, the last recorded loop layer will be removed. You can continue to press this switch to remove layers in the opposite order they were added.  

What does the Insert function of the Looper do?

When you press this footswitch, you can "punch-in/punch-out" of a specific part of your loop and overwrite all previous layers. This is useful when you need to fix a very small part of a loop.  

Can the HeadRush MX5 record multiple different loops at once?

The HeadRush MX5 records one loop at a time.

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Presets and Setlists

What are Rigs?

When using the HeadRush, a Rig can be considered a preset. A Rig contains all of the 11 footswitch slots and their associated models (amps, cabs, and effects) and each model's parameter settings. This makes it easy to save and recall an entire signal chain at once.  

How many presets does the HeadRush MX5 have?

The HeadRush MX5 comes preloaded with 270 factory presets covering a huge variety of genres and styles.  

How do I restore the factory presets?

You can restore your factory presets by holding footswitch 2+3 (the two right footswitches on the bottom row) while powering on the HeadRush MX5. Keep holding these two switches until you see "Reverting..." displayed on the 4" touchscreen.  

Is there any easy way to search for presets on the HeadRush MX5?

Yes, just simply tap the magnifying glass icon on the top bar of the Rig View screen and you can search through all of your presets using the QWERTY-style touch keyboard that appears. Note: If you are currently using a setlist when you tap the magnifying glass icon, you will only search within that setlist.   

Can I backup, save, load, or share my HeadRush MX5 presets to my Mac/PC?

Yes, you can connect your HeadRush MX5 to your Mac or PC's USB port, then go to your global settings, and enable USB Transfer Mode.  Once you're in this mode, the HeadRush MX5 will show up as a mass-storage device (like a USB drive) and you can drag and drop to easily transfer your rig presets, model presets, and setlists.  

Where can I share or download new HeadRush MX5 presets?

Check out our community at!

What are Setlists?

A setlist is an ordered collection of rig presets, which you can save and recall at a later time. You can use the setlists to quickly organize your rigs. This is useful, for instance, if you only need some of your rigs for a performance; you can save a setlist of just those rigs so you don’t have to spend time searching through all of your rigs before playing the next song. You could also use this feature to organize your presets into specific genres, or for certain guitars.


What is gapless preset-switching and why does it matter?

Gapless preset-switching is an exclusive feature on the HeadRush MX5 and means that any reverb or delay-tails will continue to ring out, even after changing your preset or rig. This way there is no break in the signal, making your rig changes sound fluid and seamless. For a demonstration, see the video here.

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Recording and Re-Amping

Can I record with the HeadRush MX5?

Yes, the HeadRush MX5 can be connected directly to a USB port on your computer for recording straight into your favorite DAW. The USB port will supply 4 channels in and out, including stereo dry and wet signals.

A Windows driver is available on the support page for Windows users. A driver is not necessary for connection with a Mac.

What bit rate/sample rates are supported for recording?

The HeadRush MX5 will transfer signals up to 24-bit, 96kHz for recording.

Can I listen to tracks playback while recording with the HeadRush MX5?

Yes! With the MX5 assigned as the output of your DAW, you can listen to audio playback while recording.

Can I re-amp with the HeadRush MX5?

Yes! Direct recorded guitar tracks can be played back from your DAW and routed through the MX5 effects and amp simulation as a form or re-amping.

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Firmware Updates

Will you release new firmware updates with new features, models, and/or presets?

Yes! Stay up to date on our latest firmware releases by signing up for our email list at, and by liking or following us on our social media channels. Look to the bottom right of the page to find links to subscribe to our email list or follow our social media channels.


Where can I download the latest firmware for the HeadRush MX5?

You can download the latest firmware by visiting and clicking on Downloads. Firmware loaders are available for both PC and Mac.

Stay up to date on our latest firmware releases by signing up for our e-mail list at, and by liking or following us on our social media channels.

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Warranty and Technical Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own a HeadRush product, or if you just have a pre-sales question, the HeadRush technical support team is available to help! 

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community, support, phone support, email support.