Neuron - Gain Intelligence
Epic Guitar Tone Without an Amp
The complexity of an amp modeler can feel overwhelming when all you want is awesome tone and feel that is easy to control. You want your guitar’s sound to be as versatile and unique as you are. And, of course, you want a solution that is convenient, easily portable, and doesn’t need to be turned up to 11 to sound great, whether you run direct or amplified.
Introducing Neuron Gain Intelligence — a dynamic multistage guitar preamp with compressor, noise gate, speaker simulator, presets and MIDI in a compact pedal format.
- Dynamic multistage gain architecture yields unparalleled control over the desired amount of distortion — producing harmonic structures that range from subtle to dense and complex. With its hyper-realistic feel, experience the joy of playing full-bore through an amp without the size, weight, cost and potential hearing damage.
- Unique design, based on years of research into amps and pedal circuits, is not a model, emulation or simulation of any particular amp. A unique, versatile sound — your secret weapon.
- Switchable Speaker Simulator for running direct or to a powered monitor/full-range powered cab, saving you the trouble of an outboard speaker sim.
- Neuron Commander Software (macOS/Windows) makes setup even easier. Use a USB-MIDI adapter (not included) to connect Neuron Commander Software. Of course, you can perform all setup directly on the pedal itself.
- True bypass switching ensures that Neuron is completely disconnected from your signal chain when not in use. It won’t change your tone unless you want it to.
- Small, pedalboard-friendly footprint. Neuron might be the most powerful guitar preamp for its size.
- Powered from a standard 9V pedal power supply (not included) and drawing less than 100 mA. Just plug it in to your existing pedalboard’s power supply. No need to run a separate power adapter or free up a high-current power port.
- Manufactured locally in Orange County, California USA. Support a small family-owned and operated business.
- Store and recall up to 6 presets from the Preset footswitch
- Up to 24 presets can be recalled via MIDI controller
- MIDI controllable via MIDI’s new micro-jack (2.5mm TRS) standard. Two adapter cables are included to connect to 5-pin DIN MIDI cables. Access Neuron’s full capabilities with ease using any MIDI controller.
- Send MIDI Program Changes to change presets
- Use MIDI Contol Changes to adjust parameters
- Download Neuron Commander software and connect Neuron to your computer via a USB-MIDI adapter to create and save unlimited presets
- Gain - Over 60 dB of gain, clean to heavy distortion
- Comp - single knob compressor
- Level - output level of signal
- EQ - Low, Mid, High - Three-band EQ designed so controls do not interact
- Alternate - accessed by holding down Engage switch while turning knob
- Gate - adjusts noise reduction threshold
- Tightness - adjusts a pre-gain high-pass filter
- Presence - adjusts a post-gain low-pass filter
- Setup - accessed by holding down Engage switch while turning knob. Setup Controls are global settings, independent of preset selection.
- Speaker Simulator - turns the internal speaker simulator on/off
- Tilt EQ - one-knob compensation for a variety of output connections
I/O Nominal input level
-10 dBV, instrument level Input impedance
Sample rate 96 kHz Minimum latency 0.315 ms Bypass relay, true bypass
Input 9-12 V DC Current 70 mA Recommended adapter 9 V DC, 100 mA or greater pedal power supply Connector center-negative, 5.5 mm OD x 2.1 mm ID
Dimensions 4.6” W, 2.8” L, 1.9” H / 116 mm W, 68 mm L, 47 mm H Weight 0.564 lbs / 256 g
*See User Guide for complete specifications. Specifications subject to change without notice.
- Neuron User Guide contains detailed info for setup and technical specs.
- Neuron Commander Software simplifies setup and preset creation for your Neuron Gain Intelligence pedal. A USB-to-MIDI adapter is required. Instructions and download package are available from the Software Downloads page. Login is required, but it is free to create an account.
- Neuron Preset Exchange forum, where you can share your presets using Neuron Commander's import/export functions.
Up to 6 Presets accessible via the Preset Footswitch. Up to 24 presets can be recalled via MIDI.
Low Power Consumption
Use a standard 9 V or 12 V pedal power supply. Or, connect Neuron to a 100 mA output on a brick supply.
Neuron Commander Software
Download free Neuron Commander Software to create and save unlimited presets.
MIDI Input & Thru/Out
Two 2.5 mm TRS to 5-pin DIN adapters included to connect your MIDI controller.