Posts Tagged ‘electro-harmonix’

EHX Soul Food OverdriveI hate to admit it, but I’ve become a little jaded about pedals over the years, especially overdrive pedals. And admittedly, at the rate that EHX pumps out pedals, I tend to not put as much effort in checking out their offerings when I get announcements in email. With respect to the Soul Food, which was released late last year, I did another ho-hum, another EHX pedal…

But that meh turned in an, eh? this afternoon when I happened to be checking out the Holy Grail Max demo on YouTube. I saw the Soul Food demo in the related videos list, and decided to check it out after I watched the Holy Grail Max demo. I sat through all 16 minutes and change completely mesmerized; not by just the sound of the pedal, but by the player playing in it. My curiosity about the pedal brought me to the video, but the playing kept me there. Before I go on, check out the demo. The dude playing is the SHIT!

Apparently, the Soul Food is a part-for-part clone of the Klon, and it’s supposed to sound and feel like a Klon but at a fraction – I mean a small fraction – of the price. With Klon’s selling on eBay for $1500 minimum, at $62, the Soul Food is quite an attractive offering.

Klon Hype

The Klon is sort of a “Dumble” of overdrives. People have hyped about it for years. I’ve personally never played one, and perhaps back when they first came out and sold for $300-$400, I would’ve considered buying one. But at the price they are now, I could get a good amp and be happy. Is it THAT good? Only those who play one can tell. But as with a Dumble, or any gear for that matter, what might sound good to one person, may not sound good to another. For me, at the price I’d have to pay for a Klon, I’ve got enough great gear to keep me for even considering it.

However, $62 isn’t at all a stretch, and after seeing the following head-to-head comparison, makes the Soul Food something I’m putting on my “to-buy” list. Check it out:

This is a great head-to-head comparison. Personally, I think that in most cases, they sound insanely close, though the Klon does seem much richer in low-gain settings. However, that said, the best test would be in a gigging venue where the sound gets a chance to bounce off air molecules. Could be that that is where the Klon shines. It’s the same with a Dumble. Close-miked, it’s hard to tell what’s so special. But when you hear it in an open environment, there is certainly some magic in the tone.

I’ve done a bit of research over the past couple of days; specifically, I was looking for comparisons between the Timmy and the Klon or Soul Food, since the Klon is also touted as a transparent overdrive. In my mind, the only thing that would keep me from getting the Soul Food was if it was truly transparent. I don’t need that; I already have a Timmy. But from what I understand, there is a definite mid-hump color that the Klon/Soul Food introduces, and that is something in which I’m interested. To me, even though the mid-hump suggests something akin to the venerable and most-copied TubeScreamer, it’s a different sound; seemingly a little rounder and fatter than a TS mid-hump.

I’ll be ordering a Soul Food pretty soon. Hehe… You never can have too many overdrive pedals. 🙂

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I dig what Electro-Harmonix has been doing the last couple of years. They’ve really thought outside of the box to either introduce completely new innovations or re-invented some established norms. With these two new pedals: The Superego Synth and the Crying Tone Wah, they’ve done both, respectively. But rather than talk about them, let’s first view a video from our friends at PremierGuitar:

The synth is cool, though I’m not sure I’d ever want one. The wah on the other hand is VERY cool, and I definitely will want to try one out once it gets released to the market in May. Imagine a wah with no moving parts! They’ve probably got some sort of accelerometer inside, but it’s pretty responsive, based upon the demo. My only concern with it is that I can’t attach it to my pedal board, as it was made to just sit on a surface. But once I test it out, I’ll see how I could make it work.

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I’ve been looking at envelope filters for a long time, and I just haven’t had a need to use one yet with any regularity. But this latest vowel-shaper from EH makes me think I might just give it a whirl to see where it takes me creatively. I was just thinking yesterday that I hadn’t really thought of any new songs in the last couple of weeks; not too much of a surprise as I’ve been really focusing on delivering a major project at my regular job. But now that I can come up for some air, I’m starting to get a bit of a creative spark again, and an envelope filter might just be the pill that the doctor ordered.

As far as the Stereo Talking Machine goes, what I think is attractive is that it has a fairly straight-forward interface. There aren’t too many voices, and it seems you can get a lot out of it. This is definitely on my “things to check out” list!

Here’s a demo video:

For more information, check out the Stereo Talking Machine page!

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Electro-Harmonix #1 Echo

Electro-Harmonix #1 Echo

Over the years, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with delay pedals. My first taste of delay was an analog EchoPlex in the early 80’s. But focusing on acoustic guitar – actually only able to afford an acoustic guitar – at that time, I didn’t see the need for a contraption like that. Then U2 and The Edge entered my musical radar a couple of years later in the early eighties, and I of course had to get a rig where I could use a delay. So with what little money I had, I purchased a 25 Watt Roland amp, a Boss CE-2 Chorus, and a Boss DD-3 Digital Delay.

Little did I know that you had to have some technique to play like The Edge, and I quickly became disenchanted with trying to play like him. I just didn’t have the technique nor experience! So I held onto the amp, kept the CE-2, and sold the DD-3. I’m kicking myself now for getting rid of the DD-3 as it was a “Made in Japan” model that still had some hand-wired circuitry that makes it much-sought-after delay. Oh well…

Fast-forward to today, and I’ve owned several delay pedals. Again, the operative word is “owned,” because I don’t have one now. But I do have the technique, and I’m thinking that some of the stuff I’m writing could actually use some delay. Enter the Electro-Harmonix #1 Echo.

I’m normally a little leary of EH pedals, but this one seems promising, at least from the reviews I’ve read and the sound bites I’ve heard. Reviews are generally pretty good, but one thing’s for certain: All this thing does is delay. It doesn’t do any modulation or phasing. It just delays, and that’s exactly what I’m looking for! I’m going to have take one out for a spin, but it certainly seems like it will serve the purpose. And for a $99, it’s certainly not a huge investment. Let’s look at features:

  • True bypass (Yowza! that’s cool)
  • up to 2 second delay
  • Wet/Dry Blend for blending the amount of dry and wet signal – very cool
  • Feeback control – kind of like decay

Check out the videos

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