In the beautiful city of New York, the Big Muff, which acts as a guitar pedal that can distort fuzz sounds, became very well-known. The Muff was created, introduced and manufactured by Electro-Harmonic Company (EHX) together with its sister company, the Russian Sovtek. Primarily the Big Muff was used for electric guitars but later bass guitars also were able to make use of such a powerful yet tiny machine. The Big Muff guitar pedal was invented by Mike Matthews and introduced in the early 1970s. Carlos Santana and David Glamour were the two artists who first used this guitar pedal. Read more
Electro-Harmonix has a history of pedals with super-hero-sounding names: Electric Mistress, Memory Man, Worm, and P0G. A new trio is no exception: Neo Clone could come out of the Matrix; Iron Lung might be Iron Man’s loudmouth cousin; Ring Thing, the product of a radioactive experiment gone wrong. The resemblance to fictional characters is fitting, as “character” is something EHX pedals have always had. This new crop of unique devices also has the right stuff. Read more
Electro-Harmonix trio of new effects hands-on review — There seems to be a never-ending stream of new stompbox effects emanating from the circuit benders at Electro-Harmonix. Twice a year the company’s NAMM trade show booth trots out a fresh batch of signal-mangling machines calculated to excite electric guitarists, bassists, or anyone else who lives to alter audio signals in interesting and exotic ways. 2010 was no exception, with EHX proffering a bevy of new electronics that elicited headshaking and cries of, “They’ve done it again!” Read more
Memory Boy — The undeniable bloodline the same warm analog delay and seductive modulations of its legendary ancestors. 550 ms of superior delay coupled with a sweet chorus and vibrato maintain their organic quality on stage or in the studio. The classic EH analog delay carries on the family tradition at a musician friendly price — Check for price.
Deluxe Memory Boy — The latest in the proud heritage of EH analog delays. Tap tempo delivers a magnificent “human lock” letting you stay in sync with the groove. The effects loop provides synchronous animation that redefines pedalboard flexibility. Expression pedal input offers added control over every key performance parameter. This locked and loaded prodigy carries its lineage proudly! — Check for price.
Memory Toy — Pure and simple analog delay for musicians who covert a thick sound from a thin wallet. Offering up to 550 ms of delay time and a sweet selectable chorus, this “toy” is a powerful tool with world class tone. Inheriting all of the family jewels, the Memory Toy will soon be one of your most prized possessions. — Check for price.
Electro Harmonix–the Electro Harmonix Bass Blogger Distortion Pedal is “the perfect dialog with your drummer”. Like other Electro Harmonix pedals, the Blogger is encased in a durable metal box for rugged use. Read more
Electro-Harmonix Voice Box Harmony Machine and Vocoder ReviewElectro-Harmonix Voice Box Harmony Machine and Vocoder Review
Big Muff. Small Stone. Electric Mistress. Deluxe Memory Man. Holy Grail… Should I go on? So many instantly recognizable and oft-copied effects bear the Electro-Harmonix name, and in turn, those effects appear on countless recordings spanning decades, from Pink Floyd to Mudhoney to the White Stripes. Founder Mike Matthew’s ingenuity and passion for music has made EHX the go-to company for guitarists and bassists for years. And now, with the introduction of the Voice Box Harmony Machine/Vocoder, singers can get in on the action too. Read more
Back in 2005, Electro-Harmonix unveiled the original POG, a polyphonic octave generator that enabled guitarists to conjure everything from the surreal jangle of an 18-string guitar, to rich, thick walls of symphonic sound. Watch a video review of the stompbox below –
The POG2 will take you even higher. Use the new attack control to fade in lush, smooth swells. Tune in the new second sub-octave to reach deeper than ever before. The 2-pole resonant low-pass filter now includes two additional Q modes. Slide in the newly enhanced detune to further refine your sound.
The POG2 delivers unrivaled tonal variations–and now you can save your favorite settings, and recall them with a click. The POG2 just plain sounds better, thanks to an enhanced algorithm that delivers a more focused and in-the-pocket harmonic performance. And all this is now packed into our rugged and pedalboard-friendly diecast chassis. Read more
The original Deluxe Memory Man is considered to be the finest analog delay ever designed. Organic and musical, it has been used by rock and Roll legends and countless musicians since its introduction in 1978. With the desire to make a flawless and smooth transition, Electro-Harmonix proudly announces the “new” Deluxe Memory Man in our rugged and pedal board friendly die-cast enclosure.
Exactly the same components are used in order to maintain the superior analog sound with exactly the same performance qualities. In this case, downsizing to a more rugged chassis was important and only second to maintaining the legendary sound. The exact same sound! Read more
THE ELECTRO-HARMONIX BIG MUFF Pi will always reign as one of the top-10 distortion pedals of all time, but many metal players find it is too limited to dial in modern tones, and they want more versatility than its early Seventies circuit can provide.
With the Metal Muff, Electro-Harmonix has finally made a stomp box designed specifically for the metal masses. Offering tons of gain, flexible multiband EQ and a top-boost circuit, the Metal Muff can generate a wide variety of distortion tones-from the deepest, darkest depths of gloom to razor-sharp timbres-capable of shredding ears.
Housed, appropriately, in a black metal case built to withstand nuclear war, the Metal Muff lays out all of its controls and features in plain view on the front panel. Controls are arranged as follows: volume, top boost, treble, mid, bass and distortion. Two heavy-duty footswitches at the lower right and left corners engage bypass and top boost functions, respectively, and feature blood-red LED indicators. A mono input is on the pedal’s right side, output jacks are located on its left, and a jack for an optional nine-volt adapter is situated on the top side.
The EQ bands are voiced perfectly for metal, providing everything from blacker-than- Sabbath crunch to the most lethal scooped mids this side of a graphic EQ. The top-boost function, which is active only when the boost switch is engaged, is great for making solos cut through a dense mix, but unless you’re playing an extremely dark-sounding guitar through a dull-sounding amp, you’ll probably want to keep the knob rolled down to avoid overly shrill, harsh tones.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Metal players can now raise hell to their heart’s content with the Metal Muff. It may generate a wide variety of heavy tones, but fortunately, its price is light on your wallet.
Electro Harmonix Metal Muff Features:
- Knob controls include Distortion, Bass, Midrange, Treble, Top Boost and Output volume.
- The unique Top Boost knob allows you to dial in frequencies that center between 3.5 kHz and 4.3 kHz. Add to the edge of a solo or define a powerful rhythm with a single touch of the Metal Muff’s dedicated Top Boost footswitch.
- Bass has +14 dB of gain centered at 120 Hz
- Midrange has +15 dB of gain centered around 300 Hz
- Treble has +10dB of gain centered around 1.2 kHz.
- Distortion has 10 dB of Gain
- Output volume has a full +18dB of gain.
- All controls were designed to interact together for maximum cutting edge and a uniquely powerful distortion.
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Musikmesse 2009 – Electro-Harmonix announces the release of the classic FET (Field Effect Transistor) White Finger compressor in a small, rugged XO die-cast chassis. The XO White Finger allows for easy fit for your pedal board or rig set-up.
How it works
The XO White Finger treats an incoming signal with an optically controlled attenuator (volume control) comprised of a fixed resistor and a “shunt opto-coupled photocell”. Because the attenuator is passive, opposed to the more common active AGC (Automatic Gain Control) compressor circuits, the White Finger doesn’t add an electronic signature to the signal’ this preserving the character and tone of the original sound.
The original Black Finger vacuum tube compressor was released in 2003, and quickly became the standard for quality optical compression for players. The XO White Finger uses the same optical technology but utilizes a Field Effect Transistor in place of vacuum tubes. It produces warm and articulate compression that is perfectly suitable for guitar, bass and recording.
XO White Finger Specs:
- LED opto-coupler for a faster attack compression
- Lamp opto-coupler for softer blooming compressor
- Quiet long sustains with transparent tones
- Pre-gain control lets you control how hard your instrument hits the compressor
- Sensitivity knob for control of how the compression will be hit
- Compression amount allows you to dial in the perfect ratio for your music
- Same compression theory as our professional NY-2A but uses FETs instead of tubes
- 40DC-100 power supply included
Release date: April, 2009
Visit EHX.com for additional information.