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Everything posted by Fender&EHX4ever

  1. If Bill Ruppert started a "Music School of Awesomeness" I would be first line with my tuition money. Another mind-blowing pedal demonstration!
  2. Bass Monosynth combined with an 8 Step Sequencer and a Mod Rex could be a whole lot of fun.
  3. I picked one up last week. I have no experience whatsoever with RAT, so I can't offer any comparison. But it was a ton of fun to riff on.
  4. Agreed, this really is something different than other effect pedal offerings, at as far as I am aware of. There are other advanced modulators like the Strymon Mobius, but completely different from what I can tell. I will be among the first in line for this. And I'm really stoked that they've allowed it to sync with a pulse clock as well as midi clock. I don't feel like modular synthesis is going away any time soon, and actually it's been around a really long time. It's too darn addictive.
  5. Agreed that Bill's chops, video, and talent in general are awe-inspiring! Bravo! Something I would love to see, but is probably too late for, is a documentary on the story behind each BMP version, and the decisions and techniques that the engineer(s) and designer(s) used to create each version. For example, other than Billy Corgan, did they call anyone in particular and ask to borrow their pedal? And even if they were able to get their hands on the exact pedal that an artist used on a classic track, did they run into any issues regarding components aging, or tolerances changing, etc. We all know that analog components can change over time, thus making every single vintage pedal somewhat unique of its own. How much variance were they able to measure? Was it noticeably different to anyone's naked ear? Were scopes used to take measurements and get as close as possible? I would've loved to hear the stories. I'm sure there were moments where hairs were being split to the point of absurdity. But those stories would make these pedals all the more appealing for me. Maybe I'm alone there.
  6. My favorite envelope filter has probably been the Electro-Harmonix Q-Tron+ (original big box version, just because) which was designed by Mike Beigel, the designer who made the MuTron. But the EHX Riddle and Enigma are also fantastic for more flexible control and a smaller footprint. My favorite modulated wah has always been the Electro-Harmonix Worm (again, the original big box version, just because), though the reissue has expression control and a smaller footprint. But I find myself syncing everything to a clock these days... so I get more mileage lately using an Electro-Harmonix HOG2 in filter mode controlled by an Electro-Harmonix 8-step Sequencer.
  7. Looks like your Voiceworks has MIDI control. If you need hands-free control over the presets, there are MIDI foot controllers you can use with it rather than buying a voice fx pedal.
  8. The Key9 is on its way. I haven't tried it yet, but really looking forward to it. I've mostly been using the BOSS SL-20 after the EHX Synth9. It's a mesmerizing combination. I haven't tried placing it in front of the Synth9 yet, but plan to soon. I'm curious how the Synth9 will respond to the attack of the Slicer - if it's more stable at slower rates and glitchy at faster rates, for example. The Mel9 also sounds great after the Slicer. When I get some time, I will experiment with combining the Slicer with a Digitech Space Station, a Digitech Synth Wah, and a Pigtronix Mothership. I anticipate some great things with all of those combos. SL-20 Pros: - wide variety of stereo options - MIDI clock sync - 50 fun preset patterns for instant gratification grooves - Patterns offer a nice variety of rhythms (techno, swing, triplets, etc.) - harmonic slicer with embedded filtering and pitch shifting on some patterns - variable control over attack and wavelength (duty) - nice light display around the encoder for keeping time - on-board looper SL-20 Cons: - no way to multiply or divide the clock sync on-board (would have been handy to not have to adjust the master clock) - no way to create your own rhythms beyond the 50 presets and harmonic slicer (odd, given the inclusion of a tap tempo switch that could have served a dual purpose) - on some patterns the wavelength is not long enough, over-emphasis on staccato patterns Overall, a really enjoyable and useful pedal for guys like me who love electronic music, and would rather play a guitar synth than a keyboard synth. I'm sure it can be used for more subtle duties as well, especially with the right blend of dry and effect signals. Compared to the EHX Super Pulsar, for example? I love that the Super Pulsar allows us to create our own rhythms and is generally more flexible with wave shaping; but the interface is not intuitive and usually forces me to pull out the manual every time. The Slicer UI is less flexible, but it is very intuitive without needing the manual.
  9. I joined HCFX in 2007, so for me 2008 was sort of the "heyday" of the forum. Hard to believe the stock market crash was 10 years ago. It's really sobering to think that everyone is now 10 years older. Even the 16 year olds chiming in back then are now probably working full time jobs, getting married, having kids, and not really buying a lot of pedals. I was already an old man then, so things haven't changed much for me. I'm still buying pedals :-) In 2018 so far I've picked up a BOSS SL-20 Slicer and an EHX Key9.
  10. This one seems to fill a gap between the simple small-footprint of the Holy Grail RI and the feature-set of the Epitome or Cathedral. The Canyon shared a similar strategy. I probably would've picked up both had they included stereo outputs, but these are clearly marketed toward guitarists who want to keep it compact and don't want to fuss about with a stereo rig (probably the majority of the guitar-centric market). The breadth and variety of offerings from EHX always blows my mind.
  11. The die-cast housing on mine literally crumbled into pieces one day as I was trying to engage the toe switch. Apparently the pedal wasn't made for anyone just over 200 lbs. I was really upset because I enjoyed the variety of effects from it. But I would never buy it again knowing how poorly-designed the housing is.
  12. This has been my experience. I've been using eBay to buy pedals since 2007, and started using Reverb a couple of years ago. In both cases, being on top of new listings is the key. The best deals go fast. There are still good deals to be had. I run into them regularly, but only because I hit BIN as soon as the listing appears. As far as inflated prices, I saw as many inflated prices in 2007 as I see now. It comes and goes in waves.
  13. Interesting. My PS-3s do this. I've always found it annoying, but not enough to stop using PS-3s. That pedal could poop on my foot every time I turned it on, and I would probably just live with it.
  14. Are time-stretch and pitch control separate? Or is it varispeed? i wish that EHX would release a Eurorack version with CV inputs to trigger and control parameters
  15. In my opinion you are asking the wrong question. I choose gear based on what inspires me. If it only costs me $45, bonus! If it costs me $1000, then hopefully it brings me more joy, more music, and more good memories than a weekend at Disney World. But I'd rather spend $1000 on gear that feels great every time I engage it than spend $45 on gear that never gets used because I'm bored of it.
  16. For some guitarists, an inspiring and engaging looking pedalboard actually matters, not just the sound or the functionality or the convenience or the reliability. I've been playing guitar for more than 35 years. I feel I'm a better singer and songwriter than I am a guitarist, but I believe I can hold my own with a guitar. My interest in guitar has more in common with artists like Kevin Shields and Robin Guthrie than Eric Clapton or Eddie Van Halen, just as a point of reference. I view my guitar as an interface to a larger realm of sonic possibilities. I've been a pedal enthusiast for a long time, but I recently dove into the world of Eurorack synthesizers. What I love about the culture surrounding Eurorack is the enthusiasm around innovating or customizing UI. It is common to hear a 'wiggler' talk about which arrangement of modules is most inspiring to interact with. I tend to dismiss anyone who would tell me to stop fiddling with my pedals and just play my guitar already. I love pedals as much as guitars (if not more), and I view them as an instrument unto themselves. And aesthetics are an important part of UI from my perspective. So, mbengs1, only you know if you are the kind of musician who wants to interact with a visually appealing pedalboard, or have a set-and-forget pedalboard. There are no rules. And being a fan of many BOSS pedals, I can think of at least one very intriguing ALL-BOSS pedalboard that would inspire me to interact with it like a Eurorack synth. It would definitely include a DSD-2, at least two PS-3s, a VB-2, and an SG-1... among others. .02
  17. I have 3 Keymasters, and they are indispensable for dealing with impedance / balanced / unbalanced issues. I also have an original Mothership and an Attack Sustain. Great pedals for analog synthesis treatments, though I don't use them very often. I haven't tried other Pigtronix offerings, so I can't comment on them. But when I think of Pigtronix, I tend to think of their oddball offerings. They do the outlier gear quite nicely!
  18. I've settled on using Hosa GPP-151s for right angle duties. More flexible for my needs. I can swap out different cables when needed.
  19. He's entitled to say it as long as I can say the same thing... seriously, you spent 35 years to learn to play more of that?
  20. Yes, hunkering down in Orlando. Whole state is all nerves, even inland. Agreed on level matching, though I've had great results with the ADDAC module. Got some really snarling sounds recently using the EHX Hot Tubes pedal (version with actual tubes).
  21. This might be my last post before Irma brings alligators to my doorstep. I use effect pedals on everything. But lately I've enjoyed using them to process my Eurorack. I have an ADDAC module that allows me to easily integrate guitar pedals with synth level audio. This way I don't use up valuable HP real estate on effect processing modules. I[ATTACH=CONFIG]n32056086[/ATTACH]
  22. The Zvex Candela probably gets my vote for most "weird." I would add the Hologram Electronics Dream Sequence and Infinite Jets. I agree with the "Digitech Space Station". I've always felt that the BOSS PS-3 is one of the weirdest pedals ever introduced to the mass market. There was a period about 10 years ago when they were all the rage. I never hear about them anymore. But that pedal is so unique even today that I own 3 of them. What makes them so special in my opinion is the ability to designate both the start and the end note in the pitch sweep when using the CV input.
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