Meet The EHX KEY9 Electric Piano Machine

Okay, as a Steely Dan fan but someone who’s too lazy to properly learn how to play keyboard, this pedal is exactly what I’ve been waiting for. From EHX: “Completing the powerful trilogy forged by the B9 and C9 Organ Machines, the new KEY9 pedal emulates the world’s most coveted electric pianos and more. With 9 presets, you can transform your axe and lay down a cool “Riders on the Storm” style groove or some hot funk ala “What’d I Say!” Each preset lets you control the fundamental parameters that help define that instrument’s sound. Many include adjustable modulation like tremolo, phaser and chorus. Take if from Mike Matthews who says: “You’ll dig the way the KEY9 turns you into a Rhodes Scholar!”

For more information, please visit: http://www.ehx.com/products/key9

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The Electro-Harmonix Octavix

From ehx.com: Octavix delivers the definitive late 1960’s fuzzed out, octave up sound together with modern enhancements that update the classic concept. Housed in EHX’s rugged nano package, the Octavix features Volume, Boost and Octave knobs. Volume regulates the output level of the pedal. Boost controls the amount of fuzztone and Octave adjusts the volume of the octave above. A mini-toggle lets the player select between 9 or 24 volt power rails and determines the power supply voltage for the entire circuit. At 9V the pedals behaves like the classic, saggy fuzz box. At 24V the Octavix delivers a tighter sound and a richer octave tone. True bypass ensures maximum signal path integrity.

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Meet The EHX Octavix

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The new EHX Octavix is designed to deliver a late ’60’s Octavia-style vibe with an octave up and classic fuzz to transport you to a world of bell bottoms and purple haze. Sounds good, right? The Volume, Boost and Octave controls let you dial in the right vintage tone while 21st Century updates for the modern player include switchable 24/9volt power rails that bring on a tight or saggy sound, as well as true bypass. More info here

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COOL GEAR ALERT: EHX Tortion

The EHX Tortion uses JFET overdrive for tube-like response and tone, has a Boost switch with independent Volume and Gain for two-channel flexibility, and features a four-way Pre-Gain selector plus Treble, Middle and Bass for complete sound control. It also has a balanced XLR output with cabinet emulation if you wish to use it as a preamp.  More info here.

Attack Of The Klons: EHX Soul Food

soulfoodWow, this is interesting. Electro-Harmonix – a company which has long been a leader in innovative, original and sometimes downright wacky pedals that define their own genres – has just announced the Soul Food, which appears to effectively be a clone of the Klon Centaur. Here’s what EHX has to say about it: “Tone aficionados kept telling EHX’s Mike Matthews about a pedal that had achieved a lot of buzz because it was only obtainable at an exorbitant price. That pedal was the KLON CENTAUR. A believer in bringing great tools to starving musicians, Mike tasked his trusty team to create an affordable alternative, and that is how the SOUL FOOD was cooked up. The SOUL FOOD delivers transparent overdrive with great touch and response. Its circuitry features boosted power rails to provide abundant headroom and increased definition. Best of all, you don’t have to be a rock star to own one!” Here’s a video: Read More …

INTERVIEW: Limp Bizkit’s Wes Borland

Limp Bizkit imageLimp Bizkit are stayers, alright? They’ve had their ups and downs, their band member comings and goings, and they’ve ridden out a particularly intense backlash against the genre they helped to define – nu metal – maintaining their attitude and sense of humour along the way. A triumphant Australian return at Soundwave 2012 helped solidify their place within the current metal landscape, and they’re back to do it again this month with a series of headline shows in Australia. “It was redeeming,” guitarist Wes Borland says of the band’s last Australian visit. “And it kind of felt like us resurrecting ourselves, in a way, with what had happened at the Big Day Out, with the young girl’s death, as well as Australia and us.” The sense of sadness in Borland’s voice as he speaks of the tragic 2001 death of Big Day Out concertgoer Jessica Michalik is palpable. “When I think about the two combined, Australia has always been tied to grief in the past, and it was nice to kind of obliterate that and meet Jessica’s family, meet the friends that had been there at the show with her when she died, and in some ways the whole thing has come full circle for us to forgive ourselves and make new memories and have the air cleared. And now this’ll be our first headlining tour of Australia that is not linked to a festival, so it’s nice to kind of hit the reset button, in a way.”  Read More …

Cool Gear Alert: EHX Hot Tubes

EH Hot TubesEHX has made so, so, so many classic pedals, and they never stop innovating. For instance, right now I’m trying to wrap my head around their brilliant 8 Step Program, an incredibly flexible and creativity-goosing stompbox that’s like nothing else out there. But at the other end of the spectrum there’s the EHX Hot Tubes, which takes the original 70s pedal of the same name, and squeezes it into a compact nano-sized chassis instead of the much larger chassis of the 1978 original. Below is the press release: Read More …