Capture a frozen moment and turn it into a tonally unique sonic foundation. The Freeze Sound Retainer delivers infinite sustain of any note or chord at the press of a momentary footswitch. Release the footswitch and you are again sample ready. Three selectable decay rates, including a latch mode, guarantee liquid, smooth tonal transitions. Hook the Freeze up with your favorite pedals for a sonic collage that will be unlike anything you have ever heard. It’s like adding an extra musician to the band.
We are very pleased to inform you that Mike Matthews has been nominated for Vintage Guitar Magazine’s Hall of Fame. The category is “Innovators” and this is an unabashed solicitation for you to cast your vote for Mike, a guy who truly is one of the most innovative characters in the music equipment biz.
A hollow boast? Hardly! Here is a short list of just some of the innovations Mike Matthews has been responsible for in his career at the helm of Electro-Harmonix:
First product to introduce the age of overdrive: LPB-1 Linear Power Booster
First portable, battery powered, guitar amp; Freedom Amp
First to introduce feedback with a phase shifter: Bad Stone
First electronic flanger: Electric Mistress
First with an analog delay: Memory Man
First inexpensive digital delay: 2 Second Digital Delay
First to pioneer an electronic looper: the 16 Second Digital Delay
First to introduce inexpensive sampling: Instant Replay, then the Super Replay
In Mike’s 45 year history of relentless product innovation, he’s also been responsible for iconic effects pedals like the Big Muff Pi and the POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator. More recently, he continues to redefine the landscape of effects with products like the Freeze Sustainer, Ravish Sitar Pedal, Superego Synth Engine and the ground-breaking Crying Tone Wah Pedal with no moving parts. His successful battles against violent Russian mobsters only spiked his creativity!
Voting is easy. Just go to http://www.vintageguitar.com/hall-of-fame/
Log in and cast your vote. Oh, there’s an added benefit to you. Voters are entered to win a beautiful new D’Angelico guitar, so do it now! And many thanks for your support.
Congratulations to the Red Hot Chili Peppers on their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!
Chris Warren (tech + keyboardist) with the band texted Suzi Matthews while on tour to let her know that Anthony Kiedis is using a V256 Vocoder on “By the Way.” And Josh Klinghoffer’s rig includes a Cathedral Stereo Reverb, Freeze Sound Retainer, Holy Grail Reverb and a Deluxe Memory Man Analog Delay/Chorus/Vibrato.
Jim James, singer, songwriter, guitarist, for the hard rocking band, My Morning Jacket, shares guitar duties with bandmate Carl Broemel. Both were selected by Rolling Stone magazine to appear on a short list of New Guitar Gods.
The multi-talented James recently picked up an Electro-Harmonix FREEZE and wrote in to say:
“I’m deep in the studio in Bangladesh, in the throes of working on my latest raga. I need something new, some new sort of drone or sustain, and someone hands me the freeze. I capture the sound of a kitten mewing outside of the studio and sustain it indefinitely with the freeze pedal-perfection! I can now raga for hours, or until the end of time- as my freeze pedal will allow me to fuck with the space-time continuum any way I choose. Thanks EH!”
Whether winning Downbeat’s prestigious Critic’s Poll as “Guitarist of the Year” or a Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album,” Bill Frisell is always stretching the boundaries that define contemporary jazz guitar.
His use of effects to shape and shade the timbre of his electric guitar play a large part in creating a sound that is uniquely his own.
This recent photo shows Bill at the Village Vanguard in New York City with his Electro-Harmonix FREEZE Sound Retainer and Micro POG, Polyphonic Octave Generator. The FREEZE is a new addition to Bill’s tone-shaping palette and he had this to say to EHX founder, Mike Matthews, and daughter, Suzi Matthews:
“This Freeze thing is off the scaleâ€¦a serious musical instrumentâ€¦already making impossible things possibleâ€¦reallyâ€¦this is something else!”
Bill Ruppert breathes in the dew of a fine morning in old Eire. With a sly wink and a nod, Bill recreates the mystery of the old Ireland using a little Elvin magic and the power of EHX pedals.
Learn the secrets of creating lush string synthesizers and Irish tin whistles, using just a regular guitar and Electro-Harmonix effect pedals.
Please note: Bill will be in the EHX Forums to discuss his sounds, settings, and process. We hope you join us there.
Legendary composer and guitarist, Robbie Robertson, checks in with his new Freeze Sound Retainer. Robbie was overheard saying: “What an amazing sustainerâ€¦ and who among us doesn’t need a good sustainer now and again.”
Guitarist magazine recently reviewed the Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi and the Freeze. They said the Germanium 4 Big Muff Pi delivers, “separate overdrive and distortion for the price of a single stompbox…” and described the Freeze as, “a creative idea that can add a really interesting new dimension to your playing.”
Berklee College of Music professor, Thaddeus Hogarth gives the new Electro-Harmonix Freeze his highest rating on the “Cool Pedal” scale!!! AAAA++++. “In this post I am sharing a historic moment in guitar historyâ€¦a pedal that is not just another alteration of the clean guitar signal, but one that actually could change the way you play guitar in the context of your songs!”
Bill Ruppert unleashes the evolving potential that the new Electro-Harmonix Freeze presents to every musician. Capture the musical moment at the touch of a switch, while providing a landscape of sonic power and mystical tonalities that enhance your most creative instincts.
The FREEZE captures a note or chord which you can play over, weaving textures of sounds. Here, Mike Matthews, Electro-Harmonix founder and president, kicks off a quick, video, guided tour of this truly original new effect.
When checking in with friends at Electro-Harmonix to hear more about the new FREEZE pedal, guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer, talks about being in the studio with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
“We’re in the studio everyday, writing. Just yesterday, I had a breakthrough with one of our songs. I clicked on the CATHEDRAL REVERB, and all of my problems went away! It was incredible!! Thank you EH!!!”
Our new EH Strings allow you to capture every nuance of your playing style with lightning fast playability. Made of a pure nickel wrap with a specially-selected stainless steel, these sweet-sounding round wounds are truly like no other strings you've played. Not only do they last longer and stay in tune longer, but we think they're the best sounding strings ever made. Available in 9s, 10s and 11s.