Very few instruments offer as much harmonic and dynamic flexibility as a sitar. Electro-Harmonix has streamlined the essence of the sitar into a compact enclosure that offers a polyphonic lead voice and tunable sympathetic string drones that dynamically react to your playing. Create your own custom scales for the sympathetic strings while you set the decay time for the lead voice. Two expression pedal inputs allow you to bend the pitch of the lead voice and control the volume of the sympathetic strings simultaneously. These unique controls offer the player the ability to program the Ravish to become a totally unique and organic instrument unto itself. The Ravish is a truly new design with the flexibility to be a crossover tonal wonder.
Get the most out of your Ravish Sitar with these suggested settings!
Anoushka Shankar began her musical training at age 9 with her father, sitar maestro, Ravi Shankar. Today, she is a renowned sitar player and composer in her own right. On a recent visit to New York City, Anoushka reached out to EHX Founder and President, Mike Matthews.
Well aware of EHX's sound shaping legacy, she wanted to work with an EHX45000 Multi-Track Looping Recorder and a MEL9 Tape Replay Machine. She was also anxious get her hands on a Ravish Sitar pedal, a product whose name pays homage to her father!
Here is Mike Matthews and Anoushka Shankar at City Winery, NY, NY. Mike is holding a MEL9 while Anoushka has a Ravish Sitar pedal.
Watch Mike Matthews introduce the ground-breaking Ravish Sitar pedal.
To learn more about Anoushka Shankar visit her website. Click to watch her perform "Lasya" from her new album Traces of You.
Create realistic sitar sounds on your guitar with the EHX Ravish Sitar!
Simulate the metallic buzz of melodic sitar leads and the characteristic sounds of sympathetic string drones. The EHX Ravish Sitar pedal reacts to your playing dynamically, allowing for a wonderfully natural sound.
DoVira is a modern Ukrainian band. Guitarist Patrick O’Reilly wrote to tell us they used an EHX Superego Synth Engine (especially the Glissando function for synth-like pads), a Holy Grail reverb and the Ravish Sitar on bass (as a drone) while recording this song.
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!
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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.
Hasheesh Raveesh By Gary Knight & Neil Seggar. Gary says: “Neil created the beats on his “Caustic” mobile phone app, plus vocals and I played my Washburn Maverick going through my latest groovy toy, The Electro Harmonix Ravish Sitar pedal.”
The Ravish Sitar Pedal has earned critical *acclaim among guitar players. But lately, bass players - from Billy Sheehan to Will Lee - have also embraced this innovative pedal to achieve cool, new sounds with their instrument. Bass Guitar Magazine in Britain just reviewed the Ravish and awarded it five stars for sound quality. Read all about how the Ravish stacks up on bass here
Mark Turnbull sent us in this audio file. Mark explained that he used a small bass (Fender P-bass Jr.), strung with cello strings and tuned as a cello through the Ravish Sitar. He tuned his sympathetic strings as follows: root, min2nd, maj2nd, min3rd, 4th, 5th, min6th, min7th for two octaves. Mark is a student of sitar and North Indian vocal.
Andrea Whitt sent us this excellent video showcasing the EHX Ravish Sitar pedal on viola! Accompanying Andrea was percussionist David Daniel Diaz. Andrea was assisted by Justin Zangerle (direction & assembly), Tyler Andrews (Illumination) and Joe Little (Audio Engineering). For more on Andrea and her music check out jayarmusic.com and bellastrings.com. Justin’s website is shutterandcut.com
Craig Anderton is Editor in Chief of Harmony Central and Executive Editor of Electronic Musician magazine. He also plays the classical Indian sitar. Craig created this audio file with the EHX Ravish Sitar pedal, and we love it!
We asked him what he used and Craig filled us in:
“it was a Firebird X guitar set for Les Paul emulation, and two different sample libraries - one for the tabla and one for the hip-hop drums. I recorded the tracks in Sonar X1. There were two tracks of guitar, one for the drones and one for the sitar lead.”
The Norweigan artist, Magnus Tveiten, visited EHX at the NAMM Show. Magnus plays in a tapping, lap-guitar style. Here is a quick video showing him playing through the Ravish Sitar pedal. It was shot on an iPhone and at times you’ll hear that the signal is overloading the phone, but we thought people would dig seeing it anyway. Magnus is playing factory preset #4 on the Ravish which lets his original guitar signal come through a lot.
My Morning Jacket’s, Carl Broemel, with his new EHX Ravish Sitar pedal.
Carl says: “It’s so crazy! Once we started using it, we didn’t take it out of the chain. I used it with acoustic, combining the natural acoustic sound with the pedal into a tape echo and an old Fender Princeton amp. It’s also great on electric baritone guitar and pedal steel, too. I love using an expression pedal to control the volume of the sympathetic drone sound. That is super useful.”
For more about Carl and My Morning Jacket, visit these websites:
Effects guru, Bill Ruppert, takes us on an exotic sonic expedition. In his latest installment of Effectology, Bill focuses on the new Ravish Sitar pedal.
Join him as he explores its potential and power. In addition to incredible sitar emulations, Bill shows that the Ravish is capable of creating other truly mind bending sounds. The flexibility of the Ravish Sitar pedal is truly stunning!
Please note: Bill will be in the EHX Forums to discuss his sounds, settings, and process. We hope you join us there.
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