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Posted 6/4/2009
Thanks to Jack Conte for his 'videosong' featuring the new pedalboard-friendly Deluxe Memory Man. Be sure to catch the knob fiddling (when I watch, it feels like those are MY hands!). Also catch the singing toward the end, "history repeats itself" -- a crafty reference to both the introduction of the new Deluxe Memory Man, as well as to the general function of a delay pedal. (In fact, I suggest you give this song more than one listen.)

btw, Jack's videosong rules are: 1. What you see is what you hear (no lip-syncing for instruments or voice), and 2. If you hear it, at some point you see it (no hidden sounds). To watch the video in large-format HD quality, click here (but you might need to pause and let it buffer).

I'm also happy to have this opportunity to help launch Jack's brand-new music store, jackcontemusic.com.

After we released Jack's Voice Box videos (with partner Nataly Dawn) -- the beatboxing vocoder and "In Harmony" -- several people asked where they could purchase copies. Now those tracks, as well as the new Deluxe Memory Man videosong and amazing songs like "This Disaster" and "Kitchen Fork" are all available in Jack's music store. You'll get high fidelity mp3 files (192kbit/s, DRM-free), and everything goes directly to supporing a genuinely terrific musician.

But now, I must reveal the surprising secret of Jack's success:

This pedal was conceived of and designed by EHX from globally sourced components. Every EHX pedal goes through a stringent testing process by musicians and technicians in NYC before packing.

Posted 6/2/2009
Welcome to Electro-Harmonix's new "Effectology" series. Over the next several months we're going to play a remarkable collection of EHX-assisted sounds, and explain how they were made.

In the first episode, effect pedal wizard and Chicago studio musician Bill Ruppert transforms his regular electric guitar into a blues harmonica (pedals used: HOG, Micro Synthesizer, Wiggler, Holiest Grail).

Please note: Bill will also be in the EHX Forums to discuss his sounds, settings, and process. We hope you join us there.

The EHX Effectology series was originally inspired by Bill's recreation of the synth intro to The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" (see here). Stay tuned, more Effectology episodes coming soon!

Posted 5/30/2009
Check out this astoundingly awesome virtual tour of CBGB. fwiw, Electro-Harmonix used to be just a few blocks from here. For more EHX+CBGB goodness, see here.

Posted 5/28/2009
Add the Electro-Harmonix STOMP of approval to Rock Band 2 with the new official Overdrive pedal! Thanks to everybody at Rock Band, MTV Games, Harmonix Music Systems, and Mad Catz. For more info, see:

Posted 5/22/2009
Thanks to Ed Mundell (Monster Magnet) and PlayThisRiff.com for this look at the Hazarai's reverse echo:
fyi, PlayThisRiff.com was founded by Bob Balch (Fu Manchu) and offers guitar, bass, and drum lessons from members of Fu Manchu, Exodus, T.S.O.L., Helmet, 3 Inches of Blood, Monster Magnet, The Dickies, Pelican, The Number 12 Looks Like You, and The Dwarves, as well as from solo artists such as Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Mondo Generator), Brant Bjork (Fu Manchu, Kyuss, BB and the Bros), and Mike Watt (The Minutemen, DOS, fIREHOSE).

This pedal was conceived of and designed by EHX from globally sourced components. Every EHX pedal goes through a stringent testing process by musicians and technicians in NYC before packing.

Posted 5/20/2009
Thanks to ProGuitarShop.com for this demo of the new smaller-form Deluxe Memory Man.
This pedal was conceived of and designed by EHX from globally sourced components. Every EHX pedal goes through a stringent testing process by musicians and technicians in NYC before packing.

Posted 5/19/2009
Thanks to Kevin Robinson (Viva Voce on Barsuk Records) for this quick demo of the Bass Blogger. The Bass Blogger offers switchable overdrive and fuzz modes, and is optimized for a lighter, more subtle fuzz (as compared to the Bass Big Muff Pi). For an even smoother bass distortion, see our Bass Metaphors DI/preamp.

Kevin adds: "I like to have as many options of distortion as possible. The Bass Big Muff is such an identifiable sound that it's really nice to add a little subtle grit to the equation. The Blogger does this nicely. In the 'drive' setting, I can push my clean tone up a bit to the edge, then launch it through the roof without having to make extreme jumps."

"At any point on tour I have two (sometimes three) distortion pedals in the chain. 'Die A Little' off our new record was recorded with 18 guitar tracks, and eventually double tracking a distorted bass. Live all I do is turn the Blogger on the fuzz setting with the tone rolled completely off (7 o'clock) and the drive all the way up (5 o'clock). Nails it!"

"If ever there was a brand name linked to the type music we make and completely encapsulate the aesthetic of how good it feels to hold a squealing guitar, it would be Electro-Harmonix. In fact the VERY first pedal I ever bought was a Big Muff Pi."

If you're in the Portland, Oregon area tonight (May 19) go stop in on Viva Voce's video premiere/release party for their new album "Rose City."

In addition to his Bass Blogger, Kevin will also be touring with his Bass Big Muff Pi, Stereo Clone Theory, and Deluxe Memory Man (see pedalboard).

This pedal was conceived of and designed by EHX from globally sourced components. Every EHX pedal goes through a stringent testing process by musicians and technicians in NYC before packing.

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