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Posted 5/4/2009
Thanks to Nir Yaniv and King Cano for sharing this 2880 live looping video. Nir adds: "The 'Beat This!' video was recorded live. You can even see that behind us there's a computer screen with Logic opened and recording. And let me take this opportunity to thank you and the others in EHX - that looper changed my loopin' life."
For more info, see the King and Nir site as well as Nir's solo site VocalMan (in addition to the 2880, Nir also uses an Octave Multiplexer).

Posted 4/30/2009
Last Friday (April 24) Electro-Harmonix founder Mike Matthews surprised everyone by shutting down the factory early to share a delicious Dominican lunch and great live music. Performances included a freakily-good James Brown impersonator, and Mike sat in for a quick groove:

Posted 4/28/2009
Robin Rose is a long-established painter specializing in 'encaustic' works[?], but back in 1979 he played guitar and synth for new-wave/punk band Urban Verbs (Warner) and regularly performed at clubs like CBGB here in NYC.

For Robin's new exhibit, titled "Cypher" (April 7-May 17, American University Museum, Washington DC, info/pics), he changes gears and revisits those roots.

"Ascendant" (below, starting top-right) captures the skyward joy that comes when you catch a good groove. Gearheads, from top to bottom: that's a 1965 Fender Stratocaster with reverse tremolo, gold guitar cable, Marshall 800 Lead Amp Head, 1960 Slant speaker cabinet.

"Isolation," the circular work on the left, is assembled from 50 guitar effect pedals, with interconnecting cables. Robin explained that each pedal is an independent entity (in reality, and metaphorically), and each is connected to its peers, but through a loop that never accepts external input or offers external output. So, we can use this to consider the social world, where social circuits can also loop closed and cut off outside contact.
Robin's daughter, a 16-year-old rocker, artist and Sonic Youth fan with Asperger Syndrome[?] color coded the pedals (note the rainbow gradation on the left side). Robin tells us: "When the decision came to arrange the direction of the pedals, she said 'there is only one way they can go, Pointing IN.' I asked why, and she replied 'that made them lonely.'"

And I catch that lonely vibe: I first imagine myself standing in the middle of a dream pedalboard, but then I realize they're all turned away from me.

We're honored that Robin placed the Big Muff Pi at the bottom-center position. Thanks to Hemphill Fine Arts for the introduction. Images courtesy of the artist and Hemphill. Photography by Brandon Webster.

Posted 4/27/2009
Thanks to YouTube's GuitarGearComMx for this demo of the Voice Box -- you'll get a good overview of the many different kinds of sounds you can make with the Voice Box.
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 4/23/2009
This video knocks me out. Studio musician (and EHX Forums contributor) Bill Ruppert used his HOG, with a little help from his Stereo Memory Man with Hazarai, to reproduce one of the most instantly recognizable sounds in Rock & Roll history: the intro to The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again."

In the video Bill shares his settings and performace notes, and adds: "All done with a regular guitar, a regular pickup, and a regular cable!"

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 4/22/2009
In honor of Earth Day, we jump back to Earth Day 1980 to tell the story of the Electro-Harmonix wind-powered umbrella truck:

Shortly following the oil crisis of the late 1970s, EHX founder Mike Matthews wanted to draw attention to the increasing need for alternative energy. As a result, he managed to tap into what you might now call one of the world's first sources of alternative alternative energy.

Here's how it worked: the truck (pictured above and below) drove around the streets of New York City. The resulting wind was enough to spin an umbrella-rigged turbine. The turbine then generated electricity to power a sound room in the truck's bed.

The inside of the truck was actually a small demo space where guitar players could try out the latest Electro-Harmonix gear (that's Mike in the white shirt). The truck drove around the city, randomly picked people up, let them play, and dropped them off. The electricity for the demo space was provided by the wind-powered generator, and the wind was provided by (damn you, First Law of Thermodynamics!) a colossal diesel engine.

The truck was designed by early Electro-Harmonix engineer Bob Myer, who also helped design one of the company's first products, the LPB-1. The picture above shows the truck mid-construction at Bob's home.

Update: Bob just emailed to tell us: "For our Earth Day I resurected the Electro-Harmonix wind power generator. It still works. I mounted it on a trailer and added lights and a meter to show the power being generated. I can tow it with my pick up to demonstrate." (picture below!)

Posted 4/20/2009

A week ago, we announced the countdown to the new Deluxe Memory Man, and that the classic 'trapezoid' Deluxe Memory Man would be discontinued.

But thanks to your feedback, we now have a better plan.

1. Starting today (April 20) we will begin taking orders from stores for the new Deluxe Memory Man. It's the exact same warm analog circuit, with premium vintage 'bucket brigade' chips, all housed in our more pedalboard-friendly enclosure. They're ready to go, so ask your favorite EHX dealer.

2. We will continue to sell the Classic Chassis for as long as we can, which we currently estimate at roughly one month. But, rather than become "discontinued" they will be considered "unavailable."

3. Both the new and classic versions of the Deluxe Memory Man will be available globally. Whether you're in the US, UK, EU (or wherever) you now have a choice of either the new or classic design.

This arrangement should be better for everybody. If you've been waiting for the new chassis, now you can finally get it. If you're a fan of the classic design, we'll do our best to keep them available (though we do suggest you get yours soon).

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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