EHX Tone Tips - Riddle - The Transistor Radio Effect

Posted 11/9/2010

Here’s a great special effect that’s perfect for an intro or guitar break within a song.

Nothing is more dramatic to the human ear than a drastic instant shift in sound frequencies.

Going from a full-bodied guitar sound to one that sounds like it’s being blasted out of a two-inch speaker in a transistor radio is a perfect way to accomplish this.

The Riddle pedal produces this sound via its high pass filter. A high pass filter allows only the upper frequencies to be heard while chopping off the bottom or low end. This mimics the sound of a very small speaker.

Using the Riddle onboard distortion creates the overdrive effect of a small pocket radio turned up just a little too loud. Turning up the sensitivity knob even further will produce the sound of a transistor radio with its battery ready to die.

Click the link below to hear a track sample:
EHX Tone Tips #2 Audio Track

Breakdown of the track:
1. Dry unaffected guitar
2. Transistor radio effect on
3. Full band entrance-fade

The full band sound used the following pedals:
Guitars- English Muffin
Bass- Guitar into a Octave Multiplexer and a Bass Big Muff.

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Stay tuned, more Tone Tips posts coming 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.

EHX Products Mentioned Above
Riddle - Envelope Filter for Guitar
Envelope Filter for Guitar
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