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Posted: 15 May 2016 11:57 AM

Hi, i’ve been playing for over 25 years & only now have i joined the Electro Harmonix elite with the purchase of the Neo Mistress & already have my eye on a few other EH pedals. The Neo is great, i’ve always been intrigued by the Filter Matrix & the Flanger sweep is almost twice the length of my beloved Boss HF-2. Look forward to chatting & learning about other EH pedals i may not have thought of. Cheers. grin

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Posted: 07 October 2016 05:02 AM | Link to this reply (#1)

Well hello there!

Ok, I’m going to share what I have as a buyer’s help guide.

I’ve recently acquired a few new ones. I’m in love with the East River Driver and Graphic Fuzz. The latter is very versatile.

I also have a Stereo Polyphase “which they discontinued”, but I got at a discounted price. My father owns one of the old Small Stones, so I kind of grew up listening to a phaseshifter. I think it’s great. I’m not sure why they discontinued.

Stereo Pulsar, compact in size but great sounding with a lot of options. I recently became interested in the surf / rockabilly kind of sound.

Stereo Electric Mistress, i’m not actually a big fan of chorus, but maybe more of flanger. But when I use it, I actually leave the rate knob before 12 o’clock to select the a frequency, rather than have it sweep through.

Germanium 4, I hardly use it, don’t like it.

White finger, I think it’s great, a lot of control over compression. But to understand proper compression, I advise you to look into music recording tutorials on compression. trust me.

Memory Boy, I think it might be a love hate relationship. it’s not a transparent pedal. It adds warmth to the sound “which is supposedly natural for analog delays, and as a matter of fact Ritchie Blackmore used a tape delay machine, just to add warmth to the sound.” And I feel it adds a bit of gain to the sound. I’m not happy about that.

Having all of these in the chain, actually cut out a part of the signal. I tested. the sound feels a bit muted, less high end. the price you pay for having several pedals and extra cabling.

There you go, hope that helps!

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Posted: 18 September 2017 05:03 PM | Link to this reply (#2)
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Germanium 4, I hardly use it, don’t like it.

I just can’t get into my Germanium 4 either. It seemed to have lots of potential with four germanium transistors, bias, and voltage control. I like the sound of a really sputtery overdrive sometimes, but it just seems so hard to dial in a good tight distortion. Part of that is because it IS so flexible and all of the controls are so interactive. It’s also very sensitive to the input source - single vs. double, tone, volume.

I’m thinking I really want to trade it for something else like a Soul Food or something.

White finger, I think it’s great, a lot of control over compression. But to understand proper compression, I advise you to look into music recording tutorials on compression. trust me.

Agreed. Compression is an important effect, but many people misuse it and actually end up making things worse.

Memory Boy, I think it might be a love hate relationship. it’s not a transparent pedal. It adds warmth to the sound “which is supposedly natural for analog delays, and as a matter of fact Ritchie Blackmore used a tape delay machine, just to add warmth to the sound.” And I feel it adds a bit of gain to the sound. I’m not happy about that.

Yes. It’s interesting. All of the EHX analogue memory pedals have a signature, but that signature is exactly what some people like about them. I have the EHX Canyon delay pedal which extremely flexible and transparent. It has a Memory Man emulator setting, but I still wanted the signature of the Memory Man analogue delay that I could use separately from the digital delay, so I ended up getting a Memory Toy just to scratch the itch.

Having all of these in the chain, actually cut out a part of the signal. I tested. the sound feels a bit muted, less high end. the price you pay for having several pedals and extra cabling.

That is exactly what a buffer is used for. Judicious use of a buffer will resolve tone sucking, signal loss, and Wah before distortion problems. However, just like a compressor/limiter, buffers can be misused as well.

Electro-Harmonix makes several pedals with built-in buffers. The Soul Food is internally switchable between true bypass and buffered bypass. Some of their pedals are only buffered when the effect is engaged. True bypass bypasses a buffering circuit. Some of their pedals are buffered and do not have a true bypass, so the buffer stays engaged even when the effect is switched off.

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