EHX’s Newest Pedals From NAMM 2013
Guitar effects titans Electro-Harmonix are bringing more to the table at NAMM than just the new rendition of the Harmonic Octave Generator (the H.O.G 2). This year they’re winning hearts over with an extra two pedals loaded with the innovation that represents what EHX is all about. Please welcome the Random Tone Generator (RTG) and the 45000 Multi-Track Looping Recorder.
The Random Tone Generator
The RTG is an effect pedal long since forgotten and probably an effect those that are old enough to remember it didn’t expect to see again. This reissue of a pedal first introduced in 1980 is small enough to fit in your palm like any of EHX’s Nano pedals, and is known for its relentless, unstoppable, and fearless production of untamed and random tone changes that span up over four octaves in range. EHX doctors recommend experimentation with other effects to maximize the potential of the RTG.
The RTG is straight forward in design. The on / off foot switch is easy to locate and as simple to use as you’d expect, the input and output jacks are right where you’d think to look. It’s powered by a 9 volt batter (and even includes one) or a 9 volt power supply. The rate knob controls the speed tones are generated and the glide toggle switch swaps between a portamento or a glide altering how the RTG swaps tones.
The 45000 Multi-Track Looping Recorder
The 45000 Multi-Track Looping Recorder is the newest installment in EHX’s looper lineup. It’s designed to minimize the learning curve between itself and any other multi-track recorder while offering the versatility to make complex loops on the spot. The 4-track recorder presents four mono tracks with one stereo mixdown track, completely uncompressed at 44.1 kHz and 16-bit CD quality audio, all stored on an included removable 4 gigabyte SDHC card.
The 45000 includes slots to add more memory cards allowing up to 32 gigs, each card storing up to 100 individual loops that can be accessed with an optional 45000 foot controller (sold separately). Loop speed can be adjusted over a range of two octaves to turn your guitar into a bass or to set something higher in register as well as reverse recording. The built-in metronome is sent to a separate monitor out as well as an included headphone output to help you lock your timing down while looping.
Also featured is full USB interactivity between PCs and Macs to swap loops back and forth between the 45000 and your computer, quantized and non-quantized modes, overdubbing and punch in / out modes, an auxiliary input to mix MP3 players with the loop output, and the capability of inputting .wav files. Most parameters can be controlled via MIDI and the MIDI clock sync can be set as master or slave. It’s powered via an included standard 9.6 VDC 200mA power supply.
The 45000 Foot Controller
The 45000’s separate foot controller allows you to swap through the memory cards and select your loop on the fly with your feet. Additionally you can select tracks, record, play, loop up, and loop down, all guided by the large dual digit display. Requiring no batteries or power supplies the Foot Controller gains power whenever it’s plugged into the 45000.