Video: EHX Unveils 2 Synthy Stompboxes, a Rebooted Classic, and the Super Switcher

Electro-Harmonix wasn't the only brand to unveil synth-inspired pedals at NAMM 2019. You could say Keeley, Pigtronix, and others pushed the envelope as well.

But with two new pedals in tow taking their cues from the realm of synthesis, they helped set the tone for one of the convention's prevailing trends.

The first such pedal, announced earlier in the week, is the Bass Mono Synth. It promises to turn players' bass signals into their choice of 11 different mono synth sounds—including growl, laser, sub, and more.

Similarly, the Mono Synth, revealed on the NAMM convention floor, transforms your guitar into 11 synthesizers, with separate Dry and Synth knobs to blend the perfect mix. It allows for resonant filter peaks, string-like tones, and drones, with the ability to adjust just how your input signal will affect the generated sounds. Parameters can be tweaked on the pedal itself or controlled by an expression pedal.

EHX is hearkening back to 1980 to reissue a sought-after pedal from its vintage lineup with the Attack Decay.

Once called the Tape Reverse Simulator, the rebooted model provides "volume and reverse swells, backward tape sounds, artificially short staccato notes and bowed instrument effects," EHX says. One new feature is the Attack Decay's Poly mode, which allows you to assign a different volume envelope to each note you play.

It features a built-in distortion unit and effects loop to allow the pedal to set the envelope for whatever you decide to connect, as well as an expression pedal/CV input.

Super Switcher

Rounding out the new releases is the Super Switcher, built with enough I/O options to tame the most unruly of pedal rigs. Features, according to EHX, include:

  • Features mono and stereo send/return, insert send/return and mono/stereo out.
  • Equipped with tuner and tap tempo outs, MIDI In & Out and more.
  • Features eight mechanical-relay controlled, true bypass loops.
  • Provides 128 presets: 16 banks with 8 presets each.
  • Tap footswitch sets the BPM. The Super Switcher can be configured to send/receive MIDI clock and send tap signals to the output. BPM can be global or per preset.
  • Tuner footswitch sends the input signal to the tuner out and cuts off the signal from any loops or output.
  • Boost footswitch engages a knob adjustable, output gain Boost on both the left and right channels.
  • EHX 9.6VDC-200mA power supply included
  • Current Draw: 150mA @ 9VDC
  • Dimensions in inches: 19(w) x 6(l) x 2.5(h)
  • Dimensions in mm: 483(w) x 153(l) x 64(h)

Be sure to watch our EHX booth demo above. For all the latest product releases and news from the NAMM 2019 convention, follow our ongoing coverage.

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