If you’ve been playing guitar for any period of time, you know that there are a ton of effects pedals out there to play with. Most of them fall into broad categories like distortion, delay, volume or chorus. These are the standby sounds and from them 100s of pedals have sprung forth, each with different controls and different sounding effects. That’s why we created Pedal Finder, to help you distinguish between the different pedals to find the one that’s right for you. Outside of these broad categories, however, are the pedals that do more than a basic sound. They are the pedals that transform ordinary guitar sounds into strange, sonic landscapes that defy our ears and push us to create something new. The Electro Harmonix Frequency Analyzer is one of those pedals.
The Frequency Analyzer essentially allows you to pick a note and have that note appear alongside every actual note you play on the guitar. It sound complicated, but in reality it only takes three knobs and a toggle switch to switch between a huge array of sounds. The knobs are blend, fine and shift. The toggle switch is a filter. The blend knob simply takes you from no effects to full effects. This allows you to ‘blend’ in as much effect as you need to get the results you want. You use the shift knob to pick the note you want played along with the notes you play on the guitar. It’s easy to set, you just play a note on the guitar that you want to set the box to and then using the shift knob, match that note as if you were tuning. Because the shift knob moves the tuning around drastically, EHX gives you a fine knob so you can really hone in on the perfect note. If you want that sort of thing. Because, as you’ll see in the video below, being out of tune can be a ton of fun. The toggle switch brings out the bass frequency over all.
Perhaps the most fun to have with this pedal is to move the shift knob with your foot while playing, which can really bring out the insane and tonally crazy aspects of this enormously creative pedal. Do you have this pedal? Let us know how you use it below.