The Effects Pedal For Effects Pedals Might Turn The Universe Inside Out


You can take the 7 train there. Talk about not sending manufacturing jobs overseas.

Scott has long dabbled in various technology pursuits, from a multi-paned webpage interface in the early dotcom days, to leading Electro-Harmonix’s successful YouTube outreach program, in which various musicians demo the pedals in YouTube product videos.

Now, he has invented his first effects pedal, and it’s a doozy. Essentially, the 8 Step Programis a sequencer pedal for effects pedals, which lets the user control how other effects pedals behave at a given time. It’s somewhat hard to explain — your best bet might be to watch the above video, for starters. Then, here’s Electro-Harmonix’ official description:

The EHX 8 Step Program plugs into the expression pedal or CV input of other effects pedals and synthesizers, delivering rhythmic sequencer control. With eight independent sliders, each controlling a sequence step, it can turn an ordinary auto-wah into a step filter, a tremolo into a syncopated pulse effect and a pitch-shifter into an arpeggiator.

And here’s what Scott told me about 8 Step Program back in January, when the wheels started turning to make his idea a reality:

I’m just a bit personally jazzed that something I suggested turned into a box. The interesting thing is that you don’t plug instruments into it. Instead, it’s a device for your CV (control voltage)/expression pedal chain. Meaning, for pedals/synths that accept a CV/expression pedal input, it plugs in there

What it does: You have 8 sliders that you can set for different CV levels (meaning, you can set 8 sliders each ranging from the equivalent of your foot all the way up to all the way down with a foot controller). And it then rhythmically cycles through the different settings. And you can change the parameters as it cycles.

I finally comprehend what this thing does. If you’re still struggling with it, check out the video again — it’s fun, and like so many things Matthews-related, it’s from New York.


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