Electro-Harmonix Holy Stain
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Electro-Harmonix Holy Stain

Holy Stain, Multi-Effects for Electric Guitar from Electro-Harmonix.

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Average Score:3.4( 3.4/5 based on 6 reviews )
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Value For Money : Excellent
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mooseherman02/08/2010

mooseherman's review

Electro-Harmonix Holy Stain
This is a multi-effect pedal. It has two reverbs (room and hall), tremelo, Pitch shifter, and a versatile distortion. This cannot be edited with a computer or MIDI, and is not rackable. It is analog technology, like most Electro-Harmonix pedals. It has only the 1/4" input and output

UTILIZATION

This pedal isn't too hard to use. Its actually a nice thing to have if you really want a multi-effect pedals that aren't too stocked with features. Since it's an analog pedal, you don't get the cheap sounds that most digital multi-effects pedals have. The manual can explain everything pretty clearly. The only critique I had of the utilization was the fact that the pitch-bending technique wasn't as effective without purchasing an additional expression pedal to control the range of pitch shifting.

SOUND QUALITY

I used this with my Strat, which has a pretty good track record with most Electro-Harmonix pedals. I was a little disappointed in the overall sound of the distortion on this pedal. It wasn't quite what I was looking for, it seemed to feel flat and lifeless very often. It just didn't kick it over the top the way the Big Muff does. That being said, the other effects on it aren't bad. The reverb is reliable, not amazing but it does allow you to combine the distortion and reverb and get a tone that is very cool. It is almost similar to My Bloody Valentine, who have guitar tones that aren't easily recreated. The Tremolo effect is also quite nice, and it too combines well with the distortion and reverb to create some spacey, eerie sounds that are interesting. I haven't tried using this pedal in combination with other distortions, but I'm curious about that possibility. I wasn't too wild about the pitch shifting, because I didn't buy the expression pedal. Without the pedal, you have to change the pitch shifting harmonies by hand, which limits your ability to play the guitar.

OVERALL OPINION

I liked the peculiar blend of effects that were possibly in some of the combinations of effects. I think that for the price, this is a decent pedal. I'm still convinced that you are better off finding a pedal for each of these effects that would fit more perfectly. However, for players with less of a budget, you can make do with reverb and tremolo from this guy. I would still buy another distortion pedal though.
paradies11/09/2013

paradies's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Search tool ..."

Electro-Harmonix Holy Stain
Preamble:
I will use this pedal with four types of configurations
- Monophonic synth
- Poly Synth (tremolo, chorus)
- Akai EWI
- Saxophone
Not with a guitar, so my opinion is bound to be distorted ... I do not would put notes or too high or too low not to devalue or over-evaluate the rating of the pedal which is its first use.
I would add that I have the version with an interesting change.

EHX pedal called the "multi-purpose"
indeed (haha) ... There are two main blocks. An analog part (fuzz / distortion) and a digital epartie (yuck!)
consisting of Fv EHX effects and offering 4: 2 reverbs, pitch a (limited as described in other reviews), and a tremolo.
Adding the mod allows you to add a kind of chorus and flanger type and mix (red herring?) With reverb ...

There is a single input, expression pedal input, (which I believe runs the Amount button at the bottom) and one output.
Add to that three knobs for the signal (clean / overdrive / fuzz) (color) (dirt = bright / dark / warm)
3 knob sto effect itself (Mix / amout / v)
I April 1 em knob which is a 2 em Amount and a switch that activates or deactivates the mod.
"Both are DIRT and COLOR TONE and rotary switches while
VOLUME rotary potentiometers are. "(Manual source)

it's been a lot of different combinations and it will solve all with here-mo-nie!

Case in good metal 2xboss size ...
Mandatory external power supply (no battery) 9v + center (recent type boss / ibanez)

UTILIZATION

It sounds simple, but in reality it is not so obvious because the possibilities and interactions are numerous and not always RECOMMENDED ...

As with a vintage analog synth it will photograph the settings that you like or it will be hot to find them ...

SOUND QUALITY

So the first thing that has already been said: the clean is not completely clean, so if you want to use the digital effect part is not possible.

I tested this time with Little phatty, a morpho, a cs5 for monophonic JX3P and a Juno for polyphonic.
reverbs seem a little metal ... (And no comparison with the effects of 03d)
But they are used, and alone justify the purchase of this pedal ...

Tremolo is currently the effect that seems the most promising.
But that seems to be lacking is a sound a bit tinny ...

I do not go live on the pedal but leaves a auxilary console, in order to mix the signal converted by convertos may be questionable, with the gross of the original signal. I must test with a rational connection: Synth / Reamp (box di) / effect / keyboard amp.

The distortion part can be used on a sample of clean guitar for a distortion above but hey, I'm not a fan, if I have need of a guitar, I called a friend guitarist ...

OVERALL OPINION

Only one test day
J have effects mainly Racks (Alesis MicroVerb 3 MINIFEX, korg internship echo SE300 and the effects of 03D
but also plugins. First pedal "guitar" away so ...
The value for money is good power rmoi who have had used with the mod, because the pedal allows me to familiarize myself with this type of guitar effects, and choose the one that suits me best, then buy a dedicated analog pedal (too expensive to give it a go blind ...)

What I like least is the "digital" sound ...

With the experience I take can be directly pedals single function ...
like a boss Chorus CE3 (step 5), the inevitable small stones and clones, a carbon copy, but all those ones are known to work well with the synth ... (at least in their analog versions)
But for the price, there are a lot of things to try.

PS: I recall that I put middle notes everywhere to not impact the rating of this pedal, which for e guitar seems to be a great value for money to start ...