Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy
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Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy

Memory Boy, Delay/Echo/Phrase Sampler for Guitar from Electro-Harmonix in the Memory series.

- Mimi - 04/16/2010

Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy : - Mimi -'s user review

5

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Analog Delay Made in USA whose echo can be modulated. That's a good academic statement. To be more concrete, it's something half-alive but docile (though not always ...) which alone gives an unimaginable scale and variety to your sound.

Level connectivity: input / output supply + classic 'DC type Boss (supplied!) + An entry for an expression pedal (not included)!

4 buttons and two switches for controls (excluding the switch activation, but full of possibilities:
- DELAY: two cases:
1) no expression pedal connected: Sets the time interval between two echoes.
2) an expression pedal connected to and controls the delay, adjusts the maximum achievable delay in the pedal

- DEPTH: modulation level (0 = off)

- BLEND: Adjusts the mix between the input signal 100% and 100% effect

- FEEDBACK: number of repetitions (do not abuse it!)

- Switch "triangle / square" waveform modulation

- Switch "Vibrato / exp. Pedal / chorus" (ie 3 positions): several cases
1) no pedal: in this case "chorus" gives a basic modulation speed slow exp. Pedal "medium speed, and" vibrato "a high base rate.
2) a pedal connected: in this case the middle position to control the pedal with the modulation level in place of the delay time. chorus and vibrato retain the same functions, if they are selected, then the pedal controls the delay time.

So relatively few buttons for many configurations is cleverly done, especially the scope of the expression pedal that can control the choice of modulation or time, and the 3-position switch that provides an intermediate position without pedals.

Otherwise build quality seems excellent (will review this in 20 years to be confirmed) and I find her very attractive ... It much less fat than one might think, it takes more or less as much space as a rat, for example.

Attention on the other hand: looks like Franck Dubosc: "It sucks!" = 45 mA, enough to snore easily pedalboard (like mine) have to connect a dedicated transformer, happily provided free with the beast!

So for me, 9 / 10 for the opportunities, creativity, simplicity and quality of housing, special mention for the effort to reduce size of EHX.

UTILIZATION

The manual is very well done (in English) and I think is essential to understand at the beginning all possible configurations with and without the pedal. For the rest, fiddles with plug and play and play again and retripote etc.. !

Well after the pedal is very docile, we find all the settings you want fast enough, but beware the FEEDBACK button, once past 12, the pedal quickly becomes unstable (it adds sounds to the sounds, the multiplies them, a sort of self Larsen, forced to cut emergency before the receiver and ears explode).

The DEPTH control to "0" delay pedal is a quite conventional. We can therefore make a slapback pedal, reverb settings etc. at will. Then it may involve the modulation (to pay sparingly to avoid sounds too weird) and here we can make a chorus etc. according to his desire and his tastes.

So the more knobs are very sensitive to the possibilities, ease of use in general, and least is the risk of instability and the fact that I see no evidence of a button (the button DEPTH modifies both the speed and intensity modulation, which significantly limits the possibilities). Are some negative points still important, but many positive points, so 7 / 10 for me.

SOUND QUALITY

Ben good there I received the pedal not long ago, I think I will need 10 years to go around the possibilities, but overall the sound is very good, we really feel that the pedal is alive, it ' is hot, it's diverse, it is an explosion of sounds, discoveries non stop processing sounds from your guitar, unexpected sounds that come out every single random settings, incredible dynamics.

This is the first time I've been so surprised by the intensity changes the sound of my guitar with one pedal. It will sublimate your game simply by turning two three knobs and adjusting the gain of my amp, I managed to touch his finger to artists as diverse as SRV, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, Santana and all this with the boy, one stratum and an amp (and tweaks)!

Finally all this is only once your settings found! For we can also make dung with this pedal out sounds unbearable, so beware and explore well before using it on stage and fall on something horrible!

Of course this is not the delay the more "pure" market, but if by the principle that a delay is there to give scale, color and presence to the sound, it is entirely is well suited.

So for me, 9 / 10 "only" because of the high risk of hitting something ugly!

OVERALL OPINION

Good overall, a pedal multifaceted, almost a multi-effects by itself (missing only the saturation!), But with high quality analog. Warning, if you want a trick that only repeats the same note perfectly, go your way, the boy is here to give breadth and depth to the sounds! He must accept to let him live!

It's just the little brother of the memory man, but a little different from the same family (difficult to say more because I know the evil big brother). The big difference is price! It costs just 2 to 3 times less expensive than the memory man, and takes three times less space (I found it at 89 euro nine !)!!!

So unless you are professional musician and / or have a specific need is the memory for you boy! It may even replace many of your pedals. Especially, it is not that type of music for "experimental", everyone can find his account and covers a wide range of possibilities.

I let you go because I have fun with my boy! Final score 9 / 10 because it is almost perfect, affordable and more (cherry is the cake!).