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  • 05/28/14Electro-Harmonix EHX Tortion Review

    Electro-Harmonix EHX Tortion Review - Tubey or not Tubey, that is the question.

    Since the days of the original Big Muff Pi, Electro-Harmonix has been building distortion pedals, and one of its latest entries is the EHX Tortion ($179). Way more than just a distortion effect, it also offers a range of overdrive sounds, pleasing clean tones, a boost channel, and you even get amp simulation via its direct out.

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ricoute's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" not bad, but it all depends on his sound requirements ..."

Electro-Harmonix EHX Tortion
Dual channel distortion

1st flight channel / trble / mid / bass / with
2 pre-gain settings plexi or hot rod with full EQ and Full Tight defatted more
2nd volume channel gain


in out and 1 XLR socket for studio émuled it seems t


yes we hold the first channel with ts settings

not looked at the manual

no editing is turned and is ca!


1 channel has a good grain vintage
the second channel is almost reached the high gain heavy

Guitar only

there is no critical position even if channel 1 lacks a bit of pep ds certain positions as tight and a little too much difference between the positions and full Tight

the second channel puts all the world in terms of agreement of heavy and massive gain

Being accustomed to duly selected boutique pedals, I find that often the EHX pedals (the big muff and tattoo I know) sound a bit messy and always a highlight mid that do not have a big mid-definition typed but always a little fishing in sound definition and lack homogéité in density across the spectrum


I toured the different possible combinations but is not kept despite his good grain and gain but too limited to the question of the overall sound definition and follows directed me to a more upscale pedal .... without snobbery shop!

R / Q / P / rather good, EHX are particularly attractive in terms of price

cky95's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very versatile, very good grain."

Electro-Harmonix EHX Tortion
Distortion pedal with an integrated extra boost.
It has a 3-band EQ, a pre-gain settings (the interesting point of this pedal) and a boost with volume and gain (very useful).
The boost can not be used alone.
DI output for use as preamp.


Very easy to handle.
The interesting thing as I said is the Pre-gain knob, which has 4 positions: Full and Tight Low Gain and High Gain Full and Tight.
"Full" is a more open sound or the "Tight" is more compressed sound.
The boost can be used as a volume boost or gain.


Here is the important chapter: the JFET are supposed provided very close to a tube amp that heats ... and its works fine grain! We believe that a hot lamp is hidden in the pedal, you really find this grain tube amp saturates, it is very effective.
The pedal could just be a "good OD pedal" if it had the right switch, but fortunately the extra boost makes all the interest, adding a gain stage, we can sail the OD light bluesy, big sound very heavy metal enclanchant the boost.
So versatile, and very convenient because you can go in front of a light bluesy OD Low gain setting Full, a big, fat distortion in enclanchant the boost with the gain all the way!
In short, all the records will pass with an impressive realism is really good that we pedal out EHX!


First a very good price / features, because a good distortion pedal with an additional boost to two settings for € 135, not ba sa short streets (when one sees that sells Boss DS-1X 150 € .. .).
Then, most importantly, its rings, and very well, in most settings, it is used in a Low Gain Full bluesy plan or High Gain Tight Metal played for that spot.
And finally: it is very quiet without the boost and even with the two gains in depth, the od and the boost, the background noise is very reasonable compared to the gain level.
In conclusion: a very good buy, I recommend!