Electro-Harmonix Soul Food
Electro-Harmonix Soul Food

Soul Food, Overdrive pedal from Electro-Harmonix.

benoi31 11/24/2014

Electro-Harmonix Soul Food : benoi31's user review

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Introducing: the soul food is a clone of a pedal that has caused much ink, hype, musical snobbery and money (1500 euros the original pedal 400 reissue!): The klon centaur!

Késako the klon?
This is an overdrive pedal 3 controls, volume, gain and treble, used by a lot of guitarists, and among the largest! She is also known for its excellent buffer, like pedals equally hyped to Pete Cornish.

Soul food stands as a copy cheaply and big production of this pedal. So it's no surprise that we find the same controls.
It was also a buffer snap or not an internal switch (a good point for the optional buffer)

A switch, LED, provided food (amazing for the price) and we left!


There are therefore three controls, which are very effective in their settings: the volume is very gradual, but gives significant gains, the gain goes far enough and the treble knob works very well.

It is very simple to adjust its sound in 3 steps.

Only painful thing: in my case, the screws of the case were tight so strong that they were impossible to unscrew the screw driver, I get out of the drill!


First, a few words on the buffer: having a pedalboard not provided enough buffer, I tested. On, I earn a little treble, without having drastic changes in my sound. what we want with a buffer, it is a success for me, it is very discreet and efficient.

On the pedal itself: in clean boost (typically volume 14h, 8h gain) on a light crunch amp lamps, battery at the break up is a killer! According to the gain that is placed it can range from a mild "dirty sound" to the big lead.
The treble knob is responsive and can compensate somewhat its material (typically if you have hardware that sounds a bit "dark" kind Les Paul + Orange like me)

Please note that the pedal is not so transparent by cntre than that: we lose low during activation, and we win some mediums, which is very nice to get out of the mix.
As against this is far from a tube screamer, it was not at all the hot side / soft (it is rather the opposite) and the gain medium is not as exaggerated as a TS .

It can also leave all the active time to earn a little "brightness" and get a little dirty his sound. Typically, if you want to redo a little vox sound a little dirty for example.

on the other hand, past 12pm gain, the sound becomes rough. It's dirty, it does not sound terrible. Moreover, we lose dynamic and side transistor I find really stands

It is clearly made for light drives or very mild.


For me, this pedal is perfect in the field of subtle overdrive to slightly dirty thereof, or simply serve as a boost.

It will therefore pay attention to the following:
- If you are looking for a slightly muscled Overdrive to type in fairly saturated stuff, it's not a good idea to move towards this pedal. She really made for light drives.
- If you have hardware that already gives you a fairly acute. Unlike a tube screamer, it does not go too soften the sound, but to lighten it and make it more aggressive. Ideal for a setup fairly loaded low mids and bass, with little sharp, but with fender guitar (micro mouhahaha bridge) on a Fender amp, I let you imagine the carnage. Lower the treble potentiometer lightering will sound even (unlike a tone, here you will not gain low), so do not correct this defect espérerez

on the other hand:
- If you need a boost
- If you like light and subtle drives, and you're just looking to get a little dirty your sound
- If you have hardware that sounds pretty "bassy" and want to compensate for this
- If you need a buffer
- And you do not have 1500 euros to put in a collection pedal

This pedal is perfect! I bought it just for this, and it is one of the best purchases I've made so far. As a group, it proves almost essential for my solos, and the gain in treble / midrange really gets me out of the mix at the right time.

And all this for a ridiculous price, and with the power supply provided in addition, EHX hat!