Electro Harmonix Hog Pedal

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Review: Electro Harmonix Hog Pedal

Published 16:00 pm

Octave effects are strange and difficult to shape into place.

With unrelenting, obnoxious over and under tones, I always found it rather difficult to use these pedals to a degree that really made it important for me to own one. The Electro Harmonix Harmonic Octave Generator, or Hog, is a fusion of both octave and synthesizer effects. The first thing you will notice about this pedal is the vast expanse of knobs and switches on the pedal's face. I was reluctant to even begin diving in to figuring out this pedal because of the sheer volume of choice at hand.

The company does a great job of breaking down how each section act in accordance with each other and I think you will find it simple once you give it a few minutes. Due to the fact that this pedal is so intricate and unique, there is a lot response on line and I have seen many instructional clips on youtube.com and other search forums. .

In the dead center of the pedal, you have a section that acts as the mixing board for your harmonics and octaves. By changing a set of ten sliders to the position that suits you best, you are able to form the perfect balance between your harmonics and octaves and how they relate to the playing style that you execute. There all kinds of wonderful single settings in here.

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There is a slider for three octaves up, a slider for one octave up in addition to a fifth note, and a slider for 2 octaves down...and obviously seven more fields for playing and tweaking. This pedal has additional sections for Envelope and Filter that solely focus on the harmonic aspect of your approach. In addition to this, the box has seven different Expression Modes including Step Bend, Octave Bend, Filter and Wah Wah.

All of the expressions do wildly different things are will greatly complement your technique in ways that you have not yet discovered.

The HOG also has an expression pedal output that allows you to set many different preset so you are able to chose between them in a hands-free fashion. On top of being one of the most unique pedals around, you have complete reign over this beast in any setting. Create the most expansive synthesizer, wah wah, organ (and so many more) sounds that you have ever heard. This is a weird one but most definitely worth the money.

However, you'll quickly find that these are some of the most unhindered pedals in existence and are matched by no other. 

Find one new or used today and get ready to expand your mind.

Bestselling Electro Harmonix Hog Pedal Products in 2021


Electro-Harmonix HOG2 Guitar Octave Effect Pedal

Electro-Harmonix HOG2 Guitar Octave Effect Pedal
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
  • Sophisticated new algorithms to improve the quality of the ten generated octaves and harmonics as well as the Freeze function; Foot controller sold separately
  • Full MIDI control over all parameters and presets
  • Master Volume for added control and convenience; Volume levels are saved as part of a preset
  • Save and recall up to 100 preset programs with the optional foot controller (versus six with the original HOG)
  • Controllable harmonic intervals: -2 octaves, -1 octave, original note, +5th, +1 octave, +1 octave +5th, +2 octaves, +2 octaves +3rd, +3 octaves, + 4 octaves

Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator

Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • Attack control, two sub-octaves, 2-pole resonant low-pass filter
  • Enhanced detune, enhanced algorithm
  • Saves your favorite settings with a click
  • Rugged, pedal-board-friendly die-cast chassis

Electro-Harmonix HOG2 Electric Guitar Foot Controller

Electro-Harmonix HOG2 Electric Guitar Foot Controller
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • Sophisticated new algorithms to improve the quality of the ten generated octaves and harmonics as well as the Freeze function; HOG2 sold separately
  • Receives power from the HOG2
  • Stores presets in your HOG2, not the Foot Controller
  • Save and recall up to 100 preset programs with the optional foot controller (versus six with the original HOG)
  • Controllable harmonic intervals: -2 octaves, -1 octave, original note, +5th, +1 octave, +1 octave +5th, +2 octaves, +2 octaves +3rd, +3 octaves, + 4 octaves

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