EHX HOG 2
EHX introduces the HOG 2 pedal, upgrading their popular Harmonic Octave Generator with enhanced algorithms and controls.
The 2nd generation H.O.G. retains the original's polyphonic and glitch free sound and operation while adding note worthy improvements.
Along with many other guitar players, we consider the original HOG pedal as the best synth pedal available, so we are excited to learn of the availability of HOG2.
At the core of the new H.O.G.2 is the same great features found in the original synth pedal. Most beloved of which is its glitch-free control of 10 harmonic intervals including: -2 octaves, -1 octave, original note,+5th, +1 octave, +1 octave +5th, +2 octaves, +2 octaves +3rd, +3 octaves, +4 octaves. This by itself is more than enough to keep you busy experimenting with various sounds.
EHX however still found some room for improvement and added new algorithms to improve the sound quality of the ten generated octaves and harmonics as well as the Freeze function. And based on the demo video, we can say that the new algorithms did improve the clarity and quality of the sound.
During the development of the new pedal, EHX thought about adding more convenience, so they added a master volume on the pedal. Another nifty change is that HOG2 lets you save the volume levels as part of a preset. Finally, HOG2 now gives you full MIDI control over all parameters and presets.
Other features of HOG2 include:
- 7 Expression Modes
- Freeze expression mode holds a note or chord-play over it or slide to new notes like a keyboardist playing portamento
- Amplitude envelope lengthens a note's attack for swells or increased decay speed.
- Dedicated resonant filtering with sweepable frequency control
- Separate lower and upper harmonic amplitude envelopes
- External expression pedal included
- Standard 9VDC 200mA power supply included
A matching HOG2 Foot Controller is also announced, this will let you save and recall up to 100 preset programs as opposed to just six with the original HOG. That's a lot of presets to store and access! With this controller, you can setup, store and recall all your favorite settings.
The Electro-Harmonix HOG 2 is expected to have a list price of around $635, while the HOG 2 Foot Controller will List at around $181.
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