EHX Soul Food
Electro-Harmonix continue their barrage of new dirt boxes, this time with a "Klon clone" that they call Soul Food.
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This new pedal is described by EHX as providing a transparent, natural-sounding, uncompressed overdrive effect.
Love it or hate it, the Klon Centaur pedal has piqued the interest of many musicians, unfortunately its exorbitant price tag has kept it far from everyone's reach. Because of this, many players have been asking EHX's Mike Matthews to try and achieve the same sound while keeping the price reasonable.
Mike listened to the request and worked with his team to cook up the Soul Food pedal. Like the pedal it is based on, Soul Food is designed to provide organic response at low gain settings, making it an efficient boost pedal.
According to EHX, the "circuitry features boosted power rails to provide abundant headroom and increased definition". This is said to deliver transparent overdrive with great touch and response.
Instead of just taking their word for it, you can check out the new Soul Food in action below:
Judging from the demo video, they may have improved on the design by reducing the grainy sound at higher gain settings as found on the Klon Centaur. This is a nifty modification, and adds a bit of versatility to the pedal's functionality. Instead of just being a good low-gain / boost pedal, it does sound capable of providing mid-range classic rock tones.
Controls are kept straightforward like the original pedal, with a knob for controlling gain and volume, along with a middle knob for adjusting the treble frequencies. Electro-Harmonix summarizes "...you don't have to be a rock star to own one!"
Pricing information for the new Soul Food Overdrive will soon be available, visit Electro-Harmonix for more information.
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