Electro Harmonix introduces a miniaturized version of their popular polyphonic octave generator, the Nano POG.


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This compact stompbox joins is a mobile and portable alternative to its bulkier brother the POG2 and it is even smaller than the Micro POG. It goes to show that manufacturers are responding to the increasing requests of guitarists for pedalboard space-saving pedals.

POG stands for polyphonic octave generator, and it continues to be one of the more well known pedals in the company’s line up. Thanks to its impressive polyphonic tracking and musical flexibility, it has become well received by professionals.

Instead of tinkering with the tone of the pedal, the company decided to fit its circuitry inside a Nano size pedal without compromising sonic integrity. The result is the new Nano POG, which delivers the same features at a more portable and affordable package.

Like the original, the Nano POG will let you mix together your dry signal with two different octaves (one above and one below your original note), resulting in synth-like or 12-string guitar like tones. And you get the octaves whether you are playing a single note or an entire chord.

Electro-Harmonix utilized an advanced algorithm that ensures glitch-free tracking, even for the most fleet-fingered guitarists. You can use the pedal to produce sub-octave and octave up reproductions of your guitar tone, delivered with the same clarity and quality as the previous versions of the pedal.

The pedal features three knobs that let you adjust levels for the dry (unaffected) signal, the sub-octave, and octave up signal all on their own. By playing around with the controls, you can get a wide range of sounds, from convincing bass, to 12-string guitar, to a mandolin like tone and finally a even an organ like sound.

Bill Rupert put the pedal in action so you can check out what it can do:

The company broke down the controls and their use below:

  • Dry Knob – Controls the output volume of the dry signal at the effect out jack. The Dry signal is the signal present at the Input jack. As this knob is turned clockwise, the volume of the DRY signal at the effect out jack increases.
  • Sub Octave Knob – Controls the output volume of the Sub Octave signal, one octave below the original input signal, or half the frequency. As this knob is rotated clockwise, the volume of the Sub Octave signal increases. By maxing this knob and muting the others, you can get a bass guitar sound.
  • Octave Up Knob – Controls the output volume of the Octave Up signal, one octave above the original input signal, or twice the frequency. The volume of the OCTAVE UP signal increases as this knob is rotated clockwise. By blending this knob with the dry knob, you can get 12-string guitar style tones.

For more control over your sound, Electro-Harmonix provided two outputs for this pedal, the regular output provides the effected sound and it comes with an extra output for your dry signal. This allows you to better blend the effected and dry sound, and makes the pedal easier to integrate into complex guitar rigs.

The EHX Nano POD runs on a 9V battery and it can also work with the included Electro-Harmonix 9.6DC-200 power supply. To use, simply plug the output of the supplied AC adapter into the 9V power jack located at the top of the pedal, it then draws 25mA at 9VDC with a center negative plug.

Finally, the Nano POG comes with the company’s reliable silent footswitch. Note that because of the dual output design, this pedal comes with a buffered bypass.

The EHX Nano POG has a U.S. List Price of $270.50. Visit Electro-Harmonix for further details.

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