Review and Demo: EHX Superego Synth Engine

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This article was originally written for Guitar-Muse 

Review and Demo: EHX Superego Synth Engine

The Superego Synth Engine by Electro-Harmonix is a unique new guitar effect pedal that combines elements of sampling, synthesis and infinite sustain. The pedal allows the guitarist to freeze sounds and sustain them indefinitely, gliss between frozen sounds and layer sounds on top of each other. With its user-friendly and compact design, the Superego lets you create some truly, unique “non-guitar” sounds that might get your audience to wondering where you’re hiding that keyboard player.

The Video is at the bottom of this page, but first we’re going to look at some of the functionality.

The Superego has 4 control knobs: Speed/Layer, Gliss, Dry andEffect. The Dry and Effect knobs each control the level of the dry and wet signals coming from the pedal. The Gliss control sets the speed at which sounds morph into one another; this is similar to a portamento setting on a synthesizer. Lastly, the Speed/Layer knob controls either the speed of the attack/decay of the frozen sounds (Auto and Momentary Modes) or how loudly previously frozen sounds mix with new ones (Latch Mode).