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Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal  

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Overview
  • Transform the tone of a guitar or keyboard into that of a convincing full body, electric organ
  • Nine presets that were finely tuned to emulate some of the most popular and classic electric organ tones
  • Control over percussive attack level, modulation speed, organ and dry volume
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Transforms the tone of a guitar and/or keyboard into that of a convincing full-body electric organ.

With nine presets that were finely tuned to emulate the most legendary organs from the ‘60s and beyond, the B9 Organ Machine will transform your guitar or keyboard. Control the instrument’s signature percussive click and sweet modulation. Blend your dry signal to create lush layers. Enough tonewheel and combo organ inspiration to light your fire and cook up some green onions.

Preset Descriptions
Fat & Full: This sound adds an extra octave below and above to make your guitar sound twice as big. Fills out any band in an instant. MOD Type: Chorus.
Jazz: This preset has the cool, smooth jazz tone reminiscent of the late great organist Jimmy Smith. MOD Type: Chorus.
Gospel: This preset has the upper octave drawbars added to capture that great soulful organ tone. MOD Type: Chorus.
Classic Rock: This preset captures the classic rock sound of songs like Procal Harum’s “Whiter Shade of Pale.” Add a touch of distortion for a classic dirty organ. MOD Type: Chorus.
Bottom End: This preset has the lower draw bar sound. Perfect for adding bottom to your guitar or playing B3 bass sounds. With the CLICK control up you can lay down a bass line like the one on Sugarloaf’s “Green Eyed Lady.” MOD Type: Chorus.
Octaves: This preset uses the fundamental tone plus one octave above. This sound is great for songs like Led Zeppelin’s “Your Time is Going to Come.” MOD Type: Chorus. CLICK control adds not only key click, but higher harmonics.
Cathedral: Turn up the reverb and you are at the seat of a giant cathedral organ! Psychedelic rock tones easily pour out. MOD Type: Tremolo. CLICK adjusts the tremolo depth.
Continental: This is the classic combo organ sound similar to classic songs “96 Tears,” “Woolly Bully” and “House of the Rising Sun.” MOD Type: Vibrato. CLICK controls vibrato depth.
Bell Organ: If you crossed an electric piano with an organ this is it. MOD Type: Tremolo. CLICK adjusts the amount of bell or chime added to the sound.

Features
  • Transform the tone of a guitar or keyboard into that of a convincing full body, electric organ
  • Nine presets that were finely tuned to emulate some of the most popular and classic electric organ tones
  • Control over percussive attack level, modulation speed, organ and dry volume
  • Rugged and easy to use
  • Bypass Footswitch
  • Dy Output Jack
  • Organ Output Jack
  • EHX 9.6DC-200 PSU included

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Electro-HarmonixB9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.2

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (11)
  • Responsive (9)
  • Compact (8)
  • Excellent sound quality (8)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (12)
    • Home studio (8)
    • Amateur recording (7)
    • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Professional recording (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (12), Experienced (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Amazing, but not without quirks

    EHX continues its legacy of producing amazing, innovative and unique effects. I had been using multiple pedals over the years to approximate an organ sound for my guitar with ok results. Then the...Read complete review

    EHX continues its legacy of producing amazing, innovative and unique effects. I had been using multiple pedals over the years to approximate an organ sound for my guitar with ok results. Then the B9 was released. I found one through a small retailer that had them in stock while everyone else waited. I'm reviewing on MF because its my go-to for research and main retailer for 20 years. Although there is a similar product available, this one is far better at its mission. The 9 presets are all very usable and sound very convincing. If you are even thinking about buying this, do it. It's a blast.

    For as much as I love it, I must forewarn; it's bright. The lack of EQ is a bit frustrating. If you are running the effect out to another amp while the dry signal goes to your primary amp, you'll be fine. But using the wet/dry Organ out, you will encounter a lot of harsh top end. I ended up buying a cheap EQ to tame and my old ABY to switch between "off and on". This is a long way around what should have been a simple add-on feature or in leu of the click knob. My other gripe is the Planet Waves patch cables I use constantly slip out of the in/outs. This has me using cheaper blue end cables that actually stay secure. I do not have that problem with other EHX pedals.

    All in all, I love it. But I'm fortunate to have a few extra cables and some money to throw at the shortcomings. I hope that EHX listens to concerns and issues an update down the road. For now, I will be having a lot of fun on stage and on record.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    has bugs - wait for updated version

    volume is unstable. its great for chordal work, but lets be honest. alot of people want to do the funky organ riffs/runs and solos. to do this, you have to play...Read complete review

    volume is unstable. its great for chordal work, but lets be honest. alot of people want to do the funky organ riffs/runs and solos. to do this, you have to play very,very hard to keep the organ tone when playing solo. any slight change in picking dynamics causes the drop/gain in volume and thus will cause you to sound like you are missing notes if not picked very hard. its like riding a wave, and its hard to keep consistent in volume when playing solo. compressor helps, but doesnt cure it.
    EHX website acknowledges this volume problem but actually blames the amps, and players picking dynamics as fault. EHX website and company quote "some guitar amps have an uneven peak frequency response that may cause sounds to be over accentuated". i own a 1976 fender super reverb, a fender blues deluxe, a fender deluxe reverb, a marshall SLP100 plexi stack, a marshall 50watt blues breaker, a vox ac-4 and ac-30 to name a few. to say the amps are at fault i simply dont believe that. as far as the players dynamics are involved, they quote using a compressor to "help for the guitar player whos playing is less than desirable in the dynamics department" - EXH website. little low blow to their customers, but truth told to them, this pedal makes you have to play very hard and actually long term may cause one to have a less than 'desirable in the dynamics department' style. last, the modulation is 'thin' in sound and not a true rotary speaker sound. the organ tone is 'there' but the rotary backbone of the organ is not. i actually turn off the pedals modulation and combat this with the use of an old univibe, and the difference is night and day in a better, deeper and more true rotary sound, plus the univibe adds the expression pedal to get the slow to fast warbles that organs are known for. i have to use an EQ pedal to smooth highs/lows/mids. i have to use a compressor to help with the volume, etc. BOTTOM LINE - EHX made a GREAT product. its tone is great! but simply put it has bugs. its not perfect. and thats inevitable with a game changing pedal like this, but they are blaming our gear and ability not their product. i would like to see EHX take it back to the boards admit its 'okay' and listen to our complaints and improve for us! last, i would wait, for them to come out with an improved and updated model and buy that one. you may find yourself having to use a lot of other pedals to make this one useful live, as i am.

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    5.0

    Can't stop playing with my organ (pedal)

    By Frank_dukes

    from Montreal, QC

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • A Little Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Love it

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    5.0

    Yowsa!

    By BopKitBill

    from Portland, Oregon

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          Comments about Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This is a slam dunk no brainer. As to any compaints folks may have understand that there is a wide range a of experience and playing levels... If you are old school and have ever played a guitar synth hex pickup deal this is light years ahead. No hardware to add to your guitar. No menues to scroll thru.
          There is a wee bit of latency for the unit to convert your signal...but if you use the thing for more than ten minutes you'll adapt and hardly notice it... Some latency is a given when such a major signal transformation is in play. As I stated...if you dig the B3 and can use some HAmmond sounds in you stew then this thing is a no brainer!....SLAM DUNK! Booooyia!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Guitar -AND- Organ

          By seedamps

          from Kansas City

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Live
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use
          • No Synth Tones
          • Synth Tones

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording
          • Use Both Channels

          Comments about Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

          The B9 is a very helpful pedal for personal use, recording, noodling, but took me several hours to determine how to use it in a live setting, and it adds quite a bit when used thoughtfully. At first I was disappointed with the guitar AND effect sound together, because the guitar pedal board runs to an edge-of-breakup amp, and this can sound brittle with the B9 tones, plus it does not allow drive/fuzz to be stomped into the guitar chain. Sounds unnatural this way.

          Be patient! The DRY output sends out the guitar only, and bypasses ALL knobs on the pedal (you can turn them any way and the guitar signal is not changed). This output goes to your guitar pedal board. The ORGAN output is every knob on the pedal, **including the DRY guitar knob**. So, turn the dry guitar knob down and send this second output to the mixer or a separate effects chain to a clean amp! Wow does it thicken up the mix. Add compression and some reverb/delay to the ORGAN signal for impressive fullness.

          The patches have different sensitivities and output levels, so for every selection of the dial, you will need to adjust the ORGAN output knob. The most usable-in-a-live-situation patches are the JAZZ, OCTAVES, and CATHEDRAL.

          Roll the highs off of the organ sound in the second amp/mixer, and it's super sweet.

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          5.0

          Love it!

          By Basement Joe

          from The Burgh

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Perhaps the greatest Pedal EH has ever produced? Actually my first new EH since my 70's BigMuff, Electric Mistress, Black Finger, LPB1, Frequency Analyzer, Bad Stone Phase, Pulse Modulator and Talking Pedal. Where it may be possible to get the same tones from the POG, the B9 is less expensive and easy to setup / select. Heard it combined with the Tech 21 RotoChoir – much like the B9 is to a Hammond, the Tech is to a Leslie. (Perhaps my next purchase) :)

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            5.0

            really works!

            By acoustic Bruce

            from Franklin NJ

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive
            • So Cool
            • Wonderful Box

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Great sounds

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            5.0

            You guitar will sound like an organ.

            By CoolCo

            from Indianapolis, IN

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive
            • Tracks Great
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Requires New Approach

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

            If you've read other reviews, let me suggest that the "Click" setting adds to the authenticity of replicating the organ instrument, but it's not a sound that most guitarists are used to and/or prefer right away. Give that some time and you may find yourself adding it in, but just roll it down to start. I run into a compressor first to smooth out the amount of input, then the B9, and then into a multi-effect pedal for reverb, overdrive, time-controllable modulation, or harmony (5ths) options. This pedal is amazing but it's not like adding a new fuzz box. It is essentially adding a completely new instrument to your arsenal. You'll have to spend just a little time rethinking your approach, pick attack, and chord voicings. You'll enjoy your efforts; trust me. The Fat & Full setting is almost all I currently use; it's the Organ for Dummies setting. I'm a pedal junkie and this is my favorite new pedal in over 15 years. Will EHX update this pedal with EQ and compression, etc. somewhere down the road? Of course they will. I chose to not delay my gratification and I'm really happy with my decision.

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            4.0

            Electro Harmonix B9

            By 63tele

            from Port Hueneme, Ca.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Live Performance
            • Organ Sound
            • Realistic
            • Tracks well

            Cons

            • Breaks Up At Times
            • Learning Curve
            • Needs Modulation Pedal
            • Needs Volume Pedal

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I saw the demo of the B9 and knew I had to have it. Took a bit but finally arrived. Was pretty easy to get started with it. All the sounds are pretty good...some better than others. I noted that there was a big clicking problem and found with some use, turning down the guitars volume seemed to help with the over all sound of the pedal. I wish they had made the unit bigger and put a volume pedal and a modulation control pedal on it or at least had an input on it where one could attached a volume pedal. They could sell a modulation control pedal as a separate item. Would be so cool to have the ability to control those parameters, volume and modulation real time when using. Other than that, I thnk the pedal is very cool and does sound very realistic. The other thing is to try and learn / use actual Organ voicings / chord shapes this really helps in giving it a real organ sound. I reccomend the pedal but know it will take some time to learn when and how to use it for the best enhancement to your sound.

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            5.0

            WOW! What potential!

            By Straycattica

            from Perry, OK

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play With
            • Fx I Wish I Had In 1966
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Nearly Infinite Settings
            • Responsive
            • Wide Range Of Scope

            Cons

            • Must Rethink My Style

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Add that special organ effect to a solo or a bridge to catch peoples' ear.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazingly cool pedal

            By Garvoon

            from Laurel, MD

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This is a really cool pedal and really sounds like what you hear on the videos. No, it doesn't have every sound format that the B3 has, but nonetheless has a lot of range.

              The only glitch, and I imagine this will be fixed in future mods is the fact that you have to play with really steady pressure while picking. If you come down on the strings too hard, you can get some volume spikes that aren't too cool. Two options ... run the guitar signal into the B9 using a compressor, or what I do is to practice playing with really even pressure. The latter is actually good because it requires discipline, and overall, this is a good habit to get into.

              I do really like the pedal and gave it 5 stars, regardless of the glitch, because it is so unique and mind bending!!!

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              nice toy

              By goldtop1061

              from sgf,mo

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Great Jazz Tone

              Cons

              • Needs More Development

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording

              Comments about Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal:

              big chords fade out 1 note at a time very strange ! some of the settings have to much click, overall this in not ready to be used as nothing more than a toy, i predict this will be further developed and released with much better features in the future.

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