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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
 
4.3

(based on 26 reviews)

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    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (18)
  • Excellent sound quality (16)
  • Compact (14)
  • Responsive (14)
  • Versatile (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (19)
    • Amateur recording (11)
    • Home studio (11)
    • Outdoor events / games (11)
    • Professional recording (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (15), Experienced (11)

    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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    4.0

    Fantastic Organ Sounds for Guitar!

    By AlterIan

    from Aurora, IL

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects

    Cons

    • Big Footorint
    • Big Footprint
    • Side Mounted Jacks

    Best Uses

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

      I've owned and used both the EarthQuaker Devices Organizer Polyphonic Organ Emulator Guitar Effects Pedal and the Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine Guitar Effects Pedal.

      I like both pedals. Each has pros and cons. Electro Harmonix's B9 pedal has two big pros: a greater overall variety of sounds (presets) and much more volume on tap to get the organ sound to be as loud or louder in output than the guitar sound. You can dial the B9 in just to get the organ sound with no guitar in the mix, and without using any kind of volume boost to make the organ sound as loud in the overall band mix as your guitar did before switching tones. The con is, while all of the B9's organ/key sounds are very, very good, it's hard to individually sculpt any one of the tones. You find the one you like best and go with it, and there are 9 different ones to choose from. You also can then dial in some modulation and/or the sound of the organ's keys to the sound.

      With the Earthquaker Devices Oganizer, there's really just one organ tone, but you can sculpt that sound more. You can add in a lower octave, a higher octave, and some chorus to the sound to get a really consistent and full effect. The Organizer has a much smaller footprint with top mounted jacks for the guitar cables, so it takes up about half as much space on your pedalboard. This may seem like an irrelevant detail, but on a pedal board as crowded as mine, I really like the smaller size of the Organizer. The Organizer's big con (and the reason I kept with the B9) is the Organizer works better to just add organ tone to the guitar tone. Getting just an organ tone alone (mixing the guitar out completely) requires a substantial volume drop. You can make up for the volume drop with boost pedals and other tweaks, but it's more of a challenge. Conversely, the B9, while it's easy to get "organ tone only," also easily allows you to dial guitar tone back in.

      Bottom line: I'd recommend either. The Organizer will be cheaper (and much easier to find used for even cheaper still) than the B9. If you want an organ sound blended in with your guitar tone, and lots of control over that tone the Organizer is definitely the way to go. If you want to have a straight organ sound, completely subbing the organ sound for the guitar tone, the B9 is the way to go.

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      5.0

      Wow, Lots of fun!

      By NY Rocky

      from Long Island, NY

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use Sounds Great
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

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

        I was nervous whether I would be able to get the sounds from the E-H demo video. The pedal is lots of fun and easy to use. I brought it to my band rehearsal a couple of days ago, and it added a new dimension to many of our songs.

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        5.0

        Amazingly true to real organ sounds!

        By magic fingers

        from Denver, CO

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          I read a negative review on this where the reviewer was saying to wait for an updated version. I couldn't disagree more! Some said they ran it through a compressor to get rid of high gain noise, or something to that affect. I did not hear any high gain noise on my unit, but then I run it through both an electric guitar amp (Line 6) and an acoustic guitar amp (Acoustic 30 watt) at the same time through just the organ output jack using a DOD splitter. The result is a very warm, full sound. I predict this will be a hot item for the holidays so buy one early!

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          5.0

          Gotta had it to Electro-Harmonix........

          By meega

          from Pewaukee, WI

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            .....they're always innovators. The B9 Organ Machine does exactly what the name implies, and does it really well. Settings are simple and straight forward. My only other experiance with Electro-Harmonix is their Ravish Sitar Pedal which has way too many variables for my taste, but like the B9, does what it is suppose to. I agree it's a little pricey, but it's a niche effect, unique, and a fun tool for your bag of tricks. It's not a replacement for a talented keyboardist, but could help fill out that occassional piece that just needs something special.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            B3 or B9 That is the Question?

            By Gear Junkie

            from Central NJ

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Adjust Playing Technique
            • Not For All Guitars

            Best Uses

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

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

            Okay, I need to put out there that I am a total gear junkie so, when I heard that there was a pedal that could replicate the sound of a B9, well I was all ears! For that task I was previously using a GR-09 with midi to keyboard modules and rack gear, to augment the sound. One of the main programs that I use is an organ sound so a pedal that could enable me to use a wider range of guitars to get an organ sound without a single slave guitar with a GK pick-up was a miracle (not quite Moses on the mountain), but pretty cool. I still need my guitar with the GK pick-up for synth sounds, but at least I can switch off guitars for all of the organ sounds.

            I have to say it, I am really impressed with the B9. It delivers a really great sound in an easy to use, extremely flexible pedal. I know it has good vibrato settings, but I still am using a Boss Rotor pedal, because I think it sounds better. For the money this pedal is awesome and I don't get easily excited over pedals.

            I gave it a good rating for a few reasons, one it sounds much better with a single coil pick-up than a humbucker, so it does limit your guitar choices, it does require some practice to use and needs a change in technique to not get this hard clicking that occurs when picked too strong. To really maximize the sound, you need two amps, so if they could create a mono blend feature on the next model with an expression pedal, that would be big plus in my book. Also, this pedal needs to be first in your pedal chain otherwise the sound gets muddy, once you figure that out, its fine, but it goes counter to pedal board etiquette. Hat's off the the people at EHX for really filling a need and engineering out of the box.

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            4.0

            Well thought out design.

            By luke

            from Mich.

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Performances

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

              The B-9 is easy to use.You need to use a light touch on your guitar or use a compressor.It handles chords way better then I expected.It won't replace a keyboard player,but it will come close.It sounds good enough to use professionally.

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              5.0

              B9 organ mashine superior to all others

              By Paul l.

              from Floyd VA>

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

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

                would be nice if it came in a multi effects pedal

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                5.0

                Electro-Harmonix B9 is so cool!

                By Trickin' Sid

                from Ohio

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

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

                  I have been playing guitar for over 35 years. This thing sounds great! So many different combination of sounds can be had. Mix a lot of guitar or mix a lot of keyboard sound, you control it. The keyboard sounds are amazing and the tracking is perfect. In my opinion - you can not go wrong with this pedal. Great for recording or live.

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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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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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