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Electro-Harmonix Freeze Sound Retainer Compression Guitar Effects Pedal   

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The Electro-Harmonix Freeze Sound Retainer pedal delivers infinite sustain of any note or chord at the press of a momentary footswitch. Release the f...Read More

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Capture a frozen moment and turn it into a tonally unique sonic foundation.

The Electro-Harmonix Freeze Sound Retainer pedal delivers infinite sustain of any note or chord at the press of a momentary footswitch. Release the footswitch and again you are sample-ready. The Freeze Sound Retainer pedals' 3 selectable decay rates-including a latch mode-guarantee liquid smooth tonal transitions. Hook the E-H Freeze Sound Retainer to your favorite pedals for a sonic collage unlike anything you've ever heard. The Freeze Sound Retainer is almost like Electro-Harmonix adding an extra musician to your band.

FEATURES
  • Real-time sample capture with perfect looping
  • Latch mode for infinite sustain at the touch of a momentary switch
  • Fast decay mode
  • Slow decay mode
  • Latch mode for infinite sustain of sample capture
  • Smooth tonal transitions between captures
  • Optional 9.6DC 200 power supply
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Electro-HarmonixFreeze Sound Retainer Compression Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.2

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (6)
  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Responsive (5)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Greatest Thing since Sliced Bread

How cool is this!? I, like many others, was curious about this pedal for months...... Had to buy it the second I tried it.

It will...Read complete review

How cool is this!? I, like many others, was curious about this pedal for months...... Had to buy it the second I tried it.

It will freeze a chord while you hold the button down - and you can make it decay 3 seconds later after you let off. Or you can freeze it and sustain with one click. This is an excellent tool for experiments as well as practicing even. Practice your scales over the frozen chord. One of the coolest pedals I ever bought. The drone begins to sound slightly organy or pog ish. I dig it.

One thing I like about it as well - if you roll your volume back, play a chord, then freeze it - the sound wont be affected by the volume knob after its frozen - its set! So you can essentially play melodies at a louder volume on top of the chord - it helps distinguish them apart easier.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Really cool pedal but...

This pedal was awesome for about four months until it broke. The pedal would work for the first few clicks and then after that it would produce a white static noise and turn off....Read complete review

This pedal was awesome for about four months until it broke. The pedal would work for the first few clicks and then after that it would produce a white static noise and turn off. I never threw it around or abused it. It sat on my pedal board and I would just tap it on and off and one day it just stopped working. It was really cool and had a lot of applications in my opinion but they really need to come out with an improved more dependable version or something. I have read several people's reviews on forums who have experienced the same problem. I tried contacting EHX for three weeks for a repair or refund but they never replied to my messages or any of my emails. Does their customer service just not exist? Now it just sits to the side and collects dust. Great pedal when it works but lacking in build quality. Buy at your own risk!

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Git r done

By Rockerduck

from Marietta, Ga.

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Freeze Sound Retainer Compression Guitar Effects Pedal:

    For all you shoe gaze fans, this is what you need. Get this and a looper and you are done.

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    4.0

    a great creative sound

    By soul man

    from mi

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Freeze Sound Retainer Compression Guitar Effects Pedal:

      along with a soul vibe its almost an invention

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      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This pedal does exactly what I expected it to.

      By Les Pauley Oswald

      from Lawrence, KS

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Cheap
      • Drone
      • Has Button
      • Has Buttons
      • Has Three Position Switch
      • No Bad Smells

      Cons

      • Limited Selection Of Effects

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Freeze Sound Retainer Compression Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This pedal claims to do one thing with slight variation. It does that one thing with slight variation.

      If you would like a pedal that does this one thing, you should buy it, because it does that one thing.

      I would definately recommnend the Freeze pedal to a freind who wants to do that one thing. Because it does that thing, and it is pretty much the best deal for doing that one thing.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Really cool pedal but...

      By aaron

      from Cleveland, Ohio

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Breaks Easily

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Freeze Sound Retainer Compression Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This pedal was awesome for about four months until it broke. The pedal would work for the first few clicks and then after that it would produce a white static noise and turn off. I never threw it around or abused it. It sat on my pedal board and I would just tap it on and off and one day it just stopped working. It was really cool and had a lot of applications in my opinion but they really need to come out with an improved more dependable version or something. I have read several people's reviews on forums who have experienced the same problem. I tried contacting EHX for three weeks for a repair or refund but they never replied to my messages or any of my emails. Does their customer service just not exist? Now it just sits to the side and collects dust. Great pedal when it works but lacking in build quality. Buy at your own risk!

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good

      By C

      from Texas

      About Me Novice

      Pros

        Cons

        • Easy To Hit Knob
        • Easy To Hit Ku

        Best Uses

          Comments about Electro-Harmonix Freeze Sound Retainer Compression Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Works as expected. Easy to accidentally hit knob.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing, but not for everyone

          By Donald

          from Cloverdale, VA

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          Pros

          • Ambient
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix Freeze Sound Retainer Compression Guitar Effects Pedal:

            You can get this thing to sound like an organ, or you can use it to capture some pretty crazy sounding ambiance out of your amp. I have a bunch of different effect pedals, but it captures my reverb and my superego pedal the best. I can capture amazing ambient sounds... and just let them ring out throughout the song lol.

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            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Freeze is a Cool pedal

            By Ice Bob

            from stuart fla

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Compact Design

            Cons

            • Bumping Other Settings

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix Freeze Sound Retainer Compression Guitar Effects Pedal:

            i use it on intros 'big endings' hold lead notes crazy long'turning chords into an organ like sounds'lo fi sound efx' drone notes. its not something you play every not of every song but in my board and i keep finding useful places for it. i did some mods a bigger knob to make it easyer to control with my toe and a cap over the switch so i dont bump it. i only use slow mode i wish it had a slower decy but i love it good one

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            5.0

            A Very Cool Effect

            By 66thud

            from Berkeley, CA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Electro-Harmonix Freeze Sound Retainer Compression Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I thought I would try this effect out because the description sounded intriguing. I didn't think I would find that many uses for it but I keep thinking up new ones. It's a great way to embellish the ending to a song or to set up a sort of "loop" during a solo to play against. It's a keeper.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The Freeze adds "warmth" to my playing

                By Rodster

                from LaGrange, GA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality

                Cons

                • Too light

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Electro-Harmonix Freeze Sound Retainer Compression Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Thkis product does exactly what it said it would. It freezes the tone at the time of pressing the switch and allows you to play over that tone in real time. Perfect for "Pink Floyd" type playing and improvisation.

                The only thing is the pedal is so light you have to fasten it down on your pedal board or it may drift away during performances.

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                (4 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Fun

                By Stilldog

                from Peoria, Il

                Comments about Electro-Harmonix Freeze Sound Retainer Compression Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I have a tendancy to buy unconventional pedals. I have a Devi Ever Bit which makes my guitar sound like an 8-bit video game (kind of) and a flanger, but hardly anyone uses a flanger anymore, except for maybe one song. Both of those pedals got old for me, but I have a feeling this will last a while. It's just so unique it's fun. I like to turn down the volume and use it as a very subtle effect when soloing, it thickens it out a bit and makes the song sound less empty. And just a tip, this thing sounds amazing with an Ebow
                Has all the features anyone would ever need on a pedal like this, except a battery pack. I think my favorite part about it is that you can activate the pedal and then unplug your guitar, and the effect will continue. I might scare somebody with that sometime (haunted amplifier). The tone is the same that comes from the guitar. Took me a minute to figure out how to change slow down the slow setting. But over all extrememly simple, easier to use than I expected, and super fun.
                Great quality. Built like a tiny bomb shelter. Their are little rubber stoppers on the bottom which I don't have on any of my other pedals, so I thought that was cool and conveniant.
                It might be a tad overpriced. Sure there is nothing else like it that I have seen anywhere, but I mean, how often can one use this thing? I don't know of any major artist that uses this thing, for me to play a song featuring this pedal. That being said though, the pedal can be used to, say, practice scales, fill in for a missing bandmate, add to a solo, or just experiment with it.

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