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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
 
4.1

(based on 14 reviews)

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    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

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  • Compact (3)
  • Excellent sound quality (3)

Cons

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    • Performances (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.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    hmmm

    Well i have to say, the guys at ehx are good at coming up with effect pedals that set you apart. Its not something thats going to blow everyones minds but you'll most likely...Read complete review

    Well i have to say, the guys at ehx are good at coming up with effect pedals that set you apart. Its not something thats going to blow everyones minds but you'll most likely get questions and compliments after you gig with it, if you use it right. i found it to be a great tool for bridging the gap of piano and guitar, it is also very helpful for people writing music or just wanting to add another dimension to their play. That being said, using it right is the key; if you can find the right moments with it, you'll probably be satisfied. There seems to be this misconception that since you paid money for it, you have to use it in every song, please disregard that notion with this effect, maybe all effects for that matter. My only quam with this gem of a pedal is that its not built for working musicians, the switch is both momentary and latching which means they are a pain to replace and ultimately fragile. mine lasted around 20 gigs. it now collects dust

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    5.0

    Amazing, but not for everyone

    By Donald1324567

    from Roanoke, 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

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      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 15 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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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Cool effect, but....

          By VeryImpressed

          from Maryland

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

          The pedal sounds great with electric or accoustic, an is perfect for a 'sound on sound' effect. The fact that the pedal 'died' after a few months makes me a little nervous. Do some reasearch, but definately worth trying out.
          It does exactly what it says it does--hold a note or chord as long as you want. Very good for creating a 'sound on sound' effect similar to DG's Shine On in the Meltdown concert.
          I've had this pedal for 8 months. All of a sudden three weeks ago, the pedal just stopped working...light on, nobody home. Contacted EHX, and arranged for a replacment w/no fuss or bother. The pedal was used only in home, and light use, and there are a couple of reports on this out on the www.
          Great sound, and good concept. It opens up a lot of possibilities.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Greatest Thing since Sliced Bread

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

          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.

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          It is what it is.

          By Jacob Hart

          from Undisclosed

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

          Play a chord and step on the foot switch immediately after, and the chord will be sustained until you let up. As you can imagine, this has somewhat limited applications -- if you want to sample and repeat more complex phrases instead of just one chord/note, you should invest in a loop sampler instead. That said, the Freeze does exactly what it claims, and there's no other pedal that provides this functionality.

          As an aside, the timbre of this pedal is glassy and ghost-like. I find it pleasing.

          Think of the Freeze as an improvement on the "drone string" paradigm. No more, no less.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          The Need For Freeze!

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

          Electro Harmonix has certainly made some interesting pedals, the POG, Holy Stain, Micro-Synth as well as some straight up classics like the Memory Man and Big Muff. I had always been looking at a Sustaniac pedal to try and re-create some of those cool tones from The Edge, but never could justify the price of a Sustaniac pedal.Elecro Harmonix has come up with a pedal that enables you do sonically fill the space in your music and allow a tonal bridge for bass and drums, without the need for keys. This is a really cool pedal that allows you to play multiple parts at the same time. You really have to have a need for this pedal or hear the true creative potential of having it in your pedal board. The nice suprise was that it came with its own power source, so no need for batteries. If you are a songwriter, this pedal is invaluable and you will see its potential right off, for cover band players, it will depend on your set. I really like this pedal and if you are a songwriter, I strongly suggest that you at least try this pedal out.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          hmmm

          By Unnamed User-3-qOE

          from Louisiana

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

          Well i have to say, the guys at ehx are good at coming up with effect pedals that set you apart. Its not something thats going to blow everyones minds but you'll most likely get questions and compliments after you gig with it, if you use it right. i found it to be a great tool for bridging the gap of piano and guitar, it is also very helpful for people writing music or just wanting to add another dimension to their play. That being said, using it right is the key; if you can find the right moments with it, you'll probably be satisfied. There seems to be this misconception that since you paid money for it, you have to use it in every song, please disregard that notion with this effect, maybe all effects for that matter. My only quam with this gem of a pedal is that its not built for working musicians, the switch is both momentary and latching which means they are a pain to replace and ultimately fragile. mine lasted around 20 gigs. it now collects dust

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