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Electro-Harmonix HOG Octave Generator/Synthesizer Guitar Effect With Expression Pedal  

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    Generate everything from extreme sub bass to powerful multi-octave chords with this harmonic octave generator!

    Blast off to a whole new universe of sounds with the Electro-Harmonix HOG, a polyphonic guitar synthesizer with NO special pickup required. It gives you complete control of up to 10 interval pitches including fifth and third intervals, glistening filter sweeps, and insane pitch bends. Dedicated filtering and envelope control, with numerous setup options, make the HOG a must-have performance instrument.

    The HOG can simultaneously generate multiple octaves and harmonics from your input signal. Whether you play single notes, arpeggios or full chords, the HOG will track every note you play. In addition, the HOG has seven expression modes that enable you to modify your sounds using the included expression pedal, a MIDI controller, or the expression button on the HOG itself. There is also an amplitude envelope and a 2nd order low-pass filter with resonance. The optional EH footcontroller (Item #153342) allows you to store and load six presets.

    You have control over the HOG's basic audio circuitry with an input gain slider (with clip LED), a dry output slider, and a bypass switch. Audio I/O includes 1/4" Hi-Z input, 1/4" output, and a buffered direct output jack. The voice controls let you access the polyphonic synthesizer section. There are 10 voice sliders on the HOG, each with a white cap with a black line that controls the output volume for its voice. The ten sliders let you generate notes two octaves down, one octave down, the incoming signal, a fifth up, one octave up, an octave up plus a fifth, two octaves up, two octaves up plus a third, three octaves up, and four octaves up. The selectable envelope section controls the amplitude attack or decay of the voices, with separate sliders for the lower five voices and upper five voices.

    The Spectral Gate button activates circuitry that emphasizes the loudest frequency or harmonic and reduces the volumes of all other present frequencies and harmonics. The filter frequency slider controls the cutoff or peak frequency of the low pass filter, while the filter resonance slider controls the Q or peak of the filter.

    The HOG's seven different expression modes are selected consecutively by the expression mode switch: bend one octave, bend one step, volume, freeze plus gliss, freeze plus volume, wah-wah, and a filter. There is also an expression reverse mode and you can control the expression modes externally with an expression pedal or modulate any of the expression modes using MIDI pitch bend.

    Features
    • Polyphonic guitar synthesizer
    • No special pickup required
    • Includes expression pedal
    • Tracks single notes, arpeggios, or chords
    • 10 interval pitch voices controlled by sliders
    • Dedicated filtering and envelope control
    • 7 expression modes controllable by expression pedal or MIDI
    • Spectral gate frequency emphasis
    • Input gain slider
    • Dry output slider
    • Bypass switch
    • 1/4" Hi-Z input
    • 1/4" output
    • Buffered direct output jack
     

    HOG Octave Generator/Synthesizer Guitar Effect With Expression Pedal Specifications:

    • WARNING: Use only the 9VDC/500mA AC adapter supplied with the HOG. Do not use any other AC adapters. Using other AC adapters, even those made by Electro-Harmonix, could cause harm to the unit, the adapter or you. The HOG does not use batteries.
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    4.6

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    I run a handmade Bari into an ABY and into a blues Deluxe and an Ampeg BA 500. I put the Hog on the Bass path with a few other toys like Bassballs and...Read complete review

    I run a handmade Bari into an ABY and into a blues Deluxe and an Ampeg BA 500. I put the Hog on the Bass path with a few other toys like Bassballs and yada yada. Point being, in only one of my presets, I'm able to play bass and guitar at the same time, getting a Metersesque sound. This applicataion is cool enough to make it worth it. Yes, the Wah setting and filters are not as effective as others but are very useful functions when using multiple instruments with the same rig. The Freeze mode is my new favorite setting. I thought the Volume pedal was useful until I figured out the freeze mode and I'm now writing tunes around the function. Totally amazing. Some of these lower reviews seem to be written by people who expected to plug it in and have it sound good. Try that with a q-tron. Just like a new guitar, it takes work to get to know a pedal and just how to use it. I've had the HOG for a year and I'm still fine tuning it. I've gone through at least 20 new sets of presets on the foot controller dialing in my set up. Beauty is that it keeps getting better.

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    The HOG is one sleek-looking, behemoth of a pedal. It is also overpriced and very overrated. The description is correct in that the HOG provides perfect tracking with no glitches. However, the...Read complete review

    The HOG is one sleek-looking, behemoth of a pedal. It is also overpriced and very overrated. The description is correct in that the HOG provides perfect tracking with no glitches. However, the effect is weak and colorless. The tonal quality of the octaves on this pedal is in no way comparable to the Boss OC-2 or OC-3. The whammy function is equally as puny. I would have to say that the Whammy IV, which was also a flop, provides a better whammy function than this. I found the filters to be almost useless and the wah function is a joke. Seriously, the cheapest wah pedal out there would put the HOG?s wah option to shame. There is nothing ?synth? about this pedal. It is a weak octave pedal. I ran this in between a Marshall 2X12 and a Les Paul with no other effects, so signal loss was not an issue. You should definitely play this piece before you buy it. Don?t fall for the hype. An OC-2 and a Whammy could easily replace this at half the price and twice the quality.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Definitely Interesting

    By JC

    from Undisclosed

    So far the thing that has impressed me most is the tracking. I have an EHX micro synth as well, and the HOG blows it completely out of the water. I have no qualms yet with the build, features, or sound, and this pedal is definitely one that delivers on what it promises. That said, I think the real factor that's makes this pedal worth it or not is the context in which you use it. If you just want a really cool new toy to play with, then this could be it (if you don't mind the price tag). Or, if you're looking for a new creative tool that will take your playing somewhere new, this could be it as well. I will disclaim that this pedal takes a lot of work and precision to use live. But if you're into the more established styles of electric guitar, then you may simply not need this pedal. But I would highly recommend it for those looking to get a little further out there in their playing.
    Like a lot of EHX pedals, it's tough to rate the HOG's features because there's not really a whole lot to compare it with. There are certainly a lot of options and a multitude of sounds you can get out of this thing. They give you a lot of extra variables with the filter, envelope, and expression modes. I do think it's a bit strange that you have to drop a lot of additional money to have the option of controlling the expression modes from the floor. But no arguing there's a lot to mess around with here.
    I haven't owned it long enough to truly weigh in on this subject, but I do agree that the expression pedal is terrible. It feels like a toy, and every time I step on it, I'm afraid I'll break it. In terms of sound quality, I have very little to complain about. The tracking is unbelievable for an analog pitch-shifting pedal.
    This is a tough one. If you buy it and like it, then it's probably worth it. But this is a pretty insanely expensive pedal. If you don't want to take your guitar tone into very uncharted territory, then I would recommend saving your money.

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    4.0

    This is a fun toy.

    By Jeff

    from Canada

    A great product for anyone who is not on a tight budget.
    The HOG is great for anyone trying to expand their sound. I have used it with my guitars and bass -- both work well. With curtain settings you can really get that Deep Purple organ sound that really compliments riffy style songs.. especially when accompanied by another guitar playing the same riff with a distortion pedal (heavy metal enthusiasts will have fun with this). Other settings create high pitch wistle like sounds that can add a happy, poppy sound to your music. The expression pedal really takes the sound from one place to another so once you get the hang of it, you can really get some out of this world sounds. I tend to place the pedal in at the right level to get my desired tone and leave it there, rather than use it like a wah wah, but this is more due to the style of music I play.

    Chords don't really work with the HOG on most settings so it is best for those of you who are familiar with playing scales or single note riffs (don't accidentally hit a note off key or it will become upset with you). I have managed to make some pleasing sounds playing chords by playing around with the settings and not putting the whole thing into maximum overdrive. The chords have a neat glassy sound that are really unique for anyone looking to sweeten the overall sound of a song but this particular sound is too weak to hold it's own (good for those of you recording and producing your own songs and don't have access many other instruments).

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    5.0

    To Get the Full Effect

    By Pete-34gbb

    from Undisclosed

    ... you really can't use this pedal by itself. Like some have said, the harmonies sound weak and "puny," but you really aren't supposed to JUST use this pedal. So plugging it straight from guitar to the HOG to the amp will sound weak, yeah. But in conjunction with other effects its priceless, quickly became a favorite. Most of the modes come in handy in some form or another, albeit the wah does suck entirely. I was discouraged when I tried it out in the store, but when I brought it home, amid fuzz, reverb, and delay pedals, this thing is mind-blowing and at least fun.

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    5.0

    EH makes great pedals

    By ricbassfunkyfunky

    from Portland, OR

    The HOG is a very unique pedal, I've never seen anything like it. There are a lot of options, not the kind of thing you pull every possible tone out of in 10 minutes. Given that this with the optional (or not for people who intend on using the hog live) footswitch is pricey. That being said, the sound quality is great, the tracking is great, the glissando/portamento and octave bend features are really cool and useful, and it can sound like a B3 or on old school synth. No complaints other than the high price tag.

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    5.0

    Experimentation, Rudy!!

    By 1Hubbard of Many

    from Michigan

    I just got my Electro-Harmonix HOG Guitar Synthesizer last week, and it certainly does everything they told me it would do. I immediately plugged it into my Crate FXT120, turned up the reverb, and kind of lost touch with reality for awhile. Certain settings just sound bad, and it takes a bit of tweaking to find the "sweet spots", but that's part of the beauty of the HOG! It encourages experimentation, and there are so many, many beautiful and awe-inspiring things you can do with it. The rumors about the HOG feeling fragile are very true, but if you treat her with respect, I think it'll be alright.As far as the expression modes go, the wah is pretty weak, but who doesn't have a crybaby to remedy that situation? However, I could foresee ALL of the other expression modes being very applicable and impressive with some practice (the freeze+gliss being the most unique and immediately interesting) You can do a LOT of cool things with dissonance and noise that almost make tuning your guitar seem irrelevant (or even obsolete!) I can only imagine the fun one could have with alternate tunings! It almost seems like having this much fun with a pedal should be illegal. I have yet to perform with it, but this thing is guaranteed to blow some minds. I highly recommend this thing if you want to get some truly original sounds from your guitar. And in case you're wondering, the hog DOES come equipped with a M-Audio EX-P Expression pedal, which I don't think is actually mentioned anywhere in the features(?)

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    5.0

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    By deliciousfeces

    from Where I hang my hat

    I run a handmade Bari into an ABY and into a blues Deluxe and an Ampeg BA 500. I put the Hog on the Bass path with a few other toys like Bassballs and yada yada. Point being, in only one of my presets, I'm able to play bass and guitar at the same time, getting a Metersesque sound. This applicataion is cool enough to make it worth it. Yes, the Wah setting and filters are not as effective as others but are very useful functions when using multiple instruments with the same rig. The Freeze mode is my new favorite setting. I thought the Volume pedal was useful until I figured out the freeze mode and I'm now writing tunes around the function. Totally amazing. Some of these lower reviews seem to be written by people who expected to plug it in and have it sound good. Try that with a q-tron. Just like a new guitar, it takes work to get to know a pedal and just how to use it. I've had the HOG for a year and I'm still fine tuning it. I've gone through at least 20 new sets of presets on the foot controller dialing in my set up. Beauty is that it keeps getting better.

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    5.0

    Hog Review

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    This is a really great pedal for anyone who likes organs. It does a really great job of making my guitar sound like a huge church organ and scaring my neighbors! It also has a lot of cool expression modes. The octave and step bends are great. I also think the Wah and the filter are pretty solid but my favorite is the freeze gliss with portamento. The pedal has perfect tracking but I find that sometimes when I play chords, they can sound a little muddy depending on how many octaves I use and how loud I play. All in all, I am happy to own this pedal and I think you will be too! I only gave the value a 4 because it is a little expensive, I will be eating ramin noodles for the next month!

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    5.0

    Inspiring, unique, and extremely useful.

    By Guitarist9273

    from Undisclosed

    I purchased this about 6 months ago and I'm still finding new ways to use it. The practicality of this pedal is astounding while at the same time it has completely unique and inspiring effects. From simulating a 12-string to an organ or a body of water this is the ultimate creative tool for someone looking outside of the box. It's inspired me to write things that I would have never imagined without it. The quality of the construction isn't up to par with any of the Fulltone pedals I have. It seems like for this amount of money they would have made it bulletproof. Oh well, what it doesn't have in durability it makes up for with versatility. If you're experimental with your music and are looking for something to take it to the next level, I would definitely recommend this.

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    5.0

    everything i need in one place!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    This monstrosity of an effect, though pricey, is completely worth it in my mind. It features basically everything I need in one unit. Whammy, wah, octave, and synth. I just hook this up with my crybaby (because the wah on here is not that great), fuzz, delay, and phaser -- then I am set for any gig playing any style of music. I love the HOG. Great job ehx.

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    5.0

    Great

    By Gumbilicious

    from Newport News, VA

    This thing is a horse for sound manipulation. This pedal is worth the price alone for the SMOOTH whammy with the expression pedal. I have owned xp100 pedals before and this blows all the ones i have owned out the water, SMOOTH. this pedal is also worth it's price for the ultra customizable harmonizer section, the unbeleivably sweet sounding low pass filter, and even rich and natural sounding attack and decay parameters to get that breathing kind of volume swells into your notes like real organs. this pedal only sounds better with a digital delay and warbly sounding chorus or flanger pedal(you can get all the sci fi movie synth effects and even theromin sounding effects as well as the rotary speaker keyboard sounds). i could write 10,000 words on how great this pedal is, but i always explain it to other musicians as "like, one of those multi-effects pedals, except it doesn't suck, sounds good, and doesn't make you wish you wasted money on it"i'll admit this pedal isn't for everyone, but if your looking for something to get strange, sick, synth sorta tones then BUY THIS PEDAL! i was actually gonna buy 3 or 4 pedals to do what this pedal would do as good or better than the individual pedals could have.

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