Electro-Harmonix Slammi Plus Polyphonic Pitch Shifter/Harmony Pedal

Because the world can always use another pitch-shifting pedal, Electro-Harmonix introduces the Slammi Plus Polyphonic Pitch Shifter/Harmony Pedal (price TBA) featuring glitch-free pitch shifting over a +/- three octave range and with the ability to transpose up, down, or both simultaneously. Housed in a more pedalboard-friendly housing than the original Slammi, it offers an 11-position Shift switch selects the transposition interval starting with Detune for a chorus or doubling effect and includes the following: Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th, Major 6th, 1 Octave, 2 Octaves and 3 Octaves. The pedal’s Dual Mode outputs two separate pitch-shifted intervals simultaneously and provides 11 unique interval combinations. The Slammi Plus also features an X-Fade function where the pitch shifted interval is fixed (does not bend) and the pedal cross-fades between the player’s dry note and pitch shifted note or cross-fades from one pitch shifted interval to another.



Spotlight: Paul Steven Ray

Guitar is but a small part of Paul Steven Ray’s creative palette. Percussion, composing for various aggregations including operas, and video also provide outlets for his restless inventiveness. His latest recording MAPS, by Paul Steve Ray’s BlueBlack Dream (one of his many projects), includes guitar, both played and attacked, samples, Theremin, sung and spoken vocals. It is a work of texture and mystery inspired by a wide range of musical influences thoroughly absorbed.

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Guitar Moderne Goes to Italy

Ciao to all my Italian Guitar Moderne subscribers and any readers who go to Italy regularly. I will be in Venice, Florence, and Sienna in early October and am looking for tips about interesting music venues, guitar shops, and anyplace that is a non-touristy must see or eat in any of those cities. Mille Grazie.



Electro-Harmonix SUPEREGO+ Synth Engine/Multi Effect

Mike Matthews & Co have done it again. Beginning with The Freeze and continuing on through the original Superego, the company started down a path of sample and hold effects that modern guitarists like Bill Frisell, Eric Chenaux, and others found essential to their sound. The Superego+ adds built-in effects, including pitch shifting and expression pedal control to create a modern guitar effect masterpiece. Bill Ruppert’s demo is outstanding as always: