New York's Electro Harmonix (EHX) has taken three of its most popular stomps and merged them into one compact Epitome unit. A player can choose to operate the Micro POG, Stereo Electric Mistress and Holy Grail Plus independently, or blend them all together for some seriously powerful sonic madness. In addition to catering for even more tonal experimentation by mixing up the signal chain, the intriguing Shimmer button can also turn one of the four reverbs into a delay, generate an infinite drone or produce a wild swirling leslie-type sound.
The first effect in the Epitome chain is the Micro POG polyphonic octave generator. It's capable of simultaneously generating multiple octaves from the input signal, so you can play a bass on a six-string axe, double the pleasure with 12-string emulation or fire up a church organ sound. The Octave Up knob raises the pitch, the Sub Octave lowers it and the Dry knob determines the intensity of the effect.
Next in line is a flanger and chorus pairing called the Stereo Electric Mistress. The two effects can work together or apart to create rich tone modulations, or as EHX puts it, "slithering Axis Bold as Love textures."
Last in the chain is the Holy Grail Plus reverb unit which offers a choice of spring, hall, room and flerb (flanging plus reverb) with control over decay, damping and modulation speed. The AMT control behaves differently depending on which reverb effect is active. With hall and spring, for example, it controls reverb time, and in the room setting it has reign over damping.
A Shimmer button in the Holy Grail zone creates an atmospheric harmonic backdrop to whatever's being played. Adding the Mistress into the chain generates a world of swirl, while in Flerb mode, the reverb acts as an adjustable digital delay. Even more weirdness ensues when the POG is allowed to join the party.
Launched at NAMM back in January, the Epitome Multi-Effect features stereo in and out, and comes supplied with a 9.6 V AC adapter. It's available now for a list price of US$491.84, translating to a street price of around $370.
Mr Effectology Bill Ruppert shows just how impressive the Epitome can be in the video below.
Product page: Epitome
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