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EHX Freeze Pedal: Possible to Recreate Effect w/ A Looping Pedal?

Postby dubbmann » Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:41 pm

Hi all,

I recently learned of the EHX Freeze pedal and am mightily interested in this effect. However, in the interests of saving my pedalboard from further additions (and my wallet from further subtraction) I'm wondering if I can achieve this effect w a standard looping pedal. I have a Line6 DL4 and have been looking at the Boss MD/DD 500 as well as some Strymon FX and was wondering if anyone who has one of these can tell me if any have the equivalent of the EHX freeze functionality.

On a side note, have I been living in a cave guitar-wise or did this idea only recently come on the market? I only became aware of this in the last few days and it seems so cool and so obvious why didn't we have this ten or even twenty years ago?

Cheers and thanks for any info!

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Re: EHX Freeze Pedal: Possible to Recreate Effect w/ A Looping Pedal?

Postby BJG145 » Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:49 pm

The state of the art freeze is the Gamechanger Plus. The EHX is the poor relation and came out before I was born, so yes, you have been living under a rock.

I've been interested in this for quite a while and wondered if there was a decent VST version. It's not something your average looper can pull off.
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Re: EHX Freeze Pedal: Possible to Recreate Effect w/ A Looping Pedal?

Postby dubbmann » Mon Aug 10, 2020 6:01 pm

BJG145 wrote:The state of the art freeze is the Gamechanger Plus. The EHX is the poor relation and came out before I was born, so yes, you have been living under a rock.

CHeers, BJG. It's quite a bit more dosh but it does look very cool and I would like to support independent/boutique makers. Hmmm.

BTW, I think living in a cave is what I said. I'll cop to that (as well as being too old to rock and roll anymore, but I never really did that too much anyway). Living under a rock is a step too far (too low?). I save that for low lifes, a category I like to think I've managed to avoid for all my many decades trodding the clods of planet Earth ;-)
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Re: EHX Freeze Pedal: Possible to Recreate Effect w/ A Looping Pedal?

Postby The Elf » Mon Aug 10, 2020 6:17 pm

Don't know if it helps in any way, but this guy explains how an EHX Freeze function can be simulated in the Line 6 Helix.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVTNY7lfKig
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Re: EHX Freeze Pedal: Possible to Recreate Effect w/ A Looping Pedal?

Postby rggillespie » Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:12 am

After seeing a great Bill Frisell demo and hearing that Adrian Uttley, Mogwai were also freeze fans, I did get one. I found all the stomping on and off really wasn't for me, though the effect is great and couldn't be faulted. I'm not certain but I think the EH superego is a freeeze type pedal with extra functionality, worth checking that one out too. They seem to hold up well secondhand I bought new had it for 6 months, and sold on ebay and only lost twelve quid. For the right sonic experimenter I'm sure it could be indispensable.
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Re: EHX Freeze Pedal: Possible to Recreate Effect w/ A Looping Pedal?

Postby Hewesy » Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:27 pm

Some delay pedals offer a hold (Boss DD series) but you tend to get a "rolling" loop not a freeze.

Or if you are happy for it to fade out notnhold and sustain then the Gilmour trick of a long delay with no repeats and a vol pedal to fade in works nicely for texture.

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Re: EHX Freeze Pedal: Possible to Recreate Effect w/ A Looping Pedal?

Postby al_diablo » Tue Sep 01, 2020 7:20 pm

Hewesy wrote:Some delay pedals offer a hold (Boss DD series) but you tend to get a "rolling" loop not a freeze.

Or if you are happy for it to fade out notnhold and sustain then the Gilmour trick of a long delay with no repeats and a vol pedal to fade in works nicely for texture.

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Re: EHX Freeze Pedal: Possible to Recreate Effect w/ A Looping Pedal?

Postby shufflebeat » Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:10 pm

dubbmann wrote:.

On a side note, have I been living in a cave guitar-wise or did this idea only recently come on the market?

Not quite:

https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/el ... nix-freeze

I bought one on the strength of this (thanks PW) and put it between my Takamine and Aura Blend. I would.set up a drone with the Tak and then play the mandola over it which made the most of the contrast between the two.

It's on a pedalboard that's been retired for a couple of years but now you've reminded me about it.
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