Electro-Harmonix Announces the Mainframe Bit Crusher Pedal
Electro-Harmonix has introduced the Mainframe, a sample rate reducer, and bit crusher pedal that helps to create “old-school” video game and computer sounds. The pedal, which works for bass and guitar, has a sample rate reduction ranging from 48kHz to 110kHz and a bit depth reduction ranging from 24-bit to 1-bit.
“The Mainframe’s selectable High/Low/Band-Pass filter lets the user shape the artifacts of the bit crushing and sample rate,” EXH explains. “Another very cool feature is its Sample Rate Tuning Mode where the pedal analyzes your input signal in real-time and sets the sample rate to match the pitch of your signal, or a set interval above your signal. This allows you to set the sample rate to match the key of a song, or it will continually adjust the sample rate based on what you play!”
Other features include a programmable preset or expression pedal setting, secondary knob parameters for tweaking your sound, buffered bypass, and silent switching. Hear the pedal on bass and guitar in the company’s demo:
The Electro-Harmonix Mainframe comes with an EHX 9.6DC200mA power supply. It is available with a street price of $179.
Electro-Harmonix Mainframe Bit Crusher Pedal Features:
|Sample Rate Reduction ranging from 48kHz to 110Hz|
|Bit Depth Reduction ranging from 24-bit to 1-bit|
|Selectable High/Low/Band-Pass filter to shape the artifacts of the bit crushing and sample rate reduction|
|Sample Rate Tuning Mode allows you to set the sample rate to match the key of a song, or continually adjust the sample rate based on what you play on your instrument|
|Programmable preset or expression pedal setting allows you to save your sound or control any combination of the Mainframe’s knobs with an external expression pedal|
|Secondary knob parameters allow you to fine-tune the Mainframe’s effect.|
|High quality buffered bypass and silent switching|
|Comes equipped with an Electro-Harmonix 9.6DC-200mA PSU|