Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine
- Transform the tone of a guitar or keyboard
- 9 presets that were finely tuned to emulate some of the most popular and classic organ and keyboard tones ever recorded
- Provides control over percussive attack level, modulation speed, organ and dry volume
- Rugged and easy to use
- EHX 9.6DC-200 PSU power supply included
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C9 Organ Machine
The new C9 Organ Machine springboards off the revolutionary B9 to mine another rich vein of classic gold and provide players with nine more definitive organ and keyboard sounds.
The C9 will transform your instrument into a convincing full body, electric organ or vintage electronic keyboard. For each preset chosen, it also provides precise control over important elements of that sound’s sonic fingerprint like percussive click, modulation, attack/sustain, drawbar setting or high frequency content. Blend your dry signal to create beautiful layers. Lovers of classic organ and keyboard rejoice!
Controls the volume of the untreated instrument level at the ORGAN OUTPUT jack.
Controls the overall volume of the ORGAN preset.
MOD controls the speed of modulation. Modulation can be completely turned off when MOD is set fully counterclockwise. The type of modulation is contingent on the preset selected. The different types of modulation available are vibrato, tremolo and chorus. See the preset descriptions for modulation type.
CLICK controls percussive click level. It was designed to simulate the harmonic percussion effect on classic B3 and C3 organs. The click is added to the very first note or chord played. The click will retrigger only when current notes have been released and their amplitude falls below a threshold. For most presets, CLICK controls parameters unique to the preset. See the preset descriptions for details.
1. Tone Wheel - Classic tone wheel-esque organ sound. MOD type: Chorus. CLICK sets level of click sound.
2. Prog – Paying homage to the massive sound of Keith Emerson of Emerson Lake and Palmer. MOD type: Chorus. CLICK adjusts the level of two intervals: a fifth above and an octave below.
3. Compact - This preset imitates a sound similar to Ray Manzarek’s tone on the Door’s “Light My Fire.” MOD type: Vibrato. CLICK adjusts the level of upper harmonics.
4. Shimmer - This preset is based on an effect made popular by Brain Eno and Daniel Lanois. MOD adjusts the attack time. CLICK controls the sustain amount.
5. Lord Purple – Our salute to the Jon Lord-ish type organ sound of Deep Purple. The ORGAN level controls the level of one set of 3 drawbars. MOD Type: Chorus. CLICK adjusts the level of a second set of 3 drawbars.
6. Mello Flutes – A tribute to the classic Mellotron flute tape sound of The Beatles’ song “Strawberry Fields Forever.” MOD Type: Vibrato. CLICK adjusts the depth of the vibrato.
7. Blimp - Led Zeppelin type sound. MOD Type: Chorus. CLICK adjusts the level of upper harmonics.
8. Press Tone – EHX’s nod to the great organ sound found on The Beatles’ song “Let It Be.” MOD type: Chorus. CLICK sets level of click sound.
9. Telstar - Envisions the legendary sound of a Clavioline as used on The Tornadoes song “Telstar.” MOD Type: Vibrato. CLICK adjusts the level of upper harmonics.
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The new C9 Organ Machine springboards off the revolutionary B9 to mine another rich vein of classic gold and provide players with nine more definitive organ and keyboard sounds. The C9 will transform your instrument into a convincing full body, electric organ or vintage electronic keyboard. For each preset chosen, it also provides precise control over important elements of that sound’s sonic fingerprint like percussive click, modulation, attack/sustain, drawbar setting or high frequency content. Blend your dry signal to create beautiful layers. Lovers of classic organ and keyboard rejoice!
Top customer reviews
I did have a few minor issues:
1) The volume level when played is determined by your initial attack. If you're unable to play evenly don't be surprised if the effect is unusable for you. I partially remedied this by using a volume pedal on the output to control the level.
2) When the effect isn't on and your guitar rig is connected to the "dry" output, the "wet" output still sends the dry signal. In my application I have the wet output sent to a standalone delay pedal and DI box, straight into the PA system. An internal "dry kill" switch to remove the dry guitar signal from the wet output (while disengaged) would be a wonderful way to add value to the pedal. I called EHX to ask if there was a mod to do so but they sad that no such mod exists.
3) The vibrato sound is ever present and unable to be switched off. I know this is part of the Mellotron "mojo" but it'd be nice to have more control.
I know this has been mentioned on the various guitar forums but I'll mention it. This pedal sounds great but with only about half the sounds being really usable I'd much prefer an EHX simulator pedal such as the MEL9, B9, C9, or KEY9 with the ability to load up sounds via usb connection. I'd gladly pay twice as much if the pedal were well supported like the TC Electronic toneprint series.
I highly recommend connecting this pedal directly to a console/PA and using a volume pedal as I have. One can use the dry output into their guitar rig and use a tuner to mute the guitar signal, leaving only the wet signal at the wet output. The MEL9 should be left "on" and a volume or mute pedal can control the output for live use. I've found that the wet tone direct into a guitar amp isn't as pleasing.
In spite of my concerns I recommend this pedal as an addition to your pedalboard! It's been a lot of fun and gives a player lots of added tonal options.
first what it is not:
-a replacement for a keys player in your band
-a quick-tracking super-brain that is going to keep up with your shredding exactly
-a thing that is going to make full sense and glide into your set right out of the box without a decent bit of practice time spent understanding and interacting with it
what it actually IS
-a REALLY bangin invention that will make people in the room perk up and go 'wow'
-a pedal that is really capable of providing an entire set of new sonic options for someone looking to expand the palette with which they are working, whether they are a solo performer with an acoustic, or part of a bigger frontline with a band.
-well-engineered with very real sounds, good construction, and few to none problematic qualities. maybe the key-click doesn't sound real (who cares), maybe there's no battery option (most can deal just fine), maybe control over leslie variation isn't present and you'll wanna record with an actual organ (you should be anyway)-- all in all complaints are pretty much from whiners... this thing is an engineering victory.
-built with enough functionally real B3 sounds to be the top choice between the B9 & C9 (with this pedal you get that PLUS extras).
-built with options that provide subtlety. blending it, making it just a touch of a tone in there, etc.
It's my second chance. I've always had faith in Electro-Harmonix stuff. And so took a chance on this crazy idea-- turning the sound of a guitar into an organ. It works for me! For a guitarist with a normal mindset-- torturing the strings with wild twisting and turning-- well, stop all that for a moment. Playing the organ as a guitarist is pretty cool, but there are some limitations in what you should be doing when playing the organ. Not bending strings is one of them. Of course, if you like what you hear, bend away.
This device is super-fantastic for a home studio. I dub my guitar, bass, drums, and vocals, and FINALLY I can layer on some convincing organ.
Can't wait for the follow-up E-H C9 that is destined to add even more organ sounds! I'll post a note about it in the future once I get my hands on one. If you're a guitarist with the hankering for some nice organ sounds, the B9 will make your day! Love it!
I had ordered thru a well-known retailer, who didn't ship for weeks. So, disappointed, I finally called them to cancel. (Actually, my wife took on the responsibility. I hate making those kinds of calls.) The moment she was off the phone, I punched in an order to Amazon and it was delivered to doorstep in no time. I am always amazed with Amazon's quick deliveries!
The original: Electro-Harmonix B9 Organ Machine
One day I'll be back to give my thoughts on this new one: Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine