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Electro-Harmonix Key 9 Electric Piano Machine , Power Supply included
- Transforms the tone of your guitar or keyboard
- 9 presets carefully crafted to emulate classic Wurlitzer and Rhodes sounds, plus more
- Presets provide control of the fundamental parameters that help define that instrument’s sound. Many include adjustable modulation such as tremolo, phaser and chorus.
- Fast and flawless tracking
- Use it with the B9 and C9 Organ Machines to create your own powerful keyboard rig
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KEY9 Electric Piano Machine
Completing the powerful trilogy forged by the B9 and C9 Organ Machines, the new KEY9 emulates the world’s most coveted electric pianos and more. With 9 presets, you can transform your axe and lay down a cool 'Riders on the Storm' style groove or some hot funk ala “What’d I Say!”
Take it from Mike Matthews who says: “You’ll dig the way the KEY9 turns you into a Rhodes Scholar!”
Controls the volume of the untreated instrument level at the keys output jack.
Controls the overall volume of the selected keys preset.
Control 1 knob
Control 2 knob
1. DYNAMO - An evocation of the 'Dyno My' modified Fender Rhodes electric pianos of the 1970s and 1980s. Ctrl 1 adds bass to the lower strings of your guitar. Ctrl 2 adjusts the 'tine' or high-end overtones.
2. WURLI - The classic sound of the Wurlitzer electric piano. Ctrl 1 adjusts tremolo depth. Ctrl 2 sets tremolo speed.
3. SUITCASE - This preset pays tribute to the sound of a Fender Rhodes electric piano routed through a phase shifter. Ctrl 1 adds a bass octave and adjusts the “tine” or high-end overtones. Ctrl 2 sets the phase shifter speed.
4. MALLETS - Here we have the sound of a wood marimba. Ctrl 1 adjusts chorus depth. Ctrl 2 sets chorus speed.
5. EIGHTY EIGHT - This preset emulates a Fender Rhodes 88 electric piano with built-in tremolo. Ctrl 1 adjusts tremolo depth. Ctrl 2 sets tremolo speed.
6. TRI-GLORIOUS - The sound of a Dytronics/Dyno My CS-5 Tri Stereo Chorus. Ctrl 1 adjusts chorus depth. Ctrl 2 sets chorus speed.
7. VIBES - The sound of a metal vibraphone with motorized tremolo. Ctrl 1 adjusts the high pitch attack. Ctrl 2 sets tremolo speed.
8. ORGAN - This preset offers a highly touch-responsive percussive organ. Ctrl 1 adjusts the high frequencies (treble). Ctrl 2 sets the rotating speaker speed.
9. STEEL DRUMS - This preset conveys the metallic sound of a steel drum. Ctrl 1 adjusts chorus depth. Ctrl 2 sets chorus speed.
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Completing the powerful trilogy forged by the B9 and C9 Organ Machines, the new KEY9 pedal emulates the world’s most coveted electric pianos and more. With 9 presets, you can transform your axe and lay down a cool "Riders on the Storm" style groove or some hot funk ala "What’d I Say!" . Each preset lets you control the fundamental parameters that help define that instrument’s sound. Many include adjustable modulation like tremolo, phaser and chorus. Take if from Mike Matthews who says: "You’ll dig the way the KEY9 turns you into a Rhodes Scholar!" 9.6VDC 500mA power supply included.
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