Electro Harmonix Superego

Effect Pedal for Electric Guitar

  • Synth
  • Freeze function
  • 3 Modes: Latch, Momentary and Auto (switchable with toggle)
  • Effects loop
  • Controls for: Speed, Gliss, Dry and Effect
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 101 x 120 x 57 mm
  • Incl. Electro Harmonix 9 V DC power supply
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Effect Types Synthesizer
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(edited) Now I'm impressed (and positively).

Daniele T., 01.04.2016
In a previous review of mine, I said the SuperEgo had failed to impress me positively. I had found its output almost obeying a set of own rules, its tone seeming unaltered by different styles of playing.

Some time after my review, I've asked myself if I had done all I could to find out if the SuperEgo was really unsuitable to my tone search. And answered myself no, not yet. There was still a lot to try, before I had full rights to my judgement.

I've since then wired the most flexible dsp-based effect of mine, a maxed-out Eventide H9, into its send and return bus, and started to gauge the SuperEgo reaction to the most diverse type of effects in its sidechain.

I've found out that, contrary to my hasty first run, the SuperEgo shines fulbright when its inner path is being processed, or even better, heavily processed, in pitch, time, modulation, or all of the above concurrently, via the send/return sidechain bus.

The blend control alone of whatever fx you'll plug in the sidechain does and will produce the widest change in colour within the very setting of the SuperEgo.

Any type of fx significantly alters the granular process of the SuperEgo to an extent that's practically impossible to even imagine, so any type of fx is potentially worth to be hooked to the sidechain bus of the SuperEgo and tried out carefully and patiently.

Whatever time I've invested with fx like chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo, ring modulators and any other sort of delay-based specialty, I've been rewarded with a handful of unique (and usable) tones of different timbre and spectrum, hugely varied in comparison to using the SuperEgo without "side-chained" effects.

Beside this, SuperEgo still excels at doing what the Freeze does, so the investment sounds lucrative for any curious, tone-hungry, reckless sound enthusiast who's seriously willing to come to his or her individual tone and is prepared to work for it.

If you're in search of an effect with which you can easily recreate any classic rock tone of the golden, epic age, and in a matter of seconds, you've not probably landing on your feet here, you might want to look elsewhere.

If you want your tonal palette to expand to almost unlimited possible directions, and are prepared to sculpt your sound with purpose and patience, then look no further, you'll hardly ever yawn when fiddling with the SuperEgo (or hear the same effect twice).
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Superego is like a Superfreeze pedal

JoniT, 24.11.2014
I've been using this pedal for 6 months now, and it works just like it did when I got it, I've been using it every week for about 4-8 hours.

Like the title says it's just a freeze pedal with more stuff and it has everything I would ever need... EXCEPT... A dedicated bypass footswitch. Since you have to double tap in order to put the effect pedal off when in latch mode, it gets really hard to do so, while playing complex & precise stuff.

Other than that the features are great and useful for various things. Even though I wish there was two foot switches the one that is already on the Superego is pretty darn good. It's doesn't click as it is a linear switch, so it requires little to no effort to push down to activate, which is good for when you don't have your shoes on, but even when you have your shoes on, it is still very comfy to press down on.

The two main sound editing knobs "speed" and "gliss" are still a bit of a mystery to me, but if you just tweak around eventually you'll find something "cool" sounding.

The build quality of the pedal is just like all EHX pedals I've ever owned, solid, lightweight and the knobs are fun to turn around, because they are smooth and big.

I highly recommend this to anybody who want's to do chill out or experimental music with what ever instrument you have, as this will fits those genres the most. Remember to get a few other fx pedals for this to be put in the fx loop of the Superego like chorus, tremolo, reverbs and such. These will make the Superego sound SUPER!

If you're not in for the music styles mentioned above. Then think hard about buying this, since you might never use it. On my bands more Rock/Metal songs I've barely ever touched the thing, so keep that in mind if you decide to buy it for a more "hardcore" musical experience.
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