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Tips to manipulate, filter, and mangle VI

I recently added an Electro-Harmonix Freeze Sound Retainer to my effects arsenal. What, you might ask, is a Freeze Sound Retainer? The official EH description is "The Freeze Sound Retainer delivers infinite sustain of any note or chord at the press of a momentary footswitch." A looper it is not. The Freeze captures the tone and sound of the exact moment and sustains it infinitely. Whether the a dense chord or a single note, the Freeze grabs the moment and offers it up for all time, or at least until the player once again presses the foot switch or the power goes out.

So, you might ask, what might I do with a Freeze? Right out of the gate, can you say "real time drone?" The live performance applications are mind boggling. How about capturing source material for further manipulation in the studio? Yeah, that's right! Real time or not, the opportunities are fascinating. Can I use a Freeze with a looper? Oh yeah, no problem, I'm terribly excited about this particular combination. Are the possibilities endless? Yes, grasshopper, they are.

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