Electro-Harmonix Superego Synth EngineHischke: The Electro-Harmonix Superego Synth Engine is relatively new. It’s a takeoff on the Freeze pedal, which was a very useful idea. The glissando and portamento functions are the most interesting to me. I used it a lot on the new Dot Hacker record. It’s another one I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of. I love it when a piece of equipment gives you the ability to do something that was previously impossible. I wish more people were doing that.
Red Panda Particle Granular Delay/Pitch Shifter PedalAlderete: Damn. That was a good one. My next pick is the Red Panda Particle. I wouldn’t have heard about it as soon as I did if it wasn’t for Josh [Klinghoffer], who plays with Jonathan in Dot Hacker. I always have a hard time explaining it because I don’t know if I’ve fully wrapped my head around how I’m going to use it. I just know that I always try to have it on my board. I like having the bass line going, and then hitting something that takes you out of that world and puts you into some weird computer-generated world. It’s noisy and wild. Basically, it grabs a particle of your sound and flips it inside the pedal. You can control it, but it can also do its random thing. If The Edge gets a hold of this and puts a riff to it, everyone in the world will own one.
Hischke: I think the only way you can do some of what that pedal does is through a computer program. I think they call it granular sampling. They’ve probably had that for a long time in the computer world, but this is the first time I’ve seen it in a pedal.