Ravishing! Electro Harmonix introduces sitar stompbox
(Dave Molter | Posted 2011-08-03)
So, you want to play B.J. Thomas' "Hooked on a Feeling," The Box Tops' "Cry Like a Baby," or maybe even Tom Petty's "Don't Come Around Here No More," but you don't want to spring for a electric sitar. Electro Harmonix feels your pain.
Debuted at Summer NAMM 2011 in Nashville in July, the new Ravish Sitar stomper is just what you need to channel you inner Shankart (And the name is obviously a play on the man who inspried George Harrison to play sitar on "Norwegian WOod" -- RAVI SHankar. Positively transcendental!)
Electro-Harmonix has streamlined the essence of the sitar into a compact enclosure that offers a polyphonic lead voice and tunable sympathetic string drones that dynamically react to your playing. Create your own custom scales for the sympathetic strings while you set the decay time for the lead voice. Two expression pedal inputs allow you to bend the pitch of the lead voice and control the volume of the sympathetic strings simultaneously. These unique controls offer the player the ability to program the Ravish to become a totally unique and organic instrument unto itself. The Ravish is a truly new design with the flexibility to be a crossover tonal wonder.
MSRP: $239.25 USD. Available September 2011.
Check out MGR's Youtube video of the Ravish and other EH Effects at NAMM.
ransform your electric guitar into a sitar
Lead sitar voice tracks your notes polyphonically with a wide range of tonal possibilities
Selectable decay speed for the Lead voice
Sympathetic string drone simulation with a wide tonal range
Selectable keys and scales including major, minor and exotic provided for the Sympathetic strings
Create custom Sympathetic string scales from your guitar
Ability to choose the Sympathetic key by playing a note on your guitar
Modulation adds movement to the sympathetic strings
Bend the pitch of your Lead voice notes using an optional expression pedal
Control the volume of the Sympathetic drone using an optional expression pedal
Separate Main Output for all voices plus a secondary Sympathetic Only Output
Save and recall 9 presets
9 Volt power supply provided