Electro-Harmonix Freeze Sound Retainer Pedal

For lush, organ-like effects, hold down the Freeze's pedal switch -- or use the "Latch" setting for endless sustain that lasts until you click the switch.

Plug your guitar, bass, or whatever instrument you play into the Electro-Harmonix Freeze Sound Retainer pedal, and you'll immediately introduce some new ton your game. This sampling pedal is great for solo acts; you can use it to hold out chords while playing a melody before making a chord change. If you use this pedal in conjunction with a distortion pedal, reverb pedal, octave pedal, or anything else really, then you'll be able to get quite experimental and produce sounds you thought your axe could never make. The Freeze features fast, slow, and latch settings, as well as an easy-to-use effect level control dial.

Freeze Your Sound: Sustain Chords and Drones -- Play Melodies On Top

Having a sampling pedal like the Freeze Sound Retainer as part of your arsenal of effects will give you another level of control for performances, recording sessions, or even just experimenting around by yourself. Aside from getting a little sonically weird, you can also use this pedal as a simple vamp generator if you need a repeating droning sound while playing licks or melodies. This is perfect if you're learning modes and need the tonic note, or key, to stay consistent while changing through the modes with respect to that root note or key -- a nice little exercise for learning some melodic theory.

Fast, Slow, and Latch Settings

The Electro-Harmonix Freeze pedal features three settings for you to employ: fast, slow and latch. The fast and slow settings determine how long the delay on read more your signal lasts. Simply step down to engage the sustain, and lift your foot up to end it. Flip the switch over to the latch setting, and you're in for some completely continuous sustain. This setting is perfect if you want an interesting atmospheric sound to envelop your song from beginning to end during your performance.

Great Addition to Any Pedalboard

This pedal is lightweight, durable, compact, and pedalboard-friendly. Using this tool in conjunction with an octave pedal, reverb pedal, distortion pedal, delay pedal, and a whole host of others will get you sounds that most people wouldn't know an axe could produce. Fire your guitar through this pedal, and let the endless sustain begin!


- Sampling pedal
- Real-time sample capture
- One 1/4" instrument input
- One 1/4" output
- Effect level control
- Fast decay mode
- Slow decay mode
- Latch mode provides infinite sustain
- Powered via 9.6V DC 200 power supply -- included
- Lightweight at only 1.4 pounds
- Compact, pedalboard-friendly size
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-Real-time sample capture with perfect looping
-Latch mode for infinite sustain at the touch of a momentary switch
-Fast decay mode
-Slow decay mode
-Smooth tonal transitions between captures
-Included 9.6V DC 200 power supply
-Handles input gains from pedalboards
-Type Sample
-Inputs 1 x Instrument
-Outputs 1 x 1/4"
-Power Supply Included Yes
-Batteries No batteries
-Height 1.4"
-Depth 5.6"
-Width 3.2"
-Weight 1.4 lbs
-Manufacturer Part Number FREEZE
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 7 x 6 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): FREEZE

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 718-937-8300

Electro-Harmonix Freeze Pedal

Capture a frozen moment and turn it into a tonally unique sonic foundation. The Electro-Harmonix Freeze Sound Retainer delivers infinite sustain of any note or chord at the press of a momentary footswitch. Release the footswitch and you are again sample ready. Three selectable decay rates, including a latch mode, guarantee liquid, smooth tonal transitions. Hook the Freeze up with your favorite pedals for a sonic collage that will be unlike anything you have ever heard. It's like adding an extra musician to the band.

Note: Power supply included.

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (2 ratings)
Submitted June 20, 2019 by Ed Rodrigues in Atwater, CA


Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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The FREEZE is the easiest pedal I've ever reviewed. I plugged it in and it just works. All the functions, Latch, Slow & Fast work as described and the volume knob which adjusts the "memorized" sound is easy to adjust and has perfect range. It's also possible to configure the fade times via simple steps outlined in the instructionsI'm a learning Jazz Student using the Freeze to drone various chords which gives me the chance to search for interesting runs and to sample various scales, triads and etc. against various chords. It's actually pretty inspirational as noodling around with the droning chords allows a player to "let your mind wonder" while looking for improvisational stuff.The drone is really nice when put through vibrato or chorus pedals and Freeze is VERY easy to use. My unit arrived with a quiet "NON-CLICKING" foot switch. I guess the early units had the regular E-H clicking switch as there's videos on YouTube showing how to replace the switch.zZounds shipping is amazing. I live in Central California, ordered the unit midday on the 19th and it arrived today on the 20th. Pretty Dazzling!

Musical Background:

Playing guitar since 1960. Lots of R&B, 1960-1980's Pop Clubs etc. Now retired and a Jazz guitar student at home.

Musical Style:

Jazz in the Wes Montgomery style
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