Electro-Harmonix Key 9 Electric Piano Machine Pedal

Transform your guitar tone into a number of vintage electric pianos with the Key 9. Choose from 9 different presets and dial in your favorite EP sound.
Completing the powerful trilogy forged by the B9 and C9 Organ Machines, the Key 9 emulates the world's most coveted electric pianos and more. With 9 presets, you can transform your axe and lay down a cool "Riders on the Storm" style groove or some hot funk ala "What'd I Say!"

Each preset lets you control the fundamental parameters that help define that instrument's sound. Many include adjustable modulation like tremolo, phaser and chorus.

Features:

- Transforms the tone of your guitar or keyboard
- 9 presets that were carefully crafted to emulate classic Wurlitzer(R) and Rhodes(R) sounds, plus more
- Presets provide control of the fundamental parameters that help define that instrument's sound
- Many presets include adjustable modulation such as tremolo, phaser and chorus
- Use it with the B9 and C9 Organ Machines to create your own powerful keyboard rig
- Fast and flawless tracking
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- Power: EHX 9.6DC -200 PSU included
- Dimensions: (W x L x H) 4 x 4.75 x 2.25" (102 x 121 x 89mm)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): EHX KEY9
EHX Warranty Non-New Electro-Harmonix product purchases are not covered by the manufacturer's warranty.
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 718-937-8300
(2 ratings)
Submitted April 30, 2016 by Raymond S in Louisville, KY
"Really fun pedal, but has its limits."
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The EHX Key9 is unquestionably a very unique and fun piece of equipment, but it falls short of being fully practical in some respects. In terms of sound quality, it sounds excellent recorded direct into your DAW -- very clean and close to the electric pianos it's designed to emulate. However, when used in a standard guitar rig it lacks definition, and can be quite muddy depending on the preset selected. It's easy to dial in enough treble on your amplifier to remedy the lack of definition in the pedal, but when switching the pedal off you'll have to reset your amp's treble control...otherwise your guitar is likely gonna sound shrill. The Key9 also forces you to adapt your playing style to fit the pedal in order to get the best sounds out of it. I think this is a plus as it will force you to think outside of the box and create some unique riffs and ideas. However, if you're a speed player or use a lot of legato runs, you will experience some tracking issues with the Key 9. In addition, the particular unit I have made some really strange noises, even when bypassed in my pedal chain, I used only the included power supply and checked my pedal coupler cables many times...but still, strange bloops and beeps would occasionally make their way into my guitar's sound. Not sure if my particular unit was defective or not, but it's something you should consider when buying a Key 9. Overall, it's unquestionably a fun and unique piece of gear, but it isn't going to work for everyone and read more unfortunately it didn't work for me.

Musical Background:
I've been playing music since I was 6 years old...24 years of playing. Currently professionally gigging.

Musical Style:
Blues, Jazz, Americana, Folk, Fusion
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