The Electro-Harmonix Pog2 does everything that all the advertising hype says it will do! All the octaves are clean and pronounced. The low pass filter, detune and attack are extremely responsive and all are
useful in achieving diverse, and more importantly, useful sounds. With just a few short hours of use I was able to get a lot of great organ and octave sounds and save my favorite 8 sounds to presets.
My recording setup is this:
MSA pedal Steel Guitar > Goodrich Pot Pedal > Pog2 > Line 6 Roto-Machine (where used) > Boss RV-5 (hall, effect at 11:00, Time/Tone 12:00) > Fender Steel King > Shure SM-57 > Studio Projects pre-amp > Zoom R24
All Zoom files ported to Reaper for mastering to MP3's at 320kbps.
I've attempted to cover my favorite sounds with the sound files and settings listed below, some with just the Pog2 and some with the Line 6 Roto-Machine to get a Leslie effect. You will hear me ramp the Leslie effect from slow to fast during some of the takes. The presets listed in the table are my own, not the ones that come from the factory. To simplify this daunting task, I've recorded only in monaural. The Leslie effect in particular is much more convincing in the near field if recorded and heard in stereo!
There is a separate review of the Line 6 Roto Machine elsewhere on my web site. To be clear about this, you need the Pog2 to get the organ sound and you need some type of Leslie simulator like the Roto-Machine to get the rotating speaker sound. Both effects are useful on their own and also when used together. The Roto-Machine is not the best Leslie simulator available but it is plenty good enough when blended with the Pog2!
You can think of your steel guitar as the oscillator in an organ or basic tone generator. The Pog2 then becomes the tone shaper, adding octaves, detunes (chorus sort of), low pass filters, attack, and effects
to achieve different organ and other types of sounds. The controls provided are very powerful and a slight adjustment of the octaves, attack, filter, effects and Q can make a huge difference in the sound you
hear. Some of the settings work a lot better if you play higher on the neck, well above the 3rd fret and they sound crystal clear all the way up to the 24th fret! On the lower frets you may have to decrease the
amplitude of the -2 octave slider to get the overall sound to come out clearly.
You can hear how well the Pog2 tracks as I slide
the bar between notes. It is just totally awesome in every way!.
Pog2 Blues starts with an Excel 8 string lap steel tuned to E13 (no Pog) then uses a Squier Classic Vibe 50's with B/G hipshot (no pog) then the last chorus is pedal steel with the Pog2 and Roto-Vibe.
|Preset||Roto?||Dry||-2||-1||+1||+2||Dry Efx||Q||Atten.||LP Filter||Detune||Sound Sample|
|3||No||8||6||5.5||6.5||6.5||Red||1st Lite||0||1.5||0||Hear It!|
|4||No||8||6||5.5||6.5||6.5||Red||1st Lite||0||7||0||Hear It!|
|6||No||8||0||0||0||8||Yellow||1st Lite||0||8||3||Hear It!|
|7||No||8||0||0||7||8||Yellow||1st Lite||3||8||3||Hear It!|
|8||No||8||8||8||8||8||Green||1st Lite||2||8||5||Hear It!|
|3||Yes||8||6||5.5||6.5||6.5||Red||1st Lite||0||1.5||0||Hear It!|
|4||Yes||8||6||5.5||6.5||6.5||Red||1st Lite||0||7||0||Hear It!|
|6||Yes||8||0||0||0||8||Yellow||1st Lite||0||8||3||Hear It!|
|7||Yes||8||0||0||7||8||Yellow||1st Lite||3||8||3||Hear It!|
|8||Yes||8||8||8||8||8||Green||1st Lite||2||8||5||Hear It!|
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