Mike Matthews of EHX

on building effects pedals

“My philosophy has always been to leave in as much sound and variety as possible, and always go right to the edge of an effect.” “I would always leave in the noise if I would lose feeling by taking it out. Of course I didn’t like noise, but an effect was an effect, and your music is a thing of feeling. That was always my philosophy. Sometimes you’d turn a control up and you’d see it would begin to oscillate – but sometimes right at the edge of oscillation there are some interesting effects. Sometimes that interacts with other things. A lot of companies would take that out, so the user wouldn’t get a shitty sound, but I would leave that in and leave it up to the user to get a fringe effect.”

from Dave Hunter’s Guitar Effects Pedals (the practical handbook)

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