After making the last post about the Electro-harmonix Stereo Memory Man I realized that I didn’t post any pictures of the circuit board. As far as I’m concerned that’s the difference between Cosmopolitan and Larry Flynt’s definitive ‘Barely Legal’ magazine. So here we go… a nice high resolution shot of the innards of this beast.
The main processor is Analog Devices ADSP-BF531, the low-cost entry point for the Blackfin Processor family. According to Analog Device’s website there are three versions…
the ADSP-BF531, ADSP-BF532, and ADSP-BF533, offer all the ease of use and architectural attributes of the Blackfin processor. These three processors are all completely pin compatible – differing solely with respect to their performance and on-chip memory – thus reducing risk and offering the ability to scale up or down depending upon the end application needs.
It also utilizes ISSI’s IS42S16800A 8Meg x16 128-MBIT SYNCHRONOUS DRAM.
One thing I received for Christmas this year was the Electro-harmonix Memory-Man and it is absolutely un-fucking-believable. I love it. I’m not even sure where to begin but I’ll start with saying one thing I look for in good effects, pedals, and gear in general is the fun-factor and this little monster definitely has it in spades.
Generally speaking this is simply an echo-delay pedal. But where it excels is with the addition of a looper with which you sample and loop the input, play over it, re-sample it, bend the crap out of the sound, re-sample it, ad-infinitum. I literally disappeared into outer space for four hours the first time I played with it.
I’ll spare details on its operation. You can find much more useful information on the Electro-harmonix website. Pay close attention to their tone-tips section which has a great trick on how to maximize the insanity with this delay/looper. Beautiful:
and some sounds samples of the pedal in action…
Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 1
Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 2
Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 3
Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 4
Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 5
Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 6
Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 7