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A faithful recreation of a recognizable 1980s unit, the Electro-Harmonix Crash Pad is an analog drum synth in a foot-pedal housing. It creates a signal which you can trigger via the on-board push-button or an external non-MIDI drum pad (available separately). Furthermore, you can manipulate that signal via decay, resonance, and volume knobs. A sweep section—replete with start, stop, and time knobs—can also provide pitch oscillations to transform your sound from the natural to the alien with the twist of your fingers.
The pedal features an expression input which gives you full and continuous foot-control over the sweep section (pedal available separately), while an auxiliary input allows you to utilize that sweep section as an external filter, bringing highly unusual tones to guitars and keyboards.
You'll also find a fixed-volume DIP switch located inside the unit just above the output jack. This feature disables the decay knob, allowing you to continuously filter a sound without having to re-trigger it.
In the Box
Electro-Harmonix Crash Pad Analog Drum Synth Pedal
EHX 9.6DC-200BI Power Supply
Limited 1-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
START Knob: Sets starting point of frequency sweep, 205 Hz to 7.5 kHz
STOP Knob: Sets ending point of frequency sweep, 50 Hz to 7.5 kHz
TIME Knob: Controls how long sweep lasts from START to STOP, 40 ms to 4 seconds
SENS Button: Controls sensitivity of external trigger
RESONANCE Knob: Adjusts resonance (or Q) of on-board low-pass filter
VOLUME Knob: Controls volume of output signal
DECAY Knob: Controls duration of each individual Crash-Pad hit
PUSH BUTTON Trigger: Triggers the Crash Pad from pedal
EXPRESS PEDAL FIXED-VOLUME DIP Switch: Located inside the pedal, this switch enables/disables continuous output, meaning you can use Crash Pad's filter without providing trigger signal
POWER LED: Lights up when Crash Pad is powered
TRIG LED: Briefly illuminates when Crash Pad is triggered from onboard Push Button or External Trigger
1x 1/4" External Trigger Input
1x 1/4" Auxiliary Input
1x 1/4" Expression Pedal Input
1x 1/4" Output
1X 9 V Power Jack