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May 14, 2019

Of the (many) new pedal companies that have been popping out in the last few years, Meris has been the most well received by musicians and critics alike, thanks to a series of releases that marry inspiring circuitry, elegant design, and innovative ideas.

After launching the still hot polyphonic synth pedal Enzo (winner of our Best Pedal of 2018 aggregating poll), the Californian team of 4 hasn’t been resting on its laurels and was able to drop another noteworthy stompbox just in time for our Brooklyn Stompbox Exhibit!

The new device, named Hedra after the suffix of Polyhedra (meaning multiple planes/sides) is a 3-Voice Rhythmical Pitch-Shifter with tap tempo functionality.

The top left knob lets you choose the key, which can be micro-tuned through the center-top knob, while the three bottom knobs harmonize the fundamental note with pitch-shifted notes going from minus two octaves all the way up to plus two octaves.

But there’s a lot more than meets the eye, thanks to alternate functionality triggered by holding either footswitch – check this out:

  • Each voice can be delayed and fed back in 4 intricate matrices for either predictable or unpredictable results.
  • Selectable Pitch Correction Types to ReVoice your Melodies in RealTime
  • Individual Controls for Pitch and Time Offset for each Voice (3 Voices Total)
  • Micro Tune control creates gentle chorus-like detuning, classic studio fattening, and extreme warping
  • Chromatic or Key Driven Harmony with Selectable Scale Types
  • 4 Delay Line Configurations with unique Feedback Routing
  • Unique Keyboard Control putting a Live Quartet Under your Fingertips
  • Original Glide Mode slides between pitches at the speed you choose
  • Choice to sweep through Intervals smoothly or hard step for dramatic pitch effects
  • Switchable Half Speed and Auto Swell for advanced texturesDigitally controlled Analog mix control

Hear for yourself what the Hedra can do in the videos below.

Plug in to Hedra to expand your melody palette and unfold your landscape. 3 voices, in rhythm combine with your original voice to create angelic harmonies. Each voice can be delayed and fed back in 4 intricate matrices for either predictable or unpredictable results.  Explore endless creative avenues with pitch corrective locking and glide modes, either smooth or hard stepped. Add sonic unease and texture by micro tuning each voice.

3-Voice Rhythmic Pitch Shifter

  • Selectable Pitch Correction Types to ReVoice your Melodies in RealTime
  • Individual Controls for Pitch and Time Offset for each Voice (3 Voices Total)
  • Micro Tune control creates gentle chorus-like detuning, classic studio fattening, and extreme warping
  • Chromatic or Key Driven Harmony with Selectable Scale Types
  • 4 Delay Line Configurations with unique Feedback Routing
  • Unique Keyboard Control putting a Live Quartet Under your Fingertips
  • Our Original Glide Mode slides between pitches at the speed you choose
  • Choice to sweep through Intervals smoothly or hard step for dramatic pitch effects
  • Switchable Half Speed and Auto Swell for advanced textures
  • Digitally controlled Analog mix control
  • Stereo input and output
  • Switchable input / output headroom level for Guitar or Synth / Line level
  • Expression pedal control over all parameters simultaneously
  • Presets available via external 4-Preset switch or MIDI
  • MIDI in/out over TRS via the EXP jack
  • External Tap Tempo over TRS
  • MIDI beat clock synchronization
  • Premium analog signal path and 24-bit AD/DA w/32 bit floating point DSP
  • Premium Analog Devices JFET input section
  • Color – raw brushed aluminum with clear coat
  • Designed and built in Los Angeles, California U.S.A.