One of the edgiest “emerging” manufacturers of guitar pedals, Hungry Robot specializes in effects that sound, in two words, droney and ambient-y.
Most spaces used for religious functions (or retreats) tend to transform any sound into a cascade of ghostly reflections, so we are not surprised by the fact that their latest pedal is called The Monastery.
As it turns out though, this name was not chosen because of the way a monastery would sound (it’s not a reverb!), but rather by an instrument you would expect to find in it: a pipe organ.
The Monastery is inspired by the rich, multi-layered, timbre of vintage organs.
The Monastery is a “Polyphonic Octave Generator that allows for simultaneous octave up and octave down with minimal latency and excellent tracking anywhere on the neck, even with multiple notes.” Each horizontal row of knobs is a channel, with controls for mix (left knob) and ratio between octave up / octave down (right knob).
It also features a dual preset function that lets you switch between presets at the tap of the right footswitch, a feature that can be useful in songs where the transaction to a different part would require new settings.
This is a pretty simple but rather unique pedal, come and try it this upcoming weekend (September 9-10) at the 7th Brooklyn Stompbox Exhibit!
Check out the video by The Living Room Demos below.