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The Electro-Harmonix Ring Thing is a single sideband modulator, presenting state-of-the-art modulation control to allow the user to explore a new sonic world that's both familiar and inventive. Comple... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Electro-Harmonix Ring Thing is a single sideband modulator, presenting state-of-the-art modulation control to allow the user to explore a new sonic world that's both familiar and inventive. Complex modulations with interactive parameters create any sound your mind can imagine. From metallic sweeps to subtle color changes to unique and limitless modulations, the Electro-Harmonix Ring Thing effects pedal will become your sonic dream machine.

Articulate pitch shifting, preset tuning, selectable waveforms and external control delivers sound designer mystery, with a Rock and Roll edge.

The EHX Ring Thing effect pedal has four selectable modes that use either frequency or pitch shift modulation: Ring Modulation, Side Modulation, Single Sideband-Upper Band, Single Sideband-Lower Band, and Pitch Shift. The ring modulator section builds upon the original EHX Frequency Analyzer, adding to it selectable carrier waveforms, sweepable filter, presets, and expression pedal control. Single-sideband modulation is a new effect based on ring modulation but with only one band present, making it a more harmonious effect. Finally, EHX added a powerful modulatable pitch shifter to this guitar pedal that can do detune effects, vibrato, chorus, transpose, or even whammy when you use an external expression pedal.

Some possible samples and settings you can create with the EHX Ring Thing:

Vibe-A-Tone: a control setting that produces a chorus/tremolo/vibrato effect
Baritone guitar: thanks to pristine polyphonic pitch shifting, you can transform a standard tuned guitar into a baritone guitar or a 6-string bass
Drop tuning with distortion: dropping a regularly tuned guitar down to B with the EHX Ring Thing and adding a distortion pedal afterwards produces a huge sound
Tremolo bar effects: adding an expression foot pedal to the Electro-Harmonix Ring Thing produces classic dive-bomb effects using any electric guitar
The Ring Thing guitar pedal set for two octaves above with an expression foot pedal produces contemporary pitch pedal effects
Tunable moving harmony: pressing the tune switch while holding a not automatically tunes the Ring Thing to your guitar
Ring modulator you can play musically: all parameters including the tuning can be stored in presets

  • Multi-wave selection for modulation and Ring Mod
  • Low pass Filter for Ring Mod and single side band modes
  • Fine and depth control for frequency select and amount
  • Tune switch to adjust frequency to your pitch
  • Upper and lower sideband isolation
  • High quality whammy style effects with expression pedal
  • Pitch shifting with pitch modulation and vibrato
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Electro-HarmonixRing Thing Modulator Guitar Effects Pedal

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Be aware of the power requiremets

By Paul

from WA

About Me Experienced


  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile


  • Requires 9v Adapter

Best Uses

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Ring Thing Modulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Like most pedals, this one takes 9v negative tip external power using the standard connector. Unlike most pedals, it does not take a battery.

    The owner's guide states right on the cover that it requires 190 mA. That's a lot for a pedal. This is not a problem at all in a home studio, which is probably the most common application. But it is a consideration if you want to put it on your pedal board.

    My pedal board has a built-in power supply which supplies 100 mA per lead. This is typical. Unfortunately that's not enough to drive this pedal. (I tried it anyway - no go.) Fortunately the power supply on the pedal board also has a few 120v outlets on it, so a wall wart fixed the problem.

    (Side note: my board is an SKB PS-45, which has 120v outlets, but I believe the newer PS-55 does not.)

    Other than that I have nothing to add to the other comments. Great pedal, but I docked it a point for being finicky.


    Versatile and Fun!

    By Neal Jensen

    from Seattle, WA

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Ring Thing Modulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Pretty awesome pedal overall. You can use it to get crazy metallic sounds but at the same time get lush tremolo and Univibe style phasing (think David Gilmour, Jimi Hendrix, and Robin Trower). In pitch shifting mode you can go anywhere from two octaves down to two octaves up with great tracking (very little glitching compared to a lot of pitch shifters out there). Pitch shifting mode also allows you to blend in your dry signal. You can also add modulation to your pitch-shifted signal (this is a really great feature if you've shifted your pitch one or two octaves up because you can add leslie-like modulation to create an organ like sound). You can also create interesting pitch vibrato sounds in pitch shift mode (but don't expect it to sound like a Boss VB-2). The preset mode is easy to use and allows you to save up to 9 settings. Here's the reasons I gave it 4 stars out of five: 1. EHX falsely markets this as a polyphonic pitch shifter. I would say it's polyphonic 95% of the time but certain chords (an open G major for example) will glitch a bit when the pitch is shifted. Much better than almost any other pitch shifters out there, but they should make a note that it's not 100% polyphonic. 2. The "tune" function is not polyphonic. It even creates glitch with signal notes. 3. The "tune" function takes away a lot of the tone the ring modulation creates, leaving you with a muddy sounding version of your dry signal. 4. Unlike the Moog MF-102, you can't create sweeps between the frequencies that the Ring Modulation creates. You can emulate this fairly well in pitch shifting mode, but it would be a nice feature for the Ring Modulator mode. Overall I'm happy with the purchase and it is worth the money considering everything it can do.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Amazing Pedal

    By No nickname

    from Colorado

    About Me Professional Musician

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Ring Thing Modulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This is one of the most versitle pedals I have ever owned. I would highly recommend this pedal for anyone thinking about taking their playing to a entirely diffrent level.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


    Buy this!

    By J Stringfield

    from San Diego

    About Me Experienced


    • Ability to save presets
    • Analog tone
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile


      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Ring Thing Modulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This can do detune, ring modulation, chorus, tremolo, sub-octave, and rotary like sounds. I mainly use it for the Lower Band Modulator for an extremely slow oscillator speed to add an analog texture to my sound. Effects can range from subtle to spacey sounds. Tons of fun to be had and more to come. I recommend this pedal for experimental music makers and non-experimental players as well.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



      By starman500

      from Duluth, Minnesota

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Ring Thing Modulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I love everything about this pedal. It's analog, very warm and organic-sounding. I had considered several other options while looking for something new to open creative doors for me, and I absolutely made the right choice with the Ring Thing. I will be buying more EH pedals.
      This pedal is easy to use and has tons of sound options. You can do everything from familiar vibe, rotary, and phase shifter sounds, to crazy bell tones, robotic weirdness, and beautiful orchestral textures. I'm having a blast with this pedal.
      Very good build and intuitive layout. The status LEDs are easy to see.
      With the nine presets this is like having nine pedals in one, but there are way more than nine cool sounds on this gem. This pedal is well worth the money.

      (6 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


      Too complicated, and too hard to dial in decent sound.

      By Chase

      from Omaha Nebraska

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Ring Thing Modulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This pedal is very non musical, and did not perform to my expectations..The manual is no help, and i could not find one decent setting in the whole box...Very digital sounding octave effects, that made me cover my ears.(it will only take "paticular" expression pedals as well) I know ring modulators arent supposed to be musical, but i found no use in this box and sold it after a month.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


      The Best Modulation Pedal I've Ever Had!

      By Rick Guitar

      from Brazil

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Ring Thing Modulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I was looking for a Ring Modulator to get some Jeff Beck style sounds, but I thought it was not worth investing in a pedal just for that specific effect. Ring Modulators are usually expensive and it's the kind of effect I would use only sometimes. When I saw the video reviews about this new product from Electro Harmonix I was impressed with their range of possibilities. And using the pedal I was even more impressed, because it still does much more than what is shown in the videos.With this pedalboard friendly unit I can get the same Ring Modulator that is available in EHX Frequency Analyzer, besides the best Pitch Shifter I've ever had in pedal. Before it I used the Boss PS-5 and I can guarantee that the Ring Thing has a much higher quality. Effect clear, transparent and without the little delay that I had in the notes with the PS-5. It also does an excellent Chorus effect by using the Pitch Shifter in detune setting. The modes and knob adjustments are very sensitive and give many possibilities such as phaser, and vibe effects, all with good quality! And the best is that with all those possibilities you still have 9 presets to save your favorite settings!If you are interested in pedals like Line 6 MM-4, Boss PS-5, Digitech Whammy, EHX Frequency Analyzer, I think this will supply almost everything you have with the others in a single unit and sound quality better than most of them!

      (4 of 19 customers found this review helpful)


      awesome effects pedsal

      By Travis

      from san antonio

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Ring Thing Modulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

      this pedal is amazing what all it can do it is the best pedal ive ever had

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