An original Electro-Harmonix RTG recently sold for $565 on eBay! Now, we have a faithful reissue of that 1980 rarity, with exact same circuit housed in a superior die cast chassis. The palm-sized synth produces randomly changing, sweet tones over a four-plus octave range. Its Rate knob controls the speed at which the tones are generated and a Glide switch adds a portamento or glide effect between pitches.
The RTG is super simple to operate creating sensational, soothing, ethereal soundscapes, especially when used with other effects.
Electro-Harmonix press release
Electro-Harmonix reissues rare Random Tone Generator in Nano form
WINTER NAMM, ANAHEIM, January 24, 2013 – A faithful reissue of an extremely rare Electro-Harmonix synthesizer first introduced in 1980, the new Random Tone Generator pedal produces continuously changing tones over a four-plus octave range. Straight out of a ‘50s sci-fi movie, the pocket-sized pedal creates a range of tones reminiscent of the beeps and bloops from a mad scientist’s lab to the spooky drones of a haunted dungeon.
The Random Tone Generator features a Rate Knob and Glide Switch. The Rate Knob controls the speed at which the tones are generated and the Glide Switch adds portamento or a glide in pitch between them. The footswitch enables the musician to engage or mute the RTG’s output and turns the LED on/off. A single ¼” jack provides output that is compatible with both instrument and line-level inputs. Innovative moving “grooves” and shifting musical patterns can be created by using the RTG in conjunction with other effects such as distortion or modulation. By adding a delay to the RTG’s signal chain, the user can also create syncopated rhythmic tapestries of random sequences.
The new Random Tone Generator pedal, set for a Mid-January release, is housed in a solid die-cast package and is equipped with a standard 9-volt battery.