attack decay

The Electro-Harmonix Attack Decay is a reboot of one of the NYC company’s most rare pedals from the ’80s. The new version is smaller than its predecessor, but the circuit is expanded for additional options. It is known as a tape reverse simulator, and the newest version can do some seriously cool things with the envelope of your signal – like volume swells, reverse playback, and bowed instrument effects.

It has mono and polyphonic functions (the poly envelop function produces separate volume envelopes on each note you play), as well as an on-board fuzz with 3 controls over Volume, Gain, and Tone. It also has some interesting routing options with a built-in effects loop and expression pedal input, and 3 presets, and it’s ready to work with any device supporting CV integration.

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The circa-1980 Electro-Harmonix Attack Decay is a sought after prize among vintage pedal aficionados. Originally called a Tape Reverse Simulator, it’s known for producing volume and reverse swells, backward tape sounds, artificially short staccato notes and bowed instrument effects. The new Attack Decay reinterprets the classic and keeps its cool factor, but adds some modern features for convenience and enhanced functionality.

It can produce a single volume envelope like the original, or, with Poly engaged, put separate volume envelopes on each note you play. The built-in Harmonix fuzz is now a fully controllable distortion with gain, tone and volume controls. The effects loop allows the musician or sound designer to place the volume envelope onto whatever signal is present at the Return jack. Expression pedal/CV input and three user presets give the user total control over their Attack Decay!


– Volume envelope manipulation with adjustable Attack and Decay times.
– Mono mode: one volume envelope at a time, the envelope resets when you play a new note.
– Poly mode: gives each note you play its own envelope.
– Built-in, fully adjustable, Harmonix fuzz enhances the volume envelope effect and produces bowed instrument sounds.
– Built-in effects loop allows for your own pedals to be inserted onto the volume envelope.
– Expression pedal or CV control over every knob on the Attack Decay.
– Save and recall up to three presets.
– EHX 9.6VDC-200mA power supply included
– Current Draw: 150mA @ 9VDC
– Dimensions in inches: 4.0(w) x 4.75(l) x 2.25(h)
– Dimensions in mm: 102(w) x 121(l) x 58(h)