Do we finally have an answer to the question of all questions? Something that sounds just as good as the Digitech Bass Whammy? Let's find out...
First off, this pedal is around the price of the Bass Whammy. 500 bones. Not mentioning the used price for the Pitchfactor that will probably be around 420$ in the next year or so. But IMO, this is definitely worth the hard earned cash!
One of the most exciting pedals of 2009 and the hype isn't over exaggerated. I believe this is one of my favorite pedals of all time so far.
Enough of the drool, let's get onto the review. Construction:
You're not paying Eventide 500$ for a poorly made pedal. It's built "Tonka-Tough" and the insides are impressive. The true bypass is awesome, you can unplug the device and still get a signal. All the knobs feel pretty good as well. Ease of use:
The scheme of the basic use for the pedal is pretty easy if you're experienced with pedals. To a new guy, it might be a tad hard. I haven't played too much with setting the expression pedal up with different parameters and all those other crazy things, but to dial in a sound with the basic controls is pretty easy. Tap Tempo those appregiating beats!!...And other things like delay!
Some of the most unique sounding effects can come from this box. I couldn't believe some of them. This is probably the first pedal that made me smile from one setting. I'll disclose that near the soundclip There's even a calibration setting for bass for even better traking.
The tracking is superb. It even tracks a low D. Haven't tried it with a 5 string yet.
All in all, if you're looking for a pitch shifting delay with a lot of cool features, buy it. If you are GASing for it real hard, maybe wait for it to go down in price...maybe it will? I'm not sure because as far as I know, they are very hot sellers at the $500 pricetag.
And finally, the clips. I'll make a clip of each setting with different arrangements. (After listening to some clips, I noticed I had the gain a little too high in some recordings. Ignore the clipping ) Diatonic
- one of my favorites from the pedal. You can change the scale and key it's in. The dealy, feedback, and pitch. http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7611118
In the second clip, I play with some of the settings, lower strings, and simple chords. http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7611139
Want that HOG like sound but BETTER?! Check this out. You can set each octave on A,B,C,or D. You can set how far apart each octave is from each other. You can also have delay. http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7611166 http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7611203
This is a unique sound...puts my Prometheus in a tight bind but I think I'll keep the Prometheus on the board just because it's a filter kind of s/h. http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7611195 MicroPitch
Similar sounds from the PS-3's detune feature. Chorus-like effect. Pretty nice and can get crazyyyy! http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7611224 H910/H949
Not too sure on this effect....I'm not an Eventide junkie(yet...) so all I know is this is from a Rack unit... http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7611277 PitchFlex
The bass whammy killer? Hell yes.
Bass Whammy first, and then Eventide. Delay is Echobox. http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7611328
Major Octave down (-2) at the end of this clip! http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7611341 Octaver
This can get a little corny but you can dial in some neat stuff comparable to some ChunkSystems O.S sounds. Digital fuzz mix? Oh yeahhhh. http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7611359 Crystals
BOSS PS-3 Mode 7!!!! Wooo! Now I have this sound on two boards!
In case you don't know, it's reverse pitch shifting. The Eventide also throws in a reverb option for creepier sounds. http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7611395
Ohhhh yeah, beats! man! BEATS! At the end, I play with the kind of effects you can put in like FUZZ, FILTER, and GLITCH. Afterward, I do different steps. http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7611399 Synthonizer
Sound like a synth on my bass without a GR-20? Cool! Not my favorite setting but it's not bad http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7611459