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Eventide Pitchfactor Review. The answer to the Bass Whammy substitute?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Chronicle, May 17, 2009.


  1. Chronicle

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    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!

    Sound

    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


    Quadavox
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    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


    Harmodulator

    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!:hyper:
    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! :D 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


    Harpeggiator

    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 :smug:
    http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7611459

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  2. Joe Gress

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    Just play some tool songs and get over with it. :p

    :D Cool sounding clips.
     
  3. Chronicle

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    Heh, I'm doing that soon, last clip ;)
     
  4. Chronicle

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    Stay tuned means stay tuned! I'm half way done with clips.

    I love to tease >:]
     
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  6. funkucan'ttouch

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    AH! So glad I ordered mine this past friday! Can't wait....


    nice clips! :hyper:
     
  7. Chronicle

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  8. Joe Gress

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    I really should have never listened to any of these clips. Really bad gas now.
     
  9. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Casting out the nines Supporting Member

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    Yeah, the H910/H949 threw me for a loop too. It was the only setting I couldn't get something cool out of right off the bat. So I finally went to the manual to see what that setting was all about and all it says is something along the lines of "this setting is based on the classic Eventide H910 and H949". :rollno:

    I got an interesting pseudo-flanger sound but I still don't really understand what it actually is.

    The Pitchfactor is without a doubt the most fun pedal I've played with in a very long time - maybe ever. Which is why I had to stop playing and box it up if I was going to have any chance of returning it.
     
  10. scotch

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    Ummm,.... I was totally uninterested in this pedal until I checked out that last clip. That's all I need, another big expensive pedal!!!! :scowl:
     
  11. FreaqyFrequency

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    The H910/H949 algorithm is epic. I would buy this pedal just for that algorithm.

    MicroPitch sounds awesome too. Great clips so far, I look forward to more!

    Also, were you using an expression pedal on any of those clips?
     
  12. Chronicle

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    Oh, the epicness continues guys... A couple of more clips... ;)
     
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    You know, I really hate you now. :spit:


    Thanks for the clips! Some of the sounds are plain awesome, Harmodulator Harpeggiator and PitchFlex especially, and then some of the sounds are just plain weird. But in a really interesting way.
     
  15. Chronicle

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    I really like how the H910 clip came out...I didn't know it could do that :D

    ...the best part of it? I had control of the feedback with the expression pedal :bassist:
     
  16. FreaqyFrequency

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    You knew a Chris W. fanboy would be listening to the Octaver clip, didn'tcha? ;)

    The Synthonizer sounds like it could almost do a ring mod type thing. That algorithm would definitely excel at video game music.

    Crystals is just plain gorgeous...so much potential for that algorithm with ambient themes.

    HarPeggiator sounds like you could do some interesting things with it, but it would probably be the algorithm I used least. Then again, that thing you start doing at 1:56 and 4:11 is pretty trippy. Sounds like more LoFi-ness going on in the background, as well.

    I imagine this pedal would shine best with a fretless. This thing will be mine when I have the funds to support it.
     
  17. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Casting out the nines Supporting Member

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    Yes and no. Definitely some cool sounds to be had, but while the PF's tracking is really good, a fretless can give it a little trouble depending on playing style.

    Also, you obviously have to be spot on with your intonation. It's bad enough if you're a little off on a fretless, but when you've got 4 delayed and pitch shifted notes following each note you play it really magnifies any errors.

    The only thing I'd disagree with Chronicle about is the idea that the PF can get sounds "comparable to the Chunk Systems O.S.". I don't see any real overlap between them and would see people using them together rather than trying to get one to do what the other does.

    Personally I found the Synthonizer and Octave settings to be the only weak aspects of the PF. Honestly, the old Digitech BP80 my brother had did a much better octave and octave fuzz. Still, I just see that as Eventide trying to do too much. The other settings are pretty amazing.
     
  18. Chronicle

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    Yeah, towards one of the last clips- My Rick became a tad off in the tuning and you can hear the Pitchfactor magnifying that.
     
  19. Chronicle

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    Last time I played with an OS, it had a sound like that but obviously the OS sounded better.
     
  20. Jared Lash

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    Ok, now I see what you meant - just that both boxes do an octave fuzz sound. Which is true, but the OS is on a completely different level than the PF.

    Not a knock on the Pitchfactor - that setting almost seems like a bonus or afterthought. The other settings are the reason to buy it.
     
  21. Chronicle

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    +1
     

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