I need a pitch shifter

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by blue4, Aug 14, 2016.


  1. blue4

    blue4

    Feb 3, 2013
    St. Louis area
    I'm going to be using it for a couple of songs, nothing metal or really heavy.

    I'm interested in what works well for you.
     
  2. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right?

    Apr 9, 2012
    Occasional Beta Tester for Confusion Studios, Singular Sound, and Source Audio
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  3. hondo4life

    hondo4life

    Feb 29, 2016
    SC
    I have my eye on the EHX Pitch Fork, but I haven't used one.
     
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  4. blue4

    blue4

    Feb 3, 2013
    St. Louis area
  5. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right?

    Apr 9, 2012
    Occasional Beta Tester for Confusion Studios, Singular Sound, and Source Audio
    Per that thread, I would recommend the Digitech Drop. It's not perfect, but IMO it's the best there is for this sort of thing. If you're not happy with it, you should probably just get a differently-tuned bass. The Drop is pretty amazing on guitar, but the further you drop it down and/or using it on bass tests the limits somewhat.
     
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  6. blue4

    blue4

    Feb 3, 2013
    St. Louis area
    Have you used it for awhile?
     
  7. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right?

    Apr 9, 2012
    Occasional Beta Tester for Confusion Studios, Singular Sound, and Source Audio
    I got it when it came out, almost two years---that's when I made that thread.

    There hasn't really been much new to the market since then. Some people swear by the EHX Pitchfork but it's not really a comparable product; it's more of a harmonizer/Whammy type of pedal. I've never played one, but people who have compared it to the Drop say it has much worse latency. You can Google the review by Six String Samurai for a guitar comparison.
     
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  8. saltydude

    saltydude

    Aug 15, 2011
    boston CANADA
    Yeah. That is a good thread. Wish I was in a position to compare the two but I ended up going with the EHX and don't regret it one bit. The versatility of this petal is awesome. More pitch shifting range than must people are even capable of utilizing. Octave up down or both. Natural blend knob. Tracks very well. Toggle on off or lock latch. Expression petal jack. I've been having a blast playing around with adjusting the very strait forward controls. Tons of cool sound capabilities. Yup works for me.
     
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  9. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right?

    Apr 9, 2012
    Occasional Beta Tester for Confusion Studios, Singular Sound, and Source Audio
    I meant to add that the Drop and the Pitchfork do different intervals too. So if one needs to do a specific interval, say, minor 3rd down, the Drop will do that and the Pitchfork won't. The Drop really is for what the OP is asking about. The Pitchfork really isn't (including per the EHX rep that sometimes is on TB), but at the same time it is cheaper, has a lot more features, and does some crazy cool stuff from what I can tell.
     
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  10. saltydude

    saltydude

    Aug 15, 2011
    boston CANADA
    Right the Drop has a more specific use and based on what I've read probably does a better job at it but using the Pitchfork has been fun for me.
     
  11. azfatboy

    azfatboy

    May 11, 2016
    I will say that if I had a specific need to drop (or go up) a specific number of steps, then the Digitech Drop looks unbeatable. But like Adam says, they are really for different purposes, with only a slight overlap. I love playing with the harmonies and multi-octave settings on my PitchFork, and it was definitely the right pedal for what I wanted to do.
     
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  12. HiEnd Basses

    HiEnd Basses

    Mar 4, 2016
    If it's Standard Drop, drop tuning in 4ths, then you need the Digitech Drop Pedal.
     
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  13. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    My Dog Sam Eats Purple Flowers
    Get a 5 string bass for those songs ...
     
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  14. gsquare

    gsquare Pedal Breeders' BIGBoardClub#104;CabronitaClub#8 Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2012
    Phoenix
    Or have another tuned BEAD, works great and it's a backup in a pinch
     
  15. bassmusic17

    bassmusic17

    Jan 15, 2011
    My vote is for a Digitech Bass Whammy.
     
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  16. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    I second that.
     
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  17. blue4

    blue4

    Feb 3, 2013
    St. Louis area
    Maybe, but that's a last resort.
     
  18. Bass whammy more than a few semitones sounds pretty synthy though... Couldn't incorporate it into my metal band for that reason and just stuck with playing my five string... My guitarist uses the drop though to go from drop c to drop b (ie all strings down a semitone) and it's not noticeable.
     
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  19. blue4

    blue4

    Feb 3, 2013
    St. Louis area
    I hate to buy a new bass for two songs out of 40 though. Not when these pedals might be a much cheaper solution.
     
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  20. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    My guitar player is making me just learn those songs in that certain key. It's cheaper and won't have any funny synth sounds. I also bought Pitch Shift Pro which helps for home practice. However some songs for example Allright Now is a complete PITA being played in G which is a good key for our singer. If you don't believe me try it. That little bass solo sounds like garbage, but you can't omit it because then people will say, "so dude you don't know tat simple solo??"

    PS yes I have tried it on 5 string, still PITA!!! and don't sound right.

    However that has nothing on Purple Rain which I had to learn it in at least 4 different keys because she couldn't make up her mind which one to sing it in. All I can say is I am just happy she is a nice girl, and fun to be around, and pregnant. For if it was a guy named Gus that was ugly as sin I think I would have clocked him by now!!! lol
     
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2016
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