Digitech DROP Compact Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter
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- Polyphonic drop tune allows you to drop tune from 1 semi-tone to a full octave
- Momentary or latching mode footswitch
- True Bypass
- 33 9 pitch modes
- 9VDC Power Supply included
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|Item Dimensions||4.75 x 2.88 x 1.75 inches||2.36 x 2.44 x 3.94 inches||7.75 x 6.5 x 2.5 inches||12 x 7 x 10 inches||4.8 x 2.9 x 2 inches|
The digitech DROP is a dedicated polyphonic DROP tune pedal that allows you to DROP your tuning from one semitone all the way down to a full octave. Get down-tuned Chunk without having to change guitars! The DROP also features a momentary/latching switch. With the switch set to momentary, you can turn the DROP into a true performance pedal. Fast trills and roller-coaster pitch dips are at the tip of your toes. The DROP is true bypass and uses a 9V DC power supply to easily integrate into your existing pedalboard.
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After playing with it at home, I noticed that if the pedal was the first thing in line, you had the best fidelity. Anywhere else, and it seemed to be taxed. In a quiet environment, you also have to factor in the sound produced by the string itself acoustically that your brain may try to correlate with the amp sound.
For guitar, this was killer. It works great. You can’t ask for a simpler method to tune down without having to lose all of your string tension. I think once you get to the lowest keys, it starts to sound kind of unnatural. For your e flat or d tunings, I think it shines. But hey, even if this is just an octave pedal, it is pretty cool. The momentary switch is cool, but I don’t know that most people have a great demand for that effect. Overall, I think this should be 100. 149 is a little steep. But it did save me hours of relearning things.
Overall, I love this pedal. Great for keeping the right tension on your favorite guitar and jumping down a few half-steps to match up a tuning in a few clicks. Big sound. Boom!
It's much better for single note work, and gets muddy the more notes you add to a chord. It just doesn't track multiple notes nearly as well as one at a time. Simple root-fifth power chords are fine but it doesn't like complex chords very much. I think this pedal would be better for bassists because they usually play single notes at a time.
By far my biggest complaint is the price. It's terribly expensive for what it is, especially since it's noticeably worse sounding than actually tuning a guitar to whatever you need. Cheaper than another guitar, but not by much these days. If I were doing a show with multiple tunings for songs, I'd just get another guitar. For the bedroom guitarist it is a functional substitution for multiple guitars or retuning just to play that one song in an alternate tuning. But it also costs as much as the rest of your pedal board, so value for money is pretty marginal.
I give it's function a solid 'okay' but it's price is ridiculous. Pro players will probably want better tonality and just get another guitar while bedroom players are shelling out a heap of money for a single pedal that only does one thing so I gave it a one star for value. It does get high marks for being built like a tank. Rock solid construction.
Ultimately though, I don't think it's a great investment.
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As one of a range of pedals, the "Drop" seems to be the best option for a guitarist who needs to detune to a lower standard tuning, quickly and easily, whilst, of course, not actually retuning their guitar.
I haven't had the opportunity to test the pedal extensively but, as a guitarist and bass player, I can provide an initial assessment (based on some home use and at a recent rehearsal).
First up, it's not for those who expect perfection (and neither you should at this price). I found that the "Drop" can transpose pristine clean guitar and bass tones, but there is definitely a loss of sound quality, although this varies depending on the sound. I think that this is a matter of personal taste but IMHO such expectations should be aligned with significantly more expensive equipment.
However, if you are a guitarist who is playing with a degree of bite, grit, dirt, distortion, overdrive, fuzz, etc., this little stomp box will probably exceed your expectations; as it certainly did mine. Simply put, in terms of sound quality, I could "Drop" my guitar by a semitone (Eb) or a tone (D) and the "new" standard tuning sounded great. Then it was down to C and "baritone" B, again with very satisfying results. It goes a lot further but I can't say that I tested these lower registers to any great degree (although I am sure that they will be fine).
Finally, and being a bass player, first and foremost, the most impressive aspect that I have encountered to date, was during my band's rehearsal earlier today. Now, to the best of my knowledge, the "Drop" is intended for use with a guitar, not a bass. However, this evening, the "Drop" was playing host to my bass playing (which, being "rock" influenced, has a little dirt in its tone). In essence, I decided to "Drop" a few tones, on the fly, and play, as if "tuned" to my usual E standard. Hence, I played a couple of tracks in "D" and finally in "C". Not only did my fellow band members fail to notice anything "out of the ordinary" but personally, I was seriously (and I mean seriously) impressed with my bass tone.
In summary, unless you are a perfectionist (in which case you are looking way below the required price point), this is a remarkable little pedal; if, that is, your requirements, as a guitarist, are to "Drop" a standard tuning both quickly and easily. And, as above, if you are a bass player with similar requirements, then this is a stomp box that is well worth looking at.
In summary, HIGHLY recommended.
The Drop is a pleasingly well made piece of kit and the inclusion of its own power supply is a great thing; one little niggle however is that the contents of the box only barely fit back into the box with a little stress which will annoy many (as I) in this field where boxes are retained protecting the pedal and hopefully pristine forever.
Concluding, it is quite good and certainly of use for live, practice, looping practice/writing, but maybe not producing the quality results required for timeless recordings to outlast our sun (eg. Rumours, Dark Side of the Moon et al). 3.5 stars.
Pedal comes well boxed with its own 9V PSU - not battery operated. The main knob is a 'clicky' type with the LEDs showing how many semitones down you're going. Has a full octave down for bass guitar sounds and a mix of dry signal and octave down too for that Royal Blood type sound.
The toggle switch goes between effect on or momentary - if the effect is off when selecting momentary, it will drop to the selected sound when you press the stomp switch and return to original sound when you let go. If the effect is on when you select momentary, it will return to original signal when the stomp is pressed and return to drop tuned effect when released.
One of the best and easiest polyphonic pitch shifters available and is well regarded by most players too.
1. prepare your soul for the dropped tones from your nightmare (but seriously it is Amazing!)
2. does what is advertised. this is amazing.
3. package includes mains. this is an unexpected surprise.
1. they missed the chance to name this as the reverse CAPO, or OPAC. seriously, who is your Product Owner???
2. needs proper string tension. not a common issue, but if your strings lack the minimum tension, the sound does go haywire a bit.
3. they could have included a cable with it as well. a short one would have done quite well.