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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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!
I'm using the Drop to record open-voiced electric guitar parts into Logic Pro. Clean and dirty tones alike were extremely muddy, a bit laggy, and lacked the crispness I desired.
I A/B'd a couple of tracks recorded similarly, one with the Drop in -3 setting and the other recorded directly into Logic and then "transposed" -3. The results were stark. Transposing the part in Logic, while not perfect, gave a much cleaner result than did the Drop.
The technology is pretty amazing, but for my purposes, the Drop was not at all useable.
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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.
Pedal is robust and lights bright enough that they can be seen without distracting.
I've found there is no lag with the pedal in operation (although make sure it is the first pedal after your guitar in the chain otherwise it may not work as well), it sounds brilliant - the sound still sounds very natural with it on and you don't seem to lose any sound quality. I've also tried it with Rocksmith on the Xbox and it works a treat. You do need to have the sound up fairly loud though as otherwise it sounds a bit odd when you can hear the stings playing something different to what is coming out the amp.
It also looks fairly bomb proof - it is a nice solid metal case, well constructed. I've heard of several bands using these live and finding them robust on the road.
All in all, whether you are a gigging musician or a home player, this is a must own pedal! Or you could buy loads of guitars instead and have them all tuned differently...
It was good, but not good enough to stop me preferring the sound an actual detuned bass (my band uses C tuning, Drop D and Eb, so I usually use 2 guitars).
This is a tricky effect to pull off, and I’m aware this is one of the best rated pedals for detuning. It’s better when OD is added, but, in the end, I sent it back for a refund.
Up to 4 steps down it works brilliantly, after that the sound gets a bit wooly, but that cant be noticed in a band environment. Overall very pleased with this.
I bought it for use on bass and although it works reasonably well on the higher notes, it starts sounding a bit distorted and you can hear artifacts on the lowest notes (below bottom A).
However, for the convenience it offers in a live gig situation (rather than swapping between instruments), I can easily put up with it as any degredation gets lost in the mix.
It has the same "digitized" sound character as a cheap vocal pitch correction. There's also some latency (noticeable, but not very disturbing).
I have a Line 6 Pod 500HD that has detune function and it works better. I would expect more from a dedicated pedal.