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MUSIKMESSE 2016: DigiTech unveils new pedals

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MUSIKMESSE 2016: DigiTech unveils new pedals

New DigiTech pedals

The firm has announced two new pedals at Musikmesse 2016.

New Mini-Synth and Whammy models announced.

DIgiTech has announced two new pedals at the Musikmesse show in Frankfurt in the form of the Dirty Robot Mini-Synth and the Whammy Ricochet.

The Dirty Robot Mini-Synth features seven controls and two different selectable synth voices: straight envelope-style synthesis (V1) or vocal formant synthesis (V2).

A concentric potentiometer features two knobs for MIX/MOD control. The inner MIX knob controls the amount of effect added to the dry signal - turning the knob clockwise adds more effect, whereas turning the knob counterclockwise decreases effect. The outer MOD knob adds chorus modulation to the synth signal.

The Dirty Robot’s momentary vibrato makes the effect available to the player on-demand via the footswitch. When depressed, the synth signal will modulate with vibrato, as with a mod wheel on a keyboard synth. When the footswitch is released, the active/green LED will change to red and the vibrato will stop.

A Drift Knob rotates a full 360 degrees to control morphing between sub, octave and square waveforms. The inner sensitivity knob on the concentric potentiometer sets the trigger sensitivity for synth sweep. Higher settings increase the sensitivity making it easier to trigger the sweep. The outer time knob sets the time for the sweep between the points set with the start and stop knobs, allowing the player to fully customise the synth sweep effect.

The Dirty Robot also comes with an included StompLock, which keeps the settings where the player desires, as well as a pedalboard hook-and-loop pad, designed to attach to surfaces found on most commercial pedalboards.

The Dirty Robot Stereo Mini-Synth pedal will be available in the UK in May 2016 at a price to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, the new Whammy Ricochet allows guitarists to bounce their sound up or down in pitch via seven pitch selections: 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, Octave, Double Octave, and Octave+Dry, as well as a toggle to select up or down for the selected pitch.

It also has a latching footswitch mode so the tone can rise or fall to the selected pitch and stay there. An LED ladder shows the shift trajectory at all times. All these controls combine to create classic Whammy pitch shifting, as well as new sounds.

The Whammy Ricochet provides two modes of operation: the Classic Whammy algorithm and Chords, the modern algorithm from the Whammy DT. The classic mode is suitable for single note soloing, while the chords mode is best suited for the pitch shifting of full chords. The mode can be changed while the effect is on or off.

The unit’s responsive Trajectory LED Ladder lights in sequential order to provide a visual indication of pitch shift direction and rate. For example, the LEDs will light from top to bottom when the incoming note is shifted down. Conversely, the LEDs will light from bottom to top when the incoming note is shifted up. The Trajectory LEDs will also chase in the direction of the pitch shift so that you know what direction is currently selected.

The Whammy Ricochet will be available in the UK in May/June 2016 with a price to be confirmed.

See it in action below.


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