DigiTech’s latest effects pedals reviewed with full video demonstrations in the new issue of Guitar Interactive magazine.
The DigiTech Drop is a dedicated polyphonic drop tune pedal that lets guitar and bass players instantly lower their tuning from one semitone all the way down to a full octave. With the Drop, guitarists can get down-tuned chunk without having to change guitars or re-tune between songs and bassists can delve into deep bass depths even lower than a five-string low B.
The DigiTech Luxe polyphonic detune pedal adds richness and depth to the sound of a guitar or bass with its subtle detuning effect. Featuring the advanced polyphonic pitch-shifting and tracking algorithm used in the legendary DigiTech Whammy pedal, the Luxe makes any player’s tone more expansive, adding shimmer to clean guitar chords and sonic enhancement to distorted guitar harmonics and electric bass.
On the DigiTech Drop…”In practice I found the Drop pedal to track fantastically regardless of elements such as fast picking and heavy palm-muting, two classic foes of this style of effect. When the pedal was down tuning the signal by a few semitones I was surprised and impressed by the transparency of the effect, in fact beyond usable I would describe it as recordable in terms of accuracy”.
“Overall this is a fantastic product with lots of real world use and potential. From the practicality of retuning quickly for a singer in a live setting to the creative uses of the momentary switch and the blended setting, there’s something here for everyone. It’s difficult to imagine a guitarist that wouldn't have a use for this pedal at some point in their gigging life, and considering they’re even including the power supply I think it’s extremely reasonably priced. Drop everything, you need one of these!"
On the DigiTech Luxe…”After trying the Luxe out for myself I was convinced that it does indeed produce a pleasing ‘fattening’ of the sound when the detune effect is applied moderately. For clean chords, single notes, Blues drives and high gain sounds alike this pedal will create a widening effect that really helps to boost the impact of your pre-existing tone. This effect is ideal for guitarists playing in trios or other scenarios where the guitar may feel a little sparse, beefing up the tone to really fill out the full frequency spectrum. It would also be useful for similar applications in the studio”.
“The DigiTech Luxe isn’t an essential pedal for every guitar player, but it’s not a toy either. Guitarists who have a genuine use for a pedal to ‘thicken up’ their live rig will find the Luxe a fantastic tool for widening their signal, and players who enjoy weird and unusual effects will similarly find the pedal an interesting addition to their arsenal”.
The full review can be found in the latest issue (Issue 29) of Guitar Interactive magazine or by clicking here.