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Product Specialist for over 2 years.
Musician for 30 years and vocalist since I could draw a breath. Getting me to talk and sing was easy, getting me to shut up was the real challenge.
"you will have canines in the neighborhood raising their ears and tilting their heads in no time..."
Call me old fashioned, call me set in my ways but I like my blues hot and my beer cold and high tech sound effects reserved for sci-fi movies and video games. That is not to say that they don't have their place, they just aren't for me. However if you are an audio technophile and love the space age Nintendo-esqe sounds blended into your music then the Eventide Pitchfactor is the pedal for you.
Eventide has stuffed this full of ten of its Signature pitch + delay effects in stereo or mono configuration, ten knobs for real time control as well as midi and expression pedal inputs, a USB 2.0 port for upgrading software and the virtually infinite sounds that you can make with this device will definitely open your eyes and ears. Just jack in your bass or guitar, set your parameters or use any of the factory presets and you will have canines in the neighborhood raising their ears and tilting their heads in no time. Throw in a built in tuner, tap tempo and a midi clock sync and you have a very complete system.
Structurally it is a tank, solid metal smooth action switches that allow for quick, non clickey sounding changes….ok clickey is not a word but you get the point. The pitch changes are pretty accurate however I found it had trouble staying clean when you approached the hyper sonic pitches this thing is capable of. Well built, accurate and very flexible I would call this item a winner in most categories.
Tech Specialist for over 1 year.
I grew up surrounded by music.
I've been playing guitar, drums, bass, and harmonica for over 6 years--Gigging guitarist in Blues/Rock band.
"many variations, from nice slap-back delay, to a nice rich chorus, to sounds straight from a video game from the '80s..."
The Eventide PitchFactor Harmonizer pedal is one of the most entertaining pedals I've had a chance to play. Having never really used a harmonizer or pitch shift pedal before I didn't know what to expect and I can't say I thought I'd ever use something like this with the style I play, but after going through the presets and effects I began to realize that I was wrong.
I was surprised to see that the pedal was very compact, I expected something a bit bigger from a 3 button effects pedal which has as many effects as this does. I took out the manual and got the pedal powered and ready to roll. This pedal is by no means an easy, self-explanatory pedal, but I found the manual to be easy to follow.
I started by going through each of the 10 effects the pedal has to offer, adjusting the knobs and shaping the sounds of each. With each effect I selected I was able to get many variations, from nice slap-back delay, to a nice rich chorus, to sounds straight from a video game from the '80s. I really loved some of the octave effects, they really thickened up the sound and gave guitar licks a whole different feel. The pedal does add a digital sound to your tone however, which didn't surprise me much, but you would want to make sure your fine with that before getting this pedal.
Next I started going through each of the 100 factory presets that are stored on the pedal. There are 50 banks of presets and each bank has 2 presets assigned to the left and middle footswitches. This is where I had the most fun with the pedal. There were some really interesting sounds I'd never heard from any pedal, a very wide range of sounds that would appeal to many different styles, from very usable delays to some really whacky synths. The arpeggiator and synth sounds were some of my favorites from the presets. The great sound quality of this pedal mixed with the versatility, ability to connect with MIDI and the ability to add an expression pedal for even more control over the effects make the PitchFactor one of the most fun effects pedals I've played in quite a while. I recommend it for anyone looking for a harmonizer/pitch pedal with the ability to do so much more!
Tech Specialist for over 14 years.
Multi-instrumentalist and drummer, I've been making and playing music since 9 years old. I've played in bands, developed skills to fix numerous types of instruments, done my fair share of live sound as well as recorded numerous projects. I consider myself to be very knowledgeable in both technical and business aspects of the industry thanks to my experience in the field as an active musician and my work here at American Musical Supply
"it is simple to integrate into your rig and quickly hunt down a sound right for your material..."
To tell you the truth, I'm not much of an effects guy other than some mild reverb and a bit of delay, but when I got the PitchFactor hooked up I really changed my tune. I started out playing with the presets and actually didn't get any further than those because they are all so interesting, yet easily usable for many different styles of music. Keep in mind, though, that I was not using the pedal all the time, more of an accent to a bridge that I was playing as part of a little musical tune I have been working with. On the other hand, I can see that with its versatility and the ability to easily edit the presets, you could find a sound that would work for an entire piece of music.
A note on the construction:
I was quite impressed with its apparent road-worthiness. There is no way that I, and all of my 176 pounds, could destroy this pedal unless I was doing more than stomping on it. Peeking at the rear panel you'll immediately notice that is has stereo or mono inputs for use as more than just a guitar pedal, as well as midi in/out connectors which I, unfortunately didn't get a chance to utilize. My overall impression of this pedal is a good one. I feel it is equally powerful, as it is simple to integrate into your rig and quickly hunt down a sound right for your material.