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October 07
2015

October 07, 2015

DigiTech Ventura Vibe Puts A New Spin On Rotary/Vibrato Pedals

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s DigiTech today introduced the Ventura Vibe, putting a few new spins on one of the most distinctive sounds in rock: the hypnotic, swirling sound of a rotary/vibrato pedal. The Ventura Vibe faithfully delivers iconic vibe and rotary effects and ventures into new sonic possibilities with its choice of three effect types, Tone and Drive controls, true bypass operation and much more.

“The Ventura Vibe perfectly captures classic phase and pitch vibrato, and rotary speaker sounds made famous on recordings like “Machine Gun,” “Bridge of Sighs” and “Cold Shot” – but that’s just the starting point,” said Tom Cram, marketing manager, DigiTech. “The Ventura Vibe also features a stacked Tone and Drive knob that allows the player to create their own swirling sounds”.

The DigiTech Ventura Vibe offers a choice of three modulation types – Vintage, based on the classic opto-coupler phasing type pedal introduced in the 1960s; Modern, a straightforward pitch vibrato effect, and Rotary, designed to emulate the Doppler-effect pitch-shifting sound of a large speaker cabinet with spinning drivers and horns.

The Ventura Vibe’s Speed control adjusts the rate of the modulation effects, from a slow sweep to a fast warble. The Depth knob increases the intensity of the effects, ranging from subtle enhancement to vertigo-inducing sonic extremes. The Tone control decreases the amount of high frequencies in the effect signal. Key to the Ventura Vibe’s sonic versatility is its Drive control, which determines the amount of drive/distortion incorporated into the rotary/vibrato effect and which adds body and harmonic complexity to the sound. The pedal’s Mix knob adjusts the amount of the effected signal added to the dry signal.

The Ventura Vibe’s dual-function footswitch turns the effect on and off and also controls the speed of the modulation effect via holding down the foot switch – invaluable for going from a syrupy slow sweep to an emphatic fast warble during a live performance. The Ventura Vibe offers mono and stereo inputs and outputs, to create dramatic left-to-right movement and spatial effects when used in stereo operation.

The pedal’s additional features include true bypass operation to preserve the tone of the unaffected signal when the pedal is not engaged, a 9-volt power supply, a bright bi-color LED indicator, and a road-tough metal housing. Adding to its usability, the Ventura Vibe comes with DigiTech’s hard rubber Stomplock attachments that fit over the controls to keep the player’s settings in place.

The DigiTech Ventura Vibe will be available the last week of October 2015 at suggested retail price of $187.44.

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for consumers, automakers, and enterprises worldwide, including audio, visual and infotainment systems; enterprise automation solutions; and software services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® , Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. HARMAN also is a technology and integration services leader for the Automotive, Mobile, Telecommunications and Enterprise markets. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. The Company’s software solutions power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated, personalized, adaptive and secure across all platforms, from the work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 25,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended March 31, 2015.

July 07
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July 07, 2015

Raucous Ringtones Return: DOD Re-Issues the Gonkulator Ring Modulator Pedal

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – For players seeking out of the ordinary sounds, your dreams – or maybe your nightmares – have come true: the infamous DOD Gonkulator is back! HARMAN’s DigiTech has updated its DOD Gonkulator Ring Modulator, which delivers all the clanking, metallic, rasping sonic disorder of the original with upgrades like true bypass operation, a 9-volt power supply input and a new adjustable carrier Freq control that allows you to tune the Gonkulator from 90Hz-1.5kHz. The Gonkulator is actually two effects in one – it combines a ring modulator in parallel with a distortion circuit for further sonic perversion.

“Ring modulation can create inharmonic overtones, which sound just like what their name implies – edgy, discordant, and jarring. But with the adjustable Freq control, you can also get some very musical textures and overtones,” said Tom Cram, marketing manager, DigiTech. “The Gonkulator also features an aggressive distortion circuit to further mangle your signal. If you’re looking for sweet and subtle, that’s not the Gonk!”

One note from the Gonkulator and you’ll certainly have listeners’ attention. The RING knob determines the amount of the ring modulation signal that is mixed with the clean signal to add those unavailable-anywhere-else “gonk-like” clanging rasping, alien-robot tones to a guitar or instrument’s sound. The DIST and GAIN knobs control the amount of distortion and the blend of the distorted signal. A new feature not found on the original is the FREQ control, which allows the ring modulation to be tuned to be anything from slightly strange to wildly atonal.

The DOD Gonkulator mates all the sonic idiosyncrasies of the original with functional improvements including true bypass operation to preserve the tone of the unaffected signal when the pedal is not engaged, a 9-volt power supply input for a choice of external power or 9-volt battery operation and a bright blue LED indicator that’s visible everywhere from dark stages to bright sunlight. The Gonkulator’s retro-classic graphics and road-tough metal housing reflect its unmistakable DOD lineage.

The DOD Gonkulator Ring Modulator will be available in July 2015 at a suggested retail price of $187.44.

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for consumers, automakers, and enterprises worldwide, including audio, visual and infotainment systems; enterprise automation solutions; and software services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® , Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. HARMAN also is a technology and integration services leader for the Automotive, Mobile, Telecommunications and Enterprise markets. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. The Company’s software solutions power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated, personalized, adaptive and secure across all platforms, from the work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 25,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended March 31, 2015.

July 06
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July 06, 2015

Beef Up Your Bass! DigiTech Re-Issues Its DOD Meatbox Bass Subharmonic Synthesizer

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – For those who crave thick slabs of massive low end, HARMAN’s DigiTech has put its legendary DOD Meatbox Subharmonic Bass Synthesizer back on its pedal menu. An update of the cult favorite 1990s pedal with modern features like true bypass, TRS output, a 9-volt power supply input and a bright blue LED, the DOD Meatbox adds mammoth subharmonic enhancement and low-end power to bass guitars, extended-range and down-tuned guitars, synthesizers and even drum machines.

“The Meatbox is much more than just a simple octave divider-type pedal that adds just an octave down, the Meatbox adds a lower octave to your original note then goes even further by adding a synthesized note 30Hz below that,” said Tom Cram, marketing manager, DigiTech. “With 1990s originals becoming more and more sought after and harder to find, our updated DOD Meatbox lets a new generation of players add beef and unmistakable low-end impact only the Meatbox can dish out.”

 Based on the iconic DOD Meatbox circuit design with updated components, the pedal serves up everything from subtle to insane amounts of deep bass enhancement. The Octave control adjusts the blend of the subharmonic signal to the dry, unaffected signal. The Sub knob controls the boost/cut of the subharmonic frequency, while the Low knob tailors the boost/cut of the low-frequency band. The Output control adjusts the output level of the signal while the effect is turned on and can add distortion at higher settings. The TRS Jack allows the signal to be split so that the octave+sub can be sent separately from the original dry signal to the PA or a low-frequency driver.

The Meatbox provides input and output jacks and a 9-volt power supply input that makes it easy to add to any pedalboard. Unlike the original, the reissue DOD Meatbox provides true bypass operation, leaving the player’s tone uncolored when the effect is not engaged. Its road-tough enclosure features DOD’s classic retro graphics for a look that’s as unmistakable as the sound the Meatbox delivers.

 The DigiTech DOD Meatbox Subharmonic Bass Synthesizer will be available in July 2015 at a suggested retail price of $187.44 MSRP.

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for consumers, automakers, and enterprises worldwide, including audio, visual and infotainment systems; enterprise automation solutions; and software services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. HARMAN also is a technology and integration services leader for the Automotive, Mobile, Telecommunications and Enterprise markets. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. The Company’s software solutions power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated, personalized, adaptive and secure across all platforms, from the work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 25,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended March 31, 2015.

April 15
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April 15, 2015

Altered Sonic States: DigiTech Debuts Obscura Altered Delay

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s DigiTech brings a new sonic twist to delay pedals with the introduction of its Obscura Altered Delay, featuring four delay modes that can be distorted, darkened and degraded to create everything from lo-fi tape emulation to backwards playback, repeat/hold effects and out-and-out sonic mayhem. “The Obscura can sound pretty, but is also has the potential to sound pretty crazy.” said Tom Cram, Marketing Manager, DigiTech. “With the Obscura Altered Delay, straight-ahead repeats are just the starting point for twisting and morphing your delays upside down, inside out and into uncharted sonic territory.”

The DigiTech Obscura Altered Delay features Analog, Tape, Lo-Fi and Reverse modes, to re-create the distinctive sonic signatures of early tape-based echo and delay units and all their aural idiosyncrasies. The Degrade and Tone knobs enable players to control the amount of increasing signal degradation and high-frequency rolloff of successive repeats, and the reverse mode emulates the dizzying psychedelic sound of playing a recording backwards. The Level control adjusts the amount of dry to delayed signal, while the Time knob dials in the duration of the delay from slapback to 2 seconds of delay. The Repeat control adjusts the number of delay repeats, from a single clean repeat to chaotic oscillating runaway. The Obscura Altered Delay’s Tap Tempo mode with beat divisions enables the player to tap the footswitch to match the delay to the tempo of the music. Adding to the sonic hijinks, the pedal’s Repeat/Hold function will lock onto and loop a phrase and its Tails on/off switch controls whether the delay continues after the effect is switched off, or cuts off abruptly. The Obscura Altered Delay features mono and stereo inputs and outputs, true bypass operation, die-cut hook and loop pad, redesigned Stomplock, and a rugged metal chassis.

The DigiTech Obscura Altered Delay will be available in April 2015 at a suggested retail price of $187.44.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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Aim for Great Tone: DOD Introduces the Gunslinger MOSFET Distortion

FRANKFURT, Germany – HARMAN’s DigiTech today announced the debut of the DOD Gunslinger MOSFET Distortion, a pedal that’s locked and loaded for smoking guitar sounds at any setting. The Gunslinger employs a newly-designed MOSFET circuit to deliver a wide range of distortion tones from a touch of overdriven grit to full-bore high-gain saturation.

“The Gunslinger’s MOSFET circuit delivers saturated tones and touch sensitivity normally associated with tubes,” said Tom Cram, Marketing Manager, DigiTech. “The pedal is ideal for adding a little more complexity to already overdriven tones, or on its own for thick, rich chord rhythm crunch and singing high-gain lead tones.”

The Gunslinger’s Level and Drive knobs control the overall volume of the pedal and the amount of distortion. High output enables it to push a tube amp over the edge for raw, high-powered overdrive sound and deliver a massive volume boost for high-velocity solos. Even at its highest gain settings, the Gunslinger maintains its touch sensitivity and separation between notes. The pedal’s Low and High controls enable the player to adjust the amount of bass and treble, to achieve the perfect tonal balance with any guitar, amp and rig.

The Gunslinger offers a choice of 9 to 18 volt operation, which lets the player choose between normal operation and running the pedal with more headroom for a less compressed, tighter and more open tone.

The DOD Gunslinger offers true bypass operation to keep the instrument’s tone pristine when the effect is disengaged and its brushed-metal housing looks as tough as the pedal sounds.

The DOD Gunslinger MOSFET Distortion will be available in May 2015 at a suggested retail price of $124.94.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

January 20
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DigiTech Debuts TRIO Band Creator: A Band Inside a Stompbox

ANAHEIM, California – At NAMM 2015, HARMAN’s DigiTech is introducing the TRIO Band Creator Pedal, providing the ability to create a band that plays along with the user. The TRIO Band Creator Pedal listens to what is played and automatically generates bass and drum parts that match chord progressions and rhythmic feel. Users simply need to plug a guitar into TRIO, press the footswitch to teach TRIO the chords and rhythm, then press the footswitch again to start playing with a customized personal band.

“TRIO is like no pedal ever created – it’s an entirely new type of musical accompaniment device,” said Tom Cram, Marketing Manager, DigiTech. “With TRIO, one musician can now sound like a full band. It’s an incredibly creative and useful performance tool for solo artists, or just a great way to have fun while practicing and jamming.”

The DigiTech TRIO provides seven musical genres to choose from including Rock, Pop, Country, Alternative Rock, Blues, R&B and Jazz. Up to 12 song styles are available for each genre and the player can select between 4/4 and 3/4 time signatures. TRIO can learn up to three different song parts – for example, verse, chorus and bridge – which can then be recalled on the fly as the song plays back.

TRIO offers total control over the virtual band’s performance. In addition to its Genre and Style selector knobs, TRIO’s Bass and Drums controls provide volume adjustment for both instruments and the Tempo knob locks in the groove.

 

The Alt Time button selects an alternate half time or double time setting for each song part. TRIO even provides a selection of built-in effects for your guitar that vary according to the genre selected, letting users play in a power trio, jazz trio or other ensemble at the touch of a button.

TRIO can be connected to a guitar amp or directly into a mixer for use with a PA system. A headphone jack with level control is also included. An optional DigiTech FS3X footswitch can be connected to the TRIO for hands-free selection of song parts and styles. The TRIO comes with a power supply and its rugged-stage-worthy metal enclosure ensures reliable operation gig after gig.

The DigiTech TRIO Band Creator Pedal will be available in March 2015 at a suggested retail price of $224.95.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.