June 22
2016

June 22, 2016

DigiTech by HARMAN Unveils the Nautila Effect Pedal, Enabling Guitarists to Set Sail on a Sea of Swirling Modulation

New multi-chorus and flanger guitar effect pedal enables guitarists to shape, morph and control modulation sounds in exciting new ways

SALT LAKE CITY—DigiTech by HARMAN today introduced the Nautila guitar effect pedal, a new multi-voice chorus and flanger stompbox that enables guitarists to explore a wide range of fresh and innovative modulation sounds. Players can generate up to four chorus or eight flanger voices simultaneously, and then use the DRIFT knob to morph between different modulation waveforms in real-time. The robust feature set also includes true bypass electronics, stereo inputs and outputs, silent switching and rugged construction, making Nautila as practical as it is creative.

“Nautila is a fresh take on what’s possible with traditional chorus and flanger effects pedals, providing unique controls and an advanced feature set that enables guitarists to quickly blend and morph modulation sounds like never before,” said Tom Cram, Marketing Manager, DigiTech, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “From rich sonic swirls to creamy rhythmic waves, Nautila allows guitarists to set sail on a sea of amazing voices, textures and modulations.”

Nautila’s controls include a two-way toggle switch for selecting between the chorus and flanger effects as well as six knobs for controlling effect parameters. The DRIFT knob morphs and changes the shape of the modulation sweep, ranging from swirling chorus to smooth rhythmic waves. Using the VOICES knob, guitarists can add up to four flanger voices or eight chorus voices and create a variety of textural sounds. The EMPHASIS knob controls the high-pass filter for chorus and the regeneration of the effect signal for flanger. The SPEED, DEPTH and MIX knobs control the overall rate, depth and blend of the effects.

Nautila also features a unique secondary function for the on/off footswitch. When the effect is active and the footswitch is held, the modulation speed will “ramp” to the maximum speed wherever the effect sweep is in its cycle. When released, the modulation will resume back to the rate determined by the SPEED knob’s setting.

Stereo inputs and outputs provide guitarists with greater routing flexibility and allow for stereo amp setups, while true bypass electronics ensure a clean and transparent signal path. Nautila is powered by a standard 9-volt battery or optional external DC power adapter.

The Nautila effect pedal will be available in late June/early July 2016 at $187.44 MSRP.

April 12
2016

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April 12, 2016

DigiTech by HARMAN Introduces Firmware Update for Original TRIO Pedal and TRIO+ Manager for the new TRIO+ Band Creator + Looper

SALT LAKE CITY—DigiTech by HARMAN has released a firmware update for its original TRIO Band Creator pedal. The TRIO listens to the way users play and automatically generates bass and drum parts that match a song. Users simply plug a guitar into TRIO, select the preferred genre, press the footswitch to teach TRIO the chords and rhythm, then press the footswitch again to start playing with a customized personal band.

The TRIO can learn up to three different song parts which can then be recalled on-the-fly as the song plays back. An optional DigiTech FS3X Footswitch can be connected to the TRIO for easier, hands-free selection of song parts and styles.

The firmware update includes Enhanced Selectable Footswitch modes, a Pre-Select Style and a Tempo Hint feature using ALT-TIME, a button used to quickly try out an alternative interpretation of the song – usually half or double time. In addition, the bass now plays simplified, supportive lines lower on the neck for most non-acoustic bass styles.

DigiTech has also released TRIO+ Manager that allows for management of the SD card memory for TRIO+.  Songs can now be easily named, renamed and downloaded from the TRIO+ SD card to the computer and from the computer to the SD card. This makes it much easier for TRIO+ power users who use multiple cards for longer sets or writing sessions.

“Original TRIO users get several great new features and TRIO+ users benefit from much-needed song management,” said Tom Cram, Marketing Manager, DigiTech, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “These new firmware updates are a significant improvement for adopters of the Band Creator concept.”

The free firmware update and TRIO+ Manager can be downloaded from: http://digitech.com/en-US/software

April 05
2016

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April 05, 2016

DigiTech by HARMAN Launches Whammy Ricochet Effect Pedal at Prolight + Sound 2016

From dive bombs to pull-ups, the Whammy Ricochet effect pedal from DigiTech by HARMAN offers guitarists a wide range of creative pitch bend effects

PL+S 2016, FRANKFURT—DigiTech by HARMAN today announced the Whammy Ricochet guitar effect pedal. The Whammy Ricochet takes the popular Whammy pitch shifting effect and places it in a pedal with a small form factor. Instead of using a foot treadle to manipulate pitch bending rate, such as those found on traditional DigiTech Whammy pedals, the Whammy Ricochet bends the pitch of the incoming note at a rate determined by shift and return controls. The Whammy Ricochet allows guitarists to bounce their sound up or down in pitch in controlled or crazy shifts.

The Whammy Ricochet offers 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. The Whammy Ricochet 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 never heard before.

“I’ve been calling the Whammy Ricochet the ‘riff machine,’ because cool riffs just start pouring out every time I use it,” said Tom Cram, Marketing Manager, DigiTech, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “From subtle country-ish bends, and quick nuanced octave jumps, to big lumbering polyphonic chordal dive-bombs, the Ricochet can do it all. And of course, the guitar stays in tune, there’s no breaking of strings, and you don’t need to have a heavy tremolo bridge and cumbersome string lock system on your guitar to get these distinctive Whammy 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 ideal 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 always know what direction is currently selected.

To use the Whammy Ricochet pedal, select the desired pitch shifting interval with the pitch control then select the pitch direction with the range switch. Set the footswitch for momentary or latched operation using the momentary switch. To audition the rise and fall rate of the pitch shifting effect, turn the effect on/off using the footswitch; adjust the shift and return controls so that the pitch effect bends to and from the selected interval at the desired rate.

The Whammy Ricochet will be available May 2016 at $187.44 MSRP.

 

 

 

 

April 05
2016

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April 05, 2016

DigiTech by HARMAN Announces the Dirty Robot Mini-Synth Pedal at Prolight + Sound 2016

The DigiTech Dirty Robot Mini-Synth is an industrial-strength effects pedal that will transform any guitar or bass riff into a booty shakin’ machine.

PL+S 2016, FRANKFURT—DigiTech by HARMAN today introduced the Dirty Robot Stereo Mini-Synth effect pedal that’s designed for the selective guitarist or bassist who demands the highest quality effects in a compact package. The latest in unique, feature-heavy pedals, the Dirty Robot features a staggering seven controls and two different, selectable synth voices: straight envelope-style synthesis (V1) or vocal formant synthesis (V2). Other distinguishing features include true bypass, which allows the guitar tone to remain pristine even when the device is off. A huge variety of cyborg sounds can now come to life with the simple spin of a knob.

“We designed the Dirty Robot to provide guitarists or bassists with a slew of synth effects in a small footprint.  The Dirty Robot is a worthy successor to the Synth Wah, but it also has some great new features that players will dig,” said Tom Cram, Marketing Manager, DigiTech, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “In addition to the obvious glut of concentric controls we are also introducing our new Drift Knob that allows you to blend Square Wave with Sub and Octave sounds for even more variety.”

To maximize tweakability, a concentric potentiometer features two knobs for MIX/MOD control. The inner MIX knob controls the amount of effect added to the dry (unprocessed) 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 for classic thickening.

The Dirty Robot’s unique, momentary vibrato allows the effect to be available to the player on-demand via the footswitch. When depressed, the synth signal will modulate with vibrato much like a mod wheel on a keyboard synth, great for emphasizing specific notes or building crescendos. 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° to blend Square Wave with Octave and Sub synthesized sounds. 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 customize the synth sweep effect.

The Dirty Robot 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 April 2016 at $187.44 MSRP.

 

 

October 07
2015


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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.

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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.