September 04, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s DigiTech is celebrating “Stomp-tember 2012” with the release of its new Unplugged Acoustic Simulator for the iStomp downloadable stompbox. The Unplugged Acoustic Simulator transforms an electric guitar to sound like an acoustic guitar, and includes built-in Lexicon® Hall reverb to add fullness and presence to the acoustic guitar sound.
“Many guitarists have to switch between electric and acoustic guitars during their set or rehearsals, which means they have to carry two guitars and all the related gear,” said Rob Urry, vice president, HARMAN Professional Division and general manager of Signal Processing and Amplifier Business Units. “Sometimes this can be impractical, especially if the musician has to change guitars quickly or if space onstage is limited. The DigiTech Unplugged Acoustic Simulator is the perfect solution – it gives guitarists an easy, affordable way to go from electric to a rich, authentic acoustic guitar sound in an instant.”
The Unplugged Acoustic Simulator uses proprietary Harman-developed DSP algorithms to analyze and process the input from an electric guitar and transform it into the sonic signature of an acoustic guitar, with all of its distinctive acoustic timbres, harmonic complexity and dynamic responsiveness. The acoustic ambience can be further enhanced by dialing in the e-pedal’s Lexicon Hall reverb – the classic lush, expansive reverb heard on thousands of recordings. Adding to its sonic spaciousness, the Unplugged Acoustic Simulator features true stereo inputs and outputs. Its controls include LOW EQ, HIGH EQ, REVERB (reverb level) and LEVEL (effect level).
The DigiTech iStomp is an entirely new concept in guitar stompboxes that allows musicians to turn the iStomp into any pedal in the Stomp Shop online pedal store. Offering almost limitless sonic possibilities, the iStomp connects to an Apple iOS device where musicians can use the Stomp Shop app to load it with the e-pedal of their choice. The Stomp Shop is a free app and comes with two of the most popular requested pedals, the DigiTech Total Recall Delay™ and the DigiTech Redline Overdrive™. It gives access to more than 30 additional pedals that musicians can browse, try out and purchase, with more pedals added every month.
The DigiTech Unplugged Acoustic Simulator e-pedal will be available in September 2012 at an introductory price of $0.99. This introductory price will run through September 31, 2012. After the introductory period the price will change to $7.99.
The DigiTech iStomp is currently available at $229.95 MSRP.
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.