Review Demo - DigiTech Bass Whammy

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To read the review, visit: Just about every bassist and guitarist on the planet has regretted letting go of a particular piece of gear at one time or another, be it a vintage amp or instrument, or perhaps more commonly, a stompbox. But it's doubly painful when you let go of something rare that becomes much more costly to replace by the time you see the error of your ways. Such has been the case for many owners of the original DigiTech Bass Whammy. Introduced to the low-end community in the '90s, the pitch-stretching pedal was a hit with a small but avid niche of players, but eventually it was discontinued and fell into pawnshop purgatory. But lately, there's been a resurgence of interest in the original, and as usually happens with popular rare gear, the resurgence brought a marked inflation in price, too. Luckily, DigiTech recently rolled out the next-generation Bass Whammy, which builds on the beloved quirks of the original while also offering more modern options for those who like the concept but prefer sleeker execution—and this one won't set you back a small fortune, either. There's no way around the fact that the Bass Whammy is larger than most pedals—especially in light of the recent trend toward ultra-miniaturization—but there's also a lot going on inside. The layout is quite easy to navigate. Like other Whammys, there's a knob for dialing in the desired whammy or harmony selection, but there's also a MIDI input option. A mini toggle above the selection dial lets you choose between classic and chords settings. Classic mode is monophonic and yields the lovably glitchy tones of the original Bass Whammy, whereas chords mode has a new polyphonic algorithm that tracks better, even when you're playing more than one note. The latest Bass Whammy's range of harmony and whammy effects has been expanded, too. There are nine bending possibilities, from two octaves up to an octave down. The original's large, rectangular plastic footswitch has been replaced with a heavy-duty metal footswitch, and the separate wet and dry outputs from the early version have been replaced with a single output. Unfortunately, the only way to switch between effects is the settings dial, so using the pedal to its fullest potential requires bending down a lot. Being able to scroll through the settings with a footswitch would be a welcome addition. To finish reading the review, visit:

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