Three Part Harmony Stompbox

Digitech introduces Harmonyman intelligent pitch shifter guitar pedal      01/05/08
Three Part Harmony Stompbox

DigiTech has introduced the HarmonyMan Intelligent Pitch Shifter guitar effect pedal. They tell us that the HarmonyMan is the world’s first guitar pedal that can produce multi-part guitar harmonies on guitar solos by analyzing the chords users were playing before the solo. Players can simply perform favorite songs as they know them, and then hit the harmony footswitch at the start of a solo to render multi-part guitar harmonies.
The HarmonyMan employs the same patented musIQ technology as the DigiTech Vocalist family of products. This technology accurately creates multi-part harmony by analyzing guitar chords. There is no tedious programming or knowledge of complicated music theory needed.
The HarmonyMan offers a number of enhanced, convenient and intuitive features. In addition to three-part guitar harmonies generated with no complex programming, the HarmonyMan’s feature set includes:
  • Intelligent Pitch Shifting, based on a groundbreaking new signal processing technology, giving players ultra clean, low-latency harmonies based on one of four user-friendly shifting modes.
  • Unique Key Display, showing the key that the HarmonyMan is currently using for harmonization. When musIQ is enabled, the display will update dynamically in response to the playing. A musically intelligent “Circle of Fifthsâ€� layout puts musically related keys (sharing the most notes) beside each other.
  • Independently Selectable Voicings for each harmony, with a wide variety of options, including two intelligent shifting modes, unison/detune, octave up/down, straight chromatic shifts from -12 to +12 semitones, as well as 2 octaves down.
  • Strum Key, allowing players to easily set the key of a song by simply strumming chords (perfect for songs that start with a solo).
  • musIQ Sidechain Input/Thru, which lets a second guitar be the chord recognition source while the Clean Input Guitar signal is shifted to produce harmonies – perfect for bands with both a lead and rhythm guitar player.
  • Voice Memory, allowing players to pre-configure and store up to four different harmony voicings and step through them with the memory advance footswitch.
  • Pre-Harmony Distortion Loop, which lets players place a distortion stompbox before the harmony effect without affecting chord recognition of the Clean Input signal.
  • Built-in Guitar Tuner
  • Mix Control, programmable control of the mix between the lead and harmony signals.
  • 1/4â€� guitar input with distortion send and return, 1/4â€� guitar optional Sidechain input and pass-through and guitar ground lift
  • Balanced Stereo 1/4â€� outputs
  • Rugged roadworthy all-metal chassis
  • Power supply included
Pricing and Availability:
The HarmonyMan Intelligent Pitch Shifter will be available May 2008 for an MSRP of $449.95. More information:


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    madmax    Said...

    Pretty cool but $$$. I wonder if there will be a pared-down, single-pedal version like what BOSS has done with their looper pedal. Maybe they will come out with a new version of the Whammy pedal. They could have problably added an expression pedal input to achieve the same result here. Maybe in the "jr" verion.

    Since I haven't had music theory training, I don't understand how that chord-related harmonization stuff works. I think I would probably only use the semitone mode.

    01-May-08 10:19 AM

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