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Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal  

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The Electro-Harmonix Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal has polyphonic lead voice and tunable sympathetic string drones that react to your playing. Create your own custom scales for the sym... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Electro-Harmonix Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal has polyphonic lead voice and tunable sympathetic string drones that react to your playing. Create your own custom scales for the sympathetic strings while you set the decay time for the lead voice. Two expression pedal inputs allow you to bend the pitch of the lead voice and control the volume of the sympathetic strings simultaneously. These uniquie controls offer the player the ability to program the Ravish to become a totally unique and organic instrument unto itself. The Ravish is a truly new design with the flexibility to be a crossover tonal wonder.

Features
  • Transform your electric guitar into a sitar
  • Lead sitar voice tracks your notes polyphonically with a wide range of tonal possibilities
  • Selectable decay speed for the Lead voice
  • Sympathetic string drone simulation with a wide tonal range
  • Selectable keys and scales including major, minor and exotic provided for the Sympathetic strings
  • Create custom Sympathetic string scales from your guitar
  • Ability to choose the Sympathetic key by playing a note on your guitar
  • Modulation adds movement to the sympathetic strings
  • Bend the pitch of your Lead voice notes using an optional expression pedal
  • Control the volume of the Sympathetic drone using an optional expression pedal
  • Separate Main Output for all voices plus a secondary Sympathetic Only Output
  • Save and recall 9 presets
  • 9 Volt power supply provided
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Electro-HarmonixThe Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.3

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (10)
  • Responsive (10)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Good selection of effects (7)
  • Compact (6)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not the real thing but gets close

I think EH got closer than anyone else has to producing a sitar emulation with this one. It does get close if you work with it. It can do some other things too....Read complete review

I think EH got closer than anyone else has to producing a sitar emulation with this one. It does get close if you work with it. It can do some other things too. I just hope EH will put together a site with useful patch settings frrom more research. That will make it worth the price of admission as again, you could spend an eternity trying to master this unit.
If you do need a sitar sound and don't want to invest in buying an electric or converting an existing guitar with a sitar bridge, I think it's worth the scratch.
I bought this to see if I could get that sitar sound without having to actually purchase an electric sitar or a bridge to convert one of my guitars into a sitar. it does a substantial job of producing the tones needed and can get pretty close to the real thing if paired with delay and reverb. One though, you could spend a lot of time mastering this unit as I do think it has a ton of possibilities.
Typical EH. Good stuff as usual.
A bit on the pricier side of EH's pedals but it's a cool toy and I'm a pedal geek so to me it was worth it. I got it with a discount anyway. If you are patient, I guess you could wait until somebody gets bored with one and get it used.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Interesting possibilities, but not a home run

If you're looking for something deep and complex that really goes outside the box of other guitar synth units, has some Eastern vibe, and can get way more spacey than most would ever...Read complete review

If you're looking for something deep and complex that really goes outside the box of other guitar synth units, has some Eastern vibe, and can get way more spacey than most would ever desire, here it is.

If you want the authentic sound of a sitar, arranger keyboards with Eastern sounds are closer, or an electric sitar is closer yet, but nothing has yet replaced the real thing.
Needed something to turn my electric guitar into a compelling sitar tone, instead of hauling my electric sitar or real acoustic sitar to gigs. This promised in its description to offer that, with details and elements that past offerings of sitar pedals did not have, such as the controllable drone level, timbre, and tuning. It gives a weird synth-y sitar quality but fails to capture the real nuance of the tone. The drone settings are weird and distracting. It has many interesting deep features, actually too much. It's a complicated pedal and requires a good trip thru the manual. I don't like all the complexity:, two LEDs lite up here or there, mode changes, preset /multifunction buttons and controls, quirky non-intuitive indicators on the numerical LEDS.
Chassis is built ruggedly and nicely appointed/packaged, like all EH units. I would expect the nice paint job to get trashed in a road-touring pedalboard. It has plastic knobs, one of which is a special switch, it felt shaky and I question if it'd hold up on a stage if it got kicked. It seems much more suited to the safe confines of a tone alchemist's laboratory.
It's pricey. I have other EH pedals that offer much more versatility & bang for the buck.

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1.0

Would not turn on

By Guitar player

from Allen, TX

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Not Responsive

    Best Uses

      Comments about Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Had to return it because it never worked. It wouldn't turn on.

       
      5.0

      A truly unique and fascinating device

      By The Mad Jammer

      from Antelope, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I'm using this effect with my Fender Jazz Bass, and it sounds awesome. I was anticipating an impressive level of performance, and this device did not disappoint. It is versatile, exotic, and relatively easy to operate, considering the depth of its capabilities. Most guitarists, especially bass players, would not consider this a necessary component for their effects chain, but if you have the means, I suggest you get one. High quality circuitry, fantastic sound, cool effect. Real ear candy.

         
        4.0

        Funky product

        By Steven

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

        There's a bit of a learning curve involved here, it's not intuitive to me, but it should reveal itself fully over time. It's a permanent fixture in my rig, especially cool for drones.

         
        5.0

        I went to India there for a while, in the '70's.

        By Burley

        from Redmond, WA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This is a tool not made for someone who doesn't have much of a budget. There are so many other essential pedals that need to be in your arsenal that I wouldn't make this one a priority. BUT! That said, as in my case, I wanted this sound for a piece that I was working on and what I got was way, way more than I could have possibly hoped for! Now I am finding many other ways to use it and enjoy it even more. This is an instrument unto itself.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Difficult to understand the operation even with manual

          By Lynn

          from Reno, Nv.

          Pros

          • great concept

          Cons

          • Challenging In A Concert
          • Difficult to use

          Best Uses

          • As A Bypass

          Comments about Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I read the manual several times. Its just difficult to operate and the effects are not that great when I can use it. I was hoping for an easy way to reproduce the Sitar sound and for me it hasn't worked the way I imagined.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          As Advertised! See the YouTube Video!!

          By Geeko

          from Middle Tennessee

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Somewhat Complicated Use

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I first attempted to put the Ravish Sitar in front of my iRig HD to play through my Bem speaker, which usually works well for iRig, but no go, have not tried to output iRig to Ravish Sitar then to amp yet. Next late night I hooked my guitar direct to the Ravish Sitar and then to my amp. Viola! Sounds great and as advertised on electro-harmonix YouTube video. I found it sounds better with single coil pickups as on my Strats rather than the humbuckers on my LP.

           
          4.0

          Own it, enjoy it

          By Xdrummer

          from Wisconsin

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I own a Ravish and own a Sitar (not a high quality Sitar). I bought the Ravish about 18 months ago and then received the Sitar as a gift 12 months ago. So, I've had time to work with both and make an informed comparison.

          The Ravish may not be a real sitar, but I've recorded it and it fools everyone. Unless you are a purist, the Ravish sound great. It is much more practical to haul around, and much more dependable - it is almost impossible to keep a sitar in tune, in particular if you haul it to gigs or recording sessions.

          The Ravish does require a learning curve and you do have to study eastern sitar music to really get the right sound & feel - but if you put in the time, this is a very, very cool pedal!

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          For Those About To Rock (Sitar 101)

          By Heepster

          from Phoenix, AZ

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This unique piece of hardware does what no other effects box can do (in my humble opinion). That is of course, emulating the sitar. After a few notes I immediately realized how limited my chord playing was/is. Now there are new horizons to expand upon. Electro-Harmonix WOW !!! I got this thing in record time too. Also, custom order department (Musician's Friend) is quite efficient. I'm impressed. Musician's Friend for life.

           
          5.0

          Take a trip to India.

          By JW

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile
          • Well Designed

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

          It sounds very professional and versatile. Very flexible and adjustable with a lot of control over sound. Preprograms are very useful.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Explore the Middle East and more

          By R.I.P RAVI

          from Scottsdale, Ar.

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This pedal is excellent for anybody who wants to inject the sounds of India and the Middle East into their music without learning how to play or buying a sitar. This is as close to the real thing anybody has gotten and it doesn't disappoint. You can get everything from authentic sitar sounds in every key to synth and chorus like sounds. My favorite setting is one where it's just the dry guitar signal with the droning of the sitar like sympathetic strings in the background. Overall, this is a very well designed pedal that you can get unique sounds out of. I would recommend this to anybody who who wants the sounds of the Middle East in a compact pedal. I would pass if you're not interested in the sounds of psychodelia or don't want to spend the money on a pedal that you can't find a practical use for.

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