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Digitech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal

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The DigiTech Drop is a dedicated polyphonic drop tune pedal that allows you to drop your tuning from one semitone all the way down to a full octave. Get down-tuned chunk without having to change guitars! The Drop also features a momentary/latching switch. With the switch set to momentary, you can turn the Drop into a true performance pedal. Fast tr...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The DigiTech Drop is a dedicated polyphonic drop tune pedal that allows you to drop your tuning from one semitone all the way down to a full octave. Get down-tuned chunk without having to change guitars! The Drop also features a momentary/latching switch. With the switch set to momentary, you can turn the Drop into a true performance pedal. Fast trills and roller-coaster pitch dips are at the tip of your toes.

Controls
Effects Selector Knob - Selects which of the Drop effect settings is used when the effect is active.

Momentary On/Off Switch - Selects how the effect footswitch will operate. Setting this switch to "ON" will cause the footswitch to act as a momentary switch (the effect will be enabled or disabled only as long as the footswitch is pressed and held). Setting this switch to "OFF" will cause the footswitch to act as a standard latching on/off switch.

Features

  • Advanced Polyphonic Drop Tune Algorithm
  • Drop From 1 Semi-Tone to a Full Octave
  • Momentary or Latching Mode
  • 9VDC Power Supply Included
  • True Bypass
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DigitechThe Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (9)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Excellent sound quality (8)
  • Responsive (8)
  • Good selection of effects (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

No Drop Out

On a whim I decided to order this pedal even though I was concerned with some of the negative feedback I read regarding latency. When I received the pedal I tested the latency myself...Read complete review

On a whim I decided to order this pedal even though I was concerned with some of the negative feedback I read regarding latency. When I received the pedal I tested the latency myself and I could find little to no gap audible to me. Perhaps if you have other pedals in front or behind this pedal, it could effect the latency more, but this is the only pedal I run in front of my EVH 5150 III, and it works very well. Although I considered giving this product 5 stars, I knocked a star because with my amp and pickups (Duncan Distortions) the best representation of the dropped tones were at 5 semitones. Perhaps with a different amp or pickups one could utilize the full octave, but with my current setup it didn't sound as natural after 5 semitones. In the end I am very happy not having to own more than 2 electric guitars now as a result of owning this pedal so that I may be able to play a plethora of songs that aren't restricted to open or lower drop tunings than Drop D. Bravo Digitech!

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1 star quality, 5 star utility

I play electric bass and prefer E standard tuning. When our vocalist wants to sing a song a half or full pitch lower, I simply push a button and we're there. No more...Read complete review

I play electric bass and prefer E standard tuning. When our vocalist wants to sing a song a half or full pitch lower, I simply push a button and we're there. No more keeping 2 or even 3 basses on stage. However, the further away you get from your base tuning, the more distorted and artificial the sound becomes. The other review said 5 semitones. I'd say 3 ( I agree, no latency issues). More problemmatic, on very high notes it gives two distinct non-harmonic pitches simultaneously. I first noticed it on high notes on the G string on my bass. Then I ran both an acoustic guitar and an electric guitar through it just to check the sound and it was pure dischord...unplayable. I play in two bands, a 5 piece band that does classic pop/rock covers, and a trio (guitar, vocal, me) that does jazz, R&B, and soul. The "Drop" is great for practice in both bands. I don't have to haul multiple basses to cramped practice space with bad acoustics. On stage, I use the Drop in the pop/rock band. About 20% of our songs require downtuning to E flat or D standard, but the through the mix in a noisy environment the slight reduction in sound quality isn't noticeable. Beats switching basses and breaking up the flow of the sets. For the other group where my sound is much more distinguishable and the venues are more laid back and less noisy, I use multiple basses. I want a pure sound.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

No Drop Out

By Craig

from Springfield, MA

Comments about Digitech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

On a whim I decided to order this pedal even though I was concerned with some of the negative feedback I read regarding latency. When I received the pedal I tested the latency myself and I could find little to no gap audible to me. Perhaps if you have other pedals in front or behind this pedal, it could effect the latency more, but this is the only pedal I run in front of my EVH 5150 III, and it works very well. Although I considered giving this product 5 stars, I knocked a star because with my amp and pickups (Duncan Distortions) the best representation of the dropped tones were at 5 semitones. Perhaps with a different amp or pickups one could utilize the full octave, but with my current setup it didn't sound as natural after 5 semitones. In the end I am very happy not having to own more than 2 electric guitars now as a result of owning this pedal so that I may be able to play a plethora of songs that aren't restricted to open or lower drop tunings than Drop D. Bravo Digitech!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This pedal is a time saver and awesome

By Shannon

from Wichita, KS

Site Member

Comments about Digitech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

I had been hesitant on purchasing this pedal for over six months after reading all of the reviews. I was wanting a pedal that could drop a semitone or two without constantly retuning my bass to play Eb, D standard, or C standard where my strings got really noodley. Once I get my second bass and I set it up for Drop D I will be all set. I have this running through GK 4x10s with a 700RB head and I do not notice any unnatural sounds like the other individuals but I am only dropping four semitones only. Love this pedal.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

1 star quality, 5 star utility

By david

from St Augustine, FL

Comments about Digitech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

I play electric bass and prefer E standard tuning. When our vocalist wants to sing a song a half or full pitch lower, I simply push a button and we're there. No more keeping 2 or even 3 basses on stage. However, the further away you get from your base tuning, the more distorted and artificial the sound becomes. The other review said 5 semitones. I'd say 3 ( I agree, no latency issues). More problemmatic, on very high notes it gives two distinct non-harmonic pitches simultaneously. I first noticed it on high notes on the G string on my bass. Then I ran both an acoustic guitar and an electric guitar through it just to check the sound and it was pure dischord...unplayable. I play in two bands, a 5 piece band that does classic pop/rock covers, and a trio (guitar, vocal, me) that does jazz, R&B, and soul. The "Drop" is great for practice in both bands. I don't have to haul multiple basses to cramped practice space with bad acoustics. On stage, I use the Drop in the pop/rock band. About 20% of our songs require downtuning to E flat or D standard, but the through the mix in a noisy environment the slight reduction in sound quality isn't noticeable. Beats switching basses and breaking up the flow of the sets. For the other group where my sound is much more distinguishable and the venues are more laid back and less noisy, I use multiple basses. I want a pure sound.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This pedal rules!

By Seppelin

from Hollywood, California

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Digitech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I previously had the Morpheus drop tune, and loved it. However it just took up too much board space. The Digitech drop is 10x better. Smaller, much easier to use and it sounds better too! If you hate re-tuning or bringing extra guitars to gigs for 1 or 2 songs as much as I do, you eill love this pedal as it solves all of that bs. Plus you get the octaver and the octave down (bass guitar simulator) as a bonus!

     
    5.0

    Just what I needed

    By Rocket

    from Omaha, Ne

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Digitech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

    So easy to play in drop keys

     
    5.0

    Love it, plain and simple

    By Dmoc

    from Florence ky

    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

      Comments about Digitech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Works great up to 4 or 5 shifts. After that its pretty muddy but by that time you are down in the G# realm which is hard to understand anyway.

       
      5.0

      Very useful item for Rocksmith players

      By Dantrag28

      from Phoenix Arizona

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Digitech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This product says exactly what it says it does, I'll get straight to the 2 things I don't like about it. It doesn't play nice with other pedals on the same power supply chain, therefore it requires it's own power supply unless your only powering a tuner with it. I recommend getting a thicker low E string if you ever play in drop c or b, that way you don't feel as if you're galloping on spaghetti noodles.

           
          4.0

          great pedal for bass practice or trying different drop tunin

          By mikman

          from kingston ny

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • practicing
            • trying different tunings to nail down a sound

            Comments about Digitech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I got this for a couple select reasons. one for practice with the band. it works well on my 5 string for one or 2 steps down..maybe 3. after that for bass it doesnt cut it. that was a non issue for me cos i really only used it for down 2 steps. At home jamming and trying out different drops to obtain a sound i wanted works fine. For bass players i wouldnt use it live unless it was a very loud heavy noisy band. I actually love this pedal..makes some tasks easier which is exactly what i wanted..i never intended to use it for stage or recording. great pedal for limited use on bass. P.S this pedal always goes first in a chain..

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            nice pedal

            By mikman

            from kingston ny

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            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Digitech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

            i got this for my bass. it works great for a half step..maybe a full live. not for recording. It works.

             
            5.0

            Awesome!!!!

            By Shreddyvoorhees

            from Illinois

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            See all my reviews

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Digitech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This thing is awesome, works very well for changing tuning during practice or live shows, better used at higher volumes, doesnt sound as good at low ones, not the best for recording

               
              5.0

              Great pedal. Does exactly what I expected it to.

              By Mike Guitarist

              from Salt Lake City, Utah

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Digitech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

                This is a great pedal that does exactly what I expected it to do. My only negative comment is that if the volume on your amp is low, you'll still hear your string and the sub notes will clash. However, this obviously won't affect recording and for live performances, your amp volume will probably be turned up.

                 
                5.0

                Amazing little tool

                By Jesse

                from undisclosed

                About Me Novice

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Digitech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  I have a Schecter C-1 Platinum with a Floyd Rose tremolo in the bridge and I was using an Electro Harmonix Pitch Fork as a drop tuner and the sound quality was awful especially for playing leads. I sold the Pitch Fork and bought the Drop. The drop is exactly what I was looking for and now I can go all the way down an octave and have my guitar sound similar to a bass. It's amazing and worth every penny.

                   
                  5.0

                  Only used once, and its left a great first impression.

                  By Wallbanger

                  from New Bedford, MA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Digitech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  I purchased this pedal based off of many reviews, and comparisons online, and clips on youtube, and this pedal did not disappoint in person. It does a very good job of tracking the incoming signal, but it can get a bit loose once you go too low. Its perfect for dropping a half or whole step, and does a great job when going lower than that. I recommend this pedal for those who dont want multiple guitars, or have a floyd rose equiped guitar like I do.

                   
                  5.0

                  Comes in handy

                  By Ronnie D

                  from Maryland

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Digitech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    I like only using 1 - 2 guitars when practicing or live shows and recording. This pedal gives me the ability to do just that. If I'm just jamming and running through some warm up songs in a different tuning all I do is turn a nob and I'm there !

                     
                    5.0

                    Digitech Drop

                    By Outlaw5150

                    from Stuttgart, AR

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Events
                      • Performances
                      • Quick Tune For Any Song

                      Comments about Digitech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      This pedal is absolutely awesome. When we we are playing and I need to go to a quick drop tuning just select the setting and step on it. Eliminates having to take multiple tuned guitars to a gig.

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Performs as promised

                      By George

                      from Sugar Land, TX

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Excellent Sound Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Digitech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        I've used this about a dozen times both with my classic rock band (our aging voices causing us to downtune quite a bit!), and with performing with a church praise band. Great for learning lead riffs as recorded and then switching down as necessary when playing downtuned.

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