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Meet the BOSS PS-6 Harmonist effects pedal, with four intelligent pitch-shift effects and three-voice harmony in one convenient unit. Among the effec...Read More

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Meet the BOSS PS-6 Harmonist effects pedal, with four intelligent pitch-shift effects and three-voice harmony in one convenient unit. Among the effect modes are Harmony, Pitch Shifter, and Detune, plus the all-new Super Bend for authentic pedal-bending effects and wild 3- and 4-octave pitch sweeps. With the PS-6 Harmonist, you can even control pitch with an optional expression pedal.

The Harmony function is fast and simple to use, and supports a variety of interval patterns. It's easy to create rich, 3-voice harmonies: choose a major or minor key, and set the Shift to 3-VOICE-that's it! The PS-6 Harmonist is an unbeatable combination of superior sound quality, ease of use, and powerful pitch effects, all under one hood.

Higher Sound Quality
The BOSS PS-6 Harmonist is the new-generation pedal for harmony shifting. Sound quality has been improved dramatically thanks to its powerful DSP. With the PS-6, you can render complex harmony voicings beautifully, naturally, and easily.

3-Voice Harmony, Detune, and Pitch-Shift
The PS-6 Harmonist can generate 2 or 3 voices, such as direct/third/fifth, in each of the following modes: Pitch Shifter, Detune, and Harmony. This will add rich depth to your guitar sound. Detune broadens the sound in a natural way, as the PS-6 allows 3-voice detuning with slightly raised and lowered pitch added to the direct signal. Voices can also be pitch-shifted one octave up and a fifth below your note-great for arpeggio-style playing, for example.

Super Bend
This amazing effect bends pitch across a 7-octave span, from -3 to +4 octaves! Set the Rise and Fall time to your taste. You can control the bending effect in real time with the pedal's knob or from an external pedal such as Roland's EV-5 Expression Pedal (sold separately).

Easy Operation
Manipulate a wide variety of effects using simple operations. In Harmony mode, for example, all you have to do is select the key, specify whether it's major or minor, and use the SHIFT knob to select the voicing you want to use. The Shift knob switches between the different pitch settings available in each mode.

Road-Tough BOSS
BOSS compact pedals are world-famous for their great sound as well as their road-tough construction, consistency, and reliability. The PS-6 inherits this BOSS-proven design, offering guitarists a solidly constructed pedal that's built to withstand decades of demanding use.

Four intelligent pitch effects in a stompbox!

FEATURES
  • Four effect modes in one stompbox: Harmony, Pitch Shifter, Detune, and S-BEND (Super Bend)
  • Easily create two- or three-voice harmonies with selectable key and voicing
  • High-quality pitch shifting
  • Three-voice Detune capability
  • Super Bend provides up to four octaves of extreme pitch bending

Superior pitch effects, easy to use, and built to road-proven BOSS standards. Order now!

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BossPS-6 Harmonist Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal
 
3.7

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (8)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Good selection of effects (6)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Excellent sound quality (5)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

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

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I love this pedal

A great pedal!
After reading some of the dismal reviews on this pedal, I almost didn't get it. The 2 things that convinced me to give it a try are Marty Friedman's youtube...Read complete review

A great pedal!
After reading some of the dismal reviews on this pedal, I almost didn't get it. The 2 things that convinced me to give it a try are Marty Friedman's youtube demonstration, and the return policy. I'm glad I gave it a shot. I mainly got it for it's inteligent harmony features. Both 2 and 3 part. It also features pitch shift harmonies that will play whatever interval you select, but will not make it a major 3rd where it needs to be, or minor depending on the note and key. (The harmony feature will do this, you select the key, and interval, if figures the rest out). The S bend is a very cool feature. Now I know how Satriani does that! The detune basically is a chorus effect that sounds better than my boss chorus pedal.
It took some time to dial things in , but once I did I couldn't stop playing. One thing to be aware of is to tweak the balance knob until you like the result. if you set it too high, there is a definite delay before the harmony note sounds. With the knob at about the ten o'klock position, it's about perfect. No perceptable delay. I also found that to make it respond correctly with my amps distortion, I needed to run it in my amps effects loop. If you don't have an effects loop, you may want to stick with distortion pedals with the boss ps-6. The main reason I rated quality a bit lower is because when playing clean, at least with a single coil guitar, if you're picking attack is too soft it seems to get confused on at least one note I noticed. At first it did one note then corrected it. If I picked a bit harder, or used distortion or overdrive, no problem. And it was just the one note, not even the octaves of that note. Could be a fluke with my pedal, but that was the only complaint I have.
Worth every penny!!!

VS

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Not what I was looking for

I sent this back, it is not what I thought it would be. Although it is built very well and has great response, it sounded artificial, not really a good pitch shifter....Read complete review

I sent this back, it is not what I thought it would be. Although it is built very well and has great response, it sounded artificial, not really a good pitch shifter.
It does a great job of getting that "owner of a lonely heart" ("Yes",Trevor Rabin Lead sound), but that's about it.
The reviews on you tube are misleading, since they are running it through all kinds of high end equipment to make it sound good. Most of the videos can get a real nice "Boston or Thin Lizzy" twin lead, which what I was looking for, but it did not deliver.
The simulated dive bomb effect is nice and you can get some really off the wall synth sounds with the harmonizer.
The detune effect is mediocre at best. I got a better sound with a cheap Danelectro chorus pedal. This may be good for some people but not for me. I think that Boss is the best pedal manufacturer out there, since I have a bunch of their pedals. But regrettably, this one fell short.

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5.0

one may not be enough

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from Oregon

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss PS-6 Harmonist Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

    WOW so many possible effects that you may want more than one in your signal chain if playing live. I have heard it used my more than one artist. Best bang for buck in, harmonizer, 12 string d-tune, wammy effect, and more.

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    4.0

    The Selling Point is the Versatility

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    from Chicago

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Boss PS-6 Harmonist Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This pedal does many things well. It's a small-enclosure Whammy clone. Its greatest strength is its versatility. I've been using mine for years now as a hobbyist, and in the past year, it was one of my go-to pedals for my gigs. I use it with a fixed bridge on my guitar. This pedal works best when you deviate from the advertised uses.
    Tips for the S-Bend Mode:
    -Set the S-Bend to one octave below. Set the rise time very slow, and the fall time relatively quick. This works great for Fender-style whammy dives. Excellent for shoegaze-style floating trem simulations.
    -At the maximum interval setting, the pitch-bend range is exactly one whole step, which is good for pedal steel simulations.
    -Rage Against the Machine-style Whammy riffs.
    -Simulating Dive Bombs
    Tips for the Pitch Shifter Mode:
    -The polyphonic tracking is great for the perfect 4th, perfect 5th, and octave-up intervals. The pedal is slightly shrill, so there should be at least a 55% dry signal when using such settings to improve the euphony.
    -The perfect 5th setting is fabulous for indie rock applications. Arpeggios sound great if you're going for a Deerhunter-type sound. If you're using chords, you can rhythmically stomp on the pedal to imitate groups like Minus the Bear or Battles. If you're running a fuzz pedal on your rig, you can play full barre chords, and the voicings channel 90's-style shoegaze music a la My Bloody Valentine.
    -Dial in a very quiet octave-up effect to fatten leads (octavia style)
    Tips for Detune Mode:
    -You get a slight treble boost when engaging this mode, which means that it's best used for 80's-style/New Wave applications. The Detune mode's "sweet spot" depends greatly on your rig. It's very usable and easy to dial in.

    The Harmony modes track well monophonically if you play with a strong pick attack (best for metal and power rock styles). Softer dynamics pose a problem. I use a lot of double stops, so it's not useful for me. Low-latency. Takes distortion pedals well. Best used live.

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    4.0

    Great for nailing Boston,Bad Company,Allman Bro. dual leads.

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    from ATL

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    Comments about Boss PS-6 Harmonist Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Easy to use,but hard to read the "key" settings from stage because they are so small. Works much better than an Ocatver pedal and is much more versatile . I thought the price tag was a little much, but I am pleased overall with the product.

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    4.0

    Useful for single guitarist

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    from Virginia

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Figure Out
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • None To Speak Of Really

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • For Me Harmonies
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss PS-6 Harmonist Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

    In classic metal band, power trio, do some tunes that needed harmonies, (didn't really wanna hire another musician.) Using Marshall DSL and series of other Boss effects (putting Harmonist first) Works for me, the band's happy. Great effect, I think. Boss comes through again. Been actually looking for something like this for years and happened to come across an old ad for it in an old guitar magazine. Lucky me.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Not a keeper

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    from Nebraska

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use
      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Too small

      Best Uses

        Comments about Boss PS-6 Harmonist Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I bought this pedal primarily for the hamony function, hoping that it would provide good sounding harmonies with electric and particularly acoustic electric guitars. It took all of 5 minutes out of the box to decide to return this one. This is not my first pitch shifter. While it does offer some advances in function over previous versions, the signal quality has not improved. The tone is warbly and digital sounding, not at all like a second instrument playing harmony. Yes, you can turn the blend down and bury the harmony in the mix, but for my money this pedal just doesn't do the job.
        My other criticism of this pedal is its size. Usually more compact is better. Not so here. The controls are not suitably labelled due to space constraints, and even if they were you would need a desk lamp and magnifying glass to use them onstage. This is simply not practical. But thanks to MF for a user friendly return policy.

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        (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        PS-6 HARMONIST PITCH SHIFTER GUITAR EFFE

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        from Murray, kentucky

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        Pros

        • Compact Design

        Cons

        • Limited Selection Of Effects
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Boss PS-6 Harmonist Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I HAVE SEVERAL BOSS PEDALS. I'M SATISFIED WITH MOST OF THEM.

          I PURCHASED THE PS-6 HARMONONIST AFTER READING REVIEWS AND WATCHING DEMOS ON YOU TUBE.

          MY INTEREST IN THE PS-6 WAS TO BE USED AS A HARMONIZER, AS INPLICATED BY IT'S NAME.

          SEVERAL OF THE DEMOS WERE IMPRESIVE, BUT I FOUND SOME OF THEM DECEPTIVE AS THEY PLAYED SOME AWSOME HARMONY PHRASES, BUT LACKING ANY EVIDENCE OF WHAT IT WAS THAT WAS PRODUCING THE HARMONY NOTES. LIKE THERE WERE NO EFFECTS PS-6 OR OTHERWIASE VISIBLE IN THE VIDEOS DEMOS.

          I WAS NEVER ABLE TO COME NEAR ANY OF THE DEMOS AS USED FOR HARMONY.

          IT DOES PRODUCE SOME USEFUL SOUNDS SIMILAR TO A CHORUS AND CAN MAKE YOUR GUITAR SOUND LIKE A PIPE ORGAN, BUT WAKE UP, THAT ISN'T HARMONY DUDE!

          I RETURNED MINE

          THANK YOU MUSIANS FRIEND FOR YOUR SERVICE.

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          2.0

          Not what I was looking for

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          from Ocala Fl

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          Pros

          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Boss PS-6 Harmonist Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I sent this back, it is not what I thought it would be. Although it is built very well and has great response, it sounded artificial, not really a good pitch shifter.
          It does a great job of getting that "owner of a lonely heart" ("Yes",Trevor Rabin Lead sound), but that's about it.
          The reviews on you tube are misleading, since they are running it through all kinds of high end equipment to make it sound good. Most of the videos can get a real nice "Boston or Thin Lizzy" twin lead, which what I was looking for, but it did not deliver.
          The simulated dive bomb effect is nice and you can get some really off the wall synth sounds with the harmonizer.
          The detune effect is mediocre at best. I got a better sound with a cheap Danelectro chorus pedal. This may be good for some people but not for me. I think that Boss is the best pedal manufacturer out there, since I have a bunch of their pedals. But regrettably, this one fell short.

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          4.0

          Lots of sounds!

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          from Phoenix,AZ

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Boss PS-6 Harmonist Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

            If you are looking for some cool new sounds this stompbox can fit the bill. You really need the additional expression pedal in my opinion to get the most out of it though. When you consider that cost in addition such as a Boss FV-50 that makes this a pricey little toy.....you are pretty close to a multi effects processor at that point. So keep that in mind!

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            (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Not a bad pedal

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use
            • Limited Selection Of Effects
            • Manually Set The Key

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Boss PS-6 Harmonist Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This pedal is not a bad pedal, the only reason I rated it low is because the key has to be set manually by turning a knob and setting parameters. I sent it back and got a Digitech Harmony Man. The Digitech pedal is a little bigger and, more expensive but darned well worth it. You can set the key on the fly and with 4 presets there's no fiddling around with settings onstage. Set your key and go. Just compare the two and, you'll see what I mean.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Crescent Wrench of Pedal

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            from Atlanta

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Solves Problems
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Tracking Not Perfect

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Odd-ball Tunings
            • Performances

            Comments about Boss PS-6 Harmonist Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

            One thing that has not been mentioned is that this pedal can allow you to play a lead or phrase to match, say, horns or strings playing a rock song arranged for those instruments. In other words, if you are the kind of player that likes to be ready to jump in any situation -- for fun or profit -- you need to have this pedal. The chordal tracking is not studio perfect to my ear, but it might suffice mixed down in a live setting. The single-note sounds spot-on -- so long as it is not gained up to such an extent that the unit cannot "find" the note. A warm, compressed tone seems to function best. And EQ on the backend is also very important. If your default tone is mud, this pedal is just gonna harmonize your mud, not clean it up.

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