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DigiTech HM2 HarmonyMan Intelligent Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal  

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    A unique guitar pedal that generates harmonies based on your chord progression.

    The DigiTech HM2 HarmonyMan features 4 different types of pitch shifting depending on which of the 42 different voices you select. Combine up to 2 distinct voices in any combination to accompany the input signal: a 3rd or 5th above or below, an octave up, 2 octaves below, 24 semitones and 4 detune variations. Simply play the songs you know and love, and when the spotlight cues your solo, hit the harmony footswitch to get amazing multipart guitar harmonies!

    Following up on the success and rave reviews of their Vocalist products, DigiTech decided to make an effects pedal with the same cool features but specifically designed for guitarists. With exclusive musIQ technology DigiTech combined the lightning-fast, natural sounding harmony generation made famous by the Vocalist pedals, and made it meet the demands of professional guitarists everywhere.

    SHIFTING MODES:

    Triad Center Shifting Mode

    Create musically correct harmonies based around your favorite chordal structure whether soloing a riff in a specific key or using the sidechain input for chord recognition.

    Scalic Shifting Mode

    Creates musically correct harmonies with various shifting depending on the harmony key.

    Fixed (chromatic) Shifting Mode

    Applies fixed harmony intervals to all notes with the fixed number of semitones selected.

    Detune Shifting Mode

    Get a thick overall sound applying a small fixed amount of pitch shifting to the lead guitar voice ranging from 5 cents to 30 cents in both up and down directions simultaneously.

    HARMONY KEY DISPLAY Indicates the key and scale that will be used for harmony note generation. When the musIQ button is enabled, these multicolored LED's show the key status as you play chord changes.

    TUNER DISPLAY Seven LED's and the Voice 1 display help you accurately tune your guitar.

    musIQ BUTTON Automatically recognizes the correct key and scale based on the chord progressions you play. Produces accurate harmonies every time!

    VOICE DISPLAYS Shows the active harmony voicings. When tuner is enabled, left display shows the current note being tuned.

    VOICE KNOBS Select the voicing for each harmony voice.

    HARMONY ON/OFF FOOTSWITCH Engage harmonies hands-free. Also, can be held down to engage the guitar tuner.

    STORE BUTTON Store your four favorite settings to memory for instant recall access.

    MIX KNOB Controls the mix between the lead guitar and the harmony, where full left gives just the lead guitar and full right gives just the harmony.

    MIX KNOB Controls the mix between the lead guitar and the harmony, where full left gives just the lead guitar and full right gives just the harmony.

    MEMORY SELECT FOOTSWITCH Easily cycle through your four custom presets. Press and hold this footswitch and strum a chord to set the key and scale - hands free!

    DISTORTION SEND/RETURN This loop lets you place a distortion stompbox before the harmony effect without affecting chord recognition of the Clean Input signal.

    GUITAR CLEAN INPUT Connect your unprocessed guitar here for chord recognition.

    MAIN OUTPUTS Dual outputs let you connect to one or two amps. Stereo setups give you panned harmonies that really fill up the room.

    SIDECHAIN INPUT/THRU The sidechain input/thru lets a second (rhythm) guitar be the chord recognition source while the lead guitar signal is shifted to produce harmonies — perfect for bands with both a lead and rhythm guitar player.

    Features
    • Cutting—edge pitch detection engine designed specifically for guitar delivers fast accurate shifting
    • 3—part guitar harmony without programming
    • Intelligent harmony voicings, fixed chromatic voicings, and detune voice settings
    • Edit, store and recall 4 memory presets.
    • Sidechain connection lets you solo while your rhythm guitarist provides the recognition source
    • Built-in guitar tuner

    Get killer harmonized solos with ease! Call or click today to order.

     

    HM2 HarmonyMan Intelligent Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal Specifications:

    • Unit Dimensions: 9.75" x 7.9" x 3.4"
    • Unit Weight: 4 lbs.
    • Power Supply: 9VAC 1300mA
    • PS0913B-120 Included
    • Inputs: 1/4" Unbalanced
    • Outputs: 1/4" Unbalanced
    • Sidechain: Ground Lift Switch
    • SKU/UPC: HM2/691991201356
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    DigiTechHM2 HarmonyMan Intelligent Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal
     
    4.2

    (based on 17 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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        • Performances (3)
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          • Professional musician (3)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Harmony Man,

        I had been searching for something to add some effects to my solos and, beef up the sound of my solos and, this is it! I'm not knocking the Boss harmony pedals, used...Read complete review

        I had been searching for something to add some effects to my solos and, beef up the sound of my solos and, this is it! I'm not knocking the Boss harmony pedals, used them and, they sound Great! but, if you are a musician that performs live on stage and, doesn't want to have to twiddle with knobs the Boss units don't cut it. On the other hand this unit sets your key quicky and easily with no knob twiddling and, the preset section lets you activate your sounds with the touch of your pedal, no knob turning or trying to set the key manualy. This is what sold me and, the quality of sound is superb. I will admit that you have to work with this unit but, it's not rocket science the resuts of your efforts will be worth it! The illuminated displays make it easy to see on stage and, Hey! in all the excitement I forgot to mention this baby has a built in tuner too! The price on this unit is higher than the Boss units but well worth it. Granted you will not use this effect on every song, that's just common sense but, for the one's that you do your dreams will come true. I have been a Musician for over 40 yrs. and, I Love this new stuff keep it coming!

        VS

        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Disappointing sound quality

        I was hoping to upgrade from my BOSS PS-5 to this Digitech HM2. Very disappointed with the sound quality. The appeal before buying was the learn feature. If BOSS would add that...Read complete review

        I was hoping to upgrade from my BOSS PS-5 to this Digitech HM2. Very disappointed with the sound quality. The appeal before buying was the learn feature. If BOSS would add that feature, I'd stick with their design. I returned the HM2 and am now trying the Eventide Pitchfactor.

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        5.0

        very good price

        By eddy martin

        from new jersey

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about DigiTech HM2 HarmonyMan Intelligent Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Very good stuff, happy acquisition

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Most fun pedal since the wah wah

          By Jam Master

          from Denver, Co

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to use
          • Good Selection Of Effects

          Cons

          • Drops Volume Somewhat
          • Has To Plug In Ac

          Best Uses

          • Performances
          • Single Note Solos

          Comments about DigiTech HM2 HarmonyMan Intelligent Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This pedal is a lot of fun. It does 2 & 3 part harmony.Best on clean single note soloing. Use your palm to deaden the strings so you don't get harmonic overtones. Sometimes gets sounds like the Allman Bros.Amp built in distortion doesn't
          work well w it. Gets Synth sounds sometimes.also
          can get a chrous type sound. Octive down like my old Octitive multiplexer.Fun Scales.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          versatile pedal and good sound

          By Grogthecaveman

          from Durham, NC

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent Pitch Tracking
          • Key Detection
          • Pre-distortion Input
          • Sidechain
          • Wide Array Of Harmonies

          Cons

          • Can~'~~t Use One-spot
          • Minor Volume Issues

          Best Uses

          • Harmonized Solos

          Comments about DigiTech HM2 HarmonyMan Intelligent Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I have been playing guitar for 20 years. These days I use a LTD V400 tuned to C Standard, a Jeff Beck American Strat, and a Seagull acoustic-electric through a Mesa Boogie Rectifier with a Digitech RP1000, the HM2, and an Ibanez Weeping Demon Wah. I have a pretty ridiculous patching setup to put the effects from these three boxes in the right order, both in front of the amp and in the fx loop, but it works.

          I was using the harmonizer on the RP1000 but it was terrible. The tracking and the sound both were borderline unusable. I got the HM2 and it is great. It is not perfect, but I picked it up used for half price on ebay, and it is absolutely worth the money. It would even be worth the money to buy it new.

          Between the automatic key detection, the sidechain, and the programmable patches, this pedal covers all of my harmony needs. The sounds are great. I think it does harmonies better than my friend's TC Electronic G Major 2.

          There is one small issue - there is a very small drop in volume. The tracking is 95% good. This is okay for a very reasonably priced stomp box, but a $3000 rack unit would probably not have these problems.

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Disappointing sound quality

          By GUITARGEAR

          from KANSAS

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Sound Quality

            Best Uses

              Comments about DigiTech HM2 HarmonyMan Intelligent Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I was hoping to upgrade from my BOSS PS-5 to this Digitech HM2. Very disappointed with the sound quality. The appeal before buying was the learn feature. If BOSS would add that feature, I'd stick with their design. I returned the HM2 and am now trying the Eventide Pitchfactor.

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Pretty Easy

              By Worx

              from Mobile, AL

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Limited Selection Of Effects

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about DigiTech HM2 HarmonyMan Intelligent Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This pedal was necessary for several songs we cover in the band Worx. The Boston, Knight Ranger, etc. Very easy to use with one on/off pedal and one program pedal. Several presets you can program for fast changes between songs. Make sure to keep the intel on or you will be in minor mode. Make sure to loop the distortion back for the best results. This pedal really follows proper mode and scale steps, even with bends and tremelo dives. Lots of variations and tunings to play with as well. I prefer to not use these in recording sessions, and instead play any harmonies "manually". It will record well if needed if your g'tar player can't handle the harmonies.

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Digitech Harmony Man Pedal

              By KDF

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about DigiTech HM2 HarmonyMan Intelligent Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This thing is fantastic. It tracks string bends really well, while staying within the selected scale. For example, if you select C Major and select up a 3rd for the harmony, and then strike a C note and then string bend two semitones to a D note, the harmony note goes from an E (a third above C) to an F (a third above D). If you realize, this actually means you bend two semitones up and this thing is smart enough to bend up only one semitone if it is required to keep it in the selected scale - very impressive! Of course, for string bends where this thing should bend up the same number of semitones as you bend, it does it correctly, and, it will bend up two semitones when you bend up only one semitone if that is what is required to keep the harmony note within the selected scale. The way this thing handles string bends is AMAZING! The Distortion Loop is also great because you can get the harmony note on the distorted sound without messing up the fantastac tracking.

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              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              not what i expected

              By Scott

              from cleveland

              Comments about DigiTech HM2 HarmonyMan Intelligent Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

              sound quality isn't up to my expectation. features are good, but they have little to no value to me with this level of sound quality. I've been playing for just under 30 years. I have used harmonizers in the past withgreat success. but this one just doesn't hit it.

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              unbelievable amount of options!!!!

              Comments about DigiTech HM2 HarmonyMan Intelligent Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Got this as a Christmas gift and just had to write a review after seeing a negative one. I've been using this for a couple of weeks and just scratched the surface with it. Has an incredible amount of variation. The harmonies are absolutely awesome........does take a little know how and getting used to but the typical octave and third up or/and downs are my favs so far. The only thing I could write negative about it is using it with a jamman......it is supposed to change keys with your playing and it does, but if you track with a drum machine and use a choppy rhythm it can't keep up (which is why I gave it an 8)............that's ok just punch in the key manually and watch your original chord progression!!!!!!!
              This WILL open up a whole new world....... a bit pricey but is worth it

              Comment on this review

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Harmony Man,

              Comments about DigiTech HM2 HarmonyMan Intelligent Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

              I had been searching for something to add some effects to my solos and, beef up the sound of my solos and, this is it! I'm not knocking the Boss harmony pedals, used them and, they sound Great! but, if you are a musician that performs live on stage and, doesn't want to have to twiddle with knobs the Boss units don't cut it. On the other hand this unit sets your key quicky and easily with no knob twiddling and, the preset section lets you activate your sounds with the touch of your pedal, no knob turning or trying to set the key manualy. This is what sold me and, the quality of sound is superb. I will admit that you have to work with this unit but, it's not rocket science the resuts of your efforts will be worth it! The illuminated displays make it easy to see on stage and, Hey! in all the excitement I forgot to mention this baby has a built in tuner too! The price on this unit is higher than the Boss units but well worth it. Granted you will not use this effect on every song, that's just common sense but, for the one's that you do your dreams will come true. I have been a Musician for over 40 yrs. and, I Love this new stuff keep it coming!

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice!

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about DigiTech HM2 HarmonyMan Intelligent Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Those who write that this unit will not do standard two or three part harmonies truly do not know what they're talking about. Really? Ask someone who owns one, not someone who has used one. Like many units out there, the more time you spend working with it the more you get out of it.This thing is amazing. Sometimes I use it for drop-D tunings and it tracks full chords brilliantly. It can easily do octaves up and/or down, plus 3rds, 5ths, 7ths... you name it!The only thing I dislike is that it only has 4 memory presets. Wish it had 10! This unit also works well with other DT products. I use this thing live all the time and it has never let me down one single time.Great unit!

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