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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. ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Drop your tuning without switching guitars or touching your tuners.

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
 
4.4

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (16)
  • Responsive (14)
  • Excellent sound quality (11)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Good selection of effects (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (20)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Pedal!!

I play in a cover band where most of our songs are in standard tuning but we play a handful of songs a half step flat. This pedal is perfect for handling the down...Read complete review

I play in a cover band where most of our songs are in standard tuning but we play a handful of songs a half step flat. This pedal is perfect for handling the down tuned songs. I had been bringing an extra guitar to gigs for 5 songs a night and this pedal lets me skip bringing the extra flat tuned guitar. I also like that it is a small pedal and doesn't take up a lot of space on my board.

It tracks perfectly for lead or rhythm playing at a half step or a whole step down. I haven't had a need to play any lower than a whole step but from just messing around with lower tunings, there didn't appear to be any latency.

To my ear it seems like the volume is a touch lower when the pedal is engaged and the tone also seems just a tiny bit darker. But these changes are VERY minimal and neither are a deal breaker to me - I just turn my amp up a pinch for the downtuned songs if needed. It is still much quicker and easier than changing guitars. These are the only cons I have found with the pedal and they are very minor.

Overall, it is a great pedal and I would highly recommend it to guitarists who need to play a variety of material in E standard, E flat and D standard.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pity. It sounded so good.

Well, as all working musicians know, changing tuning on your guitar in live situations is burdensome. You either have multiple guitars or get really good at quickly re-tuning....and if you have...Read complete review

Well, as all working musicians know, changing tuning on your guitar in live situations is burdensome. You either have multiple guitars or get really good at quickly re-tuning....and if you have a locking tremelo system, forget it.
Enter the Digitech Drop. As long as ypur tuning change is all strings (not just the bottom) it's what you need....ish.
The sound is great. I noticed no latency on rhythm guitar parts.....BUT....mine started having issues after only using it twice. It started applying 50% dry signal on all settings (not just the one assigned). It sounds cool as a harmony pedal, but I already have one and that is not why I bought it.
Also, now I don't trust it. Will it fail further? I can't afford to have unreliable equipment, so now it sits in a drawer.

A semi-pricey failed attempt.

I have noticed Digitech products are glitchy and my RP200A and RP300 both have frequent firmware glitches, requiring factory reset and losing all my program customization. I've even had one revert to an old firmware code.

So, my recommendation, spend your money elsewhere. Digitech products are unreliable.

Shame. They have some amazing tones.

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4.0

Pretty cool

By MTloveit

from Missoula, Montana

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  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

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

    make sure to put this effect right after your guitar, before compressors, boosters, overdrives, and all that. I tried it before and after my effects chain, and if you put it at the end of your chain you experience latency, chorusy, glitchy type stuff. right after the guitar it is useful down to about 4 semitones, or two steps. any further than that and you get into some chorusy glitchness. it is incredibly fun to play with, making all your old riffs sound fresh, and opens the door for creative expansion. playing the old A minor pentatonic in B standard is absolutely brutal! I use it in front of a 6505+ with a dean ml with the dimebucker.. I do believe it would sound great with the clean fender type amps if it can handle all this gain. your pinch harmonics come through just fine, speed picking is spot on. if your guitar is not properly intonated it will be blatently obvious the further you go down. i was really concerned it would mess up my epic modern tone but it does not.I love this thing...just wondering what to do with all of these guitars now

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Pedal!!

    By Jason

    from Albany, NY

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Minimal Tone Coloration
    • No Latency
    • Small footprint
    • Sturdy Pedal

    Cons

    • Tone Slightly Darker
    • Volume Reduced Slightly

    Best Uses

    • Cover Gigs
    • Performances

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

    I play in a cover band where most of our songs are in standard tuning but we play a handful of songs a half step flat. This pedal is perfect for handling the down tuned songs. I had been bringing an extra guitar to gigs for 5 songs a night and this pedal lets me skip bringing the extra flat tuned guitar. I also like that it is a small pedal and doesn't take up a lot of space on my board.

    It tracks perfectly for lead or rhythm playing at a half step or a whole step down. I haven't had a need to play any lower than a whole step but from just messing around with lower tunings, there didn't appear to be any latency.

    To my ear it seems like the volume is a touch lower when the pedal is engaged and the tone also seems just a tiny bit darker. But these changes are VERY minimal and neither are a deal breaker to me - I just turn my amp up a pinch for the downtuned songs if needed. It is still much quicker and easier than changing guitars. These are the only cons I have found with the pedal and they are very minor.

    Overall, it is a great pedal and I would highly recommend it to guitarists who need to play a variety of material in E standard, E flat and D standard.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    No Drop Out

    By Craig

    from West Springfield, MA

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      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 off 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!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Better than expected

      By Gtrjunior.

      from Providence, RI

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

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

        Having owned the Morpheus pedal and being less than satisfied with it, I was pleasantly surprised with the digitech drop. It tracks MUCH faster than the Morpheus and even though there is a slight coloration to your tone, it still retains 95% of the original character. I only use the digitech to drop 2-3 semitones, after that the latency begins to be more pronounced. But in a cover band situation it allows you to play a wider variety of songs a LOT easier. I gig with a standard tuned guitar and one tuned 1/2 step down then use the digitech to go even lower. It works well for me in this way. It's built sturdy and I expect many years of use from it. Overall it does a great job and I would reccomend it....just keep in mind that no pedal of this type is perfect, but this one ain't bad..

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Drop On Bass Guitar

        By Al

        from Chicago

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Sturdy Pedal

        Cons

        • Latency
        • Tone Slightly Darker
        • Volume Reduced Slightly

        Best Uses

        • Performances

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

        Bass Players Only.... I'm A Bass player in a cover band and all of our songs we play are dropped down a half step. I was looking for a solution to rid my self of those loose/sloppy feeling of the strings especially when we play songs in drop C#.

        This pedal works best when using a guitar cord plugged directly into your amplifier. The Latency started to show up when I was using my Wireless system and then you will be able to hear the delay in response especially on the Low E string.

        This a great unit and does exactly as specified and you could use this for live performances and get away with it. If you were recording I would just recommend tuning down your bass guitar. I ended up selling the unit.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic Solution For A Common Problem

        By thegovtmule

        from Georgia

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        Pros

        • Sounds Natural
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Can Only Go Down So Far
        • Limited Selection Of Effects

        Best Uses

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

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

        Got this so I wouldn't have to keep mutiple guitars in different tunings when playing cover tunes. Now I can go from standard to 1/2 or 1 whole step down with the push of a button. I found that the pedal starts sounding artificial if you go down more then about 1-1/2 steps. I've also noticed that the lower you go the tuning starts to get a little flat but only a little bit. I really love this thing. For recording I would probably tune the guitar itself down but for stage and everyday playing the pedal sounds fine. A great new solution to an old problem. Works with a standard Pedal Power too. Try it - you'll like it.

         
        5.0

        Transposes my Fender Rhodes!

        By roy_albenson

        from Central PA

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

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          • Performances

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

          i bought this pedal on whim to see if it could transpose s fender rhodes or any other electro mechanical pianos and to my surprise it works! maps single notes and chords perfectly. note, there is a slight coloration in the tone when in use. it maes it s little darker sounding, but in a pinch, when i don't want to play in Ab, it saves the day. i only wish it could raise the pitch as well.

           
          5.0

          Highly Reccommend adding this to any musicians gear.

          By Old Guys Rule

          from Upstate New York.

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          Pros

          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Composing
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

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

            I use this to find the perfect key to sing a song in without the hassle of re-learning all the chords in a different key. A great time saver!

             
            5.0

            I would buy again.

            By K.C

            from Dayton, Ohio

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

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

              I used these type of effects back in the 80's and they were horrible. The tracking was bad and tone was horrible. Wow, things have changed for the better. I took a shot at buying this pedal because the artist i work for does a couple of tunes that requires you to tune down a whole step to D instead of E 440. I figured i could try this and save me from having to bring an extra guitar just for a couple of songs. Well, in my case, using this pedal to drop from E standard to D, this pedal works awesome. The tracking is spot on and the tone is awesome. Remember to hook it up first in your pedalboard. If you hook it up at the end of the chain, the pedal has to process all your effects your using and that's not going to work to well. Assemble this pedal in first position in your chain of effects for optimal performance. I have not tried to use this for any lower than 1 step, however, for just dropping one tone to key of D, this works awesome.

               
              3.0

              Meh

              By Plectrum72

              from Okaloosa County, FL

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              Pros

              • Compact Design

              Cons

              • Not Responsive
              • Poor Sound Quality

              Best Uses

              • Performances

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

              Wanted to like this pedal more. Adds far too much color to my sound even at just a half-step down. I got this to permanently replace a pitch shifting patch on a multi-effects unit. Sadly, the Zoom B3 sounds better (less color) and they track about the same, so no downsizing my board.

               
              4.0

              Good for Bass Too

              By Plectrum72

              from Okaloosa County, FL

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

                Bass player here who uses this to quickly shift down a half step for flat tuning while maintaining my string tension. Works well enough for that without much compromise of your tone. Anything beyond One step down and there is a very noticeable effect on your tone; however, it tracks well. Trade offs I guess. I like the momentary switch too.

                 
                2.0

                Pity. It sounded so good.

                By Davezilla

                from Mesa, Az

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                Pros

                • Compact Design

                Cons

                • Breaks Easily

                Best Uses

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

                  Well, as all working musicians know, changing tuning on your guitar in live situations is burdensome. You either have multiple guitars or get really good at quickly re-tuning....and if you have a locking tremelo system, forget it.
                  Enter the Digitech Drop. As long as ypur tuning change is all strings (not just the bottom) it's what you need....ish.
                  The sound is great. I noticed no latency on rhythm guitar parts.....BUT....mine started having issues after only using it twice. It started applying 50% dry signal on all settings (not just the one assigned). It sounds cool as a harmony pedal, but I already have one and that is not why I bought it.
                  Also, now I don't trust it. Will it fail further? I can't afford to have unreliable equipment, so now it sits in a drawer.

                  A semi-pricey failed attempt.

                  I have noticed Digitech products are glitchy and my RP200A and RP300 both have frequent firmware glitches, requiring factory reset and losing all my program customization. I've even had one revert to an old firmware code.

                  So, my recommendation, spend your money elsewhere. Digitech products are unreliable.

                  Shame. They have some amazing tones.

                   
                  5.0

                  Meets my needs

                  By John

                  from Alabama

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                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive

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

                    As an old guy playing classic rock, the voice just can't quite reach some of the notes anymore but I generally only need a step or half step down. This works very well.

                     
                    5.0

                    Works Great

                    By Wikked 1

                    from New Jersey

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                    • Compact Design
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

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                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

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

                      Got this a couple of weeks ago and I love it. Makes down tuning super easy...the 2 lower settings sound more like playing a bass but you still have many options. Only thing is it is so expensive...cost twice as much as my Peavey amp but you don't need another guitar so....

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great!

                      By steelman

                      from Hampden Ma.

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                      • Compact Design
                      • Responsive
                      • Versatile

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

                        Love it!

                         
                        4.0

                        Not quite latency free

                        By Septemfluous

                        from Norman, OK

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                        • Compact Design

                        Cons

                        • A little bit of lag

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

                        I'm a 7 string bassist. I have gone through great lengths to get exactly the string tension balanced with my setup to get a low action with no fret buzz. So, when I get into a situation where somebody wants me to tune down, I run into some problems.

                        This pedal works alright. Going a half step isn't too bad. From everybody's comments, I thought I wouldn't experience any latency until about a 1.5 steps, but I notice it at the half-step setting. It's not bad, but it is noticeable. Other than that, this pedal works fine and will do what I need it to.

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        I does what it says it does.

                        By Bassman

                        from Grand Rapids, Michigan

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                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Responsive

                        Cons

                        • a tone adjustment would be nice.

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

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

                        this really works! I tried and returned two other units. I wanted true bass sound with a flattop guitar and this did it.

                         
                        5.0

                        Very Useful!

                        By BeeZee

                        from Chesapeake, VA

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                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Good Selection Of Effects
                        • No more alt-tunning
                        • Responsive

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Avoiding Changing Guitars
                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

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

                          I've been an avid Digitech fan for a while now and with the "Drop," I've completed my pedal collection (at least this particular one - mainly because I ran out of space). It elevates the options from the Digitech RP1000 (which pretty much gives me more effects than I can choose - I like that) There is no lagging in the sound, and you can really explore many more options to your performance just by turning a knob. It is great just playing/exploring alternate lower tuning, without changing guitars or worst having low tension strings feed. I am not sure how to explain it, but there is a bit of a difference as you go to the lower registries (or higher the number on the pedal). It is not bad, it actually is musical enough to keep the character of the instrument. Then again, I am not used going that low. Bottom-line, it is a great addition and I am glad I got it! I've played with my acoustic guitars and it is great as well... the only recommendation is to have your speaker loud enough so it does not sound weird up close (two different turnings). Definitely a must have!

                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Fun, Useful Tool

                          By Waffle

                          from USA

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                          • Build Quality

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                            • Performances
                            • Practice
                            • Recording

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

                            Does its job well. As a couple others have said, lower than 4-5 semitones you start to notice the latency. There is also a slight tone change, but not bad sounding. Fun to use. Awesome tool for any bands that need to down tune quickly. Recording sounds good. Might seem a little expensive, but I think it is worth it.

                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            tracks very well excellent pedal

                            By Ty

                            from Rochester new york

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                            Pros

                            • Responsive

                            Cons

                            • No cons

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                            • All Applications

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

                            great pedal tracks well drop tuning in a flash

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