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EarthQuaker Devices Rainbow Machine Polyphonic Pitch Mesmerizer Guitar Effects Pedal   

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Welcome to the Rainbow Machine, in all its synthetic glory! This one is for experimenters, adventurists and noisemakers. Totally not for purists and/...Read More

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A polyphonic masterpiece that goes beyond what any modern pitch shifter does.

Welcome to the Rainbow Machine, in all its synthetic glory! This one is for experimenters, adventurists and noisemakers. Totally not for purists and/or tone hounds, there are no "natural sounds" that will come from this box. It takes modern DSP and uses it as a tool of future past to create real time pitch shifting using digital oscillators. The sound is much different than most modern day pitch shifting devices. It was imagineered to be wild and out of control and slightly imperfect while still tracking up and down the guitar neck without glitching out. A cold digital beast made to pretend it has feelings. It will do basic polyphonic harmonies from a 4th down through a 3rd up and every atonal pitch in between. You may add in an accompanying octave to the harmony by bringing up the Secondary function control. You can take it way beyond and open up your third eye by bringing in the Magic. The Magic is the heart of the Rainbow Machine. In conjunction with the Tracking control, the Magic creates wild pitch take offs and descend's, chaos chorusing, shrieks, pixie trails and wealth of other general mayhem inducing noises. The pitch can be controled by an external expression pedal for extra fun! The Rainbow Machine can be used on bass, keys, vocals or anything else you can dream up!

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FEATURES
  • Create wild pitch take offs and descend's, chaos chorusing, shrieks, pixie trails and wealth of other general mayhem inducing noises
  • Do basic polyphonic harmonies from a 4th down through a 3rd up
  • Create realtime pitch shifting using digital oscillators

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EarthQuaker DevicesRainbow Machine Polyphonic Pitch Mesmerizer Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 7 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Good selection of effects (5)
  • Responsive (5)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Performances (3)
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5.0

Nice!!!!

By Trevor

from Sayre, Pa

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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 EarthQuaker Devices Rainbow Machine Polyphonic Pitch Mesmerizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This thing can be used for all sorts of things. Sure when you watch the vids online you just see the crazy magic button which is a lot of fun but, it actually makes some practical sounds. When I first got this I had a hard time squeezing it on the board with my other pedals. Since I'm a home player now a days I decided I could trade one or two to make space for a little while. So I ditched my pitchfork and whatever chorus pedal I had on there. Found out if you dial this in correctly it served as both of those. I managed to get just the right octave down over my dry signal to still play a solo in a song I play a lot at home. There a ton of chorus settings too. Just saying if you get this and you love it but you can't find a practical use outside of a noise maker but you want a cool pink pedal on your board it can cover some ground if you take the time to dial it in. I've actually used the full crazy magic mode to make a few tracks for fun home videos I make for Instagram.

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    5.0

    Fantastic

    By Rob

    from Denver

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    Pros

    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Rainbow Machine Polyphonic Pitch Mesmerizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This is a great pedal that sits on the modulation side of my board. It's unique in that it is in a sense a multi-fx pedal but instead of having different isolated banks it's all a bit blended together. I would say it's a bit of a chorus/slapback delay mostly, with pitch shifting modulation on two levels. It's great as any of those individually but amazing for mixed crazy self oscillating sound effects as well. It takes quite a bit of playing around with to get a feel for what everything does, but it's not overly complicated. I mostly use it as a nice shimmery chorus when activated, and an almost dangerous oscillator when the Magic is hit. The only thing I would change is the expression control; I would love for it to control either tracking or magic or some control over that parameter, it takes over for the pitch when engaged. Overall it seems like a total toy of a pedal but it is quite versatile and can be both subtle and whacky as you can handle. A great live modulation pedal if you like to tweak knobs.

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        4.0

        Freaky Fun

        By Tadd the Impaler

        from Massachusetts

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Rainbow Machine Polyphonic Pitch Mesmerizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This creates strange and twisted sounds. I think the optional expression pedal would help it get weirder. Not for the faint of heart

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          5.0

          Like drugs but not

          By Bert

          from Asheville, NC

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Groovy
          • Versatile
          • Weird

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Melting Faces

            Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Rainbow Machine Polyphonic Pitch Mesmerizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Wowee I don't even know what the heck this thing is supposed to be but it's a nice one. Surprisingly versatile though. You can do some otherworldly pitch shifting things or have have a nice little chorusy slapback echo effect or I don't even know man just buy one if you're weird.

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            (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Fun, High Priced, Batteries Not Included

            By jeff sepcolli

            from Kansas

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Experimental
            • FUN
            • Good Selection Of Effects

            Cons

            • Cord Not Inculded
            • Dc Cord Only
            • High Priced

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Rainbow Machine Polyphonic Pitch Mesmerizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Right out the gate for me I don't think I will use this in a live situation for some time-the main reason being power issues. The Rainbow unit doesn't take batteries. You have to use a cord that isn't included. Not that it wouldn't be fun using it live just inconvenient for me. Other than that super fun trailing acidic morphed fx unit-if you got the gas. Really 3 an a half stars-because they got a bit cheap not including a power source.

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect Insanity

            By Joseph Allen Popp

            from Erie, PA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile
            • Wild Effects

            Cons

            • Pricey

            Best Uses

            • Freak Out Your Listeners

            Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Rainbow Machine Polyphonic Pitch Mesmerizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

            I like insane effects. I play experimental "rock" for lack of a better term. This pedal is ungodly. It twists your notes into cascading pitch trails to heaven and hell and back again. I've been playing guitar since I was 13 years old. I'm 58 now. this pedal is one of the coolest I've owned, and I've gone through a lot of them. If you like to distort (not the usual guitar meaning of distort here) your tone into the land of the bizarre, you should check this pedal out. I could picture David Torn, Nels Kline, Henry Kaiser, or Joseph Allen Popp (that's me) using this pedal. Not for the shy guitarist, this pedal will set you apart from the pack. LOVE IT!
            I used it on this live performance video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPW4HnyKc-c&list=FLsiWyhx1WNb5_HKe-5QgNsA&index=4

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Must hear to fully understand.

            By frontmaninexile

            from Illinois

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Spurs Creativity
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Rainbow Machine Polyphonic Pitch Mesmerizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

            This pedal is so many things at once it's hard to choose a starting point. This is at heart a pitch shifting pedal, but forget everything you think of with that being said, (i.e.: digitec whammy). This thing is absolutely nuts! It can create sounds anywhere from chorus-"ish" tones, slap-back delay, reverb, to full-on self-oscillating mayhem. The down side is that it is exceedingly difficult to dial in a real usable tone manually. If you are going to SERIOUSLY use this thing, especially live, do yourself a favor and use an expression pedal with it. Aside from the need for an expression pedal, the Rainbow Machine is an extremely satisfying experimental tool. You won't believe some of the stuff that's possible. So in summary: If you are bored of the same old Whammy, give this a try.

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