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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!

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

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SPECIFICATIONS

Rainbow Machine Polyphonic Pitch Mesmerizer Guitar Effects Pedal

  • A standard 9 volt DC power supply with a negative center 2.1mm barrel, no battery option.
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EarthQuaker DevicesRainbow Machine Polyphonic Pitch Mesmerizer Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.3

(based on 4 reviews)

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Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Versatile (3)

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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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        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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        (4 of 4 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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        (2 of 2 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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