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Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal

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The Pitch Fork transposes an instrument's pitch over a +/- three-octave range and features three modes which allow the pitch to be transposed up, dow...Click To Read More About This Product

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Polyphonic synthesizer-generator which can transpose over a +/- three-octave range.

The Pitch Fork transposes an instrument's pitch over a +/- three-octave range and features three modes which allow the pitch to be transposed up, down or both, simultaneously. The pitch shift amount can be set to a fixed interval or continuously varied by an expression pedal or control voltage.

The controls are straightforward and intuitive. An 11-position Shift switch selects the maximum transposition interval ranging from D (Detune), a shift of 17 cents, through Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th, Major 6th, Minor 7th, 1 Octave, 2 Octaves and 3 Octaves. A three-position toggle switch controls whether the pitch is transposed up, down or both. In Dual mode, two pitch-shifted signals are output. One follows the shift knob as if in the Up position while the other creates a harmony. Dual Mode settings include M3 up + P5 up, P5 up + 1 Oct down, 1 Oct up + 1 Oct down and many others. A Blend knob controls the mix of the dry signal and the effected signal, and an EXP jack enables the player to control pitch and glissando with an expression pedal.

The Latch button selects Latch or Momentary mode which affects how the footswitch and EXP input behave. In Latch mode, the footswitch toggles between effect on and buffered bypass each time it's pressed and the EXP input continuously varies pitch. In Momentary mode the effect is only on while the footswitch is depressed and when it is released the Pitch Fork goes into bypass.

In Latch mode the EXP input controls pitch shift amount, ranging from unity to the interval set by the Shift knob, and pitch varies continuously throughout the expression pedal's range. In Momentary mode the EXP input controls glissando rate for the Pitch Fork's footswitch. When the bypass footswitch is pressed, the Pitch Fork jumps from bypass to the interval set by the Shift knob. The amount of time it takes to reach that new note is the glissando rate. When the footswitch is released the pitch will return to unity at the same rate. That glissando time can vary between four milliseconds to two seconds depending on the heel/toe position of the expression pedal. The default glissando rate is 60 milliseconds when nothing is plugged into the EXP input.

The Pitch Fork comes equipped with an EHX 9.6DC-200mA power supply and also runs on a 9-volt battery.

FEATURES
  • Transposes over a +/- three octave range
  • Three shift modes: up, down or dual
  • 11-position Shift knob selects the transposition interval
  • EXP input lets you control pitch shift or glissando via optional expression pedal
  • Latch and Momentary modes affect how the footswitch and EXP input behave
  • Comes with EHX 9.6DC-200mA AC Adapter, can also run off a 9V battery
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Electro-HarmonixPitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.3

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (19)
  • Excellent sound quality (16)
  • Good selection of effects (14)
  • Responsive (14)
  • Versatile (14)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (16)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

It's real good

This is my third pitch-shifter, I've had the boss ps-5 and behringer US ((something) and this blows them both away for sound quality. I know it's sacrilege but I like the...Read complete review

This is my third pitch-shifter, I've had the boss ps-5 and behringer US ((something) and this blows them both away for sound quality. I know it's sacrilege but I like the behriger more than the boss for sound quality, both were a little too metallic for my taste especially when compared to this guy. It's just so musical .
On this box the unique dual mode gets some great organ-esque sounds, or on the octave mode super heavy doubling.
The option for momentary switching is super handy for accenting short passages.
The latency is noticeable but pretty minimal and comparable to anything else I've tried. The tracking is great, on my 5 string bass it was able to register all the way down to that low B. Using the +- 3 octave range puts some notes out of an audible register but those note serve no practical purpose.

All in all an easy A

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Went out of tune

Had this for around a year and loved it. I learned to play Like a Stone by Audioslave, and gradually the perfect octave setting began to sound totally flat on the high notes....Read complete review

Had this for around a year and loved it. I learned to play Like a Stone by Audioslave, and gradually the perfect octave setting began to sound totally flat on the high notes. For a while I could compensate with my tremolo arm but it got worse and sounds pretty bad now. The 12 string setting (both one octave up and one down) also sounds badly out of tune and kinda harsh. Bummer. I had fun with it for a while.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Do it all pitch shifter

By Jim

from Northern Michigan

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Down Tuning
    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal:

    The pitchfork is a very versatile little pedal. It takes up alsmot no space and works great. I think it works best for downtuning to play stuff low like slipknot or not so low to play like van halen. But I mostly use it for low tunings with light gauge strings. On the higher register it gets a bit cheesy sounding but it works. To get other tunings not on the pedal I tune my guitar for example to drop d and can switch the pedal to make it drop c and drop a. And also one other thing is you have to use the included power supply or batteries or else you get a small whine/hiss. Nothing too big though. Over all this pedal is very versatile and most likely it can do what you want it to.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It's real good

    By McMac

    from Skagit, WA

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This is my third pitch-shifter, I've had the boss ps-5 and behringer US ((something) and this blows them both away for sound quality. I know it's sacrilege but I like the behriger more than the boss for sound quality, both were a little too metallic for my taste especially when compared to this guy. It's just so musical .
        On this box the unique dual mode gets some great organ-esque sounds, or on the octave mode super heavy doubling.
        The option for momentary switching is super handy for accenting short passages.
        The latency is noticeable but pretty minimal and comparable to anything else I've tried. The tracking is great, on my 5 string bass it was able to register all the way down to that low B. Using the +- 3 octave range puts some notes out of an audible register but those note serve no practical purpose.

        All in all an easy A

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great deal

        By mw

        from henderson, nc

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Slight Slap Delay

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal:

        very versatile, compact, great tracking, and easy to use...when you're in dual mode, i wish i could have a mix control for the pitch above and below...it's set pretty equal as it is...but since your ear picks up the higher frequencies, it tends to dominate...i'd like the ability to dial the upper back a little and bring up the lower...this is a MINOR thing to complain about...overall, this thing is excellent!...very glad i bought it...great job EHX!

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great new toy for harmonizing.

        By Bigbaby767

        from Chanhassen MN

        About Me Novice

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Just received this product in the mail, it works right out of the box no glitches. Its an exciting enhancement to the tone repertoire of the guitar, even though you cant really hear the lowest and highest sounds that it can produce.
          #firstreview

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great For Bass, Too!

          By nevertoomanyelectrictwelves

          from Denton, TX

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal:

            While considering the purchase of this or other pitch-shift effects, I looked for tracking specs, and frustratingly none were listed for any of them. However an opportunity presented itself to buy the Pitch Fork at a price too good to pass up (and no, it didn't "fall off the back of a truck") so I bit. Glad I did, since besides its primary intended use as a guitar effect, I wanted to try it with a bass. Lo! and Behold, the Pitch Fork will accurately track the low B on a five-string bass with no discernible latency.

            This thing is going to be fun.

            My only regret is that I didn't know about it before dropping a few C-notes on that hard-to-find used Dean 10-string bass. Oh well.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sure, it makes weird sounds, but I love the subtle octaves!

            By Shane S.

            from York, PA

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Beefs up guitar sound
            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Here's the simple review: I use the Pitchfork all the time. I have it dialed in so that it has a very slight octave below standard pitch. This beefs up my guitar tone like crazy. The polyphonic aspect means that I can play more than one note at a time and it won't give that warbling Moog sound like other octave pedals.

              Sure, it has weird sounds and you can experiment with all the different settings. (I know I do at home!) In my live shows, I just keep a touch of low octave mixed with standard pitch and it sounds like the voice of God.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Pedal

              By sputnik

              from dallas, tx

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I've only had it for a week, I've had my eye on this pedal for a while. This is great pedal. Really like the 12 string sounds. Some of the the other setting are great as well, it will get your creative juices going.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                DIVE BOMBS

                By picodegato

                from Boston, MA

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                Pros

                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  You have to dial it to the right settings for what you need--it's easy to use for anywhere from subtle octaves or harmonies to dive bombs. Definitely use a compressor with this! I borrowed a friend's ehx soul preacher and it makes such a difference. With a compressor the octaves are distinct and sustain evenly even when using additional effects. I tossed some distortion, flange, and reverb in my chain after the compression and dive bombs using the expression pedal sounded like they were underwater explosions. Also: the blend knob is perfect for playing harmonies with yourself, just gotta pick the right pitch shift--using the major or perfect shifts is fairly painless for those who are newer players. Definitely excited about becoming even more acquainted with this pedal. There are some latency issues if you are playing super fast or using too much additional effects, whether it will be a noticeable issue for you depends on your set up and style.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Works for me

                  By 57 Tweed

                  from MA

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    Great overall sound with good options, easy to dial in, doesn't kill your tone. Use this live in a trio to fill out some parts and get some different sounds. This can be subdued or a crazy effect all dependent on how you use it and how you set the overall mix. Semi pro player, I'm happy with it.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    The tradition continues!

                    By Still rainin', Still dreamin'.

                    from Huntingburg, IN

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I've been a fan since the very beginning. EHX has always meant quality and imagination. The momentary contact mode is an enhancement to live performance that is genius!

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Glitch free pitch shifting

                      By Kenley

                      from Columbus

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          Purpose is to shift lowest tones (the unusable ones below C0 (below 30Hz) up so lowest tone is G#1 - which is the lowest note that gives proper sound and distortion when playing an interval. C0 (around 32hz?) is fine as a single note (no chords or intervals allowed) and the purpose of all this is for exotic extended range heavy metal.

                           
                          5.0

                          Love this pedal

                          By Wayne

                          from Dothan Alabama

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Good Selection Of Effects

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Performances

                            Comments about Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            I love this thing! I really like the fact that you can select an octave above or below the played note. You can even select dual mode which plays an octave above AND below the played note. I believe this is the best octave pedal I've ever owned!

                             
                            5.0

                            Awesome

                            By Blackend Whiteout

                            from Erie PA

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Performances

                              Comments about Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              Great pedal. Does not kill your tone at all. Great control of how present you want the harmony effects to be.

                               
                              2.0

                              Forked up my tone

                              By Nick Name

                              from Ohio

                              About Me Experienced

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Poor Sound Quality

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                  It does what it does just fine, however, along with that comes tone coloration and latency. Even with the unit switched off it had an impact on tone. This would be ok for playing live when you don't want to lug around several differently tuned instruments, but since I'm mostly a stay-at-home tone snob this just didn't work for me.

                                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  1.0

                                  Went out of tune

                                  By BigDaddyHuggyBooBoo

                                  from Kalamazoo, MI

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                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor Sound Quality

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Events
                                    • Home Studio

                                    Comments about Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                    Had this for around a year and loved it. I learned to play Like a Stone by Audioslave, and gradually the perfect octave setting began to sound totally flat on the high notes. For a while I could compensate with my tremolo arm but it got worse and sounds pretty bad now. The 12 string setting (both one octave up and one down) also sounds badly out of tune and kinda harsh. Bummer. I had fun with it for a while.

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Love it!

                                    By steelman

                                    from Hampden Ma.

                                    About Me Professional Musician

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                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact Design
                                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                                    • Responsive

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Events
                                      • Performances

                                      Comments about Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                      Love it!

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Pitch Fork Pitch Shifter

                                      By James

                                      from undisclosed

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                                      Comments about Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                      Not the most versatile device, but it does the thing it does pretty well. Many of the settings are kind of strange and ring modulator like. It did what I needed (an octave above and/or below, and a less square-wavey sound) better than several much higher priced bass octaver devices.

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Nice pitch shift pedal

                                      By _

                                      from Pittsburgh, PA

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                                      Pros

                                      • Compact Design
                                      • Versatile

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Amateur Recording
                                        • Home Studio

                                        Comments about Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                        Great little pitch shifter!! My only complaint is that it cuts your natural tone. All EHX pedals seem to change your amp tone. It's minor with this pedal but still there. I love how versatile the controls are. Fun pedal!!

                                        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        1.0

                                        dazed and confused

                                        By Skydog

                                        from San Jose

                                        About Me Professional Musician

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                                        Pros

                                        • Compact Design

                                        Cons

                                        • Limited Selection Of Effects
                                        • Poor Sound Quality

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Amateur Recording
                                        • Home Studio

                                        Comments about Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                        Over rated and only good for a 12 string effect, octave effect and a few guitar harmonies. I think the pitch lowering sounds horrible. I returned the one I bought and will look for another item that can lower or raise the pitch without hearing overtones of the original pitch when playing the notes or cords. Like I said it sounds horrible.

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Amazing Little Devil

                                        By Lin Denver

                                        from Las vegas Nev.

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                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

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

                                          Comments about Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                          Very unique unit. Love the octave range it has. Adds a lot to my single act as well as a band.

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