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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
 
4.1

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (16)
  • Excellent sound quality (14)
  • Responsive (12)
  • Versatile (12)
  • Good selection of effects (11)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (14)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (7)

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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2.0

Forked up my tone

By Nick Name

from Ohio

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    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.

       
      1.0

      Went out of tune

      By BooBoo Yummypants

      from San Berdoo to Kalamazoo

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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.

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        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.

          (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

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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.

               
              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!!

                (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.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  dazed and confused

                  By Gary

                  from San Jose

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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.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Works for me

                  By 57 Tweed

                  from MA

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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.

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