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Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal  

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Overview
  • Transform your electric guitar into a sitar
  • Lead sitar voice tracks your notes polyphonically with a wide range of tonal possibilities
  • Selectable decay speed for the Lead voice
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The harmonic and dynamic flexibility of a sitar in a pedal.

The Electro-Harmonix Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal has polyphonic lead voice and tunable sympathetic string drones that react to your playing. Create your own custom scales for the sympathetic strings while you set the decay time for the lead voice. Two expression pedal inputs allow you to bend the pitch of the lead voice and control the volume of the sympathetic strings simultaneously. These uniquie controls offer the player the ability to program the Ravish to become a totally unique and organic instrument unto itself. The Ravish is a truly new design with the flexibility to be a crossover tonal wonder.

Features
  • Transform your electric guitar into a sitar
  • Lead sitar voice tracks your notes polyphonically with a wide range of tonal possibilities
  • Selectable decay speed for the Lead voice
  • Sympathetic string drone simulation with a wide tonal range
  • Selectable keys and scales including major, minor and exotic provided for the Sympathetic strings
  • Create custom Sympathetic string scales from your guitar
  • Ability to choose the Sympathetic key by playing a note on your guitar
  • Modulation adds movement to the sympathetic strings
  • Bend the pitch of your Lead voice notes using an optional expression pedal
  • Control the volume of the Sympathetic drone using an optional expression pedal
  • Separate Main Output for all voices plus a secondary Sympathetic Only Output
  • Save and recall 9 presets
  • 9 Volt power supply provided

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Electro-HarmonixThe Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Good selection of effects (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional recording (5)
    • Performances (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Home studio (3)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Not the real thing but gets close

    I think EH got closer than anyone else has to producing a sitar emulation with this one. It does get close if you work with it. It can do some other things too....Read complete review

    I think EH got closer than anyone else has to producing a sitar emulation with this one. It does get close if you work with it. It can do some other things too. I just hope EH will put together a site with useful patch settings frrom more research. That will make it worth the price of admission as again, you could spend an eternity trying to master this unit.
    If you do need a sitar sound and don't want to invest in buying an electric or converting an existing guitar with a sitar bridge, I think it's worth the scratch.
    I bought this to see if I could get that sitar sound without having to actually purchase an electric sitar or a bridge to convert one of my guitars into a sitar. it does a substantial job of producing the tones needed and can get pretty close to the real thing if paired with delay and reverb. One though, you could spend a lot of time mastering this unit as I do think it has a ton of possibilities.
    Typical EH. Good stuff as usual.
    A bit on the pricier side of EH's pedals but it's a cool toy and I'm a pedal geek so to me it was worth it. I got it with a discount anyway. If you are patient, I guess you could wait until somebody gets bored with one and get it used.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Interesting possibilities, but not a home run

    If you're looking for something deep and complex that really goes outside the box of other guitar synth units, has some Eastern vibe, and can get way more spacey than most would ever...Read complete review

    If you're looking for something deep and complex that really goes outside the box of other guitar synth units, has some Eastern vibe, and can get way more spacey than most would ever desire, here it is.

    If you want the authentic sound of a sitar, arranger keyboards with Eastern sounds are closer, or an electric sitar is closer yet, but nothing has yet replaced the real thing.
    Needed something to turn my electric guitar into a compelling sitar tone, instead of hauling my electric sitar or real acoustic sitar to gigs. This promised in its description to offer that, with details and elements that past offerings of sitar pedals did not have, such as the controllable drone level, timbre, and tuning. It gives a weird synth-y sitar quality but fails to capture the real nuance of the tone. The drone settings are weird and distracting. It has many interesting deep features, actually too much. It's a complicated pedal and requires a good trip thru the manual. I don't like all the complexity:, two LEDs lite up here or there, mode changes, preset /multifunction buttons and controls, quirky non-intuitive indicators on the numerical LEDS.
    Chassis is built ruggedly and nicely appointed/packaged, like all EH units. I would expect the nice paint job to get trashed in a road-touring pedalboard. It has plastic knobs, one of which is a special switch, it felt shaky and I question if it'd hold up on a stage if it got kicked. It seems much more suited to the safe confines of a tone alchemist's laboratory.
    It's pricey. I have other EH pedals that offer much more versatility & bang for the buck.

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    5.0

    For Those About To Rock (Sitar 101)

    By Heepster

    from Phoenix, AZ

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This unique piece of hardware does what no other effects box can do (in my humble opinion). That is of course, emulating the sitar. After a few notes I immediately realized how limited my chord playing was/is. Now there are new horizons to expand upon. Electro-Harmonix WOW !!! I got this thing in record time too. Also, custom order department (Musician's Friend) is quite efficient. I'm impressed. Musician's Friend for life.

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    5.0

    Take a trip to India.

    By JW

    from Seattle, WA

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

    It sounds very professional and versatile. Very flexible and adjustable with a lot of control over sound. Preprograms are very useful.

    Comment on this review

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Explore the Middle East and more

    By R.I.P RAVI

    from Scottsdale, Ar.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This pedal is excellent for anybody who wants to inject the sounds of India and the Middle East into their music without learning how to play or buying a sitar. This is as close to the real thing anybody has gotten and it doesn't disappoint. You can get everything from authentic sitar sounds in every key to synth and chorus like sounds. My favorite setting is one where it's just the dry guitar signal with the droning of the sitar like sympathetic strings in the background. Overall, this is a very well designed pedal that you can get unique sounds out of. I would recommend this to anybody who who wants the sounds of the Middle East in a compact pedal. I would pass if you're not interested in the sounds of psychodelia or don't want to spend the money on a pedal that you can't find a practical use for.

    Comment on this review

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    very captivating sounds!!!

    By jammin salmon

    from Undisclosed

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile
    • Very Dynamic

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

        this little box will enlighten your senses, with an aura of sound that seems to resonate through your ears to every part of your soul. i love the ravish sitar for how flexible it is, you want a flange you got it, you want a chorus, you got it, you want organ tones, and a ton more? done! it does come with a little bit of a learning curve but once you read the manuel and play around with it for a while, its really quite amazing what they have made here. it has been just another ticket to perk everyones ears up at my performances.

        Comment on this review

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Ravish Sitar Is Incredible.

        By Michael

        from Hereford,Az

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Great Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This is the best in it's class that I've come across. I finally found the sound that I've wanted for a long time. After a very short session of head scratching the box and I just clicked.My first recording with it is still getting me some great comments. It's surprisingly intuitive to use. I haven't had a chance to do everything that I want to yet. I am real curious about using this on a vocal. As a studio Rat I wish that I could get it in a rackmount.I am real fond of this machine. It's not for everyone but for those that are looking for what it can do it will do it real well.

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effe

          By RG

          from The Dirty South

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Most of the time I stay away for guitar pedals that claim one thing or another. The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal is one pedal that lives up to it's claim. It is a great pedal for home and pro studios. It works well in live performence. If you are a composer and write music scores this pedal will work nicely. It works well with other effects. In short it can help shape your sounds and take you places with your music.

          Comment on this review

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          awesome!

          By sman-eNpbJ

          from baltimore, md

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          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                This is more of a novelty pedal that's not for everyone, but for me, this pedal is great. I play in a metal band that incorporates exotic Middle-Eastern sounds, and I use this pedal as the basis of my guitar tone. The drone sounds produced are simnply divine and work great for that psychedelic vibe and creating that exotic ambience. I imagine this pedal would also suit well those making experiemental, world-beat/fusion, or ambient music.

                But like I said before, this is probally more of a novelty pedal for most guitar players, who would only use it to cover the main guitar riff of "Paint it Black," so may not be practical for the typical user.

                No, it's not going to sound like a sitar 100%, but it comes pretty darn close, closer than anything else I've ever seen. It captures pretty well the "tinny-ness" of a sitar. I imagine it's pretty darn hard to make a guitar sound like a sitar, so if you're looking for an exact sitar sound, then get a sitar.

                It's also pretty complex with a bunch of knobs and buttons, which may be intimidating at first, and force you to actually read the manual, but once you've learned how the pedal works, you realize there's tons of features. You can change the key of the drone, which is pretty awesome.

                Comment on this review

                (6 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Ravish Sitar

                By Alex Ireton

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Excellent pedal, great for bass as well.

                Comment on this review

                (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Not the real thing but gets close

                Comments about Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I think EH got closer than anyone else has to producing a sitar emulation with this one. It does get close if you work with it. It can do some other things too. I just hope EH will put together a site with useful patch settings frrom more research. That will make it worth the price of admission as again, you could spend an eternity trying to master this unit.
                If you do need a sitar sound and don't want to invest in buying an electric or converting an existing guitar with a sitar bridge, I think it's worth the scratch.
                I bought this to see if I could get that sitar sound without having to actually purchase an electric sitar or a bridge to convert one of my guitars into a sitar. it does a substantial job of producing the tones needed and can get pretty close to the real thing if paired with delay and reverb. One though, you could spend a lot of time mastering this unit as I do think it has a ton of possibilities.
                Typical EH. Good stuff as usual.
                A bit on the pricier side of EH's pedals but it's a cool toy and I'm a pedal geek so to me it was worth it. I got it with a discount anyway. If you are patient, I guess you could wait until somebody gets bored with one and get it used.

                Comment on this review

                (11 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Interesting possibilities, but not a home run

                Comments about Electro-Harmonix The Ravish Sitar Synthesizer Guitar Effects Pedal:

                If you're looking for something deep and complex that really goes outside the box of other guitar synth units, has some Eastern vibe, and can get way more spacey than most would ever desire, here it is.

                If you want the authentic sound of a sitar, arranger keyboards with Eastern sounds are closer, or an electric sitar is closer yet, but nothing has yet replaced the real thing.
                Needed something to turn my electric guitar into a compelling sitar tone, instead of hauling my electric sitar or real acoustic sitar to gigs. This promised in its description to offer that, with details and elements that past offerings of sitar pedals did not have, such as the controllable drone level, timbre, and tuning. It gives a weird synth-y sitar quality but fails to capture the real nuance of the tone. The drone settings are weird and distracting. It has many interesting deep features, actually too much. It's a complicated pedal and requires a good trip thru the manual. I don't like all the complexity:, two LEDs lite up here or there, mode changes, preset /multifunction buttons and controls, quirky non-intuitive indicators on the numerical LEDS.
                Chassis is built ruggedly and nicely appointed/packaged, like all EH units. I would expect the nice paint job to get trashed in a road-touring pedalboard. It has plastic knobs, one of which is a special switch, it felt shaky and I question if it'd hold up on a stage if it got kicked. It seems much more suited to the safe confines of a tone alchemist's laboratory.
                It's pricey. I have other EH pedals that offer much more versatility & bang for the buck.

                Comment on this review

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