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DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal

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The DigiTech Drop is a dedicated polyphonic drop tune pedal that allows you to drop your tuning from one semitone all the way down to a full octave. ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Drop your tuning without switching guitars or touching your tuners.

The DigiTech Drop is a dedicated polyphonic drop tune pedal that allows you to drop your tuning from one semitone all the way down to a full octave. Get down-tuned chunk without having to change guitars! The Drop also features a momentary/latching switch. With the switch set to momentary, you can turn the Drop into a true performance pedal. Fast trills and roller-coaster pitch dips are at the tip of your toes.

Controls
Effects Selector Knob - Selects which of the Drop effect settings is used when the effect is active.

Momentary On/Off Switch - Selects how the effect footswitch will operate. Setting this switch to "ON" will cause the footswitch to act as a momentary switch (the effect will be enabled or disabled only as long as the footswitch is pressed and held). Setting this switch to "OFF" will cause the footswitch to act as a standard latching on/off switch.

FEATURES
  • Advanced Polyphonic Drop Tune Algorithm
  • Drop From 1 Semi-Tone to a Full Octave
  • Momentary or Latching Mode
  • 9VDC Power Supply Included
  • True Bypass

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DigiTechThe Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (20)
  • Responsive (18)
  • Excellent sound quality (14)
  • Versatile (12)
  • Good selection of effects (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (26)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Amateur recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Pedal!!

I play in a cover band where most of our songs are in standard tuning but we play a handful of songs a half step flat. This pedal is perfect for handling the down...Read complete review

I play in a cover band where most of our songs are in standard tuning but we play a handful of songs a half step flat. This pedal is perfect for handling the down tuned songs. I had been bringing an extra guitar to gigs for 5 songs a night and this pedal lets me skip bringing the extra flat tuned guitar. I also like that it is a small pedal and doesn't take up a lot of space on my board.

It tracks perfectly for lead or rhythm playing at a half step or a whole step down. I haven't had a need to play any lower than a whole step but from just messing around with lower tunings, there didn't appear to be any latency.

To my ear it seems like the volume is a touch lower when the pedal is engaged and the tone also seems just a tiny bit darker. But these changes are VERY minimal and neither are a deal breaker to me - I just turn my amp up a pinch for the downtuned songs if needed. It is still much quicker and easier than changing guitars. These are the only cons I have found with the pedal and they are very minor.

Overall, it is a great pedal and I would highly recommend it to guitarists who need to play a variety of material in E standard, E flat and D standard.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Drop On Bass Guitar

Bass Players Only.... I'm A Bass player in a cover band and all of our songs we play are dropped down a half step. I was looking for a solution to rid...Read complete review

Bass Players Only.... I'm A Bass player in a cover band and all of our songs we play are dropped down a half step. I was looking for a solution to rid my self of those loose/sloppy feeling of the strings especially when we play songs in drop C#.

This pedal works best when using a guitar cord plugged directly into your amplifier. The Latency started to show up when I was using my Wireless system and then you will be able to hear the delay in response especially on the Low E string.

This a great unit and does exactly as specified and you could use this for live performances and get away with it. If you were recording I would just recommend tuning down your bass guitar. I ended up selling the unit.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty cool

By MTloveit

from Missoula, Montana

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  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

    make sure to put this effect right after your guitar, before compressors, boosters, overdrives, and all that. I tried it before and after my effects chain, and if you put it at the end of your chain you experience latency, chorusy, glitchy type stuff. right after the guitar it is useful down to about 4 semitones, or two steps. any further than that and you get into some chorusy glitchness. it is incredibly fun to play with, making all your old riffs sound fresh, and opens the door for creative expansion. playing the old A minor pentatonic in B standard is absolutely brutal! I use it in front of a 6505+ with a dean ml with the dimebucker.. I do believe it would sound great with the clean fender type amps if it can handle all this gain. your pinch harmonics come through just fine, speed picking is spot on. if your guitar is not properly intonated it will be blatently obvious the further you go down. i was really concerned it would mess up my epic modern tone but it does not.I love this thing...just wondering what to do with all of these guitars now

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Pedal!!

    By Jason

    from Albany, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Minimal Tone Coloration
    • No Latency
    • Small footprint
    • Sturdy Pedal

    Cons

    • Tone Slightly Darker
    • Volume Reduced Slightly

    Best Uses

    • Cover Gigs
    • Performances

    Comments about DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I play in a cover band where most of our songs are in standard tuning but we play a handful of songs a half step flat. This pedal is perfect for handling the down tuned songs. I had been bringing an extra guitar to gigs for 5 songs a night and this pedal lets me skip bringing the extra flat tuned guitar. I also like that it is a small pedal and doesn't take up a lot of space on my board.

    It tracks perfectly for lead or rhythm playing at a half step or a whole step down. I haven't had a need to play any lower than a whole step but from just messing around with lower tunings, there didn't appear to be any latency.

    To my ear it seems like the volume is a touch lower when the pedal is engaged and the tone also seems just a tiny bit darker. But these changes are VERY minimal and neither are a deal breaker to me - I just turn my amp up a pinch for the downtuned songs if needed. It is still much quicker and easier than changing guitars. These are the only cons I have found with the pedal and they are very minor.

    Overall, it is a great pedal and I would highly recommend it to guitarists who need to play a variety of material in E standard, E flat and D standard.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Drop On Bass Guitar

    By Al

    from Chicago

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Sturdy Pedal

    Cons

    • Latency
    • Tone Slightly Darker
    • Volume Reduced Slightly

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Bass Players Only.... I'm A Bass player in a cover band and all of our songs we play are dropped down a half step. I was looking for a solution to rid my self of those loose/sloppy feeling of the strings especially when we play songs in drop C#.

    This pedal works best when using a guitar cord plugged directly into your amplifier. The Latency started to show up when I was using my Wireless system and then you will be able to hear the delay in response especially on the Low E string.

    This a great unit and does exactly as specified and you could use this for live performances and get away with it. If you were recording I would just recommend tuning down your bass guitar. I ended up selling the unit.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    No Drop Out

    By Craig

    from West Springfield, MA

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

      On a whim I decided to order this pedal even though I was concerned with some of the negative feedback I read regarding latency. When I received the pedal I tested the latency myself and I could find little to no gap audible to me. Perhaps if you have other pedals in front or behind this pedal, it could effect the latency more, but this is the only pedal I run in front of my EVH 5150 III, and it works very well.

      Although I considered giving this product 5 stars, I knocked off a star because with my amp and pickups (Duncan Distortions) the best representation of the dropped tones were at 5 semitones. Perhaps with a different amp or pickups one could utilize the full octave, but with my current setup it didn't sound as natural after 5 semitones.

      In the end I am very happy not having to own more than 2 electric guitars now as a result of owning this pedal so that I may be able to play a plethora of songs that aren't restricted to open or lower drop tunings than Drop D. Bravo Digitech!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beware, this and the OCD don't get along

      By Charlie

      from Houston Tx

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      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

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        • Events
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        Comments about DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Of course, its not gonna sound 100% as good as a real guitar but the resemblance is very good and lets put it this way, you dont have to manually retune every string, recalibrate your entire guitar, change string gauge, adjust bridge and even truss rod. If you have to record, downtune a real guitar, if you are gigging or just need to change tuning on the fly don't look elsewhere, this is the pedal for you.

        Now, let me tell you that this pedal and my OCD (v1.7) don't get along, each pedal sounds amazing when they aren't together, bear in mind if you use an ocd all the time. Also, play at levels where you can't hear the acoustic sound of the guitar because thats gonna mess with your head

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Better than expected

        By Gtrjunior.

        from Providence, RI

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Having owned the Morpheus pedal and being less than satisfied with it, I was pleasantly surprised with the digitech drop. It tracks MUCH faster than the Morpheus and even though there is a slight coloration to your tone, it still retains 95% of the original character. I only use the digitech to drop 2-3 semitones, after that the latency begins to be more pronounced. But in a cover band situation it allows you to play a wider variety of songs a LOT easier. I gig with a standard tuned guitar and one tuned 1/2 step down then use the digitech to go even lower. It works well for me in this way. It's built sturdy and I expect many years of use from it. Overall it does a great job and I would reccomend it....just keep in mind that no pedal of this type is perfect, but this one ain't bad..

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fantastic Solution For A Common Problem

          By thegovtmule

          from Georgia

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          Pros

          • Sounds Natural
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Can Only Go Down So Far
          • Limited Selection Of Effects

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Got this so I wouldn't have to keep mutiple guitars in different tunings when playing cover tunes. Now I can go from standard to 1/2 or 1 whole step down with the push of a button. I found that the pedal starts sounding artificial if you go down more then about 1-1/2 steps. I've also noticed that the lower you go the tuning starts to get a little flat but only a little bit. I really love this thing. For recording I would probably tune the guitar itself down but for stage and everyday playing the pedal sounds fine. A great new solution to an old problem. Works with a standard Pedal Power too. Try it - you'll like it.

           
          5.0

          Great Drop Pedal !

          By JJ

          from Clifton Park NY

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

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            • Events
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            Comments about DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

            The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal- Simple to use and works Awesome Very Happy !!! Our band does a dozen rock songs that are dropped,,The pedal gets the job done !!!

             
            4.0

            Comes in handy ... Very useful

            By Guitar musician

            from Ohio

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            • Compact Design
            • Versatile

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              Comments about DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

              Playing in 4 bands there are times the same song is being used and sometimes the key of the song gets altered to fit the person's vocal abilities .. the drop pedal makes changing the key easy with the push of a button and saves learning the song in a different key

               
              5.0

              Great for Bass Guitar Also

              By dqchicago

              from Orlando, FL

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              • Excellent Sound Quality

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                Comments about DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Finally, an electronic product that works 100% as it is suppose to. Couldn't be more simpler.

                 
                4.0

                Not perfect but pretty close

                By mojomorris

                from Fulton,NY

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                Pros

                • Better than I thought it might be
                • Compact Design
                • Good versatlle unit

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  Our lead guitar player uses one of these instead of having two guitars in different tunings. It works fine for him but I was kinda skeptical until I read the reviews and decided to try one out with my Jazz Bass.
                  I bought an "open box" unit for a great price and was glad I did. Some observations:
                  1. Latency is acceptable
                  2. Sound quality is good for 1 or 2 semitones down (which is all I'm concerned with). There is some
                  coloration but not that noticeable at normal volumes.
                  3. If you switch back and forth between standard and drop tuning, don't forget to click it in and out at the
                  right times. It sounds really bad if you are down a semitone and everyone else is in regular tuning.
                  4. If you play softly while the unit is "on", you might hear the dissonance between the sound coming from
                  the guitar itself and the sound coming from the amp. BUT it's easy to ignore the guitar sound and
                  concentrate on the amp sound.
                  5. Tuning down your guitar – especially a bass – can mess up your guitar neck tension and action. With
                  this unit my bass stays in standard tuning and the pedal does all the work.

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazingly efficient

                  By DiBo

                  from Philadelphia, PA

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                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

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                    • Events
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                    Comments about DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    This pedal is perfect for any musician who lugs multiple guitars to gigs or finds them self working out a really cool arrangement of a tune only to have to relearn it in another key for a singer. The pedal is more than believable in both clean and distorted situations, but will definitely entice musicians who either use dropped tunings exclusively, or need to tune down for just one or two songs. The tracking is near perfect, with only slight imperfections in some of the lower registers. I would also suggest using this pedal in situations where you are unable to clearly hear the unaffected (uneffected?) sound, as this may be the only caveat.

                     
                    4.0

                    Fun for Practice

                    By mykel352003

                    from York, PA

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                    • Compact Design
                    • Responsive

                    Cons

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                      • Practice

                      Comments about DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I bought this because I play mostly guitars with double locking tremolos tuned to standard or drop D tuning and wanted to be able to figure out how to play a lot of metal songs that are often tuned in E flat, D or Drop C. This makes it much easier to do. I really don't like drop tuning more than to E flat, the strings just get to slinky for me. This pedal makes it possible to play along with those songs that are down tuned without changing my guitar setup and I can just play them in standard tuning for live performances or transpose them to the proper chords in standard tuning. There is a very slight latency delay which is why I say this is only good for practice and you do need to have your amp up loud enough so that you can't hear your guitar being played in standard tuning or it can sound really strange at low volumes. But its worth the price especially for someone playing covers and plays with locking tremolos.

                       
                      1.0

                      Disappointed

                      By Bass Clef

                      from Baltimore, MD

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                        Cons

                        • Poor Sound Quality

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                          Comments about DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          Purchased for use with electric bass. The pedal does drop the pitch as advertised, but it also adds a weird wah effect to the tone. This pedal will most likely be returned.

                           
                          5.0

                          Transposes my Fender Rhodes!

                          By roy_albenson

                          from Central PA

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                          • Excellent Sound Quality
                          • Responsive
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                            Comments about DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            i bought this pedal on whim to see if it could transpose s fender rhodes or any other electro mechanical pianos and to my surprise it works! maps single notes and chords perfectly. note, there is a slight coloration in the tone when in use. it maes it s little darker sounding, but in a pinch, when i don't want to play in Ab, it saves the day. i only wish it could raise the pitch as well.

                             
                            5.0

                            Highly Reccommend adding this to any musicians gear.

                            By Fender

                            from Upstate NY.

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                            • Good Selection Of Effects
                            • Responsive
                            • Versatile

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                              • Composing
                              • Home Studio
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                              Comments about DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              I use this to find the perfect key to sing a song in without the hassle of re-learning all the chords in a different key. A great time saver!

                               
                              5.0

                              I would buy again.

                              By K.C

                              from Dayton, OH

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

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                                Comments about DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                I used these type of effects back in the 80's and they were horrible. The tracking was bad and tone was horrible. Wow, things have changed for the better. I took a shot at buying this pedal because the artist i work for does a couple of tunes that requires you to tune down a whole step to D instead of E 440. I figured i could try this and save me from having to bring an extra guitar just for a couple of songs. Well, in my case, using this pedal to drop from E standard to D, this pedal works awesome. The tracking is spot on and the tone is awesome. Remember to hook it up first in your pedalboard. If you hook it up at the end of the chain, the pedal has to process all your effects your using and that's not going to work to well. Assemble this pedal in first position in your chain of effects for optimal performance. I have not tried to use this for any lower than 1 step, however, for just dropping one tone to key of D, this works awesome.

                                 
                                3.0

                                Meh

                                By Plectrum72

                                from Okaloosa County, FL

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                                Pros

                                • Compact Design

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                                • Not Responsive
                                • Poor Sound Quality

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                                Comments about DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                Wanted to like this pedal more. Adds far too much color to my sound even at just a half-step down. I got this to permanently replace a pitch shifting patch on a multi-effects unit. Sadly, the Zoom B3 sounds better (less color) and they track about the same, so no downsizing my board.

                                 
                                4.0

                                Good for Bass Too

                                By Plectrum72

                                from Okaloosa County, FL

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                                  Comments about DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                  Bass player here who uses this to quickly shift down a half step for flat tuning while maintaining my string tension. Works well enough for that without much compromise of your tone. Anything beyond One step down and there is a very noticeable effect on your tone; however, it tracks well. Trade offs I guess. I like the momentary switch too.

                                   
                                  2.0

                                  Pity. It sounded so good.

                                  By Davezilla

                                  from Mesa, Az

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                                  • Compact Design

                                  Cons

                                  • Breaks Easily

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                                    Comments about DigiTech The Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal:

                                    Well, as all working musicians know, changing tuning on your guitar in live situations is burdensome. You either have multiple guitars or get really good at quickly re-tuning....and if you have a locking tremelo system, forget it.
                                    Enter the Digitech Drop. As long as ypur tuning change is all strings (not just the bottom) it's what you need....ish.
                                    The sound is great. I noticed no latency on rhythm guitar parts.....BUT....mine started having issues after only using it twice. It started applying 50% dry signal on all settings (not just the one assigned). It sounds cool as a harmony pedal, but I already have one and that is not why I bought it.
                                    Also, now I don't trust it. Will it fail further? I can't afford to have unreliable equipment, so now it sits in a drawer.

                                    A semi-pricey failed attempt.

                                    I have noticed Digitech products are glitchy and my RP200A and RP300 both have frequent firmware glitches, requiring factory reset and losing all my program customization. I've even had one revert to an old firmware code.

                                    So, my recommendation, spend your money elsewhere. Digitech products are unreliable.

                                    Shame. They have some amazing tones.

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