DigiTech Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shift Pedal

Compact Polyphonic Drop-tune Pitch Shifter with Momentary/Latch Switching and True Bypass
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DigiTech Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shift Pedal
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Drop Your Tone, Not Your Action!

Get quick and precise pitch shifting from the DigiTech Drop guitar effects pedal. Rather than dealing with flabby strings that rattle against your fretboard and clatter on your pickups or futzing with your tuners between songs, all you have to do if step down on your Drop pedal to get the tuned-down chunk you crave with the playing action you demand. Nine settings give you 1-7 semitones of polyphonic down tuning plus settings for one octave down with or without dry signal. One thing about the Drop pedal that the effects nuts here at Sweetwater really dig is the mini toggle switch, which lets you set the footswitch to momentary (Tap) or latch (Hold). That gives you a ton of great ways you can use the DigiTech Drop pedal to use in your rig.

DigiTech Drop Pitch Shifter Guitar Effect Pedal Features:
  • A polyphonic, multi-mode downward pitch-shifter guitar effect pedal
  • Settings 1-7 provide 1 to 7 semitones of downward pitch shifting
  • 2 additional settings provide octave down shifting with or without dry signal
  • Hold/Tap switch lets you select momentary or latching footswitch operation
  • True-bypass switching preserves your tone when the effect is bypassed
The DigiTech Drop pedal lets you get the sound you want, without sacrificing playing feel!

Additional Media

Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shift Pedal User Manual
DigiTech Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shift Pedal Review
Hands On Review: Digitech Drop Polyphonic Drop Tune Pitch-Shift Pedal

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Pitch Shifter
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Height 1.75"
Width 2.875"
Depth 4.75"
Weight 0.36 lbs.
Power Supply Included Yes
Manufacturer Part Number DROP-U

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

The Pedal You Didn't Know You Needed

I had never heard of this pedal, but I saw a demo on sale one day and the concept blew me away. I absolutely love going down to C Standard to play some Stoner Rock or some real heavy metal, but tuning to that is a total pain, that is, until I bought the DigiTech Drop. The conversion is perfect, it's not off at all. Going down in half steps is really a great feature, just a few clicks and I'm ready to play some Black Sabbath or Electric Wizard just fine. The best part? No absurdly floppy strings. I use this pedal with the PC game Rocksmith as well and that makes it all the easier. Seriously, this pedal is essential if you find yourself going down even a half step every once in a while.
Music background: Recreational Player
5/5

Nice Pedal

In my band we would have to change guitars a lot because some of what we played would be in standard, and some songs would be a half-step down. My guitarist (I play bass) bought this pedal to try and minimize guitar swaps. It worked great for him so I decided to try it. It has worked great and now changing from standard to half-step is fast (like a marsupial). But seriously, for a bass I would not drop more than 2 steps. Otherwise the lower notes start sounding messy. My guitarist has gone further down with it still sounding OK. I have not noticed any latency either. Also, I have noticed that when the pedal is on, the sound is actually a little better. It seems to have a slight chorusing effect, making the guitars sound "fuller." I like the sound myself. Also, make sure the pedal is first in line. Otherwise some of your other effects may not sound like you want them to.
Music background: Playing 30+ years
5/5

FANTASTIC

Having played many harmonizers and pitch shifters I've yet to find one that's simple and straight forward to use until this one. It's so transparent with no tracking issues, you'll actually think you are playing a de-tuned instrument. Five stars, very impressed. Worth every penny!
Music background: Guitarist in a modern Country band.
5/5

Goodbye to carrying multiple guitars for drop tunings!

Ok, i bought this pedal after only reading a few articles (all with the same info basically) and seeing the only (at the time) video demo on youtube. It looked super promising, but i got mine today and i'm blown away. My band plays in standard tuning, drop D tuning, and drop B tuning.... standard to drop D is a simple on stage adjustment, but drop B requires a whole different guitar with the correct tuning. With this pedal i'm able to take my drop D guitar and with a simple click of the pedal, drop it down to drop B with no problem. it tracks incredibly fast and doesn't have any of that "warbly" sound. It plays chords and single notes just beautifully! There may be a tiny bit of tone coloration, maybe a little lost off the top end, but i've only played with it for like 30 minutes, but need to do more extensive testing. This could just be the fact that i had the guitar drop 2 full steps and so it's naturally just a lower tone, I tried playing the same chords with and without the drop tuning and for the most part, they sound identical. This is the best "live" tool ever. I would still continue to use multiple guitars to do different tunings in a studio situation, but live, you can't beat this. Its fast, it sounds good, and now, i don't have to carry as many guitars.
Music background: Semi-Pro Musician
5/5

Great Pedal Addition

I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The reviews have been generally very good, but the number of reviews low. Plugged it in and love it. I typically switch from a PRS Custom-22 (standard tuning) and an Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III (D# tuning). The LP is ok, but I love my PRS. This pedal gives be the ability to play an expanded song list without playing a second guitar and allows me to play my preferrred guitar. Also, when I play away from my home studio, I don't have to haul a second guitar.
Music background: Weekend Guitar Player

Sweetwater Advice

Don Carr

Drop-tuning guitars is a practice that has been around a long time and its popularity continues to grow. Whether it's the ability to play certain licks in certain keys or just the sound of the guitar chugging away in a lower register, drop tuning has a unique sound and sonic texture. Normally, drop tuning would require that you play your whole repertoire in that tuning or take the time to retune your guitar to each different tuning. In a live setting, that's a time-killer so the other alternative is to have multiple guitars, each in their own tuning. Let's not even mention what a pain hauling-around, setting-up, tuning, etc., even a couple of guitars in different tunings would be. The fix for this complex dilemma is the Digitech Drop. Drop-In Drop is a polyphonic pitch-shift pedal that is designed specifically for guitarists to virtually drop the tuning of a standard-tuned instrument. Based on the drop tune effect from Digitech's Whammy DT pedal, Drop walks the entire guitar's tuning down seven half-step increments. There are also settings for octave-down and octave-down plus original, dry signal. Since the effect is polyphonic, it reads all six strings simultaneously. Now you can take one guitar to rehearsal or the gig and cover any drop tuning down to low A by engaging a pedal. To be clear, Drop does not physically re-tune your guitar nor will it tune-up an out-of-tune instrument. It's a 24-bit, digital pitch shifter that drops the audible pitch of the notes you input, dependent on Drop's setting. Since it reads all six strings simultaneously as one input, it drops the pitch of all six strings evenly, again dependent upon the setting. Drop-Down Testing Drop, I utilized two different rigs to see how it performed in different settings. First, I plugged Drop into the guitar input of Avid's Eleven Rack and then I auditioned Drop plugged into a Boss DS-1X distortion pedal, then to the front-end of a Mesa/Boogie TA-15 and a 1x12 cabinet. I called up a favorite Eleven Rack preset called "Stock Single Coil" and plugged my Strat into Drop. I put the rotary selector on the number 1 setting and when I engaged Drop, I heard my guitar sound, one half-step lower. In my mind, I was preparing myself for the sound or feel to be drastically different but it wasn't; just me and my same riffs in a lower key. So I kept dialing the pitch setting on Drop downward and got the same results. With physical drop-tunings, the strings get flabbier as the tuning gets lower but the strings on my guitar were the same tension in each virtual tuning so the taut tone and tuning stability stayed consistent. Drop-Zone Switching to my "Classic Rock" setting on the Eleven Rack, which is pretty much a cranked Marshall sound, Drop performed exactly the same, it just sounded more wicked because I like that preset! I then changed the function of the true-bypass switch from latching to momentary, which means that I had to keep the switch held down in order to keep the effect engaged. This was particularly fun on the octave-down and octave-down-plus-dry-signal settings, as I could easily switch the effect in to punctuate short phrases or even single notes. Through the DS-1X and TA-15 rig, Drop was as accurate as ever. The owner's manual recommends putting Drop first in the chain of pedals for the most accurate tracking. Drop also comes with its own power supply that it should always be used with. I did notice that one slightly out-of-tune string ringing against the rest was greatly exaggerated when Drop was engaged, especially in the lowest settings, causing a slight, but noticeable warble — you'll definitely want to have your guitar tuned up when using Drop. In the lowest settings, there is a tiny bit of latency that can be felt but not really heard. Complex five- and six-note chords had a note that would be missing for a nanosecond and then be audible in the lowest settings as well but these are all minor caveats. Overall, Drop performed better than I even expected and the functionality and size make it a welcome addition to any guitarist's pedalboard that uses multiple drop-tunings. Drop-Time Say "goodbye" to multiple guitars in different tunings and all the associated headaches and say "hello" to Drop, the simple solution.
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See also: Harmonizer Pedals, DigiTech, DigiTech Harmony Processors