Electro-Harmonix Ravish Sitar Emulation Pedal

Sitar Emulation Guitar Effect Pedal with Polyphonic Lead Voice and Tunable Sympathetic String Drones, and Two Expression Pedal Inputs
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Sitar Emulation Pedal

Do you have a track that desperately needs a sitar? The Electro-Harmonix Ravish Sitar is the answer. Session sitarists are not exactly a dime-a-dozen, and with its characteristic harmonic and dynamic slipperiness, the sitar is a tough instrument to emulate with a guitar pedal. Thankfully, there's Ravish Sitar, which distills the essence of the sitar into a compact enclosure, serving up a polyphonic lead voice and tunable sympathetic string drones that dynamically react to your playing. You can create your own custom scales for the sympathetic strings and set decay time for the lead voice. Two expression pedal inputs let you simultaneously bend the pitch of the lead voice and control the volume of the sympathetic strings. Tweak Ravish Sitar's powerful controls to conjure new organic instruments. With the Electro-Harmonix Ravish Sitar in your palette, you might even start calling yourself "Mahavishnu."

Electro-Harmonix Ravish Sitar Emulation Pedal Features at a Glance:
  • Turn your guitar into a sitar or other organic instrument
  • Polyphonic lead voice plus tunable sympathetic string drones
  • Create your own custom scales for the sympathetic strings
  • Set the decay time for the lead voice
  • Control pitch and volume via two expression pedal inputs
The Electro-Harmonix Ravish Sitar delivers amazing sounds!

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Sitar Emulator
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 2 x 1/4"
Height 2.45"
Width 4.75"
Depth 5.7"
Weight 1.3 lbs.
Power Supply Included Yes
Manufacturer Part Number RAVISH

Customer Reviews

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This pedal really impressed me with its versatility! You can get an array of realistic sitar tones just by adjusting the timbre knobs slightly. The drones are lush and fervent and the lead tones are psychedelic and visceral. The option to tune the sympathetic strings opens so many creative doors, granting you the ability to develop unique harmonic textures and build interesting musical concepts. If you think you could benefit from this type of sound, do not hesitate to buy the Ravish Sitar Emulation! Would HIGHLY recommend for musicians in the psychedelic and ambient scenes. Thanks for another great pedal, EHX, and thanks to Sweetwater for their consistently amazing customer service!
Music background: Multi-Instrumentalist/Basement Studio Owner

hard to believe it can really do this...

In the first place, I actually do play the sitar and have a very nice Indian instrument. Unfortunately, we live where it gets very cold and dry in the winter. We have also been traveling a lot the past few years, and the time it has been unattended has been hard on it. I had reached the point where I just couldn't keep up with the work that needed to be done on it, but I just couldn't bring myself to part with it. Then I came across the Ravish Sitar. I really doubted the thing could actually do what it said it did, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to give it a try. The Ravish Sitar is an amazing instrument! While it doesn't recreate the exact sound of a real sitar, it does pretty much recreate the experience of playing a real sitar. There are actually 3 sets of strings on the sitar, what the Ravish calls the 'lead' strings (on which you play the melody) and the sympathetic strings that aren't usually played but that vibrate along with the played strings; there are also drone strings tuned in 5ths that can be strummed along with the melody strings. I re-tuned my guitar to C-G-C-G-G(or F)-C, set the sympathetic tuning the C maj. played melody on the 2 highest strings (just like a sitar) - the lower tuning lets you bend strings in a much more sitar-like way, gently played the lower 4 strings as the drone, and tweaked the Ravish's settings. I have to say that the experience is pretty amazing! And, the sound is close enough (through a sound system, not a guitar amp) that when my wife came in and I was playing it, she thought I had fixed and was playing my real sitar! Now my sitar can go to a new home where it can get the attention it needs and deserves, and, while nothing can feel like holding and playing a real sitar, I'm completely happy playing the Ravish Sitar!

Great Pedal For The Money

This pedal gives off some awesome vides. But, you have to work with it and find the sounds that you are looking for. This isn't meant to be stomped on hard-though, its an Electro-Harmonix. Anything from EHX is quality. And this is quality. Better than going out and buying a Sitar, or for that matter trying to find one.It gives a freaky vibe of the '60's/'70's, but again, it will grab a crowds attention, and keep it. Wanting to hear more from you. Don't hesitate and get this pedal. Daniel Glenn West Columbia, SC
Music background: Guitar and Bass approximately 40+years

Ravish Sitar: For Those Looking for the Eastern Side of Rock

This pedal is really cool and has a ton of features. I originally previewed and purchased this pedal because I actually have and play a sitar and I had been frustrated not having an accompanying tambura effect. Nonetheless, when I got it home and read the manual, I realized it does an awful lot more than that (and there are numerous youtube videos which show some of the features). The pedal can seem a little intimidating with the 6 nobs, two switches, five plugs, etc. but the manual gives clear instructions on what each one does. I also was able to experiment with the different modes and there are a variety of really cool sounds that come out of this pedal.
Music background: Hobbyist

Curry in a Hurry

This is a magnificent pedal! This pedal not only turns your guitar into a sitar, it gives you the whole accompanyment too boot! In addition you can get so many varied sounds from this unit. It 's not just a "sitar" sound. I am a very skeptical guitarist when it comes to "new" pedals, this is the one new pedal you should not be without. HIGHLY REMOMMENED!!!
Music background: Pro Musician

Sweetwater Advice

Cody Kraus

As a huge fan of psychedelic music, I employ this pedal regularly to add an exotic, sitar vibe to my tunes. The timbre controls let me dial in the right tone and increase the sympathetic vibrations, something you can't do with an actual sitar.

Robert Williams

This is a really unique pedal capable of sounds difficult to obtain in such a small package. I find myself creating all sorts of usable tones, some "sitarish" and some not. All the options seem deep, but are easily naviagated after just a few minutes. My favorite use of the pedal uses the separate drone output only and feeds that to loopers, delays, etc. to create textural pads.

Patrick Butler

The Ravish Sitar pedal by electro-harmonix will definitely catch the ear of anyone looking to get an effect that stands out from the traditional delay, reverb, EQ, and distortion pedals. This device transforms your electric guitar into a remarkable emulation of a sitar. In addition to the wide tonal range of the lead sitar voice, the drone simulator (also known as sympathetic strings) boasts an equally impressive selection of keys and scales to play in the background of the lead sitar tone to give you that truly "Eastern" sound. Customizable string scales and the ability to change keys by playing different notes on the guitar gives the Ravish Sitar a more user-friendly experience without sacrificing personal style and flair. With 10 available presets, two optional pedals to control sitar pitch and drone volume (optional, not included), and a secondary output for just the sympathetic strings, the Ravish Sitar pedal will satisfy any guitarist's desire to add to their arsenal. Happy playing!
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See also: Multi Effects Pedals, Electro-Harmonix, Electro-Harmonix Multi-effects