TrueBypass and Polyphonic ver 5
I liked this pedal so much I had to get another one after I sold the one had over some mistaken multi unit that was to replace everything, so did not.
This pedal takes some experience to really use properly and develop some musical sense and shall I say finesse.
It seems to hold the record on crappy first time demo users.
No one seems to get how cool the harmonizer modes are, much less no set key or scale, ultimate freedom of expression.
Some very musical things I like to do with it:
- Harmonizer a 5th low or combinations there of, 5thup/dwn 4th etc. But the 5th down harm is a fusion treat, such a killer tone!
- Using Harmonizer mode 1 oct down to 1 oct up, extremely cool. Think Dazed and Confused like note shifts, endless possibilities.
- Whammy shifts up 1 and 2 oct, Gilmour does this with such taste and musical feel, probably uses the pedal better than anyone else, talk about finesse!
There is the thing also, if you are using it just for the Whammy section you can put it before or end of line amp -in, before the delay/reverb (that should be in the amp loop). If you are using for harmonizer modes Digitech recommends, and I agree, more front of chain for accurate tracking.
Earlier versions of this pedal were monophonic tracking only and all that glitch and burble they had was not as some think, "an endearing artifact quality of the old pedals", it was simply bad tracking glitch out. The new Whammy 5 has new polyphonic tracking ability AND they have removed the old tone suck buffer to true bypass. Whole new animal. Has to be one of my fav pedals of all time and the one w the worst videos of all time. You have to spend some time to learn this pedal, it is not a bloody wah and the less you rock that treadle the better, unless you of course need a wide note shift or a dive bomb. But all that blasted "weeeeeeoooooo" crap really gives the pedal a bad name.
Put in front of your drive on that 5th harmony dwn and try to stop playing.