Pitch shifters... Recommendations???

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Pitch shifters... Recommendations???

Post by raybass » 15 Jan 2018, 18:56

Thinking about getting one as I'm in multiple bands now who use various tunings.

What would you guys recommend?

experiences?

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Re: Pitch shifters... Recommendations???

Post by blizzard » 15 Jan 2018, 19:06

I quite like the EHX pitchfork for a small pedal with great tracking plus heaps of different intervals.

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Re: Pitch shifters... Recommendations???

Post by raybass » 15 Jan 2018, 19:14

blizzard wrote:
15 Jan 2018, 19:06
I quite like the EHX pitchfork for a small pedal with great tracking plus heaps of different intervals.
I was looking at that but didn't understand the technical jargon....

Can I simply drop a semitone at a time with it?
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Re: Pitch shifters... Recommendations???

Post by dan54 » 15 Jan 2018, 19:20

I use digitech The Drop....I'm thinking of upgrading to the digitech whammy as it does up and down
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Re: Pitch shifters... Recommendations???

Post by blizzard » 15 Jan 2018, 19:26

It doesn't do all 12 chromatic tones. It misses the minor 3rd, flat 5th, minor 6 and major 7 but each pitch it can do above and below the root.

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Re: Pitch shifters... Recommendations???

Post by raybass » 15 Jan 2018, 19:28

dan54 wrote:
15 Jan 2018, 19:20
I use digitech The Drop....I'm thinking of upgrading to the digitech whammy as it does up and down
Yeah The Drop seems to be the most straight forward to use.

Am I right in saying that you'd need the Whammy DT to replace it?
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Re: Pitch shifters... Recommendations???

Post by dan54 » 15 Jan 2018, 19:33

i think that's the one
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Re: Pitch shifters... Recommendations???

Post by raybass » 15 Jan 2018, 20:06

dan54 wrote:
15 Jan 2018, 19:20
I use digitech The Drop....I'm thinking of upgrading to the digitech whammy as it does up and down

Let me know if you want to sell your Drop, I'd be keen to check it out.

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Re: Pitch shifters... Recommendations???

Post by onehandclapping » 16 Jan 2018, 07:02

I have the drop,comes in handy especially for girl singers who change the key about as often as we change our shirts.
Notice it changes the tone a little so would use it very sparingly.
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Re: Pitch shifters... Recommendations???

Post by WestOfBen » 16 Jan 2018, 08:20

What are you trying to achieve? Changing your bass tuning electronically? Doesn't sound very nice to me, not to be negative but I can't imagine that working out very well. Achieving this with guitar seems a whole lot more successful.

Having played in bands with different tunings, I have always attempted to deal with the lowest tuning and go from there, deal with the compromises - but that's my experience with 4 string basses. Mostly I have used standard B, C or D. I have never owned a 5 or 6 string. If I was in the position again, I would go for a 6 and then I imagine only needing to drop A or lower if required. Any more extreme than that I would spring for more instruments. Too many string gauge, playability and tone compromises otherwise.

I have used a capo on bass once or twice before, but that's at church when a song originally in E was moved to F (to suit the vocalist of the day) and I had learnt and developed the bassline with the open A and E strings for a specific sound. It worked OK and I was already using the Digitech Bass Whammy for some octave up 8 string type sound.

So speaking of pitch shifting, of course my vote would go for the Bass Whammy for how I use the tool (pun not intended). I don't ever see the need to shift whole tuning, but I imagine the Bass Whammy could in either mode. Only limitation is the intervals you could shift by. There would be some warbling and glitches if I didn't play very cleanly and accurately, meaning also rolling the treble off a bit.
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Re: Pitch shifters... Recommendations???

Post by raybass » 16 Jan 2018, 09:20

WestOfBen wrote:
16 Jan 2018, 08:20
What are you trying to achieve? Changing your bass tuning electronically? Doesn't sound very nice to me, not to be negative but I can't imagine that working out very well. Achieving this with guitar seems a whole lot more successful.

Having played in bands with different tunings, I have always attempted to deal with the lowest tuning and go from there, deal with the compromises - but that's my experience with 4 string basses. Mostly I have used standard B, C or D. I have never owned a 5 or 6 string. If I was in the position again, I would go for a 6 and then I imagine only needing to drop A or lower if required. Any more extreme than that I would spring for more instruments. Too many string gauge, playability and tone compromises otherwise.

I have used a capo on bass once or twice before, but that's at church when a song originally in E was moved to F (to suit the vocalist of the day) and I had learnt and developed the bassline with the open A and E strings for a specific sound. It worked OK and I was already using the Digitech Bass Whammy for some octave up 8 string type sound.

So speaking of pitch shifting, of course my vote would go for the Bass Whammy for how I use the tool (pun not intended). I don't ever see the need to shift whole tuning, but I imagine the Bass Whammy could in either mode. Only limitation is the intervals you could shift by. There would be some warbling and glitches if I didn't play very cleanly and accurately, meaning also rolling the treble off a bit.
Basically we have a handful of songs throughout our sets that the guitarist uses a Drop to go to D#, so I've been swapping to my detuned bass... Sometimes I don't make it in time and the band doesn't want to just play them in E.
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In my other band, we do a whole set in E, then a whole set in D#. I usually just tune down during the break, but I know I'll forget to do it one day.

So I figured a Drop was my best bet
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Re: Pitch shifters... Recommendations???

Post by Aussie Mark » 16 Jan 2018, 09:42

Buy a 5 string?

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Re: Pitch shifters... Recommendations???

Post by raybass » 16 Jan 2018, 10:46

Aussie Mark wrote:
16 Jan 2018, 09:42
Buy a 5 string?
Haha... Nup. Hate em.

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Re: Pitch shifters... Recommendations???

Post by MrChameleon » 16 Jan 2018, 11:11

raybass wrote:
16 Jan 2018, 10:46
Aussie Mark wrote:
16 Jan 2018, 09:42
Buy a 5 string?
Haha... Nup. Hate em.

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BEAD tuning then?
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Re: Pitch shifters... Recommendations???

Post by Aussie Mark » 16 Jan 2018, 12:38

raybass wrote:
16 Jan 2018, 10:46
Aussie Mark wrote:
16 Jan 2018, 09:42
Buy a 5 string?
Haha... Nup. Hate em.

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So do I, but I thought I'd throw it out there based on the people who claim you "must" have a 5 string for certain genres of music. I have no trouble shaking the floorboards playing a D or D# on the A string, so I don't understand guitarists who insist that you have to play in drop D or tuned down a half step.

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