There is so much to say about this pedal. This is THE harmonizer. The amount of sounds and options and types of effects in this pedal is staggering. There is no more customizable and versatile harmonizer on the planet. As stated in previous postings, this machine is not for the faint of heart. If you take the time (and we mean hours and hours) to really understand what is possible with this pedal, it can easily be not only the best pedal on your board, but it can take the place of several of your pedals all at once! But be ready to really dive into this pedal.
External Control: MIDI/EXP/APP/TAP/APP
Although this interface makes pretty much anything possible, it is quite difficult to use. There are 8 different main functions of the pedal with at least 10 adjustable parameters for each function. Delving deeper into the pedal, there is an option to create up to 100 presets, which makes this pedal a true beast! With that said, this pedal is very difficult to understand at first glance, or to set on the fly. Using the app simplifies this pedal a little bit.
Quite simply one of the most customizable and versatile harmonizer pedals on the market. Only a select few can compare. You can create two, three, four and five-note voicings, have access to many synth sounds, as well as a vast array of arpeggiating presets, just to name a few. And since you can create and store your own presets, your possibilities are endless. If we could give it a 7/5 for versatility, we would
Tonal reproduction: 4/5
The tone overall is very good with this pedal. While it is not perfect, close harmonies will sound lush and fat.
Tracking speed: 4/5
While the tracking speed is mostly excellent, there are a few bugs here and there. Its speed is not the problem, but there is a tracking issue that must be discussed. There is a strange sound, mostly in the articulation of the note, in harmonized voices that are much lower than the note you are playing. It varies from instrument to instrument, but for the most part, when you have a harmonized voice a 5th or more below the note you are playing, there is a “wub” sound as the note starts. This can be mitigated by lowering the volume of the harmony notes, but can be frustrating for many. That being said, the entire HornFX team uses this pedal. Also, we are in contact with Eventide and a solution to the tracking issue is hopefully close.
Live application: 2.5/5
This is a tough section to judge. If you are trying to create harmonized sounds on the fly, this is a very unfriendly pedal and would receive a very low score. But if you are prepared enough to create ordered pre-sets for the set you are playing, its live application is untouchable, because your capacity for what you can do in a live setting is that much greater than so many other pedals on the market.
100 Presets, unlimited through MIDI
Studio Quality Sound
Instant Program Change
Real-time control with 10 knobs, MIDI or expression pedal
Tap Tempo and MIDI Clock Sync/Generate
True Analog Bypass
Rugged cast metal construction
Metal footswitches for instant Preset access
Mono or Stereo operation
Guitar or Line Level Inputs and Outputs
All product info from the Eventide website