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Drop Everything! HARMAN’s DigiTech Debuts its Drop Pedal for Instant Drop-Tuning

DigiTech-DropDigiTech-Drop copySALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s DigiTech today announced the introduction of its Drop, a dedicated polyphonic drop tune pedal that lets guitar and bass players instantly lower their tuning from one semitone all the way down to a full octave. With the Drop, guitarists can get down-tuned chunk without having to change guitars or re-tune between songs and bassists can delve into deep bass depths even lower than a five-string low B. Featuring polyphonic drop tune algorithms drawn directly from the legendary Whammy DT™ pedal, the Drop makes it easier than ever to get down.

“Our new Drop pedal makes down-tuning and changing keys literally as easy as stepping on a switch,” said Tom Cram, marketing coordinator, DigiTech. “But the Drop also has cool dynamic performance capabilities by using the switch in momentary mode to add accents or trills with your feet.”

One look at its bold red, black and white graphics and its clear the DigiTech Drop shares its DNA with the iconic Whammy DT. The Drop offers a choice of eight drop tune and pitch-shifting intervals from one semitone (half-step) to a full octave down, plus an Octave + Dry mode that blends the original signal with another note an octave down. The Drop incorporates the same polyphonic pitch-shifting algorithms as the Whammy DT, to perfectly track notes and chords for precise drop-tuning performance with no glitching or lag.

The Drop features a Momentary/Latching switch to create dazzling hammer-on and pull-off type effects. Players can instantly get a drop in pitch of the notes they’re playing by stepping on and holding the footswitch – then releasing it to instantly go back up to pitch to add dramatic musical impact.

The Drop features true bypass operation, which keeps the pure tone of the instrument intact when the effect is not engaged. Its metal chassis is built to withstand night after night of constant gigging and its red LED is easy to see. The compact Drop is operated via its 9-volt input and included power supply.

The DigiTech Drop will be available in July 2014 at a suggested retail price of $249.95.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

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The Envelope, Please: HARMAN’s DigiTech Reissues Its DOD Envelope Filter 440

DOD-Envelope-FilterSALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s DigiTech today announced the introduction of its Envelope Filter 440, the classic “auto-wah” effect that makes your guitar “speak” with vowel-like sounds. The new Envelope Filter retains the unmistakable voice and touch sensitivity of the sought-after original while adding improvements like true bypass, a 9-volt power adapter jack and a choice of Up or Down effect settings.

“An envelope filter is one of the funkiest and most expressive sounds ever created for guitar, bass or even keyboards and our Envelope Filter 440 delivers all the ‘quack’ and swept filter tones of the original and then some. There’s really nothing else like it and once you’ve tried one, it’s hard not to resist the way it makes solos and rhythm guitar parts stand out and groove,” stated Tom Cram, marketing coordinator, DigiTech.

The DOD Envelope Filter 440’s Up setting delivers that classic quacking envelope filter “wah” effect, while the new Down setting emphasizes the lower frequency range – great for bassists who want to rock a room with huge, thundering dub bass. The Level knob adjusts the sensitivity of the envelope to tailor the response of the pedal based on pick or finger attack. With a higher sensitivity, a player won’t have to hit the strings as hard to trigger the effect and vice versa. The Range knob controls the frequency range of the envelope’s sweep – turning it counter-clockwise sweeps more low frequencies and turning the knob clockwise sweeps more of the high frequencies. The Voice switch toggles between the Up and Down settings to choose which part of the frequency spectrum the player wants to emphasize.

The new Envelope Filter 440 feature’s true bypass operation, which keeps the tone of the instrument pristine when the effect is not in use – unlike the original, which would color the tone even with the effect switched off. The 9-volt DC power supply input makes the Envelope Filter 440 far more pedalboard-friendly and its bright blue LED indicator is easy to see even on outdoor stages in bright sunlight. And along with its singular sound, there’s no mistaking the pedal’s retro-cool graphics and bright green paint job.

The DOD Envelope Filter will be available in June 2014 at a suggested retail price of $149.95.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

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paulbertDigiTechSALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The California Guitar Trio is known to fretboard fans and music lovers for their dazzling acoustic-guitar virtuosity and wide-ranging repertoire, encompassing pop, jazz, world and classical and even veering into surf and other unconventional styles. Paul Richards, Bert Lams and Hideyo Moriya have been performing together since 1991, releasing 16 albums and charming audiences worldwide with their anything-goes musical approach and affable on-stage humor. Whether playing perfectly orchestrated ensemble passages together or taking off on soaring solo flights, the California Guitar Trio exemplifies acoustic guitar playing at its finest. Lately Richards and Lams have expanded their sonic palette with HARMAN’s DigiTech RP360 XP multi-effects pedal, a guitar floor processor that offers 126 effects and amp models, nearly 200 presets, USB streaming for recording directly into a computer and much more.

The California Guitar Trio’s penchant for musical experimentation led Richards and Lams to the RP360 XP which could be considered an unusual choice for acoustic players. Not according to Richards: “People might think the RP360 XP is ‘supposed’ to be designed for electric guitarists, but it sounds amazing on my acoustic,” Richards said. “It’s always a big challenge to find a multi-effects pedal that sounds good with acoustic guitar pickups. Let me just say that every night after our shows, guitarists ask me what I’m using to get my tones. They are often surprised when I tell them that all of my sounds come from the little RP360 XP.”

The RP360 XP features a simplified control layout, three footswitches and an expression pedal that let players access a vast array of sounds, from reverb, echo, delay, chorus, flanger, compressor, envelope follower and other effects to a wide variety of amp and speaker cabinet models – and yes, overdrive, distortion and fuzz. Players can control volume and effects parameters on the fly, making the RP360 XP ideal for live performance.

“I’ve been a fan of the DigiTech RP Series pedals for several years, and have used and tested most models on the road,” said Lams. The RP360 XP is without a doubt the culmination of these series. It is compact without feeling cramped, has a solid metal feel and delivers incredible sound. It’s the Ferrari of the multi-effects world.” Richards also likes the RP360 XP’s stage-friendly size: “It has all the features of larger, more complex units in a small, easy to use, durable pedal.”

“You’d be surprised how many of the pedal’s ‘stomp box’ effects sound great with acoustic guitar,” noted Richards. “When we play, it’s not always about conforming to the ‘pure’ sound of an acoustic instrument, although obviously that’s extremely important. And I use the onboard looper nightly in California Guitar Trio performances.”

The RP360 XP is a valuable addition to any sonic toolbox, whether they’re a world-renowned act like the California Guitar Trio or a performer or group who’s playing at the local restaurant and wants to fill out their sound. “You don’t have to have an engineering degree to use this pedal,” Lams pointed out. “I just took the RP360 XP out of the box and started using it. It was a breeze to start playing and programming it without having to read through manuals, and the sounds are easy to select, tweak and program.”

“It all comes down to musical expression,” said Richards. “I’ll be using the RP360 XP for years to come,” concluded Lams.

“You will not find a more talented group of musicians than the California Guitar Trio. I’ve consistently been impressed with the vast range of styles they regularly perform and to know that DigiTech plays an essential role in creating their tone is the greatest compliment we can receive,” stated Tom Cram, marketing coordinator, DigiTech.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

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HARMAN’s DigiTech Bass Whammy® Pitch-Shifter Pedal Now Shipping

BassWhammy_Top copySALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s DigiTech today announced its next-generation Bass Whammy® is now shipping. Bringing the legendary pitch-shifting effect to bass players everywhere, the DigiTech Bass Whammy is optimized for bass guitar tones and maintains all the classic settings of the original pedal while offering a host of modern upgrades including true bypass, MIDI operation and more.

“Since we announced the DigiTech Bass Whammy at Winter NAMM 2014, we have received great feedback from bassists who are excited about the range of new tones and creativity they will be able to achieve with this pedal,” said Tom Cram, marketing coordinator, DigiTech. “We designed the Bass Whammy to satisfy the broadest range of players and we believe it will be as invaluable to bassists as the original is to guitar players worldwide.”

The Bass Whammy is ideal for use with four, five and six string electric basses and employs extremely accurate pitch detection and polyphonic note tracking. The pedal offers two tracking modes, Classic and Chords. Classic mode provides accurate tracking for single note bass lines while Chords mode uses a sophisticated polyphonic algorithm for the smoothest chordal pitch shifting available.

The DigiTech Bass Whammy offers nine Whammy bending modes from 2-octaves up through 1-octave down, nine Harmony bending modes from 2-octaves up through 1-octaves down and Shallow and Deep detune modes. The Bass Whammy’s true bypass operation ensures that it can be added to any rig without any adverse effect on sound quality, unlike some non-bypass pedals that can thin and weaken the sound of a bass. The Bass Whammy includes a MIDI input that allows control of the pedal from an external MIDI device, and a 9-Volt DC power adapter. Like all DigiTech pedals, the Bass Whammy is built road-tough with an all-metal chassis.

The DigiTech Bass Whammy is currently available at a suggested retail price of $279.95.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

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HARMAN’s DigiTech Is Now Shipping Its DOD Overdrive Preamp 250 and Phasor 201 Re-Issues

DOD_201_250SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s DigiTech today announced that it is now shipping its DOD Overdrive Preamp 250 and Phasor 201, re-introductions of two of the most renowned guitar pedals ever created. Marking the rebirth of the legendary DOD brand, the Overdrive Preamp 250 and Phasor 201 retain all of the sonic magic of the originals while incorporating improvements like true bypass, 9V power adapter jack and other refinements.

“Even though they’ve been long discontinued, these pedals have never lost their desirability and are still sought after by players worldwide,” said Scott Klimt, Marketing Manager, DigiTech. “Now, musicians everywhere can enjoy these classic sounds once again.”

The pedals are not strict re-issues; their paint jobs, graphics, functionality and sounds pay homage to the vintage pieces, while incorporating improvements that better accommodate the needs of today’s players.

The DOD Overdrive Preamp 250 is one of the most all-time coveted overdrive pedals in rock and roll history, thanks to its ripping, crunching tone, tons of boost and ability to push an amp into the edge of breakup…and far beyond. The new Overdrive Preamp 250 captures the sound and wild heart of the original yet is even better than before with true bypass, a  blue LED indicator, clearer tone, and a modern9-volt DC power supply input. As if that weren’t enough, the Overdrive Preamp 250’s output is significantly higher and cleaner than the original, giving the new 250 an incredibly polished sound. Even the familiar yellow finish has been upgraded to a striking two-tone metallic flake and matte black paint job.

The Overdrive Preamp 250 offers Gain and Level controls. Gain controls the amount of distortion from just a touch of grit to all-out grind, and Level dials in anything from a subtle enhancement of body and girth to huge amounts of boost for standout soloing. While the original would color the sound even when off, the new pedal’s true bypass makes the Overdrive Preamp 250 far more performance and pedalboard-friendly.

The DOD Phasor 201 was one of the first phaser pedals ever made, and the new Phasor 201 brings back that classic analog phaser “swirl” that can’t be duplicated by any other effect. The new pedal is better than ever with true bypass, a crisp blue LED indicator, 9-volt power supply input and sleek two-tone metallic flake and matte black finish. Like the original, it’s simplicity itself to operate – just one knob to control the speed of the phasing effect, with stellar sounds at any range.

The DOD Overdrive Preamp 250 and DOD Phasor 201 will be available for a limited time only at a suggested retail price of $149.95 each.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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