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HARMAN’s DigiTech Introduces JamMan Vocal XT Stompbox Looper

JamMan Vocal XTSALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s DigiTech today introduced the JamMan Vocal XT, the first ever dedicated stompbox looper for vocalists. The JamMan Vocal XT makes looping easier than ever before by giving vocalists the ability to create harmonies or rhythmic counterpoints with simple presses of a footswitch. A vocalist can connect their favorite mic directly to the JamMan Vocal XT and its built-in studio quality dbx® mic preamp with phantom power will retain true vocal tone ensuring original vocals and loops sound crystal clear.

The JamMan Vocal XT features up to 10 minutes of stereo looping and SilentClear™ technology, which clears the pedal’s loop memory without starting playback first. The pedal also provides the ability for a vocalist to link together multiple JamMan Vocal, Express or Solo XT’s through an innovative pedal-linking capability called JamSync.

“We have received numerous requests from vocalists looking for a dedicated looper,” stated Tom Cram, Market Manager, DigiTech. “Taking advantage of the JamSync technology to connect multiple XT series loopers, we felt it was a great time to add a vocal looper to the JamMan family.”

The JamMan Vocal XT’s control layout is simple yet incredibly versatile – a single pedal switch, three Record, Dub and Play LEDs and a Loop Level knob provide access to a multitude of looping functions. All loop recording, playback and loop overdubbing can be controlled simply by clicking on the pedal switch. The three LEDs indicate looping and phrase sampling status – red for record, green for playback and yellow for overdubbing. This simple but effective looping scheme has been standard on single-button JamMan loopers for years to create lush, richly textured loops. The JamMan Vocal XT’s input has also been optimized to allow multiple JamMan Vocal XT’s to be connected to each other to create synchronized multi-track vocal loops quickly and easily.

The JamMan Vocal XT includes a power supply and measures just 4.8 x 3.4 x 2.1 inches, the JamMan Vocal XT fits easily on any pedalboard and its rugged metal case is built to take the rigors of the road.

The JamMan Vocal XT is available immediately at a suggested retail price of $229.95.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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DOD_410_StandingSALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s DigiTech today announced the introduction of the DOD Bifet Boost 410, a guitar volume boost/EQ pedal with a twist – the new Bifet Boost 410 features a Buffer On/Off switch that takes the built-in buffer in or out of the circuit to deliver the best-possible performance from wherever the pedal is placed in the player’s effects chain.

“Some players like to use their pedals in true bypass to maintain a pure signal path throughout their pedalboard, while others like a pedal with a buffer to counter the signal loss of boards that are packed with a lot of pedals,” said Tom Cram, marketing coordinator, DigiTech. “The Bifet Boost 410’s selectable Buffer On/Off makes it adaptable to any player’s setup and sonic requirements.” In addition, the selectable operation enables the Bifet Boost 410 to be used as the first pedal in the chain in front of a fuzz pedal – many fuzz pedals don’t sound right or react properly to a player’s changes in guitar volume with a buffered pedal in front of the fuzz.

The DOD Bifet Boost 410’s Volume control can deliver up to 20dB of clean boost– enough to add anywhere from a hint of grit to a huge 20+dB of boost to hit the front end of an amplifier and drive an already cooking tube amp into distortion. More than just a straight volume boost pedal, the Bifet Boost 410’s rotary EQ Tone control can tailor the sound from dark and sweet to bright and sparkling and everything in between.

The Bifet Boost 410 also works well as an “always on” pedal to create a “bigger” tone with greater touch sensitivity. Many experienced players will find that using the pedal this way enables them to get an expanded range of dynamics, tonal shadings and overdrive flavors simply by adjusting their guitar volume knob.

The DOD Bifet Boost 410 further improves on the original 410 Bi-Fet Preamp with the addition of its bright blue LED indicator that’s easy to see on any stage, and a 9-volt DC power supply input. Reflecting its vintage roots, the Bifet Boost 410 features DOD’s classic retro-1980s graphics, easy-grip knobs and road-tough metal enclosure.

The DOD Bifet Boost 410 will be available in August 2014 at a suggested retail price of $149.95.

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets.   With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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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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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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