Four intelligent pitch effects in a stompbox!
Meet the BOSS PS-6 Harmonist effects pedal, with four intelligent pitch-shift effects and three-voice harmony in one convenient unit. Among the effect modes are Harmony, Pitch Shifter, and Detune, plu...
A photo of Brendon Small's pedalboard which he posted to Twitter shows he uses the Boss PS-6 Harmonist Pitch Shifter Guitar Effects Pedal (lower right of the board). He captioned the photo, "Fired up the ol' Dethklok pedal board for @FestivalSupreme sounds real clean @Roland_US @jimdunlopusa @RiveraAmps " (posted Oct 2014).more
Briggs took a more svelte approach for his pedalboard on the Coma Ecliptic tour. His stomp station includes a Boss TU-2 tuner, a Wamper Faux Tape Echo (used for a constant warbling tone), an Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synth (ideal for “Tom Sawyer”-ish bass-synth washiness), a Boss DD-3 Digital Delay, Boss TR-2 Tremolo, Boss PS-3 Digital Pitch Shifter/Delay (Briggs’ favorite pedal, which he currently uses as a chorus), and a Darkglass Electronics Duality Fuzz (which replaced a Keeley-modded Ibanez Tube Screamer because the Duality has a mix knob that allows Briggs to keep a more natural tone of low-end fury)more
Gillard starts his pedal chain by running straight into a TC Electronic PolyTune tuner. From there, in order of signal flow, the sound hits a Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive Mod, an original Landgraff Dynamic Overdrive, a pair of Boss GE-7 Equalizers, TC Electronic Corona Mini Chorus, Boss PS-6 Harmonist, and an Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Neo. The whole board is powered with a Voodoo Lab Pedal Power 2+.more
At 2:55, there is an awesome shot of Colin frangicetto' pedal board. Take a look at the top row, in the middle you can see the Boss PS-6 Harmonist pedal. Colin says "I’d use like a couple pedals from Boss where I’d combine a harmonist Pedal with a [super octave](http://equipboard.com/items/boss-oc-3-super-octave-pedal). Which is basically taking - which means I can play a lead part but it would drop the part down a few octaves and then on the harmonist I could do, put like a harmony on it so it almost sounded like two guitars at the same time."more
Four intelligent pitch effects in a stompbox!
Meet the BOSS PS-6 Harmonist effects pedal, with four intelligent pitch-shift effects and three-voice harmony in one convenient unit. Among the effect modes are Harmony, Pitch Shifter, and Detune, plus the all-new Super Bend for authentic pedal-bending effects and wild 3- and 4-octave pitch sweeps. With the PS-6 Harmonist, you can even control pitch with an optional expression pedal.
The Harmony function is fast and simple to use, and supports a variety of interval patterns. It's easy to create rich, 3-voice harmonies: choose a major or minor key, and set the Shift to 3-VOICE-that's it! The PS-6 Harmonist is an unbeatable combination of superior sound quality, ease of use, and powerful pitch effects, all under one hood.
Higher Sound Quality
The BOSS PS-6 Harmonist is the new-generation pedal for harmony shifting. Sound quality has been improved dramatically thanks to its powerful DSP. With the PS-6, you can render complex harmony voicings beautifully, naturally, and easily.
3-Voice Harmony, Detune, and Pitch-Shift
The PS-6 Harmonist can generate 2 or 3 voices, such as direct/third/fifth, in each of the following modes: Pitch Shifter, Detune, and Harmony. This will add rich depth to your guitar sound. Detune broadens the sound in a natural way, as the PS-6 allows 3-voice detuning with slightly raised and lowered pitch added to the direct signal. Voices can also be pitch-shifted one octave up and a fifth below your note-great for arpeggio-style playing, for example.
This amazing effect bends pitch across a 7-octave span, from -3 to +4 octaves! Set the Rise and Fall time to your taste. You can control the bending effect in real time with the pedal's knob or from an external pedal such as Roland's EV-5 Expression Pedal (sold separately).
Manipulate a wide variety of effects using simple operations. In Harmony mode, for example, all you have to do is select the key, specify whether it's major or minor, and use the SHIFT knob to select the voicing you want to use. The Shift knob switches between the different pitch settings available in each mode.
BOSS compact pedals are world-famous for their great sound as well as their road-tough construction, consistency, and reliability. The PS-6 inherits this BOSS-proven design, offering guitarists a solidly constructed pedal that's built to withstand decades of demanding use.
The pitch-shifting functions are far more nuanced than the POGs, able to do major/minor harmonies, but they're all pretty silly for the most part. The simple octave up and down settings are the most useful. Someone can make use of them I'm sure, just not me! There's a detune effect too, which sounds like chorus...
I really got excited about this pedal (as another reviewer mentioned) once I hit the S-bend function. You can do fast or slow, pitch dives or rises by pushing the pedal down, and if you keep the pedal down you get some really warbly strange effects. I also use this pedal in s-bend mode to split my signal in to two amplifiers.
There's so many things this pedal does, you'll find something strange and useful.
I generaly use it on guitar, but not only. Sometimes I use with my mic or with my keyboard. It's perfect to study and composition, but his variety of effects is a little complex to use on stage, mainly if you're not playing pop or tonal music. (tonal here is just a opositive to modal music) Use repeatedly the same effect on the same music may sound boring, but i'll find a way to fit it your music.
I found the actual pitch shifting functions on the pedal overcomplicated and I couldn't be bothered with them, but once I found the S BEND mode I never turned it off. A pedal that does DIVEBOMBS? sign me up.
Posee 4 efectos distintos en uno. Lo recomiendo para los que gustan de harmonizar solos o frases, así como te permite hacer un super-bend con tiempo de rise y fall
De los últimos que he adquirido. A falta de otro guitarrista en la banda, bien se pueden crear armonías con este pedal en los momentos donde se ejecutan solos. No sirve para acordes porque tiende a crearse una masa de sonido sin sentido, solo es para punteos, estoy recién conociéndolo pero me ha dado varias buenas sorpresas.
The video demonstrates the stabilitiy of the tracking, and a key pedal used in Mike Kerr's rig for Royal Blood. The demonstration here shows the pedal used in 5ths, to create power chords alongside the Electro Harmonix POG2 (which is set up an octave).
Well, if you are highly into harmonizing, pitch-shifting and whammy fun then the pedal is perfect and undisputed number one in its league. Besides the impressive tracking, great sound quality and classical, indestructible Boss chasis you get in fact 4-in-1 pedal:
1) three-voice, beatiful and creamy, amazing and heavenly sounding harmonies, 2) classical pitchshifting that just works fine, 3) detune mode which is in fact kind of deep chorus 4) S-bend mode, a reference to Digitech Whammy that is just quite the same, but more tweakable (fall control)
For that price (~150 $) you can't really beat it. Of course it is not out-of-the-box pedal, a basic scales knowlegde is required here to get full potential of PS-6; it takes some time to dial into "that perfect tone". Works best in fx loop or after dirt section.