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The Whammy Ricochet lets you bounce your playing up or down in pitch in controlled or crazy shifts. A momentary switch and customizable independent rise and fall time ballistics, allow you to get the Whammy action you know and love without the use...
The Whammy Ricochet lets you bounce your playing up or down in pitch in controlled or crazy shifts. A momentary switch and customizable independent rise and fall time ballistics, allow you to get the Whammy action you know and love without the use of a treadle. Just hold your foot on the footswitch and let the Ricochet do the rest. Seven pitch selections: 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, Octave, Double Octave, and Octave+Dry, as well as a toggle to select up or down for the selected pitch. The Whammy Ricochet also has latching footswitch mode so you can rise or fall to pitch and stay there, and an LED ladder that shows your shift trajectory at all times. All these controls combine to create classic Whammy pitch-shifting as well as new sounds never heard before
It offers the essential notes and octaves that can be used to really compliment your playing. it helps to understand that certain notes in the scale you're playing get off when you shift to say, 4th or 7th up. you just have to understand where you're at. to be safe come back to the root note and let it rip! I love the 5th notes especially. The main three notes in a triad can be raised to the 5th and sound very pleasing. Very Joe Satch. I mention all this because it's easy to just use it for octaves and miss out on using it as an extension of your playing.
Now the main reason you'll own this is to octave 1 or 2 up, and it sounds fantastic! you'll find yourself keeping the shift and return to a minimum but if you study the knob positions and relate it to your tempo, the slow shift is very smooth and rewarding to watch the lights as you hear you guitar sore.
A cool thing I didn't know it did was flip engaged and disengaged. Start at momentary "Off" and turn it on to your pitch you want, then set it to Momentary "On" and you'll stay shifted and momentary will be to shift into your original pitch. Stuff like that lets you know they programmed it backwards and forwards to be pretty seamless.
Now I'll keep the 5 star rating because it's digital and it's not necessarily it's fault but it didn't take fuzz well. I have a Fuzz face after the Ricochet and tried to get a octave fuzz sound and it didn't pull it off. I understand you need an analog octave for that, not a big deal. Another note is the Return part of the stack knob had a rough/sticky spot where it struggled to turn smoothly. This is probably just a small hiccup, but it was a little disappointing.
Ricochet is a winner! Buy it. It's a fun pedal.
I bought the Pitch Fork as soon as it came out because it sounded fine, though still wished the better sound of the Whammy so then the Ricochet came out and I had to buy it to get the sound that I always wished and I'm totally pleased about it. DigiTech should have made this since they released the WH-1 as I always wished this kind of design as I found the treadle obtrusive to my usual application of the effect. A future version would be ok with the features that this lacks compared to the Pitch Fork (the blending option, the dual mode, the extra intervals –yes: detune, thirds, etc.– and the possibility to attach an expression pedal), and of course that MIDI would be appreciated too.