The Pitch Fork transposes an instrument’s pitch over a +/- three octave range and features three modes which allow the pitch to be transposed up, down or both, simultaneously. The pitch shift amount can be set to a fixed interval or continuously v...
Paul Banks uses two pedalboards when playing alongside RZA as [Banks & Steelz](http://equipboard.com/band/banks-steelz). This photo is of his smaller side pedalboard, which appears to be dedicated to pitch shifting and looping. For some Banks & Steelz songs performed live, Banks plays bass parts with his electric guitar, hence the need for octave pedals. His Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork can be seen in this photo (taken at the Banks & Steelz Official 2016 ACL Fest Late Night Show at Antone's in Austin TX on Fri October 7, 2016).more
SS: Speaking of pedals, I’ve been slowly honing in my base setup for the next round of touring. The current live rig consists of a Boss TU-3, a Keeley-modified Ibanez TS-9, a Fulltone ’70 fuzz, an Electroharmonix Pitchfork, a Malekko 616 Analog Delay, an Electroharmonix Freeze, and an Ernie Ball Volume Pedal Jr.more
The Pitch Fork transposes an instrument’s pitch over a +/- three octave range and features three modes which allow the pitch to be transposed up, down or both, simultaneously. The pitch shift amount can be set to a fixed interval or continuously varied by an expression pedal or control voltage. The controls are straightforward and intuitive. An 11-position Shift switch selects the maximum transposition interval ranging from D (Detune), a shift of 17 cents, through Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th, Major 6th, Minor 7th, 1 Octave, 2 Octaves and 3 Octaves. A three position toggle switch controls whether the pitch is transposed up, down or both. In Dual mode, two pitch-shifted signals are output. One follows the shift knob as if in the Up position while the other creates a harmony. Dual Mode settings include M3 up + P5 up, P5 up + 1 Oct down, 1 Oct up + 1 Oct down and many others. A Blend knob controls the mix of the dry signal and the effected signal, and an EXP jack enables the player to control pitch and glissando with an expression pedal. The Latch button selects Latch or Momentary mode which affects how the footswitch and EXP input behave. In Latch mode, the footswitch toggles between effect on and buffered bypass each time it’s pressed and the EXP input continuously varies pitch. In Momentary mode the effect is only on while the footswitch is depressed and when it is released the Pitch Fork goes into bypass. In Latch mode the EXP input controls pitch shift amount, ranging from unity to the interval set by the Shift knob, and pitch varies continuously throughout the expression pedal’s range. In Momentary mode the EXP input controls glissando rate for the Pitch Fork’s footswitch. When the bypass footswitch is pressed, the Pitch Fork jumps from bypass to the interval set by the Shift knob. The amount of time it takes to reach that new note is the glissando rate. When the footswitch is released the pitch will return to unity at the same rate. That glissando time can vary between 4 milliseconds to two seconds depending on the heel/toe position of the expression pedal. The default glissando rate is 60 milliseconds when nothing is plugged into the EXP input. The Pitch Fork comes equipped with an EHX 9.6DC-200mA power supply and also runs on a 9Volt battery.
This is a crazy pedal. You can practically drop tune by twisting a nob, fantastic sound. "You can also make crazy 'synthy' effects by running it through a big muff"
This pedal does it all in terms of pitch shifting; a tonne of combinations made from combinations, and selections of the comparably large amount of available intervals, over the three modes (Up, Down, and Dual, which can be a combination, such as octaves, or a harmonisation). The blend knob adds usability, if that's a word. On top of that you have an expression pedal output, which to be honest I haven't really explored, but has potential to either set glissando rates for momentary mode, or use as a whammy, style pitch pedal. In terms of sound quality, my only complaint would be that it's a little to synth like for my tastes. Its not quite just a clean shifter, it has that EHX slightly robotic touch, that's a bit hard to describe in less you can hear it in person. Not too much of a problem, however, considering it cost £89, and there's absolutely jackshit else that can doing anything this good, bar the Eventide pitchfactor, that is priced about £400 higher. So overall a usable, and highly specced pedal, which with improved SQ, and the addition of MIDI could be truly 5 stars.
Two Octave pedals on one board? Are you crazy? Well, yes. Yes, I am. Wanna go crazy high with some dope-ass harmonies, but don't wanna deal with yet another guitarist? Wanna tune down for some massive doom but can't be bothered to bring three guitars to a show for different tunings? The pitchfork is a polyphonic HELLBEAST.
I wasn't in the market for a pitch shift type pedal but after playing with this one, I couldn't resist. Many pitch options, and many other options in general, at a low price point. Duh! Can turn my standard electrics into baritones, and with its expression in it instantly turns into a whammy pedal.
This does what it says it does very nicely, but if you want to run it 100% wet to shift your tone in real-time I think you should pass. The pitch tracking is noticeably slow when trying to play a bass line, for instance.
I have to admit that I always liked the Whammy effects but I lacked ability with the expression pedal so I always wanted something like this, I bought this pedal quickly after its release and checking its quality through the official demo videos. Digitech's Whammy V sounds better but even when they came out with their Ricochet version after the Pitch Fork to follow the same basic idea I still this because I can live with its inferior sound quality as in the balance I prefer its blend control as a crucial advantage over the Whammies.