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Why do you need a whammy for ?
This is a great pedal with a bunch of great features : Harmonist, Pitch Shifter , T. Arm (whammy thing), Detune (more than a chorus) and flutter (the heck is this ?). Give it an expression pedal and you're ready to go ala Morello. The sound and build quality are phenomenal (yes, i'm a Boss fan). Just go for it !
Seems when people ask me about where I got sound "x" sound 50% of the time it always seems to include this pedal in some way-on tons of sources,
I do have the Boss Harmonist HR-2 pedal as well- but this one combines the Harmonist with more madness.. Now the Harmonist usually just sits on a shelf, I should quit that. This pedal can be sparkly, warped, twinkly, pitched down, & just plain absurd and bizarre. I can't think of a single source I wouldn't try using it on. You can use meathead settings and get wild fantastic results, or, you can learn how it works and exploit it's psychotic sound texture even more.
No review in text would serve this fella well so I will try to find a great representation in the video that I'll include . Gotta a bit of Thin Lizzie if ya like & tons of psycho other ways you can use this guy...You gotta gotta hear it & even better learn this guy. Desert island pedals? This would be in my top 5 no question. Get all crazy with psycho 3 part harmonies? Yep, I'm in.
**note the expression option in vids-
****note: weirdos who exploit these tools are rare so I apologize I couldn find many-but I use mine w/ Radial EXTC or a direct box on almost anything you can think of & loads of other sources. A truely killer pedal. Anything from sound design for crazy effects to subtle uses. Crazy is tons of fun always-
A Whammy-wannabe, maybe, but it sports some cool features nonetheless!
I bought this stomp because I play hardtail guitars 99.9% of the time and therefore needed a Whammy-like device. Enter the BOSS PS-5, whose smaller size and [whammy bar] "Flutter" feature were the clinchers for me! It's one of but a handful of effects I still use now that I have my Kemper Powerhead, as the Kemper will do almost everything the PS-5 can EXCEPT the "Flutter". That saves me from having to use an expression controller with the Kemper, and frees up a space in the Kemper's Effect Module for a different effect if I so choose. While the PS-5 may not be as robust of a pitch-changing device as the Whammy is these days, I will contend that the PS-5's tracking seems much smoother than the original WH-1 Whammy pedal circa 1989.
Preferred Settings + Usage:
Fave settings? Depends on the band I'm playing with: For my main band, BLACK LABEL, I typically use it in "T. Arm" mode pitched up an octave or two with a the "Speed" [rise/fall] set around 2:00. In my 80's Metal outfit, RIVAL, I'd say that 99% of the time I use the "T. Arm" mode pitched down 2 octaves with the "Speed" set at 9:00 for a nice, slow whammy bar deep dive, however, I switch to "Flutter" mode with the "Speed" at 4:00 for the last notes of my Brad Gillis solo part in "Don't Tell Me You Love Me".
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