The ever-inventive folks at Dwarfcraft have come up with four new pedals. The most interesting is the Wizard of Pitch.
What started out as a single stage pitch shifter, a la the Pitchgrinder, the Wizard of Pitch ($225 list) became something brand new. The pedal’s resolution has been cranked up to 32 bits from the ’Grinder’s 8, but has the same lo-fi sound. The “speed” control, when set to zero, will behave like a standard pitch shifter, but as you turn up the speed the output crossfades between wet and dry signals, allowing for moving soundscapes, or, at higher rates stimulating modulation.
The Bender toggle engages a Doppler type effect, in which the pitch falls in conjunction with the input signal’s decay until the end of it’s shifting range, where it starts again.
Engaging the Steps toggle snaps to pitches, rather than sliding, to create almost random arpeggios. When the Bender mode is active, the Speed knob will control the rate of the pitch changes, rather than a cross fade.
I have never considered Auto-Tune the Anti-Christ. It is a tool that can be used for good or evil. No one is going to stop talentless singers from singing, so if I have to listen I would prefer they are Auto-Tuned. I have used it in production as a money saver. Sure the singer or guitarist could redo those couple of notes, but with current record budgets, it is often cheaper and faster to put them into the realm of acceptability with Auto-Tune. I believe this leaves more time for creativity. No one is putting a gun to your head to make every note perfect.
Outside of the studio, this technology was originally applied to the guitar as part of the Peavey AT-200 guitar model. The guys at Guitar Player were blown away by how well it worked, but if you wanted it you had to buy that specific Peavey guitar. Now there is an ATG-1 Floor Processor offering the same technology to anyone owning an instrument with a synth ready hex pickup installed. With the ATG-1 Floor Processor, a push of a button will instantly tune your guitar with perfect intonation, while an interface allows you to access various guitar models, a virtual capo, individual string pitch shifting, etc. You can also create and store your own alternate tunings as part of a preset. Yeah, I know you can tune your own damn guitar, but the creative possibilities here seem extensive.