Let's devote a few moments to Boss Pitch Shifters



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Re: Let's devote a few moments to Boss Pitch Shifters

Postby Invisible Man » Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:39 am

mysteryroach wrote:I know this is a thread about Boss pitch-shifters, so sorry for the derail. But can anyone tell me if there's any other expression controlled pitch shifters apart from the Boss ones? Preferably with 1590b-sized with all top-jacks?


The only stuff that springs to mind is the EQD peds (Bit Commander, Pitch Bay) but they don't have exp control. EHX Pitchfork isn't too far off, but has...ugh...side jacks.
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Re: Let's devote a few moments to Boss Pitch Shifters

Postby frigid midget » Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:18 pm

Just got me a PS-3. Still getting to know it, but so far, like I supected, it's quircky and slightly sucky, in a great way. It helps if you're into crystal clear 80s digital delay though. I like analog delays a little more, but in a different way, they both have their own jobs. The digital delay on an RV-3 or PS-3 just cuts through a messy loud mix like a hot knife, and works great with fuzz, which isn't usually the case with murky sounding bbd style delays.

Mode 7 with all the other controls at noon, sounds a bit like the reverse mode on a DD-5. And I can easily dial in a decent faux chorus too. So far so good, fun pedlol if you can find one for the price I paid :p
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Re: Let's devote a few moments to Boss Pitch Shifters

Postby friendship » Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:24 pm

Anyone use them with synths? I had a PS-5 and loved its detune mode and dive bomb effects. I almost never used the actual pitch shifting because it sounded a bit cornball with guitar to me, but maybe it would sound cool with a monophonic synth.
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Re: Let's devote a few moments to Boss Pitch Shifters

Postby oscillateur » Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:51 pm

friendship wrote:Anyone use them with synths? I had a PS-5 and loved its detune mode and dive bomb effects. I almost never used the actual pitch shifting because it sounded a bit cornball with guitar to me, but maybe it would sound cool with a monophonic synth.


My synth board has five pedals, two of which are PS-3s... Dual detune is great on synths.
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Re: Let's devote a few moments to Boss Pitch Shifters

Postby friendship » Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:28 am

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friendship wrote:Anyone use them with synths? I had a PS-5 and loved its detune mode and dive bomb effects. I almost never used the actual pitch shifting because it sounded a bit cornball with guitar to me, but maybe it would sound cool with a monophonic synth.


My synth board has five pedals, two of which are PS-3s... Dual detune is great on synths.


Sick. What's your thinking for using dual detune rather than a single unit in stereo, getting 2x the detuned voices?
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Re: Let's devote a few moments to Boss Pitch Shifters

Postby hotknife » Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:38 am

FWIW, if detune is a priority, I preferred the HR-2's detune to the PS3 (not that the PS3's is anything to scoff at.) It's pretty rad.
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Re: Let's devote a few moments to Boss Pitch Shifters

Postby Pepe » Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:56 am

friendship wrote:Anyone use them with synths?

My PS-3 has a bad bypass when I use it with synthesizers (signal clipping), but maybe that's because of the hotter signal.

I really like the PS-3 and I prefer it over the PS-2. The PS-2 is nice and crazy, the PS-3 is a cool Swiss army knife.

Some of you already mentioned the PS-3's reverse mode 7. If you set the pitch shifting to one octave down and run a guitar signal with turned down tone knob through it, it produces a funny cello sound.
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Re: Let's devote a few moments to Boss Pitch Shifters

Postby friendship » Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:14 am

Very good to know about the PS-3 impedance.

the HR-2 would be perfect since I would prefer two harmony voices over the dive bomb/trem stuff, but I really wish you could control detune amount like on the PS-5. One of my favorite things to do was put it in detune and twist the knob around for a glitchy dynamic detuning effect.
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Re: Let's devote a few moments to Boss Pitch Shifters

Postby D.o.S. » Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:24 pm

friendship wrote:Anyone use them with synths? I had a PS-5 and loved its detune mode and dive bomb effects. I almost never used the actual pitch shifting because it sounded a bit cornball with guitar to me, but maybe it would sound cool with a monophonic synth.


I only use my PS-2 with synths. Sounds great.
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Re: Let's devote a few moments to Boss Pitch Shifters

Postby oscillateur » Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:35 pm

My PS-3s have no issue whatsoever with a line level synth that went through a SS/BS Mini... I think no problem with modular stuff either (I need to check that again). Boss pedals usually have tons of headroom.
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Re: Let's devote a few moments to Boss Pitch Shifters

Postby WayToHip » Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:05 am

I can't remember which Boss pitch shifter it was (expect I know it is the one from the "lonely boy" riff), but I loved it for bass. I like getting diatonic sounding riffs and it did the dive bomb thing well enough. I wish I bought it but I don't use pitch shifting enough to justify the purchase.
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Re: Let's devote a few moments to Boss Pitch Shifters

Postby Psyre » Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:35 pm

Thanks for the video PP :omg:

I like what I hear with the PS3, so I'll be considering it. I really just want an Eventide H910 I think...

I had a Pitchfork, and may pick up another, I wasn't too impressed with it on non guitar sources.
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Re: Let's devote a few moments to Boss Pitch Shifters

Postby sergiomunoz74 » Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:48 am

I use two PS-2's for synths and it sounds great, I use one for shifting and the other for delays. It can sound massive using it right. Although I'm thinking I might sell one again to grab a PS-3 after so much hype on it. Im just waiting to find one for 100 bucks
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Re: Let's devote a few moments to Boss Pitch Shifters

Postby Dowi » Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:06 am

It's time for a good NEEEEEEEEECROBUMP!

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ok, somebody offered me a trade with a PS-5, and i sort of want to put my hands on a proper pitch shifter since a few months (I have the one in the Bitquest right now but I use the BQ mainly for other stuff).
Quick answer, is it good for decent pitched harmonies (I don't need dive bombs and stuff like that)? and, most of all, does it keep the integrity of the dry signal (volume, tone, headroom) or it fucks it up?

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Re: Let's devote a few moments to Boss Pitch Shifters

Postby whoismarykelly » Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:35 am

The cool stuff about the PS5 is all in the dive bomb and flutter modes. A Pitch Fork is vastly superior for regular pitch shifting.
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