EHX Slammi Pitch Shifter
Electro-Haronix expand their zero-moving-parts Next Step series with the new Slammi polyphonic pitch shifter pedal.
EHX Next Step Pedalboard Cradle
According to EHX, the Slammi utilizes a new algorithm that gives it improved tone and response whether you use it for pitch shifting or for harmonies.
This pedal is obviously a challenge to other "Whammy" style pedals in the market, providing the same features while bringing improved operational performance thanks to Next Step's unique expression pedal design. Because of its contoured bottom player, the Slammi rocks back and forth without the need for moving parts.
Aside from its unique physical appearance and operation, the Slammi also brings a new pitch-shifting algorithm that according to EHX provides accurate and glitch-free tracking and harmonies. It allows for up to three-octave bends and based on the demo video, it can do so while retaining an organic sound.
The pedal comes with essential controls discretely situated on the side of the pedal. First of which is the Dry Vol control, which lets you set the mix of the effected and dry signal. You can adjust this setting to use the pedal as a harmonizer, or set it to maximum if you are looking to use the pedal to change your pitch.
The Max Bend control lets you pick between 11 maximum bend intervals that cover everything from zero doubling chorus effect to shifting your pitch three octaves up. You can pick between Detune, ½ Step, Major 2nd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th, Major 6th, Minor 7th, 1 Octaves, 2 Octaves or 3 Octaves/Dive Bomb.
Finally the bend button lets you set the sweep direction to your preference, including reverse in which maximum pitch bend is in the heel-down position. Check out the impressive video demo for the EHX Slammi:
Judging from the demo video, this pedal gets the both pitch shifting and harmony jobs done quite nicely. It also shows the various application and music styles that the pedal can be of use, from country lap-steel like bends to drop tuned metal riffs, and its bass impersonation was not too shabby either.
The EHX Slammi is expected to fetch a price tag of $143.75. You can visit Electro-Harmonix for more information.
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