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New DOD and DigiTech on the way

Parent company Harman may be under new ownership (Samsung) but it doesn’t seem to have inhibited the flow of new exciting MI products from its DOD/DigiTech arm.

Eye-catching were the new ultra-compact DOD Mini Volume and Mini Expression pedals. The DOD Mini Volume pedal features a high-quality 500k potentiometer. The DOD Mini Expression Pedal features a TRS (25k)/TS (10k)/RTS (25k) selector, making it eligible to work with most gear with expression pedal inputs. Expect these in April.

The well named DigiTech FreqOut (geddit?) guitar and bass pedal is a unique stompbox that gives players the ability to create feedback even in situations where volume must be controlled. The FreqOut uses advanced pitch detection technology to automatically identify the harmonic content of single notes and chords, then enables those certain frequencies to feed back in a musical way. Players can customise their feedback tones by setting the feedback harmonic, onset speed and level.

FreqOut’s controls include the MOMENTARY switch which sets the operation of the footswitch. When set to ON, feedback will only be enabled as long as the footswitch is held down. When set to OFF, feedback will toggle between enabled and bypassed modes each time the footswitch is pressed. The TYPE knob lets players select which of seven harmonic types they want to feedback (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, Nat Low, Nat Hi and Sub). A row of Feedback LEDs light from the centre out to show when the feedback signal is increasing. The DRY switch turns the dry (unaffected) guitar signal on or off when the effect is enabled, while the GAIN knob controls the amount of feedback signal that gets mixed with the dry signal. And the ONSET knob controls the time it takes for the feedback to begin after a note is played. This one will be on your shelves in March, apparently.

Back to the DOD brand and make way for the DOD Rubberneck analogue delay stompbox, which features over one second of pure analogue delay with tap tempo for custom time settings, as well as double concentric knobs for shaping the modulation, gain and tone of the effect. The pedal is named after its unique ‘Rubberneck’ feature which gives players the ability to pitch shift from one time setting to another in real-time.

Finally, there is DigiTech’s CabDryVR Speaker Cabinet IR (Impulse Response) effect pedal. CabDryVR features seven guitar and seven bass cabinets for a total of 14 speaker emulations that provide enhanced and inspired tones, all in a streamlined stompbox. The pedal’s robust feature set enables players to customise and perform with great tones on stage and in studio.


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