Fork and roll?
Fancy having a go with a Pitch Fork? No, we’re not talking about medieval farm implements here, we mean the new EH X Pitch Fork (UK price around £110) from Electro-Harmonix, which can transpose an instrument’s pitch over a +/- three-octave range. It also features three modes which allow the pitch to be transposed up, down or both, simultaneously. The pitch shift amount can be set to a fixed interval or continuously varied by an expression pedal or control voltage.
The controls are straightforward and intuitive - great for guitarists! An 11-position Shift switch selects the maximum transposition interval ranging from D (Detune), a shift of 17 cents, through Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th, Major 6th, Minor 7th, 1 Octave, 2 Octaves and 3 Octaves. A three-position toggle switch controls whether the pitch is transposed up, down or both. In Dual mode, two pitch-shifted signals are output. One follows the shift knob as if in the Up position while the other creates a harmony. Dual Mode settings include M3 up + P5 up, P5 up + 1 Oct down, 1 Oct up + 1 Oct down and many others. A Blend knob controls the mix of the dry and effected signal, and an EXP jack enables the player to control pitch and glissando effects using an expression pedal. A multipronged attack, you could say! The Pitch Fork comes with a power supply or runs on a 9V battery. Visit www.ehx.com for more.