Fork and roll?

Guitar Techniques - - Q&A -

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 for more.

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