This review was written by Joe Mann, who is part of the Absolute Music guitar team and one of our guitar technicians...
I currently own a Digitech Whammy & so when we got our first shipment of Electro Harmonix Slammi pedals in, I couldn't resist performing a side-by-side comparison to see how it shaped up. Before going into any details, I'll cut to the chase & just say that I was very impressed!
The DigiTech iStomp isn't your average effect pedal. As opposed to a traditional pedal, which is hard-wired to produce only one type of effect, theiStomp can produce almost any type of effect that you desire depending on how you configure it. Simply plug it into your iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) and use the DigiTech Stomp Shop App to select the effect that you want the iStomp to model and voilá! The pedal now produces the effect of your choice and if you want to swap it for another effect, you simply need to plug in back into your iOS device and make another selection.
The Stomp Shop App is available as a free download from the iTunes store - CLICK HERE for more information or to download it.
The best news for anyone considering purchasing a DigiTech iStomp is that you can now grab one for just £49!!! That's better than half price!
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DigiTech have announced and released a brand new compact looper pedal called the JamMan Solo XT. Offering seamless transitions between virtually unlimited looped phrases, DigiTech's unique JamSync technology for linking multiple pedals, optional expansion with a Micro SD card and intuitive hands-free control, the DigiTech Solo XT is an ideal looper pedal for the modern performer.
The Digitech Whammy is another legendary pedal whose reputation precedes it & one could perhaps view it as Digitech's most significant product. While Harman's Digitech brand is largely known for budget effects pedals that offer a certain amount of bang for your buck, the Whammy has always been a unit that has bucked that trend & it can be found on the pedalboards of the pros across many a genre. (Digitech themselves cite the pedal's use on over 60 different Grammy awards). The unit has been available in many different incarnations over the years, but the current offerings are true to the original 1989 model, while also offering up a slew of new features that make the pedal all the more intriguing. So, with all this in mind, why don't we jump in & see what these crazy red pedals are all about!?
Throughout the month of September 2012 (which DigiTech have dubbed 'Stomptember'), DigiTech will be releasing three new e-pedals for its iStomp compact pedal. Each will be available for just 69p for the first 30 days from the Stomp Shop App, so take advantage of this offer while you can!
For those of you that haven't already noticed, we received our first shipment of DigiTech iStomps earlier this month! The iStomp is a stomp-style guitar effects pedal with a difference - rather than just model one effect, it can be quickly programmed to model any DigiTech pedal that you wish! Simply download the effect that you want onto your iOS device (iPad, iPhone or iPad Touch), connect it up to the iStomp and switch and swap effects using just one unit!
On the surface, the DigiTech iStomp is just like any other guitar stompbox. It has your standard inputs and outputs, it has a row of control knobs and it has that metallic stomp switch. However, dig a little deeper and you will find that the iStomp is actually a whole lot more!