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brock wrote:

Chalky wrote:
… is it possible to detune by 3 semitones to enable chords to be played on a normaly tuned guitar …. i have fiddled with most of the Pitch Factor algos but they all assume I want the dry signal left in. I believe it is possible on a Helix so I would assume that Eventide can at least match that!

I may be misunderstanding, but have you maxed out the MIX control to 100?  You’ll get varying degrees of accuracy; depending on the algorithm [H910 H949, HarModulator, PitchFlex, etc.].  Three semitones is about the limit where formanting artifacts become apparent.  The newer DigiTech pitch shift algorithms as one exception.

With Eventide’s algos, select the one that will complement what else you want to do with it [pitch glides, added modulation, intentional glitching, …].  For straight-up global retuning, I see advantages to the newer H9 algorithms, which reflect the latest code improvements.  Take PitchFuzz, as an example….

Another thing that makes sense to me is to use the internal Tuner whenever pitch shifting.  You’re using the same reference pitch that the pitch detecting ‘circuits’ are based on, to the best of my knowledge.

Help me out here Brock. (Keep in mind, everything I know about “code” came from Jurassic Park.)  When you say “latest code improvements” are you referring to improvements in the actual “coding language” or the level of specificity Eventide uses when writing these new algorithms?

“Code is the language used to make things do stuff.”

Now, this quote may seem…simple…but it is a useful tool. The “things” refer the physical hardware of the H9 and “stuff” is pitch shifting. Since the hardware has not changed, the only way the pitch shifting can be improved is if the language used to communicate with the hardware has either been improved or, remained the same but used in new and clever ways to get the desired result?

I basically asked you the exact same question twice. If neither version makes any sense, refer to my quote again. That should provide all the clarity you need.


Chalky, the solution that sucks the least is to use multiple guitars, pitch shifting should be the last resort. If you are at “the last resort,” listen to Brock. There are reasons to use multiple guitars that have nothing to do with how well Line6 or Eventide and alter the tuning, they have more to do with not getting confused and keeping your fingers, ears, and brain on the same page while performing. Good luck!