By utilising subtle pitch shifts to create a rich stereo spread, Eventide's MicroPitch Delay makes anything you cook up sonically delectable. This pedal is the key ingredient to help serve up some full-fat flavorful tones. Sam Bell savours the MicroPitch Delay's secret sauce in this exclusive review.
Eventide has been pushing the boat out recently with the release of some of their most ground-breaking effects in pedal format. The Blackhole Reverb pedal arrived in late 2020, allowing guitarists to access some truly gravity-defying Reverb sounds. Eventide has followed up with a few more of their mind-bending effects with the MircoPitch Delay and UltraTap Delay release.
In this review, I had the pleasure of checking out the Mirco Pitch. This pedal is basically a Stereo Delay with some unique and fantastic features. The Miro Pitch allows you 'tune' each delay. Delay A anywhere from 0 to +50 cents. Delay B anywhere from 0 to -50 cents. This effect can be used to create awesome stereo 'still chorus' effects. Great for creating faux double-track sounds all the way up to mind-bending modulation sounds when mixed with the mod and rate controls on the unit. In many ways, this pedal is more than just a delay pedal, as we can already see.
If we are to use it for more typical delay sounds, we can get detailed with the different lengths, feedback rates, EQ of each delay. One of the presets is a great example of mixing a fast feedback delay which creates a faux reverb sound and a regular 8th note delay. Great for creating ambient textures in a track or for adding size to single-note lines. The delays are easily controlled via the TAP function switch (which also doubles as a preset, select switch). For further controllability, we can connect an expression control to the pedal, which can be assigned via the Eventide Device Manager Editor software to different parameters of the pedal.
I personally really loved the faux stereo effect you can get from this pedal. Eddie Van Halen has been known for "stereoising" his mono guitar sound using similar effects. To have this in one unit is awesome. I also find being able to mix two delay types very useful for ambient work.
The pedal itself has a very small footprint. It does require a bit of time to get used to how controls interact with each other. But once you get the gist, it's easy to navigate, and there are tons of sounds to be found. You can store presets on it; you can switch between five of them on the pedal itself. It also has full MIDI capability if you want to grab some more preset places. And not to forget, you can also plug this pedal into your computer and use the Eventide Device Manager Editor software to further get into the mechanics of the pedal and the sounds.
This is definitely a high-end pedal, a fairly specialised yet versatile, high-quality unit. If you're looking to get the most of your stereo rig, then definitely check out the Micro Pitch. You get a lot of bang for your buck. To get even more out of this unit, a stereo rig or some way of sending out each signal to a separate amp or monitor (depending on how you want to use this) would be ideal. You can switch the outputs to line level if you wish to use this in a studio set up; this also means we can use this effect with other instruments. Great news for those multi-instrumentalists among us!
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