DigiTech Whammy


DigiTech Whammy

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DigiTech WH-1 Whammy

Overview

A DigiTech WH-1 Whammy with power adapter

The WH-1 Whammy pedal, the original whammy, first engineered and manufactured in 1989 by IVL Technologies and discontinued in 1993, remains the most sought-after.[1]

Controls

It is controlled by a rocker and a single rotary knob, from which 16 presets can be selected; five "Whammy" effects, nine "Harmony" effects, and two "Detune" effects.

Harmony effects
  • Second up - third up
  • Minor third up - third up
  • Third up - fourth up
  • Fourth up - fifth up
  • Fifth up - sixth up
  • Fifth up - seventh up
  • Fourth down - third down
  • Fifth down - Fourth down
  • One octave down - one octave up
Detune effects
  • Shallow
  • Deep
Whammy effects
  • One octave up
  • Two octaves up
  • Two semi-tones down
  • One octave down
  • Two octaves down

Notable users

Notable musicians who have made use of the WH-1 Whammy include:

DigiTech Whammy II

Overview

A DigiTech Whammy II with power adapter

The DigiTech Whammy II featured a black chassis (in contrast with the series' now famous 'Ferrari red' colour).

Controls

It is controlled by an expression pedal and a button which selects the settings, which are nearly the same as the WH-1. Its effects are as follows:

Harmony effects
  • One octave down - One octave up
  • Fourth down - Third down
  • Fifth up - sixth up
  • Fourth up - fifth up
  • Minor third up - major third up
Detune effects
  • Detune
Whammy effects
  • One octave up
  • Two octaves up
  • Two semitones down
  • One octave down
  • Two octaves down

also has the ability to store one preset setting, which allows the user to choose any two modes and toggle between them using the setting select button

Notable users

Notable musicians who have used the DigiTech Whammy include:

DigiTech XP-100 Whammy-Wah

Overview

The XP-100 Whammy/Wah was more complex, incorporating both whammy and wah-wah possibilities.

Controls

It is controlled by a rocker, and a button which selects the 29 different presets; "Volume" effect, five "Wah-Wah" effects, six "Auto Wah" effects, eight "Whammy" effects, and nine "Harmony" effects.

List in categories (with modulation action of the pedal):

Volume effects
  • 01 - Volume Pedal - volume
Wah
  • 02 - Original Cry Wah - wah frequency
  • 03 - Cry Wah 2 - wah frequency
  • 04 - Dark & Deep - wah frequency
  • 05 - Sweet Spot 1 - wah frequency
  • 06 - Sweet Spot 2 - wah frequency
Auto Wah effects
  • 07 - Original Cry Auto - sensitivity
  • 08 - Envelope Filter - sensitivity
  • 09 - Brass Attack - sensitivity
  • 10 - Original Cry Auto - attack time
  • 11 - Envelope Filter - attack time
  • 12 - Brass Attack - attack time
Whammy effects
  • 13 - Up 1 Octave - pitch shift
  • 14 - Up 2 Octaves - pitch shift
  • 15 - Up 2nd - pitch shift
  • 16 - Down 2nd - pitch shift
  • 17 - Down 4th - pitch shift
  • 18 - Down 1 Octave - pitch shift
  • 19 - Down 2 Octaves - pitch shift
  • 20 - Down 6 Octaves - pitch shift
Harmony
  • 21 - Down 1 Octave, Up 1 Octave - harmony pitch
  • 22 - Down 4th, Down 3rd - harmony pitch
  • 23 - Up 5th, Up 6th - harmony pitch
  • 24 - Up 4th, Up 5th - harmony pitch
  • 25 - Up minor 3rd, Up major 3rd - harmony pitch
  • 26 - Up 2nd, Up 3rd - harmony pitch
  • 27 - Down 4th, Up 5th - harmony pitch
  • 28 - Up 5th, Up 1 Octave - harmony pitch
Detune effects
  • 29 - Detuner - detune amount

Notable users

Notable musicians who have used the XP-100 include:

DigiTech Bass Whammy

Overview

The Bass Whammy was a Whammy pedal built for bass guitar. It featured same chassis as the DigiTech Whammy II, but blue. It features different harmony options than the other Whammy models.

Controls

Harmony effects
  • One octave down - One octave up
  • One octave down - Fourth down
  • Fourth down - third up
  • Fourth down - fifth up
  • Fifth up - sixth up
  • Fifth up - octave up
Whammy effects
  • One octave up
  • Two semitones up
  • Two semitones down
  • Four semitones down
  • One octave down
Detune effects
  • Detune

Notable users

Notable musicians who have used the Bass Whammy include:

DigiTech Whammy IV

Overview

The Whammy IV; the current fourth edition, is closer to the WH-1 in terms of design but with several new features, such as MIDI control and a 'Divebomb' feature.

Controls

The controls are identical to the WH-1 controls, along with two new presets, "Divebomb" and "Droptune".

Harmony effects

  • One octave down - one octave up
  • Fifth down - Fourth down
  • Fourth down - third down
  • Fifth up - seventh up
  • Fifth up - sixth up
  • Fourth up - fifth up
  • Third up - fourth up
  • Minor third up - third up
  • Second up - third up
Detune effects
  • Shallow
  • Deep
Whammy effects
  • Two octaves up
  • One octave up
  • One octave down
  • Two octaves down
  • Dive bomb - three octaves down
  • Drop tune - two semi-tones down

Notable users

Notable musicians who have used the Whammy IV include:

Modifications

In late 2008, effect manufacturer Molten Voltage devised a number of modifications for the Whammy IV pedal including Upper and Lower Pitch Limiter Controls which allow the player to set the limits of the expression pedal rather than using the octave presets.

In early 2010, Molten Voltage released Molten MIDI 2, which is cheaper than the original and has more features. Molten MIDI 2 is a programmable MIDI stompbox designed to control the Whammy 4, and gives users 5 new ways to control the Whammy. They can make looping arpeggios, with or without portamento, step through intervals not normally available on the Whammy (also with or without portamento), and step through the Whammy's presets settings. The new model is capable of being programmed manually or with a computer-based interface available on their website.[31]

Power Supply

The Whammy IV requires a 9v AC supply.

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