Musikmesse 2016: Digitech Whammy Ricochet and Dirty Robot

Digitech have announced two brand new pedals, the Whammy Ricochet pitch shifter and the Dirty Robot stereo micro synth.

The Whammy Ricochet utilises the Whammy pitch shifting effect and puts in a pedal with a smaller pedalboard footprint. Without the realtime treadle controller, the Ricochet bends the pitch of the incoming note at a rate determined by shift and return controls, allowing the player to bounce their sound up or down in pitch for incredibly unique effects.

With seven pitch selections: 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, Octave, Double Octave, and Octave+Dry, as well as a toggle to select up or down for the selected pitch, the Whammy Ricochet offers non-latching or latching footswitch modes. An LED display shows the pitch trajectory at all times.


One of our all time favourite pedals at GN towers is Digitech Bass Synth Wah, so when we heard that Digitech were announcing a successor, the Dirty Robot, we all got rather excited.

Containing two synth voices (common envelope-style synthesis and vocal formant synthesis) and seven controls, including mix, modulation, drift, sensitivity, start, stop and time, the Dirty Robot offers the player a huge amount of control, and is capable of producing some incredible analog synth-style tones.