NAMM 2013: DigiTech Launches The Impossible Pedal For iStomp

Digitech iStomp Impossible Pedal

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Adrian Belew Has The First Artist Series iStomp Pedal

Digitech iStomp Impossible PedalDigiTech is proud to announce its first in a line of iStomp Signature Artist e-pedals, joining forces with guitarist extraordinaire Adrian Belew to debut The Impossible Pedal. The e-pedal lives up to its name, giving guitarists the ability to play impossible guitar riffs that you would never think to play.

Adrian Belew needs little introduction as a musician who has smashed sonic boundaries with David Bowie, King Crimson, Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, Nine Inch Nails and others, and over a diverse solo career spanning nearly 20 solo albums.

Two knobs on The Impossible Pedal set the two different pitch intervals and two knobs select whether the pitches shift up or down over a two octave range. By stepping on the footswitch, the note played by the guitarist alternates between the standard (unaffected) pitch and the two pitch-shifted voices, to create melodic passages that extend beyond physical human ability. Even its iStomp icon is an impossible optical illusion that has to be seen to be disbelieved.

As you know the DigiTech iStomp is a guitar stompbox that allows musicians to turn the iStomp into any pedal available in the Stomp Shop online pedal store. Offering almost limitless sonic possibilities, the iStomp connects to an Apple® iOS device where musicians can use the free Stomp Shop app to load it with the e-pedal of their choice.

The Stomp Shop app comes with ten of the most popular pedals and gives access to more than 45 additional e-pedals they can browse, try out and purchase. More e-pedals are added on a regular basis.

The DigiTech The Impossible Pedal e-pedal (software) will be made available at the beginning of NAMM at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The DigiTech iStomp (hardware) is currently available at $229.95 suggested retail.

Back in January of last year, Digitech brought out the iStomp for the first time. Building on the App Store idea, they’ve allowed guitarists to download a potentially unlimited amount of effects for their iStomp.

At the time, there were roughly twenty virtual pedals available for the unit. At last count, there are 47 “pedals” available. They range in price from $5.99 up to around $20. It’s a great way to build your pedal collection with very little investment – once you’ve got the hardware.

If you’d like to know more about the iStomp, and exactly how it all works, check out our original iStomp article.



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