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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 10 reviews )
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MGR/Billy09/27/2011

MGR/Billy's review"Boss PS-6"

Boss PS-6 Harmonist
Boss recently released the PS-6 Harmonist Pitch Shifter. This unit picks up where the PS-4 and PS-5 have left off.

I was in my local guitar shop and thought I'd check this out. I always loved the guitar work of Boston and Queen and thought this would get me into the ballpark. New the pedal is $139.

So many options in this tiny pedal. You can go down 3 octaves or up 4, add that in with your current instruments range and you are covering a whole lot of ground!

Other options are harmony based on keys. Enter in whatever key you are in with the option of major or minor and choose the interval you'd like harmonized.

There is a blend knob to adjust how much effected and dry signal you want.

Stereo outputs, mono input and an option expression pedal out (I have not tried this, but image it does what the Digitech Whammy does)

Saved presets would be an amazing feature to be added, but in reality are you going to use harmony guitar on EVERY song?

The standard, you gotta be doing something absolutely crazy to break this construction that has been offered by Boss for years.

The finish is a bright blue and has the same jack locations and power input as most Boss pedals

Add a new dimension and range to your instrument. Easy to use out of the box and the tracking is exceptional.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
nowhereman09/06/2013

nowhereman's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" POG and Whammy in a more +"

Boss PS-6 Harmonist
it's been a while seriously eyeing to whammy, POG and other pitcheuse whatnot.
the whammy had the advantage of offering fairly extreme effects, but ..... not mix effect?!

POG, he had the advantage of offering near the organ effects, ideal for arpeggios but ..... no expression pedal?!

Then I stumbled on the boss PS-6 to 60% (90 €) with my expression pedal of aluminum Roland (Boss FV-500-L) https://fr.audiofanzine.com/ pedale-volume-guitare/boss/FV-500L/avis / So I try the machine ....
And then, oh joy, it includes the effect of the two pedals mentioned previously with functions +!!

as mentioned above:
1 harmonizer 1, 2 or 3 voices (major or minor)
2 pitch shifter (like EHX pog)
3 detune (chorus)
4 S bend (Style Whammy)

full digital technology (obviously)

at connection:
1 input, 2 outputs (stereo) and an outlet for expression pedal!

no MIDI connection (like the Whammy)

UTILIZATION

Not being an astrophysicist and not practicing physical song at breakfast, this PS6 left me puzzled at least 3 min ... because the three control buttons have different functions depending on the position of the MODE

However, after watching some videos on youtube (thank you to him), everything became clear

the manual is more useful if you have this effect ... you can download it at the following link: https://www.rolandce.com/mediafiles/manuals/PS-6_fr.pdf

note: my notes for a grip without the user manual (moderately intuitive ...)

I like the reminders: I made a page with settings gleaned from various youtube video settings





SOUND QUALITY

the effect is very effective (see extreme for some modes) with a typical sound quality of digital effects

if you are looking for sounds to RATM, the kills, white stripes, Brian May, black keys, or Gilmour solo déguelasses (like 80's metal solo) and many other things that you will pedal!

using an expression pedal is essential, it handles different settings depending of S bend (note pitch), detune (mix dry / wet) pitch shifter (mix dry / wet)

OVERALL OPINION

I use it since yesterday and after some hesitation due to price and a test group, I am totally hooked!

PS6 before this, I tried the Whammy DT, the POG POG 2 and micro .... and SP6 has the main sounds of competition, with options including competition lacks ...

THE +: the range of possible sounds and effects

LE -: I have not yet found ....

90 euros, I resigns now!

Ps: if you have settings of death, send them! I will update the page setting ... (Highlight below what guitarist and / or song)
Echo tango01/16/2012

Echo tango's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Powerful tool!"

Boss PS-6 Harmonist
See section on the information sheet. In summary we have a detune / pitch shifter / harmonizer extensive opportunities, all controllable via an expression pedal.

UTILIZATION

The manual saves some time, especially for master mode "harmonizer". To edit the sounds you turn the knobs and that's it. It remains to see how it gérertout live.Avec in a little practice you should be fine.

SOUND QUALITY

placed after a distortion pedal / overdrive (I use the personal Dist-X or the Blackstar HT-Dual) this pedal sounds of hell mode harmonizer. Mode "detune" is the most beautiful effect in the clear. S Bend is a bit more difficult to control. An expression pedal seems a great help if we want to exploit the bug fond.Correctement doses, the effects are very musical. As for the next "articial" harmonies produced one likes it or not. I went through a few forums that talked about problems of tracking: for my part I have not noticed the noticeable at this level.

OVERALL OPINION

Purchased 3 days ago in 2nd hand 30 minutes trial convinced me. I was looking for a harmonizer to "inflate" some solos and I must say that this machine performs its role. The +: Boss of the strength, stability effects. If there was a "less": the pedal is not like "to stick in his pedal board and en route to the gig tonight." We must work systematically to find the harmonies that stick to a particular solo. The hardest part will still not use it all the time :-)
.Gwe05/24/2011

.Gwe's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"A pedal that's worth!"

Boss PS-6 Harmonist
This pedal has a harmonizer of 2 and even 3 votes after the tone being asked, a high quality pitch shifter, detune effect and super bend (do not go through 4 way: a whammy effect). There are also Octavers. The Whammy effect comes in several patterns of climbs / descents, with interesting variations. It is best to go see the instructions on the site and Boss tests on Youtube.
This is an effect pedal Boss digital format, without expression pedal like the Digitech Whammy. The competition has however taken midday, we did not at Boss.
SP-6 has a guitar input and expression pedal (youhou!) and two outputs (1 output mono or stereo while). The stereo can send the one hand the direct sound and the other the effect, or alternatively, different effect on each side (I'll let you read the manual that will answer your questions!).

UTILIZATION

As the controls are long and thin and they are many things to see, it is not always what you do, it is home to pay by the stage!

The manual is very clear, and without him the edition must be difficult (at least that's a big waste of time!). In any case the small pedal with 4 pots offers a number of effects and parameters impressive! Once we know it a bit it quickly becomes very intuitive.

The lack of expression pedal is obviously a disadvantage ... But see the good side of things personally, it's been a month since I (intensive use cons!) And it did not even horribly failed because the speed of ascent and descent Whammy effects can be controlled. Another bright side: For those who do not need is the place won on the pedalboard!

I'll try to control it with a pedal M-Audio EX-P, I'll tell you stories (it is the cheapest market, remains to be seen whether this pedal "universal" is compatible ...)

Food Question: it is a bit bulimic batteries, but it is not difficult at the feeding transformer (9V power supply with no noise Zoom, Korg, Electro Harmonix, and Dunlop DC Brick).

SOUND QUALITY

Harmony: choose a major or minor, the tonality, then the distribution of votes, the balance between direct and effect. No major problem, but minor, the pedal will not choose for you when you want to put your sensitive or not, not to choose either between melodic minor (ascending / descending) and harmonic ... at the same time the problem is easily bypassed. The inversions are given interesting, I think there is just enough, then he must tweak a bit. Small problem: there is a small latency. Another plus: the octave has a good sound quality.
The interest is primarily to split a popping sound: put on a clear harmony does not flatter her at all, and as we know, our distos OD and drool over our third as large slugs, accepting only the fifths and octaves. By putting the PS-6 after the saturation, it seems that there are several guitars, as it is not natural to hear such beautiful thirds, sixths and sevenths other with a sound so smooth!

Pitch Shifter: The settings are the same as Harmony, except that the Knob tone selection is inactive. I never use this because it was not what I want. He consistently plays a range of tone / half tone above the note without following tone is a classic effect. It is here in good quality and latency does not sound like Harmony. The functions are Octavers advantage of the polyphony, unlike the Harmony mode where everything is monaural. So not really audible latency, "polyphony" ... Attention is not very clean, the stamp is a bit trashed in polyphony.

Detune: detune I use a clean sound or a slight overdrive (I use the BD-2) is wonderful! The effect is to double what you play the same thing slightly above or slightly below, as if you were given a fraction of discordant tone. We choose the fraction of a tone above and / or above, the balance and then ... Enjoy! After I get my distortion sounds to give some interesting synth pads with my guitar.

Super Bend is why I bought this gem at the base. So the famous Whammy effect, we hear from Rage Against the Machine and especially for Muse! I was interested also to a tone bender or more sounds Clavinet example (oh yes another icon that uses the Whammy: Hervé Salters). It is possible to adjust the bend on a number given octave, tone, an octave above, below a (mono or right and left!) And modulations funny.

I use a Yamaha guitar (not even ashamed!) And I warm up with all the lights of my Fender Hot Rod. I would glue before OD and distortion, and my clone Fuzz Factory afterwards. Why then? Because the fuzz has a dirty sound that does not fit well with the harmony and function is more appropriate to detune sounds a little neat ... However much the Super Bend distorts the sound, but before the fuzz is great!

OVERALL OPINION

I use it extensively for a month. I have unfortunately never tested the competition, but obviously beats the Boss Digitech quality level and price level. When I see the next Whammy promises $ 450 I think that it does not worth at all to miss the Boss! I have not tried either the Electro Harmonix Ring Thing that looks fine too. Instead of buying a Whammy, you can buy an EHX and Boss for less!

I like the originality and quality sound effects and Detune Harmony. At the beginning I did not like the harmony because it is clear in his ugly, you really learn to use it wisely, I think she is great!
I sought a Whammy effect and I'm not disappointed, great!

I bought it at 100 € Used, well then the price / quality ratio is unbeatable! The scope of the expression pedal is a little absent across, but it is preventable and it's not dramatic!

9 out of 10 because nobody is perfect! (An expression pedal is expensive and sound quality level, even if it is at the forefront of what is done today, it takes to evolve!) Is somewhat a matter of principle as not to 10/10, but I think there is no better choice! To add to his pedalboard without hesitation!

I love him!
philou2702/08/2011

philou27's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Fun"

Boss PS-6 Harmonist
Pretty with lots of effects pedals (Octave, harmonization, bend ...) Always

UTILIZATION

simple at Boss

SOUND QUALITY

For a nice sound, you need a tube amp because at the beginning I used a combo transistor. Then if multiple pedals, have a good chaining is crucial, particularly if used with distortion, it must be placed after the distortion pedal, When all this is fulfilled, this pedal is great.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it in concert last semaine.J love it sonore.couplé rendering with the new Boss ST2, or on clear, with a short delay ...! for me it is perfect.