The beginning of 2005 marks the 20th anniversary of DigiTech®, one of the industry’s developers of signal processing pedals and a Harman International company. This milestone is marked by the release of DigiTech’s next generation of signal processing products, which combine new technology with vintage sounds. Winter NAMM debuts included the Jimi Hendrix Experience™ and Eric Clapton Crossroads™ Artist Series Pedals, DF-7 Distortion Factory™ and GNX2000 Guitar Workstation™.
DigiTech was created as an offshoot brand by John Johnson and David DiFrancesco, who founded DOD Electronics in 1974, bringing DiFrancesco’s talent with electronics, honed in the repair department of a Salt Lake City music store, together with Johnson’s knack for business and his degree in marketing and music. In 1987, DigiTech brought out the DSP128 multi-effects processor, which allowed the use of three effects at once and was supported with an aggressive advertising campaign, “Three at a Time for $399.” DigiTech also marketed the IPS33, a commercially successful intelligent harmonizer that produced three-part harmonies for musical instruments. It was then followed by the Vocalist, which produced up to five-part harmonies in a desktop chassis, a top-seller for the company. In 1990, the company released the Whammy® Pedal, a pitch shifting pedal.
DigiTech has created two new Artist Series Pedals. The Jimi Hendrix Experience effects pedal was developed in a joint effort with Eddie Kramer, the legendary recording engineer and producer who captured Hendrix’s amazing talent on record. It will be launched in conjunction with the Crossroads™ pedal, which is the result of working with Eric Clapton and his long-time guitar technician, Lee Dickson. The GNX2000 Guitar Workstation, a full-featured, multi-modeling digital effects processor that provides key features for both live and studio applications, also joins the DigiTech line, in addition to the new DF-7 Distortion Factory pedal, featuring models of seven of the all-time greatest distortion and overdrive stompboxes.
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