Red Panda Raster Pitch Shifting Delay Pedal Review – 2018 Edition

Pitch shifter pedals are a great way to experiment with harmonic delays. When I was searching for a pitch shifter pedal, I accidentally purchased a product I wasn’t happy with. I’m here to prevent you from doing the same. Keep reading to learn about the Red Panda Raster Pitch Shifting Delay Pedal.

Things to Consider Before Buying the Red Panda Raster Pitch Shifting Delay Pedal

Like all products by Red Panda Labs, the Raster will create a unique effect so consider your preferred genre before you purchase this pedal. This device creates a robotic sound, so it will be a good fit if you play electronic music.

The Raster takes time to understand, so if you’re a beginner looking for simplicity, or if you want a classic delay effect sound, check out the “Alternatives” section.

If you’re new to pedals, you can learn more here.

Things to consider:

  • Your preferred genre
  • Your experience with pedals
  • Your budget (this is a higher end pedal)
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The Raster Pedal

Pitch shifting pedals are built to combine delay effects with harmonic modifiers. This means you’ll be able to create a delay in addition to detuning your instrument electronically.

The leading pitch shifter pedal on the market is the DigiTech Whammy, which is now on its fifth version because of its popularity. However, if you like abstract sounds, the Red Panda might be better for you because of how obscure it is.

You’ll be able to get rid of your tonality the more you intensify the pitch shifter setting, or, if you want to play with more standard delay effects, you can simply leave the shifter setting off.

Pros

  • +/- 12 semitones pitch shifting
  • Reverse Delay mode
  • Chaotic self-oscillation

Cons

  • Abstract sound (may be a pro or con)
  • Lack of precision control for pitch shift
  • Takes time to understand

Features

FeaturesThe Red Panda Raster Pitch Shifting Delay Pedal will delay your pitch for up to 750 milliseconds, creating significant effect on your sound.

The Raster will also shift your pitch to create a seemingly random array of tones. This is a good effect for musicians who are looking to explore obscure sounds, rather than produce a clear and distinct melody.

The Raster has two Reverse Delay modes, which will play your audio back to you in reverse. For example, if your pedal is set to this mode and you strum a chord on an electric guitar, the pedal will play your audio starting with the weakest part of the decay and will then build back up to the strongest part of the audio (initial strum).

The Reverse Delay settings will allow you to create reverse solos or crystal echoes with combined pitch shifting. This is a unique feature that I had never come across until the Raster pedal, and it reinforces how innovative Red Panda Labs is. You can read more here about the Raster on the company’s site.

Let’s take a look at the different features of the Raster pedal:

Shift

FDBK

Delay

Blend

Social Proof

After reading countless reviews of the Red Panda Raster pedal, I’m confident that I’m not the only one who thinks this is a great investment. Reviewers have praised the obscure and eerie sounds that this pedal is able to produce. Here’s what some of the owners are saying:

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source: www.talkbass.com

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Alternatives

Even I can find the Raster to be a bit extreme, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like Red Panda pedals. The Context is a great alternative if you want a more low-key sound. This pedal is pretty traditional and has typical settings like “Cathedral” and “Gated”.


If a delay pedal is what you’re looking for, Boss pedals are always a great choice. This company has some of the most popular effect pedals on the market. The DD-3 is better quality than most pedals, and it’s also more complex. This means it’s a good pedal for musicians with some experience using delay pedals


If you go on tour often and want something that could fit in your pocket, check out the Flashback Mini. The full-sized flashback is also a great option, but I’m always impressed with this pedal’s powerful sound yet tiny size.

Image Credits: Amazon.com

Conclusion

The Red Panda Raster Pitch Shifting Delay Pedal is a great way to experiment with different harmonic effects. There are so many pitch shifter pedals on the market, which make it difficult to narrow your search. Hopefully, this review helped you with your decision.

Tony Robbin
 

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