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)
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.
- +/- 12 semitones pitch shifting
- Reverse Delay mode
- Chaotic self-oscillation
- Abstract sound (may be a pro or con)
- Lack of precision control for pitch shift
- Takes time to understand
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:
The Shift control is the primary control you’ll use to alter your pitch. The detuning mode on the Raster pedal will create smooth pitch changes ranging from a fourth below to a minor third above.
If you create wider intervals in this mode, you’ll hear a sound quality that mimics an organ playing obscure pitches. This would be a great setting to create eerie sounding music.
By combining pitch shifting with delays, you’ll be able to create an abstract shimmering effect. Try playing arpeggios with the Shift setting turned up. You’ll hear a sound that is completely different from usual arpeggios, and the same effect will create a new sound when you play scales as well.
The pedal also has a single shift mode, which will only shift the first repeat. This is a great way to initially hear some of the effects of the pedal and still maintain a natural sound.
FDBK is your Feedback setting, which will create a range of delay sounds ranging from slapback delays to noisy delays. This is also the toggle that you’ll use to create the reverse delay effect I mentioned above.
Your FDBK knob will create infinite repeats as you turn the knob to around 3 o’clock. Infinite repeats will create the coveted shimmering effect that so many musicians enjoy creating with this pedal.
Combine this effect with the Shift mode’s ability to tune the arpeggios to the root of your melody. This will give you an idea of all the Red Panda Raster Pitch Shifting Delay Pedal is capable of.
The Delay mode does exactly what the name implies: it delays your audio to give you a reverberant echo effect. With a range of 20 to 750 milliseconds of delay time, you shouldn’t feel like you you’re lacking options in terms of your delay time, and the extreme delay intensity is really apparent.
This delay is known for sounding very clean, which is a big plus considering many other delay pedals on the market have been criticized for having a messy sound.
This knob will allow you to control the intensity of the effects by creating a dry or wet sound. If you’re a beginner in the effect pedal world and you’re still learning the language, a dry sound refers to sounds with no effects, and a wet sound refers to sounds containing a lot of effects.
If you’re finding the effects on your Raster pedal a bit too chaotic, you can change your Blend knob to a dry setting to reduce the intensity.
If you want to read more about using a delay pedal in different ways, check out this article.
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:
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.
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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.