DigiTech Whammy Ricochet


DigiTech (press release April 5, 2016)

DigiTech by HARMAN Launches Whammy Ricochet Effect Pedal at Prolight + Sound 2016

From dive bombs to pull-ups, the Whammy Ricochet effect pedal from DigiTech by HARMAN offers guitarists a wide range of creative pitch bend effects

PL+S 2016, FRANKFURT—DigiTech by HARMAN today announced the Whammy Ricochet guitar effect pedal. The Whammy Ricochet takes the popular Whammy pitch shifting effect and places it in a pedal with a small form factor. Instead of using a foot treadle to manipulate pitch bending rate, such as those found on traditional DigiTech Whammy pedals, the Whammy Ricochet bends the pitch of the incoming note at a rate determined by shift and return controls. The Whammy Ricochet allows guitarists to bounce their sound up or down in pitch in controlled or crazy shifts.

The Whammy Ricochet offers seven pitch selections: 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, Octave, Double Octave, and Octave+Dry, as well as a toggle to select up or down for the selected pitch. The Whammy Ricochet also has a latching footswitch mode so the tone can rise or fall to the selected pitch and stay there. An LED ladder shows the shift trajectory at all times. All these controls combine to create classic Whammy pitch shifting as well as new sounds never heard before. 

“I’ve been calling the Whammy Ricochet the ‘riff machine,’ because cool riffs just start pouring out every time I use it,” said Tom Cram, Marketing Manager, DigiTech, HARMAN Professional Solutions. “From subtle country-ish bends, and quick nuanced octave jumps, to big lumbering polyphonic chordal dive-bombs, the Ricochet can do it all. And of course, the guitar stays in tune, there’s no breaking of strings, and you don’t need to have a heavy tremolo bridge and cumbersome string lock system on your guitar to get these distinctive Whammy sounds.”

The Whammy Ricochet provides two modes of operation: the Classic Whammy algorithm and Chords, the modern algorithm from the Whammy DT. The classic mode is ideal for single note soloing while the chords mode is best suited for the pitch shifting of full chords. The mode can be changed while the effect is on or off.

The unit’s responsive Trajectory LED Ladder lights in sequential order to provide a visual indication of pitch shift direction and rate. For example, the LEDs will light from top to bottom when the incoming note is shifted down. Conversely, the LEDs will light from bottom to top when the incoming note is shifted up. The Trajectory LEDs will also chase in the direction of the pitch shift so that you always know what direction is currently selected.

To use the Whammy Ricochet pedal, select the desired pitch shifting interval with the pitch control then select the pitch direction with the range switch. Set the footswitch for momentary or latched operation using the momentary switch. To audition the rise and fall rate of the pitch shifting effect, turn the effect on/off using the footswitch; adjust the shift and return controls so that the pitch effect bends to and from the selected interval at the desired rate.

The Whammy Ricochet will be available May 2016 at $187.44 MSRP.



  • Famous Whammy™ sound without a bulky treadle
  • Bend notes up or down across 2 octaves
  • 7 Selectable Pitch intervals
  • Ultimate control of Shift and Return time
  • LED Trajectory Ladder provides instant visual feedback
  • Classic and Chords mode
  • Momentary or Latching footswitch
  • True Bypass in latching mode


  • Input: 1/4" Unbalanced (Tip-Sleeve)
  • Max Input Level: +5 dBu
  • Input Impedance: 1 MΩ (Effect enabled or effect bypassed w/ Momentary switch on) True Bypass (Effect bypassed w/ Momentary switch off)
  • Output: 1/4" Unbalanced (Tip-Sleeve)
  • Max Output Level: +10 dBu
  • Output Impedance: 1 kΩ (Effect enabled or effect bypassed w/ Momentary switch on) True Bypass (Effect bypassed w/ Momentary switch off)
  • Controls Ballistics: Control, Pitch Control, Range Switch, Momentary Switch, Effect On/Off
  • Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz in classic mode, 22 kHz in chords mode
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz–16 kHz (classic mode), 20 Hz–11 kHz (chords mode)
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: > -106dB (A weighted); ref = max level, 22 kHz bandwidth
  • A/D/A Converter: 24-bit
  • THD: 0.004% @ 1 kHz; ref = 1 dBu w/ unity gain
  • Power Consumption: 2.1 Watts (235 mA typical @ 9 VDC)
  • Power Requirements: 9 VDC External Adapter (sold separately)
  • Power Supply: PS0913DC-01 (US, JA, EU); PS0913DC-02 (AU, UK)
  • Power Adapter Output : 9 VDC 1.3 A
  • Weight: 0.36 lbs. (0.163 kgs.)
  • Dimensions: 4.75” (L) x 2.875” (W) x 1.75” (H)


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