Thursday, January 24, 2013

the impossible pedal


here is one of this year's surprises:
the impossible pedal!
what is the impossible pedal?
I'm glad I asked.

it's my first-ever signature effects pedal!
DigiTech and I have created a pedal
which allows you to do something no other pedal can:
play the impossible!
not only will you play things with this pedal
which you can't possibly play otherwise,
it will also make you seem to play faster
than you can actually play!

there will be a press conference debut
of the impossible pedal
this saturday morning, january 26
at the 2013 NAMM show
at 10:00 at the DigiTech booth
followed by a demo from yours truly.

the impossible pedal is the first artist signature pedal
from the award-winning Digitech series called iStomp.
you download the pedal as an app from your iPhone or iPad
how cool is that?

to learn more go to:
and look for the stomp shop 

here is the official press release:

HARMAN’s DigiTech Teams Up With Adrian Belew to Bring You The Impossible Pedal for the iStomp

ANAHEIM, California – At NAMM 2013 DigiTech is proud to announce its first in a line of iStomp Signature Artist pedals, joining forces with guitarist extraordinaire Adrian Belew to debut The Impossible Pedal. The pedal lives up to its name, giving guitarists the ability to play pitch-shifting effects that are otherwise impossible to play on a guitar.

Adrian Belew needs little introduction as a beyond-cutting-edge musician who has smashed sonic boundaries with artists including David Bowie, King Crimson, Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, Nine Inch Nails and others, and over a diverse solo career spanning nearly 20 solo albums. The cries, grunts, squeals, industrial noises, twang-bar-king whammy effects and other otherworldly sounds he can coax out of his instrument make him one of the world’s most uncategorizable guitarists.

Available exclusively as an e-pedal for the iStomp, The Impossible Pedal uses two pitch shifters that can be turned on and off in sequence, and guitarists can abruptly “jump” between two intervals by stepping on the iStomp footswitch as they play. “I have been using the DigiTech HarmonyMan for years to create this unique effect,” said Belew. “With The Impossible Pedal in my iStomp I can now do things I never could before!”

Two knobs on The Impossible Pedal set the two different pitch intervals and two knobs select whether the pitches shift up or down over a two octave range. By stepping on the footswitch, the note played by the guitarist alternates between the standard (unaffected) pitch and the two pitch-shifted voices, to create melodic passages that extend beyond physical human ability. Even its iStomp icon is an impossible optical illusion that has to be seen to be disbelieved.

“Adrian Belew is a fearless innovator and his e-pedal ideas for the iStomp are a perfect match for our vision,” noted DigiTech Artist Relations Manager Tom Cram.

The DigiTech iStomp is a new concept in guitar stompboxes that allows musicians to turn the iStomp into any pedal available in the Stomp Shop online pedal store. Offering almost limitless sonic possibilities, the iStomp connects to an Apple® IOS device where musicians can use the free Stomp Shop app to load it with the e-pedal of their choice. The Stomp Shop app comes with ten of the most popular pedals and gives access to more than 40 additional e-pedals they can browse, try out and purchase. More e-pedals are added on a regular basis.

At NAMM, DigiTech will be giving away six special edition silver and blue iStomp pedals signed by Belew as part of a Facebook sweepstakes that is taking place during the show. Please visit DigiTech at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA Booth #211B.

The DigiTech The Impossible Pedal e-pedal will be made available at the beginning of NAMM at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The DigiTech iStomp is currently available at $229.95 suggested retail.

HARMAN ( designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.


  1. Looks Awesome!! Can you tell us what the price range is?

    Thank You!

  2. hey Adrian- are you going to be elsewhere besides Digitech at NAMM on Saturday?

  3. congrats , i remember asking you about this trick in chicago ... hey take a look at this guys cbg , its really neat !

  4. Sorry I missed you at the show, Adrian. Pedal looks very cool.


  5. Fearless innovator !! This is very cool , so happy for you :)

  6. want !

    hope to see you tour soon , anticipating new belew music .

    1. ... hm... to play possible or to play impossible, that's the question!
      My best & 100% positive vibes from France,

  7. now correct me if i am wrong , but in theory one could modify the stomp switch , with an input jack . at that point one could also assign a tap tempo " auto fire " type or automatic repeat momentary contact type switch . well i suppose the tap tempo might be getting a bit carried away , but what if the user only had one foot , and needed that to manipulate a wah or series of stereo volume pedals ... seriously i need this device to fool not only myself but family friends (mostly small mammals) , but unfortunately at the moment i reside in an IOS free domicile . i am crossing my finger in hopes that digitech will release a pc version soon while i save my pennies for this amazing effect . i like it !