DigiTech is one of the oldest and most influential effects manufacturers. While they may not be dominating as they once had, their product is still up there. DigiTech VLHM comes in as one of the most versatile harmonizer pedals currently available. Let’s take a closer look at this stylish unit.
In its very core, DigiTech VLHM is an advanced harmonizer with a great processor and proper tracking capabilities. However, that’s not all this pedal has to offer. That core functionality is tucked in between numerous other features that really make it complete. For starters, we have the Live Adapt technology which constantly monitors the input for tempo, key, and other metrics. By doing so, it can make real time adjustments to your performance. The VLHM also features built in reverb, compressor, delay and other effects.
All of these can be layered in just about any way you see fit. What’s really cool are the small things. DigiTech went so far as to include a sound check feature, which allows you to record one phrase and loop it while adjusting parameters. In other words, you can tweak the settings and hear them in action as you do so.
In terms of controls, the VLHM’s user interface might seem to be complicated, but it’s really not. All of the key control points are right in the center of the console. DigiTech VLHM comes with a built in LCD display, making it easy to navigate and adjust various parameters it offers. Underneath the display, you will find several knobs and buttons. These are used to interact with the software. Lastly, the bottom row of switches are your main controls.
Overall, DigiTech didn’t really make things complicated. Despite there being some fairly outlandish designs out there, utilizing a simple approach is always better. After all, DigiTech has more than enough experience with designing complicated pedals to know this. Another fact that points to this conclusion is that every knob, button or switch is clearly labeled. There’s no guesswork involved with DigiTech VLHM.
The performance of DigiTech VLHM is right where we expected it to be. In other words, the core of the effect is about as good as it gets. Pedal tracks offer plenty of versatility where necessary and is a serious tool in capable hands. However, there are some aspects that could have been better. For the most part, the reverb and delay don’t sound too convincing. Are they bad to a point where you shouldn’t use them? Far from it. It’s just that we expected something with a bit more bite from DigiTech.
Fortunately, these ‘drawbacks’ if one can call them that, take nothing away from the overall impression. The more advanced features, such as Live Adapt, work flawlessly. Those are the things we were worried about the most. Truth be told, every guitar player has their own set of reverbs and delays they like to use.
DigiTech pretty much hit all the marks dead center with VLHM. Even though there are some shortcomings involved, those pale away quickly once you realize how affordable this pedal is. Those looking for affordable and reliable harmonizer should really give this one a quick look. It might just surprise you.