#1
hi there, I'm planning on playing a couple of iron maiden's songs with my trio but I'm the only guitar player so I was wondering if there was a good harmonizer out there as a stand in for the second guitar for 2 lines of harmony, any suggestion?
#2
If your guitar is tuned correctly, go with a PS5 or a rack harmonizer. You wont' be quick enough on the whammy if you're doing stuff like Trooper.
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#3
guess the PS5 is the cheapest solution, how does it sound live? someone told me it's good for home recording but it gets blurry at live especially with a distortion, is it true?
#4
depends, with some overrive, sometimes it will track better. You also must be mostly flawless in your playing. hit only one note at a time, otherwise you will confuse it.
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Quote by Reincaster
depends, with some overrive, sometimes it will track better. You also must be mostly flawless in your playing. hit only one note at a time, otherwise you will confuse it.

yeah I need to harmonize iron maiden style so single notes, not chords nor bichords, I'll have to use it with a Boss ds-1 and an ibanez TS808 mostly used as a booster or soft crunch, would it work with these 2 pedals in ur opinion?

another question:

my rig is composed of boss pedals except for the tubescreamer, here's the order:

guitar-CS3-TS808-DS1-DD3-CE5- amp

where should I put the PS5 in order to make it sound the proper way?
#6
The third guitarist in my band uses the PS5 as a harmonizer (and a whammy ) and it sounds great with distortion. I'm pretty sure his setup is Guitar -> Boss DD-6 -> PS-5 -> Amp, because he uses the PS5 to harmonize delayed loops.

So I'm guessing you should put the PS-5 after the CS3 and the TS808 so the guitar is harmonized before it distorts - you can't really harmonize a distorted or boosted signal.

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Quote by stradivari310
The third guitarist in my band uses the PS5 as a harmonizer (and a whammy ) and it sounds great with distortion. I'm pretty sure his setup is Guitar -> Boss DD-6 -> PS-5 -> Amp, because he uses the PS5 to harmonize delayed loops.

So I'm guessing you should put the PS-5 after the CS3 and the TS808 so the guitar is harmonized before it distorts - you can't really harmonize a distorted or boosted signal.


It's not really a good thing to put the harmonizer after the delay. Why? because then the harmonizer might get overlapping notes, say a G and a C. The Harmonizer won't know what note to mess with, and you'll end up with flab. Depends on what you use the delay for.

Secondly, yes, you CAN harmonize a boosted or distorted signal. I own a whammy, and it does it just fine if I put it after the overdrive or fuzz. Tom morello used his whammy in the loop for the self titled album, and I think for the battle of los angeles.
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Last edited by Reincaster at Feb 29, 2008,
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Quote by Reincaster
It's not really a good thing to put the harmonizer after the delay. Why? because then the harmonizer might get overlapping notes, say a G and a C. The Harmonizer won't know what note to mess with, and you'll end up with flab. Depends on what you use the delay for.

Secondly, yes, you CAN harmonize a boosted or distorted signal. I own a whammy, and it does it just fine if I put it after the overdrive or fuzz. Tom morello used his whammy in the loop for the self titled album, and I think for the battle of los angeles.

Oh I had meant that with the delay pedal he creates a loop that is harmonized when it goes through the PS5. Then he usually runs off to go play keyboards or run the sequencer on our laptop.
And after some experimentation I guess you are right about harmonizing a boosted signal, but I guess it's a matter of personal preference whether or not you do so.

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#10
Quote by kevinmask
so I put it between the DS1 and the delay correct?

Go ahead and try it there to see what happens and come back if it doesn't work.

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#11
Quote by stradivari310
Go ahead and try it there to see what happens and come back if it doesn't work.

I have decided to go for a boss HR-2 cuz it has 2 voices for guitar orchestration (PS5 can only add one).

on harmony central I read that the best way to make it track notes properly with no distortion issues is to use the "detector input" with a splitter or an outup B from another pedal/tuner, some other people say it's better in the loop effects, I'm very confused and don't understand the first formula I mentioned, could you please explain this for me?

here's the pic of the pedal

and here's the topic on harmony central where they mention this detector input trick http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Effects/product/Boss/HR-2+Harmonist/10/1