Price paid: € 145
Purchased from: DjShop.gr
Ease of Use — 10
The Drop is generally a fairly easy pedal to understand how it works and how it is controlled. The knob at the top controls the number of semitones the pedal drops your initial tuning. That goes all the way down to an octave down from the original tuning and there's also another option, where both the dry and the lower octave signal come out of the output. There is also a Momentary function, which, as the name suggests, if enabled turns the pedal off if you take your foot off the stomp switch at the bottom. It also works the other way around, as you can have the pedal turn on if you step off the switch. This allows for various interesting effects that can offer you a few different possibilities, such as imitating a floating trem to do dive bombs. There could another set of stomp switches to allow for quick changes between specific tunings, but then the real estate of the pedal would increase significantly without offering that much more in terms of quick access.
Sound — 9
Soundwise the pedal does its intended job almost flawlessly. While A/B'ing two recordings of the same phrase played with the Drop and with the real tuning, it's very hard to tell the difference. There is minimal digital "colouring" of the tone, but it can noticeably present the lower the tuning goes. Again, the deterioration in tone is negligible and shouldn't be an issue. As far as tracking and latency are concerned, the Drop tracks excellently, regardless of how fast your lead playing is or how low the tuning you've set is. There is a latency of a few milliseconds, but it is not noticeable unless you record yourself while playing and take a look at your DAW.
Reliability & Durability — 9
The Drop features a typical DigiTech metallic housing, with a hard plastic knob on top that handles the number of semitones dropped, a static switch that turns the Momentary function of the pedal on and off and a basic stompbox switch that activates and deactivates the whole pedal. Dimensions-wise, it's an average sized pedal, about the size of an average palm and won't be an issue if your pedalboard is packed with other pedals. It feels solid, well-built and the parts don't feel cheap at all. It generally gives out a high-quality feel and should continue to function properly for years. The only complaint I personally have, is that the basic knob is maybe too soft and easy to rotate and may therefore lead to some accidental tuning changes. Then again this depends on how you use it (live or in the studio, etc) and how often in a session, so this may not be a problem at all for some.
Overall Impression — 9
Conclusively, the Drop is a pedal that can easily find its way into the rig of pretty much every guitarist. If you play songs on multiple tunings, especially when those are far apart, but you have only a few guitars, you gig with only a couple of them or you have guitars with floating trems, this pedal is essential and can help you get past these limitations. Even if this doesn't apply to your equipment, the Drop offers tireless experimentation with different tunings, keys and textures of sound, so you find what style of sound fits that new riff you came up with, or what key you can sing in the better. It's built with care and high quality and can deliver on every occasion sound wise, without alter the signal almost at all and without any noticeable latency.