Digitech Drop Pedal

The answer to your Spaghetti String Quandry?

Many tracks in Rocksmith are not in E Standard. Retuning to Drop D, Eb Standard etc can be a pain, but it’s survivable. C Standard with “normal” strings though is a different matter. Tuning here can reach the point where the will to live is lost as Rocksmith refuses to recognise the notes as the strings slap against the fretboard.

Is the Digitech Drop Pedal the answer? It transposes the input by a semitone with each turn of the dial so a bass in E Standard can turn into a bass in C Standard with a few clicks and no spaghetti strings.

Does it work? Yes. Dropping a semitone to play some Thin Lizzy tracks worked perfectly. Going down to C Standard to play a couple of Royal Blood tracks needed some slight retuning but it was only +/- 4 or 5 so not the end of the world.

Is it worth it? If you’re often playing Cookie Monster-style tracks which need these low notes then yes, until Rocksmith offers support for 5 string basses with ODLC.

Author: James's Bass Blog

Husband, Grandfather, IT Pro, IBM Notes geek, Bassist, Rocksmith custom creator, music buff.

9 thoughts on “Digitech Drop Pedal”

  1. Hello James:
    Definitely the change of tuning to C Standard produces spaghetti strings as you say and it is quite uncomfortable and unrewarding to play like that.
    I recently changed my standard 45-105 strings to lightweight 40-95 Rotosound strings due to my left-hand osteoarthritis problems. I made the adjustment to my bass and was able to lower the bridge by 1.5 mm. With that adjustment, I could no longer play C Standard.
    A few months ago, I tried combining an audio interface (Native Instruments pedalboard–Rig Kontrol 3 interface) with Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5 software and Realtone Cable.
    The signal from the bass enters the interface (analog-digital) – it is processed in the software (in my case I tested the pitch pedal module in the chain)to lower the tuning, and returns to the footswitch that converts the signal to analog and is sent through the audio outputs where I connect the RealtoneCable and from there to RS.
    Did my experiment work? Yes, it worked in the basics, although it introduced a lot of latency due to all the processes involved.
    This pedal is more comfortable and practical than my whole mess of settings.
    Recently talking to a friend who also plays bass on RS, we commented on the problem of the correct registration of the notes on RS in very low tunings.
    This pedal seems a very good solution.
    I take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas.
    A hug.

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  2. Hi James – I appreciate this tip and I’ve added the pedal to my wishlist. Rather expensive but may be worth it in the long run. In the last few days I was trying to play some Breaking Benjamin tunes and many of them are C Drop A# which I can’t even come close to.

    I hope all is well for you and that you are enjoying the holidays. Thank you for the many gifts you have given the Rocksmith Custom community this year.

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  3. Hello James:
    Here’s a thought about using a pedal to modify the tuning of a bass analog signal for Rocksmith.
    Pedals from the brands Digitech (The Drop), Electro Harmonix (Pitch Fork) seem like good acquisitions for someone who in addition to playing RS intends to play live.
    The sound quality has to be good (considering the price of each pedal).
    I looked at how to do this by software routing with different effects emulators and the sound was not good.
    As I don’t have a dedicated amplifier, I’m tied to the computer for anything to do with electric bass.
    So I considered the option of buying a headphone amp or something similar, which was space-saving, portable, and didn’t need a power supply, for practicing elsewhere.
    Finally, for a very affordable price (65€), I bought a ZOOM B1 Four multi-effects pedal.
    Then I noticed that it has, among its many effects, some Pitchshifter pedals that could be useful to use with Rocksmith.
    what do you think about this pedal for domestic use? do you know it?

    https://zoomcorp.com/en/us/multi-effects/bass-effects/b1-four-b1x-four/

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      1. I tested the ZOOM B1 Four pedal with the Pitchshifter effect and sent the output via Realtone Cable to Rocksmith.
        I played Eb Standard and D Standard songs. I also tried with small variations (A446Hz – A447Hz) and it worked very well.
        I’ve heard that these effects pedals, being digital, tend to sound too artificial, but I didn’t notice anything like that.
        However, I have in mind that this is a possible solution to play Rocksmith, so demanding a sound quality comparable to a concert rig would not be logical.
        Best regards.

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      2. I am glad to hear it. 😊
        I found an offer from an online shop in Portugal (BimotorDJ) and with the shipping costs it was even cheaper than other shops in Spain.😲
        In my case, I also had a reflection. I have friends who bought combo amps with digital effects (for example the Rumble LT25), which by the fact of having built-in effects (+ an audio interface), raise the price, and sometimes, the use of some functionality requires the purchase of an exclusive pedal of the brand, to be compatible and that usually is not cheap.
        Using this multi-effects pedal (or a similar one like the VOX Stomplab Ib) will allow me in the future to choose from a wider variety of amplifiers, which increases the choice and the possibility of a good price.
        As I already have a decent quality audio interface (Native Instruments Rig Kontrol 3), and two cable interfaces (Realtone Cable and Guitar Link UCG102), I don’t need my future amp to have extras that raise the price.πŸ˜‰

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  4. Today I recorded this by connecting Realtonecable to the output of my brand new ZOOM B1 Four.
    With a little tweaking, it’s functional in RS.
    I added in an empty preset the PitchSHFT effect that I can modify directly on the pedal (via the graphic display) or as in the case of the video, via the Guitar Lab software that comes included with the pedal for easy preset management.

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