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DigiTech iStomp Price Reduction

Synthtopia is reporting, that Sound on Sound is reporting, that DigiTech has reduced their iStomp from $150 to just $50! The iStomp is a hardware stompbox you connect to your iDevice, where you configure and send new DSP effects. The price change is not yet reflected at any North American retailers, but Thomann has it for €58/£49.12!

The other part of this story is that the effects themselves, which are individual IAPs, are now all free except for an Adrian Belew artist e-pedal. That's 47 free effects that used to be priced between $1-15 each! Unlike the pedal itself, this price change is effective now!

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Here's a review from Sonic State, which makes this stereo-in/stereo-out effect box a very tempting buy at $50!

Reader Comments 23

Yeah, I can kind of see why these didn't generate a lot of interest at $150 (or at least I'm assuming that's why the big price drop). Most guitar players that I know that are into modeling and digital effects go for the big MFX processors (Pod XT/X3/HD, Boss GT series, etc.) whereas most players that I know that do the stomp box thing are looking for an all analog signal path to feed a tube amp - especially at the over $100/stomp box price point. The digital stomp boxes seem to be favorites of beginners who haven't figured out which direction they'll go yet. Hopefully they'll have more luck @ $50/ea!

November 07, 2013  | person_outline Joe

+1 @Joe

Don't know if this is a known chipset or not, but I would guess it is, if so it's ripe for a hack or three, or there must already be a programming environment for it so DigiTech could release a programming app for it on the iPad, perhaps a bit like Max; this would make it a very interesting little box!

I'm kinda interested, would probably make interesting additions to the hardware synth outputs, or the sends on the sound card perhaps?! Some of the emulations are meant to be very good and it might be good to hear the Nord through a Lexinton Hall Reverb for $50?


November 07, 2013  | person_outline Baddcr

Havent found it online at the new price. Idk too much about pedals VS other pedals but i think the big istomp downside is one pedal = one sound at a time in the ADD world we live in.

November 08, 2013  | person_outline hansendesigns

Don't consider myself a reverb connoisseur, but I'd bet the Lexicon authorized reverb on this does not sound like the $5,000 Lexicon units....

November 08, 2013  | person_outline Zymos

If they sounds remotely good and you play live, $150 for three discreet distortion, delay and reverb pedals is quite the deal. As a bed room warrior with a midi pedal, it's hard to find the value in this if you already own something like Jam Up. I think @Joe pretty much nailed the market problem. I wonder if they hoped to attract the analog pedal collecting ipad owner who wants a ___insert effect here___ but can't afford a good one yet. Perhaps at $50 they'll attract them.

November 08, 2013  | person_outline Will

Can someone please post a link to a site offering these for $50? The original article is about 5 months old and I cannot find any below $150.

November 09, 2013  | person_outline GP

That's European dating, because SOS are Limeys. They flip the month and date, so it is meant to be read as, "6th of November." The story is only 2 days old, I'll let you know as soon as I see it hit stores here!

I have no idea why these are all free, but I just scooped all of them.

November 09, 2013  | person_outline CoopMusic247

Yep we always say day of the month,the month, and year,i still find when US says 9/11 strange and i believe its possibly the only time in history where british maybe europeans know it means 9th of september not 11 of november

November 09, 2013  | person_outline andre

HA see bloody confused me 9th of november i meant

November 09, 2013  | person_outline andre

Extra 'u's, backward dates, how does anyone ever understand you people?!

November 09, 2013  | person_outline Zymos

A-lu-MIN-I-um or a-LUM-in-um?

For chrissakes!
Can't find the stomp box at the new price anywhere yet (11/9 or 9/11...jeez)

November 09, 2013  | person_outline Kids

WTF are dates not written YYYY-MM-DD. You know, like HH:MM:SS, or when the number 873 is an 8 in the hundreds place, 7 in the 10s, and 3 in the 1s.

When I become king of the world, that's going to be the first thing I fix.

November 09, 2013  | person_outline Patrick/Secret Base Design

I am seriously with you on that. I number everything I do personally in YYYYMMDD because that is how file systems will want to sort them anyhow.

When I am king, I will fix that the standard number of hours you're supposed to work per week to get by is a double digit number.

November 09, 2013  | person_outline Joe

@zymos, you're right of course, but in some regard it will sound pretty darn good. Matching stuff like this is just a case of having good enough algorithms, and in the same way you can make a softsynth sound pretty much like the original, but not quite, I don't see any reason for this to be different.

+1 for YYYMMDD if you're doing anything computational, but otherwise, Saturday the 9th of November 2013 suits me better!

As for Limey... ooooh sailor!!! :-D

November 09, 2013  | person_outline Baddcr

I love this shit.

I noticed when I live in Germany that they do addresses differently than the US. It makes MUCH more sense. Oak St 193 (DE), vs 193 Oak St (US)

If you're sorting mail for delivery, do you want to skip the house number *every single time* to get to the street or just see the damn street first? Obvi, put the number after the street. Makes so much sense.

I think dates have too many use cases to have an obvious answer. I like Patrick's idea of having it match hours:minutes:seconds (big to small) but when I'm looking at a date outside of a history book, is the year the most important? Usually not. If I'm adding something to my personal calendar (even mentally) is the day of the month more important or the month? I reckon it's the month but that's only one of a hundred use cases. August the 1st, 1981 (the day album music was destroyed for those playing along at home).

November 11, 2013  | person_outline Will

PS. @tim pretty please: textarea#body {font-size: 14px; height: 12em;} I have 20/20 vision and this text is smaaaaaaaall!

November 11, 2013  | person_outline Will

Oh, you're right! I've bumped the font size on everything else in the past, but neglected the comment entry field! Fixed!

This post is now almost a month old and I'm wondering if we've seen any change in the price? I couldn't see any. I was also wondering if the pedals were still all free as I'm thinking about getting this.

December 03, 2013  | person_outline Newb

Hmmm... You're right! I stopped checking after a couple of weeks. Alex @iDesignSound got this discounted right after the announcement, but didn't like it. Instead he recommends the Zoom MS-100 BT. It is more expensive but does multi-effects in a chain, and connects to your iDevice via Bluetooth instead of the now defunct 30-pin. You should bug him on Twitter to do a video of it! I've been bugging him for weeks, so it might help if he hears from more people! Make sure you let him know I sent you. ;)

I have a 4th generation iPod so 30-pin is fine :). That pedal looks much better than the iStomp for the same price too but $150 is to big for the budget right now, that's why I was hoping for the price decrease so I could have some different sounds. Wonder if it was just a myth to drum up some coverage.

December 04, 2013  | person_outline Newb


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