The Wizard began as a simple idea: Cut the Pitchgrinder down to a
single pitch shifter, with a mix control. What it became is something
much more exciting, with brand new capabilities.
The pedal’s resolution has been cranked up to 32 bits from the
‘Grinder’s 8, but the same lo-fi glitchy sound. There is a mix control. Then we have the “speed” control. When set to zero, the Wizard behaves like a standard pitch shifter, but as you turn up the speed your output will cross fade between the wet and dry signals, allowing for beautiful moving soundscapes, or stimulating modulation at higher rates.
The “Bender” toggle engages a doppler type effect, in which the pitch
falls in conjunction with the input signal’s decay. Until the pedal
reaches the end of it’s shifting range, where it starts again.
Engaging the “steps” toggle will further confuse the Wizard, snapping
to pitches, rather than sliding, and creating almost random arpeggios.
When the Bender mode is active, the speed knob will control the rate
of the pitch changes, rather than a cross fade.
While the pedal is perfectly useful for traditional pitch shifting, it
is much more at home creating new sounds for adventurous musicians.