NAMM 2010: Morpheus CAPO

Remember my review of the Morpheus DropTune a little while ago? Well at NAMM they also had the DropTune’s new sibling, CAPO. CAPO works almost like a DropTune in reverse: use it to raise the tuning of your entire guitar by up to… 3 1/2 freaking steps! It can be used to emulate a 12 string with an intelligent setting which adds the higher octave for the E, A, D and G strings while doubling the B and high E. How does it do it? I have no freaking idea but it sounds amazing.

Here’s some info from their site:

UP tuning in 1-step increments up to 3 1/2 steps — plus full Octave and Octaver. Our CAPO™pedal’s sibling, the DropTune™, has taken the guitar world by storm because it does something no other pedal has ever done before. Now we’ve done it again — except upscale! Finally, you can electronically capo your guitar and maintain perfect pitch. For example, play an E chord in standard tuning, then use the Capo pedal to up tune your guitar so the chord is changed to an F, F#, G, G#, A, Bb or B.
In addition, the CAPO pedal has Full Octave Up Pitch and a great-sounding Octaver/12- string emulator that causes your 6-string to sound like a 12-string, with octaves for strings 3 through 6, and doublers on strings 1 and 2.

The Morpheus CAPO™ pedal also features effect-toggling so you can instantly toggle back and forth between the up pitch and the EFFECT OFF for a cool up/down pitch-shift effect during rapid ascending/ descending arpeggios and scale runs. Don’t mistake this for a mere pitch shift stompbox. The CAPO uses proprietary polyphonic pitch up algorithms that maintain perfect harmonic accuracy and tonally correct overtones — you have to hear this pedal to believe how real it sounds! Not surprising considering the CAPO™ has been developed by a team of guitar effects pros with over fifty total years of experience at other companies where they created some of today’s most famous pedals. With a cast metal chassis, solid positive-feeling steel step switches and non-skid rubber feet, the CAPO is solidly built for years of use and abuse. LED indicators are bright and easy to see. If you’re looking for fast, pitchperfect capoing, listen to the demos on our website…or better yet, try out the CAPO in person at your Morpheus dealer.