Synth Pedals, Anyone?

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  1. ShortintheSleeve

    ShortintheSleeve TDPRI Member

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    I've never owned a synth pedal, but I do have a curiosity about them. Does anyone on here have one they like? Generally, whenever I watch a demo of a synth pedal, I find it the sounds chintzy, or I think, "That's cool. But you know what sounds better? A synth."
     
  2. blowtorch

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    I have this

    this

    this

    and this


    To me, sounding like a synth is the whole point
     
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    Oh and they are all awesome-sounding :cool:
     
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    I've gotten two DigiTech Synth Wahs for about $50 each. This pedal has a couple synth and filter settings, along with the auto-wah and envelope ones.
     
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    Don't know if a keyboard simulator is what you included, but I've long been interested in something like the EH B9 (?) for organ sounds on a guitar. Here is a good example of "keyboard " on guitar. Starts around the two minute mark.
     
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    PedalZone Stefan did an inspirational video on how to get synthy sounds using conventional guitar pedals. In the meantime I'm waiting for someone to get bored with his Boss SY-1 and sell it to for a ridiculously low price. But until it happens:

     
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    Man, I really want a Dirty Robot. Funny thing is, that kind of stuff is nothing like what I typically play. But, damn-it, I want one.
     
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    Synth pedals no; synth yes. You can still get a used Roland GR-30 like mine for around two bills and the possibilities are near-limitless. It's been a staple part of my rig for a few years now & I'll probably be buried with it. There's no keyboard player in my band but the synth lets me get organs, Musitron (think Del Shannon,) horn section, string orchestra, marimba, glockenspiel, sax, flute, sitar, etc etc etc.....My take is why get a "pedal" when for around the same kind of coin you can have everything and more?
     
  9. blowtorch

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    Get one, you'll giggle like crazy, I did
    Because I already know how to play guitar. My keyboard skills are extremely limited
     
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    Dood….the GR-30 is a guitar synth, not a keyboard.
     
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    In most cases, I agree. The EHX one is pretty cool though.

    https://www.ehx.com/products/synth9
     
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    Ohh! And, it's a Roland, right? Don't you need a special pickup for that? That's always a dealbreaker for me
    I've got this
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    But not the synth thing. So it's just a kickass double humbucker guitar
     
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    Yep--You've gotta either use a stick-on synth driver or a built-in one & use the 13-pin cable. Just something to get used to......
     
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    I can drive midi from my Boss GT multifx. Actually really cool... the rare time I use it. Quite expressive.

    The new Boss SY1 pedal is interesting
     
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    I've been intrigued by the SY-1. As synth pedals go, I'm more interested in synth pad sounds than lead ones, and the SY-1 seems to have some good ones.
     
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    I've got an Analogman modded big box EHX Microsynth. Pretty darned cool for old school synth sounds via guitar. Not an everyday pedal, but definitely worth keeping around.
     
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    Ehx synth9.
     
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    Different, but in that vein is the EHX B9...an organ emulator. I use it with my acoustic to add a B3 part to big sections.
     
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    I use a roland GR55 with one of 2 synth ready guitars 1) a godin nylon string multiac 2) a guitar I made with active pickups , I can take the midi out and feed it into my daw to control some of my 200+ virtual synths or my Kurzweil K2000 or korg M50 synths to get a really huge wall of sound, plus my regular guitar signal can be processed into an amp of my choice. I have 11 of the buggers . the eventide H9 max can also act as a guitar synth for the regular straight guitar out.

    tons of tonal exploration , too cool for words , the guitar synth can be balanced between the synth and the regular sound to give a texture or full on wackiness. the synth tracking is really good in the GR55


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  20. chris m.

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    I play kb synths at home, often to make music in a DAW. I've been looking into different options for synth guitar for awhile. I have an Eventide H9 and the various synths saws that it came out with recently didn't impress me. Poor tracking.

    The videos of the Boss SY-1 really do excite me. Cheap at $199 and tracking sounds excellent. Not a lot of programmability but in this application I would just want a handful of cool sounds that I could use once in awhile. The ability to control a parameter such as the filter with an expression pedal is enough to make it really fun.

    Tracking is key-- when I've seen reviews of the EHX pedals typically you have to be careful to play in the right area of the neck and not play too fast. Maybe it's gotten better lately.
     
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