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Good Pedals for Synthesizer Effects Pedals, Units & Accessories
Old 24th March 2018
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I live in the UK, Does the Meris Polymoon ship with a PSU/Wallwart ?
Old 24th March 2018
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I live in the UK, Does the Meris Polymoon ship with a PSU/Wallwart ?
Yeah, it does. And they have switches for line level, mono/stereo... Everything about it just oozes quality and class.

You're going to want to have an expression pedal to use with it, too. I found you can have 2 settings and morph between them by using an EP, which is not just handy, but actually allows for halfway parameter-settings that are impossible to dial in by hand. I liked this so much one of my pedals is now permanently paired with it, so i had to buy a new one for other purposes.
Old 24th March 2018
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Yeah, it does. And they have switches for line level, mono/stereo... Everything about it just oozes quality and class.

You're going to want to have an expression pedal to use with it, too. I found you can have 2 settings and morph between them by using an EP, which is not just handy, but actually allows for halfway parameter-settings that are impossible to dial in by hand. I liked this so much one of my pedals is now permanently paired with it, so i had to buy a new one for other purposes.
Brilliant, thanks for the reply
Old 24th March 2018
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Quality rack effects like Lex/Eve/TC are almost always better than a pedal can provide...better headroom, midi implementation, sound everything(there are some great sounding pedals, but usually suffer from problems I listed above). I will always recommend a quality rack unit over a pedal.

An MPX-1 or Roland RSP-550 go for peanuts and sound awesome....or spring for a H3000/Eclipse/PCM80/81. All of those are keeper units.

You could score an MPX-1 for $150 easy, listen:
Italo de Angelis
Old 25th March 2018
  #65
Shout out to Fairfield Circuitry, because:
a) they clearly make great products
b) seems a lot of their pedals have random modulation functionality
c) Per FC they contain jumpers to handle line level
d) this video rocks, and even contains kid’s sniffing glue

Old 25th March 2018
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Anyone here using an Elctro Harmonic HOG on their synths? I'm also similarly interested in the Super Ego+.

Seems like the hog would be awesome in a studio/production environment to add subtle harmonics at various stages of the signal path.
I'm really curious how it sounds with a polysynth though
Old 25th March 2018
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Anyone here using an Elctro Harmonic HOG on their synths? I'm also similarly interested in the Super Ego+.

Seems like the hog would be awesome in a studio/production environment to add subtle harmonics at various stages of the signal path.
I'm really curious how it sounds with a polysynth though
Sounds like you’re looking for a pedal to do some harmonizing/octave/pitch effects. I’ve never used a Hog/Hog2/Superego, but I do have an Eventide Pitchfactor, and to me, there is no substitute. It might run a little more 2nd hand, but not by much, and its pretty fantastic at pitch/delay and even does my favorite HW chorus sounds. I have ModFactor also, and I reach for Pitchfactor to do chorus. And the Crystallizer......we all know how that sounds. Excellent for taking a single oscillator synth like a SH101 or Minibrute and you can make ANY chord you want, and even stagger the notes to be played at different times if you want. To me, its the unsung hero of the Eventide lineup, and the one that is irreplaceable. There are a lot of really good reverbs and delays like Soace and Timefactor, but it would take a collection of oedals to do all of the things that Pitchfactor can do. There is not a Strymon or Empress equivalent.

Plus its guaranteed to work with line level, accepting +8dBV. I’m not sure what the inputs on the EHX pedals are. You’d have to check the manual. I have several EHX pedals and some have a switch, others require instrument level or some serious attenuation and suffer impedance mismatch.
Old 26th June 2018
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Shout out to Fairfield Circuitry, because:
a) they clearly make great products
b) seems a lot of their pedals have random modulation functionality
c) Per FC they contain jumpers to handle line level
d) this video rocks, and even contains kid’s sniffing glue

Such a great video! Still eyeing the Shallow Water
Old 26th June 2018
  #69
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Just about everything has been said already, but here are my 2 cents worth:

- Firstly, I think every pedal out there has potential uses. Even the crap one. Even the mono pedals. Even those that don’t fare well with line level signals.

- Secondly, there are two types of pedals: those that work well in a direct chain (stereo, line level inputs) and those that aren’t a natural choice (mono, not line level suitable). The trick is to realize that the second category of pedals still has its uses, but you need to tailor your approach. For starters pedals that don’t take hot signals well often work a charm in a send/return setup (lowering send level, raising return level)... trade off is noise. Mono, too, can work well if you have a mono synth, two identical (or similar, or even dissimilar) mono pedals on right and left signal (hell why not... there are no rules, and you’ll get an epically wide stereo image if L and R are treated differently), and mono can work fine if followed by stereo verbs, choruses, and delays.

3) I think it’s wise to invest in “naturally suited to synths” pedals for reverb and delays. But there’s no reason you can’t go nuts on cheap and more commonly available mono/guitar pedals for more “effected” sounds... crazy fuzz on a bass line etc.
Old 30th September 2018
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Shout out to Fairfield Circuitry, because:
a) they clearly make great products
b) seems a lot of their pedals have random modulation functionality
c) Per FC they contain jumpers to handle line level
d) this video rocks, and even contains kid’s sniffing glue

Amazing video.
Old 4 days ago
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Basically it was in 18°C water for 2.5 hours, so just about cooked. The main course was hay baked celeriac, then white chocolate panda cotta with a green olive slush, it wasn't called slush. Birmingham has some great vegetarian restaurants.

PS I found another reverb unit, it's giving me gas, the design is ECSQUISITE.



https://www.gfisystem.com/specular-tempus.html

Old 4 days ago
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I bought an old MXR Phase 100 recently. The sound was really weak so I thought maybe it needed a change of battery. I opened it up and a resistor dropped out.
No idea where it came from.
Old 2 days ago
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Shout out to Fairfield Circuitry, because:
a) they clearly make great products
b) seems a lot of their pedals have random modulation functionality
c) Per FC they contain jumpers to handle line level
d) this video rocks, and even contains kid’s sniffing glue

That was awesome. Thank you.
Old 1 day ago
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I collect pedals. I'm not a vintage chaser/cork sniffer but I have a significant inventory. If you click on my profile and go to "my studio", you will find many good ones. I'd say about 90 percent or better that I have are usable on synths. If you have any questions let me know. I'm shy about sharing my work, but here are some suggestions for electronic instruments. From my addiction to yours. (Vincent Price laugh)

............................................................

Analog Delay

I tend to prefer darker analog delays. My thinking being if that I want upfront and bright, I'll go digital.

Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man XO
Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy
Maxon AD999
MXR M61 Carbon Copy
MXR M269SE Carbon Copy Bright
Malekko LoFi Ekko E616II
Malekko Ekko 616 MKII Dark
Fairfield Circuitry Meet Maude
Vox TG2 DDDL Tone Garage Double Deca
BBE Two Timer
DOD Rubber Neck
Death By Audio Echo Dream II
Boss DM-2W Waza
Behringer VD400 Vintage Analog Delay

Digital Delay

Strymon Timeline
Strymon El Capistan
Eventide Timefactor
Source Audio Nemesis
TC Flashback2
TC Alter Ego2
Electro-Harmonix Stereo Memory Man
Boss DD-500
Boss RE-20 Space Echo
Boss TE-2 Tera Echo (is included with DD-500)
Digitech Obscura
EarthQuaker Devices Space Spiral
Catalinbread Echorec
Catalinbread Bicycle
Seymour Duncan Andromeda
Line6 DL4 (discontinued but also found in many of their multi effects.)

Reverb

Stymon Big Sky
Eventide Space
Source Audio Ventris
Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail
Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Max
Electro-Harmonix Cathedral
TC Electronic Hall of Fame
TC Electronic T2
Mooer Ocean Machine
Digitech Polara
Digitech Hardwire Reverb
EarthQuaker Devices Disaster Transport SR
EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath
EarthQuaker Devices Levitation
EarthQuaker Devices Transmisser
EarthQuaker Devices Ghost Echo
EarthQuaker Devices Avalanche Run V2
Crazy Tube Circuits Splash Mk3
Boss RV-500
Death by Audio Reverberation

Analog Modulation

Electro-Harmonix Flanger Hoax
Electro-Harmonix Small Stone
Electro-Harmonix Bad Stone
Electro-Harmonix Small Clone
Electro-Harmonix Bass Clone
Electro-Harmonix Stereo Polychorus
Electro-Harmonix Stereo Polyphase
Electro-Harmonix Stereo Electric Mistress
Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Electric Mistress
Electro-Harmonix Frequency Analyzer
MXR Phase 90
MXR Phase 99
MXR Phase 100
MXR M134 Stereo Chorus
Boss DC-2W Dimension C Waza
Boss CE-2W Waza Chorus
Boss HF-2 Flanger
Boss CH-1 Stereo Super Chorus
Boss VB-2W Waza Vibrato
Maxon FL-9 Flanger
Maxon CS-550 Stereo Chorus
Maxon PAC9 Pure Analog Chorus
Moog MF-108M Moogerfooger Cluster Flux
Moog MF-102 Moogerfooger Ring Modulator
Moog Minifooger Chorus
Moog Minifooger Flanger
Moog Minifooger Tremolo
Crazy Tube Circuits StonedHz
Fairfield Circuitry Shallow Water
Chase Bliss Gravitas Tremolo
Chase Bliss Warped Vinyl MK2 ( I prefer the older white one.)
Subdecay Quasar DLX Phaser
Pigtronix EP2 Envelope Phaser
Zvex Instant LoFi Junky
Fairfield Circuitry Randy's Revenge (fantastic ring modulator)
BBE Soul Vibe
BBE Mind Bender
BBE Tremor
Diamond Halo Stereo Chorus (not a true stereo i/o but still awesome)
Earthquaker Devices The Depths
Walrus Audio Julia
Iron Ether Polytope

Digital Modulation

Strymon Mobius
Strymon Deco
Eventide Modfactor
Boss MD-500
Electro-Harmonix Super Pulsar Stereo Tap Tremolo
Electro-Harmonix Mod Rex
Electro-Harmonix Ring Thing
TC Electronic Helix Phaser
TC Electronic Corona SCF - Chorus+Tri-Chorus
TC Electronic Vortex
Neo Instruments Ventilator II
Earthquaker Devices Pyramids Stereo Flanger
DigiTech CR-7 Hardwire Stereo Chorus
Digitech TR-7 Hardwire Stereo Tremelo/Rotary
Digitech SP-7 Hardwire Stereo Phaser
Digitech Nautila

Dirt

Tech 21 Character Series Blonde
Tech 21 Character Series Oxford
Tech 21 Character Series VT Bass
Electro-Harmonix English Muff'n Tube
Electro-Harmonix Metal Muff
Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi
Electro-Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff
Electro-Harmonix Triangle Big Muff
Electro-Harmonix Operation Overlord
Electro-Harmonix EHX Tortion
Electro-Harmonix Hot Wax
Malekko B:Assmaster
Way Huge Swollen Pickle
Way Huge Fat Sandwich
Way Huge Pork Loin
Way Huge Saucy Box
Iron Ether QF2
ProCo Rat2
ProCo Fat Rat
Zvex Box of Metal
Zvex Fat Fuzzy Factory
Zvex Wooly Mammoth
Zvex Mastatron (try it on a Sledge or Blofeld. MIND BLOWN!)
Zvex Super Hard On
TC Electronic Dark Matter
TC Electronic MojoMojo
MXR M104 Distortion+
MXR Super Badass Distortion
Boss HM2 Heavy Metal
Boss MT-2 Metal Zone
Boss MD-2 Mega Distortion
Boss ODB-3 Bass Overdrive
Dr.Scientist The Elements
Dr.Scientist Frazz Dazzler
Crowther Audio Double Hotcake
Moog Minifooger MF Drive
Darkglass Alpha Omega Ultra
Chase Bliss Brothers

Filters
Electro-Harmonix Enigma: Q-Balls
Electro-Harmonix Stereo Talking Machine
Electro-Harmonix Blurst
Electro-Harmonix Tube Zipper
Electro-Harmonix Q-Tron Plus
EarthQuaker Devices Spatial Delivery
Source Audio Soundblox Pro Poly-Mod Filter
Moog MF101 Moogerfooger Low Pass Filter
Subdecay Prometheus DLX
Dreadbox Epsilon Filter
WMD Effects Protostar
MXR Bass Envelope Filter
Emma Electronic Discumbobulator V2
Dwarfcraft Devices Happiness Filter
Dwarfcraft Devices Attack Release Filter
Death By Audio Evil Filter
Retro Mechanical Labs Jeckyll n Hyde

Pitch/Octave/Sustain/

Eventide Pitchfactor
Earthquaker Devices Rainbow Machine
Earthquaker Devices Arpanoid
Electro-Harmonix MEL-9
Electro Harmonix Superego Plus (og is great too.)
Dwarfcraft Devices Pitchgrinder
Digitech Luxe
DOD Meatbox

Noisemakers/Bitcrushers/Freaks

Dreadbox Taff2
Iron Ether Frantabit
EarthQuaker Devices Data Corrupter
Electro-Harmonix RTG
Digitech Freqout
WMD Geiger Counter Pro (civilian is dope too)
Dwarfcraft Devices Grazer
Hologram Electronics Infinite Jets
Hologram Electronics Dream Sequence
Malekko Scrutator
Malekko Charlie Foxtrot
Malekko Sneak Attack
Hotone Krush
Electro Faustus EF115 Super Disruptor
Electro Faustus EF111 Guitardammerung
Meris Ottobit

Multi Effects
Dr. Scientist Bitquest
Zoom ZMS70CDR
Line 6 M5
Line 6 M13
Line 6 HX
TC Electronic Nova System
Roger Linn AdrenaLinn III
Eventide H9
Eventide H9 Max (duh!)
Old 1 day ago
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A direct box + most any pedal is a good combo for synths.
Old 1 day ago
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I've probably said this before, but I've been really enjoying the EHX Mod Rex with my Boog. Lot's of fun and can take a very bland patch and pattern and turn it into something interesting.
Old 1 day ago
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Strymon Big Sky vs. Meris Mercury7:

Ever since I heard Geosynths' Strymon Big Sky/Rev2 demo here, I was hooked. The only reason I don't have one already is that you can't just click "buy" at Sweetwater to order Strymon pedals for some reason (you need to call the order in). After reading this thread, I think I'm now leaning toward the Meris Mercury7/Polymoon pair. So . . .

• Strymon Big Sky + Timeline = $958
• Meris Mercury7 + Polymoon = $598

That's a $360 premium for the Strymon pedals. The display is nice, and the different presets are probably useful compared to the Meris' two, but I'm sure I'd mainly be playing the cathedra shimmer preset. I've listened to demos (the few synth-only demos of each), and to me they sound very similar. If I can get similar effects that Geosynths got in his demo from the Meris Mercury7/Polymoon, I'm in. Can I get the evolving, long-tailed effect sound that Geo plays in the beginning of his video with the Meris pedals? What do you guys think?
Old 1 day ago
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Strymon Big Sky vs. Meris Mercury7:
(...) I'm sure I'd mainly be playing the cathedra shimmer preset.(...)
Shimmer is the GFI Specular Tempus strong point.
Old 1 day ago
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Shimmer is the GFI Specular Tempus strong point.
Thanks! Sounds great! It's a reverb and a delay! Now I think I'm sold on either the GFI Specular Tempus or the Mooer Ocean Machine.
Old 1 day ago
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Thanks! Sounds great! It's a reverb and a delay! Now I think I'm sold on either the GFI Specular Tempus or the Mooer Ocean Machine.
I thought the Shimmer on the Neunaber Immerse sounded good so you might want to check that out as well. I love the Boss RV-500 which also does delay and reverb, but the shimmer is not that great. I haven't spent a ton of time with that also as it's not really my thing so it might be possible to tweak it to get it to sound better, but the shimmer preset is pretty meh to me.

The Hall is tremendous though and so is the Space Echo. It's also got a very good editor and is insanely tweakable with full access over midi.
Old 1 day ago
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After trying many digital pedals, I now stick to Boss RV500 and DD500.
Absolutely fantastic on synths and samplers.
You can just get a RV500, it has a wonderful hall with modulation and some vintage Roland SRV which sound great.
You can also stack a Digital delay and you have the original algorythm of a Space Echo.
And all goes at 96khz 32bit.
Old 1 day ago
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Thanks for all the suggestions, guys! I just clicked "buy" on a Mooer Ocean Machine. I couldn't resist the dual-delays and looping feature. Got the Hosa cable-bundle version plus a 15%-off Reverb discount, and free two-day shipping, all for $254! That's like $50 in free cables! There are brand new units for only $239, but they were coming from Canada and no free cables. There's still one or two more of these Mooer cable-bundle units with free two-day shipping at Reverb. It includes:

• x2 Strukture 6-inch patch cable.
• x2 Strukture #SC186R 18.6' instrument cables.
• x1 Hosa MID-310 standard 10-foot MIDI cable.
• Geartree polishing cloth.
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