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Electro-Harmonix Micro Synthesizer Analog Guitar Microsynth Pedal Reviews

4.5 stars based on 2 customer reviews
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  • from Chicago August 9, 2013Music Background:
    Guitarist

    Sick synth

    Really versatile pedal responds great to your touch and feel. Gives you the ability to dial in various settings to classic synths and more.

  • from CO, USA October 11, 2011

    And now for something completely different...

    I've been using this for a few months now, and I have to admit, it's a pretty cool and versatile pedal. Especially if you do a lot of composition, this is one of those pieces that can take you down a whole new road. I think EXH did a good job of blending user-friendliness with what you'd want out of a synth pedal. The layout is very straightforward, and it gives you just enough flexibility to extract some classic synth tones that, to my non-synth player ears, sound pretty genuine. In addition to the variety of synth sounds you can get, this pedal works reasonably well at turning your electric into a bass guitar, which is just icing on the cake.

    As with any analog pitch-shifting pedal, one of the biggest drawbacks is tracking. This one does a decent job of it, but you still can't sustain notes for very long without the pedal losing track and wobbling off into oblivion. The square wave and octave (to a lesser extent) sliders actually takes chords pretty well, but not surprisingly, the sub-octave function goes nuts if you play more than two notes simultaneously. Despite it's simple layout, this pedal also takes a little while to get to know. it is VERY sensitive to a few things including where you place the sliders, your picking attack, pickup setting, and where you're playing on the fretboard. Alter any of these things even slightly, and you run the risk of either getting a tone you didn't expect or an entirely different volume. Placing a compressor before the pedal helps with sustain and giving you a more even response, but in my experience, it can also drain some of the punch. All that is to say, you just need to be very precise with this pedal when playing live.

    The only other thing I'd say about the micro synth is that it's probably not worth buying if you're not looking for something "out there." This doesn't really have a place in a typical rock guitar setup, and if that's what you play, you probably won't get very many opportunities to use it. On the other hand, if you're looking for a new sound in the area of MUSE, or a creative tool that will take your playing somewhere new, this might be just what you're looking for.

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