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Best Guitar Synthesizer Pedal?

I've agonized over this for years. I've tried pedals in combination, vocoders, and stand-alone synth units, and I still don't know if I've found what I'm looking for.

Currently, I'm using the EHX Micro Synth, which is essentially a one-pedal version of the Boss Slow Gear, a filter pedal, an Octave pedal, and a Fuzz unit. Does it get any better than that in the realm of stomp boxes?

If I had my 'druthers, I'd have a Korg X911, but even then I'm not sure that I'd be satisfied.
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Re: Best Guitar Synthesizer Pedal?

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I've agonized over this for years. I've tried pedals in combination, vocoders, and stand-alone synth units, and I still don't know if I've found what I'm looking for.

Currently, I'm using the EHX Micro Synth, which is essentially a one-pedal version of the Boss Slow Gear, a filter pedal, an Octave pedal, and a Fuzz unit. Does it get any better than that in the realm of stomp boxes?

If I had my 'druthers, I'd have a Korg X911, but even then I'm not sure that I'd be satisfied.
i know someone who uses an ibanez bass synth and it sounds pretty good
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Also, the Akai Deep Impact is pretty impressive ... though it's designed to track a bass signal ... so you are limited to a guitar's lower range.
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Also, the Akai Deep Impact is pretty impressive ... though it's designed to track a bass signal ... so you are limited to a guitar's lower range.
I just named the gt3 and 5 because they are very cheap and feature those roland VG algorithyms or wahtever that crap is.
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i know someone who uses an ibanez bass synth and it sounds pretty good
The thing that a lot of box-based synthesizers lack is true editability. Given, it's hard to dial in Decay on a signal that naturally decays, but I wasn't satisfied with the playability of the Ibanez unit at all. I've also tried the SYB-3 and the Digitech Synth Wah, which were pretty much of the same suit as the Ibanez Bass Synth.

The GT series multieffects are decent, but the editability is too unlike an old-school analog synth.

Essentially, the EHX Micro Synth is as good as it's gotten for me, and it's not especially satisfying. Maybe I'm being too picky, but there's got to be a non-MIDI method of turning a guitar into a reasonably "realistic" synth.
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For intense synthesizing, check out the Roland Guitar Synths like the GR-20 and GR-33
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The thing that a lot of box-based synthesizers lack is true editability. Given, it's hard to dial in Decay on a signal that naturally decays, but I wasn't satisfied with the playability of the Ibanez unit at all. I've also tried the SYB-3 and the Digitech Synth Wah, which were pretty much of the same suit as the Ibanez Bass Synth.

The GT series multieffects are decent, but the editability is too unlike an old-school analog synth.

Essentially, the EHX Micro Synth is as good as it's gotten for me, and it's not especially satisfying. Maybe I'm being too picky, but there's got to be a non-MIDI method of turning a guitar into a reasonably "realistic" synth.
The GT-8 has two different faux analog syntheisizer effects, each with multiple modes/waveforms/parameters/etc.
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That may be worth looking into. It's harder than hell to get a guitar synth to do anything besides sine- or square-wave.
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For intense synthesizing, check out the Roland Guitar Synths like the GR-20 and GR-33
I'm looking for a non-data route. The only conceivable path for a data-centric synthesis metod (like the GK pickup series) would be to go from the pickup to a synth with a proprietary 13-pin input and a standard MIDI 5-pin output, and from there to an analog synthesizer with MIDI-in. I hate to think of having to have a synthesizer unit that's used exclusively for converting 13-pin into 5-pin. I love my Rolands, but I refuse to be a sucker over a technology that's just a glorified version of a serial connection that's been around since 1983. So, in a word, thanks but no thanks.
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have you ever looked into the fm-4 though?

The Synthomatic setting has a different analog synth model at every notch in speed.

The synth string and attack synth are similar, in the sense that they have a ramp time.
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Also, the Akai Deep Impact is pretty impressive ... though it's designed to track a bass signal ... so you are limited to a guitar's lower range.
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Re: Best Guitar Synthesizer Pedal?

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If I had my 'druthers, I'd have a Korg X911, but even then I'm not sure that I'd be satisfied.
You would be, but not for all synth sounds. I have one on my board, and while the tracking is lousy, the sounds are absolutely amazing. Totally phenominal...

...And yet I have an SYB-3 on my board too (replacing with a GT-8), and right now, 2 Space Stations. Different requirements need different tools, you see? For certain uses, the x-911 is the holy grail. But if you want polyphony or totally accurate tracking...
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i tried a Boss SYB-5 yesterday and i got those new daft punk sounds haha. Boooww Booow.

After 5 minutes i thought it was kind of boring tho. And it reacts slow to my picking.
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