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Best Effects for Synthesizers

Best Effects for Synthesizers
« on: October 14, 2020, 09:13:28 AM »
This discussion is open to all brands, pedals, rackmounts, etc.  What multi-effects devices do you think are best for synthesizers?
« Last Edit: October 14, 2020, 09:16:02 AM by Sacred Synthesis »
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Re: Best Effects for Synthesizers
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2020, 10:12:35 AM »
This discussion is open to all brands, pedals, rackmounts, etc.  What multi-effects devices do you think are best for synthesizers?


My general effects advice is:  the best Eventide box you can afford.


But also worth considering: 
— Moogerfoogers — They just sound top notch.
— making a custom Modular effects box — Mutable Instruments Clouds, Make Noise Morphagene / Phonogene, etc.
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Re: Best Effects for Synthesizers
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2020, 10:21:18 AM »
This discussion is open to all brands, pedals, rackmounts, etc.  What multi-effects devices do you think are best for synthesizers?


My general effects advice is:  the best Eventide box you can afford.

Shaw, you belong on the other thread!  That's the sort of input I'm looking for over there.
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Re: Best Effects for Synthesizers
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2020, 08:49:31 PM »
— making a custom Modular effects box — Mutable Instruments Clouds, Make Noise Morphagene / Phonogene, etc.

These are great modules, but I'd be wary of this approach as they really need lots of modulation sources to really shine, especially the -genes. That'll be the case with most Eurorack effects, although Erbe-Verb is one of the best reverbs you can get in any format.

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Re: Best Effects for Synthesizers
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2020, 08:59:56 PM »
— making a custom Modular effects box — Mutable Instruments Clouds, Make Noise Morphagene / Phonogene, etc.

These are great modules, but I'd be wary of this approach as they really need lots of modulation sources to really shine, especially the -genes. That'll be the case with most Eurorack effects, although Erbe-Verb is one of the best reverbs you can get in any format.

I kind of thought of the multiple mod inputs as a plus.... something that really adds flexibility to what you are doing with the effects.
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Re: Best Effects for Synthesizers
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2020, 09:59:55 AM »
I kind of thought of the multiple mod inputs as a plus.... something that really adds flexibility to what you are doing with the effects.

No doubt about that. I had a Phonogene, and I loved that every knob also has a jack. But you've got to be willing to go further into modular than Sacred Synthesis has expressed an interest in going.

After I get my Pro 3, though, the support rack is probably what I'll work on next, particularly a Morphagene.
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Re: Best Effects for Synthesizers
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2020, 12:39:50 PM »
But you've got to be willing to go further into modular than Sacred Synthesis has expressed an interest in going.


You’re probably right... though @Sacred did seem to be asking for suggestions that he otherwise wouldn’t consider.
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Re: Best Effects for Synthesizers
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2020, 03:10:39 PM »
It's unlikely I'll go in the modular direction, because I've gone in the module direction, and with happy results.  Yet, I do see these effects devices in a somewhat modular way, as tweakable compliments to a synthesizer.  This is why I want only knobby devices.
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Re: Best Effects for Synthesizers
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2020, 03:16:38 PM »
Do you need presets for your effects devices?
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Re: Best Effects for Synthesizers
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2020, 03:18:53 PM »
No, I've had no need for presets thus far, and I see no need in the future.
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Re: Best Effects for Synthesizers
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2020, 03:25:57 PM »
In that case a modular route may be worth considering — it would easily be your most flexible option.
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Re: Best Effects for Synthesizers
« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2020, 05:04:18 PM »
... another high quality, flexible option would be using 500 series modules. We are starting to see more and more 500 series effects modules come to market... even pitch shifters.
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Re: Best Effects for Synthesizers
« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2020, 06:10:29 PM »
This discussion is open to all brands, pedals, rackmounts, etc.  What multi-effects devices do you think are best for synthesizers?

Hey, what do you think of this thing?
https://youtu.be/WWZKZ05VcvQ

It looks pretty wild.

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Re: Best Effects for Synthesizers
« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2021, 02:14:45 PM »
The Source Audio SA260 Nemesis Delay seems to be a fine effects pedal for synthesizer - stereo, very deep and rich, and with plenty of control.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/NemesisDelay--source-audio-nemesis-delay-pedal
« Last Edit: February 25, 2021, 02:16:20 PM by Sacred Synthesis »
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The Musical Synthesizer Blog: https://themusicalsynthesizer.wordpress.com

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Re: Best Effects for Synthesizers
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2021, 03:14:42 PM »
The Source Audio SA260 Nemesis Delay seems to be a fine effects pedal for synthesizer - stereo, very deep and rich, and with plenty of control.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/NemesisDelay--source-audio-nemesis-delay-pedal

Although it's $150 more than the Nemesis, I can highly recommend the Strymon Timeline.

If price is the primary factor, the Source Audio Collider combines Delay and Reverb in one unit.
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Re: Best Effects for Synthesizers
« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2021, 05:33:37 PM »
The Source Audio SA260 Nemesis Delay seems to be a fine effects pedal for synthesizer - stereo, very deep and rich, and with plenty of control.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/NemesisDelay--source-audio-nemesis-delay-pedal

Although it's $150 more than the Nemesis, I can highly recommend the Strymon Timeline.

If price is the primary factor, the Source Audio Collider combines Delay and Reverb in one unit.

Also, I didn't even look carefully at the Nemesis when I posted that to realize it was lacking, but I'm not sure I can convey the musical value of the expression pedal input capability of the Timeline.  I use a Moog EP3 pedal (about 50 bucks), and I've rubber banded the heal so it has a spring action (off by default, delay increases with toe pressure).   Pure magic and well worth the price premium... will even consider buying another Timeline in the future for another synth but having lots of fun with it on the Prophet10 at the moment.  I have two more of same exp. pedals on the P12 module, which I use as substitutes for the touch sliders on the keyboard unit without regret.
« Last Edit: February 26, 2021, 05:37:29 PM by LPF83 »
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Re: Best Effects for Synthesizers
« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2021, 03:56:11 PM »
The Source Audio SA260 Nemesis Delay seems to be a fine effects pedal for synthesizer - stereo, very deep and rich, and with plenty of control.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/NemesisDelay--source-audio-nemesis-delay-pedal

Although it's $150 more than the Nemesis, I can highly recommend the Strymon Timeline.

If price is the primary factor, the Source Audio Collider combines Delay and Reverb in one unit.

Also, I didn't even look carefully at the Nemesis when I posted that to realize it was lacking, but I'm not sure I can convey the musical value of the expression pedal input capability of the Timeline.  I use a Moog EP3 pedal (about 50 bucks), and I've rubber banded the heal so it has a spring action (off by default, delay increases with toe pressure).   Pure magic and well worth the price premium... will even consider buying another Timeline in the future for another synth but having lots of fun with it on the Prophet10 at the moment.  I have two more of same exp. pedals on the P12 module, which I use as substitutes for the touch sliders on the keyboard unit without regret.

Lacking in what way? Do you mean that the Nemesis has no reverb?

Nemesis has expression pedal capabilities too.

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Re: Best Effects for Synthesizers
« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2021, 04:50:23 PM »
The Source Audio SA260 Nemesis Delay seems to be a fine effects pedal for synthesizer - stereo, very deep and rich, and with plenty of control.

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/NemesisDelay--source-audio-nemesis-delay-pedal

Although it's $150 more than the Nemesis, I can highly recommend the Strymon Timeline.

If price is the primary factor, the Source Audio Collider combines Delay and Reverb in one unit.

Also, I didn't even look carefully at the Nemesis when I posted that to realize it was lacking, but I'm not sure I can convey the musical value of the expression pedal input capability of the Timeline.  I use a Moog EP3 pedal (about 50 bucks), and I've rubber banded the heal so it has a spring action (off by default, delay increases with toe pressure).   Pure magic and well worth the price premium... will even consider buying another Timeline in the future for another synth but having lots of fun with it on the Prophet10 at the moment.  I have two more of same exp. pedals on the P12 module, which I use as substitutes for the touch sliders on the keyboard unit without regret.

Lacking in what way? Do you mean that the Nemesis has no reverb?

Nemesis has expression pedal capabilities too.

My bad.. I was referring to it lacking exp pedal input, but you're right, it does have it.  I just didn't look at it hard enough to realize it was there.
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