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Which pedal are you buying next, for your synths?

Postby Arpangel » Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:07 am

Pedals have taken over from Eurorack as my main source of GAS.
I’ll keep this short, I’m now lusting after a Specular Tempus, but I’m wondering what choices others are making for use with synth's, I’m particularly addicted to delays, what other effects are your favourites for keyboards?
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Re: Which pedal are you buying next, for your synths?

Postby The Elf » Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:39 am

I've sold a lot of my pedals now, but my favourites used to be:
EH Clone Theory
MXR Phase 100
MXR Distortion+
Boss CE-1
Boss Dimension C

Now I have a MIDIVerb 4 in my rack and a Line 6 Helix on the floor. The Helix does everything my pedals ever did, but it's much, much easier to live with.

For live I also have a Digitech RP500 and RP1000 I can draft in, should I need it. More often I use plug-ins within Cantabile, which has made playing live a breeze, and taken set-up time down to a handful of minutes.
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Re: Which pedal are you buying next, for your synths?

Postby nathanscribe » Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:15 am

I've been through more pedals than I can remember, but at the moment I've got a few Boss compacts, some Yamaha 01 series, some EHX, Moogerfoogers... other bits and bobs. Mostly delay, chorus, phase, flange. Some EQ and comp. A couple of OD/distortion. The main oddities are the Moog ring mod and MURF (modulated filter bank).

The MURF is great for evolving stuff that would otherwise be rather static. I got good mileage out of the Strymon El Capistan for several years until I replaced it with an actual tape echo and spring reverb. Their Volante looks good, but I'll stick with the genuinely wonky old stuff.

For reverb I tend to use rack units, but I do like pedals for modulation effects.
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Re: Which pedal are you buying next, for your synths?

Postby Arpangel » Mon Apr 06, 2020 1:04 pm

Trouble is, I’m not sure if I have room or need anymore? But every day there’s an interesting one that seems to do something new, or, something old, in a new way!
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Re: Which pedal are you buying next, for your synths?

Postby mick.n » Mon Apr 06, 2020 1:36 pm

A brake pedal that will hopefully stop me from buying more synths. :headbang:
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Re: Which pedal are you buying next, for your synths?

Postby ManFromGlass » Mon Apr 06, 2020 1:37 pm

On the bright (?) side. It appears that the production run of Specular Tempus is all sold. Lusting after that one, too.
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Re: Which pedal are you buying next, for your synths?

Postby Arpangel » Mon Apr 06, 2020 1:46 pm

ManFromGlass wrote:On the bright (?) side. It appears that the production run of Specular Tempus is all sold. Lusting after that one, too.

I know, damn!
I’m after an EHX Ring Thing, and a Moog delay, if I can find one.
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Re: Which pedal are you buying next, for your synths?

Postby BillB » Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:45 am

I have to own up, every time I hear a synth through a Strymon Big Sky or Blue Sky I go “oooooh”. On the one hand it is kind of old hat, and on the other it can be instant blade runner, which is a sound I still lust after. Not really interested in Shimmer, that is badly over-used, but I do like the unworldly smoothness and length of the Strymon reverbs I have heard. Also love the stereo in/out. Sticking a stereo synth through a mono-in pedal does my head in.

Having said that, I can’t really justify £300-400 on an FX pedal. I am wondering whether the Korg NTS-1 (£100) could scratch that itch, but I haven’t heard a really good demo that isolates the FX and runs the reverbs at full decay. If you come across any, please post a link.

It is intriguing that the NTS-1 is also a development platform, not only for third-party DSP modelling, but also the actual physical controls can be altered. There are some interesting examples on the Korg website, including a Mod/Delay/Reverb FX pedal!
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Re: Which pedal are you buying next, for your synths?

Postby The Elf » Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:14 pm

I like what I've heard from the Big Sky, but I can get pretty much the same sound from my Helix - which means I can also get it from Helix Native. If you're a Helix hardware user you can get Helix Native relatively cheaply.

Not a hardware pedal reply, but might be of interest.
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Re: Which pedal are you buying next, for your synths?

Postby BillB » Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:33 pm

No Helix here.

I suspect I could get the reverb sound(s) I am after with a Valhalla VST reverb, but I do like plugging wires between boxes.... silly, really.
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Re: Which pedal are you buying next, for your synths?

Postby The Elf » Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:55 pm

Yep, Valhalla remains my most used software reverb.

Well, I can definitely recommend Helix in any of its variants for keys. These days my entire live rig can run through one!
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Re: Which pedal are you buying next, for your synths?

Postby ManFromGlass » Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:58 pm

I really like the efficiency of in-the-box but there is something about pedals with wires everywhere and knobs. Not owning a synth with knobs I am finding much happiness with pedal knobs. And just pulling out a wire and sticking it elsewhere as it makes a click as it slides home!
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Re: Which pedal are you buying next, for your synths?

Postby Arpangel » Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:08 am

BillB wrote:No Helix here.

I suspect I could get the reverb sound(s) I am after with a Valhalla VST reverb, but I do like plugging wires between boxes.... silly, really.

No, you won’t, I’ve got the a Big Sky, and Valhalla Room and Vintage Verb, totally different vibes.
If you want a slightly cheaper pedal that can take you to similar places, I said "similar", try the Neunabor Immerse, it’s more of an Eventide flavour that one, worth a try.
The Big Sky is a unique, and truly beautiful pedal, that can’t be replicated, it’s a means of transportation, I would try and get one, don’t waste your money on anything else, if this is the sound you’re after.
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Re: Which pedal are you buying next, for your synths?

Postby Dan LB » Tue Apr 14, 2020 4:16 pm

I mainly use a Big Sky, a Timeline, a Shallow Water, and a T-Rex Sweeper, but right now I’m lusting after a Hologram Microcosm

https://www.hologramelectronics.com/microcosm

I’d also love a Strymon Mobius at some stage.
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Re: Which pedal are you buying next, for your synths?

Postby Arpangel » Tue Apr 14, 2020 4:55 pm

Dan LB wrote:I mainly use a Big Sky, a Timeline, a Shallow Water, and a T-Rex Sweeper, but right now I’m lusting after a Hologram Microcosm

https://www.hologramelectronics.com/microcosm

I’d also love a Strymon Mobius at some stage.

Hmmm? That’s just on the edge of not being a "proper" pedal, by that I mean dead simple!
I try to stick to knobs and when I see a display I start to loose interest, the Big Sky being an exception.
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