Using the same technology that powers the acclaimed B9, C9, Key9, Mel9 pedals from Electro-Harmonix, which make you guitar sound like classic keyboard instruments, comes the Synth9 Synthesizer Machine. This new pedal emulates classic synthesizers and features nine of the most distinctive vintage-synth type sounds. A nine-position rotary switch allows the user to select from the following presets. It shouldn’t be too hard to guess where the inspiration for these lie: ‘OBX’, ‘PROFIT V’, ‘VIBE SYNTH’, ‘MINI MOOD’, ‘EHX MINI’, ‘SOLO SYNTH’, ‘MOOD BASS’, ‘STRING SYNTH’ and ‘POLY VI’.
Like the previous 9-series pedals, the Synth9 works on guitar or bass without modifications, special pickups or MIDI implementation. According to Electro-Harmonix, its usable tracking range extends up to about the 23rd fret on the high-E string of a standard guitar and down to the open A-string on a bass guitar — so there’s more than enough range for the most ear-piercing synth leads and the most trouser-wobbling synth bass.
The pedal has a simple user interface featuring ‘Dry’ volume, ‘Synth’ volume and two control knobs that provide control over each preset’s parameters.
Electro-Harmonix Founder, Mike Matthews, stated: “The Synth9 may be the greatest member of our 9 Family of pedals yet! From searing lead synths to spacey synth pads and deep, funky synth bass grooves, it’s all accessible.”
The Synth9 comes equipped with a standard EHX 9.6V DC 200mA power supply, and will be available late March with a US street price of $221.30.
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