Electro-Harmonix Micro Synth XO – Analog Guitar Synthesizer – Review

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Electro Harmonix seems to do it again. By fusing logical and thorough planning with analog effects and solid construction, they manage to provide guitar players with an alternative that is far superior for the same general price. The Electro-Harmonix Micro Synth, or Analog Guitar Micro Snyth, is a wildly enticing unit. If you have ever cared to explore the territories of synth bands that range from Zombi to Rush, Board of Canada to God Is An Astronaut, this pedal will allow you to arrange something similar. It is one of the most refreshing effect options that I have had the privilege to play with.

In a world of bland and mediocre pedals that other companies are trying to dupe kids into buying, like the Boss Metal Core Pedal, this actually retains total artistic integrity. This pedal is aimed for serious players and those who collect or rely heavily, on lots of effects pedals.

Electro-Harmonix Micro Synth
Electro-Harmonix Micro Synth

Electro-Harmonix Micro Synth Overview

The face of the unit is so massive. With ten adjustable sliders having a unique purpose and exact responses, the possibilities run forever. There are four different sections with corresponding sliders in each. The first section just has one slider and this is called Trigger. The second field is called Voice Mix. This one creates the palette for your octave and square wave work. Add in your sub-octave or high octave, control you guitar presence, and find your square wave in this section. Next, we have a single adjuster only devoted to Attack Delay. Finally, we have the Filter Sweep box. Through shifting the Resonance, Start Frequency, Stop Frequency, and Rate, you will be able to create the ideal filter sweep for your synthesized guitar.

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My Verdict of Electro-Harmonix Micro Synth

The facade this pedal erects for your tone is incredible. I feel like I am hearing an Alesis Micron or Triton. At other times I feel that it resembles a Moog to a degree that is a little scary! It is really wild to plug into this unit and, with the tweaking of just ten sliders, be able to make your guitar transform into diversity that you have never known.

Finishing Thoughts

I tried one at the local music store here and then decided to buy it. If you have the chance, go and check it out (as you should do with every pedal you plan to buy). I paid about $500 in the music store. Amazon has it listed for about $420. This is a wonderful addition to any collection. If you’re serious about your music, you will learn that this is the right one for you without much convincing.

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