Line 6 Floor Pod Synth Replacement?
Hi there guys, I searched around but couldn't find anything addressing my question.
The bass floor pod's been great for playing stuff like David Bowie - Let's Dance and Chromeo - 100% and another simple synthy lines with my band. Now that I'm getting other pedals that will cover chorus and filter duties, I'm looking to see what I could use to replace the synth.
I've seen some cool stuff but what kills me is the inability to save settings. Most of the time we have no break between songs, but a few bars of transition. It's much easier to hit a button than bend over and move the dials. A built-in octave would be awesome too, but not necessary.
The Markbass super synth looks neat but it doesn't look like you can use the octave and synth effects simultaneously. It doesn't look like the digitech synth wah or the boss syb-5 let's you save settings. Hoping you guys can make some suggestions.
For saving synth presets in a single synth pedal, your options are:
The Octavius Squeezer is reportedly difficult to program, and to my ears, sounds thin because it only has one oscillator.
The Korg G5 is an analog synth pedal - waveshaper with a filter. It's big and doesn't do really clean synth sounds well. It's discontinued and aging, but you can find them in the classifieds.
Akai Deep Impact is digital, does clean sounds, but is also discontinued and expensive second-hand.
If you want a new pedal, I think the Markbass is the one to go for. But be prepared to adapt your playing style (as you probably did with your Line 6) and tweak the sounds at home on your computer. When I can afford it, I'll probably move to a Deep Impact, unless another pedal comes along first (Source Audio are working on one).
The other route many players take is two or three separate pedals combined - octave into fuzz into envelope filter. Each pedal is useful by itself, but can be tuned to some great synth sounds.
That's not true; the Markbass gives you three oscillators in the synth section, so you can actually set one of them for an octave.
The bigger complaints about the Markbass are that you need to hook up a computer to edit presets and get the most out of it, and the lack of expression control.
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