Bass Synth Collection

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Jazz Ad, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    After my successful quest for a full green Korg collection, I went on for a bass synth pedal collection. I absolutely love these so I thought, why not?

    Here's what I have so far :
    - Akai Deep Impact
    - Korg G5
    - Ibanez SB7
    - Digitech Bass Synth
    - Behringer SYB-600
    - EHX Bass Micro Synth
    - Markbass Super Bass Synth
    - Boss SYB-3
    - Boss SYB-5

    What I sold :
    - Korg X911, fantastic tones but tracks too badly if at all on the lowest strings.
    - Line6 FM4, impressive with guitar, fantastic Mu-Tron emulation. Unfortunately, synth tones are pretty much unusable with a bass.

    Planned :
    - Octavius Squeezer

    Here are the requirements :
    - Must be pedal form, no rack.
    - Must be bass oriented, or at least bass compliant
    - No straight filter, it must at least make an attempt at being a synth.

    What should I get next?
    Tempt me.
  2. snogaws


    Oct 25, 2008
    Enjoy the G5, man. :D
  3. Ron Now

    Ron Now

    Sep 3, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Endorsing Artist: Fuzzrocious Pedals
    Well you should probably get an XO and an OG EHX bass micro know just for kicks.

    The only one that comes to mind you are missing is the Markbass Super Synth...or whatever that thing was called.
  4. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    Oh, I forgot to list it. Already have a MB. :D
  5. René_Julien

    René_Julien Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    And the Behringer SYB-600? :)
  6. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    Gee, I have it too.
    Too many for my own good already.
  7. René_Julien

    René_Julien Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    I knew you had that one or used to have one.
    You recommended it once. I got it, wasn't a bad pedal, I realized I didn't need it, I sold it. Sold it for 5€ more than I paid for it, so thanks. :)

    Moog Freqbox?
  8. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    I didn't think about the Moog, partly because I never tried one and didn't think of it as a synth, partly because what I have heard coming out of it doesn't seem to justify its price.
    I will check on it.
  9. t3ch


    Nov 17, 2007
    What's your fave so far, sir? I've been waiting for an EHX Micro Synth to pop up for trying to cop Dead Weather tones.

  10. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    I use the EHX and Markbass the most.
    Tonewise I think the Akai is ma favorite but it's not very versatile.
  11. jpdabass


    Jul 5, 2007
    That's awesome!

    I've also started a 'quest' of collecting bass synth pedals myself, and since then bought an EHX Micro Bass Synth, an Octavius Squeezer, an Akai Deep Impact and a few other "Synthesque" pedals. However, I must admit that I would never be satisfied with my board if I continued, so I stopped for a while. Before I decided to 'quit', though, I almost bought a Korg G5...

    I recomend you to try the following, even though they are not 'pure' synth pedals:
    - Subdecay Noisebox
    - Catalinbread Heliotrope
    - some kind of 'clean' bitcrusher

    They'll complement your collection nicelly, IMHO.

    Ever thought of going octave+fuzz/pitch tracker+filter/LPF? (detune+tremolo are optional...)

    Good luck for your collection.
  12. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    I have a Heliotrope. Awesome box.
  13. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK

    I had one for a year or so, nutsy little pedal, really nasal analog PWM noises from it. I also had a momentary stomp on the other corner to turn the LFO modulation on/off, so I could crank it and use it for B-movie death ray special effects. :D

    If I had the room I would still have one, but the Octavius Squeezer does basically all the same stuff.
  14. The Moog is an actual synth, unlike a few on your list. (EHX, Korg, Ibanez, Digitech)

    I suggest you get it, its pretty f'in good :D
  15. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Inactive

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    Those pedals on your list are just filters.

    The Moog Taurus (1 or 3) is The ONLY bass synth. All others are Playskool toys. What have you been listening to that didn't justify the Moog, at any price? :D

  16. for the false

    Several of these pedals are real oscillators being triggered. Much more than just filters. Try not to walk into anything with your nose so far in the air.
  17. gumtown


    May 7, 2007
    New Zealand
    Roland GR-20 ? Not exactly a 'stomp box' but if you don't mind the GK-3B pickup, it works very well combined with the Boss GT-10B (i guess floorboard MFX don't fit the catagory either).
  18. t3ch


    Nov 17, 2007
    That isn't gonna fit on my pedalboard...
  19. David1234


    Jun 1, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    Endorsing Artist: SWR Amplifiers
    Roland V-bass?
  20. I've had others in the past, but currently my only outright synth pedals are:

    Akai Deep Impact
    EHX Bass Micro Synth
    Moog Freqbox

    I've got a bit of a synth rig going on though which has:

    Moog low pass filter
    Moog Bass Murf
    Boss OC-2
    Bugbrand BugCrusher micro

    Mix that with a few other pedals, such as:

    Moog MP-201 controller
    Devi Ever Cherry Pop
    Boss BF-2
    Boss PS-3
    EHX Freeze

    In the long run it is much more expensive, but I have found the sounds to be a lot more satisfying than any of the individual 'synth' boxes that I've owned.
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