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Best Bass Synth pedal?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by dogwillhunt80, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. dogwillhunt80


    Apr 13, 2012

    I did see that there was a thread just like this in the forum but that was dated in 2000.

    I was wondering what currently is considered a favourite or best bass synth pedal available in North America? I live in Canada, if that helps. I am looking to purchase one and the Boss bass synth seems like a common one but I've heard mixed reviews about it, as well as the EHX bass synth.

    Please let me know your thoughts and experiences. Thanks.
  2. Tried recently (Aug 2012) Behringer BSY-600 and EHX Bass Synth. I was looking to emulate the sound of Taurus pedals and neither did the trick. Both had good sounds, just not what I was looking for.
    MarkBass Bass Synth is getting rave reviews. From what I've read though the Akai Deep Impact, which is out of production, is the one to get but really pricey and hard to find.
  3. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    The Ultimate:

  4. falconspatriots

    falconspatriots Oh Word

    May 3, 2011
    +1 lol

    Seriously though, I just got a Pigtronix Mothership at my doorstep this morning...crazy in a box lol. Still have alot of learning to do with that thing but my first thoughts are, YES!!!!
  5. Kobaia


    Oct 29, 2005
    Denton TX
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amp Gruv Gear and Mono Cases
    I hate that i can still hear so much of the bass coming through the BOD... Maybe I just dig the OC-2 too much
  6. anton72

    anton72 Supporting Member

    I have Akai Deep Impact. Nothng compares to it, honestly.
  7. gricko


    Mar 29, 2004
    am i allowed to say markbass supersynth? ;)
  8. How so? There is 3 separate voice controls. You can get rid of the original signal 100%
  9. Meh. It didn't work for me. I had high hopes for it, but... I don't know. I was just sort of unimpressed with its sounds. Different strokes... Some people who i really respect swear by it.

    I found the EHX bass micro synth to be better for me, and I LOVE mine. The producible sounds are much more limited and the pedal isn't as versatile, but just sounded better to me. Also, it has the best response that I've found for any synth pedal.
  10. Kobaia


    Oct 29, 2005
    Denton TX
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amp Gruv Gear and Mono Cases
    I can still hear the frets, strings, and your hand moving on the neck. I used to have a the BOD i remember it being a very true octave down. Very clear and clean, and more dirty on the second octave. but the OC-2 doesn't let any that through....
    or maybe its the gate setting IDK. i just hear it.
  11. kaputsport


    Nov 14, 2007
    Carlisle, PA
    Atypical, not a typical...
  12. bigchiefbc

    bigchiefbc Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Rhode Island, USA
    Older EHX Bass Micro Synth for older 70s Moogey tones, for more modern electronica synth tones, I usually go Behringer BSY-600 into a chorus.
  13. Phagor


    Mar 26, 2002
    London, UK
    Depends on what kind of synth sounds you want to make, and your attitude to tracking, presets etc.

    My memory of the Boss SYB5 is that the tracking on it was not solid - you will have to adapt your playing style to it, and be prepared for the occasional missing note or octave glitch.

    The EHX BMS is good for dirtier old school sounds. No tracking issues, and fun to tweak, but no presets - you will probably just set up one sound for a gig. I have an old one - apparently they sound better than the new smaller model.

    The Super Synth has a fat tone that sounds like a real synth, but you will need to change the settings on a computer. Tracking of pitch is great, but it will occasionally misread your articulation.
  14. pietrocefa


    May 3, 2011
    So, my 1 cent: Akai DI for sure, I got one, it's incomparable, but everyone know...expensive, rare, fragile ecc ecc, IMHO one of the best (surely for tracking) is digitech bass synth wha, followed or preceded by some good analog filter, a phaser, a dirt....
    The best synth is a combination of pedals, together with the joy of experimenting and experiencing ourselves.
  15. pedulla1


    May 14, 2005
    There's a youtube video of the Digitech having tracking issues when playing fast. I think I saw a vid of the Akai also with tracking issues at fast rifts. EHX mico synth has zero tracking issues but no pre-set options.
  16. bludog

    bludog Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2012
    Brooklyn 11217
    +1 on the Akai Deep Impact SB1. It's hands-down the best I've ever used. It's a tad pricy though and can be hard to find at times.

    FWIW, I'd get a 2nd one as a backup if the price and timing was right. It's THAT good!
  17. bludog

    bludog Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2012
    Brooklyn 11217
    Yes, the Akai requires some very clean playing sometimes. Really tight right AND left hand technique is very helpful to pull off the faster playing. It's all about being able to mute any excess frequencies, otherwise they get in the way and create tracking issues. A decent compressor helps too. On most stuff though, it has no problems with or without compressor. *There are also some really cool sounds that come out of that glitchy tracking too, if you like that stuff.

    I had an EHX BMS with Exp Mod on the Stop Frequency (still have it if anyone is interested). It was a great concept and I love it but once I got the Akai, the BMS just lacked something in comparison. Good for the squarewave stuff but the syrupy filter stuff feels a little flat when you A/B them. *Tracking was pretty good though.

    Anyway, good luck with the search. There's nothing like a great synth pedal. :bassist:
  18. I've found that ALL synth pedals have tracking issues, EHX micro synth included. I think the Microsynth has the least issues that I've come across, but it certainly has issues. All of them require a change in technique, and all of them have issues if you let a note ring out long enough. The Microsynth is better with faster notes, but some of the settings (especially with the -1 Octave up as the predominant sound) do have tracking issues.