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EH Micro Bass Synth

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by ThePaste, Dec 25, 2000.

  1. How was everyone's experience with this pedal?

    I guess it has great "replayability" and customizability. Its only real downside for me is its high price. Maybe someone could recomend a cheaper synth like it?
  2. eddie eyeball, bass player for 2 Skinnee J's, uses one. he told me it's the only effect he uses and it sounds fantastic, well worth the price. of course, he's got a nice little ampeg setup and a stringray, so i would prioritize and upgrade those things first. but i'm dying to try one myself.
  3. I've had one for several months now and IMO is is one of the coolest things I've got. It is capable of more sounds than I will ever use it's quiet and a lot of fun. My only caveat is that if you don't take care of your stuff don't spend your money cause this ain't gonna take a lot of abuse.
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  4. Why do they cost so much?
  5. Lots of parts and lots of labor. From what I and my very particular repair buddy (he builds the AusTone pedals) can tell it is also very well built using better than average parts.
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  6. There is a Boss one that's about $120 cheaper. And I was under the impression that Boss was one of the best, good parts, good labor, stuff like that. So EHX just is more expensive...Oh well.
  7. Psste you may have the needle like fingers needed to use the Boss SYB, I Don't. The EH is a lot easier to use and change sounds than the Boss. Plus you are talking 2 completely different things analog as opposed to micro circuits.
  8. You lost me with the analog and stuff like that, please could you explain?
  9. The EH pedal is built just like it was 25 years ago when introduced, using the same kinds of diodes triodes and early chip technology, The Boss uses microcircuitry to achieve a similar result but in a smaller package with a lot less parts.. Kind of like the difference between tubes and solid state, both are good.
  10. Do they sound the same? Because I just love the synth sound, doesn't really matter if there are slight changes. Just if the over-all synth is still there. :)
  11. It sounds the same to me but I don't have one of the originals to compare it with any more, it was stolen years ago. It will get phat synth tones for bass lines and also some blistering lead synth sounds for solos.
  12. cavemanbass


    Nov 5, 2010
    They don't sound anything alike. I have the syb-3, it sounds thin and tracks like crap, glitches constantly. Very limited control, just some presets that are all really weak. The BMS on the other hand sounds fat and tracks really well, and gives you control over all the important parameters.
    So yeah I only paid $120 for the boss but never use it. Ymmv
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  13. Lol, i'm sure the guy has moved on since it's 17 years ago!
    Hahahahahahaha stop with these zombie threads
  14. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    TP, I purchased one awhile back... Love the sounds I can get from it, and while mine isn't used for gigs, I think it's a well built pedal, based on what I see from the outside. You definitely want to use it's accompanying power supply, and not chain it with other pedals... I think it's more for providing a stable, dedicated current supply, as opposed to the 'center positive', 'center negative' design... I just checked the EH wall wart, and compared it to one of my pedals I know I can chain, and both have same diagram... and do not hook up a guitar to it. Warranty voided, and I can guarantee, they know which part of the circuit fails when you do it. No matter which synth you get, enjoy!
  15. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    I can't let it go... I love... the, 'Zombie Thread'.
  16. Not trying to feed brains to the zombie thread, but I wanted to clarify some misinformation above.

    I have owned the BMS for years and used it with bass, guitar, keys and other synths. Nothing will break by plugging it into something other than a bass. The manual has no warnings about this type of usage either. It would be a severe lack of oversight for EH to not include this information if it was true.

    This only applies to the newer model of the pedal; I have no experience with the original.

    Bottom line, use your BMS as you see fit.
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  17. ive heard the big, old versions have a certain 'mojo'
    I certainly wouldn't say no to one
  18. jbybj

    jbybj Supporting Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles
    Sure, the thread may be 17 years old but it's only been 10 years since the OP was last seen on TalkBass. Maybe he'll get a notification?
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  19. NewLaw83


    Jun 26, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Yeah I have the BMS XO and I have no issues plugging my guitar into it as well. It sounds good too.
  20. I have one of the first NYC reissues that uses a 24v power supply. There is indeed a certain mojo that the XO 9v versions do not compare. Mainly a richness to the filters that likely has to do with the higher voltage.
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