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"Tom Sawyer" Tone with EHX Microsynth

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by tjnkoo, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. tjnkoo


    Apr 19, 2011
    Metro Atlanta
    The million dollar question once again: How to dial in a Tom Sawyer type synth tone on an EHX Microsynth. I've read here on talkbass you can do it pretty easily, but I've been messing with mine for hours and I got nothing. If someone could help me out that'd be great! :hyper: I need it for playing it in the next couple days with a group. Thanks all!
  2. rr5025


    Nov 12, 2008
    IIRC someone made a pretty good stab at it with a Digitech Bass Synth Wah (~$40-50).
  3. Its fairly simple to make that kind of patch. Set a low pass filter with a lot of resonance with a long release. The trick is that you need a relatively fast LFO modulating the cutoff frequency while it follows the envelope. I like the way a square LFO sounds, but I think Geddy was using a sine or saw LFO.
    IIRC you need a fair amount of sustain so that the big swoopy cutoff only kicks in on the longest notes.
  4. beggar98


    Jan 23, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    It's pretty easy, IIRC: Trigger depends on your input volume, set the four voice sliders roughly equal at about 60-75%, Attack Delay at 0, Resonance at about 75%, Start at about 80%, Stop at around 10-15%, Rate was around 50-60% (least confident about that, but it's pretty easy to adjust). Take that as a starting point and go from there, depending on your taste.

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