In this video, Sweetwater synth guru Daniel Fisher shares his thoughts on choosing effect pedals to use with synths.
Fisher demonstrates some of his favorite effects pedals for using with synthesizers. They were chosen for their sounds, versatility, and special features, as well as important considerations such as stereo ins and outs, battery and adapter powering, size and weight, and a high performance/price ratio.
The effects are applied to a Korg minilogue Polyphonic Analogue Synthesizer with a simple patch. Each effect is demonstrated separately, and then all of them are used simultaneously.
Synthesists have been using guitar effects on synths for decades, because there historically has been a much wider variety of effects readily available for guitars. While this has changed in the last few years – with companies like Roland, Audio Damage, ZVEX and others offering effects, designed specifically for using with synths – there are still a lot more cheap guitar pedal options available.
Here is a list of the products used in the order that they are first demonstrated:
- Korg minilogue Polyphonic Analogue Synthesizer
- TC Electronic Flashback Delay and Looper Pedal
- Boss RV-6 Digital Reverb Pedal
- M-Audio EX-P Expression Pedal
- DigiTech Nautila Chorus and Flange Pedal
- electro-harmonix Superego Polyphonic Synth Engine