Source Audio are releasing the C4 Synth, a four-voiced synthesizer pedal for guitar and bass. The pedal’s creators say the pedal pulls together “all the sound creation tools of a classic Eurorack modular synthesizer and packages them in … an effects pedal.”
The C4 Synth pedal features six synth effects, with tracking abilities, and fast response. For additional effects, the Neuro Desktop Editor (a free download for Mac and Windows) and Neuro Mobile App (free for iPhone and Android) offer a library of presets created by the the Source Audio team and the C4 Neuro community.
The C4 comes with over 120 presets, Source Audio President Roger Smith estimates that number will grow to 1000 within the month. The simple means by which the C4 Synth user can browse and play the library of sounds, burn a handful of favorites directly to the pedal, and then bring them to their next gig in a small, simple to use package, says Smith, is unprecedented in synth pedals.
Burning presets to the C4 Synth pedal requires a connection to the Neuro Editor, after which, musicians can browse presets on the pedal for testing. Favorite presets are saved with a single click to one of the pedal’s six toggle switch positions or 128 MIDI-accessible positions.
The C4 Synth pedal features a simple 4-knob control panel (two of the knobs are dual-function) that includes Input Level, Envelope Sensitivity, Wet/Dry Mix, Master Output Level, and two knobs labeled “Control 1” and “Control 2” that adjust different parameters, depending on the preset. The C4 comes pre-loaded with six synth presets, and also includes 56-bit signal processing, a compact anodized aluminum housing, stereo inputs and outputs, and a mini USB port that receives MIDI messages from DAW (digital audio workstation) software as well as external MIDI controllers with USB host support. The C4 can also receive MIDI CC messages when connected to the Neuro Hub (also sold by Source Audio).
For deep editing on the C4, the Neuro Desktop Editor and Neuro Mobile App offer a wide set of modular synth-inspired sound sculpting tools. The Sound Editor includes four assignable voices, three oscillator wave shapes (sine, square, saw), >10 envelope followers, >20 modulating filters, distortion, tremolo, pitch shifting, intelligent harmonization, FM synthesis, two programmable sequencers and more. Users can either burn the preset directly to any of the pedal’s 6 toggle switch positions (and 128 MIDI accessible positions) or share the preset for other C4 owners to try.
Pricing and Availability. The “street” price of the Source Audio C4 Synth pedal is $239US. For additional information, product specifications, and a list of authorized dealers, visit www.sourceaudio.net.