Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synthesizer (Original)
Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synthesizer (Original)

Bass Micro Synthesizer (Original), Other Bass Effect from Electro-Harmonix in the Micro Synthesizer series.

moosers 08/23/2010

Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synthesizer (Original) : moosers's user review


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The Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synthesizer is the popular guitar synthesizer effect tailored specifically for bass guitar and bass frequencies. It's pretty much the same pedal except this one is designed for bass frequencies. It's an analog pedal that consists of a 1/4" input and a 1/4" output. It requires power from an Electro-Harmonix power supply and isn't rack mountable since it's a stomp box.


While it does take a bit of fiddling with to get completely comfortable, the Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synthesizer isn't too hard to use overall. It was really just a matter of trial and error for me, as I'd been used to the guitar Micro Synth and this was an easy enough crossover since the make up is quite similar if not the same. The sliders that the pedal has include voices for sub octave, guitar, octave, and square wave, as well as filter sweep parameters for resonance, rate, and both start and stop frequencies. It also has sliders for trig and for attack delay. The manual might be helpful but I haven't seen it so I can't say anything about it.


While I don't think that the Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synthesizer is the most practical effect in the world, it definitely does as advertised as then some. I guess I just don't think that many bass players would need these sorts of effects out there on the front lines, but even if you just use them in the studio or at home, they're a lot of fun to mess around with. You can get some pretty funky sounds with the Bass Micro Synth, and the palette of sounds is pretty versatile as well. While I don't think that too many people are going to be mistaking your bass for a synthesizer even with this box, it still gives you a variety of really cool, synth-like effects.


If you're primarily a bass player and are looking to expand your possible sounds, a quick way to really expand them is with the Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synthesizer. The tracking is surprisingly good with this pedal, and while I think that some of the effects are more practical than others, it's an awesome overall pedal for bass players who want to experiment a little bit. I don't know of any pedals out there for bass that can match the flexibility and unique sound of the Bass Micro Synth.