Micro Synthesizer

Analog Guitar Microsynth

From the classic vintage sounds of the great early Moog synthesizer to custom creations, the Microsynth creates fat analog synth sounds heard on classic recordings by some of the finest musicians in the world. Compact ten-slider layout lets the sonically adventurous guitarist dial in a virtually limitless array of analog synthesizer sounds: from percussive stabs to backwards-sounding bowed effects.

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From the Blog
Posted 9/22/2014


GuitarFXMania demos the slithering sounds of the EHX Micro Synth.


Posted 5/15/2014



Schnobel shows you the EHX Micro Synthesizer.


Posted 9/10/2013


Gunerius Quack creates with Microsynth, 44 Magnum and Freeze.


Posted 8/13/2013


The Micro Synth achieves wacky tones.


Posted 1/18/2013



Mike Hermans of Pryemax Vintage Boutique does a very comprehensive demo of the EHX Micro Synth.

Posted 1/8/2013



Chico Mann, a prolific afrobeat artist, turned us on to a tune he did using his guitar with its built-in EHX MicroSynth. Here it is:

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Here are pics of Chico’s guitar and pedalboard.

“I played the Caius guitar with built-in MicroSynth plugged into a chain of all my EHX pedals.

To start, I tuned down my E-string, muted all the strings with a strip of foam so that I got a dull thump. Then I filtered the MicroSynth to get a low frequency tone as my bass drum sound. Ran the guitar through an ‘80s Fender 75 with the bass rolled up, mids a little less than half-way, and treble about one-quarter. Then played and recorded a four-on-the-floor bass drum pattern to a click track.

Next I filtered the MicroSynth to have a higher frequency cutoff for my snare sound, eq’d the amp accordingly, recorded that. Then in the same fashion made a 12-bit-like HH sound and recorded it. Mind you, I played all the ‘drum’ sounds straight through. No looping! The Big Muff Pi came in handy for these sounds too!

With the POG-2, I made some organ sounds and comped some chords. The SuperEgo and Holy Grail gave the comps an extended decay with washy ambience.

Next I made a squelchy, resonant synth bass sound ala the Roland TB-303 with the MicroSynth. The POG-2 added the octaves below for a more convincing synth bass sound.

The top-line synth parts were made the same way, basically with MicroSynth programming and EHX pedals for coloration. The detune function on the PolyChorus is also really handy at helping create the detuned oscillator vibe that I love about analog synths.

I could probably keep going about the particulars but that’s the basic gist of my process.

This was just a little demo that I recorded in a couple of hours to show what EHX pedals could do when you approach them from a little outside the box!”

To learn more about Chico’s new release, click here:

http://www.soundwayrecords.com/catalogue/manifest-tone-the-best-of-volumes-1-3.html

Posted 11/5/2012



EHX EFFECTOLOGY
Guitar effects guru, Bill Ruppert, pushes the envelope (hard) of what is possible to achieve with “just” a guitar and a handful of EHX effects pedals. In this latest edition of Effectology Bill re-creates the synthesizers from the Pink Floyd classic “Shine On You Crazy Diamond.” Check it out. This really is one of those things you have to see and hear to believe!

Please note: Bill will be in the EHX Forums to discuss his sounds, settings, and process. We hope you join us there.

Previous episodes:

Stay tuned, more Effectology episodes coming soon!

Posted 1/27/2012



Effectologist extraordinaire, Bill Ruppert, defies the impossible to re-create the theme from the movie Blade Runner. Using “only” his Electro-Harmonix pedals and unbridled imagination, the maestro delivers an auditory tour-de-force.

Please note: Bill will be in the EHX Forums to discuss his sounds, settings, and process. We hope you join us there.

Previous episodes:

Stay tuned, more Effectology episodes coming soon!

Posted 12/21/2011



Jet City Music demos the EHX Micro Synthesizer. Guitar World magazine called the Micro Synthesizer one of the “Top 50 Stomp Boxes, Devices and Processor of all Time!” (See their July, 2011 issue.)

Posted 6/10/2011



Guitar World Magazine selects their Top 50 stomp boxes of all time and Electro-Harmonix scores with five winners.

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Posted 2/14/2011


Through the magic of Bill Ruppert, Mr. Effectology, and Electro-Harmonix, take a mini-vacation and relax to the soothing sounds of the ocean and a steel drum band!! Once again, Bill Ruppert shows you how to achieve more than you ever thought possible with “just” a guitar, EHX effects pedals and a large dose of creativity.

Please note: Bill will be in the EHX Forums to discuss his sounds, settings, and process. We hope you join us there.

Previous episodes:

Stay tuned, more Effectology episodes coming soon!

Posted 11/30/2010

Posted 11/1/2010

1979, a first class U.S. postage stamp costs 15 cents, a loaf of bread 43 cents and a gallon of gas 86 cents. Across the pond, Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman ever to be elected Prime Minister of the U.K.

Closer to home, another Brit, Sid Vicious, dies of a heroin overdose while on trial for the murder of his girlfriend. Nancy Spungen succumbed to a single stab wound. Her body was found in their room at the Chelsea Hotel, which was actually located up the block from Electro-Harmonix at 222 West 23rd Street in NYC. Meanwhile, Mike Matthews and the boys down at 27 West 23td Street, were busy getting the word out on the revolutionary Micro-Synthesizer with this ad.

Click here to see the ad: EHX Flashback Micro-Synthesizer

EHX FLASHBACK: Micro-Synthesizer

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Posted 10/19/2010

Music Toyz does a killer demo of the Micro Synthesizer. Take a short trip with the boyz on a sonic adventure through fat analog synths, backwards fuzz and funky, percussive bass!

Posted 9/27/2010

Frederic Gerchambeau accesses up to 256 individual bands of the Bidule’s modular digital synthesis while two Electro-Harmonix MICROSYNTHS provide the sculpted analog filters. EH tone color meets modular design in this digital/analog composition. Hybrid technologies merge for a unique and aggressive tonal presentation.

Posted 5/27/2010

Posted 2/25/2010

Sonic master Bill Ruppert reproduces the legendary Pink Floyd synth textures from “Welcome To The Machine .” Using only his guitar and the perfect blend of EH pedals, Bill re-creates the amazing sound-scapes that made this recording special. Each EH pedal provides its own magic to reveal the complexity and textures of the EMS VC3 synthesizer with stunning accuracy.

Please note: Bill will be in the EHX Forums to discuss his sounds, settings, and process. We hope you join us there.

Previous episodes:

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Posted 11/16/2009

Welcome to the tenth installment of EHX Effectology. In this episode Bill demonstrates a sound that reminds him of the keyboard sound in the Led Zepplein song “No Quarter”.
Second example is more of a traditional Fender Rhodes sound with a solo using the guitar into a Voice Box whistle mode.

Please note: Bill will be in the EHX Forums to discuss his sounds, settings, and process. We hope you join us there.

Previous episodes:

Stay tuned, more Effectology episodes coming soon!

Posted 10/28/2009

Ultra creative, Chicago studio musician, Bill Ruppert, releases the Goblins and Witches as he delivers Effectology 9: HALLOWEEN. Terrifying effect pedals. All effects were created using only Electro-Harmonix gear. Bill provides detailed graphics on how each tone was created.

Please note: Bill will be in the EHX Forums to discuss his sounds, settings, and process. We hope you join us there.

Previous episodes:

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Posted 10/19/2009

Welcome to the fifth installment of EHX Effectology. In today’s episode Genius sound producer Bill Ruppert has produced another amazing “Effectology” sound clip. Using only Electro-Harmonix pedals and NO synthesizers, Bill recreated of Kraftwerks’s classic “Autobahn.”

Please note: Bill will be in the EHX Forums to discuss his sounds, settings, and process. We hope you join us there.

Previous episodes:

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Posted 10/7/2009

Posted 9/21/2009

Yet another great Effectology episode by the great Bill Ruppert.

Please note: Bill will be in the EHX Forums to discuss his sounds, settings, and process. We hope you join us there.

Previous episodes:

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Posted 6/15/2009
Welcome to the second installment of Electro-Harmonix's new "Effectology" series. In the first episode, we transformed a regular electric guitar into a blues harmonica.

Today Bill Ruppert, Professor of Effectology, recreates the sound of Pink Floyd's "On the Run" from "Dark Side of the Moon" (pedals used: Micro Synthesizer, Stereo Memory Man with Hazarai, Frequency Analyzer, Big Muff Pi, Stereo Pulsar).

Please note: Bill will be in the EHX Forums to discuss his sounds, settings, and process. We hope you join us there.

Previous episodes:

Stay tuned, more Effectology episodes coming soon!

Posted 6/2/2009
Welcome to Electro-Harmonix's new "Effectology" series. Over the next several months we're going to play a remarkable collection of EHX-assisted sounds, and explain how they were made.

In the first episode, effect pedal wizard and Chicago studio musician Bill Ruppert transforms his regular electric guitar into a blues harmonica (pedals used: HOG, Micro Synthesizer, Wiggler, Holiest Grail).

Please note: Bill will also be in the EHX Forums to discuss his sounds, settings, and process. We hope you join us there.

The EHX Effectology series was originally inspired by Bill's recreation of the synth intro to The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" (see here). Stay tuned, more Effectology episodes coming soon!

Posted 4/10/2009
Be sure to catch John Frusciante's comments on the English Muff'n in the April 2009 issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine: "The Electro-Harmonix English Muff'n tube fuzz has some really extreme EQ and a big, thick and meaty sound. I used it on the solo for 'Enough Of Me.' I turn the EQ up, but leave my guitar tone knobs down and use either the middle or neck pickup so the original source sound is really dark and plain. If you blast the tone controls on the effect, you get a really thick, beautiful sound that reminds me of an exaggerated Eric Clapton tone in cream, where you have this really smooth fuzz."

In addition to the English Muff'n, John has also toured and recorded with the Micro Synthesizer, Big Muff Pi (both USA and Russian), POG, Metal Muff, HOG, Holy Grail, and Deluxe Electric Mistress. That said, I'm sure you fru-heads are still going to email and tell me what I left out.

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Quick Specs
True bypass
All analog design
3-pole analog resonant filter
4 voice mixer section mixes: sub octave, original, octave up and square wave
Square wave voice can be used as a distortion tone
Start, stop filter frequency sliders with adjustable rate for full control over the filter's sweep direction and speed
Adjustable filter resonance control
Adjustable attack time control for fading-in notes
Tough and compact die-cast chassis
96DC-200BI power supply included
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