Effctology Vol.19 How to turn you guitar into a Moog synthesizer
If you are guitar player and use effect pedals, you owe a lot to the development of modular synthesizers.
The modular synthesizer consists of separate specialized modules connected by patch cords. Combining the signals generated by multiple modules into a common audio output allows a potentially infinite number of configurations, leading to a potentially infinite number of sounds.
Modules consist of oscillators, filters, envelope generators, ring modulators, noise sources, LFOs and more. The effect pedals used by guitar players accomplish many of those same things and can be patched together just as it’s done on a Moog modular synthesizer.
When you look down at your pedal board, what you see are really the building blocks of a modular synthesizer.
Below are some of the settings used in Episode 19.
“Lucky Man” Solo
To create noise sweep effects I used white noise generated by a Big Muff distortion cranked full up.
Using a dummy plug to turn the unit on with nothing connected to the input, I connected the output to a Micro Synth for manual filtering.
An LPB-1 booster can be used after the Big Muff to help generate even more noise.
The acoustic guitar was recorded through a 12AY7 Mic-Pre
Vintage electric bass sound setting:
The late Bob Moog (left) with EHX founder Mike Matthews.
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