REVIEW: Electro-Harmonix SUPEREGO Synth Engine

Superego-xlarge
You’d think that after more than six decades we’d be running out of ways to twist and tweak the sound of the electric guitar. Yeah, right! It’s a very exciting time to be a guitarist right now. The boutique boom isn’t slowing down, the digital revolution is on track to put an Axe-FX in every bedroom by 2015, and Electro-Harmonix is still releasing innovative creations like the SUPEREGO Synth Engine.

Ever played with an analog synth, or at least a good digital recreation of one? Well, for me, the best way to think of the SUPEREGO is as a component that converts part of your guitar sound into a waveform that can be twisted and manipulated in a similar way to an analog synth. I have to think of it that way, because it’s such an unusual idea compared to regular guitar effects that I need to hook my brain around it somehow! It’s in the same family of EHX effects as the Ravish, the POG2, and Micro Synth, but like EHX founder Mike Matthews, the SUPEREGO is its own man.

Read More …

REVIEW: You Rock MIDI Guitar

The first MIDI-capable guitars were giant clunkers with poor tracking and complicated setups. More recent technology is much better, but super-expensive and depending on what route you go down you could find yourself doing irreversible mods to your guitar. Not everyone wants a super tricked-out MIDI guitar for stage use, but it’d be very handy to have something in the studio that would make it easy to lay down keyboard parts without having to actually play keyboards. Enter the You Rock MIDI Guitar.

Read More …

COOL GEAR ALERT: SHREDDER Synth for Guitar

Oh now this is bitchen. Ever wanted to turn your guitar into a synth but couldn’t afford or figure out MIDI pickups and the like? Well if you own an iPad, you’re in luck!

For immediate release

 Yonac Software Releases SHREDDER – Synth for Guitar

Yonac creates the first professional iOS synthesizer designed for the guitar.

(Durham, NC – December 14, 2011) Yonac Software is pleased to announce the release of

SHREDDER, now available on the iTunes App Store. SHREDDER is a synthesizer/MIDI interface specially designed and developed for guitar players. It allows guitarists to play a true analog modeling synth by simply plugging in – no special pickups needed! SHEDDER’s synth engine is a powerful, fully configurable FM/Subtractive design including:

• Dual oscillators

• Three custom-designed filters

• Three dedicated envelopes

• Dual LFOs

• Many more sonic features to empower the musician!

Read More …