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It’s ok for a guitar to not sound like a guitar.

As much as we all love juicy, organic guitar tones, it can be just as inspiring to go the opposite way. Combining various modulation effects, envelope filters, oscillators, and more can result in sounds that owe more to Kraftwerk than Led Zeppelin.

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For guitarists who dig the electronic sound of a synthesizer, guitar synth pedals can combine the best of both worlds—the psychedelic glow, glitchiness, and fat tones of a synth’s

For guitarists who dig the electronic sound of a synthesizer, guitar synth pedals can combine the best of both worlds—the psychedelic glow, glitchiness, and fat tones of a synth’s oscillators with the expressiveness of guitar strings. There are a handful of such devices on the market that use a guitar signal to drive synth oscillators inside a pedal. And depending on the implementation, the results can range from swooping UFOs, to buzzing leads, to chugging synth bass.

Synth pedal controls and parameters can differ wildly and prioritize different aspects of synthesis. Red Witch’s Synthotron, which is a synthesizer, sample and hold, and envelope filter, takes an ambitious but streamlined approach by packing a lot of sound-sculpting features into a box that can be a handful at times, yet yield spectacular results.

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