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Big sounds abound in this affordable orchestra synth in a box.

Hip string synth tones. Communicates detail in complex chords. Freeze effects included.

High-mid transients can be pronounced in some voices.

$259

Electro-Harmonix S9 String Ensemble
ehx.com

4
5
4.5
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Electro-Harmonix is a giant among pedal builders. What’s inspiring about EHX is that they’ve never let that stature keep them from taking risks. Take the company’s keyboard- and synth-inspired pedals: the B9, KEY9, MEL9, and Synth9. Each has been a success, but none were sure-fire hits. Guitar-based synthesis at accessible consumer prices is not easy. Yet in each case, EHX created something playable and useful to guitarists. And if they didn’t always achieve perfect replication of the keyboard and synth instruments that inspired them, the pedals often prompted new ways of relating to a guitar and new possibilities in performance and composition. The S9 String Ensemble is among the most realized of these pedals. Its sounds are rich and creatively executed. And the pedal is compelling in the truest sense of the word: It makes it virtually impossible to not consider new songs, new arrangements, and new styles as you interact with it.

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DBA warps the world of chorus!

Rich, unique chorus tones that evoke vintage tonalities without imitating them. Deep and useful “weird” sounds.

Expensive if you primarily require conventional chorus tones.

$270

Death By Audio Space Bender
deathbyaudio.com

4.5
4.5
4
4

Death By Audio’s most esoteric pedals are regarded by some as the company’s best and most visionary. But some of DBA’s greatest creations, like the Fuzz War, are also its simplest. The new Space Bender chorus lives somewhere in the middle of that complexity spectrum. Its sounds and some facets of its functionality are often unconventional, at times elusive, and occasionally unexpected.

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High quality distinguishes a deep multi-effect unit.

Road-worthy construction. Huge range of sounds and ability to create uncommon combinations.

The distortion and overdrive tones could use improvement. No XLR outputs. No built-in tap tempo.

$619

Boss GX-100
boss.info

3.5
4.5
3.5
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