Small standalone effects box?

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Small standalone effects box?

Post by wechard » Thu May 21, 2020 7:53 am

Hi Everyone,

I'm wondering what you all like in terms of a small standalone effects box for synths -- something to use when playing on the couch or mobile with things that can sound too dry on their own, like the Subharmonicon or the Microfreak. I want something that can go between a synth and my portable recorder (Zoom h4n), isn't very big or expensive but still sounds good, and has a headphone out and also ideally stereo 1/4" line out to patch easily into the Zoom. The only effects I'm likely to use on a regular basis are reverb and delay, so those need to be strong, but anything else is just icing. I've considered just using my iPad but the various adapters/docks I might need, charging issues, and file management limitations make that unattractive. Any suggestions would be great, thanks...

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Re: Small standalone effects box?

Post by mor4sso » Thu May 21, 2020 9:22 am

Dreadbox Hypnosis comes to mind.

no headphone out, but can't you just monitor from your h4n?

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Post by Koekepan » Thu May 21, 2020 9:50 am

Zoom G1on

Small - check.
Battery power - check.
Wide range of reverbs and delays - check.
Headphone out - check.
Low price - check.

Granted, the headphone and the (stereo) line out are the same thing, but if you're plugged into the recorder, you can monitor through that. It has an aux in for parallel sound (it's made for practicing guitarists).

It turns off automatically if you don't have a source plugged in. It accepts synth level signals without much drama. It doesn't sound pristine, but is very usable. I endorse it.

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Post by EATyourGUITAR » Thu May 21, 2020 9:55 am

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Re: Small standalone effects box?

Post by JankySwitch » Thu May 21, 2020 10:48 am

I use a Korg mini chaos pad 2 as my extra / portable FX unit. Battery powered or plugged in.

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Post by ersatzplanet » Thu May 21, 2020 11:36 am

Look into the Axolotl. You will have to buy/build a case for it, but it cost only $80. Basically think of it as a smaller Nord Mini-Modular. You can make almost any Effects you can think of - program a patch on your computer once, download it to the Axo, unplug it and never have to re-program it again if you don't want to. There are literally thousands of modules on it. axolotl.com
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Re: Small standalone effects box?

Post by Manresa » Fri May 22, 2020 12:50 am

Korg NTS-1. Cheap, tiny, sounds great. Plus you get a free synth with the effects. Only downside is a single 1/8" stereo out.

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Re: Small standalone effects box?

Post by tim gueguen » Fri May 22, 2020 12:55 am

A lot of synth folks like the Zoom MS70CDR multieffects stompbox these days. It will even run on a pair of AA batteries.

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Re: Small standalone effects box?

Post by sallowworm » Fri May 22, 2020 6:30 am

Zoom MS70CDR is indeed great for the price and easy to use. My go to for effects recently has been the Organelle. Loads of patches/parameters too and it can sample sounds or be used as a standalone poly/mono synth.

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Re: Small standalone effects box?

Post by wechard » Fri May 22, 2020 6:42 pm

Thanks for the replies, I’ll check all these options out.

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Re: Small standalone effects box?

Post by blakeq » Fri May 22, 2020 11:37 pm

Zoom MS-100BT.

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Re: Small standalone effects box?

Post by Chopper » Sat May 23, 2020 12:35 pm

ZOOM CDR for life.

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Re: Small standalone effects box?

Post by Chaklack » Sat May 23, 2020 7:19 pm

https://www.sourceaudio.net/collider_delay_reverb.html

I have their Ventris pedal for my polysynths and wowa does it sound good

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Re: Small standalone effects box?

Post by chvad » Sat May 23, 2020 9:19 pm

sallowworm wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 6:30 am
Zoom MS70CDR is indeed great for the price and easy to use. My go to for effects recently has been the Organelle. Loads of patches/parameters too and it can sample sounds or be used as a standalone poly/mono synth.
another voice for this. what it does for the price is nuts. stereo ins and out. just awesome.

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Re: Small standalone effects box?

Post by SaraClaros » Sat May 23, 2020 9:48 pm

Like mor4sso I think that with Dreadbox Hypnosis you can do well for what you want ...
In streamable you can find very useful information about its use

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Re: Small standalone effects box?

Post by wechard » Mon May 25, 2020 9:41 am

Thanks again for the suggestions. They all have a lot to recommend them, but in the end the Ventris idea led me to discover the Collider, and that's what I ordered. I only ever really use delay and reverb when recording synths, so it will be perfect. Should arrive in a day or two...

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Re: Small standalone effects box?

Post by Blairio » Mon May 25, 2020 9:48 am

The Zoom MS70CDR is awesome for the money and has some great emulations.

Something a bit more left field would be Audiothingies Dr. 'A'. It has delay and reverb, both with modulation and a measure of CV control. Alas, no headphone output. The reverb sounds like early Lexicon, and the delay a 12bit early digital model. Together or each in isolation, they are very impressive.

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