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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-10-2003, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Guitar synth/harmonizer question

I have a POD pro and I am quite happy with it. However I am looking for some great effects like a 'harmonizer". I have read that the Roland 30 or higher model guitar synths provide this function. Can someone tell me how exactly this works? Does it automatically play the harmony associated with the melody I play? Howmany harmony patterns can it play?

I need something rack mounted...are there any rackmounts like the "inteliflex" that can provide this effect that can be controlled by a foot pedal?

Another question: What the heck does the "Bad Horsey" do? Good wah wah sounds? I am not a fan of the wahwah, but would like to experiment and scare my neighbors!

THanks in advance!
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Hi, The bad horsey is exactly a Wah wah, just a truncated range, so it doesn't have as wide a sweep frequency that a Dunlop or Vox has.

Harmonizers : I'm not familliar with the Roland model, but Rocktron made a unit called the intellipitch which had up to 4 voices of harmony.
Other units are by Eventide, Digitech, or T.C. Electronic.
All have modes in which you select which key you're rooting in and what scales you plan on playing in. from there they do the rest. THe eventide is VERY flexable in that you can create your own algorhythms for harmony and reverb presets. thos units are kind of pricy.

You can find a cheap Digitech IPS33 for under 100 on Ebay.
Not even close to the abilities of the Eventide or T.C. , but its a start and will do the job cheaply.

hope this helps,
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Originally Posted by amt7565
I have read that the Roland 30 or higher model guitar synths provide this function.
The Roland guitar synths(GR-30, 33 and such) only harmonize on the synth patches within the synth. They have nothing to do with the actual sound coming from your guitar(ie. the magnetic pickups). The synths require a special pickup that basically turns the string vibrations into MIDI signals that are then sent to the synth. Basically turning your guitar into a keyboard. You can setup within the synth the guitar modeling patch(which, in my opinion falls short of sounding like a real guitar) and then use the harmonizer along with your actual guitar sound. However, it's kind of a pain since you have to run the synth through a seperate amp/pa.
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That's Bad HorsIE
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-10-2003, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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OK thanks guys!
I will stay away from the ROland synths then....
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