Sam Bell reviews the latest addition to Mooer's new Micro Series: the E7 polyphonic guitar synth pedal. With the ability to transform your guitar into an electronic synthesizer without the need for special pickups or instrument modifications, what reason would you have to no add this to your arsenal?
It's no secret that Mooer is standing out as one of the leading micro pedal brands, not many other companies that sell similar pedals for the same price bracket are matching up to the quality and sound that Mooer provides its customers. The Mooer E7 Polyphonic synth pedal is part of a new range of pedals which are packed with features for the aspiring guitarist looking to get more out of the footprint of their pedalboards.
The Mooer E7 features seven unique synth sounds, a built-in arpeggiator, high and low cut controls, mix and the ability to save the settings for each of the seven synth 'banks'. It is very easy to use, very intuitive, especially for a synth pedal. The technology utilized in this particular pedal is the same technology that is being used in Mooers GE300 Multi FX pedal which features a more expanded pallet of Synth sounds. This pedal is effectively the same thing but made into a smaller unit.
What I'm about to type here may sound patronizing, it's not meant to be, its more of a pointer to myself I anything. It's important to establish that Synth pedals are designed to sound like synths, the way in which you actually play effects how successfully the pedal re-creates a true synth sound. The pedal can follow along with ease for chordal work and faster lines, it even follows bends and vibrato effectively. However, the use in which this pedal really finds its home is in doubling up bass lines, riffs, melody lines which have a synth-like articulation in nature. I found when I tried to re-create classic Synth lead lines from 80s to 90s dance anthems to 00s bass lines, the sounds of the E7 were very effective. The sounds of the synths themselves would work great in an arrangement with other instruments. However, when I played 'like a Guitarist' whilst the pedal was wonderful at following along, the result was something different.
This all being said, it's no detriment to the pedal itself, it's the user who makes this work. It's amazing how far the technology has come to be able to have access to these sounds at such an affordable price bracket all without having to modify the guitar (with a synth pickup for example) I'd say if you are looking for synth pedals, then this is one to checkout for those on a budget or those who want to have access to these kinds of textures without taking up too much pedalboard space.
The overall quality of the pedal is very good; the pedal comes with a switch cover so you can see it more clearly on the board and have a safer time stomping on it without toppling it over. The pedal doesn't take batteries, works of a 9-volt power unit (not included) Go check one out!
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