Synergy modular thread

Powderfinger

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Just got a Syn 2 and one module, the BE/BB. Sounds great so far using my Fryette Power Station. I have an ODS module on the way. Without reading whole thread, what are the most highly regarded other modules?
 

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It’s a great system, crazy powerful. :D
It certainly is.

it has made me change my view on both amps and pedals. I have it hooked into my Mesa Mark V. The Synergy system has completely changed my approach to the amp.

I used to heavily rely on Channel two for a main drive sound. The Crunch mode was used 99% of the time for a faux Marshall thing. And Mark I mode was the other 10% when *trying* to get those classic Mark tones. I virtually never used Edge mode except in failed attempts to mimic Vox tones. It seemed completely useless to me.

In the case where crunch wasn’t cutting it, it was a never ending parade of dirt pedals into the clean channel to get those Marshall tones. And where Mark one was tough to dial in, it was a smaller parade of D-type pedals into the clean channel. But not a anymore.

The Plexi module and the SLO module give me those rock tones that I wanted better than Crunch mode. And the OS module gives me that particular drive tone that I wanted better than both Mark I mode and those Zen type pedals ... with a great warm clean thrown for free.

Now, I’ve been leaving Channel Two in Edge mode, and it’s like playing a new amp. It gives a really cool, lean, and sort of edgy (sorry, I know) tone that I don’t get anywhere else. Very interesting tone and FEEL with the Les Paul, Strats and Tele. Makes me want to play choppy, chordal, funky stuff. And it takes a boost or fuzz totally differently than the other channels. Synergy has opened this up to me.

The effect on the pedal situation is obvious. Don’t need all of those dirt boxes up front anymore trying to do what an amp should be doing anyway. It’s pretty much just fuzz or boost/EQ up front.

In fact, I’ve learned more about my fuzz pedals in a few months of this Synergy stuff than the last couple decades. You want to know what a Tone Bender can really do? Plug it into a system in which you can effortlessly switch between it feeding a very clean amp, and edgy amp, a Plexi circuit and even the OS’s warm clean channel. It kind of reveals the whole story in one sitting. Far better than trying to remember how a fuzz sounded in front of that Fender two tears ago as it’s feeding a Marshall today.
 

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Just got a Syn 2 and one module, the BE/BB. Sounds great so far using my Fryette Power Station. I have an ODS module on the way. Without reading whole thread, what are the most highly regarded other modules?
I’m way closer to newbie than expert. But people say really, really good things so far about the SLO, the new Fryette Deliverance and both Bogners. Only one of that trio I currently own is the SLO. And it’s a definite keeper.

You chose well. That OS is really cool. With the BEBB, you’ll have two cool gain channels and a pair of alternating clean or cleanish channels. Congratulations!
 

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Just got a Syn 2 and one module, the BE/BB. Sounds great so far using my Fryette Power Station. I have an ODS module on the way. Without reading whole thread, what are the most highly regarded other modules?
I'm running a Syn 1 into a Power Station 2. I also really like the BE/BB module. I have the SLO, VH4 and Deliverance modules, although I just got the Deliverance today and haven't spent much time with it. I also have an Uberschall on back order. So far the SLO is the 'can't live without it' module for me.
 

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I'm running a Syn 1 into a Power Station 2. I also really like the BE/BB module. I have the SLO, VH4 and Deliverance modules, although I just got the Deliverance today and haven't spent much time with it. I also have an Uberschall on back order. So far the SLO is the 'can't live without it' module for me.
Is the SLO very different from the BE?
 

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I prefer the SLO to the BE by pretty wide margin, TBH.

Just got the Deliverance... I am struggling to dial it in. The two gains are messing with me. ;) I keep wanting to raise gain 1 to get more overall distortion but the it doesn’t have enough high end bite. Watching for others experiences to see if I can get this going the way I want... The distortion does not seem super smooth.
 

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Is the SLO very different from the BE?
I don't own the BE. But based on the amp it's derived from, I would guess hot rod Plexi tones. That's what the Friedman BE is, right? The Soldano amp is not really the same. I think it's more of a higher gain circuit from the ground up.

Hopefully, people that know more than me - and maybe own both - will chime in.

I can tell you my SLO is way different than my Plexi module.
 

Kelly

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I prefer the SLO to the BE by pretty wide margin, TBH.

Just got the Deliverance... I am struggling to dial it in. The two gains are messing with me. ;) I keep wanting to raise gain 1 to get more overall distortion but the it doesn’t have enough high end bite. Watching for others experiences to see if I can get this going the way I want... The distortion does not seem super smooth.
Start with both gains at 1 oclock, more mode. Back off gain I if it's too dark. The circuit loves a clean boost in front, too. I leave a rc booster on all the time.
 

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Start with both gains at 1 oclock, more mode. Back off gain I if it's too dark. The circuit loves a clean boost in front, too. I leave a rc booster on all the time.
Yep, that's pretty close to what I'm playing right now. No boost, though.

 

gtr37

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I prefer the SLO to the BE by pretty wide margin, TBH.

Just got the Deliverance... I am struggling to dial it in. The two gains are messing with me. ;) I keep wanting to raise gain 1 to get more overall distortion but the it doesn’t have enough high end bite. Watching for others experiences to see if I can get this going the way I want... The distortion does not seem super smooth.
Gain 1 is more the voice crisp -thick gain 2 is the actual distortion , throw on the brightt switch and turn on the pres depth , Channel 1 is more open
 

Elric

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Re: Deliverance thanks for these tips, everyone. I’m going to see if I can get some time today to get my head around this module. I might try @Serious Poo’s settings to start, nice pic!

I keep wanting to turn it up too high because it does add some gain/grit as it goes up... and I am a distortion fiend. LOL. The module is pretty thick right out of the gate compared to my BEBB which is what I have it paired with at the moment.
 
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gtr37

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Re: Deliverance thanks for these tips, everyone. I’m going to see if I can get some time today to get my head around this module. I might try @Serious Poo’s settings to start, nice pic!

I keep wanting to turn it up too high because it does add some gain/grit as it goes up... and I am a distortion fiend. LOL. The module is pretty thick right out of the gate compared to my BEBB which is what I have it paired with at the moment.
turning the gain 1 counter clock wise will thin it
Vht/Freytte amps are different they have gain but its so dry and uncompressed that it will be perceived as a low gain sound compared to something like A DZL or Engl
 

Elric

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turning the gain 1 counter clock wise will thin it
Vht/Freytte amps are different they have gain but its so dry and uncompressed that it will be perceived as a low gain sound compared to something like A DZL or Engl
Okay, I think I am starting to get it, now... thanks for explaining this further. This makes a lot of sense to me based on what I was hearing when messing with it on the first go. Definitely unique compared to other modules/amps I have used.
 

gtr37

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Okay, I think I am starting to get it, now... thanks for explaining this further. This makes a lot of sense to me based on what I was hearing when messing with it on the first go. Definitely unique compared to other modules/amps I have used.
Yes they are very different beasts
The ongoing joke on forums used to be if you want to know how crappy a player you are get a VHT
Because in addition to the dryness and lack of compression they also have a super sharp fast attack almost hair trigger response everything leaps out at you
Scratches , bum notes
Bad muting you cant really hide
That said some people love that honest character others will hate it
luckily the modules are probably a litlle more forgiving as the amps have a KT88 power section that is super stiff and punchy
Also ironically the SigX and Deliverance are a little bit more relaxed than the Pittbulls
 

DarrellM5

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Yes they are very different beasts
The ongoing joke on forums used to be if you want to know how crappy a player you are get a VHT
Because in addition to the dryness and lack of compression they also have a super sharp fast attack almost hair trigger response everything leaps out at you
Scratches , bum notes
Bad muting you cant really hide
That said some people love that honest character others will hate it
luckily the modules are probably a litlle more forgiving as the amps have a KT88 power section that is super stiff and punchy
Also ironically the SigX and Deliverance are a little bit more relaxed than the Pittbulls
I believe it. No compression or saturation to hide behind. I've been playing it all day and I'm really starting to like it. The mids are unbelievable.
 

chadprsman

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Got the Deliverance Saturday, only played for about 30 minutes, but it's HUGE! Might be the biggest sounding module? For some reason, I find I like the 1st (lower) channel on most of the modules better? I set gain I and II about 1 o'clock (as mentioned earlier), dialed in eq, Depth and Presence are super versatile. Thumped hard in drop D. I liked the top channel with gain I rolled back, and a more 800 type sound. Also, since I'm using the syn 30 head, I don't use the volume for a cleaner sound normally, but even in higher gain settings, it cleans up nice with a volume roll back (not as crisp as the clean channel). Lots of options, haven't found any that don't sound good.
 




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