Video: Playing a Synth Through Guitar Synth Pedals

We'll be honest: This began as a joke.

It seems every time we turn around these days there's another new effects pedal intended to make your guitar sound like a synth. So, we thought, what if we used these guitar synth pedals with an actual synthesizer? It would probably sound very bad, hilariously bad.

Well, even the fools are wise once in a while. It turns out that the combination of a synth with guitar synth pedals sounds fantastic. They could even be an inexpensive way to greatly expand the sonic range of your keyboard, instead of buying a more powerful (and expensive) workstation. Don't believe us? Watch the full video above.

Our trusted purveyor of synth sounds, William Kurk, runs a Korg Minilogue through six different breeds of keys-emulating and synthy stompboxes: the Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine, MEL9, Key9, and Guitar Mono Synth, along with the Keeley Synth 1 and Seymour Duncan Fooz Analog Fuzz Synth. (He also swaps in a Roland Ax-1 Keytar Controller to strike a true shredder's pose.)

Honestly, the results astonished us. And they may astonish you too. Be sure to watch the full video above, and then get started on your own sonic experimentations.

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