Video: Keeley Synth-1 Reverse Attack Fuzz Wave Generator Demo

Earlier this year, Andy got a chance to experiment briefly with the Keeley Synth-1. Even then, it found its way onto his list of Top 7 pedals from January's NAMM convention. It also made our roundup of some of the most highly anticipated releases of March. Today, he's able to dig in fully to Keeley's latest.

The Synth-1 is a synth wave generator that's triggered by your guitar-playing. Your dry guitar signal can still come through as much as you'd like, but the pedal will simultaneously play some form of fuzzy synth waveform—square, saw, or sine—which you can select with a switch.

This treated sound begins with a reverse volume swell, but from there, you can use the on-board Attack knob and Filter to shape your tone. The Attack has a wide range of 4ms to 1,500 ms. When combined with an expression pedal, you can sweep the Filter manually while you play. Additionally, there's a Chaos switch that throws off the pedal's tracking to give you quick access to intentionally messy or glitchy effects.

As you can hear in the video above, the pedal can give you everything from gentle pedal steel swells to funk bass tones to spacey, glitchy madness. Be sure to watch the full video, and find your own Synth-1 on Reverb today.

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