R.U.Nuts wrote:EHX fanboy here. So my vote goes for EHX Ring Thing ..... Ring thing can do ringmod, tremolo, chorus and vibrato and since the RM carrier VCO is also the modulation source for the pitch shifter, you can modulate it at audio rates which turns your guitar into a crude FM-synth. ..... And you have a CV in for the carrier and a second audio in that replaces the carrier.....
AH! Yes! You're so right
. I totally forgot about the Ring Thing. I have a list of things I will buy should I ever find a shoebox full of $20 bills. The Ring Thing is on that list. I've seen a number of videos featuring the Ring Thing, and I have to agree that it seems to be very well suited for use with synths of all types. Among all of it's features is the ability to save a few presets, which given it's overall capability and it's cache of heavy duty building blocks as well as it's ability to produced synchronized FX, the preset capability is very much a welcome addition. It has tap tempo if I recall.
Definitely worth a look-see! Made by Electro Harmonix, so you already know it's weird and fun (which is pretty much a default characteristic of most things produced by that company).
Another Electro Harmonix trinket that really fits in well with synth stuffs is the Poly Chorus. The big giant one. I have one, the design is as old as my ability to grow facial hair (early 1980s). When put in "Filter Matrix" mode it can really enhance drone patches. ~Enhance~ isn't nearly strong enough to describe what it can add to synths. Used with manual (or joystick, or ..?????) modulation of a filter's cutoff frequency, if tuned properly while in Filter Matrix mode adding a Poly Chorus can produce a great deal of sonic power to any drone patch.
Again, I speak of the large format of the Poly Chorus. I don't know from any personal experience, but I've read over and again that the newer downsized Poly Chorus "isn't the same, and not as good" as the early large one.
I also have one of the early giant EH Electric Mistress flangers. I believe mine was produced in the mid to late 1970s. I'm the original owner, I bought it for use as a "fake leslie" with my first Hammond, which was a 1965-ish M100 that I had modified for line out and louder percussion. The Hammond was affectionately nicknamed "Fire Hazard". The large sized Electric Mistress does the Matrix Filter trick just as well as the big Poly Chorus. The old/large Poly Chorus also has a flanger mode that replicates the Electric Mistress pretty well, but not quite precisely the same. I find both units to be useful in their own ways.
Again, most reviews of the newer/small Electric Mistress tend to knock it when compared to the old big one. I can't vouch for that, I've not tried the smaller one.
I have seen both of the larger Electro Harmonix devices on eBay, the Electric Mistress flanger tends to go for ~around~ $100 bucks. That is unless the seller tries to push it off as some Holy Grail and asks far too much for it.
Don't let the word "flanger" set you back. It actually does a super great chorus sound as well (think Andy Summers of The Police). Alex Lifeson (Rush) used it one on several of the first half dozen Rush albums, back when he was playing that white Gibson ES330 hollow body electric that he made so famous with the KILLER tone he extracted from it. Often times that flanger was put into Filter Matrix mode (which essentially just freezes the sweep in one place that can be tuned using the "Range" control knob). Pat Travers, Robin Trower, and Tommy Bolin also made great use of that same flanger.