Sonic difference between Syn-1, Syn-30, and Syn-50?

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Killstring
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Sonic difference between Syn-1, Syn-30, and Syn-50?

Post by Killstring » Fri Nov 19, 2021 11:53 am

Hi everybody! I'm looking to break into the Synergy ecosystem: this would be for recording purposes, so I doubt any of these amps are going to see a speaker. The question I have is, do these amps sound any different?

I mean, the Syn-30 has 4 x 12ax7s in it. Cool, it's got an onboard clean. But the Syn-50 has 3 of 'em, and no onboard channel - that's just something the preamp modules are interacting with.

Conversely, the Syn-1 and Syn-2 don't have any onboard valves, yeah?

So I guess my question is, has anybody noticed a significant tonal difference? Or are those extra valve stages used for like, phase inversion, effects loop buffering, etc? Two valves seems like not much for cascading gain stages, right? But everybody says the SLO-100 module is on point, so maybe I'm overthinking this?

The preamps would be running into a Two Notes CAB M, I think. Just weighing the practicality of a Synergy setup vs. something like the Mesa Badlander, Engl Powerball SE, or Revv G20.

I've never seen this stuff in the wild where I can try it, so I'm assuredly overthinking. So any input is welcome!

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Re: Sonic difference between Syn-1, Syn-30, and Syn-50?

Post by mr-scary » Sat Nov 20, 2021 11:21 am

All the things you mentioned have the first 12ax7 for the input stage. The Syn 30 and 50 have the extra tubes for the various extra functions - Clean Channel (Syn30), Phase inverter (both) and I'm guessing FX loop (both). The actual functionality of the module is the same in all of them - Input stage (in the unit), followed by two tubes worth of stages on the module.

That being said there is feel and sound difference depending on the system you use - the preamps will be affected by the power amps, the Syn30 is cathode bias, the Syn50 is fixed bias. They all sound good but you wanna pick the one that works best for you.

As far as practicality goes they're all great - infinite flexibility with tones, small, portable, fully midi (except Syn1). Play through a real cab though :)

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Re: Sonic difference between Syn-1, Syn-30, and Syn-50?

Post by gibsonash » Fri Nov 26, 2021 11:59 pm

You can play the Syn30 safety without cab connected . You can t with Syn50
My +1

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Re: Sonic difference between Syn-1, Syn-30, and Syn-50?

Post by mr-scary » Sat Nov 27, 2021 8:56 pm

Yeah that's true, I wish the 50 had that feature as well...not sure why they omitted it.

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