Synergy has landed

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Synergy has landed

Post by webrthomson » Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:53 am

Got my preamps and SYN-2 today in the UK - very impressed with them in my MOD50:

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Interesting looking at the modules themselves - the VH4 has WIMA caps in it just like the actual VH4 and the sound approximation is startling, its very very close to my VH4 even with a different power section on the MOD50.

I've not played a BE100 but the module is very nice indeed - modded Marshall at it's finest!

The SLO is slightly more shouty that I remember my SLO being - mind you it's been a while since I had one - but it ace's that liquid rock lead that the SLO does in spades!

Very happy so far they seem well made and the noise floor for such high gain seems pretty amazingly low. Now the only problem is I want some of the lower gain and clean ones too!!!

I'm going to unbox the SYN-2 and A/B the VH4 module throught my VH4's effect loop and see just how close it is - might have to wait for tomorrow night :(

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Post by withmittens » Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:16 am

How do your two SLO mods compare? in terms of closeness to actual amp & quality in sound compared to each other?
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Post by webrthomson » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:14 am

withmittens wrote:How do your two SLO mods compare? in terms of closeness to actual amp & quality in sound compared to each other?
They are both pretty close to the actual amp!

My JF SLOD-100 is pretty much my cold dead hands module, sounds so good I sold my actual SLO as this module covers what I want. Rob was good enough to add a OD/Crunch switch to the first channel so I can have a slightly less balls out sound in there if I want.

The Synergy SLO is slightly more mid heavy that the JF one, more so that I remember the actual SLO being, that said is does what you expect I just need less mid to get there than the JF one.

The JF one pips the Synergy one on flexibility due to channel one having the Crunch/OD switch – soundwise there is not much in it. The JF is just a tad noisier, but not by much, so little TBH it could be just the tubes.

I don’t think anyone would be disappointed with either, there is something nice about having one designed by Michael Soldano though.

I’m going to play with the feedback switch this evening and see if that makes any difference

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Post by withmittens » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:39 am

so, with the exception of the Soldano having more forward mids, they are the same and achieve the Soldano sound the same or is the gain structure different, too?
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Post by webrthomson » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:13 am

withmittens wrote:so, with the exception of the Soldano having more forward mids, they are the same and achieve the Soldano sound the same or is the gain structure different, too?
Yup they sound pretty close to me, the gain structure is the same - I think with a few knob tweaks you could get them more or less identical!

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Post by withmittens » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:54 am

cool. how about syn-2 vs MOD50? with the SLO mods
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Post by JKD » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:59 am

Do you have your SYN-2 hooked up yet?
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Post by webrthomson » Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:21 pm

withmittens wrote:cool. how about syn-2 vs MOD50? with the SLO mods
That is tomorrow evenings adventure - I'm going to run the SYN2 through the power section of the MOD50 and A/B between the amp and SYN2 and see what I think, see if I can pick up any difference between the two.

I've got a few amps that I'm going to try the SYN-2 through and some power amps and see what I think works best!

I'm also going to run the VH4 module through the power section of my VH4 and see just how close it is to the amp!

From initial playing of the VH4 module in the MOD50 I've got very high hopes! I decided to hang off from buying the VH4 pedal as Peter Diezel said on Rig-Talk that the Synergy module was the VH4 preamp in a module, obviously the pedal is not as close since there are no tubes.

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Post by JKD » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:13 pm

webrthomson wrote:
withmittens wrote:cool. how about syn-2 vs MOD50? with the SLO mods
That is tomorrow evenings adventure - I'm going to run the SYN2 through the power section of the MOD50 and A/B between the amp and SYN2 and see what I think, see if I can pick up any difference between the two.

I've got a few amps that I'm going to try the SYN-2 through and some power amps and see what I think works best!

I'm also going to run the VH4 module through the power section of my VH4 and see just how close it is to the amp!

From initial playing of the VH4 module in the MOD50 I've got very high hopes! I decided to hang off from buying the VH4 pedal as Peter Diezel said on Rig-Talk that the Synergy module was the VH4 preamp in a module, obviously the pedal is not as close since there are no tubes.
I predict you will love that SYN-2...it has mojo, just like the modules. \m/

I have two MOD50s (one needs minor repair) and they are no slouch either and currently running through my MOD50...still tempted to grab a RT2/50 again at some point.
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Post by webrthomson » Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:19 pm

JKD wrote:
webrthomson wrote:
withmittens wrote:cool. how about syn-2 vs MOD50? with the SLO mods
That is tomorrow evenings adventure - I'm going to run the SYN2 through the power section of the MOD50 and A/B between the amp and SYN2 and see what I think, see if I can pick up any difference between the two.

I've got a few amps that I'm going to try the SYN-2 through and some power amps and see what I think works best!

I'm also going to run the VH4 module through the power section of my VH4 and see just how close it is to the amp!

From initial playing of the VH4 module in the MOD50 I've got very high hopes! I decided to hang off from buying the VH4 pedal as Peter Diezel said on Rig-Talk that the Synergy module was the VH4 preamp in a module, obviously the pedal is not as close since there are no tubes.
I predict you will love that SYN-2...it has mojo, just like the modules. \m/

I have two MOD50s (one needs minor repair) and they are no slouch either and currently running through my MOD50...still tempted to grab a RT2/50 again at some point.
Yup it certainly does, mojo is the right work it sounds great - I got an hour this evening and fired it up through the effects loop of my VH4:

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My initial thoughts are:

The VH4 module blue channel is spectacularly close to the amp channel 3 - the module has more bass but my channel and amp volumes are at about 8 o'clock versus the modules at noon - I'm pretty sure that if I was running the channel up it would even out, oh and then I would get arrested for the noise :)

SLO blue channel sounds great so does the HBE blue channel. On the SLO Vs. the JF - the JF definitely has more bass with everything at noon, the SLO module more mids at the same settings. They both sound great through the SYN2 and the VH4 power section - with a bid of tweaking they can be matched pretty easily and the gain is great on both - I don't think anyone would be disappointed with either.

I have to say thus far I'm very impressed - I was on the fence given the price tag and I hummed and hawed about spending more on modular stuff but the tones and usability so far are amazing.

Tomorrow I'm going to do the SYN-2 through the MOD50 and try some power amps!

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Post by gtr31 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:38 pm

Very cool reviews

Not sure if you have a way to make clips

But I would love to hear them the VH4
Especially for the modern rock drop D thing

I am looking at grabbing the syn30 head
Is your mod50 with 6l6s

Thanks

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Post by crankyrayhanky » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:39 pm

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Post by godgrinder » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:17 pm

webrthomson wrote:The VH4 module blue channel is spectacularly close to the amp channel 3 - the module has more bass but my channel and amp volumes are at about 8 o'clock versus the modules at noon - I'm pretty sure that if I was running the channel up it would even out, oh and then I would get arrested for the noise :)
So what's the red channel based on? VH4 channel 4?

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Post by webrthomson » Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:29 am

gtr31 wrote:Very cool reviews

Not sure if you have a way to make clips

But I would love to hear them the VH4
Especially for the modern rock drop D thing

I am looking at grabbing the syn30 head
Is your mod50 with 6l6s

Thanks
Yup - my MOD50 has 6L6's in it at the moment - think they are bog standard JJ's

I'll see what I can do about clips, unfortunately they would just be phone ones but I think it's worth hearing some of the comparisons.
godgrinder wrote:So what's the red channel based on? VH4 channel 4?
Thanks
I don't think there is any difference between the channels on the module - the Synergy web site is a little coy on the matter. On the VH4 there is a little voicing difference, essentially more compression, and a bit more gain on channel 4 Vs. 3.

I'm not really hearing that on the module so I'm assuming they are the same - I'll go back and check that though!

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Post by withmittens » Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:55 am

thanks for the info and reviews.

what it sounds like to me is that there is little difference between the JF SLO and the Soldano module, either through the RM50, through the SYN-2 into the RM50 or Syn-2 through your VH4.

do I understand this?

you are equally happy with all of these scenarios?

gotta say, I envy your gear right now.
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