Since we posted this article about the best synth pedals a few weeks ago, we’ve had a series of releases of new products belonging to that category, and today’s announcement by Chinese manufacturer MOOER represents some sort of turning point because their new E7 synth pedal is the first stompbox of this kind in a mini format – and yes, it’s a polyphonic synth pedal, i.e. it can play chords! (More about monophonic vs. polyphonic here).
Belonging to the company’s Micro series, the E7 offers 7 different analog synth sounds and an arpeggiator function. Seven led lights on the left side of the pedal indicate the chosen patch, which can then be edited through the four top knobs: Attack, Speed, High Cut and Low Cut.
The choice of synth tones range from trumpet and organ-like effects to ambient synth pads and even an 8-bit setting reminiscent of classic video game soundtracks.
In case you are wondering, the Speed knob controls the speed of the Arpeggiator, and although the pedal has both high and low pass filters, it looks like there is no Resonance function.
The Save button allows you to store up to seven presets, while the device’s Firmware is upgradeable via USB.
Check out the manmufacturer’s video, below.