Mooer has added yet another effect to its extensive Micro Series of mini pedals. Having intrigued us with the interesting Tone Capture effect back in August, Mooer has now launched the E7 Synth Pedal. But how will this new product stack up against competition from the likes of Boss and Source Audio?
Mooer E7 Synth
Effects to make your guitar sound like a synth are currently in high demand. The Source Audio C4 and BOSS SY-1 are clearly among the leading synth effects for guitar currently on the market. Both have a lot to offer, so can Mooer make a splash with the wallet-friendly E7?
Let’s get started with a few facts. The E7 is based on the synth engine of Mooer’s flagship GE300 multi-effect. Like other synth pedals on the market, the E7 doesn’t require a special pickup. Plug your guitar in and go make some synth sounds. The E7 has (who’d have guessed) seven different sounds on board. The seven LEDs on the side let you see which preset you’ve selected. So far, so good.
Sounds like… a trumpet
The range of synth sounds on this baby blue pedal ranges from organ-like effects to ambient synth pads, to an 8-bit setting reminiscent of classic video game soundtracks, to… a trumpet! Now, I don’t know any guitarists that have ever wanted to make their electric guitar sound like a classical trumpet. It seems an odd choice and I’m sure there are other sounds most guitarists would have found more useful.
Holding down the footswitch activates the Arpeggiator feature. Both its Speed and Attack value can be adjusted via the designated rotary control. Also included is a high and low cut function as well as a mix knob to blend in your clean signal.
Do not forget to save!
Once you’ve made all the settings, you can save the sound with the SAVE button (storing is not global, but per sound or preset). I couldn’t find any reference to any editor software, so it seems that the pedal’s Micro USB port is intended only for updates.
I’m going to be a bit judgemental now: Mooer may have missed an opportunity here. In fact, you might be better off with either the Source Audio or Boss synth pedals. Sure they cost more, but you get more useable sounds for that extra cash.
You can hear it in action below in the demo video. Let me know what you think!
RRP: EUR 88