My Synergy SYN-1 was delivered yesterday, and I gave it a quick test run yesterday. I watched every video on it, and tried to direct connect it to my interface via the 1/4" jack. It worked, but sounded like an amp without the cabinet. I knew that it had cabinet emulation, but it wasn’t working. It took me at least 15 minutes to realize that it might be available using XLR only. I checked the manual, and that was the case.
So, next step was to connect it into the power and cabinet. My chain was:
Synergy (Grail module) => Seymour Duncan PowerStage => Cabinet.
It sounded fantastic!! I checked the 2 modules I had, and they worked perfectly with it.
Today, I gave it a more thorough play through. I connected my Polara reverb into the Synergy’s FX loop. It sounded even better. But the true power of this combination was the EQ on the PowerStage. I was able to give the cabinet an American sound through a British sound with just the PowerStage EQ. The flexibility of this combination was amazing.
I had a Randall LynchBox which used the same modules, and it was very easy to get the same sound, and it was also very easy to tweak that sound even further, and get a sound with more clarity than the LynchBox, even before tweaking the PowerStage EQ.
The SYN-1 can be plugged into your head’s FX Return, bypassing the head’s preamp, and just use the head’s power amp. This makes your amp sound like the module you have in the Synergy. That’s the only setup that I haven’t tested yet, because I sold my heads and got a Kemper.
The only “downside” that I could find, was that it doesn’t have a presence control. The reason it doesn’t have one, is because it’s supposed to be connected into your amps power amp, and use it’s controls. So, essentially, it’s not a downside at all.
I’ll be putting it through it’s paces over the next few weeks, and eventually I’ll be able to test the FX Return setup. I will post my findings here.