Fredrik Thordendal Rips It Up on This Pigtronix Analog Synth

Usually I don’t dig up my gear news from the, uh, soil of non-gear sites, but No Clean Singing harvested (I think I’m going to drop this metaphor now) this ripe footage of Meshuggah’s Fredrik Thordendal doing his spacey solo thing with a Pigtronix Mothership Analog Synthesizer.

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Unlike Roland’s guitar synths, this Pigtronix unit doesn’t need a special pickup to work. Maybe because of this, but more likely because of the pedal’s analog nature, the Mothership is a monophonic pedal. It will only play one note at a time.

That aside, it sounds great, and seems ideal for these types of lead tones. The Mothership might be a little limiting live since it doesn’t have presets, but the cost is already $500, and I’m sure the addition of digital control to this analog pedal (god, I love analog pedals with digital control) would make this box even more prohibitively expensive.

For a feature breakdown (highlights: triangle and square waves, sub-octave, pitch-tracking ring modulator, and whammy functions from the expression pedal jack) head over to Pigtronix’s site.

p.s. What the hell is going on with that Triple Coil pickup in the background?

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and mp3.com were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.