price : $449.00
don't let the name fool you. there is nothing tiny about the sound of this device. the mini-ark is in a class of its own in the world of guitar synths and tracking boxes.
the mini-ark is the little brother to the one-of-a-kind audio ark, snazzy fx's super processor. it has the capability to take your guitar input, track it precisely, add an octave of your choice below or above,
an interval of your choosing above (or below) and the capability to mix the two in any combination with the original signal or a dirty version of the original signal. this is huge. you can now create chords or
thickened notes in thousands of combinations, all by changing the mix knobs and the position of the interval and octave selectors.
but that's just the beginning. in addition to the octave and interval sections, there is also an infinite hold section which allows you to stomp on a second switch and let the note go on and on and on and
while the sound is droning, there is an additional octave down effect that you can play on top of the continuous sound. think of it this way - you could be playing a lead, the lead could be mimicked a 3rd
above, and 3 octaves below, and then get mixed with a distorted version of the same guitar. then, you could step on the infinite switch, and start playing the distorted guitar and an octave below on top of the
already holding 3rd above and 2 octaves below. its really something you have to hear in action.
there is also a gate/sustain switch. this allows you to have notes blend continuously into each other as you play or create very artificial staccato effects.
but wait...that is only half of the action. there is also the magic selector. this rotary switch allows you to switch from 8 different presets which come with the miniark. preset one is the normal mode, where
your guitar creates an interval and an octave. but, choose any of the other seven modes and the operation of this device is sent into alien territory with swells, crazy vibrato, super fuzz, or even clarinet
like sounds, all flying out of the machine.
there is a rich array of cv outputs. you get an env out which is useful for controlling an external device. you can, for example, plug this into the snazzy fx tracer city. there is a gate out, for controlling
an external synth, sequencer, or modular sythesizer, and the special square out. please see the manual for the amazing things this output can do.
the mini-ark features +/- 15 volt rails, similar to the rails found in analog synthesizers, powered by a standard barrel connector 9 volt dc adapter.this means greater headroom which translates into better
tone. and like all snazzy fx products, it features true bypass and a seriously heavy duty box with snazzy graphics that will not only stand the test of time, it will turn heads wherever you take them.