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Advice sought on an Auto Wah.

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by jezzzz2003, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. jezzzz2003

    jezzzz2003 Member

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    Im not big into auto wahs
    and I've got a customer who who is not happy with his AW-3.
    What's a good one?

    Thanks crew.
     
  2. jmadill

    jmadill Gold Supporting Member

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    I like my Emma DiscumBOBulator

    DB-1 DiscumBOBulator

    [​IMG]

    You have to work the sensitivity to get it to work with your guitar and style of playing, but it works for me.

    -jm
     
  3. KRosser

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    Auto Wah? I think the older AW-2 is vastly superior to the newer AW-3

    Envelope Filter? The Maxon AF-9 is my personal fave.
     
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    Gas-man Unrepentant Massaganist

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    +1 on the Emma.

    Probably spent more than I should have, but dang that things sounds good.

    Turns heads at gigs too. "What IS that?"
     
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    The EMMA is good but check out the Tone Factor Analogue Filter 442, great autowah, I digs it'

    TheGrooveking
     
  6. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    Dumb question - are a-w's and e f's different? (I always thought they were essentially the same beast.)
     
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    sandman Member

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    nothing wrong with the good ol' TW-1.
     
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    I love my Discumbobulator!
     
  10. Flaser_Phanger

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    Many (even pedal manufacturers) are confused by these terms and often use the term "auto-wah" even though they actually mean envelope follower.

    The difference is basically that an auto wah is like someone was rocking a wah-wah back and forth at a constant predefined rate, which is always adjustable on a auto-wah effect. Your playing does not affect the rate nor decay of the sound. Here's a sound-example:
    http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/media/product/mp3/15/151109_autoq_1.MP3

    A envelope follower is like a wah that is sensitive to the attack (or envelope) of the signal. It's like hitting a wah-wah pedal all the way up (or down depending on setting) every time you play a note or chord.
    Here another example:
    http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/media/product/mp3/15/153040_emmabob_1.MP3

    Many pedals in these categories are a mix of an auto-wah and an envelope follower, like the q-tron for instance, maybe that's why people get easily confused.

    At least this is how I have understood things. Hope this helps.
     
  11. davidmullis

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    I was also very disappointed with the AW-3. My particular unit suffered from a noticable volume drop. BOSS were totally unhelpful.
    I used a Discumbobulator for a time and still believe it to be an excellent piece of kit, however, I finally settled on an XOTIC Robotalk. It's a little different, but has a very vocal envelope follower, plus you get the great sounding random arpeggiator.
     
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    I really like putting my octavia in front of the discumbobulator, very synth-like.
     

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