Envelope Filter Quandry

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  1. WaysideRickNJ

    WaysideRickNJ Member

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    I just picked up an Emma DiscumBOBulator here on TGP in the Emporium, and also just found out that at the very last minute (15 minutes left on my offer), an eBay seller accepted my offer on a vintage MXR Envelope filter.

    HELP! What do I do? I like both of them (have played through both before).

    -Rick
     
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    I wish - no can do.

    Does anyone have side-by-side comparison experience with these two? I'm going for the Jerry Garcia/Estimated Prophet/Shakedown Street feel.
     
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    I have both and found the MXR to have more soul to it, it's just a wetter funkier tone to me. The EMMA is one of the most capable filters out there, but the MXR is the one for me.

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    I guess I'll really have to sit with both.
     
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    Especially since you already "sealed" both deals and the "envelope" of time to cancel has closed.:D
    :mob Horrible, I know, but I couldn't resist.

    I will say, the Emma is totally capapble of Garcia's tones. Ironically, the MXR is about the only filter I haven't tried, but I settled on the Emma and I love it.
     
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    Good to know...I recall the MXR being a bit warmer and funkier...I guess we shall see.
     
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    I have the Emma and it's a great pedal. Since getting it I haven't used my wah wah...Just listen to Warren Haynes and it might help you decide...Good luck.
     
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    now that had me lauging.

    really tough call man, id love to try and emma and mxr someday. but i think most have said the Emma is more Garcia. Its the only other I've considered next to my EP-1. playing shakedown tonight with it :JAM
     
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    I have the MXR and want the Emma. The grass is always greener....

    :)
     
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    I tried side-by-side comparisons of an EMMA, MXR, MU-TRON, and a ELECTRO HARMONIX.

    The MXR was so easy to dial in, and the "wetness" was perfect. The bypass was horrendous, and it did lop off some bottom end. It is so tiny, and sweet, I thought about putting a 3PDT switch in it, but it is PACKED in there already.
    The EMMA seemed to cut bottom end, too, which was shocking, because I really wanted to like it. Flipped it immediately. It had a pretty good sound, but was a little colder in comparison.
    Now, granted, I kinda feel the MUTRON has a tad TOO MUCH bottom, and I play guitar, not bass, so for some this may/may not be a deal-breaker.
    (I really thought the E-H was the closest to the mutron.)
    Disclosure: Yes, I'm a deadhead...
     
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