Envelope Filters (recommendations)

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  1. babi926

    babi926 Supporting Member

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    hi! looking to add this pedal to my board to see what happens. does anyone have any recommendations?
    thanks!
     
  2. nashvillesteve

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    I really liked the EMMA Discumbobulator. Funds are pending.
     
  3. grego7

    grego7 has left the building Gold Supporting Member

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    I actually like my digitech synth wah. It's something I use very rarely, but it's a cool, fun effect the times that I use it. I'm sure there are great boutique versions out there, but after hearing Tomo just rip it up with a guyatone wr3 (~$60), I quit looking at the expensive ones.
     
  4. dividedsky

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    Can't go wrong with the Q-Tron, or for much more money the Mutron III...I'm personally gonna wait for the Shakedown from Antelope FX...
     
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    q-trons are excellent, quite close to the original Mutrons. the little mxr envelope filters are also very good and come up relatively cheap on ebay.
     
  6. Moe45673

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    the xotic robotalk is quite cool. Got a great arpeggiator effect on it.

    the jaques trinity filter is sweet as well, though I think it's made more for bass
     
  7. gururyan

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    I searched and searched, bought and sold...finally found what I was looking for in a vintage MXR Envelope Filter. If memory serves me right, I paid around $150 for mine.
     
  8. Thunder Fart

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    I use a Maxon AF-9. To my ears this does a better job than the Q-Tron & (and this is a BIG and) it takes up a ton of less space. It's housed in a standard TS-9 enclosure.

    When I purchased this, I A/B'ed it with the discomBOBulator. The Emma was too subtle for me. Although I later read that to really get good sounds from the Emma you need to throw a boost in front of it. Haven't tried that, so I can't comment...
     
  9. Klatu

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    The Maxon AF-9 should be excellent. I have an Ibanez AF-9, which is the original pedal that the Maxon is modelled after, and it is one of the best envelope filters around. I am a bit of an envelope filter connoseur, having the Mutron III, Mutron III+, Boss TW-1, and the Ibanez AF-9, and I must say that the Ibanez compares favorably to the original Mutron III (and the Mutron III is by far the best filter ever made).

    Take care,
    Jaime
     
  10. Thor

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    I enjoy my EBS filter - use it for my bass - haven't tried it out on guitar (yet). Built solid, easy to use and great tone. A touch on the subtle side, but great none-the-less. Happy hunting!
     
  11. LouRossi

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    + 1 on the Ibanez AF's... It's a mini-mutron so to speak
     
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    I'm happy with the Pigtronix EP-1. Bought mine used. It takes up a lot of space and shares controls with a phaser (the two cannot really be switched back and forth on the fly because of shared controls). However, I think it gets a good analogue sound, has a clean blend knob, and has enough adjustable parameters to work with a variety of input signals (different pickups etc) and to allow you to dial in the sound you want.
     
  13. DJLantz444

    DJLantz444 Senior Member

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    I'm trading an MXR Envelope Filter for a Keeley TS9, Maxon OD808, Fulltone OCD, Fulldrive 2, etc. (Tubescreamer Type ODs) if anyone is interested.
     
  14. funkycam

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    Discumbobulator has a lot of bass which makes it kinda dark sounding. I use it w/ a strat (11'S)& it doesn't need a boost IMO, it gets sharp but still has a lot of bass. It sounds incredible after a distortion pedal (not because of the boost from the pedal!).
    I had a q-tron, thought it was too big & even though it had a bunch of controls it never got the right sound.
    The emma has just the right amount of controls.
    The synthwah has a crappy super piercing envelope filter & some really fun synth sounds (negative- can't turn off the lower octave) sorta like a smaller, cheaper & less flexible eh microsynth
    I think you can't go wrong with an old dod fx25 (new are much thinner sounding) if you want "porno guitar funk". They go for around $30 & are fast, snappy & funky fun.
    I did some sessions for a hiphop record recently & I used both my emma & fx25 on different tracks. Neither can do what the other does
    Stay away from the menatone mailbomb. It is unuseable-slow gate envelope & weird sweep
    hth
    Cam
    ps for bass I'd go discumbobulator or ebs
    Http://myspace.com/funkycam
     
  15. otherone

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    The best you're gonna get is the Mutron III. If you want something close in a small foot enclosure, get the Maxon AF-9. It's very organic sounding like the mutron III
     
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    tonefactor 440 clone
     
  17. Gordon_Gecko

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    I found a website to a guy in the US named Alex ?? and e-mailed him about a pedal I saw on his website a while ago. He makes the absolute funkiest most versitle envelope you can buy for $150. I got his e-mail somewhere if your interested, you can call him... very cool guy.
    GG
     
  18. babi926

    babi926 Supporting Member

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    i appreciate the response! it'll definitely help me in my search.

    mark
     
  19. monkmiles

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    I have and like both a EHX Mini Q-Tron (takes up less space than the bigger model and sounds great) and a Maxon AF9. Of the two, I slightly prefer the Q-Tron...though both are great. There is also the reissue Mutron, though I havent tried that.
     

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