Zoom B3 M Filter question
So my birthday is coming up and I believe I have settled on getting the B3. I'm upgrading from the B2.1u.
I really am in dire need of an LPF and saw that the B3 has one.
I guess pretty much the question is... How does it sound?
Does it hold it's own? I was thinking about getting the Xerograph, but I can't get everything on my wishlist at once.
Now I'm not expecting it to completely be a faithful substitute for the Moog or the Xerograph, but will it do the job?
The M-filter sounds pretty good. The only negatives things to mention about it are that all of the filters in the B3 seem to be a little too sensitive to me and when you use an expression pedal to sweep the frequency it does not completely disable the envelope even with the sensitivity on 0. It's not super noticeable but it's there. As for the sensitivity it's not a huge problem I just have to set it a lot lower than I would expect from experiences with other filters. There is a sound on my sound cloud page that features the M-filter with expression and the bitcrusher from the B3. It was an attempt to get a sound from"A Subtle Body" by These Arms Are Snakes, it's called Taas if you want to take a listen. Also the Reso wah pedal is a lowpass filter I think. It gets very similar sounds to the M-filter being controlled by an expression pedal.
I like the M filter quite a bit. It's pretty flexible. The Ztron is pretty good too.
Whoah! That sounds pretty good. Deep heavy bass sounds like.
And that's really odd that they would leave the envelope enabled (even if it's super minimal) when you're using the expression pedal. Hmm... I don't think I like that.
But it sounds good from what I heard from you. Thanks man!
No problem. I should probably mention that there was an OC-2 and fuzz involved in that clip as well.
The M-Filter was a real surprise to me and i really like it a lot and the other envelopes are pretty nifty as well.
Note you can reduce sensitivity overall by engaging the ACTIVE switch, even if you're not specifically running an active bass directly into the Zoom B3.
But I believe the filters will still have some amount of envelope detection no matter what, which is slightly disappointing.
If you're looking for a straight, no-envelope LPF for reggae / dub type sounds I have a patch and sound clip comparing it to a Moog LPF on my Zoom B3 page. Click my signature below.
It's not so sensitive that it's unusable it's just weird to try to dial in sometimes. I have to set the sensitivity around 4 for clean playing and like 2ish for use with dirt. Which seems really low to me.
God to hear that it shouldn't be a problem. Because I definitely plan to use it with an expression pedal. I need those deep slow sweeps.
Guess I'll find out soon enough. The B3 looks like it has so many more effects than the B2.
I'm kind of worried about being limited to 3 effects at a time.
I use compression and the noise gate with pretty much all of my patches.
and from what I understand those effects have to take up a slot in each patch that you set up
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