Which Envelope Filter To Buy?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by BilRod, Feb 7, 2014.


  1. BilRod

    BilRod

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    I'm gassing for an envelope filter but have no time to try out the many on the market. I would like to poll the TB population to get an informed perspective. I would like to have classic funky tones as well as the ability to get spacey and weird if I so desire. I think I've narrowed it down to 3 units: The EH Enigma Q Balls, The Pigtronix Envelope Phaser and the Source Audio SoundBlox Manta. Any opinions will be most gratefully recieved!
  2. TurkeypillSLEEP

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    A Source Audio BEF Pro is the next envelope purchase I will be making. I currently use the MXR BEF and I absolutely love the thing. It is incredibly responsive and can make some super cool sounds. I am not sure if you had considered that model, but I certainly wouldn't overlook it if I were you. It comes highly recommended from many on TB.
  3. WaldoNova

    WaldoNova Supporting Member

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    All 3 of those a very versatile and great sounding filters.
  4. Swift713

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    Envelope filters are kind of personal taste. I'd suggest you check out sound clips or demos of as many as you can but bear in mind, they can sound quite different depending who's playing, what bass and what sort of amp/signal chain. Aside from that, the Pigtronix is not what I think of when I think classic funk.
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  6. MilkyMcMilkMilk

    MilkyMcMilkMilk

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    Get an old EHX Q-tron. awesome pedal, get the Q-tron plus if you can.
    The newer ones are supposedly not as good. I'm not sure I haven't tried those. but the old one is great. and should be fairly cheap since it's gonna be used.
    $120 or so.
  7. cnltb

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    I'm playing with the idea of getting the 3leaf proton.
    The newtron is also on the checkitout list.
  8. HolmeBass

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    I really like the 3Leaf Proton. I thought I hated the MXR BEF, then I thought I liked it so I bought one, now I am starting to wonder again if I hate it. I have it set to what sounds very extreme soloed, but in some situations/songs I still can't hear it, and neither can my bandmates. In some other situations is sounds great. With a heavy fuzz in front of it, like a Swollen Pickle, it sounds pretty darned rad, but that is also a sound that has to be used with caution.

    The filers in the Zoom MS-60B are pretty good, too. Plus some of the wild synth sounds are cool as well. None of them are quite as cool as a dedicated effect, but when you get 95% to 99% of dozens of different effects for $100, that is value.

    Others that I have liked: Qtron+, SA BEF (I am going to get the Manta as an upgrade).

    Others that I ended up not liking: DOD FX-25 (I use mine as a LP filter and it's cool for that), Haz Mu-Tron III+, Boss AW-3, WMD Super Fatman (it's a very capable pedal, but like I may be finding with the MXR, it just didn't work with my sound/style in enough places to be a keeper).
  9. BilRod

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    Thanks All for your replies! Keep them coming!
  10. chaosmic

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    I would suggest considering the 3-knob Proton. By far my favorite out of the 6 or 7 filters I've owned.
  11. FilterFunk

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    The ability of the Qballs to widen, narrow or even stop the sweep with the Start/Stop controls sealed the deal for me. Plus the fact that it's the closest to the original Mu-Tron III I've ever tried.
  12. kesslari

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    I like the Proton. I just got the Source Audio Manta - it's complex, versatile, and very, very good sounding.
  13. Jon Moody

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    I like my Pigtronix Envelope Phaser. It's got a clean "sheen" on it that I find cuts through the mix really well.

    I like the Proton as well; it's a great, more traditional sounding filter that also commands attention in the mix.
  14. bigsnaketex

    bigsnaketex Supporting Member

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    I've got a Q-Tron+ that I love. . . and several others. But for my bass only I use my MXR Bass Envelope Filter and it does a great job!

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