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Comparing Dr. Q to Mini-Q-Tron

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by e p, Nov 9, 2005.

  1. e p

    e p

    Sep 7, 2004
    So Ive been doing some research concerning both pedals and Im leaning toward the Dr. Q.

    Want I want in my envelope filter is a relatively cheap (not much more than 100$) and subtle sound. Just something subtle to add to my sound, not the more obtrusive 'quacky.' filters.

    So which one of these could get what I want. Ive read many people say the Dr. Q can do this, but I would just like a finalized opinion before I purchase it. And by all means, if anyone knows of a similar pedal feel free to share.
  2. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I really liked the Dr. Q because it is subtle. I'm not a big fan of overly filtered effects, so the Dr. Q is right down my alley. Definately worth trying.
  3. WovenGraphite

    WovenGraphite Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2005
    Bay Area, California
    Please explain "quacky".

    Dr Q and Mini Q Tron don't do the same thing.
    I have both and enjoy both but they provide different things.

    Dr Q as its name says is all about Q. If you're not familiar with that, it means that it accentuates the resonance rather than the sweep.

    I think I can describe it this way: if you think about the sound of the envelope filter being something that would read like "bwaaaa", the Q is how strong is the "b" (duckiness as I call it) and the sweep is how strong is the "waaaa". If you mute the string after the note, you might endup with a "bwaap".
    Probably samples would be better? Start by checking EHX's website for both Dr Q and Mini Q Tron samples.
    As per Mike Beigel, the designer of the original Mu Tron and commisioned for the updated products now sold by EHX, the Mini Q Tron is closer to the original design of the MuTron III.

    I think you are looking for a box where you can control the resonance (or the Q) on the filter. Dr Q only provides one button and it's for the range of frequency swept not the Q.

    Hope this helps
  4. seaKamp


    Jun 30, 2005
    +1 I use this with my EBS OctaBass and it is my fav pedal combo I have.