EHX - Doctor Q

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Fat K, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. Fat K

    Fat K

    Mar 7, 2008
    Hong Kong
    Anyone tried this, any good with bass?

  2. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Yeah, I actually really enjoyed the thing, added a bit of quack to my sound, but that's about it. It's not a terribly "great" filter with bass, but it certainly adds a certain element.
  3. It's certainly cool but you'd be better off putting the money toward a q-tron, seriously
  4. +1. Even a micro q-tron is a better pedal, for not that much more money.
  5. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    I wouldn't bother.

    IMHO filters need to be versatile, or you end up with half a dozen of them trying to cover different eventualities, and you're constantly buying and selling them trying to get all the sounds you think you should be able to get.

    If I could only have one (relatively affordable) filter I would have a Q-Tron. In fact that was my main filter until last week. Don't underestimate the value of the FX loop on the Q-Tron+ though.

    Other pedals like the FX25, 440 (and its clones) are nice, but I was always left wanting more.

    In short: I wouldn't buy anything less tweakable than a Q-Tron. And I heartily recommend the Q-Tron if you're not willing or able to pay more because it is a badass filter. Only chumps skimp on filters. :)

    (For the record: The pedal that finally unseated my Q-Tron was a Robot Factory Meatwad. And I can say Mario is about the most amiable and customer-oriented guy you could possibly buy a pedal from)
  6. Grrrrrrr.........


    Cheap Chump
  7. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    Sorry - I wasn't responding to your post, but it does look like I was :D. Maybe it's just me, but I am mega-fussy about filters.

    Thing is, with - for example - fuzzes (the other thing I'm mega-fussy about), you really have no choice but to keep a few in order to cover all the sounds you want because they often have such different voices. With filters it's a bit different, and you can potentially get away with... two. If you're fractionally less anal than me, maybe just one!

    On my board at the moment I suppose I have three, but the other two aren't just "normal" filters (Bassballs [two out-of-phase filters], Bass Micro Synth [triggered filter + octave + fuzz]) so my all-in-one wonder-filter can't really out-do them. It has replaced my Q-Tron and Bass Auto Q though.
  8. I haven't really gone all out looking for filters because the one I have is only used in a few songs and well liked where they are. If I were to really give into my gas and look for filters with adjustable sweep direction and /or adjustable sweep speeds w/ fx loops I would get divorced. I must move slowly with my gas as I like being married with children.;)

    I trust that the bigger filters are bad arse, but I need to sharpen up my effects I use more often before I gas up on a new filter.:bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist::bassist:
  9. ibanez Synthesizer Bass SB7 - its pretty cheap and has 3 modes: Autowah (clean env.filter), Synth1 (lowpass env. filter with distortion) and Synth 2 (Bandpass env.filter with distortion)

    personally i always use Synth1 setting. it sounds much more funky and effected than the Autowah setting and the Bandpass setting is sorta lame for bass.

    just to put it in context, ive have a Mini Qtron, XO Qtron+, a boss Dynamic Wah and ive currently got the EHX Bass micro Synthesizer
    but the SB7 STILL gives a great tone in my opinion

    also it has an output volume control which the Qtrons sorely lack, especially the MiniQ

    ive still got my SB7, but it doesnt get much use anymore, i got the funk in my playing, with the SB7 theres just too much funk (i play in a grunge band) it'd b like having Kurt Cobain singing for Parliament or something.

    give it a whirl if you can, altho i'll warn you that the footswitch is tempramental on all the Ibanez ToneLok series, but it should b fine as long as you're firm with it
  10. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    I bought the nano Dr q, twice. Can't explain why I bought it a second time, but it's for sure I was no happier with it the second time, either. It's a one trick pony to be sure.