Envelope Filters?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by joel the bass player, Jan 6, 2001.

  1. I was wondering if anyone here uses an envelope filter and which brand you use. Also, what other effects do you use to get that funk out of you?
  2. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Dayton, Ohio, USA
    I have an old green DOD envelope filter that I like a lot. I also have some filter effects on a Korg AX1B that are OK, but not as funky and unpredictable.
  3. Unless I somehow get my hands on a Lovetone Meatball and it really blows me away.. I'll probably be buying an EBS BassIQ. It's a pretty sweet little pedal. I've tried out an EH Bassballs, EH Qtron+, Boss Autowah, and some filter in a Zoom MultiFX.. and for me the BassIQ blows them all away. The Qtron+ was alright and had some features that the BassIQ doesn't have, but for me the BassIQ just seemed to have a better overall sound, and was definitely quieter.

    I imagine that the Lovetone Meatball and also the Moogerfooger Lowpass are both great pedals (When I was trying out the Qtron+... the store also had a Moogerfooger Lowpass Filter.. I don't know why I didn't give that a try :( ) but they also cost quite a bit more than the BassIQ. I'd have to try them out to justify their higher cost.
  4. I recently got the DOD pedal also. I bought it brand new from the store and the clerk seemed a little suprised to see me buying the pedal. It is my first effect, but I enjoy the different sound and the funky sounds I get from it. There is a different playing style I have to use when I turn the pedal on, but I like it.
  5. I have an old MXR Envelope filter. If you can find one, Try It... There GREAT!
  6. i have bassballs. it rules. it's my only effect, and probably all i'll ever want. well, maybe a phase 90.
  7. i have a bassballs and a dod envelope - whihc IMO is totally naff! - it just doesnt handle low ranges at all.

    I love the bassballs - but it has a very distinct sound which can only really be used on one track, if your lucky!
  8. Envelope followers are probably my favorite effect pedal so I have a bunch of them. I don't really think of 1 being better than the others but which one is most useful or sounds better for a specific song or mood. I have 2 original bassballs and 1 of them is always with me, it is my favorite. I also have 2 original DrQ pedals that are a lot of fun as well as a Qtron that is really useful for getting exactly the sound you want in the studio but I hardly ever use it live too many knobs. I also have a MXR Envelope Filter, an Ibanez AutoFilter plus the ones in the 506 and BassPOD and they all have their sound. Lately I've been experimenting using envelope followers with an EH BassMicroSynth to more easily get more textures with really good results. I've also been thinking about checking out the EBS iQ. Tried a MoogerFooger and a Lovetone and didn't really dig them.
  9. I have the EBS BassiQ, yup its a cool box with great sound. Could be used in any song (with different settings ofcourse..) Higly recommended!! :)
  10. bassmanjck


    Jan 12, 2001
    I have a Bassballs as well. It sounds great, but I agree, you can't use it too often.
  11. slam

    slam Guest

    Mar 22, 2000
    I have several filters:

    1. Dod - on loan to a friend. This one is great for a dub reggae tone. I always have a lot of trouble getting the sweep on this one.

    2. Q-tron - I love the sound of this pedal, but I haven't been using it lately because of the sound cutting in and out. Nice filter sound.

    3. mxr - more for guitar IMO. Hard to get a good sound that I like.

    4. paia filter kit - This is a kit that I built myself, and it has a really nice sound. Check it out if you're so inclined.

    I just got a EH Bass Microsynth a month ago so all my filters are on the shelf temporarily. The BMS has a nice filter built in, along with several other features.

    For more fun, try using two filters at once. I did this for a while (with the paia running into the dod), but I was afraid I would blow my amp as the sweeps are very powerful sounding.
  12. Bassballs reissue - mad thing, cool but used sparingly!

    DOD pedal - OK but difficult to get a useful sweep, sounds too electronic for me, good for sub-bass dubby stuff.

    The envelope filter on my Zoom 1201 is quite versatile - from mad to subtle + I can blend w/ clean signal on my amp. BUT is digital and sounds it.
  13. I got a brand-new Boss AW-3 last week--the only one I could find in the Chicago area.

    There are more damn sounds in that little box than I know what to do with. It has low-pass, high-pass, band-pass ("Sharp"), vowel ("Humanizer"), and LFO-modulated low-pass ("Tempo") modes, as well as manual control on the first three if you plug an expression pedal into the exp./ctl. jack. There are some nasty sounds, but there are some fabulous ones in there; you just have to dig around. Also, it creates a really musical fuzz if you set the Humanizer to the same vowel sound for each filter stage, which is cool for both bass and guitar.

    For $125 with power supply and tax, it's a good deal. Don't pass it up.
  14. amusicalperson

    amusicalperson Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2013
    Kaplan, Louisiana
    I think the MXR Envelope Filter is the best, here is my review if you wanna check it out.

  15. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    I dig envelope filters. the ones that I have are:
    Lovetone meatball
    Mutron V
    MXR M82
    Mutron III
    WMD Superfatman
    Seamoon Funk Machine
    Mad professor Snow White Auto Wah
    EHX DrQ
    EHX Enigma Qballs
    Source Audio BEF Pro
    Source Audio Manta

    the two Source Audio ones are my favorites.
  16. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Supporting Member

    I'm not sure there is a best envelope filter, but the MXR BEF is certainly my current favorite :)
  17. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2011
    Holy cow, 13-year-old thread! These are nice updates.
  18. amusicalperson

    amusicalperson Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2013
    Kaplan, Louisiana
    I had to find an excuse to get some views on my pedal review :p
  19. The MXR is very good but in my opinion the Aguilar Filter Twin is better. I've tried the EBS equivalent but it was too passive for my taste. All these envelope filters are very very dependent on how strong a signal you are sending and how hard you play, so it is a bit of a crap-shot.
  20. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2010