Envelope Filters

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by LetsCountRox, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. LetsCountRox

    LetsCountRox Guest

    Jan 5, 2009
    Im looking for a good envelope filter, or an auto wah. i dont want the digitech, i was thinking of the Build Your Own Clone evelope and fixed wah

    but over all i want recemendations for a good one
  2. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Inactive Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Bass IQ. I'm very happy with mine - but you should do a search on this subject as it has been beaten to DEATH.

    And I agree about the digitech - they just sound nasty to me (and I've had several!)
  3. notdavey


    Nov 2, 2006
    Seattle WA
    Personally I love my Line 6 FM4 Filter Modeler which has tons of options and presets.
  4. JohnDavisNYC


    Jan 11, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar, D'Addario
    the WMD FatMan has been rocking my world lately... XO Bass Balls can be cool, too.

  5. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    I've got the BYOC DOD 440 clone, on a shelf in my office... It's just too subtle for me - same goes for the Boomstick Bottom Feeder (another DOD 440 clone), they just aren't wild enough.

    If you want a decent funk noise, get a Q-Tron. In terms of bang for buck, the Q-Tron is a great pedal.

    If the Q-Tron is too peaky or nutsy for you, try the MXR Bass Auto Q.

    The Bassballs that John recommended above, isn't really a "normal" envelope filter but it is very cool if you find a good role for it. I wouldn't recommend it as your first or only envelope-following filter, though.

    If you want to spend a lot and get a super-versatile filter, look at the Robot Factory Meatwad, 3Leaf Audio Groove Regulator or the Barge Concepts Grinder. I love my Meatwad.
  6. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    I just got a Mutron III+. Large but great sounding.
  7. Deluge Of Sound

    Deluge Of Sound Inactive

    Nov 8, 2007
    I heart my XO Bassballs.
  8. TheMutt

    TheMutt Guest

    Apr 28, 2007
    My Barge Concepts Grinder is coming in soon... I'll let you know how much I like it. :D
  9. my favorites

    vintage mutron iii
    lovetone meatball
    ehx bassballs
  10. BobOnBass


    Dec 27, 2008
    Cugy (VD), Suisse
    Use of this field for any other purpose is prohibited
    Emma discumBOBulator. The bomb! Surprised to see Emma doesn't get a lot of attention over at Talkbass....
  11. LetsCountRox

    LetsCountRox Guest

    Jan 5, 2009
    thanks for all of these, i was thinkin of gettin a Qtron micro, a bassist in a local band has the Qtron plus and i love the sound of, but its too expensive for me
  12. Look at the boomstick bottom feeder. There is a review on bassfuzz.com I have one, well a TF 442 red, but they are the same.
  13. 4Mal

    4Mal Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    The mini Qtron is pretty cool - the nano was not ... I actually prefer the mini to the Plus I foujnd the Bass IQ to be kinda sterile - it was solid and consistent with it's triggering - that's saying a lot for an LPF device! There was no grease in it that I could find.

    The only one left on my list is Emma. I really don't have call enough to lay down the bread for one though.

    If it were more practical live, the MF-101 is the mack daddy - practical it is not though - way too sensitive to control movement for stage use. On the other hand in the studio with endless time for dinking I had the thing doing trombone and tuba like stuff that I've never heard out side of, well a Mini Moog - that thing can be so fat... and so frustrating ...
  14. tomhanzo


    Apr 20, 2008
    West Virginia
    The bassballs is a definate maybe for you. I recommend you try it out before you buy it. It has a unique sound to it. You may like, you may not.
  15. excane

    excane Inactive

    Aug 23, 2005
    New York, NY

    My favorite envelope filter. As I've said before, it's the only one that let's my bass still sound like a bass
  16. debassr


    Jan 23, 2008
    I'm digging the Q-Tron.
  17. +1 to this. The first one I tried was the Micro Q-Tron, which I didn't like as much, I found it to be a pain in the rear finding the sweet spot where the filter would open, without screaming into full-blown quack. Then I tried an older, scratched up Mini Q-Tron, and I was immediately able to get a "BWAH" out of it, instead of a "BWAAAKK" like the micro did. (pardon the onomatopoeia, I find it to be useful when describing env filters)
  18. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO
    I liked the EMMA a lot. But I like it more on guitar than bass, and I wanted something wetter so it now resides on my guitar player's board.

    I've heard this from others. I remember trying the mini Q-tron a number of years ago and liking it, but I don't remember anything specific and I didn't have the same reference points that I do now after playing a lot more filters.

    But I agree about the micro Q-tron. It is just too quacky for my tastes. I'll have to try the old mini again some time.
  19. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    This. As has been addressed, the microQ-Tron sounds horrible, and I thought the Q-Tron+ didn't sound as good as the regular Q.

    I also tried the Moogerfooger Low Pass Filter and, if I had the $300 lying around, I'd be getting that and shielding the inside.
  20. dannybuoy


    Aug 3, 2005
    The DOD440 and various clones are subtle compared to a Q-Tron, but I like em that way! Works better in a mix and for the music that I do, and sounds like dark drum'n'bass synthiness when placed after a heavy fuzz!