Help me identify this wah (?) effect and how to get it

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by oqwirp, Dec 6, 2020.

  1. oqwirp


    Dec 6, 2020
    Hi y'all,

    I have no experience with pedals or effects and I am just starting to look in to it, motivated by the sounds in my favourite tracks. In particular, there is this sound in Eddie Henderson's Prance On which I love but I am not sure what it is. I think the best way I could describe it is as a very slow wah, starting open and then sliding closed? But I don't know! Track is here, the line I'm on about starts at 0:15 (I've moved the track forward to then so if you hit play you should hear it immediately).

    Is this something I could create with a wah pedal or an envelope filter with an adjustable decay?

    I was thinking of getting a multi-effects unit like the Boss GT-1B because it seems fairly cheap and powerful (less than £200 but its a looper and a whole bunch of effects in one). Do you think that would be able to make this sound or will I need a dedicated pedal? Or are there better multi-effects pedals I could look in to?

    Thanks so much for your help bassheads!
  2. oqwirp


    Dec 6, 2020
    This track also has the same kinda sound, I'm wondering if it could be a bass synth rather than an effects chain on a bass guitar? In that case, is there a way to reproduce this on a bass guitar or does this need a dedicated synth?

  3. Nighttrain1127

    Nighttrain1127 Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2004
    Near Worcester MA
    Sounds more like some sort of fat envelope filter. Maybe a MR Black FwonkBeta Or a source Audio Spectrum? Just my guess
  4. Wasnex


    Dec 25, 2011

    I am not all that into Wahs and Envelop filters...but my guess is EH BassBalls will get you pretty close.

  5. oqwirp


    Dec 6, 2020
    Hi folks thanks for your input, I am listening to samples of all these pedals now. Are these particularly fat envelopes/wahs or do you think the envelope in a Boss GT-1B or a Zoom B3n would have the same level of fatness?

    Thanks :)
  6. thetragichero


    Jan 4, 2019
    to me sounds like a synth, like a tame tb303
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  7. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    Didn’t listen to the whole track, it immediately sounds like period synth, not an effect’d bass guitar at all.

    Have fun with the pedal search.
  8. I think most any filter with a down sweep and a decay or rate control can approximate that synth tone. I haven't messed with the down-sweep on my B3 filters in a while, but I think there's one in there that can give you the rough vibe.
  9. oqwirp


    Dec 6, 2020
    Thanks again for your replies :) I found a thread where people were suggesting the Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synth can be used to replicate a Minimoog sound, which sounds cool.

    I've ended up ordering a GT-1B anyway just because I think I will get a lot of utility out of it anyway, and I think I will probably be able to get most of the way there with the envelope and synth on it.
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