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Low pass/Envelope filter with punch?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by LukeMan970, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. LukeMan970


    Jun 22, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Lately I've been on the look out for an envelope/low pass filter to add to my growing pedal arsenal but I'm not sure where to find what I'm looking for. I saw Primus this past summer and Les was using an envelope filter during some of there jams but his tone stayed so tight and punchy in the low end. I guess I'm looking for something like that but not necessarily his exact set up.

    Can anyone give me a few ideas on where to look for a filter that really keeps the low end intact without it getting washed out in the effect?
  2. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    Get one with a wet/dry mix or separate wet/dry levels. Or at least a good EQ.
  3. sillyfabe

    sillyfabe keeping the low-end silly since '06 Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    San Bernardino,CA
    WMD Super Fatman
  4. DeltaPhoenix

    DeltaPhoenix Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2011
    Iron Ether Xerograph DLX
  5. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    Get one with variable Sensetivity and Resonance (sometimes called "Peak" or "Q") so you can dial back the intensity of the quack/blap.
  6. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    If you want a working blend control avoid pedals based on the Meatball circuit - the filtered signal goes out of phase in Low- and High-Pass modes so all the blend does is make everything quieter and weedier!

    It's still the best envelope follower I've played though, shame.
  7. Jon Moody

    Jon Moody Commercial User

    Sep 9, 2007
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Manager of Digital Brand Development and Product Development at GHS Strings
    The MXR Bass Envelope Filter has separate wet/dry settings to help you dial in as much/little of the funk as you want.
  8. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    True. In fact, the only thing I ever had to fuss over with it was to make sure it wasn't adding too much thump to my signal!
  9. DeltaPhoenix

    DeltaPhoenix Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2011
    OP asked about Lowpass filters and this is a Bandpass, just saying.
  10. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    Sure, but the reason given for it was to retain low end. That can be achieved different ways.
  11. Basehead

    Basehead Now with even more synthy goodness...

    Jan 3, 2008
    New York NY

    If you're looking for a pedal that will perform double duty between low pass and envelope filter, the Iron Ether Xero Dlx is hard to beat - the pedal speaks with authority, has a small footprint, works off of standard 9v power, high quality relay bypass, and is pretty darn spiffy looking.
  12. DeltaPhoenix

    DeltaPhoenix Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2011
    By definition Bandpass cuts lows. For me, a clean blend is not the answer to every question about retaining lows. Of course, Different strokes for different folks.

    I have had the MXR and Still have a Xero DLX. The MXR is a GREAT rock-n-roll envelope filter, it sits in a mix well.

    The Xerograph has such a large amount of range that it can pummel a mix (and speakers if you aren't careful) with so much lows.
  13. M Sterling

    M Sterling Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Yeah, I thought the MXR was pretty nice. Then I tried the Xerograph deluxe. It is almost perfect and extremely versatile.
  14. Swift713


    Dec 4, 2006
    Florence, Ma
    I gather the MXR is very popular at the moment, I haven't tried it. In my experience, the Q-tron in LP mode has plenty of low end, a strong effect, and cuts through anything.
    The Zoom B3 has some nifty filters as well.
  15. BFunk

    BFunk Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Still the best filter I have ever heard. I love mine.

  16. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    Wow, a lot of love for this unit. I'm making a note of it. Maybe I'll get to try one myself sometime.
  17. Grimoire


    Oct 29, 2001
    Ålesund, Norway
    In the short time I had the Sonuus Wahoo I would say it would do everything you need and a whole lot more, absolutely awesome pedal...so far. Would have been even better if the expression pedal worked out of the box, I am having withdrawals...can't wait to get it back, a lot of fun to be had in that box.
  18. MilkyMcMilkMilk


    Dec 17, 2008
    any of the 3leaf filters will retain your low end.
  19. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Everything is on the ONE! Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    EHX QBalls. Dial in whatever you want, laid-back or punchy.
  20. old-fashioned


    Mar 25, 2005
    My IE Xerograph Deluxe amazes me again and again... It's perfect as a regular and an insane pedal.