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Manual Wah vs. Auto Wah

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by markjazzbassist, Oct 31, 2006.

  1. Manual Wah

    37 vote(s)
  2. Auto Wah

    13 vote(s)
  1. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Lakewood, OH
    Which one do you prefer and why?
  2. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    Manual all the way. I feel much more a part of the sound when I'm actually controling the effect.

  3. Nyarlathotep

    Nyarlathotep Inactive

    Feb 5, 2006
    West Coast of Canada
    Auto, if only cus the manual on the POD ***** *** on bass.

    Got me the RATM Calm Like A Bomb using the auto, so I can't complain much.
  4. Sean Baumann

    Sean Baumann Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Livin' in the USA
    Auto! I'm not coordinated enough, and my EBS bassiq does that auto thing well enough for me.
  5. hawaiianbass


    Jul 23, 2006
    Laramie, Wyo

  6. i like both for different reasons.

    the pedal wah has quite a bit more potential for expressiveness.

    the auto wah is great for laying down a "quacky" groove. the auto wah is a lot more consistent than my foot.

    i have both and use the auto wah more.
  7. Ron Now

    Ron Now

    Sep 3, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Endorsing Artist: Fuzzrocious Pedals
    I like to be able to control my effects in real time.
  8. Swimming Bird

    Swimming Bird

    Apr 18, 2006
    Wheaton MD
    I already have too many modulations going, so I'd rather have the manual wah. On the other hand, trying to "tap dance" your pedals while still operating the manual looks plain silly.

    Also, if you have a good touch, you can use a manual instead of an EQ for different parts of a song (it's really tricky with a 105q, but it sounds very dubby, like an env. filter with the sensitivity all the way down).
  9. All_¥our_Bass


    Dec 26, 2004
    I like both but like manual better (depending on situation) because you have more control.
  10. Incomparable. It's like asking which do you prefer out of the following:

    2.Kenny Rogers
    3.lamp posts

    I know that I can't live without one, I'm in love with another, and the third one tastes really good...
  11. syciprider

    syciprider Inactive

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    They both have their uses. For straight out funk I prefer the Auto wah aka env filter. The manual wah is for when I want more control (re: Calm Like a Bomb).
  12. Envelope filter just doesnt work for me! It only makes my sound weirder...
    But the manual wah is the real thing. You can control it and you can actualy make your bass say WAHHHHHH....
    The auto one is like a metronome.
  13. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    The auto VS. manual control makes them completely different effects.
  14. tornadobass

    tornadobass Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Iowa City, Iowa
    Autowah...I'm looking for something that quacks while I play. Working off a touch sensitive device is fun...don't want to have to think about the foot movement, too.
  15. All_¥our_Bass


    Dec 26, 2004
    I figured it out!!

    1. You can live without Kenny Rogers.
    2. Walnuts taste really good.
    3. And... YOU LOVE LAMP!!
  16. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    That's because he's Cold Lampin'!
  17. JanusZarate

    JanusZarate Low End Avenger

    Feb 21, 2006
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    Apparently, none of you have ever indulged in the deliciousness of halogen lamps :D
  18. SpankyPants

    SpankyPants That's Mr. SpankyPants to you.

    Aug 24, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    I actually prefer a lean cut of Kenny Rogers with some ketchup and black pepper. Really hits the spot, sometimes. :D
  19. im guessing not many have seen anchorman lol.
  20. Dash Rantic

    Dash Rantic

    Nov 12, 2005
    Palo Alto, CA
    Manual all the way for me. I know theyre different, but I just prefer the control a manual wah gives me.

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