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Mr Black Fwonk Beta & Aguilar filter twin!

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by SteveBass5, May 11, 2016.


  1. SteveBass5

    SteveBass5 It all sounds the same, It's all one song! Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2009
    Massachusetts
    Okay, so my search for a great envelope filter continues. I have tried MXR, Carl Martin, EBS, Source Audio and a few more. I purchased the Fwonk on a impulse from a review done on pedals and effects.com. It's a great pedal. It will blow your speakers if your not careful. It gets as low as you can get. Fwonk needs high input to open the filter. My friend tried it with his vintage strat and it didn't even move it. But as of late I have been thinking about the Aguilar filter twin again. When I rented it from pedal Genie I was impressed. It had so much character, a lot to work with. I was still in my early phase of filter exploration so I didn't give it another thought. After playing with my Fwonk for a few months I figured I'd give the Twin another try, so I bought it on reverb.
    Mr. Blacks Fwonk BETA is crazy strong but hard to control IMO.
    If any of you gear heads can comment on either pedal in question please do. I would like to hear your thoughts on them! Thanks!
     
  2. dannybuoy

    dannybuoy

    Aug 3, 2005
    England
    I've not tried the Twin, but understand that it's a very useable filter, easy to set and sounds good in a live mix. Wasn't the sound I was looking for personally (based on clips of course) but would still like to try one.

    I love my Fwonk, best tone and envelope action I've ever got from a filter, and I've tried most out there... But only just discovered that it is not sensitive enough to play nice with a stock passive CV Jazz unless I dig in really hard all the time! I'd been using it previously with a BB1025X, Thunderbird, and Sandberg Basic, which all have a lot more output. It also distorts if I push the EQ too much on the Basic, which I guess is down to the fact it's a digital pedal without an input gain control.
     
  3. Mosfed

    Mosfed

    Apr 21, 2013
    Chamonix Mont-Blanc
    Partner - CCP Pedals
    I have a Fwonk waiting for me in NYC but I haven't played with it yet. I got a Filter Twin in a trade and didn't think about it until I plugged it in today. I was, super impressed - very vocal, lovely quack, easy to dial in, seems like it would cut through a mix well. I look forward to putting it on a gig board.
     
  4. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Filter Twin is my favorite filter but IMHO it needs a volume pot; just a little too hot. I'd still have one if it did!
     
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  5. Mosfed

    Mosfed

    Apr 21, 2013
    Chamonix Mont-Blanc
    Partner - CCP Pedals
    I haven't noticed that yet but it doesn't surprise me. It's a problem with most filters I have owned.
     
  6. SteveBass5

    SteveBass5 It all sounds the same, It's all one song! Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2009
    Massachusetts
    Let me know your thoughts on the Fwonk. I havnt given up on it yet. I'm just trying to find the sound!
     
  7. Mosfed

    Mosfed

    Apr 21, 2013
    Chamonix Mont-Blanc
    Partner - CCP Pedals
    With pleasure. It will probably be a few weeks at least.
     
  8. Driven Crane

    Driven Crane

    May 30, 2014
    Tru Tron x3. Just try it.
     
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  9. Nighttrain1127

    Nighttrain1127 Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2004
    Near Worcester MA
    I have a Fwonk And playn An Ibanez BTB 405QM throught either My Fairfield Barbershop or my Blueberry with low gain and a bit of volume boost. The BTB is a very low output And with a little boost the filter opens easily and it sounds amazing. I also have an Ibanez RoadstarII P-Bass and it is much hotter output and will drive the fwonk easily also. The Funkiest Filter I have played through yet and there were many of them.
     
  10. Bassheart365

    Bassheart365 Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2014
    Northern California
    "A good bassist determines the direction of any band." - Ron Carter
    I bought the Fwonk BETA on Mr. Black's recommendation. Yes, this will blow your speakers if you are not careful. Still trying to rein the bass in on this thing. I'm using it with a active Dingwall.
     
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2016
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