To Source Audio or Not?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by pbass6811, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. pbass6811

    pbass6811 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Indy, IN
    First off, this is NOT a "Is Source Audio any good?" thread. I know, beyond any reasonable doubt, that SA makes outstanding stuff! I'm pretty aware that their customer service is fantastic, and they seem to really listen to what the masses want, within reason, of course. Mostly, this is a "I'm considering replacing a few of my pedals with SA stuff, but the stuff I'm replacing is pretty good stuff in it's own right"...:meh:

    Ok, I've been GASing for some Source Audio gear, mainly the Manta, the OFD, and the Orbital. I've listened to demos & vids and I truly dig all of them. My issue is I'd be replacing some pretty good pedals(I.E. 3Leaf Wonderlove & SS/BS TAFM). I'm not unhappy with either of those pedals, although the Wonderlove is causing me some issues in full band settings-I'm sure it's me, not the pedal. Although I enjoy having a semi-boutiquey board, It's definitely not necessary. The SA stuff looks a bit more versatile, so I'm kind of looking at it from that perspective.

    What do you, my brother's(and sister's)from other mother's, think?

    Here's the board as it sits right now:
  2. adamaarts


    Apr 19, 2001
    Corona, CA
    Beta tester Source Audio, demos/reviews of many others
    Get it. Don't fight the urge.
  3. handofseven

    handofseven Soaking up the cathode rays...

    Mar 23, 2010
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Dude, go for it... The only SA pedal I have is the OFD, and I'm still in shock at how incredible it sounds. $144 well spent! Does it really have to "replace" something on your board? Dirtwise, I can see having both TAFM AND SA OFD (I have both on my board)... I haven't tried the SA Orbital yet, but it's next on the list, once Prymaxe gets them back in stock. :D
  4. zSlap


    May 3, 2012
    I have to agree with seven. I own the pro envelope filter, distortion and just purchased the Manta. I also have the hot hands 3 and the expression pedal. The Manta is like having a blend of the pro envelope and pro distortion that flows well together without a tech degree. I must say I love the detail that SSA puts into their pedals but for the "plug in play" guy, it might be a learning curve. I must say the Manta is a great "Bang for the Buck"! Definitely "Go for it"!
  5. LSMFT6

    LSMFT6 We brake for nobody Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Do it!
  6. WaldoNova

    WaldoNova Having fun yet?

    Jun 14, 2009
    Mt Vernon, NY
    The good thing about having the pedals you have are the ability to get a pretty good resale value from them. The Manta is a much more versatile filter than any other filter I've tried. Clean blend, LFO, built in gain and a bunch of different filters. The OFD is just as versatile. The Orbital can cover all of your modulation needs. The only problem is once you get them you'll start thinking about getting the HH3, the Dual expression pedal and then ultimately the Hub and a midi foot switch to change between your 128 possible scenes!!!
  7. jwr


    Jun 28, 2010
    Overland Park, KS
    I say do it dude. Not only does their stuff sound good, but the customer service is amazing! Such nice people. I've thought hard about doing what some have and only going to a Source Audio board, but I have way too many pedals. LOL. Maybe a second board.

    Their stuff is legit though and tons of options.
  8. Bellbass

    Bellbass Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
    I'm glade I did...Although it meant selling more than half my board and spending hours tweaking. I've got the Orbital, OFD, Reverb, the PEQ and will receive the Manta next week. Next is the Hub and double expression pedal...Hours and hours of fun...
  9. Kalik


    Apr 15, 2010
    Go for it, definitely. It´s been two weeks since I received mu Manta and I'm thinking about selling half my board for getting a PEQ, an Orbital plus an expression pedal and a HUB. Those little boxes are amazing
  10. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Washington, Utah
    John K Custom Basses
    after trying a lot of envelopes, the manta is my personal favorite of the bunch.

    and IMO, the OFD is also a very versatile dirt box that sounds great.
  11. JBNeedsBeer

    JBNeedsBeer Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    New Brunswick, NJ
    Ehhhhhh. I would get the Manta, but definitely keep the TAFM. The demos I heard of the OFD weren't enough to steer me away from mine. The Manta sounds great though!
  12. sillyfabe

    sillyfabe keeping the low-end silly since '06

    Mar 13, 2009
    San Bernardino,CA
    My Orbital replaced a Boss PH-2 Super Phaser with mods, BF-2 Flanger with mods, Boss PS-3 (the detune aspects), a MSLP tremolo and my GAS for all conventional types of modulation is gone. Loads of control over lots of parameters that you can really tweak minute aspects if need be to truly perfect the sound you want. I've copped all of my previous aforementioned pedals and beyond. And it sounds natural (unless you don't want it too!). I've owned the MWBD and have tried out the Dimension Reverb, OFD and Manta. The Orbital (for my needs) is worth every penny and would replace it with the same one if something happened to it. Dig the 2 presets,tap-tempo and well everything about it.
  13. Knettgummi


    Sep 28, 2011
    I have an OFD, a Manta and a Dimension, and all three are phenomenal -- each have replaced some pretty damn nice pedals on my boards, like the TAFM, Xerograph dlx and several reverbs, overdrives and others. I'd say they're all definitely worth checking out.
  14. Maybe I'll buy your Wonderlove...
  15. ilansgroove


    Jan 24, 2012
    paris, france
    I'm considering getting the manta... But the wonderlove isn't going anywhere!!!!
  16. fitz420

    fitz420 Knows Lows

    Oct 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I am rethinking my view on analog vs digital in regards to gain based effects like overdrive after getting the OFD. I didn't really get it to replace anything, but it did. Its really really good.
  17. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I've asked myself the very same question and I'm extremely tempted by the SA pedals, but have decided to back off for now since I'm by no means limited by the pedalboard I already have. Plus I know myself - if I start down the SA road I will quite soon want every SB2 pedal, the hub, the EQ, the expression pedal, a MiDI pedal, a new pedalboard, a case for the pedalboard ... :)
  18. dannybuoy


    Aug 3, 2005
    Listen to this dude. ;)

    Don't listen to this dude! :ninja:

    The OFD has some good sounds in it, but it can't replicate the TAFM!
  19. Knettgummi


    Sep 28, 2011
    Well, I didn't say "replicate". ;)

    To be fair, it doesn't make sense to replace a TAFM if what you're looking for is something that sounds exactly like a TAFM. The OFD gets some similar sounds through the "gated fuzz" setting (I actually prefer this to the TAFM gate mod, as I find it more tweakable and tonal), but the real strength of the OFD is that it also does a bajillion other sounds -- covering the whole spectrum from smooth overdrives to harsh, sputtery fuzzes.
  20. pbass6811

    pbass6811 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Indy, IN
    Well, it seems the response has been pretty positive about making a change. I think I'll give it a go and try some SA stuff! I may hang on to the TAFM, but I am looking for a bit more versatility. I'll keep ya' posted...

    If I decide to get rid of it, I'll hit you up.
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