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Auto Wah/Filter


Continuing our recent funk pedal extravaganza, we’ve got an updated version of one of the best auto wah / envelope filter pedals around for you today. The DiscumBOBulator has been a staple on the funk scene for years now, a somewhat hidden gem whose loyal user swear by it, as do we here at Pedal of the Day. Emma Electronic has released a new v2 of this wah-infused masterpiece, and we are going to give you all the looks, insights...

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Who wants to get FUNKY? Today’s pedal is just about all you’ll need to do so, and with mind-blowing results, too. The Maxon AF-9 Auto Filter Envelope Wah Super-Machine easily creates down and dirty grooves, popping chords and all the Parliament/Funkadelic sounds you can imagine. Let’s check it out… The AF-9 is an optical analog envelope filter, reminiscent of the classic Musitronics Mu-Tron III, made famous by...

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If you guys have ever had the pleasure to play an effects pedal from the warped mind of Joe Anastasio from Lone Wolf Audio, you know what kind of crazy gear that dude creates. Today we’re going to look at one of the wackiest, awesomest pieces of musical equipment we’ve seen, a pedal that really can’t fit into just one category, but will revive your interest in how music and sound are created. The Acetylene Nirvana is...

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Multi-effects pedals can be tricky to write reviews about, as there is so much going on, and so many different options to choose from that it makes it hard to narrow the writing down and focus on a few things to discuss in detail. Such is the case with today’s featured pedal, the M5 Stompbox Modeler from Line 6 – and if the regular functionality of this pedal wasn’t overwhelming enough, this model has been modded by...

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All-in-one pedals can be great, and they can be terrible, as anyone who has ever tried a few out can attest to. The good ones, though, when they’re good, they are GOOOOD. Where to begin with a pedal like this, with so many options, tones, squeaks, sound and delights? With a long-standing reputation of making some of the finest musical gear around, the folks at Eventide have one-upped even themselves at this point, and released...

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Wah-wah-wah….what a great sound. In any variation, whether it’s through an actual wah pedal, a filter of some type or through a series of effects that somehow produce it, that waka-chicka tone is beloved by many, many people, not just guitar players, and has been heard on countless recordings and millions of live shows over the last 5 decades. Being pretty well known for creating some fun wah/filter pedals,...

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The Mu-Tron III is considered by many to be the end-all, be-all of envelope filters, and for pretty good reason. It’s classic sounds can be heard on funk records the world over, and although there have be many attempts to copy that sound, not all have been successful. Today’s pedal, the Moody Sounds Mewtone, is one that bucks that trend, however, and manages to stay true to the original sound while adding in some modern...

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Throwing a little funk into any practice session instantly sparks creativity and joy, to me, anyway. I’ve been testing a bunch of envelope filter pedals lately, much to my delight, and have found one that I just cannot stop clicking on every time I go to play. Coming to you straight from our friends to the north, Canadian company Tribute Audio Designs, this is the Tron III Envelope Filter. This is not a plug-and-play pedal,...

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The Mobius super-modulation pedal from Strymon is yet another example of some of the finest gear offerings available on the market today, and doesn’t really leave much to chance as far as options and tones are concerned. Created in the same realm and structure as the TimeLine Delay and BigSky Reverberator, the Mobius is a true all-in-one modulation box, supplying just about any kind of phaser, flanger, chorus and vibrato sound...

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Coming at’cha from Saint Paul, Minnesota, it’s the Green Zapper Auto Filter from Henretta Engineering! This little green box has tiny dimensions (2″ x 2″), but lots of heart to make up for it. Great for space-saving and adding a little funk into your playing. The Green Zapper is touch-sensitive, so the harder you play, the more effects you get. I found it to work much better for chords as opposed to individual...

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