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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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There’s something about a wah sound that just gets your body movin’ and groovin’ a little bit. Maybe because it induces memories of your favorite Blaxploitation films, or the first time you heard ‘Shakedown Street‘ live, or when you used to spin Stevie Wonder albums over and over in your youth. Whatever the case may be, it’s a clearly recognizable effect, and one that we can’t get enough of....

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DOD Envelope Filter 440 (2014)

DOD Envelope Filter 440 (2014)


Posted By on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in DOD, Envelope Filter | 0 comments

FUNK. You may dig it, you may not, but no one can deny the effects it has had on pretty much all genres of music, and musicians from said genres as well. One of the key tools in this head-bobbing odyssey of slap bass and synth-ish bliss is the beloved Envelope Filter effect, made popular by a list of artists too long to name at the moment (just Google it, k?). One of the most revered of these filters is the classic 440 from DOD, who...

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Continuing right where we left off yesterday, we’ve got another awesomely oddball pedal for you today, and it is also one of the most fun ones we’ve had come through our office. The 8Bit-Tron is a strange and marvelous creation from Mammouth Machine, an envelope filter that wants to be a fuzz but is trapped in the body of a bitcrusher and listens to a lot of Jerry Garcia and Stevie Wonder (from the 70’s, of course)....

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Well, it appears that we are in a familiar situation, reviewing another dynamite effects pedal from our friends at Keeley Electronics. It seems you can’t take 2 steps forward these days without literally stepping on one of Robert’s pedals (in our office, anyway), which is not necessarily a bad thing. Today’s gem of a pedal features a trio of effects again strewn together into one marvelous (and super space-saving)...

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Alright, kiddies, you’re in for a real treat today. The Dream Sequence from Hologram Electronics is one of the hottest pedals out at the moment, and if you haven’t heard it or heard of it, we’ll try to give you a great review and demo so you can know it’s true power. Part envelope filter, part tremolo, part pitch shifter, part sampler and part sequencer with a dash of synth thrown in for good measure, this...

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Today’s guest review comes to us from Rob H. – you can find him on Instagram (@studio.rh), Twitter (@Rob_Hildreth) or on his website (Studio RH). Magnetic Effects are a London (UK) based boutique pedal manufacturer. All of the effects are designed and built by Christian Livingstone, who also happens to be the riff monster from NZ garage rockers The Datsuns. You only need to listen to his guitar work to realise this guy...

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We have reviewed several effects from Red Witch Pedals here at Pedal of the Day, and each time, it’s an adventure for both the mind and the ears. Today’s featured pedal may top the list in regards to both those things, as the Synthotron Analog Synth is capable of producing an insane amount of noises, sounds and tones, some predictable, some outrageous and all Red Witch, for sure. Let’s dive right into this...

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Sort of continuing a recent trend here at Pedal of the Day, we have yet another awesome envelope filter to check out today, and one that is based on a classic and sought-after effect. The WR-3™ from Guyatone has become a pedal of great legend, and since it’s discontinuation a few years ago, has also become rare and high-priced as well. Used by Guthrie Govan, Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Salas and more, there’s a good chance you...

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Apparently, Greece is where to be to experience and pontificate on the wonders of the world, and then harness those discoveries into some incredible effects pedals. Having somewhat recently reviewed the Taff 2 Scientific Tremolo, which was a brilliant way to be introduced to this company, we were wicked stoked to check today’s featured pedal, the Epsilon Distortion Envelope Filter. Right away, it just sounds cool, and once you...

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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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We’ve been checking out some pretty rad envelope filters recently, and were definitely enthusiastic about the Spatial Delivery from EarthQuaker Devices, as we are with anything of theirs that comes our way. As usual, this pedal doesn’t disappoint, and is EQD’s own take on what we thought was a standard pedal, which they have re-shaped and re-invented once more. Somehow part envelope filter, auto-wah, tremolo and...

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A pretty decent portion of my teenage years and beyond have been spent listening to the Grateful Dead, and the one and only Mr. Jerry Garcia. He had a signature sound unlike any other guitarists’, instantly recognizable and full of emotion and power, but one effect in particular produced what many call the “Jerry Sound”: a Mu-Tron III™ Envelope Filter from Musitronics, a classic effect used by numerous musicians, but...

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Let’s get funky, shall we? Continuing in their line of compact, bass-voiced pedals, Pigtronix has released the Bass Envelope Phaser, a unique take on the classic filter effect. Even more so than their compressor and drive offerings, the controls on this unit are incredibly simple: knobs for Sensitivity and Resonance, and a switch that changes the wave-form. In both modes the Sensitivity controls how responsive the effect is to...

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Trem. Tremolo. Tremohlo. Tremeelo. Truhmuhlo. However you decide to pronounce it, picking the right one is a task. Just like most effects these days the options are endless. One knob? You can find it. But you want sixteen knobs?! It exists. I’ve been on a mission for months to find my perfect tremolo pedal and I think I may be close. My demands were simple, for today’s pedal world anyhow, smooth to choppy, can do super fast or super...

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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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Envelope filters love to bring home the funk, and the Neutrino from Keeley Electronics does as good (if not a better) a job as anything you can find out on the pedal market right now. Lots of control options to really make your sound unique, or to be able to easily dial in your idol’s 70’s porn music setting – whatever you prefer. The retro soundscapes are vast and extremely prevalent here, let’s see...

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Have you ever wanted a pedal that will bring some funky attitude to your sound? How about this Aguilar Filter Twin: this is that one pedal that you can turn on for instant fun and especially funky vibe. Basically, it’s envelop filter with tons of versatility, meaning lots of options. Your signal will go high and low, soaring across a universe of funky tones (sound groovy enough for you?). This pedal is designed to work for bass,...

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Based on the super-rare Colorsound Dipthonizer circuit, the Little Dipper Mk II Envelope Controlled Vocal Formant Filter is a really fun pedal to play around with, and is capable of making roughly a gajillion different sounds. Using dual filters, a couple of control knobs and switches and even an Expression Pedal, this little box packs a wallop! While the Little Dipper is an envelope filter, it’s so much more at the same time....

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Eventide makes some pretty rad pedals. Complicated, but rad. Along the same general design lines as the incredible TimeFactor Delay and the Space Reverb comes the ModFactor Modulation pedal. This beast is capable of doing phaser, flanger, chorus, tremolo, vibrato, auto-wah, modfilter, rotary, undulator and ring mod sounds…and it does them well. Whew! Let’s get started, shall we? The main modes for the ModFactor are as...

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