Envelope filters, eh? One could make the case that Mike Beigel’s Musitronics got it right with the Mu-Tron III in the 70s and that everyone since has been using that template and just adding their own bells and whistles.
Fender’s first foray into the genre has a similar set of controls to a Mu-Tron on the right with the familiar three-way filter choice (high-pass, low-pass and bandpass) and an Up/Down switch.
Here, however, there’s the addition of a distortion section on the left-hand side via a toggle switch.
Without the distortion, there’s plenty of variations of auto-wah, quacky shifted tonality and filter sweeps available with careful juxtapositioning of the controls, but bringing in the distortion adds an instant edge and throatiness that can make those filter sweeps more synth-like and get you closer to talkbox-like sounds.
As a bonus, you can use the distortion on its own - possibly adding some tonal shading rather than filter movement.
- PRICE: $179.99 / £129
- ORIGIN: China
- TYPE: Envelope filter pedal
- FEATURES: True bypass, 2x fuzz voices, selectable octave
- CONTROLS: Tone, Gain, Freq, Q, Level, Drive, Distortion switch, Filter switch (HP/BP/LP), Up/Down switch, LED kill switch, Bypass footswitch
- CONNECTIONS: Standard input, standard output
- POWER: 9V battery or 9V DC adaptor (not supplied) 75mA
- DIMENSIONS: 95 (w) x 125 (d) x 64mm (h)
- CONTACT: Fender