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Any favorite Envelope Filters/Auto Wahs on this forum?

Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Durango Twango, May 20, 2010.

  1. Durango Twango

    Durango Twango Tele-Meister

    Nov 24, 2005
    I like my current Wah (CAE) but I use it very sparingly and it takes up a fair amount of space. I thought I'd give an auto wah a try. You guys have any favorites?

  2. hannigan

    hannigan Friend of Leo's

    I like the nano ehx dr q for auto wah and original robotalk by xotic for filter.

  3. ruger9

    ruger9 Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 31, 2004
    Hackettstown, NJ
    I've only tried one, the Boss AW-3, and it's pretty good. But the 2 I always hear raves about are the Emma Discumbobulator & the Mad Professor Snow White Wah.

    I had a CAE, and LOVED the red fasel side, but just don't like "playing guitar with my feet". To me, the Auto Wah is more musical, it actually changes the way I approach playing, which is a good thing. Too easy to just step on a wah and wank away (waka-waka-waka) like so many people do.

  4. SergioPt

    SergioPt TDPRI Member

    Jan 29, 2010
    I use, not very often, a danelectro french fries auto-wah, it's small, was very cheap, around 20$ used and, at least for me, it does it!

  5. cuzzinmark

    cuzzinmark Tele-Meister

    May 27, 2009
    Stevensville, MD
    That's what the 'search' function is for...

    Here's an active thread just a few lines below this one:

    There are a bunch more if you look. Personally, I have a Discumbobulator and like it most of the time, but it's real sensitive in terms of settings. I also have an MXR Envelope Filter from the late 70s and a Digitech Synth Wah and like both of them, too. I do many gigs where I don't hook up my wah, but rarely without an autowah/envelope filter!

  6. dburns

    dburns Friend of Leo's

    I've had my eye on the Discombobulator for awhile. Tested one and really liked it. I don't play out much anymore so I can't really justify buying one right now...but it was a cool pedal.

    I do currently have the Digitech envelope filter/synth wah, different animal...I forget the proper name, but it's the green one (such a popular pedal color ;)). I'm not much of a pedal guy when I do play out, but I like it enough for recording. Some crazy/different sounds in there. It's not the best, but it seems to be built well, good value for the money.

  7. BluesHound

    BluesHound Tele-Holic

    Dec 4, 2008
    Enfield London England
    Boss FT-2 Dynamic Filter.

  8. schenkadere

    schenkadere Friend of Leo's

    May 13, 2009
    pardon my ignorance...but what's the difference between an envelope filter and an auto wah?

  9. FMA

    FMA Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 29, 2003
    Here's where I put in a plug for the Line 6 M9. It has some great filter effects in it. The Mutron and others are very cool, but the Seeker, based on Z.Vex Seek Wah is extremely cool.

  10. octatonic

    octatonic Poster Extraordinaire

    Emma Discumbobulator

  11. octatonic

    octatonic Poster Extraordinaire

    Ostensibly, nothing really.
    The correct term is 'Envelope Following Filter' which we shorten to Envelope Filter.
    Auto-wah is guitar-centric terminology for the same thing.

  12. samato

    samato Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 16, 2008
    Orlando, FL, USA
    I don't really see an envelope filter/auto wah as a replacement or substitute for a foot sweepable wah pedal. To me they are very different in terms of how I use them and the sound I get from them.

    I guess if you were to sweep every note you play with a Crybaby (or similar type pedal) the sound would be similar to an envelope filter/auto wah.

  13. castpolymer

    castpolymer Poster Extraordinaire

    May 27, 2008
    Edmond, Oklahoma
    I just picked this MXR pedal up in trade. It is " Shaftastic!" I have never owned this type of pedal before, so I can't compare it to anything else.

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  14. middy

    middy Friend of Leo's

    Apr 28, 2010
    Dallas, TX

    They are two very different animals.

  15. ChipOnly

    ChipOnly Tele-Holic

    Jul 7, 2009
    Champaign, IL
    If you can afford it, that Subdecay Proteus is pretty rad, IMO. Check it out.

  16. Iversen

    Iversen TDPRI Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    I have the DiscumBOBulator and an old Boss TW-1. The TW-1 is fine for subtle stuff, but if you want people to hear the effect, get the DiscumBOBulator. I hear good things about the Snow White as well, but I haven't tried it.

  17. PennyCentury

    PennyCentury Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 16, 2009
    New Hampshire
    "Well done, Doctor Q"

    Have an original EH Doctor Q!

  18. Pajama

    Pajama Tele-Meister

    May 12, 2003
    I love my Boss AW-2 and my Subdecay Prometheus. They both do filter stuff as well as just quack.


  19. zingy

    zingy Tele-Meister

    Apr 26, 2010

    It's great - very smooth and tweakable. (also great with an expression pedal)

  20. Durango Twango

    Durango Twango Tele-Meister

    Nov 24, 2005
    Thanks guys - I went ahead and ordered an Xotic Robotalk 2. I like the idea of two independent filters in such a small footprint. So, we'll see, not selling my wah just yet but if it works out it will certainly save some board space.

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