Source Audio has announced the latest addition to the company’s expanding line of bass effects, the Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter. First run models of the pedal have already appeared in the touring rigs of bassists Mike Gordon of Phish, Kevin Walker of Prince/Justin Timberlake, and Jai Dillon of Jason Mraz.
“I’ve had a eureka experience with the Bass Envelope Filter. It is the first unit with enough control to preserve the low-end without sacrificing clarity.” says Mike Gordon who added the Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter to his set-up in addition to the Soundblox Pro Multiwave Bass Distortion for Phish’s 2010 Summer Tour. His use of both pedals can be heard on performances from the tour found on LivePhish.com.
“Source Audio has revolutionized the bass envelope filter as we know it today and resurrected the bass guitar.” adds Kevin Walker. “What I once needed keyboard for, I can now do with my bass”.
The design of the BEF includes 21 different filter sounds including Two Pole Filters, Four Pole Filters, Single Peak Filters, Triple Peak Filters, Peak & Notch Filters, and Phasers that can all be modulated through either watery positive filter sweeps or punchy negative/reverse filter sweeps. In addition, the interface allows the user to select the frequency range of the filter sweeps as well as the attack and decay speeds of each effect. Like all Soundblox pedals, the BEF can be optionally controlled by a Hot Hand motion-sensing ring. Placing the ring on the player’s hand or anywhere on the instrument allows the movement of the player to modulate the filter sweeps of the pedal.
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