BY DAN BERKOWITZ
If you’re trying to cop that ’70s funk sound
on bass, you need to listen to classic funk
bands and develop the right musical vocabulary. But to really nail it, you also need a
bass envelope filter pedal.
Essentially, an envelope filter works like
a wah pedal that responds to your string
attack. The harder you hit the string, the
more the filter sweeps upward, producing a
quacking effect. It takes some time to learn
how to adjust an envelope filter’s various
knobs, but it’s way easier to play quick,
staccato licks through an envelope filter
than to operate a wah pedal.
Enter the mXR m82
The MXR M82 is an analog envelope filter
designed to preserve the instrument’s
natural character while adding a wah
effect to the signal. It boasts a sparkle-purple finish, five knobs, and a true-bypass footswitch. Overall, this pedal
feels quite sturdy, and it’s a bit smaller
than most stompboxes.