Funkzilla Ultimate Envelope Filter
When it comes to envelope filters, there are a funkload of options. Unfortunately, there are plenty of parameters with which to control them, and almost all envelope filters deny you access to at least one. “Let’s just not give them a frequency control,” some might say. Fear not, funkseeker, as the Funkzilla smashes all preconceptions of what an envelope filter should do and sound like—and it works on everything; guitars, bass, keys, you name it.
The Funkzilla is our take on everything enveloped, filtered or both. While all envelope filters give you the ability to coax that familiar “quack” sound from them, the Funkzilla contains the ability to shift the filtering from envelope control to LFO control. In other words, it’s the ultimate funk box.
Attack, Depth and Freq(uency) controls come standard, as does the envelope direction (up or down). Beyond that, the heart of the Funkzilla lies within its Tap/Env switch. This switch toggles between standard envelope filter sounds and more dynamic autosweep sounds that take away the need for dynamics.
With this switch set to Tap, a plethora of options opens up. The Speed and Mode knobs become active, as does the tap switch, along with 1-2-4 and Wave toggles. The Speed knob now controls the speed of the auto-sweep (overridden by the Tap switch), and the 1-2-4 toggle controls the time subdivisions.
You can adjust the Funkzilla’s Mode control to one of eight different rhythmic patterns for the utmost expression, and across those patterns, you can choose one of three different waveforms—sine, ramp, and square.
An expression jack overrides the Speed control for some truly expressive filtering options, with some phaser and flanger overtones available for the brave.
Even without the bells and whistles, the Funkzilla is one killer envelope box and funks the joint up right out of the box. With the bells and whistles? Look out.
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1-2-4 Switch: In standard speed mode, this switch sets the tempo range from slow to fast. In tap mode, this switch multiplies the tapped tempo by 1, 2, or 4. This switch is only active in tap mode.
Wave Switch: Selects between Sine, Ramp and Square waveforms. This switch is only active in tap mode.
DIR Switch: Selects between forward and reverse sweeps. This switch is active in both Tap and Envelope modes.
Tap/Env Switch: Selects between Tap and Envelope modes. In tap mode, the filter is automatic where speed is set via the speed knob, expression pedal or tap switch. In envelope mode, the filter is triggered by the attack of your instrument. In envelope mode, ensure that your instrument volume is set at max for best response.
Speed: The rate of the filter modulation in tap mode. Speed can be set using either the Tap switch or speed knob. To enter tap mode, simply press the tap switch to set the desired tempo, adjusting the speed knob returns to standard speed mode. This control only works in tap mode.
Exp Input:You can connect an expression pedal to the Funkzilla to control the speed. The expression pedal replaces the speed knob and tap operation is as described above. This control only works in tap mode.
Mode: This knob selects between 8 different rhythmic patterns and accents as described below. When turned fully counter-clockwise, rhythmic patterns are bypassed. This control only works in Tap mode.
Depth: This controls the intensity of the filter effect in both Envelope and Tap modes.
Freq: This knob sets the center frequency of the filter sweep. Turn clockwise for higher frequency sweeps and counter clockwise for lower frequency sweeps. This control works in both Envelope and Tap modes.
Attack: This knob sets the attack of the envelope filter. Turn clockwise to increase attack and counter clockwise to decrease attack. This control only works in Envelope mode.
Bypass Switch: Allows you to engage or bypass the effect. The Funkzilla is 100% true bypass.
Tap Switch: Tapping this switch sets the filter speed in tap tempo mode.
Current Draw: Approx. 15mA
9V DC Input: This pedal uses a negative ground, 9V DC power supply. Battery operation is not possible.
Power supply or batteries not included
Dimensions: 4.67" x 3.68" x 1.18" (119mm x 94mm x 30mm)