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Best budget friendly alternative for Mutron/enveloper effect.

PostPosted:Thu May 02, 2019 6:57 am
by Grateful Dad
I can't shell out hundreds of $$$$ for a "real deal" Mutron pedal right now. Any recommendations for a good pedal that at least approximates the tone of Jerry's Mutron? Thanks!

Re: Best budget friendly alternative for Mutron/enveloper effect.

PostPosted:Thu May 02, 2019 7:21 am
by GratefulMets
I get near perfect Mu-tron tone from the Q-tron Plus (at least I think so!). Sample here: https://youtu.be/hVicWaV_d4M?t=160

That said, I also have most all the other critical pieces in place (custom wolf, OBEL, Super IIs, FYD, MC-50, JBL k-120), which definitely helps. What's the rest of your rig?

I have several original Mu-trons. While they definitely sound the best, they can be very temperamental, vary widely from unit to unit, and fail often. I really like having the reliability of a new unit.
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... lter-pedal

Cheers!

Re: Best budget friendly alternative for Mutron/enveloper effect.

PostPosted:Thu May 02, 2019 8:13 am
by lbpesq
I’ve tried a bunch of them. With budget in mind, the best I’ve found is the Electro-Harmonix Micro Q-Tron (though not really “micro” in size). It was designed by Mike Beigel, the guy who designed the original Mutron III that Jerry and Stevie Wonder used. In the world of true mini/micro pedals, the Valeton Katfish can be had for around $40. It is surprisingly good and with a little fiddling can dial in a decent Jerry sound while taking up little space on your board. I have an original Mutron III and Beigel’s most recent Mu-FX Micro-Tron III. They both live in my studio. The Katfish is on my pedalboard.

Bill, tgo

Re: Best budget friendly alternative for Mutron/enveloper effect.

PostPosted:Thu May 02, 2019 8:34 am
by Jimv
Sometimes the old silver box original Q-tron can be had for $100 or so used. These really get a great Mu-tone too.

Re: Best budget friendly alternative for Mutron/enveloper effect.

PostPosted:Fri May 03, 2019 5:53 pm
by franklins_timmy
I have the old big box Qtron, to me it does a great job. Several months ago I got one of these. Suppose to be a clone of the old MXR Envelope Filter. I like it a lot too, have been using it the most.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Envelope-F ... ect=mobile

Re: Best budget friendly alternative for Mutron/enveloper effect.

PostPosted:Fri May 10, 2019 1:18 pm
by Blackdog
IMO it's the EHX Micro Q tron. Under $100 with pedalboard friendly size. Here's a demo of what I get from it.
https://youtu.be/NZ5dZr4smpk

Re: Best budget friendly alternative for Mutron/enveloper effect.

PostPosted:Sat May 11, 2019 7:51 am
by HeadSpace
Sounds good!