Looking like a cover of a collaborative album from the late ’60s by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Funkadelic, and Jimi Hendrix, the All-Pedal Macrodose is a striking attempt at delivering the ultimate envelope filter pedal. This device can produce auto-wah with selectable waveforms, sample/hold functions, step filter, random sample/hold, and even a pixelated filter function.
An analog filter with digital control, the Macrodose has so many features it could have easily been named “overdose.” Let’s take a look at them:
A toggle switch at the center of the pedal selects the type of filter; the options are Low-Pass, Band-Pass and High Pass.
These are the 9 basic shapes (left rotary knob), but a ton of modifiers (right rotary knob) can alter them in many different ways, for truly almost infinite possibilities:
• Analog Envelope [forward & reverse] • Step [tap tempo step filter based on 7 LFO shapes] • Trigger LFO [tap to trigger one LFO cycle] • Manual LFO [manually control LFO speed] • Warp LFO [tap tempo LFO speed with wave shape warp] • Pixilated Envelope [sample/hold envelope control] • Envelope Trigger [envelope triggers LFO] • Envelope–>LFO manual [envelope drives LFO speed. Fixed sensitivity.] • Envelope–>LFO [envelope drives LFO speed. Variable sensitivity.]
The set of regular knobs on the top of the pedal features the classic filter controls like Frequency, Depth and Resonance, with the addition of a Warp knob that controls the amount of effect applied by the Modifier, and a Blend knob for reintegrating the clean signal.
A Tap/Hold footswitch allows for tap tempo and momentary effect functionality. The other one turns the device on and off.
But let’s hear the sound of this marvelous machine! We added it to our article about the best envelope filter pedals.
The world’s best envelope filter just got better! Created in collaboration with Brian Marshall of Subdecay, the Macrodose™ is your consciousness expanded.
It’s an analog filter with digital control, BLEND and VOLUME, and limitless freedom to explore your mind. Includes autowah with selectable waveforms, sample/hold functions, step filter, random sample/hold, and even a pixelated filter function.
With a Macrodose™ you can dial in just the right amount of mind-altering filter fun.
Works with many instruments including electric guitar, synthesizers, and bass. The new Blend control eliminates a more limited internal toggle switch, in favor of a versatile external control knob.
1. MOSFET Power Protection, so you can feel safe if you have multiple power supplies, and accidentally plug in a the wrong polarity. Compatible up to 18V, however, sounds best at 9V.
2. Active Volume Control: Supplementing the powerful new Blend feature, is Active Volume control. This allows players to control the overall output level at any setting.
3. Blend Control: Our proprietary clean boost circuitry, giving the ability to pan between dry and wet signal. Now for the first time in the history of this pedal’s lineage, you can control how much of the affected wet signal blends with the unaffected dry signal in your mix.
4. Nine Basic Shapes: •Analog Envelope [forward & reverse] •Step [tap tempo step filter based on 7 LFO shapes] •Trigger LFO [tap to trigger one LFO cycle] •Manual LFO [manually control LFO speed] •Warp LFO [tap tempo LFO speed with wave shape warp] •Pixilated Envelope [sample/hold envelope control] •Envelope Trigger [envelope triggers LFO] •Envelope–>LFO manual [envelope drives LFO speed. Fixed sensitivity.] •Envelope–>LFO [envelope drives LFO speed. Variable sensitivity.]
5. Mode Modifiers – Numerous Modifiers to tweak your Shape setting.
6. Expression input – Can be used with any non-envelope functions. Depending on the shape and mode settings, the expression pedal will have a different effect.
7. True Bypass stomp switch.
It’s the forbidden path to expanded consciousness… and a truly fantastic addition to helping you create dynamic tone.
For the sound of Jerry Garcia, Frank Zappa, or The Flaming Lips, a Macrodose is sure to deliver.
All Polyester Film Capacitors in the Audio path.
Input Z (impedance): 260K (measured, as opposed to theoretical)