#160692  by Blacklodgebob
 Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:42 am
After dumping my Micro Tron out of irritation with a couple things inherent in that design, and having owned every filter we have discussed here, I reached out to develop a custom Envelope filter for players like us. Like Waldo - I'm sure this guy will make money on this thing, and I wont, but honestly just chasing this dragon out of frustration with the gear available.

Basically its a heavily modified version of his Almond Blosson Mutron III type pedal, but it adds a completely second set of controls so that you can jump between Dancing in the Streets to Shakedown without needing a second pedal - it also remedies the two bypass switches being too close together like on the Micro, and the seemingly elusive sweet spot on all these units; triggers just as good with single or bucker and likes the buffer were driving into these things - also like his almond converts a 9v to 18v...

Even on the Tru Tron it seems like it could only do one sound or the other - was still needing two filters just to play through a set that had those songs in there. --

anyway, the proto should show up in a couple weeks and I can update the board then. I had to shoulder the financial burden on this little experiment, but Ive got my fingers crossed this ends the revolving door portion of my pedal board - if it works out - should be perfect for our purposes here. Could be a little mailing back and forth to tweak, but wont be too long.

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 #160694  by NYBear
 Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:29 am
NoiseKick is the real deal. I had him build me a combo envelope filter and octave divider with a few custom features: there is an effect loop to insert effects between the filter/divider and there is a switch to swap the effect order. We called it "The Jerry." I'll see if I can pull a short clip of rehearsal where I used both sides of the pedal for '77 Dancin' - there's a photo of it on his facebook page

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 #160700  by tntawney
 Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:03 pm
I got “the Jerry” last year and love it. He does great work.
 #160704  by kurt eye
 Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:20 am
Sounds like a cool endeavor. I have a proton 3 leaf that I have never been able to dial in to my satisfaction. Recently, I've had an issue with my on-board buffer (CAE) and the envelope filter is useless without it. My other pedals operate fine without it.

I've done so much troubleshooting and replacing of batteries I got fed up with it and pulled it from my guitar. My plan is to insert an out-board buffer in my pedal chain to drive the envelope filter. It got me thinking why doesn't someone design a buffered envelope filter?
 #160705  by NYBear
 Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:04 am
I don't know if the standard Almond Blossom that NoiseKick makes is the same, but the one he made for me doesn't need a boost, the OBEL, the buffer, or any other secret ingredient. Plug in, turn some dials and flip some switches depending on what you want it to do, that's it. Works with humbuckers, single coils, P-90s, it even worked with a '64 Gretsch lap steel I sometimes play (and let me tell you, an envelope filter and a lap steel makes some really weird sh*t happen).

I brought the concept to him, we worked on what features it would have and how much it would all come to, he consulted on every decision - where everything went, the art work, the circuits, he even made sure there was something like the ring modulation on the octave divider that the old mutron has but his basic circuit didn't. If I stomp that on with humbuckers I'm in Crazy Horse Neil Young pretty quick.

The pedal was done when he said it was done, shipped when he said it shipped, is well-built and neatly wired, really top notch stuff. Can't recommend NoiseKick enough.

I'll do my best to get a video demo up and running this week. I have like zero web presence for anything and need to fix that, but folks should hear how good this pedal is.