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Carl Martin Ottawa: Get your groove on!

Carl Martin Ottawa: Get your groove on!  ·  Source: YouTube/Bonedo

Danish pedal manufacturer Carl Martin has just released a new envelope filter that may be the perfect excuse to get your groove on. Called the Ottawa, it offers both 60’s psychedelic and 70’s disco wah tones. Plus, you can use it on both guitar and bass! 

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Carl Martin Ottawa

The new Carl Martin Ottawa offers three presets for High, Band and Low Pass filters via a three-way mini-toggle switch, along with adjustments for Q (Bandwidth), Attack, Level and Tone. The “Vintage Optical Envelope Autowah” is designed to work equally well on guitar and bass, so that Low Pass filter should work wonders for anyone wanting to use those low tuned strings.

Carl Martin Ottawa

Carl Martin Ottawa

Set your quack!

The main appeal behind envelope filters for many players is that once you set the amount of the effect you want, the harder you hit, the more pronounced the wah-like tone becomes. Ideally, you dial them in so that you can control your filter by touch. So if you’re not a fan of rocking a traditional wah pedal with your foot, autowahs may be the way to go. They always remind me of the ’70s, which, when done right, can be a wonderful thing.

Carl Martin Ottawa made in Canada

Carl Martin Ottawa

Autowah

As you’ve probably already worked out, the Ottawa is both named after the Canadian capital, and a take on Autowah. Yes, the humour is a bit cheesy but, thankfully, Carl Martin is well known for making fantastic effects with great build quality. So if you want to get down and funky, the Ottawa might just be the pedal for you.

Check out the demo videos below to hear this little blue stompbox in action.

 

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by Jef
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3 responses to “Carl Martin Ottawa envelope filter: Time to get your groove on!”

  1. Vincent says:

    Hi, Carl Martin is not a canadian company, it’s from Denmark. The pedal’s only called Ottawa because of the play on word.
    Cheers!

    • Jef says:

      Thanks for the heads up. Brain fart! I need more black coffee…

    • Tor-Arne Johansen says:

      I think Henning Pauly’s (EytschPi42 on YouTube) pronouncing of ‘Auto-wah’ for previous such pedals, had a great deal to do with his friend Søren and the other guys at CM, naming it that way…

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