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!
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.
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.
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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