When it comes to envelope filters, there are a funkload of options. Unfortunately, there are plenty of parameters with which to control them, and almost all envelope filters deny you access to at least one. “Let’s just not give them a frequency control,” some might say. Fear not, funkseeker, as the Funkzilla smashes all preconceptions of what an envelope filter should do and sound like—and it works on everything; guitars, bass, keys, you name it.
The Funkzilla is our take on everything enveloped, filtered or both. While all envelope filters give you the ability to coax that familiar “quack” sound from them, the Funkzilla contains the ability to shift the filtering from envelope control to LFO control. In other words, it’s the ultimate funk box.
Attack, Depth and Freq(uency) controls come standard, as does the envelope direction (up or down). Beyond that, the heart of the Funkzilla lies within its Tap/Env switch. This switch toggles between standard envelope filter sounds and more dynamic autosweep sounds that take away the need for dynamics.
With this switch set to Tap, a plethora of options opens up. The Speed and Mode knobs become active, as does the tap switch, along with 1-2-4 and Wave toggles. The Speed knob now controls the speed of the auto-sweep (overridden by the Tap switch), and the 1-2-4 toggle controls the time subdivisions.
You can adjust the Funkzilla’s Mode control to one of eight different rhythmic patterns for the utmost expression, and across those patterns, you can choose one of three different waveforms—sine, ramp, and square.
An expression jack overrides the Speed control for some truly expressive filtering options, with some phaser and flanger overtones available for the brave.
Even without the bells and whistles, the Funkzilla is one killer envelope box and funks the joint up right out of the box. With the bells and whistles? Look out.