Electro-Harmonix Mini Q-Tron
Electro-Harmonix Mini Q-Tron

Mini Q-Tron, Wah-Wah/Auto Wah/Filter for Guitar from Electro-Harmonix in the Q-Tron series.

MGR/ShackMan 03/05/2010

Electro-Harmonix Mini Q-Tron : MGR/ShackMan's user review

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It's a steel, analog, and rather large envelope filter pedal. The knobs are as follows: a 3 way selector between high pass, band pass, and lo pass for the filter, the Q knob to adjust the depth of the effect, and the gain knob to adjust its sensitivity to your attack. It has 1/4' input and output jacks as well as an adapter jack and a battery cavity. I play bass, so I almost always have the unit set to 'lo pass' to accentuate the bass frequencies. It's essentially a larger version of what is now the micro Q-tron. Same knobs. Same features. Just bigger.

I acquired this at the same time I bought the Dunlop 105Q Bass Wah. It cost me about $75 at the time at Pianos 'n' Stuff in Blawnox, PA, but I always try to get my gear on sale. I bought it because I wanted an envelope filter and it sounded fantastic for under $100 for an ANALOG pedal that could stand up to the Moog Murf and Moogerfooger filters in any terms of tone and at over $150 less.

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I liken it for a full and bassy tone that is still clear enough to be understood. Even with the wah and the envelope follower, the effects are pointless if the listener can't understand my note. I needed something that was analog (for better signal strength, low noise, and low resistance) and could still keep my notes clear and present even with the effect turned on. This delivered in spades and it was cheap enough to not break my wallet. I like that the knobs represent a very wide range and not a focused sound so that I can go to extremes with my tone if I want to.

The only difference between this and the Moog pedals is the sheer amount of knobs and customizability that you have with the filter's parameters. I find many of the knobs unnecessary for an envelope filter. A bass synthesizer pedal, on the other hand, would be another story entirely, where each slider and knob can have a drastic effect on the sound. Here, Electro-Harmonix has included the only three knobs that really matter:Gain, Q, and Pass Filter switch. Genereally, high pass and band pass are for guitars and keyboards. Lo pass is reserved for basses.

As with many of my pedals, it's steel and solid. I take good care of my equipment, but I don't see this guy breaking any time soon. I've had it for about 8 years now, and I haven't had a single problem. Not even signal noise. Fantastic job by EHX.

The EHX Mini Q-Tron does it job perfectly well, and I couldn't ask for more from the unit. Sure, having the extra knobs could be fun, but I don't see the need for them in this case, so the lack thereof isn't enough to bring the unit down from a 5 in my opinion.

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