Sonuus Wahoo Sound Samples and Patches




Here are some sound samples recorded with my Sonuus Wahoo digitally controlled analog filter effect pedal.

Note I'm a self-taught, intermediate player.   

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My quick review:

  • Pros: Two blendable filters selectable as either LPF or BPF, built-in expression, presets, and a great Windows and Mac editor.  It has a lot of potential functionality, and the company seems to be actively upgrading and improving the firmware and editor application based on user feedback.
  • Cons: It's fairly expensive, though there's certainly non-programmable filters out there that cost as much (or more). The filter isn't quite as fat sounding as I'd personally hoped it seems to have a very mid focused voice to it compared to my other analog fitlers (Moog and Chunk Systems) . The LPF seems fixed at 4 pole with no more common (my opinion) 2 pole option. While there's a LOT of parameters and features, there's also a lot of limitations currently imposed. For example, you're not free to assign the expression to whatever you want so it has a fairly narrow range of functionality at this time (cannot sweep the filter blend, cannot sweep beat divisions when slaved to MIDI Clock or when set to tap temp which likely kills the filter for the dubstep crowd). There's no 5-pin MIDI I/O provided, it's USB only which requires expensive adapters. There's no power brick provided and it requires at least 300ma according to the company which is kind of cheap considering the pedal retails for $300+. The expression has no user adjustable tension and I find it a little on the stiff side which makes it a little tiring if you're going to be rocking it back-and-forth for extended periods.
Conclusion: A lot of potential in a small, programmable package with presets. But it's not quite there yet, particularly considering the price. If Sonuus can continue to polish the firmware it could become a really great filter. I personally ended up returning mine to the reseller, I didn't find it quite held enough value for the cost when compared to other filters I already own, though they do not have the massive LFO options the Wahoo does.


Sonuus Wahoo


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Description Instrument Used Interface Used Notes
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Envelope Up
Lakland Duck Dunn, Lindy Fralin pickup, GHS Pressurewound, fingered M Audio Profire 610
Initial testing of the filter speed and preformance. Bass > BOSS RC-2 for a consistent loop > Devi Ever Super Massive Black Hole gated fuzz, then a Chunk Systems Octavius Squeezer, Zoom B3 M-filter, then the Sonuus Wahoo.
Zoom B3 Patch Download
Envelope Down
Lakland Duck Dunn, Lindy Fralin pickup, GHS Pressurewound, fingered M Audio Profire 610
Initial testing of the filter speed and preformance. Bass > BOSS RC-2 for a consistent loop (same physical loop as the up clip above) > Devi Ever Super Massive Black Hole gated fuzz, then a Chunk Systems Octavius Squeezer, Zoom B3 A-filter (M-filter has no down sweep), then the Sonuus Wahoo.
Zoom B3 Patch Download
Static LPF
Lakland Duck Dunn, Lindy Fralin pickup, GHS Pressurewound, fingered M Audio Profire 610
Initial testing of the filter tone as a static LPF possibly used for reggae or dub type heavily rolled off bass sounds. Bass > Diamond Bass Comp > BOSS RC-2 for a consistent loop.  1) Clean  2) Sonuus Wahoo set for 4 pole LPF 250Hz 0 resonance 3) Moog MF-101 with the same settings 4) Moog 2 pole 250Hz res 0  5) DOD FX25 with all settings at minimum (poor man's static LPF even though it's really a bandpass filter).
Zoom B3 Patch Download
Pedal LPF
Lakland Duck Dunn, Lindy Fralin pickup, GHS Pressurewound, fingered M Audio Profire 610
NOTE: I may have accidentally recorded the Wahoo in BP mode instead of LPF mode for this clip.

Initial testing of the LPF using a full filter pedal sweep of the entire frequency range. Bass > OC-2 > Devi Ever Super Massive Black Hole.  1) Clean (octave+fuzz)  2) Sonuus Wahoo set for 4 pole LPF 0 resonance 2) Wahoo 4 pole 25 resonance 3) Wahoo 4 pole 50 resonance 4) Wahoo 4 pole 75 resonance 5) Wahoo 4 pole 100 resonance (oscillation) 6) Moog 2 pole using the 0 / 25 / 50 / 75 resonance (100 resonance blows stuff up)  7) Moog 4 pole doing the same
Zoom B3 Patch Download
2 LPF blend
Fender USA Jazz fretless, LaBella flatwound, fingered M Audio Profire 610
Initial testing of blending 2 different LPF to acheive a fuller, more bass laden filter tone.  One full-range LPF with a high resonance, another low-range with no resonance. Clip goes from the full-range, sweeping the blend to a full low-range LPF, then back. Seems like a slight blending of the low-range into the full-range filter beefs it up without causing gross phasing issues. Sound clip: BOSS OC-2 > Devi Ever Super Massive Black Hole > Sonuus Wahoo.
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Various LFO
Lakland Duck Dunn, Lindy Fralin pickup, GHS Pressurewound, fingered M Audio Profire 610
Sound clip: BOSS OC-2 > Devi Ever Super Massive Black Hole > Sonuus Wahoo cycling through all of the LFO while playing with Response Curve, r.up/r.down for the trapezoid, and steps for the S&H filter (random).
N/A Vocal
Lakland Duck Dunn, Lindy Fralin pickup, GHS Pressurewound, fingered M Audio Profire 610
Sound clip: BOSS OC-2 > Devi Ever Super Massive Black Hole > Sonuus Wahoo cycling through some quickly produced bass envelope vocal filter sounds. Lots of possibilities with 2 filters being composed against each other.
N/A Factory LFO
Lakland Duck Dunn, Lindy Fralin pickup, GHS Pressurewound, fingered M Audio Profire 610
Sound clip: held note via a looper > BOSS OC-2 > Devi Ever Super Massive Black Hole > Sonuus Wahoo cycling through all of the factory LFO presets to give you a quick idea of some of the possibilities. I apologize for the massive clipping heard on some of them, they have monster volume boosts on some and I didn't tweak the patches first.






Last updated 05-17-2013  

 

 
 

 
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