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Creation Audio - Funkulator

Bass Tone Shaper pedal

£155 + £5 UK shipping

EU/Ireland shipping + £5 (£10 in total)


Get the best slap tone quickly and easily!

Special EQ curves enhance your bass tone - regardless of playing style.

Wide sweep range provides subtle to aggressive tone shaping - and everything in between.

 Your finger-style tone to the perfect slap sound with one click of a switch

Bass players, ever notice how that perfect finger-style tone doesn’t work so well for slapping – and vice versa?  Ever find the tone shaping controls on amps which were designed for slapping not very useful? Are you inconvenienced by tweaking amp EQ while you play? Tired of compromising your sound for a “one size fits all” tone?


If you can answer yes to any one of these questions then the Funkulator by Creation Audio Labs is for you! We went to Funk School to learn what makes a great bass slap tone, designed it, and put it in a pedal.


Varying Degrees of Funk

At Creation Audio Labs, we’re all about tone and, with the Funkulator, we want you to be able to dial in a great sound quickly and easily. That’s why we kept it simple – one knob, one switch. At the same time, you need the flexibility to funkulate on your terms. The Funkulator gives you a wide range of tones with one knob – simplicity + flexibility. We call it “varying degrees of funk”.


Finger-style and Pick Players

Not a Slapper? Try the Funkulator for some righteous hi-fi finger-style and pick tones. You may find yourself never turning it off!


Creation Audio Labs Quality

The Funkulator is brought to you by creators of the acclaimed MK4.23 Clean Boost and Holy Fire Overdrive/Distortion pedals. You get the same hand-built boutique styling, pro-audio, studio spec quality that Creation Audio Labs is renowned for. 

The Funkulator Bass Tone Shaper – Zero to Funk with One Click!

Power requirements: 9vDC tip negative power supply

Dimensions: 3.25" wide x 4.75" long x 2.5" tall (at top of the knob)


























CREATION AUDIO LABS INTRODUCES FUNKULATOR BASS PEDAL - REVIEW

BY ADMIN IN NEW PRODUCT NEWS · MAY 30, 2013 ·


Creation Audio Labs is excited to announce the release of its first dedicated bass product – the Funkulator EQ Tone Shaper.

The Funkulator was designed as a quick and easy solution for getting great slap tone with the ability to switch the EQ on and off during performance. Funkulator shares the same floor pedal footprint as Creation Audio Lab’s acclaimed MK4.23 Clean Boost and Holy Fire Overdrive/Distortion pedals.

The Funkulator, as the name implies, was designed with the “funkster” bass player in mind – the type of player who loves the upper mid scoop of a 70’s Jazz Bass. The single EQ knob provides a variable upper mid frequency scoop with a gentle hi/low boost. Creation Audio Labs continues their reputation for studio quality, low noise, and full bandwidth design with the Funkulator.

While ideal for slapping/popping techniques, the smooth, hi-fi tone of the Funkulator is sure to delight finger-style and pick players alike. The Funkulator is hand built in Nashville, TN.



Review courtesy of BassPlayer magazine;

Review: Creation Audio Labs Funkulator & Grizzly Bass Pedals

BY  ED FRIEDLAND

January 26, 2015


Creation Audio Labs makes several products geared toward the high-end studio market, with a focus on power supplies, buffering, and impedance matching. The company’s work in these areas forms the foundation of its effect-pedal lineup, and with two new bass-specific boxes on the market—the Grizzly Bass and Funkulator—low-enders can now enjoy the benefits of studio-quality engineering in their pedalboards.

DIG U NOW

With its one knob and switch, the Funkulator is pure simplicity, but what goes on inside the sturdy metal case is far from basic. Many players find that their preferred fingerstyle tone doesn’t work when switching to funk/slap technique—the midrange frequencies that provide helpful finger articulation turn into a snarling gnash when all you want to do is get down. The Funkulator’s knob controls a mid-scoop centered at 800Hz that decreases gain as you roll it clockwise. As the mids decrease, the lows and highs get boosted for a consistent overall volume, and the width of the cut narrows. The Funkulator uses a custom-wound inductor rather than an integrated circuit, for a simpler and less colored signal path. The output is buffered by Creation Audio’s Redeemer circuit, which produces a low-impedance line-level signal that can drive long cable runs, suppress noise, and allow the pedal to be plugged directly into a mixing console without a DI. The plain purple box and green knob are offset by an ultra-groovy light-show behind the cutout logo.

DADDA GRIZZLY

The Grizzly Bass pedal shares the same buffer and advanced power-supply infrastructure as the Funkulator, and it employs analog waveshaping technology borrowed from Creation Audio’s Holy Fire pedal. While it falls into the overdrive/distortion category, it can also be useful as a general tone-shaping device, a clean boost, or like its funky friend, a signal buffer. In addition to gain, overdrive, and distortion, the Griz also features the Funkulator mid-scoop and a high-frequency rolloff control. The mid-cut is wired reverse from the Funkulator pedal: fully clockwise is flat, and dialing counterclockwise brings in more of the cut.

Creation Audio engineer Alex Welti describes the inspiration behind the analog wave shaping: “One day I realized there was math behind the behavior of tubes, and that back in the old days, computers were analog. By studying the math behind tubes and analog computers, I came up with the wave-shaping computer—the signal stays analog the whole way through. Nothing digital.” He further explains, “The real advantage of the wave-shaping circuit, besides tube emulation, is that it’s studio-quality clean—even at extreme settings, it does not add a lot of noise.”

FUNK U NOW

Running the pedals through their paces in my bass cave, I used a Genz Benz Shuttle 9.2 to power a Greenboy Audio Fearless 1x12, with a variety of basses. The Funkulator is essentially an adjustable one-trick pony, but if you need that trick, it’s very handy. While I find most “slap switches” and amp mid-cut presets poorly centered, ham-fisted, or both, the Funkulator manages to deliver something useful. But of course, with the frequency set at 800Hz, it works best when that is the frequency range you want to cut. I tried the Funkulator on my EMG-equipped Lull MV5 (which already has a great slap tone), and wound up with muddy low end, shrill highs, and no impact. But switching over to my G&L L2500 in series mode, the Funkulator worked magic on the hyper-aggressive midrange, and produced as close to a sizzly slap tone as that bass could ever muster. So, consider your source material for best results. While it might detract from the simple aesthetic of the device, a sweepable frequency control would be a great inclusion. In addition to the slap-centric concept behind the Funkulator, dialing in a small amount of the cut can round off your fingerstyle tone, and it can boost thump and attack for pick playing.

BEARLY LETHAL

“Grizzly bear” may evoke the image of a raging beast tearing apart a campsite (or camper), but for the most part, our ursine friends live a pretty mellow life. The Grizzly Bass pedal does have a nasty side, but its greatest strength is the ability to simply lie there and get fat. As both pedals default to buffered bypass mode, set in flat position the Griz has no audible effect on the signal. But simply rolling overdrive up to 8:00 gave me just the right amount of fat to want to park it there for the winter. Combined with a judicious amount of mid- and treble-rolloff, it thickened the texture and rounded off the edges, for a deliciously tube-like fingerstyle tone. Increasing the overdrive opened up the dynamic response and gave the effect a little more attitude—in extremis, it has more grind than you need, but not as much as you might expect. The distortion control brings out an edgier side of the drive palette, and it also proves useful in tamer settings. As you roll past 3:00, the heavy stuff starts to happen, but it is accompanied by built-in compression that will require a gain bump to retain overall volume when maxed. A common problem with heavily saturated bass tones is the loss of attack definition, and unfortunately, the Grizzly’s heavy-handed compression does not help this issue. But when faced with the choice of dealing with a Grizzly on the rampage, or hibernating in corpulent splendor— which would you choose?

The Funkulator is a cool pedal that can provide a quick EQ change between finger and slap styles, but it also works as a general-purpose mid-scoop. With its high-quality power supply and buffering, its very presence in your effects setup makes things a little nicer downstream. The Grizzly Bass also uses the Funkulator circuit, but in conjunction with the different drive characters and treble cut, creates a tube-like environment that can be tailored for subtle, or not-so-subtle, tones.

SPECIFICATIONS

CREATION AUDIO LABS

Funkulator
Pros Applies mid-cut for slap or fingerstyle
Cons Preset frequency may not suit every bass
Bottom Line The Funkulator can give you an instant slap-friendly EQ change.

Grizzly Bass
Pros Tube simulation can fatten your sound, or turn it into a raging beast
Cons Extreme distortion settings introduce heavy compression
Bottom Line The Grizzly Bass adds great texture and dynamics to your bass tone.

SPECS

Funkulator
Output
¼"
Power 9 volts @ 250mA (not included)
Dimensions 3" x 4.25” x 1.5"
Made in USA

Grizzly Bass
Output
¼"
Controls GAIN, OVERDRIVE, DISTORTION, MID-SCOOP, HIGH-CUT
Power 9 volts @ 250mA (not included)
Dimensions 3" x 4.25" x 1.5"


 

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