Moogerfooger MF-107 FreqBox University Place WA

To begin with, the FreqBox isn't really an "effects" pedal at all. It is primarily a single voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO), very much like those found in the legendary Minimoog and contemporary Moog synths—but it has a 1/4" input that accepts a variety of sources, including guitar.

Broadcast Supply
(253) 565-2301
7012 27Th St W
Tacoma, WA
 
Sluggo Music
(253) 272-7584
2710 6th Ave
Tacoma, WA
 
Guitar Center #235
(253) 474-2900
2919 S 38Th St
Tacoma, WA
 
Guitar Center Tacoma
(253) 474-2900
2919 South 38th Street, Suite A
Tacoma, WA
Store Information
Mon-Fri: 11-9
Sat: 10-8
Sun: 11-7

Service Guitar Repair
(253) 779-5330
909 N Grant Ave
Tacoma, WA
 
Sluggo Music
(253) 272-7584
2710 6Th Ave
Tacoma, WA
 
Guitar Center #235
Suite A 2919 South 38th St
Tacoma, WA
 
Ted Brown Music Co.
(253) 272-3211
6228 Tacoma Mall Boulevard
Tacoma, WA
 
Brown Ted Music Co
(253) 272-3211
6228 Tacoma Mall Blvd
Tacoma, WA
 
Allstar Guitar
(253) 853-5610
3226 Harbor View Dr #5
Gig Harbor, WA
 

Moogerfooger MF-107 FreqBox

Moogerfooger MF-107 FreqBoxTHE FIRST MOOGERFOOGER pedals were relatively conventional: A low-pass filter, a ring-modulator, a phase-shifter, and an analog delay. Then came the decidedly more un-usual MuRF and Bass MuRF boxes, which create modulated-filter effects and generate sequencer-like patterns from single notes. But the FreqBox ($359 retail/$339 street) is more like something reverse engineered from alien technology, requiring a specialized mindset to fully grok. Thankfully, the user manual explains everything relatively clearly, as well as providing a primer on some fundamental synthesis concepts.

To begin with, the FreqBox isn’t really an “effects” pedal at all. It is primarily a single voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO), very much like those found in the legendary Minimoog and contemporary Moog synths—but it has a 1/4" input that accepts a variety of sources, including guitar. That means you can modulate the oscillator in various ways using the audio input signal, including having it track the pitches played by your instrument using the hard sync function, which is sort of like having a simple mono guitar synthesizer if your instrument happens to be a guitar. The input signal can also be used to frequency modulate (FM) the VCO, in conjunction with the onboard envelope follower.

Like all Moogerfoogers, the FreqBox provides an abundance of controls. Drive is an input gain control that can be cranked up for overdrive effects, whereas the overall volume is governed by the Output Level control. The VCO has a Frequency control (which sweeps a range from 25Hz to 1.6kHz) and a Waveform control (which crossfades between triangle, sawtooth, square, and pulse waveforms), along with the Sync on/off switch. The Envelope Amount and FM Amount controls determine how much envelope follower control voltage (CV) and Drive signal modulate the VCO, while Mix determines the balance between the dry and VCO sounds.

The FreqBox is a mono device with 1/4" I/O, but there are also Envelope and Oscillator outputs—for use with other Moogerfoogers, or anything that responds to control voltages—and five inputs for control of Frequency, Waveform, Envelope Amount, FM Amount, and Mix via expression pedals (such as the new Moog EP2, pictured) or other CV sources.

To test the FreqBox, I began by trying a few of the Basic Applications detailed in the manual. “Basic Sync Setup” (triangle wave, medium Drive, with no envelope follower or FM) produced some spatty but edgy fuzz-like effects—especially while sweeping the Frequency with an expression pedal—but the results were inconsistent. Cranking the Drive up and hitting the input with a fuzz, however, kicked the FreqBox into high gear, yielding searing tones similar to wah-sculpted fuzz sounds, but with lots more buzz, bite, and intensity. Adding a little FM increased the growl factor, and a bit of Envelope added some auto-wah vibe. These settings also sounded monstrous on power chords.

When the VCO isn’t synced, the input signal triggers whatev...

Click here to read the rest of the article from Guitar Player


Guitar Player is a trademark of New Bay Media, LLC. All material published on www.guitarplayer.com is copyrighted @2009 by New Bay Media, LLC. All rights reserved