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  • #80077
    korgi
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    anyone got/used an xo worm?
    are they any good/useful?

    thanks

    #108765
    diegoarts
    Member

    the XO worm has got several advantages:

    1. it’s not very expensive
    2. it’s kind of an analogue multi-FX
    3. it’s got Expression Pedal ability!

    as far as the sounds go – there are pedals for each effect that do it better.

    but for live-use it’s very practical and most of the time people wouldn’t hear the difference in a bandmix imho.

    the rest is up to you – sorry to say!

    diego

    #108793
    Fender&EHX4ever
    Moderator

    As already stated, if you are expecting each mode to have a lot of flexibility, you will be disappointed.

    I love the Worm because the phaser, the vibrato, and the modulated wah modes sound really delicious – very thick, very vintage vibe, and very analog.

    I think a lot of people are disappointed expecting it to be more over-the-top. But its strength is that it adds just a touch of texture to your sound. Great for blues, 70s classic rock, funk, and retro stuff in general. It’s not an avant-garde pedal, folks.

    #108794
    korgi
    Member

    thanks for all the replies…..it sounds like it might pretty useful for me then. i just need something simple that i can use with my expression pedal, and i only have a small board….so it should be perfect.

    #109631
    HammyWhammy
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    i think you have to watch out with the worm, because in my opinion, only half the sounds are good. If you want it more for the wah and phaser sounds, its great. But the tremolo and vibrato are weak, and lack depth. I wanted to use mine as a tremolo, but i returned it, so beware…

    #112016
    octa805
    Member

    it’s pretty sweet if you don’t expect it to be a huge stand-alone effect. If you are running a big muff or something else into it the xo worm is great. It’s almost like an effect for your effects IMO.

    #112467

    I tried my rythm guitarrist’s. I didn’t really like it one bit =/
    It’s not bad, but it’s just too soft for me. I need a rather extreme, wet effect since I also use pedals on bass and sometimes keyboards, so this one just didn’t cut it.
    I have to say, though, that it doesn’t have the volume drop the discontinued version had on the Phaser mode. If you’re after a slight modulation this might be your cup o’tea.

    #115114
    octa805
    Member

    After owning the xo worm for over a year, I found myself not using it too much because as people stated here, the effects on it are all pretty mild for the most part. I had it before my dirt just because it sounded a bit cleaner there (duh) and that clean trem or wah was what I’d usually use it for.

    Just messing with things a bit and I put it after my dirt and now I think I really like it again. You’re right, the vibrato………you could get more vibrato w/ your finger most likely.

    Trem-weak for a trem but if you have a high-gain pedal before it it can be just what you want
    Phaser-Not as swooshy as my Phase 90 but a different flavor
    Wah-can be real funky or weird

    The most fun I think is dialing in the wah sound to a specific setting and then switching it over to manual to lock it in. With a nice dirt pedal going into it it sounds pretty sweet

    #123484
    gvelasco
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    Quote:
    i think you have to watch out with the worm, because in my opinion, only half the sounds are good. If you want it more for the wah and phaser sounds, its great. But the tremolo and vibrato are weak, and lack depth. I wanted to use mine as a tremolo, but i returned it, so beware…

    The TREM and VIBE are not weak. They are intended to emulate early classic tremolos (bias wiggle, harmonic) and vibratos (Magnatone). None of those early effects were as “powerful” as modern pedal based versions, but they had their own unique and extremely sonorous tone.

    #124108
    JereEHX
    Member

    I like the sound and analog feel but the best part about getting it brand new is the worm that comes with it!

    #124120
    coyote
    Participant

    Anyone tried it with an expression pedal?

    I have a CryBaby that I can’t stand. I’d love to hear how the Worm wah works when using it as a wah, using an expression pedal.

    #124122
    JereEHX
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    Anyone tried it with an expression pedal?

    I have a CryBaby that I can’t stand. I’d love to hear how the Worm wah works when using it as a wah, using an expression pedal.

    I believe the expression pedal controls only rate rather than sweep. Have you considered the Morley Bad Horsie 2? It has two modes, standard and contour sweep ( which is adjustable), it is activated by engaging the pedal rather than a switch and turns off when the pedal is no longer engaged, and it is built to survive a nuclear war. Some have complained about a weak wah coming out of it, which may be true of the standard Morley wah, but the bh2 has a really nice, and adjustable, tone.

    #124132
    gvelasco
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    I believe the expression pedal controls only rate rather than sweep.

    The expression pedal controls the sweep, not the rate. It is exactly like setting it to MANUAL/EXP and turning the RANGE knob with your hand.

    Without the expression pedal, the MANUAL/EXP gives you a cocked wah on the WAH setting, a notched filter on the PHASE setting, a “harmonic” filter on the TREM setting, and pretty much nothing on the VIBR setting because of the way the vibrato works.

    With the expression pedal, the MANUAL/EXP gives you a wah pedal on the WAH setting, a foot-controlled phase on the PHASE setting, a foot-controlled harmonic filter on the TREM setting, and a strange, extremely subtle detune on the VIBR setting.

    The wah on the worm has a very wide range and a fairly narrow Q to my ear.

    This means there are at least ten ways to get a wah with EHX pedals, and they’re almost all a bit different.

    1. Wailer Wah – Crying tone with rack.
    2. Crying Tone Wah – No moving parts.
    3. Crying Bass Wah – Crying Tone tuned for bass.
    4. Cock Fight Plus – Cock Fight built into a pedal.
    5. Cock Fight with Expression Pedal – Includes classic fuzz.
    6. Blurst with Expression Pedal
    7. Enigma with Expression Pedal – Riddle tuned for bass.
    8. Riddle with Expression Pedal
    9. Talking Machine with Expression Pedal – Wah and Bass Balls mode.
    10. Worm with Expression Pedal

    #124133
    JereEHX
    Member
    Quote:
    Quote:
    I believe the expression pedal controls only rate rather than sweep.

    The expression pedal controls the sweep, not the rate. It is exactly like setting it to MANUAL/EXP and turning the RANGE knob with your hand.

    Without the expression pedal, the MANUAL/EXP gives you a cocked wah on the WAH setting, a notched filter on the PHASE setting, a “harmonic” filter on the TREM setting, and pretty much nothing on the VIBR setting because of the way the vibrato works.

    With the expression pedal, the MANUAL/EXP gives you a wah pedal on the WAH setting, a foot-controlled phase on the PHASE setting, a foot-controlled harmonic filter on the TREM setting, and a strange, extremely subtle detune on the VIBR setting.

    The wah on the worm has a very wide range and a fairly narrow Q to my ear.

    This means there are at least ten ways to get a wah with EHX pedals, and they’re almost all a bit different.

    1. Wailer Wah – Crying tone with rack.
    2. Crying Tone Wah – No moving parts.
    3. Crying Bass Wah – Crying Tone tuned for bass.
    4. Cock Fight Plus – Cock Fight built into a pedal.
    5. Cock Fight with Expression Pedal – Includes classic fuzz.
    6. Blurst with Expression Pedal
    7. Enigma with Expression Pedal – Riddle tuned for bass.
    8. Riddle with Expression Pedal
    9. Talking Machine with Expression Pedal – Wah and Bass Balls mode.
    10. Worm with Expression Pedal

    Thanks for correcting me … I somehow got confused with a boss phaser pedal I had which had an expression input that controlled rate

    #124136
    gvelasco
    Member

    Actually, some of the other EHX Expression Pedal Wahs give you the option to have the expression pedal control the rate or the sweep, so this was a very reasonable assumption. I would be nice if you could choose with the Worm. Of course tap tempo would be nice with the Worm, but they don’t have that either. :-) Still I really like what it does to my sound, so it’s a keeper.

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