gated bass fuzz
The Brown Dog enables you to produce rampaging waves of meat with your bass guitar while
still keeping your basslines tight and letting the character of your instrument's tone shine through.
With two fuzz modes (hard and soft), a mixing stage and a unique gating circuit the Brown Dog gives
you a wide range of fuzzy and synthy bass tones.
Listen to it now!
Based on our highly acclaimed FZ002 gated bass fuzz, the Brown Dog adds soft mode and features easier to use
With true bypass and only the best quality analogue
electronics, the Brown Dog is perfect for all you clean sound freaks.
Use the special envelope connector in conjunction with the Agent 00Funk Mark II for
synth bass that will really freak you out!
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- Suitable for bass guitar.
- True bypass.
- Four controls allow you to fine-tune your sound.
- Switchable soft/hard fuzz mode.
- Special gating circuit lets you keeps your basslines tight.
- Output mixing stage allows you to keep the character of your instrument.
- Runs from a single 9V battery or external power supply (not included).
- Convenient form factor includes no-tools battery drawer.
- Sturdy steel case finished in a luxurious chocolate brown.
- High quality soft-feel foot switch.
- Compatible with Agent 00Funk Mark II for crazy synth tones.
- High quality analogue electronics throughout.
- Lovingly manufactured in Australia.
The Brown Dog has four connectors on the back:
- input - signal from your instrument comes in here.
- envelope - connects to Agent 00Funk Mark II for maximum squelch.
- output - signal goes out to your amplifier or Agent 00Funk Mark II here.
- 9vdc - plug in a regulated 9V DC 2.1mm supply here.
In addition to the high-quality metal bypass switch, the Brown Dog has four knobs and a switch:
- The dirty level controls the volume of the signal coming from the
Brown Dog's fuzz circuit in the output mix. To make the fuzz louder, turn
it up. To make the fuzz quieter, turn it down.
- The clean level controls the volume of the original input signal in the
output mix. The Brown Dog mixes the dirty signal coming from its fuzz
circuit with the original input signal so you can determine exactly how
much fuzz you want and keep the tone of your instrument.
- The gate control governs how loud the input signal must be for a fuzz
tone to be produced. Especially in hard mode, you can use this gating effect
to prevent hum from your pickups and the noise of your fingers on the strings
from being amplified by the fuzz circuit. You can also ensure that your notes
start and end cleanly, so your bass line remains clear even though you have
massive amounts of fuzz applied.
- The drive control alters the character of the fuzz produced by controlling
how hard the fuzz circuit is driven. Driving the fuzz harder squares off your
sound more and makes it sound harsher. In hard mode with maximum drive, you can
get synth-like square wave tones. In soft mode, the drive control will alter the
volume of the fuzz signal and you may find you need to compensate with the dirty
- Use the mode switch to switch between soft and hard fuzz, which have different
characters. The hard fuzz produces very square-edged acidic tones. Use it for
really hardcore metal sounds or turn up the gate for some great synth tones. The
soft mode produces a classic warm bass fuzz.
The following samples were recorded with an electric bass and a Brown Dog.
The pictures show the control positions that were used to record each sample.
Click on the sample names to listen to the sounds.
Further down you'll find sounds which also use the Agent 00Funk Mark II
envelope filter with the special envelope connection to create some nifty synth bass effects.
The control positions for the Agent 00Funk Mark II are also shown where it has been used.
View or download the user manual for the Brown Dog as a PDF here.