Flower Pedals’ latest offering, the Hosta, is a wah with a difference. Instead of a foot rocker, the pedal has a standard enclosure, offering various filter modes – but does have an expression pedal input, allowing for use of the pedal as a traditional wah.
The Hosta’s controls let you tweak four parts of the wah circuit: Level, Gain, Frequency, and Q. It then gives you three different modes for controlling the wah: Auto, Fixed, and Envelope.
In Auto mode, the wah is controlled by an LFO. This mode provides four continuously variable shapes, tap tempo with subdivisions, and ramping abilities. In Fixed mode, the filter stays cocked to one position – but can be moved to a secondary position by using the tap switch, at a speed of your choice. This lets you use it somewhat like a traditional wah, or to go all the way back to the pedal’s roots plug in an expression when its in this mode to use it like a standard wah.
Envelope mode puts the filter to work as an envelope filter, with the frequency responding to the dynamics of your playing. The controls let you adjust the sensitivity and threshold, and the tap switch can be used to switch back and forth between envelope up and envelope down.
The Hosta’s wah filter is analogue, while its control circuit is digital. The analog circuitry is based off the most well known wah in history – and uses a genuine red fasel inductor. For an audio example of what it’s capable of, check out Flower Pedals’ demo below:
The Hosta lists for $279. For more information head on over to flower-pedals.com.