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Behringer HB01 Hell Babe

Ultimate Wah-Wah Pedal

Unlike most conventional pedals, the HB01 has a fully optical control without mechanical controls and switches for wear-free pedal operation. A unique, spring-back pedal mechanism and a freely adjustable tilt resistance ensure maximum play comfort. The heel-down frequency can be adjusted via the range knob from 440 Hz to 250 Hz, which also makes this pedal perfect for electric basses!

An additional fine-tune control is used to increase the frequency range of the control range for an incredibly brilliant and impressive sound. For a precise setting of the filter curve for a voice-like effect character, the pedal has a super-musical Q control. With the adjustable boost function, including on/off switch, you can effectively highlight your licks. Dual status LEDs for effect and boost activation at the back of the unit provide you with optimum control. Last but not least, our Ultra Low-Noise circuitry delivers an excellent sound quality. The power is supplied via 9-Volt battery or a DC adapter (not included).

  • With optical control for wear-free pedal operation (no mechanical controls and switches)
  • The heel-down frequency can be adjusted via range control from 440 Hz to 250 Hz, thus also suitable for electric bass
  • Unique, spring-back pedal mechanism and freely adjustable tilt resistance for maximum play comfort (can be deactivated)
  • Additional fine-tune control for high-frequency extension of the control range for incredibly brilliant and extra-present sound
  • Ultra-musical Q-control for precise setting of the filter curve enhances the voice-like effect character
  • Adjustable boost function including on/off switch for highlighting your licks
  • Dual status LEDs for effect and boost activation at the back of the unit provide optimal control
  • Ultra low-noise switch for superb sound quality
  • Operation via 9-Volt battery or BEHRINGER PSU-SB DC adapter (not included)
  • Power adaptor optionally available (Thomann NT AC/PSA Article Nr 108096)
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Wah Wah Pedal Yes
Volume Pedal No
Dynamic Wah No
Distortion No
True Bypass No

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Amazing for the price

04.04.2015
This is yet another quality Behringer rip-off of a more famous, far more expensive "brand name" pedal, the Dunlop "Cry baby from hell". I own both and really there's precious little separating the two, infact if anything I would say "go behringer" as the wah frequency threshold is adjustable (easily, knob on the side) so you can also use this as a bass wah simply (the dunlop sounds bad when used with bass, doesn't really work).

The workmanship here is pretty much identical to the dunlop pedal. It's slightly bigger in terms of footsize/area so I guess if you're a big footed lummox this would, again, probably be the better pedal to go for.

One small problem I noticed with the pedal is that for a bit of the "travel" of the rocker there isn't really much change to the sound, with the majority of the "wah" effect taking place in a shorter travel range than the full pedal allows. This was easily fixed with a simple internal mod which is detailed in many, many different youtube videos which are easy to find, just search the name of the pedal and the word "mod" and you'll find them. This is absolutely no reason to put anyone off buying the pedal and, for many people, this will probably not be an issue at all but I am an anally retentive freak so OF COURSE it bothered me ;-)

I dipped 1 star in both "handling" and "quality" for this small issue (and it really is a small issue, the sound/range is still there it's just spread over less travel than the pedal offers from the off). Also, I'm not sure if all will be set up like this, it might just be a few from time to time that aren't set up right. Considering this is more than 1/2 the price of the Dunlop unit one can happily take 5 minutes or so to fix this issue.

Also, another thing this has over the dunlop pedal is that it's all "optical" whereas the dunlop wah's rely on mechanical parts/wheels inside. This means it'll never get gummed up/worn down and should, theoretically, last much longer. Think of the difference between an old school "ball" computer mouse and a new optical/laser mouse. Which one do you have to clean out regularly ? (clue: it's not the optical/laser one)

Works well with the harley benton power plant, no detectable buzz/colouration of sound when in bypass mode and it works well, also, in combination with other pedals (particularly nice when placed in line after a distortion, but you probably already know that, right ?)

Overall this is a bit above the average Behringer pedal, not from sound quality (I think they all sound good) but in terms of being close to the original (if not beyond) in terms of build quality. I foresee no problems in using this in reasonably animated live situations for "one footed surfing" style nonsense.

Would definitely recommend.
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A great budget wah.

16.09.2014
I've only had this a few days, but it's a fantastic piece of kit for the price.

The sound is very adjustable, it's versatile, and the fact I only have to move the treadle to activate it is a fantastic feature. I did have to adjust the off timer to stop it deactivating as soon as the heel went down, but once I'd done this it was perfect. The boost feature is handy too if you use wah mainly in solos. The switch to activate it is on the right hand side of the unit, and I've found that it's possible to carefully use the side of your foot to push it in. The boost only activates when you activate the wah.

The construction, despite being made of plastic, is solid and I can't see it being a problem. Behringer offer a 3-year warranty so in the event of failure it *should* be covered, but I've not had cause to test how good the warranty process is.

The only complaints I have is that there is a slight click when the wah deactivates. This is more noticeable with higher gain patches but, for me, this is no problem really. Also, the LEDs are underneath the heel, so you can't actually see them when your foot is on the pedal, but again, it's a nitpick rather than a problem.

Overall, if you're on a budget and need a wah, I wouldn't look any further.
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