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Oh my god I think I found my new favourite octave pedal

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by JohnDavisNYC, Oct 28, 2013.


  1. JohnDavisNYC

    JohnDavisNYC

    Jan 11, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
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    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar, D'Addario, Subdecay, Tonefactor
    Heresy, I know.

    I'll leave you all hanging until I (and Janek) own a handful or I can get the circuit cloned...

    John
     
  2. handofseven

    handofseven Soaking up the cathode rays... Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2010
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
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  4. JohnDavisNYC

    JohnDavisNYC

    Jan 11, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar, D'Addario, Subdecay, Tonefactor
    turns out there are clones and I'm late to the party...
     
  5. Let me guess... Pearl?
     
  6. willbassyeah

    willbassyeah

    Oct 9, 2011
    Singapore
    Is it iron ether subt? Guessing how much you love your xerograph
     
  7. corinpills

    corinpills

    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    Are you talking about those old Pearl pedals from the late80s? I had one of those and it was great- had octave up and maybe 2 down, I can't quite recall. It died on me and I gave it to a friend to repair years ago and it disappeared into the ether.
     
  8. Yup, it had a fuzzy octave up too. I think the Pollyanna is a clone.
     
  9. Swift713

    Swift713

    Dec 4, 2006
    Pittsfield, Ma
    I love my Pollyanna.
     
  10. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento California
    Octave up, or down?

    If it's up, I'm interested in hearing more about it. If it's octave down, then I have no interest.

    Thanks!
     
  11. JohnDavisNYC

    JohnDavisNYC

    Jan 11, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
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    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar, D'Addario, Subdecay, Tonefactor
    I'm always late to the party. Yeah, the Pearl, and glad to know it's cloned. I just got a nice one, so did Stu Brooks (we were fighting over one on eBay during Mark Guliana's recording session) and I think Janek, too at this point... I want to check out some clones now, and see how they differ from the original. Anyway, sounds huge and tracks great. It's a bit of a different vibe than the OC2. Maybe not as punchy or dynamically responsive, but as far as the timbre goes, it has more of a hollow square wave vibe... seems perhaps better suited to minimal tech and dubstep whereas the OC2 has more of a jungle/dnb vibe.

    J
     
  12. Skrogh

    Skrogh

    Jan 28, 2010
    Denmark
    I'm quite surprised that the OC-07 and OC-2 has a different sound on the -1 octave, as they - according to the service schematic - are identical in the -1 and -2 section (they use different germanium diodes, but both germ.). The OC-07 looks to have some more gain on tab though.
    The OC-07 does have the +1 octave to mix in, which might make things a bit more interesting.

    I think there are some vero-board layout at DIY-stompbox somewhere for those with interest.

    Ungh. I really do have to make a good synthy -1 octaver some day... Some day when time permits it.
     
  13. fishtx

    fishtx

    Mar 30, 2007
    Dallas, TX
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    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses/Genz Benz - RIP/Mojo Hand FX
    interested in learning more about the clones...when you have some info complied, please post a list...
     
  14. Phagor

    Phagor

    Mar 26, 2002
    London, UK
    I think the MadBean Low Rider is based on the OC-07 circuit:

    http://www.madbeanpedals.com/projects/LowRider/docs/LowRider.pdf

    I borrowed one for a few weeks back in the 80s and loved it. Forgot its name until a few years ago when I saw one going dirt cheap - should have grabbed it, but I'd just bought two OC-2s!

    Looking at the schematic, it should be possible to leave off the -2 octave part of the circuit - not much use on bass. Then you could add a pot to change the frequency of the low pass filter part after the -1 octave to make a tone knob.

    Or I could just wait for my Subterranea to arrive!
     
  15. adamsmatthewj

    adamsmatthewj

    May 4, 2013
    As if I don't have enough $ sunk in old OC -2's, MEATBOXes and an Octamizer
     
  16. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
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    John K Custom Basses
    yep, the madbean lowrider is an exact clone of the original Pearl OC-7 circuit. I just finished building one last week. IMO, it's a very nice sounding pedal:

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  17. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
    John, have you built an OC2?
     
  18. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
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    John K Custom Basses
    yes, but I built it without the two octave down mode.

    [​IMG]
     
  19. cnltb

    cnltb

    May 28, 2005
    ...and still.... I'd really like one of these! :)
     
  20. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
  21. JohnDavisNYC

    JohnDavisNYC

    Jan 11, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar, D'Addario, Subdecay, Tonefactor
    wow. badass. i want an OC-0. only -1 oct. no knobs. who's got that?

    j
     
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