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  • Pedal Type:
    Octave
    Batteries:
    9v
    Weight:
    .6lbs
    Size:
    standard stomp box
    Inputs:
    1
    Outputs:
    1
    Price:
    $149.99
    Features:
    Dry signal blend, Growl octave level, Girth octave level, and upt to +14db 400/850hz mid boost, true bypass

Recent Reviews

  1. Low84
    5/5,
    "MXR pedals RAWK!"
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Features:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - Sound, construction, reliability, true bypass. MXR is making sweet bass-specific pedals!
    Cons - None at all.
    MXR has evolved in my eyes to being one of the best large manufacturers (non-boutique) of effect pedals. Back in the day, my friends and I didn't consider them much and gravitated toward "the other guys." But now, "the other guys" have either gone out of business, no longer make pedals or aren't making anything that engages me.

    The Bass Octave Deluxe is certainly a testament to what MXR is turning out -- superb sound, rugged construction and fantastic reliability. Additionally, they've embraced the true bypass function on all the MXR pedals I've purchased. Bravo!
  2. lowdown notes
    4/5,
    "excellent pedal"
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Features:
    4/5,
    Value:
    4/5,
    Pros - versatile with great tone
    Cons - no so far
    You can find more use for these than one might think at first. Just add growl. You don't have to have a stevie wonder or Peter Gabriel song to use this. It thickens up your tone and then you can shape it from there.
    Price Paid:
    140
  3. PluffMudQueen
    5/5,
    "Great Octave!"
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - Awesome octave tone and very versatile.
    Cons - Does not track very well on low notes.
    Best tone from an octave I've come across. Best for playing higher register notes. I use it behind an envelope and fuzz which makes a bass sound like Godzilla.
  4. Farrin D
    4/5,
    "Nice Octaver, cool color!"
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Features:
    4/5,
    Value:
    4/5,
    Pros - Versatile Octave voicing between growl and girth.
    Midrange frequency selector.
    Great for fretless playing.
    Cons - Takes a bit of finessing to get your desired tone.
    A few tracking glitches (not terrible)
    I have only had this pedal for a few weeks and haven't gigged with it just yet, but from just practicing alone with it, I've come up with some great octave sounds! This is my first MXR product, but it's left a good impression so far. The pedal is sturdy, solid, and ready to go. I enjoy the control between the two ocatave voicings and ability to blend in some clean signal, or just go sub octave synth style with no clean signal. When going completely wet, it takes a bit of tinkering to get the right sound, but once you get it, you're on your way. Additionally the midrange selector is quite useful when you want to stand out a little more. I'm eager to try this out gigging and see how it sounds in a live situation. Overall, I think this is a great little pedal!
    Price Paid:
    $90 used
  5. GMC
    4/5,
    "I really like my MXR BOD"
    Build Quality:
    4/5,
    Features:
    5/5,
    Value:
    4/5,
    Pros - Great analogue octave sound. It's very versatile, it tracks well if used sensibly and it's sound is very clear. It's polyphonic too, which is unusual with an analogue octaver.
    Cons - It can take a while to coax out the many great sounds this unit has. There is some notes that just don't track as well and there's sometimes some background noise on some notes.
    I really like my unit. I also have an OC-2 which is pretty much the standard by which all octavers are judged. If I dial in my favorite OC-2 settings into the BOD, I get a similar sound. But the BOD is clearer sounding, less dark and a lot more detailed. Lets face it...this is a good thing, we want to hear that synthy sound right? The sound on the MXR web site video is very achievable but I tend to get some background tracking noise which is a bit disappointing. This pedal can make some amazing variety of sounds with the MXR bass Env Filter and or the MXR bass Overdrive. They should really be considered a three piece set. It can seriously funk if needed.
    The tracking is by far the best I've seen on an analogue octaver. But here are the usual caveats. Playing cleanly is important. Ply with punch and stacatto helps..especially played on the rear pickup...played over the pickup. Don't hold the note too long, octavers don't like sustaining notes and crap out. Also, it's tracking is really helped with a mid boost going into the pedal (not the eq on the pedal). So if your bass has a three band active EQ...use the mids on a boost and this tracking is really helped. It also likes a loud and hot input, so quiet passive basses will not track as well and an 18v heavy hitting active monster.
    I like to use the MXR bass preamp in front of this pedal so I can hit it with the input level it needs and with that great semi parametric mid control.
    I've tried a few copies and they all seem to have the same ghost noise issue on the high C of the D string. Especially with the growl know up high. A few notes higher and the noise goes, a few notes lower and it goes. I don't know why this is. The mid control is quite nice and it's freq is switchable internally, although it's quite clear which setting works best.
    I like my copy a lot and if something happened to it...I'd buy another in an instant.
    Price Paid:
    £100

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