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Effects item created by winegamd, Jul 2, 2015
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.
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.
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!
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.
Pros - Pedal seems to track pretty well on lower notes. It sustains clearly (really depending on attack and whether you are playing for example a Bb on the A string or Bb on the E string) and has various useful tones.
Cons - The 9V adapter is on the side of the pedal near the Input on the right side of the pedal. Sort of an inconvenient spot to choose in my opinion.
There are three knobs on this pedal. One for Dry signal or the volume of your bass without the effect, effect volume for the actual volume of the lower octave and a tone knob. Also has a Mid boost switch for added punch. Roll the tone all the way down and cut out the dry signal and you can get a really nice subby almost synth bass like tone. Go the opposite way and dial the dry signal back in and you can get a nice punchy tone. Even works well for slapping. I would recommend this one at the price they sell for. The pedals MXR makes always look slick and have heavy duty enclosures. The Blue led also looks great as well.
Pros - Love mine but just use it occasionally to fatten things up. Very good tracking. Well built and a quality pedal
Cons - I think most all pedals are overpriced this one included but I did buy this one anyway. I do not use effects much but produces a powerful sound and it kills on some songs,
My pros and cons about sums this pedal up. I do not use effects much and this pedal gives some real power to bass playing when used sparingly. I like it but just do not use it much.
Pros - Ability to blend EBS-ish and OC2-ish tones. Mid boost
Cons - Less than perfect tracking
I've purchased at least three of these pedals over the years but it doesn't end up lasting very long on my pedal board. While it attempts to get an EBS and OC2 tone in one pedal, it gets close, but not quite there. I have an OC-2 and and EBS and plenty of pedalboard space, so I end up going with the originals. It's not a bad pedal, just not for me.