1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

An Octave pedal that adds octaves above the note??!!!

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Aram Bedrosian, Nov 3, 2005.

  1. Aram Bedrosian

    Aram Bedrosian

    Oct 24, 2005
    Burlington, VT
    Endorsing Artist: Ritter, DR, Jim Dunlop, Hartke
    Does anybody know of an octave pedal that adds octaves above the note...All I have ever seen are pedals that add octaves below....

  2. My ME50B can do both. There's a slight delay though which in some instances sounds cool, but for others it sux.
  3. craigb

    craigb G&L churnmeister Supporting Member

    Akai Unibass - pretty good up-octave, can add other harmonies (4th & 5th?), can add distortion, either 1 out or 2 (separate dry signal and generated), discontinued, may have a tendency to self-destruct over time

    Electro-Harmonix POG - very nice up octave (and +2 octaves and -1 octaves and +1 octave detuned and +2 octaves detuned), works on chords, expensive

    Boss Supershifter - don't bother on bass (IMO)

    Zoom BFX-708 - (hey, it's what I've got) distorted octave up is good, clean octave up is in the don't bother category

    I've tried those 4, one I haven't tried that looks interesting is:

    Digitech Whammy
  4. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    Digitech Whammy. It sounds rather synthetic, but with an effect on over it (distortion or something) you can't even tell it's a fake note.
  5. fenderx55


    Jan 15, 2005
    the zvex jonny octave is a fuzz with the up octave
  6. Ron Now

    Ron Now

    Sep 3, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Endorsing Artist: Fuzzrocious Pedals
    I love the EH POG, granted it was a chunck out of my fund$ but I have yet to regret getting it.
  7. iualum


    Apr 9, 2004
    The POG also gives you a low pass filter & convincing organ tone ability. I want to try one with a phaser/vibe.
  8. All Octavia style octave/fuzzes add an octave up (Chicago Iron, Fulltone, Foxrox (their's does oct up and down), ect)

    The Fender Blender isn't an octavia, but it is an octave fuzz, though you'll only hear the octave when you play up high on the neck.

    And then there's the obvious use of pitch shifters/harmonizers like the Whammy and Boss PS series (I donno how well they track a bass), EHX POG, ect.
  9. Another good Octavia styled unit to check out would be the Studio Electronics Wolftone Helium pedal. It tracks well and articulates nicely on bass. I've found that I prefer to use a pitch shifter like the Digitech Whammy or an Eventide because you can sweep into and out of the upper octave, in addition to a number of other practical intervals. I would definatly recommend the use of distortion or fuzz with pitch shifters to help make the sound more organic.
  10. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    I've got the EH POG and love it. I play mostly Motown, R&B and classic rock and it works great for those times I want to sound like more than just bass playing. If the guitarist is doing something else and can't accompany me, I use my POG and it works great. I don't use it for the keyboard like sounds yet, but I've played with it and it's pretty cool too.

    Yes, it is expensive, but worth it IMO.
  11. I've got the digitech whammy. Bought it primarily for the octave up feature, but the pedal doesn't track properly - at least on mine. When set to the up octave mode, rocking the pedal all the way overshoots the mark. I think it works properly on guitar (guitarist is using it now w/o issue) but have never had luck with it on bass.
  12. WovenGraphite

    WovenGraphite Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2005
    Bay Area, California