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Good sounding Octave down only, no dry. Possible?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by DJJazzV, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. DJJazzV

    DJJazzV Gambling is illegal at Bushwood sir... Supporting Member

    May 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    I'm looking for an Octave pedal that sounds good just playing the 1 octave down. I really don't want to hear the original note either, but maybe a little original blend might be alright. Nothing "chordy", "synthy", or "wobbley".
    Any suggestions?
  2. Twocan

    Twocan Living the Dream Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Medway, MA
    I had an original MXR bass octave that had a good organic sounding octave down. As any analoger goes though, you're going to have some tracking issues in the lower register and when letting notes ring too long.
  3. walldaja


    Apr 27, 2011
    Sounds like what you want is actually a pitch shifter. I use a Zoom B2-1u that has a pitch shifter capability that lets me produce a note as far as 12 tones below or above the reference tone and doesn't play the reference tone. Best wishes!
  4. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Aguilar Octamizer does exactly what you describe. You can turn the original signal off, or blend it a little, or crank it up.
  5. You may want to check the EHX Micropog. I know for sure the POG2 does it.
  6. shwashwa


    Aug 30, 2003
    micro pog
  7. sillyfabe

    sillyfabe keeping the low-end silly since '06 Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    San Bernardino,CA
    For the OP it seems you want primarily a digital octaver as it is usually the cleanest replication of your note. The EHX POG/POG2 and HOG/HOG2 would give you that clean, non-synthy, non-wobbly sound. Also the aforementioned are polyphonic as they don't truly track your note.
  8. JonnyAngle

    JonnyAngle Dropping Acid Pedal Etching .com Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 24, 2008
    Maple Grove, MN
    line 6 m5
  9. Jean Baudin

    Jean Baudin

    Aug 27, 2003
    redwood city, ca
    Endorsing Artist: See Profile
    This is one of those situations where playing an 11-string comes in handy. ;)
  10. adamsmatthewj


    May 4, 2013
    Tis true, tis true. I occasionally use my Octamizer this way. It not only has "level" knobs for both the original octave and the octave down, but it has individual "tone" knobs for both the original octave and the octave down. Depending on what way you tweak the levels and tones, you can get just about anything you want. Set properly it can replicate your dry tone, or it can get nicely dubby and deep, or synthy and biting. Very versatile pedal.
  11. DJJazzV

    DJJazzV Gambling is illegal at Bushwood sir... Supporting Member

    May 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Thank you all for the suggestions. I just ordered the Aguilar Octamizer. I'll give that a try. I just want basic 1 octave lower. It's only for 20 seconds of 1 song, live only.
  12. I use the MXR BOD, but I want a synthy sound.

    The most "natural" sounding analog octaver I've used was the EBS OctaBass. Digital may be the way to go though. Let us know how the Octamizer works.
  13. The digitech whammy does well with one octave down if Your just looking for a pitch shifter. There is a slight volume drop but it tracks lower than most octave pedals. Most octaves start freaking out around a or g but the whammy will do low e no problem. Just be mindful if your eq settings and what you cab cabs handle
  14. JohnDavisNYC


    Jan 11, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar, D'Addario
    moar stringz. (this is probably the only time you'll ever hear me advocate more strings....) if you want it lower, but you don't want it to sound fake, then you need to play it lower... so either drop tuning or more strings.

  15. The MXR Bass Octave Deluxe using the "Girth" knob does a pretty serviceable job.
  16. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    If you're looking for a sound that is your bass sound only one octave down I think you will be disappointed, no pedal I have tried gives you a natural sound.
  17. pertyman


    Jun 10, 2006
    I also recommend the Aguilar Octamizer.

    This is my demo:

  18. Kazoo_Legend

    Kazoo_Legend Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2012
    Central Valley CA
    +1. This is where I ended. I had the Octamizer but even with careful technique couldn't get it to track below F# consistently no matter how consistently I played . It is a very good sounding octaver. But I haven't found a note, modulated or otherwise, that the Micro POG couldn't track. Guess it really depends on the what you're doing for those 20 seconds.
  19. jaibeau

    jaibeau my fingers hurt

    Nov 12, 2006
    Endorsing Artist:MIKE LULL Eden/washburn (usmusiccorp) Ernie Ball
    Tracking- that is the problem. Everyone has the magic pedal but it just depends on your bass and placement in the chain. I've tried ALL pedals, tracking...this always is the dagger- the pog2 is expensive and does way more than you want but it's personally the only beast that works with all my bases is all applications. But don't take someone's opinion, it doesn't mean it will work for you-
  20. DJJazzV

    DJJazzV Gambling is illegal at Bushwood sir... Supporting Member

    May 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Thank you again for all the replies. Using the 5 string would obviously sound the best, but for 20 seconds of only one song, I can't justify bringing a 2nd bass to a gig. I really want to gig with my '76 Jazz.

    For recording the song, I'll obviously use the 5 string, but these pedal comments from everyone are great and very helpful. I'm probably not the only one in this type of situation.
    Thanks again.