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Octave pedals for lower tunings

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by yarnboy, Jul 7, 2003.


  1. Are there any octave pedals out there that don't crap out below standard tunings? I tune a full step down and have a really really hard time finding octave pedals that produce really clean subharmonics when I play an open D. The only things I've found that work well are actual sub-har. generators, but I know of no way to foot switch a rack mounted unit, and it seems like a bit overkill to have a rack mounted unit for one single effect, when that's not the intended purpose of it in the first place. I was looking at the MXR bass octave, and it boasts some nice claims..I didn't know if anyone had used this pedal or not. Any input is greatly appreciated..Thanks..
     
  2. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    The Akai Deep Impact tracks that low and is a very good octaver (as well as bass synth). What cabs are you playing through, because even if you can get an octaver to track that low, how are you going to reproduce it live?

    Alex
     
  3. Lenko

    Lenko

    May 3, 2003
    Slovenia
    EBS Octabass is the best if you ask me.:bassist:
     
  4. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    I had one myself - nice tone but it doesn't track anywhere near as well as the Deep Impact, seems to get confused below low A.

    Alex
     
  5. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    I see no use for an octaver to track so low.
    I can't think of a situation where you'd need to go lower than A.
    No cab will reproduce it anyway.
    You like that ?
    It gets VERY blurry.
     
  6. I play through a Megoliath..If I physically tune down an octave, it flaps like crazy, but I can hear the note. I want to use it for just a couple nutty parts in our songs..I think it would sound absurdly evil.
     
  7. Prahainspring

    Prahainspring

    Oct 22, 2002
    New Jersey
    How does the Deep impact sound in standard tuneing?
     
  8. Is the Akai able to do just clean octaves with no synth? All I've heard have been synth samples..Which sound great, but aren't what I'm looking for.
     
  9. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    Yes - you just turn the resonance and cutoff right down and that removes all the synthy overtones. If you want more bite in a live situation you can dial a small amount fo resonance with a low cutoff and it'll cut through better but still not sound too synthy.

    Alex
     
  10. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    Fantastic! I play a 4-string tuned EADG (though I've experimented with dropping the E to B, may get a hipshot detuner one day).

    Alex