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Octave pedals

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Captain Awesome, Jul 25, 2003.


  1. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    PDX
    Doing an Ebay completed items search for octave pedals, I see a lot of Arion and DOD octave pedals going for very cheap. Are these any good? (i.e., do they track ok, is the bypass acceptable)
     
  2. Only

    Only

    Sep 8, 2002
    Warrensburg, MO
    I've got an Arion octaver, and it's worth $30 or so.

    It's decent, and usuable pretty much down to open A, but it doesn't sound that great compared to pretty much anything else.

    If you just want something to play around with, it's worth buying, but not good enough for gigging IMO.

    ...Also, it's made of plastic, and some people out there absolutely REFUSE to touch a pedal not made of metal. I guess they like to trigger their effects with hammers or something.
     
  3. Tritone

    Tritone Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2002
    Santee, America
    Try the Digitech XBW synth-wah-envelope-etc-etc pedal,setting #7. Roll the synth effect off and it's the best tracking (down to low B!!) octaver you'll find.......and yes I've tried them all ;)
     
  4. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    PDX
    Basically I want to be able to occasionally use the cheesy octave sound from the Zoom 506 without having to deal with the fake bypass of the Zoom. Is the bypass OK on the Arion?
     
  5. Only

    Only

    Sep 8, 2002
    Warrensburg, MO
    The bypass is pretty decent. Really decent considering the price.

    But then again, my amp isn't that great, so you may notice a difference I don't hear.

    I don't know how the sound compares to a Zoom though, since I haven't heard one of those.
     
  6. jondog

    jondog

    Mar 14, 2002
    NYC metro area
    I have the Arion. IMO, it's a very close plastic copy of the Boss OC2. Bypass is fine. I use a Boss PS2 for octaving, it tracks much lower.