Octaver?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by BOOG, May 22, 2023.

  1. TheKillersFan

    TheKillersFan

    Jan 20, 2021


    Isolated bass if you’re interested
     
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  2. TheKillersFan

    TheKillersFan

    Jan 20, 2021


    I’ve recently started getting more into octave pedals and these are some of the examples I’ve found. Thank you for starting this thread because it means now I’ll have more :)
     
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  3. IanStephenson

    IanStephenson UnRegistered User

    Apr 8, 2006
    Tear your playhouse down has already been mentioned. Every Paul Young album with Pino is a must own.

    I'll put forward I'm Your Man by Wham. I forget who the bass player is but many of the Wham bass lines are really great, despite the cheesy pop front.
     
  4. Relsom

    Relsom Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2013
    The Old Dominion
    Mike Porcaro played a Cirrus 5 String. I don't have a 5 string, so I play this up the board with an octaver going to the down octave. It works out great for me. I'm not a huge fan of octavers going waaaay down into the sub since many don't track well way down. At least the cheaper ones don't...I'm sure there's ones out there that track fine no matter how low you take them.
     
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  5. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    There are some interviews with Lefebvre talking about the octaver on Black Star on the YouTube.
     
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  6. Maxi Funkl

    Maxi Funkl

    May 8, 2014
    Earth
    Always one of favorites from them and just killer live too! Man-O-Man I enjoyed leaning up against the speaker stack when this was being played live.
     
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  7. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    Listen to Pino, Tony Levin, and Guy Pratt, OC-2 over all of that, and Tim Lefebvre too of course.
     
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  8. arepa_funk

    arepa_funk Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2020
    Tim's playing on the whole Black Star album is phenomenal.
     
  9. Derek Williams

    Derek Williams Gold Supporting Member

    May 14, 2020
    Edmonton, Canada
    Lazarus is one of my favourites to play, love that song.
     
  10. arepa_funk

    arepa_funk Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2020
    Great tune. I go back to "Tis a Pity" quite a lot. Took a ton of listens to notice there were drop-ins by Tim and Mark with lots of effects.
     
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  11. wiscoaster

    wiscoaster

    Mar 28, 2021
    Wisconsin
    I bought one (used) - an MXR bass octave deluxe - and found it to be an interesting curiosity and have never actually found a genuine use for it.

    now that I think of it maybe I'll try it on the descending intro to "Boris the Spider" by the Who.
     
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  12. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe Supporting Member

    Jun 4, 2001
    Holland, MI
    I like my Octabvre just fine, but my 60s-70s gig doesn't call for it, so it's off the board for now.
     
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  13. Kubicki Fan

    Kubicki Fan

    Oct 3, 2014
    Canada GTA
    Clueless, sanctimonious old bastard
    Jeffrey Deon Estus may have played bass on that song, just a guess. He recently passed away. I am a fan :crying:
     
  14. the low one

    the low one

    Feb 21, 2002
    UK

    Octave pedals are used a lot more than you imagine in all sorts of styles. Here's Sting using one so he can play an octave up and get a thicker tone.
    Love some of the other examples above which I hadn't seen before so will check out.
     
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  15. sunbeast

    sunbeast Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Denver, CO
    Definitely not overrated- the main use of analog octave down on bass is tonal and not to extend the range of the bass and is often used as a one-pedal solution to making the bass guitar sound and feel a bit more like a bass synth. Since bass synth is arguably the most popular form of bass in the modern era I think it would be hard to overate this approach for a bassist who doesn't want to play keys!
     
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  16. hieronymous

    hieronymous

    Nov 28, 2002
    SF Bay Area
    I love using octave with distortion - such a cool sound. This is Gibson Les Paul Triumph into MXR Bass Octave Deluxe into a Fulltone Bass Drive:



    This is fretless short scale into same MXR BOD but different distortion (can't remember what!)