Is there a pedal that can turn my guitar into a bass?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by sharks, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. sharks

    sharks Member

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    I play around a ton with my Boomerang III but only play over chord vamps I record. There is an octave feature that drops your signal an octave and makes it half speed, but I don't have good enough timing to utilize that properly. Is there a pedal that can do this on the fly? I would love to be able to jam over some funky bass lines
     
  2. rickkkyrich

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    How bout an OC2/OC3?
     
  3. tapehead

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    EHX POG.
     
  4. JohnRegular

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    Get the EHX Octave Multiplexer. yes, it doesn't have perfect tracking, but it is far cheaper than anything polyphonic, but it is analog and it I think it sounds far better and more like a bass, not to mention you have more control over your tone.
     
  5. sharks

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    None of those pedals really do what I'm looking for but thanks for trying =\
     
  6. Modulator

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    Just buy a cheap bass and an input selector switch. Probably cost you less than any polyphonic pitch/frequency shifting effect that works well.

    Doubleneck with bass n guitar perhaps?:D
     
  7. JohnRegular

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    I'm not sure what more you could really need. You sure aren't gonna get anything better, bar buying a bass.
     
  8. Modulator

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    Why do you need polyphony for a bassline? It could start to get really muddy with bass chords in the looper.
     
  9. Mr. Limbic

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    eventide pitchfactor can do tons of low end stuff..maybe look into one of the sansamp bass di pedals? from what i remember they have cabinet and head simulation, but i have no idea past the pitchfactor
     
  10. ES330

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    NO...
     
  11. sharks

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    :omg Doubleneck! Brilliant! Realistically though, it's a matter of space. I'd rather throw another pedal on the board than have to find a spot for another instrument.

    I don't want a blended signal and I don't want the octave up. All I want is octave down, without a dry signal.


    Will do, thanks
     
  12. sharks

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    Ok, :p fair enough.
     
  13. JohnRegular

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    I don't think there are any pedals that do literally just that. But all the pedals mentioned above are capable of doing that. Plus, you've got the option if you ever feel like it.
     
  14. sharks

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTPBzy0dxVE&feature=player_detailpage#t=175s

    There it is! Good call tapehead. Took a couple videos to find that but looks like I've got my answer.
     
  15. crazynightowl

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    Oddly enough I have been experimenting with a TC-Helicon VoiceLive Touch and tried using a guitar as a "vocal" input to see if it would harmonize like it does for vocals. It actually works! You do have to use single notes and either set a scale or provide another audio/MIDI signal to let the automatic detection do its magic. You can select the voicing and an octave down is a choice. I'll have to try that and see if it passes muster. There are a number of vocal harmonizers available these days and they might be a solution for this.

    Also, as I have commented before, it's pretty hard to beat a good Roland VG-XXX or GR-XXX system for this but that could be a big step if you don't have a hex pickup, etc.

    CNO
     
  16. lumpfish

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    I have an old Boss OC-2 and i use it just like you are saying. It has a knob for the direct sound and the two octaves. I turn the direct and octave 1 to zero and it leaves me with just the octave down signal.
     
  17. Footbutt

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    yeah, OC-2 or OC-3. the latter can do polyphony.

    i saw Phil Keaggy playing an acoustic set at a little coffee shop and he was using a OC-2. i know he can make anything sound good, but if you had your eyes closed you couldn't tell he didn't have a bass.
     
  18. jnepo1

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    The OC2 is very close, I would go w/ that, never tried the OC3 though. Anyone ever try the Whammy for this application?
     
  19. -=solewheelin

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    I like this thread.
    Makes me feel all fuzzy.
    Yeah the Micro Pog. I had one.
    Everyone likes it, but I think theres room for improvement.
    It's polyphonic but to me, when it's fully wet, it sounds too digital to sound like a bass.
    Has this metallic sound to it.
    I'd rather an OC2 or an Octoplus.
     
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    One of the presets on the EHX Ring Thing is a superb octave down.
     

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