Carl Martin Octaswitch?? Yay or Nay?

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  1. smawer

    smawer I like to play.

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    Hey guys.. ive got a rig problem. 10 pedals and im tap dancing.
    anyone tried the octaswitch?

    opinions?

    options?
     
  2. Sruli

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    Iv got the Combinator and it works great for me. The Octaswitch is smaller and has more options so I would say it does exactly what it is supposed to.
     
  3. Rid

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    Says smaller...less options...not as expensive as Combinator....
    8 loops, no extra banks....
     
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    It only has one bank as opposed to the combinators 3?
     
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    Yeah..hence half the price, no extra banks, simple but programable, plus it has relays, and input buffer on/off for the whole switcher...in relay only you can use a guitar in a loop...same with Wah and oldschool fuzz pedals.
    No internal powersupply either, so for best performance use the same powersupply for the switcher and the pedals, or two identical supplys...preferly regulated!
     
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    Sounds good but I am gonna stick with the combinator even though it is double the size.
     
  7. Rid

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    Well if you have a Combinator, no need to get this one!
    Unless you have some oddball pedals with strange impedance issues and such.
    The length is about the same, only the combi is alittle wider.
     
  8. smawer

    smawer I like to play.

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    has anyone tried one?
    does its bigger brother "pop" when you change loops?
     
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    The Combinator??
    It is opto based in the switching...it is silent switching, the Octa we spend time finding some quiet relays there...so it only has a slight tick when changing programs....
     
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    no popping at all on the combinator.
     
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    Does anyone know if the Octaswitch runs on 18V since it has two 9V battery slots. Is it possible to run this with a 9V powersupply?
     
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    It has two 9v for longer life....as said on the site...
    For about 20 hors, or use a 9-1v2 regulated powersupply.
     
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    I got one last week. It runs off of a 9v dc adapter, or 2 9v batteries (I'm running it off of my Pedal Power 2). There is no "pop" wen switching, and it does exactly what it's supposed to. It give you eight programmable combinations. Of course when setting it up you need to be mindful of signal flow
    (e.g. if you put a delay as 7, and a chorus as 8 you can't run the chorus into delay...only the delay into chorus -- and either one separately).

    For $343, pretty neat.
     
  14. Jon Silberman

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    I gave up on finding one and bought one of these yesterday for way less than the Octaswitch ($226, including shipping and custom white and green LEDs for the by pass and tuner out functions, respectively). Obviously, the Loop Master doesn't have the dip switch programming (or whatever it's called) of the Octaswitch but I decided I didn't really need those functions for my purposes. On the other hand, I did want, and will frequently use, the by-pass and tuner out switches on the Loop Master.

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  15. smawer

    smawer I like to play.

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    cheers mate,
    do you have a picture of your board using the octaswitch?
    .....my worry is that i simply wont fit it on there...
    also.... hows the build quality? like a brick or could you break it by dropping it?
     
  16. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    Pardon but do you have the same exact board as that other guy/why not see how long it is and measure your board?! :confused:
     
  17. smawer

    smawer I like to play.

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    i know the dimensions. whats with the attitude dude?

    the point of the question is to find out how he is using it.. with what effects.. how many effects.. etc etc.

    does the switching give you the freedom to use less stomp boxes, etc etc.

    as you yourself said there might be a cheaper (and slimmer) option.
     

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