Multiwave Distortion Questions

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  1. rsmith601

    rsmith601 Vendor

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    There were some questions about what the Source Audio Multiwave Distortion actually "sounds" like. Hopefully this helps.

    Brad Whitford uses the product on setting 15, which is single-band normal distortion cuves. This is the most"traditional" setting for the product.

    Reeves Gabrels uses the Multi-band Octave setting, which offers an octave-up distortion curve which creates some synth like charactersitics.

    In general, this product has a palate of sounds which are very new and different.

    Sounds are better than words. This page has lots of soundclips. Check those out before the video.

    http://www.sourceaudio.net/products/...distortion.php
     
  2. MjCartney

    MjCartney Neo-Maxi Zoom Dweebie Silver Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the info, I have one on the way.

    I'm assuming that the octave feature will handle single notes only based on the demos. Might I be in for a big surprise? Is it polyphonic due to the frequency separation?
     
  3. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    Really impressive set of sounds for the selling price.
     
  4. rsmith601

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    The multiband octave effects are better at dealing with multiple notes than the single band octave effects, but the "normal" multiband settings deal with multiple notes with the most clarity of all. There is a technical "whitepaper" on our web site if you want more information. We hope you enjoy this unusual distortion pedal.
     
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    OK, I have a better answer from Bob Chidlaw, who designed the distortion algorithm. No, cords will not really work with the Octave settings. However, the Multiband Octave setting will be much more forgiving with higher frequencies than which happens with a single band octave distortion such as an Octavia or the single band octave settings on this product. We often hear that the Multiband octave is "easier" to play than traditional octave distortions. Hope that helps.
     
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    Finally, the definitive post on this matter:

    The octave settings aren’t based on pitch detection so they don’t actually generate a distinct octave tone, rather they shape the input to generate a 2nd harmonic which is the octave of the input.
    Since it’s not based on pitch detection there is no latency lag in the output.

    The octave settings are not polyphonic in the sense that they will not create an octave of a chord. The octave settings work best with single notes or 4th and 5th intervals. Since we rely on a very specific input/output curve to create the octave, the extra notes and harmonics present in a chord alter the action on the curve so that the result doesn’t sound like an octave up.
     

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