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Octave fun

joe_k

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So i am looking at buying an octave pedal for some fun. i was looking at the EQD Organizer but i was wondering if there was anything else out there in that sort of price range which i should check out.

Really just want something to playaround with and do octave stuff as well as organ sounds.
 

Fulldrive-1

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There are two types of octave pedals.

The first is the synthesizer type; it takes your signal and synethsizes another an octave higher or lower. A typical one is the Boss octave pedal.

You'll hear this sort of tone on EVH's new record; listen to the intro on China Town.


The other is the Octavia type made famous by Hendrix. I've tried lots and the HomeBrew Electronics UFO is the grooviest.
 
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The new Whammy 5 is fantastic, polyphonic, true bypass and does great with chords. Plus it's only $199 for everything.
 

AXXA

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There are two types of octave pedals.

The first is the synthesizer type; it takes your signal and synethsizes another an octave higher or lower. A typical one is the Boss octave pedal.

You'll hear this sort of tone on EVH's new record; listen to the intro on China Town.


The other is the Octavia type made famous by Hendrix. I've tried lots and the HomeBrew Electronics UFO is the grooviest.
There's more than that. There's the analog/monophonic variety, which includes octave down pedals like the OC-2 you mentioned, as well as octave up. There are 2 main types of analog octave up: Octavia and Foxx Tone Machine (btw, the UFO is based on the Foxx). Then there are those that mix both analog up and down together, like the FoxRox Octron, EarthQuaker Bit Commander, EHX MicroSynth, and the new MXR Slash fuzz, etc.

Then there are the digital/polyphonic variety, which is what the OP is referring to. Other than the mentioned Organizer, the EHX POG2 is the main contender for organ sounds, as well as general versatility IMO. The Micro POG is great too, but much more limited. There aren't many more in this category worth mentioning, unless you want to look into the HOG for some real craziness!

EDIT: I know nothing about the Whammy line really, but the one mentioned in this thread sounds like a good option
 

steam-powered

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The MJM Roctavios is pretty nice. I spent about a month trying out all sorts of octave pedals and opted for the Roctavios.
 

joe_k

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only issue with the whammy is the size. think i might just pull the trigger on an organiser.
 

wundergussy

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The organizer has an always-on choral effect. If you ever wanted to use it for just, say, mimicking a bass, you could not.
 

joe_k

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nah don't care for mimicking bass. i would have to bully myself if ii did that. i would rather just get a bloke to play bass and then bully him. because we all know bass players are bitches.
 






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