Who makes the best Octave/Bass simulator FX pedal??

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  1. Rod

    Rod Tone is Paramount Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm going to get an RC-50 looper, and I want to be able to put Bass tracks in the loops...[I'm a guitarist]...but don't want to have to switch to bass for doing it live...Who makes the best Octave/Bass simulator FX box out there?? [Thankx for the help!]
     
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    Boss Oc-2: sounds a little synthie and can only track one note at a time.

    Original Digitech Whammy: Does a great job

    EHX POG : Is the best in the business to date, you can play chords and the sound quality is superb

    EHX Micro POG: Same circuit as the bigger POG but a 1/4 of the size. Only does Ocatave below, Octave above, and original signal...all in a die cast true bypass stomp box. A must for any player

    FoxRox OCtron: Great tracking ability a little pricey but sounds great. A little, big pedal.

    HOpe this helps
     
  3. Rod

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    Thankx Groovysnoopy113!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Thankx devnulljp..I'll look into the FoxRox...anyone with any other suggestions?? Thankx
     
  5. Rod

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    Anyone else have octave box ideas??
     
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    the boss is sucky for bass.... I never even try it anymore. As far as tracking and overall sound I think the TC Electronic G Major and G System work best... but they are multis.
     
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    +1 on Octron.
    I've got the Octron 2 and love all the control it offers over each of the Octaves (up, down or "direct")
     
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    I just got a Boss OC-3, and while I can't imagine it being a "best", it does one thing kind of neat. In the polyphonic mode, you can play chords, but set the pedal so it only blends in a lower octave when you are playing a certain range notes on the lowest string(s). I have it set so the lowest octave on the guitar brings in the bass notes. Volume of the bass isn't as even as I'd like--seems to be good & strong when I play a low G through maybe B, but when I play the lowest notes--E, F & F#, the bass note generated seems to drop in volume. The pedal has a separate output for the bass notes--I'm going to try a compressor on it to see if that will even it out a bit. The tracking in this mode seems really good! I believe that may be because it (may be) based on harmonizer technology, and not monophonic pitch follower type circuitry.

    I'm playing with a guy who is playing acoustic guitar and a percussionist. I look at it as an effected guitar sound in some ways--gives me a nice deep sounding guitar to fill things in. :)
     
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    On a side note, does any of these pedals have latency? I'm currently using a Digitech XP-100 Whammy/Wah for octave sounds and, while the tracking is very good, it has a bit of latency, which is annoying when playing faster lines...
     
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    The Danelectro Chili Dog is amazing. The one I had was way better than any boss I've used; I stupidly sold it and bought another but the second one didn't track nearly as well (i.e. about as well as the boss)

    TG
     
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    I use EH Octave Multiplexer which tracks poorly, gets easily confused by complex signals or simple chords, and has a synthy, grainy feel.

    I love it.

    DS
     
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    I bought a Digitech Whammy and a Boss OC-2., but both of them track really poorly, [and I'm a very clean/precise, pick player]
     
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    tried most of the ones above,,,Octron probably my favorite, very tight and deep. Beat out my old Mutron Divider.
    Ibanez made a OT10 that does octave down bass sim very nice, would be my pick after the Octron especially for its small size.
    Original Whammy does a decent job too,,tracks fine for me I do not find it as deep as the Octron.
     
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    Another vote for the Octron. Best I've found.
     
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    I tried an OM out in a store recently, and thought it sounded pretty cool. I would've bought it, except that on anything longer than eighth notes, it sputtered badly, almost like it was shorting out. Does yours ever do that on longer notes?
     
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    Yes. I love that about it.

    My organist handles the low end with his left hand. I double his parts with OM and the poor tracking, synthy sound, and sputtering adds great movement and texture to the pieces. Unlike some people here, I use effects to get "effects", to make guitar sound different. If I want to play bass, I play bass or organist plays bass lines. I like to switch in OM when soloing with fuzz...that confuses hell out of OM and on some lines brings in the chaos needed to climax a solo.

    Very cool sound for me. But I understand others look for different sounds. All good!

    DS
     
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    Thanks, DS!

    I can see where that would be pretty cool for certain types of music. I was thinking of using it for some jazzier stuff, and the sputtering wouldn't fit in quite so well. :)
     
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    The MXR blue box is great. I love the feel it has on guitar. Very reasonable price wise too. Under 80.00 new.
     

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