So I've purchased three budget mini octave pedals thus far - two have done the job, one has been an absolute disgrace, but of the two that worked (This pedal and the Donner Harmonic Square), only the Donner has been completely idiot-proof and produce near perfect results, if a bit delayed. This one, however, has a bit of a rabbit hole to go down...
I'm a bassist, let's start there. So I'm not using this to go an octave lower, but an octave HIGHER, while giving me the ability to keep my bass sound and add a guitar line over the top of what I'm playing to fill in for the rhythm guitarist my band doesn't have. The Donner tracks that and gives a clean representation of an octave above with no fuss, and just a slight delay - the Sub n' Up is faster, with a few quirks. By default the sound is pretty heavily effected; there appears to be some weird EQ going on and the pedal "barks", as best I can describe it - the sound that goes in when you're pitching an octave up has to be processed QUICKLY, resulting in a pretty extreme envelope filter as the frequencies get sorted out. At least that's what I THINK is happening.
Regardless it's not perfect to begin with so I dove into the toneprint software, available for free for Mac or PC on TC's website, and it's pretty insane what you can get into with this pedal. After two hours or so I'd turned the simple up/down/dry octave volume pedal into an overdrive, cabinet simulator, and boost, all at once. And that's without even getting into the modulation options like flanger or chorus.
Right now I have the pedal setup using no sub octave, instead using that knob as a drive knob, and the upper octave has some particular EQ settings to make the sound play nice with my bass. These simple fixes have made it possible for me to play bass and rhythm guitar simultaneously, eliminating about five other pedals from my board in the process.
The possibilities are endless - but you'll have to work for them. If you're looking for an inexpensive, accurate, simple pitch pedal - get the Donner Harmonic Square. But if you want to be able to take a simple effect and mangle it to do the completely outlandish and undeniably YOU, this is the one.
|商品尺寸||9.4 x 4.8 x 5 cm; 190 克|