#4
so basically, if i wanna get a higher/lower sound but can't detune, i could use the octave pedal?
#5
the simple ones i've used, recreate the note you're playing and then play it back one/two/both octaves lower at the same time, generally. AWESOME for some epic sounding single note riffs. but once you start hitting more than one string at a time, you better be careful cuz you'll easily make a mess.

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so basically, if i wanna get a higher/lower sound but can't detune, i could use the octave pedal?


not quite. i don't think you would want to tune your guitar to drop e, because that would just be pointless. the pedal simply makes this octave to augment your sound. sorry if that didn't make sense.
just check out "marooned" by david gilmour on youtube. that's a great sample of it in action.
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Does an octave pedal serve the same purpose as the Octaver setting on my Vypyr? Sounds like a phantom of the opera organ
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Does an octave pedal serve the same purpose as the Octaver setting on my Vypyr? Sounds like a phantom of the opera organ

Kind of
Basically
It takes the note your playing and sends it out along with one thats an octave higher or lower
the original notes still there though
so its not like youre in a different tuning,
its like theres someone else playind along with you an octave above or below you
theyre great for single notes, but chords... not so much
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Satch uses them a lot to emphasize melodies... it can be used for a lot of things

Its nothing like chorus btw...a chorus takes part of the signal and modulates the pitch just a little...almost out of tune if u think of it. An octave pedal takes your signal and lowers it one octave so its like 2 harmonious guitars in one.
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or you can get ab octavia pedal. it emphasizes the first harmonic, which is an octave higher than the fundamental
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Think Iron Maiden riffs... That's actually two guitars, but same sound.
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If you want some idea of what an octave pedal sounds like, the main riff on Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes is a guitar using a whammy pedal (which is basically a more spohisticated octave pedal) one octave down.
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so it's like having 2 other guitarist playing the same notes, just an octave lower, correct?
#15
No, it just makes the note you play sound lower or higher depending on how you set it.
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No, that's a whammy pedal, an octave pedal will add the higher octave note and/or the lower octave note to the note that you are playing.
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It would? I honestly didn't know the difference, I never use the octave setting on my Danelectro. Thanks dude, I'll try it later.
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Octave pedals can sound pretty sweet for chords. Check out the Electro Harmonix POG demos on youtube, they can make your guitar sound like a 12 or 18 string or even an organ.
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It would? I honestly didn't know the difference, I never use the octave setting on my Danelectro. Thanks dude, I'll try it later.

usually it's used with a fuzz, Hendrix used it a lot, you can hear it a lot on Purple Haze.
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It octaves your sound.
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Octave pedals can sound pretty sweet for chords. Check out the Electro Harmonix POG demos on youtube, they can make your guitar sound like a 12 or 18 string or even an organ.

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I've never used an octave pedal. A pitch-shifter set to one octave lower would sound the same, right?
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I've never used an octave pedal. A pitch-shifter set to one octave lower would sound the same, right?


basically yeah

pitch shifter allows more features though, for example the boss super shifter, you can combine with pitches other than an octave, and even use the harmony feature which will generate tones at different intervals instead of just the one you've set
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it depends what you are asking.

there are really three kinds of octave effects: Harmonizers, Pitch shifters and Octavers.

a Harmonizer does what i says: it harmonizes your note with an artificially produced note. check out the Boss Pitch shifter, Digitech Harmony Man and the Digitech Whammy.

A pitch shifter will raise or lower the pitch of your instrument. depending on what unit you buy, the range can go from two octaves up, to three octaves down. Check out the EHX POG, the Digitech Whammy and the Boss OC-3.

an Octaver is generally a Fuzz with an added octave up. now, this is now automatic. unlike the other pedals, where you just choose your octave and wail away, it only goes an octave up, and it is not achievable on every note, depending on which fuzzbox you use.

i hope this somewhat clarified the situation.
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basically yeah

pitch shifter allows more features though, for example the boss super shifter, you can combine with pitches other than an octave, and even use the harmony feature which will generate tones at different intervals instead of just the one you've set

lol I own a PS-5. I've just never bothered to try an octave pedal, 'cuz I figured that's all they did.
So why pay so much for just an octave pedal when a pitch-shifter isn't much more expensive?

EDIT: nevermind. The last guy to post answered my question.
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The PS-5 is really cool if you want to do Allman Brothers style harmonies by yourself.
#26
Harmonist mode is the most useless **** I could possibly imagine. I use the Flutter mode almost constantly, make frequent use of the Pitch Shift mode, use the Trem. Arm mode from time to time and the Detune once in a while, but I can't find a use for the harmonist mode. It sounds so...ugh.
#27
Listen to the intro of "Calm like a Bomb" past the little bass riff/whisper part. Listen for the guitar; I believe Tom Morello uses either an octaver or a pitch shifter to get the sliding sound.