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Joined: Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:05 am
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 9:40 am 

I am having some issues to find a guitarist for my band and i am thus considering getting an bass sound out of my own guitar together with the normal guitar sound.
Naturally this leads to octave pedals.

I've been thinking about splitting the signal into 2, 1 would then go into the octave pedal and then with various potential effects and the other into my normal guitar set up.

Apparently the DOD meatbox is the ultimate in sub pedals. Apparently the Density Hulk Pro is a good clone. It does seem to go into lower sound territory than a normal octave.

the electro harmonix hog 2 is very versatile but does not sound as "organic" the organ wheel mode sounds amazing too even though its not usefull for me in this context haha. It is very expensive however.

The pog 2 seems to be similar but with fewer features.

Does not seem much more expensive than a MXR bass octave deluxe but i've heard mixed things about MXR pedals. Personally i got a decent tone out of my fullbore metal but I definitely do not consider the fullbore metal a pedal as versatile as it should be with all its options.
I also heard many have issues with tracking but apparently this can be improved with filters and compressors.
My local guitar store also has Boss OC-3 and Moer pure octave but none of them are as versatile and do not have a internal splitter like the hulk pro.

If i go for this on the short term i'll prob layer a bunch of effects on the bass tone aswell. Just having a overdriven/distorted bass playing octave(s) down seems a bit boring to me. I would definitely get a bass wah pedal for example.
Oh and initially i will play black metal with this and no just doing bass and guitar separate is not an option. I want the depth live. Also i need a polyphonic one apparently because of powerchords.

Anyone have any proper experience with this?

thanks in advance.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 3:13 am 

I don't know. It sounds like a terrible idea.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 11:34 am 

I've seen it done before with good results. Scott from Local H has a bass pickup mounted on his guitar (for the bottom 2 strings only) and runs that into an OC-3 then into a bass amp. Sounds good to me:

Youtube: show

Also I'm pretty sure the guy from Bolzer does something similar, though without the bass pickup/second output.
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Joined: Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:05 am
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Location: Netherlands
PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 4:59 pm 

black cobra uses an octave too.
I think a boss oc-3

Arkhane wrote:
I don't know. It sounds like a terrible idea.

It is not what i would prefer to do, but i am kind of tired waiting on finding most of all a willing guitar player. I want to move my project to the next level. I will do everything to turn this from a weakness into a strength if i do it. Layer a whole bunch of atypical effects on the bass and stuff.
We are not Nargaroth we need the bottom end to fill out the sound at the very least.

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