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MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe (MXR - M288 Bass Octave Deluxe)

By MGR/Laklander, 16/01/2010
Blue, heavy duty aluminum stompbox, with three dials: Growl, Dry and Girth. Mid+ switch for mids boost. Standard heavy duty footswitch. Mono in and out, Powered with single 9V battery optional AC adapter.

Tried at a local music store. I was curious what changes MXR had made to the earlier Bass Octave, which I own.

Tracking seemed fine, and the Mid + switch helped to make the bass cut through a band mix. The Dry knob allows blending of octave and straight bass signal: all the way to the left produces a synth-like octave below the fretted note. Twiddling the Growl knob gives you a midrangy octave; Girth adds a deeper harmonic.

Not much, but I wish they had offered an Octave Up option as with the Bass POG. Some players have commented that tracking is spotty, bu that's not my experience. I suspect that these users have been trying to produce an octave below their already-low B string. In my experience, an Octaver works best when you play no lower than the open A string; the higher, the better, in fact.

As are all MXR products, the Bass Octave Deluxe is built like a nuclear bomb-proof bunker.

The MXR Bass Octave Deluxe is an affordable choice for bassists looking to add some depth or soloists looking for different sound. Mid + switch is a nice touch to help you cut through a band mix.

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Electro-Harmonix Bass MicroSynthesizer (Electro-Harmonix - Bass Micro Synthesizer (Original))

By MGR/Laklander, 01/02/2010
The EH Bass MicroSynthesizer is packaged in a black aluminum thinline box with green and black applied graphics for settings and logo. One in, one out. 10 sliders for Trigger, Voice Mix, Attack Delay and Filter Sweep. Single on/off stomp toggle. One 9V AC Adapter include in price. EH recommends that you don't try to power the unit in a chain from a single (V power source, but use the dedicated AC Adapter -- wise advise.

I tried out a friend's after hearing Nate Query of The Decemberists using one on 'The Hazards of Love.' Street price is $279.

The Bass Microsynthesizer offers sveral pedals in one: fuzz, envelope filter, octave box and more. Uisng the sliders, which determine effect volume, filter cutoff, sensitivity and initial attack time, you can tailor several sounds to your preferences. Octave effects work only on single notes but track well, and the ability to have a octave about' the actual note helps to flesh out the sound -- like Hendrix on bass! I'm a fan of controlled fuzz, the this machine delivers a square wave that is very smooth. It's also possible to get delayed attack that's approximates a volume pedal by ramping up Attack delay slider.

Price, for one thing. It's also a pain to have to either put the unit on a pedalboard and stoop over to adjust settings or mount it high and try to turn it on and off with your free hand. A remote on/off would be nice so you could keep the unit at waist level to adjust settings for on-the-fly changes.

Well made, but maybe not as heavy as you would like on a stompbox. Sliders seem prone to damage from a misplaced attempt to stomp on the toggle switch.

If you like far out bass effects, the EH Bass MicroSynthesizer offers several in one handy unit. Fuzz, envelope filter, octave above and below and attack delay let you satisfy your inner keyboard bass player.

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One of the earliest multi bass fx (DOD - Bass30)

By JeffTadashi, 22/06/2012
The DOD Bass 30 is one of the earliest bass multi fx units made for mass use, and it certainly was one of the cheapest. It included multiple sections of different effects. The first effect is the modeling, and this allowed your bass to be modeled after a certain amplifier type, distortion type, or synth type. It included Classic, Modern, Rock, Overdrive, Fuzz, Fretless, and Bass Synth. The next section was the EQ/tone section, where you can change such parameters as Volume, Model Gain, Treble, High Mid, Low Mid, Bass, and Gate Threshold. The next section was the effects, where you can choose a modulation effect, such as Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Vibrato, Envelope, Pitch/Bend, and Detune. The next section is the compressor, where you can adjust Crossover Frequency, Threshold, Ratio, and Gain. Next there is a small fx section for Delay and Reverb. And finally, there is a parameter section, which helps you adjust any of the parameters of the fx and models. There is also a wah on this unit as well.


First of all, this pedal is made of some pretty cheap plastic, and if you are not careful, you can easily break this thing, either the 5 foot pedals or the small buttons themselves. But this pedal seems to do it all, and it even has a tuner. If you are introducing yourself to the world of bass effects and processing, you can't go wrong with a unit like this. It is organized relatively neatly, and there are plenty of buttons and menus that allow parameter editing to be relatively easy.


The sound quality of the DOD Bass 30 is mediocre to good. Nothing here will blow you away, but the basic effects sound descent, and everything simply does what it's supposed to do. I find the simpler tone modeling, such as Classic and Modern, to be relatively benign, and don't really seem to do much to the tone. They would hide and muddy a great bass guitar or a great bass amp, so there is no need to use those unless you have poor equipment.


Overall, the DOD Bass 30 is worth picking up if you need a cheap multi FX that does it all, just to experiment around with. Don't expect it to hold up to heavy touring, though!

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