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Roger Mayer Octavia TC

Roger Mayer Octavia TC, octaver effect pedal, big knob: drive, small knobs: tone & level, true bypass, matching power supply optional #108096 (not included), dimensions: 115 x 70 x 55mm, weight: 255g, handmade in England

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Breathe dwarf

Harald319, 29.11.2016
It came in a small cardboard box and it was without any papers - no service, no technical specifications, therefore 2 points deduction in the features.
Otherwise, exactly the sound Hendrix had on the solo of "Purple Haze" on his first LP.
Since all analog is generated, there are many background noises and effects, which partly "dirty" distorted, partly after ring modulator, of which one with "Purple Haze" almost nothing. This is only possible by playing very neatly and taking care that all unintended tones from adjacent strings are avoided.
But the octave effect is audible: it is about an octave above the played sound, and this is even very complex digital, see Whammy DT. The RM Octavio can not do this without distortions, similar to a fuzz pedal, it always sounds a bit nasty no matter how the controls are. A "clean" Crunch similar tube distortion or Tube Screamer I could not elicit the device. Overall, the sound is not suitable for continuous use, but this is perhaps also taste.

Actually, the pedal is neither an octavider, nor a distortion or ring modulator really useful - it always sounds nasty and dirty. But to play "Purple Haze" in the sound of the original recording there is no alternative, it is the - perhaps - digital.

Hendrix and Mayer have worked on it for many years, and in the end they were probably never quite satisfied with it.

Processing and design are first cream: The two small Potis - Level and Tone - turn pleasantly heavy, the large regulator - Drive - can be operated with the foot. A status LED is missing as well as a power supply connector, and although the device is slightly smaller than a tube creamer, it is possible to operate it with battery. The article description is lying here! After unscrewing the housing I found the connection and also enough space for a 9 Volt block. And I have tried it: it also works without power supply.

Roger Mayer also offers the device in the "Rocket" or "Classic" case, but these designs are space-screwed and clumsy, the "TC" design immediately told me, and the price was even higher, so I have I decided to give it a try.

With me the Octavio behind the Tubescreamer and in front of the Wah pedal switched, all three pedals get along well with each other.

I used to buy the Dunlop Octavio. It had no power supply at that time, and the attempt to still have a power supply to the battery connection was quickly punished with total failure, after some time it went again, but I discarded it nevertheless - as Thomann also.

The RM Octavio is very cleanly processed (also inside), and the asymmetrical rectangle looks interesting and noble. Otherwise, here are just decades of experience of the Roger Mayer in it - with failures is certainly not to be expected here. The high price is therefore justified.
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