Remember that feeling when you first started playing guitar? When every time you plugged in was a new discovery and every stompbox opened a new dimension of possibility? Subdecay want your gear to be exciting and inspiring again. Channeling their varied influences from vintage tones, analog synthesizers and 8 bit computers, SubDecay hand craft off the beaten path sonic manipulation devices for musicians who want to stand out from the crowd.
The Octasynth is more than a simulation or an attempt to mimic analog synthesizers. It is an analog synthesizer. The heart and soul of the octasynth are two different effects both built around IC’s commonly used in analog synthesis. The first is an octave generator that converts your guitar into three square waves. The octaves then run through a second effect: A resonant low pass filter. 90% of the analog synth tones you are familiar with are just this – Raw waveforms and resonant filters.
The first temptation with any synthesizer effect is to make it complicated, so complicated that most people would never have the patience to use it. While this can make for a very fun (and expensive) toy, it becomes less useful or even frustrating if you can’t easily recall ‘that sound’ you were getting from it a few minutes ago.
Dynamics- Not only does the Octasynth track the note you are playing. It also tracks dynamics to control the filter. Use the DEPTH and RESONANCE controls to create in your face punch or resonant gurgles. Expressive controls let your playing shine through. The way you play a note has just as much effect on the sound as the note you play. The filter also completely turns off while you are not playing to eliminate sputter or other noises common with other octave effects.
Powered by a 9 volt battery or a regulated 9VDC to 12VDC adapter with a negative center 2.1mm barrel style plug If using a “daisy chain” power supply, all other pedals MUST be negative ground. Current draw is less than 10mA. Length 4.4″ X Width 2.3″ X Height 1.0″ Input impedance- 500K Output impedance- varies depending on Level setting. The Octasynth is hand made in Oregon. Die cast metal enclosures for durability. 3PDT switches for true bypass switching. Red LED indicator. Three-year limited warranty.