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Review: TC Electronic Sub ’N’ Up Octaver

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Review: TC Electronic Sub ’N’ Up Octaver

One of the recent pedal entries for TC Electronic is the Sub ’N’ Up Octaver.

Review - TC Electronic Sub ’N’ Up OctaverTC Electronic states on their website that this is the “new leader in pitch-pack. I have to say that I agree.

I was recently on a gig with a band where they wanted a ‘little more’ on bass on a few songs. I played around with the few pedals I have, and the Sub ’N’ Up Octaver was the ultimate winner for the gig. Not only did it deliver a mix of one and two octaves down, it also gave me an octave up. It did not matter how low or high I went, there was no garbled sound.

This little beast tracks so perfectly it is almost insane.

The sound guy knew I was using the Sub ’N’ Up Octaver and wanted to add that to the sound check. It literally rattled his subs with the lowness this little pedal provides. I would actually put it up against any polyphonic octave pedal out there… that is how good this pedal really is.

Let’s go beyond using it just for bass for a moment and give it the justice it fully needs. The Sub ’N’ Up Octaver not only provides three octave for your bass, being two down, and one up, it also works great for guitar when playing chords. Want the sound of a 12-string guitar, but don’t have one? Use the octave up control.

Want a classic organ tone, Sub ’N’ Up Octaver is there for you. You can mix the three octaves any way you wish to get a full-body octave presence. Not only does it do polyphonic, it also has a toggle switch to turn on the monophonic octave, giving you the old-school octave sound.

I have to be honest though, while I do like the monophonic octaver, the polyphonic portion really shines and makes the Sub ’N’ Up Octaver stand out above the rest. I should also mention that there is a fourth control for the amount of dry signal you want to mix in with the octaves.

Let’s take this even a step further. It also uses the TC Electronic TonePrint feature so now you have even more, and virtually endless, combinations and can even make your own with the step editor.

The TC Electronic Sub ’N’ Up Octaver is also true-bypass.

Whether an octave pedal is in your future, or not, you really need to check out the TC Electronic Sub ’N’ Up Octaver at a music retailer near you!

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