New forum exclusive demo octaver pedal from Cave Passive

Boutique bass guitar effects pedals that require no battery or power supply. Includes multi-channel boosters and drivers in a compact, aluminium casing with D.I. output.
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Re: New forum exclusive demo octaver pedal from Cave Passive

Post by spencerbasssman » 08 Jun 2011, 22:00

I tried this pedal before it was sent to Mark. It was great fun, although it was extremely weird to operate. Being a prototype you really had to test a lot of different settings to get it right, but when you did, wow it sounded great. The octaves worked well, but particularly powerful was the octave down.
I'm really hoping that this prototype can turn into something user friendly.
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Re: New forum exclusive demo octaver pedal from Cave Passive

Post by SpankyAndy » 20 Jun 2011, 21:38

Any chance of jumping on this user experience bandwagon Mark, or is the list closed completely?

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Re: New forum exclusive demo octaver pedal from Cave Passive

Post by Aussie Mark » 21 Jun 2011, 09:21

Andy, I'm still playing with this pedal, trying to get to know it properly. It's a really "different" pedal, and the way each control interacts with the others is not intuitive at all. I'm trying to make sure I understand it completely before I let it loose on the "beta testers" LOL.

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Re: New forum exclusive demo octaver pedal from Cave Passive

Post by Alec » 20 Jul 2011, 15:06

Any update on this?

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Re: New forum exclusive demo octaver pedal from Cave Passive

Post by PilbaraBass » 20 Jul 2011, 15:12

give him time... he's still working it out

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Re: New forum exclusive demo octaver pedal from Cave Passive

Post by jpr_musicman » 15 Dec 2011, 17:16

Good day all,

If I may, I was wandering what happened with this pedal, I see the G4 is on tour with mixed feedback, was this just a non starter? Looked great, if rather complex. I was quite excited to see a passive octave down pedal.

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Re: New forum exclusive demo octaver pedal from Cave Passive

Post by Aussie Mark » 15 Dec 2011, 20:27

jpr_musicman wrote:If I may, I was wandering what happened with this pedal
It was too complicated to operate - the interaction of the various controls was mind blowing, and would only work if used in the effects loop of an amp. So, not very practical really.

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Re: New forum exclusive demo octaver pedal from Cave Passive

Post by weemac » 16 Dec 2011, 04:42

If you were wondering what the octave up "Octa-Bass" pedal sounded like.......



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Re: New forum exclusive demo octaver pedal from Cave Passive

Post by jpr_musicman » 16 Dec 2011, 11:31

Thanks guys. Appreciate your replies.

I thought that might be the situation. Here's hoping for a re-design.
I'd looked at the Octa-bass, although for me I don't see an application, its just not an effect I'm looking for. Good vid though, plenty of A-B comparisons over a good range, very helpful style.

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Re: New forum exclusive demo octaver pedal from Cave Passive

Post by WestOfBen » 24 Feb 2012, 20:53

I should have at least jumped on the last octa Heath had left. How is this new pedal going?

Would love to be on the tour also, sounds like the tour is cancelled?

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Re: New forum exclusive demo octaver pedal from Cave Passive

Post by bobbybdazzler » 24 Feb 2012, 21:17

No power? Sounds to good to be true. Love to have a try.
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Re: New forum exclusive demo octaver pedal from Cave Passive

Post by caeman » 05 Mar 2012, 04:32

I recorded a bunch of sound samples of the Octa-Bass with my Gretsch (TV Jones mini-humbucker), Fernandes (P and J) and Kala U-Bass (piezo).

Overall, I like the sound of the Octa-Bass. I personally wouldn't run this pedal inline, but thrown in parallel, it adds a nice texture to one's clean sound.

I discovered through experimentation that boosting the 50Hz slider on my EQ that I was able to mitigate some of the perceive volume loss.

Bass: Gretsch G2202 fretless with TV Jones minihumbucker

Straight To Amp, No Pedal
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11466615

Through Pedal to Instrument Input, Pedal Off (to test bypass coloring)
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11466617

Through Pedal to Instrument Input, Pedal On
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11466618
(that last bit of noise was to see how long it would generate a signal, given that it is passive)

Pedal in FX Loop
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11466621
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Re: New forum exclusive demo octaver pedal from Cave Passive

Post by caeman » 05 Mar 2012, 04:37

Gretsch G2202 with pedal at various settings, start with clean (off), then pedal at minimum, 3:00, 12:00, 9:00, maxed.

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11468330

That concludes the TV Jones minihumbucker session. On to the precision and jazz pickup experiments.
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Re: New forum exclusive demo octaver pedal from Cave Passive

Post by caeman » 05 Mar 2012, 04:38

I do not know what pickups are in my Fernandes fretless, but they don't seem weak. Same setup as with the Gretsch. All knobs at 12:00 on the mixer board and amp as before, and all knobs on the bass maxed, as with the Gretsch.

Precision and Jazz sound clips. Various settings from clean, minimum, 3:00, 12:00, 9:00, max, clean

Precision
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11470592

Jazz
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11470588

In both cases, there was a very tiny volume drop, but the addition in texture more than masked it. Honestly, it is no worse than modulation pedal I've used.

I am still having a hard time hearing this pedal as putting out one octave up as per the web site description. Instead, it seems more like an octave growl. Overall, I like and see myself using it. Since it doesn't need power, I could throw in my amp's FX loop. I have a small korg tuner I leave plugged into the Tuner Out.
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Re: New forum exclusive demo octaver pedal from Cave Passive

Post by caeman » 07 Mar 2012, 11:17

I picked up a Boss LS-2 so I could test the Octa-Bass in that manner. This simplifies my parallel testing of the pedal. Run in this manner, the Octa-Bass reaches a whole new level of usefulness.

Bass -> LS-2 (-> Octa-Bass) -> GK Backline 210

Run this way, the Octa-Bass adds a wonderful texture to the clean sound at a lower FX loop volume like 9:00, and a great octave-fuzz as you increase the FX loop volume. I will record some samples this week.
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