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The OCTAVIA is probably our most famous and distinctive creation. This effect was designed in early 1967 and featured on "Purple Haze" and "Fire" by Jimi Hendrix. It's unique tones can also be heard on such tracks as "One Rainy ", "Little Miss Lover", "Little Wing", "Machine Gun" etc. The OCTAVIA produces a sound that is an octave higher than the note you are presently playing. This doubling effect is accomplished through electronic mirror imaging techniques that are program sensitive and also respond to the feed forward inputs of the player. The electronic circuitry is analogue in design and will react faithfully to all the subtleties and harmonic overtones from the guitar. The effect produced is very unique but human in quality. The units that are manufactured today are representative of the latest evolution of Octavia that Jimi used and contains the feed forward and gating effect that my earlier evolutions lacked. Electronically the OCTAVIA is an analogue circuit with the properties of a frequency doubler, envelope generator and amplitude modulator with addition frequency shaping filter circuits. The effect produced is subtle to wild depending on the settings used and will respond to the attack of the player. A clean tone from the guitar with the tone rolled control rolled off will produce "ring modulated" overtones that characterise the solo to "Who knows ". The sound is tangibly different if a fuzz unit is in front of the Octavia: an upper octave double is created, clearly demonstrated in the solo to "Purple Haze". The bright harmonics are more controllable if the neck pickup is selected and the tone control set to roll off the treble. The effect really comes into it's own on the top E and B strings from the 7th fret up. A clean and precise picking style is essential with particular attention to accurate fretting techniques. Jimi placed the Octavia after a fuzz and wah unit in most cases so it would react to the combined effects of both the wah and one or more fuzz boxes. It is important to experiment with how much signal you are driving the Octavia with as this has a great influence on the sound produced. sound forward to the future.
Accurate control of DRIVE level can now be made live whilst playing or find that sweet tone spot easily using the large DRIVE knob. The small pedal size will help where space is at a premium on your crowded pedal board. The Model Range of the TC Series is based on our existing range but with the added feature of PERFORMANCE CONTROL which adds a new dimension to the use of our famous effects. The new Voodoo TC Series also features our latest triple shielding techniques that use a 6 layer PC Card working together with the enclosure. Full size components are used as in the standard sized models and all feature USA Carling Switches.
TC Design Features:
There has been no compromise in the components or performance obtained from this new series of our standard range of pedals. The small size will now make the selection of one our pedals easier and will not be size related anymore. The cool new design is inspired by USA Cars of the Fabulous 50's and the distinctive large DRIVE level knob make precise setting a breeze. The lesser-used functions now are accessed from smaller soft touch rubber knobs to make up the usual 3-knob design. So the overall packaging has taken small enclosure design a stage further with Performance Foot Control of Drive Level or precise control with your hand. The large knob really making setting up easy.
There is no mistaking the look of our Voodoo TC Series and we are proud to once again to be "MOVING FORWARD FROM THE PAST".
Large Diameter Drive Control:
This is the control that is operated by the 40mm large knob that also can be adjusted by your foot whilst playing. The advantage of a large diameter knob makes accurate changes easy and intuitive to find for that sweet tone spot whether using your hand or foot.
Two Soft Touch Small Diameter Controls: The Tone Control has been optimised for each circuit and gives a very useful window of adjustment for the tone colour required. The Output Control has also been adjusted to give a Range from unity up to the required level of Boost.
Small Size: 115mm x 70mm x 55mm, (4.53" x 2.75" x 2.16").
Hard Wire - True Bypass bypass switching function.
Output FX Signal is from a low impedance buffer driver.
Battery Access just remove the back cover to reveal the battery.
LED status of unit.
Standard DC Powering Jack allows the use of commercial powering units. Extra internal filtering ensures low noise performance.