Octaswitch

Octaswitch

 

 

Download the Octaswitch Manual and User Guide.

 

Octa-switch II. Your eight effects plug into the eight effects-loops on the back of this unit (all true-bypass, impedance free, gold relays so you can run any of your pedals, new and old without problem), and then by turning on or off the numbered switches in each of eight DIP Bank switches, you determine which effects you wish to use simultaneously in each Bank.

There is a blue LED for every effects loop used and for each Bank (so once you are programmed, when you step on Bank 6 you will see the lights of all the effects you have assigned to Bank 6 and the Bank 6 LED).

The Octa-switch II has incorporated a couple new features as well!  The ninth switch on the left side of the case is a BYPASS Switch….this allows you to completely bypass all eight pedals and enjoy only the unaffected  sound of your amplifier.  There are also two External Switching jacks which allow you to use two amplifiers and/or switch channels on those amps. Once you have all the Banks programmed, we recommend placing a piece of scotch or electrical tape over each DIP (….just to protect the switch from accidental switching,  damage or floods….like beer). There is a buffered (or not….switchable) Mono input and a stereo Output, and the unit is powered by dual 9v batteries, or by a regulated power supply

To set up the Octa-switch, plug up to eight pedals and amp(s) into the appropriate inputs/outputs on the back of the pedal.  The pedals can be in any particular order you prefer or you can follow the general rule from 1-8 of compression, overdrive, and modulation.

Then by turning on or off the numbered switches in each of eight DIP Bank switches, you determine which effects you wish to use simultaneously in each Bank. There is a blue LED for every effects loop used and for each Bank (so once you are programmed, when you step on Bank 6 you will see the lights of all the effects you have assigned to Bank 6 and the Bank 6 LED).  In order for the pedals to work properly with the Octa-switch, all the pedals must be turned on. 

Please note, the DIP switches are slide type, NOT push down. They are easily operated with a small screwdriver, a pen, or a very very small finger. There is a buffered or True Bypass (non-buffered) switch at the back of the Octa-switch which you select depending on the stage set-up or your personal preference. 

On large stages when running long connected cables, there is a definite drop in the high end of your guitar sound (more or less depending on the input impedance of your amplifier). The solution according to Thomas was once again ‘simple’. He built in a buffer circuit at the input, so the user can choose between 100% true bypass, or, a buffered bypass to ‘beef’ up the signal.

The Octaswitch has stereo outputs as well as the stereo return on Loop 8 (this is a stereo jack with tip-left and ring-right). Since stereo effects like choruses are placed at the end of your effects-chain, we would typically insert them in Loop 8.

The Octa-Switch has nine switches, the eight are presets and the ninth is an effect Bypass, which will bypass the Octa-switch to your un-affected amplifier sound. Please note if the Buffered Input is engaged at the back of the pedal,  it will also be engaged in the bypass Mode on top of the pedal, as they work in conjunction with each other.  Similarly, if the True Bypass Input is engaged at the back, the Bypass switch on top will switch to a True Bypass signal.

The Octa-Switch has two external switching jacks for changing channels on your amp(s), or other operational features.

Setting up the External Switches, is as easy as setting up the Banks. The two external outputs correspond to the two DIP switches above them and their Green/Red LED’s.  The simplest set-up is with one amp…. plug the amp’s channel switch into the External Switch Jack 1, and select which of the eight banks require a switched channel (ie high gain) by setting the individual DIP Switches to ‘ON’.  Now; when you engage Bank 6 for instance, it will automatically switch to high gain rather than having to step on another separate switch.

Reviews:



Premier Guitar (USA) Nov. 2008. Octa-switch
Being an effects junkie myself, I’ve always dreamed of a device like this, something that’s easy to use, sounds good and is affordable.
After a certain amount of conservative experimenting, I realized that I had a very versatile tool in front of me, capable of mixing and matching effects in ways that I’ve always been hesitant to try because it would be such a huge pain to duplicate live.
It was really a great feeling to be able to command such a unique, surprising tone with the stomp of a single switch. I can say with certainty that the Octaswitch could completely change the way that you think about your effects.

 

Octaswitch rear

 

As easy as it gets.
Check out this new presentation video with the new Octa-Switch II

Soundclips:

 

Hey all, the Burgerman gives the Octa-Switch a good run through, NO CM pedals used in it to prove the Octa’s versatility, good professional demo, enjoy.

Pete Thorn

More details on the Octa by Burgerman using all sorts of pedals in it.