octave

An octave/fuzz/modulation combo platter fit for freaks of all stripes.

Wide variety of wacky and practical tones on hand. Intuitive controls. Effective expression pedal control.

Extreme settings might be dangerous to your speakers.

$199

MXR Poly Blue Octave
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MXR’s Blue Box has always been an outlier on the octave-pedal scene. One of the company’s earliest offerings, it drops a guitar signal by two octaves and blasts it with fuzz. Despite remaining active in the MXR stable throughout much of its history, the Blue Box is mostly celebrated in the deepest pedal-nerd hang sessions once all the classic fuzz, overdrive, and delay pedals have been discussed and things get weird.

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Inspired by a cult favorite, this decadently deviant "harmonizer" makes it an absolute breeze to indulge anti-tonal tendencies. The PG RPS Effects Arcade Machine review.

Fabulously freaky possibilities. Expression-pedal control maximizes mayhem potential by letting you scroll through all 11 intervals in real time.

Not for the tame. Masks the voice of virtually every pedal running into it, making signal-chain placement key.

$265

RPS Arcade Machine
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4.5
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Ask adventurous pedal builders to name the coolest weird pedal ever, and there's a good chance you'll hear something about the Schumann Electronics PLL. RPS Effects' aptly named new Arcade Machine is the latest of many available PLL homages. While others have shrunken and simplified the approach (EarthQuaker Devices' Data Corrupter and Mantic's Flex being perhaps the best known), the Arcade Machine remains on the large side, though it does manage to cut the number of controls from Schumann's 15 to 11—and to label their functions much more self-evidently.

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Sub-octave, fuzz, phase, and envelope filter collide in a potent pedal that brings the weird, but dishes many powerful, practical tones.

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Pros:
Monstrous octave fuzz sounds. Many practical, easy-to-control tones. Vicious and unique fuzz. Rewards intuitive tone exploration.

Cons:
Interactivity and sensitivity among controls can make some tones difficult to repeat. No clean octave-down effect. High gain reduces filter sensitivity. No option to remove modulation.

Street:
$199

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