Electronically the OCTAVIA is an analogue circuit with the properties of a frequency doubler.
The effect produced is subtle to wild depending on the settings.
A clean tone from the guitar with say the tone rolled control rolled off will produce 'ring modulated' overtones.
The sound is tangibly different if a fuzz unit is in front of the Octavia.
The bright harmonics are more controllable if the neck pickup is selected and the tone control set to roll off the treble.
The OCTAVIA is probably our most famous and distinctive creation. This guitar effect was designed in early 1967 and featured on 'Purple Haze' and 'Fire' by Jimi. It's unique tones can also be heard on such tracks as 'One Rainy Wish', '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 feedforward 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 unit that is manufactured today is representative of the latest evolution of Octavia that Jimi used and contains the feedforward and gating effect that my earlier evolutions lacked. The modern clones today often copy the Tycobrahe unit that in fact was a rip off of my earlier 24 volt versions. These units were not designed to work optimally with 9 volts and in fact you would be buying a clone of a copy so it makes sense to buy a unit from the man who invented it.
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