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Polyphonic Octave Generator POG 2


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I was hit by a GAS attack when I walked into a local music store. There was an Electro-Harmonix Polyphonic Octave Generator (POG-2) for sale. I'd seen Ed Friedland's positive comments about it, so I was intrigued.

Though I really didn't need it, I'd been considering either this pedal or the EH Bass Synth pedal, but hadn't seen any in the stores in my area. I tried it out with an Ibanez ATK bass. It really puts out an incredible sound! 10 sliders offer a dry signal mix, 1 and 2 octaves up and down, and how much of each, so 4 octaves added to the dry signal means you can really fill up the space, almost as though you are playing an 8 or 12 string bass, and it tracks almost perfectly, even on the low strings.

 

That's very useful since I occasionally play with only a guitarist and vocalist. The dry signal bass isn't diminished in any way running thru the pedal, and it's true-bypass.

 

Another slider allows for adjustment of attack, and I tried it with a fretless and got some interesting sounds mixing the dry signal and the octaves, a longer attack that encourages slow tempos and glisses.

 

There's a Low Pass Filter slider, and and a detune slider, and you can program in 10 presets. An additional Dry FX allows you to tweak the sound as well.

 

I need to try some fuzz or distortion with this to see just how much of a bass synth sound I can get, but I like the sound and options as they are. Now I need to try out some melodic lines in order to take advantage of everything this pedal can do.

 

The pedal offers a lot of options and subtle changes, and since I got it at 25% off, I don't feel quite so bad about spending the money. The more you buy, the more you save, right?

 

If you get a chance, check this pedal out, it really sounds good, it would sound even better if I knew what I was doing.

"Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, yet you cannot play upon me.'-Hamlet

 

Guitar solos last 30 seconds, the bass line lasts for the whole song.

 

 

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Thanks for the review - very interesting, as I've wondered how versatile those things really are.

 

Does the detune affect the whole signal or just the octave output?

 

Anyway congrats on the new pedal!

"Of all the world's bassists, I'm one of them!" - Lug
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Kewl... I've been thinking about getting one of those for a long time, and your review is most helpful. The price tag on them makes me cringe a little, because I'm a cheapskate, and almost every piece of gear I have, I got used... but if it works that well, it may well be worth it, especially considering the price for a 12-string custom bass ... Thanks.
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I have started playing with a duo - the guitar player doesn't prefer playing solos, and doesn't like the emptiness on the few songs we tried it. He likes to hand them to me. Two songs I'm doing this on are Doctor My Eyes and Can't Buy Me Love.

 

I wanted to get a pedal to go UP an octave. After some research, I found there are few options. The POG is one. I tried it on a visit to PedalGeek.com (they have a showroom on Long Island).

 

I had heard this mini POG (not the "big" version that Bottom End tested) when a guitarist had used it. It tracked very good for bass and had a minimum of synth-sound in the upper active. The small only has 3 controls - volume for octave-down, "natural" signal, and octave-up. The controls worked smoothly and I had fun playing.

 

I plan to go back and pick one up this week.

I tried the E-H Bass Micro Synth, but it sounded too "synthy" and was harder to get what I wanted (which is a reasonably clean up-octave).

 

Tom

www.stoneflyrocks.com

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Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars and keep your feet on the ground. - Theodore Roosevelt

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Jeremy - I only need it for a few songs, and I'm not sure I want to swap instruments. and I may want more "up" when I need it.

 

Russ - I had not come across that, but remembered a review when I saw it - thanks! I'll try it out. The extra harmony notes don't seem useful to me, but some of the other stuff might be.

 

One thing about the POG is that it has octave down which might be useful for me in this and other bands.

 

Tom

www.stoneflyrocks.com

Acoustic Color

 

Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars and keep your feet on the ground. - Theodore Roosevelt

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Thanks!

 

It seems that the "Detune" only affects the octave signal. The dry signal is affected by the "Attack" and the "LP Filter" sliders.

 

This pedal is really versatile, you notice a change in sound at every increment of the sliders.

 

Depending on what position you plan to play in, you'll probably want to change your mix of dry and octave signal. I generally use 30-50% dry so far.

 

You can record 8 presets, and switch between them with a separate button, so you could set up both rhythm and solo settings.

 

I'm leaning towards settings that make up for where I'm not playing, high for low and vice versa. It's best not to flatline boost everything equally, you get a better sound by being selective in what you emaphasize.

 

I'd love to have separate 15" and 10" cabinets to get a better idea of the sound, the low end at -2 octaves tracks all the way down but might little practice amp makes it muddy.

 

I think the + octaves a re very clean. With a +1 and +2 octave setting it puts out some beautiful church organ like highs.

 

It responds well to double stops and chords as well, now I really need to learn them.

 

The "Attack" slider really allows you to hold a note and build the volume, it seems to sustain nearly forever. With minimal attack that same sustain makes glisses sound really incredible.

 

I'm really enjoying exploring this pedal, I'm not sure that I'd use it for every song, but with its prest options, I could I could see its usefulness for for a variety of supporting roles.

 

I still need to run this through a distortion or fuzz to see how it goes, but I feel better about purchasing this pedal every time I play through it.

 

 

"Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, yet you cannot play upon me.'-Hamlet

 

Guitar solos last 30 seconds, the bass line lasts for the whole song.

 

 

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I took the plunge last week and bought the Micro POG (the one with just 3 controls) at PedalGeek.com (I visited the shop in person).

 

I messed with it a bit at home and found settings that seemed to work for specific songs that needed the up-octave in parts. I liked it - it's a bit "synthy" but not too much so.

 

I used it on a number of songs when I went out Friday with my new duo. I confess I stepped on it in a few places that didn't work, so I'll have to restrain my enthusiasm/trials. For the songs I had planned, it worked well (I recorded the gig, so I can say that...).

 

Now I'm contemplating a micro pedal board, but not sure if I'm ready/need that just yet.

 

Russ - I tried a few GCs but the Fission wasn't in stock (and PedalGeek didn't have it.

 

Bottom End - glad you are happy with your unit!

 

Tom

www.stoneflyrocks.com

Acoustic Color

 

Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars and keep your feet on the ground. - Theodore Roosevelt

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