The Bit Commander is a monophonic analog guitar synthesizer with four octaves of vintage square wave synth tones. It's no-nonsense interface makes it easy to add or subtract octaves to create a wide v... Read More
The Bit Commander is a monophonic analog guitar synthesizer with four octaves of vintage square wave synth tones. It's no-nonsense interface makes it easy to add or subtract octaves to create a wide variety of sounds without having to dial in envelopes or oscillators. Ripping sub-octave thump, pulsing octave down, a lightly squared base tone and a swelling transformer based octave up all join together to make a single guitar sound like an army of olde tyme synths.
Like all analog octave effects, there are some basic rules to follow that will get you the most enjoyment from your Bit Commander. Use the neck pickup and play single notes. The best tracking occurs from the 7th fret up on all the strings. Below the 7th will still track but there will be occasional glitches and stutters. The lower the note, the harder it is for the Bit Commander to register. The use of Bass and lower registers on keyboards will yield unexpected, sometimes pleasing, sometimes disgusting results. These are not mistakes or flaws, it is the nature of analog octaves.
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Comments about Earthquaker Devices Bit Commander Octave Synth Guitar Effects Pedal:
This pedal is the most interesting effect on my board, and I have a handmade foot-controlled feedbacker. The descriptions and the videos don't do it justice; it has such a dirty, sexy, really messed up sound that I just love. It does not clean up, ever. The octave up is very similar to the Octavia pedal, and the octave down and sub sound like nothing I've ever heard. Lots of volume on tap, and the base control sounds like a chunky, yet still defined fuzz with low levels. It does prefer a clean signal, so put it before everything, even a boost or a wah. Even though it is monophonic, you can play most fifth chords without too mush trouble, though it can sound a bit like an amp exploding, which I like. It's also quite easy to use, and has a good range of different sounds, from fat buzzy bass to piercing multi-octave Jack-White-esque screams. It looks great, the LED is super bright, a very high-quality product, all in all. It isn't for everyone, but if you like it at all, get it. It's that good.
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