The OCTAVIA is probably our most famous and distinctive creation. This effect was designed
in early 1967 and featured on "Purple Haze" and "Fire" by Jimi Hendrix. It's unique tones
can also be heard on such tracks as "One Rainy ", "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 feed forward
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 units that are manufactured today
are representative of the latest evolution of Octavia that Jimi used and contains the
feed forward and gating effect that my earlier evolutions lacked.
For the complete story and information on the evolution and
history of my Octavia please follow this link:
Octavia History: The Truth from the Inventor
Octavia Classic Front Panel Controls
This control sets the gain of the stages before the equalizer section and as the gain or drive is increased adds varying harmonics which are then subjected to the Octavia section. It also adds sustain and effects the feedforward action and gating threshold.
A very effective tone circuit has been added between the drive and octave stages to give control of the signal harmonics. This gives much added flexibility of setting the tone colour required. The original Octavia tone is of course preserved but in the studio with Jimi we used to have various EQ's and drivers to help our Octavia blend and this new feature goes a long way to help you achieve your own perfect blend.
This controls the final output level desired.
Octavia Classic Technical Features
Electronically the Octavia Classic shares all the same basic Classic Series features with dual output buffering or hard wire output etc.
The Octavia Classic is housed in our new Classic Style enclosure and this new reduction in footprint area together
with the jack sockets in the conventional position makes the integration into pedal boards very efficient.
It has both dual direct drive buffered outputs or hard wire output and has provision for an internal 9-Volt Battery (battery life 150Hrs) or can be powered from a 9-Volt DC Power Adapter (not supplied).
Extensive internal filtering ensures that noise free operation is maintained even with the most basic of adapters.
Hard wire Bypass or True Bypass also is provided for you to compare the difference of using a Buffered Bypass.
The dual direct drive buffered outputs are low impedance and are capable of driving very long leads without any loss and in fact you can use a speaker lead for the outputs if you want without any hum.
These dual direct drive true bypass feature are standard on most of our range of effects and reduces the effects from the output lead length to zero. Greater detail and fidelity is obtained than using two long lengths of guitar leads in traditional hard wire bypass set-ups.
The problem of cable noise induced by vibration on
stage is also eliminated together with electrical magnetic interference induced into shielded
cables from lighting rigs etc.
When the Octavia Classic is the last device in a signal chain the distance to the amp does not come into consideration and long leads can be used successfully in recording situations e.g.: playing in the control room.
MULTI-MODE OUTPUTS / HARD WIRE BYPASS/ TWO BUFFERED OUTPUTS :
The Octavia Classic has a true hard wire output plus two buffered outputs that can drive long cable lengths with
no high frequency loss. These buffered outputs are disconnected when the hard wire output is being used. This
means that all performance situations are catered for whether you want a true hard wire output or your situation
calls for the advantages of buffered outputs.