Carl Martin decided to create a baby-brother for his world famous
Combinator, the details of simplifying an already simple effect
controller made his head hurt. So
Carl enlisted the help of Thomas Guldmann, and the Octa-switch was born.
The concept is simple….take your eight favourite effects
pedals, plug them into the eight individual loops (all true-bypass gold
relays) on the Octa-switch, and then designate what effects you want
connected to each of 8 banks via the worlds simplest and smallest DIP
switches located over top of each of the eight bank switches.
Thomas chose DIP switches because they are just eight individual
on-off switches in a tiny tiny package.
So if your effects are plugged into Loops 1-8, you simply turn
the DIP switch ‘on’ for each of the effects you want in Bank 1, and
then Bank 2 etc up to Bank 8. You
can use one or all of the effects in each bank, and once you have
designated a bank, do us both a favour and cover the DIP with a bit of
tape to ensure nothing happens to the DIP switch when you are not
looking……like an errant hand, or a flood of beer.
The Octa-switch is mono-in and mono/stereo out, with a choice of
a buffered signal or not. The unit is powered by dual 9v batteries, or a regulated
power supply like the Carl Martin Big John Power Supply, and is housed
in an all metal case with heart-stopping (ok, well almost) graphics.
So, the same basic options found in the digitally controlled
units the famous guys are using, at a fraction of the cost!
Carl’s head stopped hurting…..