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Dual-voiced with organic analog tone, true bypass, and tons of shaping.

The MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe is a dual-voice octave pedal using MXR's 18-volt Constant Headroom Technology (CHT) to provide studio-performance headroom and superior tracking. Use the Dry knob to mix your direct bass signal with the octave effect, or hit the Mid+ switch to add up to +14dB of internally adjustable low-mid punch (400Hz) or midrange pop (850Hz). Bass players love the 2 separately processed and individually voiced octave controls”Growl (for throaty, midrange octave-below tone) and Girth (for deep and smooth octave below). The Bass Octave Deluxe boasts a durable, lightweight aluminum casting and has the same high-quality jacks and switches that make MXR pedals the road-ready standard on pedal-boards around the world.

Constant Headroom Technology
The MXR CHT circuit produces 18-volts of headroom from a single 9-volt battery or external power source. CHT utilizes voltage step-up techniques, which supplies constant 18-volt headroom regardless of source voltage. For example, CHT will produce 18-volt headroom from a used battery down to 4.5-volts and voltages up to 30-volts. CHT also protects against incorrect reverse polarity and AC voltages.

Since the early 1970s
Bass players world-wide rely on MXR pedals to overdrive, funkify, EQ, and compress their bass sound. MXR's commitment to bass players has been solidified by the development of the MXR Bass Innovations division”devoted to developing cutting-edge tools for bassists on stage and in the studio. MXR Bass Innovations products are found on the pedalboards of artists like as Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Leland Sklar (L.A. Studio Veteran), Juan Alderete (Mars Volta), Michael Rhodes (Nashville Studio Ace), and Marcus Miller.

FEATURES
Constant headroom Technology (CHT) for exceptional headroom and tracking
True bypass
Organic analog tone
Two independent octave voices
Mid+ switch adds a midrange boost at user selected frequency
Lightweight and durable aluminum housing
Small footprint
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MXRM288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal
 
4.0

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

57%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (5)
  • Excellent sound quality (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Good selection of effects (3)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (4)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perhaps the best "Midrange" Octave Pedal on the Market

In my opinion the best "Bang For Your Buck" Bass Octave Pedal on the market today - it's quite amazing the variety of tones you can get out of it from only...Read complete review

In my opinion the best "Bang For Your Buck" Bass Octave Pedal on the market today - it's quite amazing the variety of tones you can get out of it from only 3 controls and 1 switch. Whether you're looking to enter the world of Bass Octave pedals or upgrade to a quality unit for a very reasonable price, I'd highly recommend the MXR M288 Bas Octave Pedal.
MXR has certainly been on a roll with their recent Bass Effects Pedals: the M87 Bass Compressor, M82 Bass Envelope Filter, and now their M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Pedal. For a very reasonably-priced pedal it's packed with Features and "tweakability" - between combination of tones one can get by mixing the Dual Voices of the "Growl" (the throaty, midrangey Octave Below that's often heard in the tone of well-made & played Fretless Basses... aka "The Mwah") and the "Girth" (more of the traditional full-bodied deep & smooth tone of Octave Pedals) and from a very natural subharmonic tone to one with a synth edge that can allow the user to come strikingly close to SynthBass tones (especially with an Envelope Filter added in addition). One of the best features that's seen more and more on Bass-specific effects is the "Dry" wet-to-dry mix control, which allows the player to add as much or as little Effect to their "base" tone as they please and not simply be overwhelmed by the Effect Tone as was the case with older pedals. Add to that the "Mid+" Switch with allows the Player to add up to 14db of boost at either 400Hz for low-mid punch or 850Hz for high-midrange "Jump Out Of The Mix" tone via an adjustable internal trimpot: I have mine set for a moderate 8db boost @ 400Hz which works especially well for pushing the low-midrange growl of my 5-string Spector Euro Bolt-On fretless to the forefront, and because I have a separate Boost Pedal set for the high-midrange area, but MXR chose both frequencies with careful deliberation as both are extremely useful. Indeed, if there's any "fault" it's that both "Mid+" frequencies can't be altered on-the-fly but given the very reasonable pricepoint this pedal sells for the addition of that feature might well push it above that point.
Housed in a sturdy-yet-lightweight Aluminum case yet a "Small Footprint" pedal of only 5.8" x 2.5" x 2.8" (the size of a Phase 90), this pedal is made from Quality components. The feel of the footswitch is a satisfying "click" yet doesn't take took much or too little force to activate, the Knobs turn with a steady change in parameters that doesn't rush up at either the beginning or end, and even the small "Mix+" plastic button is placed in an upper corner where it can't be accidently activated or damaged by live use. Even the "Metallic Blue Sparkle" Finish works well, especially when also using MXR's Envelope Filter in "Metallic Purple Sparkle" and The only reason this isn't a "10" rating is that the entire bottom must be removed with 4 screws to change the 9V battery, but as most of the "Effects Players" I know used multi-tap Power Feeds for their Pedalboards (myself included... a Pedal Power 2+ and DC-Brick combination for my largish 'board) I can't imagine this would be a problem for many users.
I tried a great many Octave Pedals before choosing the MXR , and even "High-End" models were only a slight improvement and not worth the money for my needs. Most of those were pedals that had both "Octave Down" & "Octave Up" functions, and since I already own an Electro-Harmonix MicroPOG that can do so but typically leave it set for Octave Up effects for my electronic version of 8/10/12-string Octave Basses and was looking for an "Octave Down" pedal with some unique tonal aspects to it (the E-H is very "Digital" in that aspects and doesn't work for the funk sounds Octave Pedals are famous for) no other pedal sounded as good to my ears through my Basses & Rig than the MXR. Sure you can get cheaper, but they're just as likely to SOUND CHEAP, whereas the M288 sounds more expensive than it actually is. I'm also honestly interested in the reviews than have reported glitching and a lack of range from the pedal - I've found it tracks very well on the E-string, and can handle double-stops quite easily without confusing the two notes and glitching. This might be a factor of Passive vs Active Basses: all my Basses have Active Preamps and output strong signals to the pedal, whereas Passive Basses may not have enough gain to "drive" the pedal without an external preamp, Booster pedal or other methods of increasing gain.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not bad, but not great either.

I bought this simply looking for something interesting. I quickly found that though it provides a decent array of sounds, it is a bit limited by its functionality.

The effect completely...Read complete review

I bought this simply looking for something interesting. I quickly found that though it provides a decent array of sounds, it is a bit limited by its functionality.

The effect completely drops out on anything lower than an open E string, so forget a 5 string, and the tracking is indeed slow as others have reported.

On the up side, it does provide some really cool effects when playing in the higher registers, and with a little tweaking can give some really full sound with some nice growl. While it is not the greatest effect, it is a lot of fun for the price.

As long as you go in knowing its limitations, it isn't a bad deal.

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(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Perhaps the best "Midrange" Octave Pedal on the Market

By Ian M. Perge

from Evansville, IN

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Comments about MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

In my opinion the best "Bang For Your Buck" Bass Octave Pedal on the market today - it's quite amazing the variety of tones you can get out of it from only 3 controls and 1 switch. Whether you're looking to enter the world of Bass Octave pedals or upgrade to a quality unit for a very reasonable price, I'd highly recommend the MXR M288 Bas Octave Pedal.
MXR has certainly been on a roll with their recent Bass Effects Pedals: the M87 Bass Compressor, M82 Bass Envelope Filter, and now their M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Pedal. For a very reasonably-priced pedal it's packed with Features and "tweakability" - between combination of tones one can get by mixing the Dual Voices of the "Growl" (the throaty, midrangey Octave Below that's often heard in the tone of well-made & played Fretless Basses... aka "The Mwah") and the "Girth" (more of the traditional full-bodied deep & smooth tone of Octave Pedals) and from a very natural subharmonic tone to one with a synth edge that can allow the user to come strikingly close to SynthBass tones (especially with an Envelope Filter added in addition). One of the best features that's seen more and more on Bass-specific effects is the "Dry" wet-to-dry mix control, which allows the player to add as much or as little Effect to their "base" tone as they please and not simply be overwhelmed by the Effect Tone as was the case with older pedals. Add to that the "Mid+" Switch with allows the Player to add up to 14db of boost at either 400Hz for low-mid punch or 850Hz for high-midrange "Jump Out Of The Mix" tone via an adjustable internal trimpot: I have mine set for a moderate 8db boost @ 400Hz which works especially well for pushing the low-midrange growl of my 5-string Spector Euro Bolt-On fretless to the forefront, and because I have a separate Boost Pedal set for the high-midrange area, but MXR chose both frequencies with careful deliberation as both are extremely useful. Indeed, if there's any "fault" it's that both "Mid+" frequencies can't be altered on-the-fly but given the very reasonable pricepoint this pedal sells for the addition of that feature might well push it above that point.
Housed in a sturdy-yet-lightweight Aluminum case yet a "Small Footprint" pedal of only 5.8" x 2.5" x 2.8" (the size of a Phase 90), this pedal is made from Quality components. The feel of the footswitch is a satisfying "click" yet doesn't take took much or too little force to activate, the Knobs turn with a steady change in parameters that doesn't rush up at either the beginning or end, and even the small "Mix+" plastic button is placed in an upper corner where it can't be accidently activated or damaged by live use. Even the "Metallic Blue Sparkle" Finish works well, especially when also using MXR's Envelope Filter in "Metallic Purple Sparkle" and The only reason this isn't a "10" rating is that the entire bottom must be removed with 4 screws to change the 9V battery, but as most of the "Effects Players" I know used multi-tap Power Feeds for their Pedalboards (myself included... a Pedal Power 2+ and DC-Brick combination for my largish 'board) I can't imagine this would be a problem for many users.
I tried a great many Octave Pedals before choosing the MXR , and even "High-End" models were only a slight improvement and not worth the money for my needs. Most of those were pedals that had both "Octave Down" & "Octave Up" functions, and since I already own an Electro-Harmonix MicroPOG that can do so but typically leave it set for Octave Up effects for my electronic version of 8/10/12-string Octave Basses and was looking for an "Octave Down" pedal with some unique tonal aspects to it (the E-H is very "Digital" in that aspects and doesn't work for the funk sounds Octave Pedals are famous for) no other pedal sounded as good to my ears through my Basses & Rig than the MXR. Sure you can get cheaper, but they're just as likely to SOUND CHEAP, whereas the M288 sounds more expensive than it actually is. I'm also honestly interested in the reviews than have reported glitching and a lack of range from the pedal - I've found it tracks very well on the E-string, and can handle double-stops quite easily without confusing the two notes and glitching. This might be a factor of Passive vs Active Basses: all my Basses have Active Preamps and output strong signals to the pedal, whereas Passive Basses may not have enough gain to "drive" the pedal without an external preamp, Booster pedal or other methods of increasing gain.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

New meaning to Bass in your Face

By Dan Tha Man

from Longview, TX

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Comments about MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

Let me start off by saying that this is a great pedal but not for all types of music. I play a lot of melodic riffs that register pretty high in the scales sometimes and when that happens, the actual bass in the song is generally lost. For me this pedal is perfect. Keeps the lows in check while I play around the 12th fret. I play usually in a half-step down and when I hit the open E (actually Eb or D#,whatever) this thing tracks it, not for very long, but it does, probably around 2 seconds. I would look up demo's of this pedal before you jump right into it all. Only thing that I can say negative about this pedal is the screws that hold the bottom plate on. I'm pretty sure a Nascar pit crew screwed these things on with an impact gun. But other than that, this is a great pedal, you can get a lot of tones out of this pedal. Just do some research.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

like this pedal

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

This is A great sounding well built pedal.I only use it as an enhancement in certain songs.I had to play with it A while and I only use A very small amount of effect,but its perfect for what I use it for.I would recomend it to anyone who wants A subtle but effective octave effect.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not bad, but not great either.

By Salicete

from Maryland

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Selection Of Effects

Cons

  • Not Responsive

Best Uses

    Comments about MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

    I bought this simply looking for something interesting. I quickly found that though it provides a decent array of sounds, it is a bit limited by its functionality.

    The effect completely drops out on anything lower than an open E string, so forget a 5 string, and the tracking is indeed slow as others have reported.

    On the up side, it does provide some really cool effects when playing in the higher registers, and with a little tweaking can give some really full sound with some nice growl. While it is not the greatest effect, it is a lot of fun for the price.

    As long as you go in knowing its limitations, it isn't a bad deal.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    worth every penny and more

    By satisfied guy

    from leominster, ma

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Beautiful Finish
    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Nothing At All

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Keyboards
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording
    • Stack With Fuzz

    Comments about MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

    plain and simple this thing has blown my mind.does the glitchy buisness when playing two notes like the octavio. sounds amazing on bass and even better on keys. ive been using this on a sequencer with meh tones and holy heck this changes the game. heavy portamento sounds, also internal knob and switch that lets you tune it to your liking

    (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    useless and/or defective

    By subexpression

    from USA

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    Comments about MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

    I'm not sure if I got a lemon, but after reading another review here on MusiciansFriend, it's becoming apparent that this effect is useless. It doesn't track my playing on every note. Not even halfway up the neck, it starts glitching and produces nasty fart artifacts. I wasted my money. I'll probably return it.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great.

    By Mark Duncan

    from Undisclosed

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    Comments about MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

    There are various kinds of pedals that are like this but if you just want a pedal that drops it down an octave and gives you complete control over your sound you won't find one better, not for the price anyway. My only complaint is that if you want to do chords then the signal gets a little wobbly but besides that, it's perfect.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Get this baby on board!

    By rubb3rduck

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

    This pedal packs a solid 1-2-3 punch that's unbeatable for it's price. Tweak the growl and girth knobs to get that octave below tone you need for any song. Set the dry knob past 2 o'clock to get a slight gain with a sub-bass growl. Turn the dry to minimum to get a synth'y keyboard octave below sound.You can also use this pedal just to put your sound towards the front of the mix with the mid+ switch. I know I haven't fully exhausted it's potential since I've only had this baby for less than a month but I encourage anyone to give this a try. Play with it for 5 mins and you'll bring it home for sure.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not what I expected

    By Ed

    from Oliver British Columbia Canada

    About Me Experienced

    Comments about MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

    I bought this to represent double tracking in the studio when doing live performances. Specifically for one song where I play fairly fast notes on the A and D strings up around the 9th fret. I needed to play ADADAD and let the notes ring, but unfortunately it just became a jumble of 'noises' The only way it would work was if I deadened each string before playing the next..sticatto like and that was not what I wanted. So I was very disappointed and now I just use it occasionally for slow playing on one string where it sounds great.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Not Good

    By James

    from undisclosed

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Compact Design

    Cons

    • Not Responsive
    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Poor Tracking

    Best Uses

    • None

    Comments about MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

    I was really hoping this was the one, however like most octave effects I have tried it can't keep up with my playing, no matter what setting I had it on the octave note was either noticeably late or was never produced. Now I'm gonna try the EBS and hope it works.

    (1 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Bass Octave Effects Pedal

    By dave

    from chippewa falls, WI

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

    It was misrepresented by order-taker. I specifically wanted the effect to simply drop the played note an octave, not also add that lower note to the played note. I'm sure she just didn't know the effect's limitations.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The search is finally over...

    By CrybabyKing

    from Oakland

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    Comments about MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

    I have been searching for an analog octave pedal for years to replace my old Boss OC-2. I've gone through about 4 in my lifetime (stolen, lost, broken etc.) This pedal is more than a replacement. It has taken the analog octave pedal to the next level with better tracking, clearer tone (thank you mid switch!), and higher headroom. I've owned the EBS Octabass as well---tracks good (but not as good as the M288) but gets lost in the mix. It might work for smooth jazz guys, but not for us rockers. CHECK IT OUT!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love this stomp box

    By RippemMac

    from Denver, CO

    Comments about MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

    I got this to replace a Boss OC-2 and I love this thing. Octave pedals are not for everyone. But if you use this right, it really adds some great sounding effects to your rig. Great for soloing, adds a nice punch while you rip on high notes. It tracks as well as any I've ever used. It kicks.

    (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Bassballs5

    By Bassballs5

    from Englewood Florida

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    Comments about MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

    I'm sorry... I am so disapointed in this pedal... After reading so many positive reviews, from reliable sources, Bass Player Magazine for one, my girlfriend got me one for Christmas, and I find it absolutely usless. I have to hide my disapointment from her... Ok, heres the deal... the "effect" line, or the "track" that is produced by the effect is awful... it sounds distorted and decays within a second or so, and leaves the dry signal alone, so you get what sounds like someone blowing a rasberry along with your bass melody... awful, but that's not the worst part. What nobody is telling you is that this is AT BEST a four string bass effect. I hit the "E" note on the low "B" on my five string and nearly LAUNCHED the speaker in my Markbass amp. That was at low volume, and I hadn't even attempted anything lower than that. In order for an effect to function this poorly, I thought it HAD to be a bad battery... it wasn't. Sorry... I thought this effect would add color to my playing, as I play fretless. At no time does it add anything desirable at all. On a positive note, it IS a pretty pedal, I'd like to paint my Harley the same color.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great sounding pedal!

    By ladoman2010

    from Niagara

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    Comments about MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

    I pedal out there, i love itlove the way this sounds, i only wish i played more songs that i could incorporate this great pedal into. The growl and Girth get you outstanding tones, and the mid boost really makes a huge difference on stage. other than sounding great, the tracking is fantastic! this is the best octave .

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal

    By tdub

    from Elsewhere

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    Comments about MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

    This pedal works great. It tracks better than any octave pedal I have heard. I made my decision to buy it after watching a youtube demonstration which I recommend watching. It tracks better than EBS and is less money. I couldn't find a better octave pedal and believe me I looked. Watch the video and go buy it.

     
    5.0

    Great unit

    By MoBass

    from New Jersey

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

      Great unit, and more responsive than most octave pedals I've used.

       
      5.0

      I love this pedal. The MXR makes some good products!

      By Johnny Shelton

      from Tampa FL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

        I bought this pedal from my bass player and used it last last as I fronted my band, and it worked like a dream, great product.

         
        5.0

        Yo, Boosty

        By Rob-D

        from Columbus, Ohio

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        Verified Buyer

        Comments about M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

        Great sound and smooth, makes me sound like Boosty Collins.

         
        5.0

        Sound-O-Metic

        By Rob-D

        from Columbus, Ohio

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        Verified Buyer

        Comments about MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

        Very Strong quality sound that it moods; the low almost made me think I was out of tune, the highs hit you like a jack-in-the- box. I like it.

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