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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
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MXRM288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal
 
3.9

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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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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5.0

Yo, Boosty

By Rob-D

from Columbus, Ohio

Verified Buyer

Comments about M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

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

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5.0

Sound-O-Metic

By Rob-D

from Columbus, Ohio

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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5.0

Nice Warm Analog Sound

By Carsonics

from Seattle, WA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about MXR M288 Bass Octave Deluxe Effects Pedal:

    This is a good product with a nice warm analog sound. Be sure to really tweak the knobs to dial in the right sound. I chose this over the Boss octave pedal because of the warmer analog sound. Check out the videos of both products to compare the sound and features.

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    (1 of 2 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.

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    (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.

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      (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

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Not Good

      By James

      from undisclosed

      About Me Professional Musician

      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.

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      (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.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great.

      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.

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      (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Perhaps the best "Midrange" Octave Pedal on the Market

      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.

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