- Use the NECK pickup – a guitar’s neck pickup has the roundest and purest tone. As you move away from the neck, with middle, bridge, or any combination of pickups, you add more harmonics and less of the fundamental frequency. Lower octave tracking will become less accurate resulting in skipping and dropping out. Also, make sure your guitar is set up right. Dead spots and buzzing frets will cause poor tracking.
- Let only one note sound – The octave down circuit will warble, skip and drop out if you play multiple notes at once or let open strings sound. Palm muting will help you control your dynamics and will produce the best tracking. The more articulate your single note playing is, the better the tracking will be. You can even use the tracking as a way to improve your playing.
- Letting notes decay – As a note decays, there comes a point where the Octave down circuit can no longer determine the note you’re playing. At this point it will sputter a little and drop out. The way to prevent this is to know at what point this happens, and modify your playing to prevent it. Learn just how long you can let a note hang and cut it off before the Octave down circuit gets confused. Note – with single-coil pickups the natural hum can get pretty loud. When especially bad, this can cause Octron’s lower octave to skip.
- Play the chromatic scale on every string, up and down the neck. It seems that every guitar has one or two notes that just won’t track well.
|Inception Date||April, 2005|
|Dimensions||Width = 3.85″ Depth = 5.15″ Height = 2.85″|
|Unit Weight||1 lb. 7 oz.|
|Voltage||9 Volts DC or higher* (via 9V battery or external power)|
|Power Connection||2.1mm, Center = NEG (FX standard)|
|Signal Switching||True bypass with LED|
|Owner’s Manual||DOWNLOAD OCTRON MANUAL|