NPD – Something blue and sparkly...

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NPD – Something blue and sparkly...

Post by zhivago » Sat Mar 02, 2024 5:39 am

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MXR Poly Blue Octave.

First impressions are positive...I had a POG2 for a few years and it's nice to jump back into the polyphonic octave world. Really liking how compact this puppy is.

I will give it a better run through tonight. 8)
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Re: NPD – Something blue and sparkly...

Post by CS » Sat Mar 02, 2024 9:36 am

Oh yes

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Re: NPD – Something blue and sparkly...

Post by fuzzjunkie » Sat Mar 02, 2024 9:58 am

zhivago wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2024 5:39 am
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MXR Poly Blue Octave.

First impressions are positive...I had a POG2 for a few years and it's nice to jump back into the polyphonic octave world. Really liking how compact this puppy is.

I will give it a better run through tonight. 8)
Is this like a Blue Box with more controls? It’s certainly smaller than any of the EHx poly-octave pedals.

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Re: NPD – Something blue and sparkly...

Post by zhivago » Sat Mar 02, 2024 10:33 am

CS wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2024 9:36 am
Oh yes

Listen to the voice of Buddha.
I will be rocking out on that tune for sure! :)
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Re: NPD – Something blue and sparkly...

Post by zhivago » Sat Mar 02, 2024 10:35 am

fuzzjunkie wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2024 9:58 am
zhivago wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2024 5:39 am
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MXR Poly Blue Octave.

First impressions are positive...I had a POG2 for a few years and it's nice to jump back into the polyphonic octave world. Really liking how compact this puppy is.

I will give it a better run through tonight. 8)
Is this like a Blue Box with more controls? It’s certainly smaller than any of the EHx poly-octave pedals.

It is like the Blue Box and beyond...so one mode is Blue Box with an added phaser effect, and then the polyphonic version has a vibrato leslie effect to it...and then you can have built-in fuzz on top.

Fun times! 8)
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Re: NPD – Something blue and sparkly...

Post by zhivago » Sat Mar 02, 2024 1:56 pm

Alright I spent a couple of hours with it going into my pedalboard.

Amp as per usual was a Matchless Lightning, and I played my Gibson Firebird with it.

The tracking is very similar to the POG2's...I managed to get all sorts of crazy sounds...creepy oran stuff, synthy stuff...really fun pedal. I was surprised by how well the built-in fuzz works...a tighter sound that blends well with the octaves. You can also use it by itself by turning the octaves off.

The monophonic version feels like it is a bit quieter compared to the polyphonic one, but this might also be the shift of EQ of going from one mode to the other.

It is incredible how many sounds they managed to cramp into this little box. If you can find one at a good price I'd recommend picking it up.
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Re: NPD – Something blue and sparkly...

Post by marqueemoon » Sun Mar 03, 2024 1:13 pm

This looks cool. I quite like the sound of the modulation, and the poly octave up sounds to my ears are much more pleasant than a POG. Also sparkly, which is always a bonus.

How does the fuzz sound on its own (modulation and octaves at zero)?

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Re: NPD – Something blue and sparkly...

Post by zhivago » Sun Mar 03, 2024 2:22 pm

The fuzz by itself sounds surprisingly ok...a bit on the dark side and smoother...you can only adjust the volume level on it, so it is not very flexible, but if you wanted a decent fuzz sound for one song only in a set it could be a good option. I actually read somewhere that the fuzz was digital so I was surprised that I didn't hate it instantly.

It does feel that it has been designed to work well with the pedal for sure...adding the Poly Blue in front of my Fuzz Factory or Sunface sounded a bit rougher around the edges...not necessarily a bad thing, of course...depends on what you're going for. :)
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Re: NPD – Something blue and sparkly...

Post by i love sharin foo » Sun Mar 03, 2024 6:16 pm

Those are really cool! I was reading up on them one day. They seem really versatile considering the small foot print.
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Re: NPD – Something blue and sparkly...

Post by zhivago » Mon Mar 04, 2024 12:32 am

Totally...they are so small...it's incredible how much stuff is in there..four octaves, two modes, built in fuzz, phaser and leslie/vibrato + an expression pedal jack. Madness!! :D
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