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Joe Snod
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Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:22 pm   



Beofrre the wah-wah pedal, there was the Octavia, which "reproduced
the input signal one octave higher, and mixes the two sounds with some
added fuzz." [Wiki]

After discussion at his friend Jimmy Page's house, and Page's friend
British naval electronics engineer and amateur guitarist Roger Mayer
invented it. BBC radio (World Service) reported this story last
night, but since they don't post radio stories to the internet,
there's no BBC link for confirmation. Here's what google says.

http://www.roger-mayer.co.uk/history.htm

The Roger Mayer Wiki page puts the invention shortly after The
Kingsmen recorded Louie Louie and before the Kinks wrote You Really
Got Me, making this device equal in importace to and generally
simultaneous with those two songs.

BBC also said that Mayer invented a lot of new equipment for Bob
Marley ca. 1980, and on the radio, it was clear that the instrument
had a LOT of new capabilities. It reminded me of crappy 80's dance
music.

IMO, this means that, not only did Mayer start the hard rock period,
but fifteen years later he killed it. Sometimes engineers don't know
their own strength.

Len Blanks
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Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:22 pm   



Joe Snod <joe.snod_at_yahoo.com> writes:

Quote:
Beofrre the wah-wah pedal, there was the Octavia, which "reproduced
the input signal one octave higher, and mixes the two sounds with some
added fuzz." [Wiki]

Interesting to see the effect of the box represented in the first word of
the quote. This is like smell-o-vision.
--
Len

Trill makes budgies bounce with health. -- Murray Walker

globular
Guest

Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:44 pm   



Joe Snod wrote:
Quote:
Beofrre the wah-wah pedal, there was the Octavia, which "reproduced
the input signal one octave higher, and mixes the two sounds with some
added fuzz." [Wiki]

After discussion at his friend Jimmy Page's house, and Page's friend
British naval electronics engineer and amateur guitarist Roger Mayer
invented it. BBC radio (World Service) reported this story last
night, but since they don't post radio stories to the internet,
there's no BBC link for confirmation. Here's what google says.

http://www.roger-mayer.co.uk/history.htm

The Roger Mayer Wiki page puts the invention shortly after The
Kingsmen recorded Louie Louie and before the Kinks wrote You Really
Got Me, making this device equal in importace to and generally
simultaneous with those two songs.

BBC also said that Mayer invented a lot of new equipment for Bob
Marley ca. 1980, and on the radio, it was clear that the instrument
had a LOT of new capabilities. It reminded me of crappy 80's dance
music.

IMO, this means that, not only did Mayer start the hard rock period,
but fifteen years later he killed it. Sometimes engineers don't know
their own strength.


The other guitar distortion method used was to overdrive an amplifier.
If you listen to groups like The Sonics and The Kinks they sound very
much like overdrive and not fuzz. The technique as I understand it when
done well was to use an amplifier that was overloaded, then that was
connected to another amp for the volume of sound heard. There was and
probably still is a Boss sound effect unit that reproduces this called a
Super Overdrive, based it says on an overdriven tube amplifier.
This method is much dirtier sounding than fuzz.

JeffM
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Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:49 pm   



Joe Snod wrote:
Quote:
Beofrre the wah-wah pedal, there was the Octavia

sci.electronics.equipment is a group that deals with

electronic equipment used to manufacture, test, and/or repair
other electronics equipment.

Here is the charter for this group:
http://groups.google.com/group/sci.electronics/msg/13651a897337a7a9?q=test-equipment-laboratory-equipment-*-*-*+zz+sci.electronics.equipment-Test-lab-*-*-*-*

The latest consumer-off-the-shelf gizmo is OT here.

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