I don't like the munchkin sounding guitar/bass sound either. Up until recently, I have been using the octave patch on my Boss SX-700 rack mount effects processor. It’s an old unit, but it still kicks butt for octave, delay, and chorus. I run the octave on my acoustic guitar about 60% wet. There is no squireliness here.
However, I bought the Alesis Akira last month, and this thing has an effect called "sub bass" that totally blows my mind. I'm not sure how the effect works, but it is VERY rich and deep sounding, not like a traditional octave effect at all. It must be like a sub-harmonic synthesizer or simulator. The sound is absolutely HUGE, like the mellow, deep in the ground, synth bass you might hear on some contemporary pop songs (doesn't sound like a string electric bass). It is lightening fast, no delay or shifting around like it can't decide what pitch to produce. And the best thing is that I can set the frequency at which I want it to add the sub bass effect. I set it so that it starts adding the effect with my low A string. Now I can play finger style, play bass lines, but also play melody lines that don't have the effect. It's a beautiful thing!
The trick now is just controlling the savage low frequency, and preventing it from redlining my signal.
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From: Bill Fox [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, January 14, 2005 9:21 AM
To: Loopers Delight
Subject: Up An Octave
All this talk about the Boss Octave pedal reminded me that I'd like to
find something that I can play my bass through and bring it up an
octave. I then want to use a guitar processor on this to help it sound
more like a guitar than a pitch shifted, munchkin-sounding bass. What's
Reason: I'm in a trio; guitar - bass - drums. There are times when I
want to duplicate the sound of a guitar playing along with the bass line
to free the guitarist to play something else or to make us sound like
there are more than just three of us.