Carl Martin Octaswitch

Analog/Digital/Hybrid: 
Analog
Pedal/Rackmount: 
Pedal
Price Paid: 
300€
Condition: 
New
Features: 

8 loops, 8 presets, Dipswitches to select loops per preset, power switch, in- and outputs, buffer/true bypass switch.

Ease of Use: 
4
Pros: 

An easy solution to the problem of tapdancing. You select which loops you want activated per preset and then simply step on the relevant switch.
For example, if you want to go from a chorused clean sound into a searing lead sound with delay you can set preset one to just have the chorus pedal and preset two to have overdrive + delay. Rather than have to stomp on three pedals (chorus off, OD + delay on) you can step on a single footswitch.

Solid construction.

No mistaking what preset you are on, the LEDs are bright enough to compete with the lightshow in most smaller clubs.

With every pedal in a loop, you are not confronted with the sometimes shoddy buffer circuit, and you save wear and tear on the footswitch of the pedal. In the case of something like an Ibanez 9 series, that's a good thing...

Cons: 

Heavy, and eats up a lot of space on your pedalboard.

The buffer circuit isn't very good. I use true bypass mode but do suffer some signal degradation. Not enough to matter in a live situation though.

Sound Quality: 
4
Customer Support: 

Carl Martin are quite quick in replying to emails about their products. No further experience.

Reliability: 

It works. Not much to go wrong really, is there.

Overall Rating: 
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)