Most octave pedals in the past have been a bit thin and glitchy. You needed to run them into a cooking amplifier to get any beef or sustain out of them and even then it was a challenge fighting the thing to ride out a note. When Catalinbread set about developing the original Ottava Magus we wanted to address those issues and make a pedal that was more friendly to use.
Catalin Bread wanted the ability to mix in some more fuzzy goodness, so they added a new Saturation control to the OM2. This new feature alters the attack response allowing you to morph your pick attack into a more saturated and elastic feel. It also adds some more gain into the mix giving you those "Amp is about to explode!!!" sounds that are so enjoyable to us Rock and roll types. If you roll back the Intensity control, you can decrease the octave effect giving you old school fuzz tones to boot. They also altered the original circuit a bit allowing it to sound even better going into a completely clean amp, with a little more meat and less rasp. But if raspy is your thing, fear not - with the new 18v capability you can experiment with it and get the more glitchy sounds too.
Like the original OM, you can bend a note and hold it without it dropping out using any pickup you wish and playing anywhere on the neck you want. The input sensitivity is the same, so you’ll get a variety of tones just by using your guitar’s volume knob. Those dissonant double stops still bloom into huge polyphonic screams, and it’s still capable of the subtle ‘flutey’ high octave tones or crazier full-on ring mod sounds - and now you can mix in more gain using the Saturation control for ’60s SuperFuzz’ type stuff too.
The Intensity control, has been intensified too - Catalinbread Bread gave it a wider range for even more over-the-top intensities.