KMA Machines Moai Maea analogue octave pedal is built and designed in Berlin. It’s based upon an old ’80s pedal and designed to thicken your sound with its twin sub octave and high octave controls. Partnered with a twinge of fuzz via some hidden internal control pots, could this octave pedal get you that extra edge for your guitar sound?
The KMA Machines Moai Maea analogue octave pedal is designed to thicken your sound with two sub-octave effects -‘OC1 + OC2’, and a higher octave labelled OC+1. Combined, these should be able to thicken your guitar sound. On top of these three ‘OC’ controls, you get a Sub-Mode switch, which is used to switch in the different octave and a Clean control to dial in the amount of the unaffected guitar tone.
Serial buffered FX Loop
Each octave has its own footswitch so you can engage each one easily and independently. The pedal has its own built-in effects loop, adding some extra versatility.
Inside the KMA Machines Moai Maea you have a set of two trim pots and an internal DIP switch. The left internal trim pot adds some ‘fuzziness’ to the high octave sound, and the trim on the right side adjusts the maximum volume of it. The DIP switch is used to invert the phase on the Moai Maea pedals built in internal effects loop.
The KMA Machines Moai Maea is actually based upon a ’80s Pearl OC-7 octave pedal (I had one of these, many moons ago…) and is considered by come players to be a very good analogue octave effect. As yet there are no audio demos of the new KMA Machines Moai Maea, so I cannot comment on how it actually sounds compared to the original circuit.
I have included an audio demo of the original Pearl OC-7 octave pedal, so you can at least hear what it is based upon.
RRP €219 plus shipping
KMA Machines Moai Maea details here