According to WholeLottaLed, "It was used to create the annoying octave down fuzz for the Fool In The Rain solo." Jimmy Page's use of the MXR Blue Box backed up by http://www.jimmypage.co.uk/equipment.htm and http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/m103-blue-box-octave-fuzz (Dunlop is the current owner of MXR, the creators of the Blue Box).more
In > Boss RE-20 Space Echo (A/Mono In > B Out) > Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner > Moog MF Boost > MXR Distortion + > Fulltone OCD > Maxon OD808 ReIssue > MXR Blue Box Octave Fuzz > Flux Liquid Ambience > Morley ABC IN > Morley A and B out > Boss DD-20 Giga Delay > Red Custom Box Signal Kill Switch > Stereo Out to Ampsmore
"Armed with little more than a Fender Jaguar, an MXR Distortion +, a reputably broken MXR Blue Box, and a Fender Twin, Howard strangled sounds out of his guitar that few listeners had heard before, both as a solo artist, and with his Birthday partner in crime, Nick Cave." - Alex Maiolo, premierguitar.commore
It sounds like there are guitar loops, feedback loops, and such. Is that just the way you tracked it? > Feedback loops? Nothing is looped. But Austin and I used [MXR] Blue Box [octave fuzz] pedals, so that gives it a uniformity. It might give the impression that it's one piece from which we're pulling, because it reduces it to this robotic sound. But there were no overdubs; it was all live. There wasn't any editing outside the mixing phase.more
In the fifth photo at the bottom labled: "Fennesz's worktop". You can see the MXR Blue Box on top of what looks like a EHX bucket brigade pedal and his custom master distortion box. It's a very fitting unit for Fennesz due to the fact it can give you a synthy bass/lead tone if played in the upper register to glitching, clanging walls of fuzz if played in the lower register on a guitar. It makes since that he'd uses this to run into his chain of pedals and plug-ins.more
"In terms of what I get the most use out of, I would say that Boss pedal. I use it in almost every song for something. The only other pedals I own are a Sans Amp & a blue MXR distortion pedal. I don’t have a lot of gear. I have a cheap guitar & a Roland synthesizer. The practice space we go to has pedals and amps and we use those too."more
You can see Joseph's pedals from the superheaven instagram
I love mixing this pedal's creamy gated fuzz and sub octave (-2 octaves) with either amp distortion, an overdrive pedal, and/or a wah pedal for some thick, angry, and ballsy synth-like guitar tones. On its own it's simple and though it leaves much to be desired, i'd rather have something simple than something pointlessly complex, especially for such a niche effect.
I had a script logo first. That now belongs to someone famous from my hometown. I recently picked up a block logo because Iw as missing that 2 octaves down Velcro fuzz.... these are fun effects. I ehar MXRs slash pedal ahs an improved blue box built in that also does octave up, sort of a blue box meets foxx tone machine? but the blue box is so cheap that I went for just the octave down. this is a real sleeper of an octave effect that more people should try.
I have a DIY (replica) version of this unit. I have modified it so I can choose 1 octave or 2 octaves down with a toggle switch. The fuzz is very close to a Marshall stacks OD. A very unique sounding effect.
If you're aware of Ableton Live's redux options. Then you know that it sounds like if 8-bit was played through a bad ham radio. The Blue Box can basically mimic the same sound (and also give you the option of different octaves). I use this pedal for my leads and also for my drones. It gives this really glitchy tone to your guitar as well as the feedback. If you're a fan of really dirty guitar tones. This is the pedal for you.
This pedal is simple but has a wonderfully glitchy and scratchy fuzz tone that can go from wild and unpredicatble to being tame and just a touch of sub on top of normal tone. Minus one star for just a hair of volume loss when in use.
You can get some really weird noises out of this little pedal. I like the fuzz I can get out of it. I noticed a long time ago DimeBag Darrell had this on his pedalboard. Kind of know where he got his fuzz from. It could have been a blue Arbiter Fuzz Face too.
Good for stacking with distortions if you are brave, and produces a range of very usable synthy & unpredictable tones. It's affordable, handsome, and plays a unique role in distortion alchemy.