What the Parachute Wah can
No Switch Settings. Replace your current
multi tone wah. No switches to deal with.
Huge Sweep. The Parachute Wah has
the biggest sweep in the business. You can literally play the portion
of wah frequency you need. The Chicago Iron Parachute Wah housing has
the exact same long sweep travel as the original Tycobrahe Parapedal.
Parachute Wah works with almost any instrument.
New Sounds. Loves to be mixed with
other effects. Finally you can make your own signature wah
Wah effects couldn't get easier.
What makes this wah pedal extra special is the wide, full frequency sweep
and all the other pedals you can
mix it with. Even though the original Tycobrahe Parapedal design is
30 years old, we feel this wah is still ahead of it's time.
the Chicago Iron Parachute Wah is a
Parachute goes LOW. In fact it goes so low it can be used like a volume
pedal. At the end of the heel stroke, the pedal goes so
low it is
inaudible. It goes HIGH too. Now you don't need a sweep capacitor switch
to get all the frequencies you need. They are all there already - in line
and ready to sweep!
Chicago Iron Parachute Wah likes to be used with amp distortion. It also
loves being placed AFTER a distortion effect.
For the ultimate
experience, try this setup, in this order:
• Guitar -
• Overdrive or distortion pedal-
• Parachute Wah -
• 800ms delay -
Can your wah do that? I
didn't think so.
What the Octavian controls
VOLUME KNOB - this knob is
used initially to set up the pedal volume as compared to your
amp's clean channel. Think OUTPUT LEVEL. It can also be used to
overdrive your amp. Use caution when using this knob to drive the
amp's clean channel or front end harder. It can go very loud.
Plenty of output to spare. Probably louder than you can
effectively use when turned past 11 o'clock. A good position to
start with is 9 o'clock.
BOOST KNOB - This knob
allows you to add sustain to the fundamental note. What this means
is that as you turn it up (clockwise), the fundamental note will
sustain longer and longer before the pedal will do it's magic and
turn the fundamental note into a blooming octave. All the way
counter clockwise produces a shorter sustaining fundamental
note before the octave "blooms", and turning it up
(clockwise) will make the fundamental note sustain longer before
the octave "blooms".
What your guitar controls
PICKUP - can still get octaves but only on the higher
registers. Makes a very good tight fuzz pedal on the lower
PICKUP - More octave comes
into play and tracking becomes better. Tone control allows many
octave options. Still a huge fuzz.
most widely used pickup. Produces the best octave blooms
especially with the tone rolled off. On the lower registers the
Octavian produces a well defined bottom end fuzz. In this position
the fuzz is quite powerful and full of texture.
some fun? try
turning both the knobs on the Octavian pedal all the way up, and
back off until you have a usable mayhem! Notes will compress and
bloom almost uncontrollably.
Also be sure to try
this pedal with lower register power chords. Try it with
both of your amp's channels and find a huge bottom end drive. Very
fat in dropped tunings too.
& Roll has never been the
same since the octave pedal came on to the scene in the 60's. These pedals
are out in the hands of quite a few major artists and Hendrix/ SRV tribute bands that swear by them. This information is designed to help
you maximize your octave pedal "experience".
Your pedal, by itself, should
give you a strong "fuzz face" like sound on the lower neck positions, and have a hint of octave doubling as you go up the neck, combined with a ring modulated sound. After the 12th fret especially on the G B and E strings, the octave becomes
even more pronounced.
You may already know about the need to use the neck pickup, with the
guitar tone knob rolled all the way off to start. The pedal will sing and bloom octaves on the higher registers when
followed by a high output distortion pedal, (not all buffered output
pedals will do) or an amp drive channel that is setup for distortion that has a good deal of sustain, like a Marshall super lead gets when turned all the way up. Then
using the neck pickup and tone knob rolled off, switch on the Octavian.
Set the Octavian pedal volume
knob to achieve unity gain with your amp's clean channel and the pedal boost
knob all the way counter clockwise, or off. Depending on the pickups, anywhere from the 10th fret and up you should be able to play a note and the pedal will allow the fundamental note to sound and then bloom into the
octave note. By adjusting the pedal boost and the volume knob of the guitar you can go from blooming octave to double note (chiming) octave to flute like octave only. It is a system, guitar
Octavian, distorted pedal or amp, guitar output signal level and tone control that make this happen. It is the same with all the octave up pedals. Forgive me if you already know how to make the octave pedals sing on your setup, as there is only a certain way that it goes.
At this time you should be
able to produce a light quieter octave and ring modulator sound when using
only the Octavian in the signal going to your clean amp channel. Many
references to this tone are on any Band of Gypsies album.
By switching on to your
amp's gain channel, or switching on a fuzz/distortion pedal after the
Octavian will produce a singing sustain that blooms into a clear ringing octave.
Octave is not all it can do in this position. Chords in the lower
positions are huge and fat. Not just for playing the Hendrix and Stevie
Ray Vaughan set. This pedal blows many other distortion pedals off the
stage when it comes to bottom end drive.
When you get your Octavian pedal fitted
properly in your setup, the fun really begins. When used either way
the Octavian pedal is very touch sensitive. It responds to your playing
Pick light and the octave comes out earlier. Pick heavy and the
fundamental note sustains longer. Same with the guitar volume knob, turn
down the volume for more octave. By experimenting with the guitar's tone
knob, you can produce many different sounds and octave "sweet
The Chicago Iron Octavian
boasts a well defined bottom end. Something that has been missing from the
clones. Try it!
Daisy Chain 9 Volt Power Distribution
like the original Tycobrahe Octavia, Parapedal and Pedalflanger pedals, The Chicago Iron Octavian
and Parachute circuit
is a POSITIVE GROUNDED CIRCUIT. A positive grounded circuit is exactly the
OPPOSITE of what most people are used to. Most other pedals are NEGATIVE
GROUND circuits and can be powered by "daisy chaining" the 9 volt power
supply, reducing the number of "wall warts" and pedal board power clutter.
This is an authentic circuit and the tone reflects the best a vintage Tycobrahe Octavia
and Tycobrahe Parapedal has to offer, kind of like a "NOS" Hand selected
1970's Tycobrahe pedal!
The Chicago Iron Octavian
an Parachute pedal can be powered by a standard 9 volt TIP NEGATIVE pedal power supply, but
can only be daisy chained to similar POSITIVE GROUND pedal circuits, like an
Octavian and a Parachute wah.
What this means is, in
order to add a Chicago Iron Octavian or Parachute wah pedal to your existing multi pedal setup,
you must dedicate another isolated 9 volt tip negative pedal power supply for
the positive grounded pedal, or ALL your daisy chained pedals 9 volt power
will stop, including the Octavian or Parachute.
All of your existing 9
volt tip negative, negative grounded pedals get powered from one or more
isolated power supplies, and all of your positive grounded pedals, like the
Tycobrahe Octavia, Parapedal and Pedalflanger and the Chicago Iron Octavian
and the Parachute wah, use another dedicated,
isolated 9 volt tip negative power supply.
Most pedal board power
supplies have a few isolated power supplies in each box. Pick a couple from
there or use two "warts", one for "negative" pedals, and one for "positive"
pedals like CHICAGO IRON.
Remember the Octavian
is wired for a tip negative power jack, so special "inverted" wiring is not
necessary. This applies to all versions of the Chicago Iron octave pedals, and
the Parachute and ParaBaby wah pedals. Enjoy!