The Midium


Death By Audio's description of the Death By Audio Octave Clang V2.


THE MIDIUM® CURATOR'S NOTE: Signature Edition.

Recognizing the people behind a musical instrument's creation is as vital as recognizing the artist who plays it and the audience who appreciates it. In that spirit, The Midium® asked Oliver Ackermann of Death By Audio to please sign a run of their Octave Clang V2 pedals in our collection. It is the hope of The Midium® that you feel a closer connection with your Death By Audio Octave Clang V2 Signature Edition, with the knowledge that Oliver Ackermann added a personal touch to the units in our collection. We hope you enjoy this special pedal.  Death By Audio was the first company to work with us when Erin, Melody Nightingale Wednesday, and I took The Midium® full time, so DBA will always have a special place in our hearts, and we are honored that DBA agreed to collaborate with us on our Signature Edition Collection.



The highly coveted Octave Clang has made a triumphant return to Death By Audio's Queens workshop. Long presumed extinct, the OC was never really gone, merely in a state of hibernation—evolving, refining, and enhancing its already extraordinary sound.

In the decade since it disappeared, we revisited the original Clang circuit, sculpting it into something better—a more ferocious, menacing, and thunderous force that is as usable as possible for today's musicians.

Embraced by professionals and punks alike, the vintage Octave Clang was created to unleash distinctly unconventional tones that captivated the senses. In this, it succeeded, but many users found it difficult to tame. Today, we’ve refined and extended the range of the original controls, added a foot-switchable octave, and did some under-the-hood supercharging.

The resulting circuit is an insane yet versatile beast, empowering you to easily sculpt discordant ringing drones, visceral octave scrapes, and ground-shaking distortion. The revitalized Octave Clang is primed and ready to destroy!



Bypass (Left Footswitch): Turns the Octave Clang on and off (red LED).

Octave (Right Footswitch): Toggles the Octave Up mode (yellow LED). The yellow LED stays on/off when the pedal is bypassed to indicate if the Octave Up is engaged.

A right triangle symbol representing the Volume knob of the pedal.

Volume: Controls the output level. Goes from totally silent to extremely loud. When set above your normal volume, it propels your chain into overdrive.

Gain: Sets the gain of the Octave Clang. This can (and will) drive the rest of the circuit into overdrive and fuzz. Can provide up to +39dB of gain.

Tone: A powerful pre-gain tilt EQ, this control adjusts the amount of highs and lows going into the rest of the circuit. This can make the octave and fuzz react very differently. Overloading the lows yields a larger, more blown-out sound while overloading the highs gives a more cutting and clear sound.

Bias (Internal): Allows misbiasing the distortion circuitry. Leave this control in the middle (5-6) for standard functionality, or turn it left or right to skew the character of the distortion to a rougher sound.
Access this control by removing the back plate of the Octave Clang.


Dimensions: 4.8” x 3.7” x 2.1” (including hardware).

Weight: 11.5 oz.

Power: The Octave Clang is powered by a standard 2.1mm 9V DC adapter with a center-negative polarity. Isolated power supplies are recommended. It is also possible to use the Octave Clang with a 9V battery (not provided). When not using a battery, the internal battery snap should be attached to the corresponding battery snap holes on the board. This will prevent the contacts from shorting out against the circuitry. Do NOT leave the battery snap floating inside the pedal when not using a battery.

Current Draw: 10 mA