Boss OC-3

Super Octave Stomp Box

This interesting effect has been known ever since Jimi Hendrix, and also the solo from Paranoid//Black Sabbath owes its unique sound to this stomp box. The Boss Octaver OC-3 adds a tone to the original sound that is one octave lower. New to the first mode is a distortion effect, with which one can make the sound even more aggressive; always a good choice if you don't want to play the typical Wes Montgomery octaves. In addition in the second (OC-2) mode, a second tone, another octave lower, can be mixed to the signal (though, in this case, you should be really playing very high notes - the speaker will thank you for that).

A third mode also allows polyphonic octaves - in short: Even chords can be played at lower octaves. Of course you can do that with a pitch shifter, but rarely without audible delay - in this respect, the BOSS Octaver is much tighter and is also much cheaper.

Interesting device for giving your solos a very special touch.

  • For bass and electric guitar with 3 different modes to choose from
  • Drive mode with distortion for richer sound
  • OC-2 mode 1 to 2 octaves
  • Polyphonic mode can also octave chords
  • Special input for bass and guitar
  • Controls for Direct Level, Octave Level, Range, Mode
  • Outputs: Direct and mono
  • Power supply via a 9 V battery or a 9 V DC power supply unit (coaxial connection - negative inside - not included, article nr 409939)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 73 x 129 x 59 mm
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Classic Boss build quality but lackluster sound effects
Kyuuga, 15.04.2019
Now let me start by saying that the pedal sounds GOOD. It doesn't sound awesome but it does its job. What it lacks is some features.

First of all it only produces lower octaves. So you can only play a note and get the lower octave out of it, not the higher one. And then it has another option for a 2nd lower octave which is, to me...basically useless. Unless you wanna mud up your sound completely, it doesn't serve any purpose. I'd much prefer if it had an octave up AND down.

The drive feature embedded on this octave pedal (for some weird reason?) is actually pretty good so there's that. The multi-tracking option isn't that reliable but it's decent.

Beware that you can only use one option at a time out of these 3 - 2nd octave, drive & multi-tracking. So you can get a 1st octave & drive OR 1st octave & multi-tracking. Which is, again, a bit weird.

All in all a sturdy pedal, like Boss has a reputation for, but lackluster when it comes to sound options.
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Jmag0009, 10.06.2020
Great pedal over all. I am using it with my Taylor so that I can lay in some bass with my Trio band.

I Suggest that you buy a good equalizer with it so that you can tap better into certain unwanted or wanted frequencies.
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Not the best out there
27.02.2015
I find this pedal to be useful in achieving a good deep sound...but only on the A-G strings for my 4-string Sterling. On the E string, the pedal has trouble tracking the notes and gives a warbley flickering effect - this is disappointing. The controls do little to rectify this. But if you mostly play a little higher it should be no problem for you.
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Octave Pedal for my violin
Wolfgang172, 24.10.2014
I use the pedal to get different sounds from my electric violin, a bit cello sound and if I do pizzicato it sounds almost like a double bass. Brilliant sound, no clipping and jumping in octaves like the first pedal I had.
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