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  • Guillaume OttavianiGuillaume Ottaviani

    Excellent Octave Pedal for Bass Guitar

    Boss OC-3 SUPER OctavePublished on 01/17/20 at 02:04
    I am a bass player so I am only using this pedal with bass guitar.
    First I have to say it tracks really well. The octave sounds are very clean and it doesn't glitch as much as with other pedals.
    You can create a range of different sounds from clean synth sounds to heavy distorted sounds.
    The second octave is only useable in the last frets of the neck on a four strings bass as it's probably too low to track properly.
    You can use it as a distortion pedal if you select the drive mode and turn the octace generator to zero.
    I couldn't really find a use for the polyphonic mode, maybe it is more suitable for guitar players.

    See the video below for a demo I made of this pedal.
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    I am a bass player so I am only using this pedal with bass guitar.
    First I have to say it tracks really well. The octave sounds are very clean and it doesn't glitch as much as with other pedals.
    You can create a range of different sounds from clean synth sounds to heavy distorted sounds.
    The second octave is only useable in the last frets of the neck on a four strings bass as it's probably too low to track properly.
    You can use it as a distortion pedal if you select the drive mode and turn the octace generator to zero.
    I couldn't really find a use for the polyphonic mode, maybe it is more suitable for guitar players.

    See the video below for a demo I made of this pedal.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJqxo9pORuY
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  • bergerberger

    good but limited

    Boss OC-3 SUPER OctavePublished on 04/11/14 at 09:48
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    3 types octave;

    UTILIZATION

    I use for my by the -1 octave + disco.
    Acute on a fretless sounds a bit like Magma (for old who knew ;-)
    Make short notes well attacked.

    For the rest as soon as the note takes a bit ... it answers,

    otherwise it is good solid Boss, and very easy to adjust. It eats a little pile so plan the PSU 9V

    SOUND QUALITY

    distortion mode it goes with my fretless ... its really sounds fishing.
    but it really picks up too easily when the note is held, or it is not enough attacked.
    and ... never 2 notes at the same time or else it becomes very ... how to say electronic end of life ;-)

    OVERALL OPINION

    It's a small effect on a chorus o…
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    3 types octave;

    UTILIZATION

    I use for my by the -1 octave + disco.
    Acute on a fretless sounds a bit like Magma (for old who knew ;-)
    Make short notes well attacked.

    For the rest as soon as the note takes a bit ... it answers,

    otherwise it is good solid Boss, and very easy to adjust. It eats a little pile so plan the PSU 9V

    SOUND QUALITY

    distortion mode it goes with my fretless ... its really sounds fishing.
    but it really picks up too easily when the note is held, or it is not enough attacked.
    and ... never 2 notes at the same time or else it becomes very ... how to say electronic end of life ;-)

    OVERALL OPINION

    It's a small effect on a chorus or a greasy part jazz rock.
    after you get tired quickly.

    for me it is a good investment opportunity but because it finally rarely used.
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  • benderlebenbenderleben

    tjs not better

    Boss OC-3 SUPER OctavePublished on 01/17/14 at 05:46
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    everything is good except .... a buffer that colors the sound and the fact that it is digital .. ie there is no poly analog octave

    UTILIZATION

    very simple need anything!

    SOUND QUALITY

    lets do a little bass in my curls RC30 but I think it has much better but hey it does the job!

    I prefer to scratch on the organizer away from home earthquaquer but the tracking is too slow to make a low ...

    OVERALL OPINION

    I wanted to separate and then I changed my mind because still nothing on the market (malgrés the progress on the DSP (see Strymon for example ....)

    much to say I find the micro pog no, uh, not my taste because it is far more of a bass sound than is the …
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    everything is good except .... a buffer that colors the sound and the fact that it is digital .. ie there is no poly analog octave

    UTILIZATION

    very simple need anything!

    SOUND QUALITY

    lets do a little bass in my curls RC30 but I think it has much better but hey it does the job!

    I prefer to scratch on the organizer away from home earthquaquer but the tracking is too slow to make a low ...

    OVERALL OPINION

    I wanted to separate and then I changed my mind because still nothing on the market (malgrés the progress on the DSP (see Strymon for example ....)

    much to say I find the micro pog no, uh, not my taste because it is far more of a bass sound than is the boss.

    hope springs since taurus released her "dexter" it even if it is digital (like any poly octave) is moin true bypass (as pog that a sound blah ...)
    but nobody wants to order without a promise to purchase (from the shops on paris anyway) ...


    for me, the boss still (unfortunately) the best octave chromatic poly on the market
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  • SPKLSPKL

    Very good

    Boss OC-3 SUPER OctavePublished on 09/10/13 at 02:02
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Three modes are available: one octave lower distortion +, 1 + 2 octaves down, one octave polyphonic mode.

    This is a digital octave with a guitar input and a low input, output Direct Out and effect output + live.

    UTILIZATION

    The effect is easy to use, but it takes a while to set up the configuration you want to use. Although at first we feel nothing learned, some experimentation is needed and there is the sound you want.
    The manual is quite clear.

    SOUND QUALITY

    The effects sound good, although often the octave is very serious and loses its character. Mode 2 octaves is pretty hard to use for my taste, especially because I use it with a bass.

    I use this to add the…
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    Three modes are available: one octave lower distortion +, 1 + 2 octaves down, one octave polyphonic mode.

    This is a digital octave with a guitar input and a low input, output Direct Out and effect output + live.

    UTILIZATION

    The effect is easy to use, but it takes a while to set up the configuration you want to use. Although at first we feel nothing learned, some experimentation is needed and there is the sound you want.
    The manual is quite clear.

    SOUND QUALITY

    The effects sound good, although often the octave is very serious and loses its character. Mode 2 octaves is pretty hard to use for my taste, especially because I use it with a bass.

    I use this to add the sub octave to my bass, which I mostly play in the treble. The octave (in polyphonic mode for better tracking notes) follows a synth pedal Boss syb-5 and adds exactly what it takes to infrabasses of sounds Drum & Bass and Dubstep.

    Another interesting use: the octave + mode distortion to double rock riffs an octave lower, adds a unison of a big bass riff sounds really good.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for almost a year and I long to draw interesting sounds.

    But this pedal is ultra-reliable and is definitely one of the best on the market Octavers.
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  • chamixchamix

    Boss OC-3 SUPER OctavePublished on 09/03/13 at 06:31
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    It is a BOSS effect pedal that adds a octave effect to the original sound.
    No editing.
    Pedal steel two jack inputs (guitar and bass), two outputs (direct and effect)
    External power supply or 9V battery (no tools, simply unscrew the room provided for this purpose at hand). Simple and rugged durability.
    FET technology
    operates in three different modes: Poly to play chords, OCT2 to add two octaves below the original sound and drive to saturate the octave added.

    UTILIZATION

    The config is very simple and intuitive, 3 knobs for setting the direct sound, the added octave and a third to play on the frequency or add distortion to octave or finally added to assay the level of the…
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    It is a BOSS effect pedal that adds a octave effect to the original sound.
    No editing.
    Pedal steel two jack inputs (guitar and bass), two outputs (direct and effect)
    External power supply or 9V battery (no tools, simply unscrew the room provided for this purpose at hand). Simple and rugged durability.
    FET technology
    operates in three different modes: Poly to play chords, OCT2 to add two octaves below the original sound and drive to saturate the octave added.

    UTILIZATION

    The config is very simple and intuitive, 3 knobs for setting the direct sound, the added octave and a third to play on the frequency or add distortion to octave or finally added to assay the level of the second octave added according to the selected mode. A fourth knob selects the mode.
    The manual is very clear (I in English and German, but must exist in French) but is almost useless as the settings are obvious.
    It's easy to find the sound that suits us in a few seconds thanks to the simplicity of the settings.

    SOUND QUALITY

    I use the bass.
    effects are nickels, not runny unlike my EHX octave multiplexer. The tracking is great for chording poly and sufficient drive mode (although I would have preferred a little more power fuzzer).
    Because I use the low OCT2 the fashion never serve me.
    The sound quality is very good on the whole spectrum of my bass and even the lowest notes are clear. Depending on what you want the sound may seem a bit cold.
    I put only 8 because I lack the fuzz but otherwise it's perfect.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 3 years. Before, I did not use my EHX octave multiplexer.
    I like it because the sound is very clear, each octave is well defined and drive mode allows the grain added to thicken the sound even more.
    The weak point for me is the OCT2 mode, but it is probably helpful to the guitar. I have also liked to have a little fuzzer (I know, I repeat myself ...).
    The value for money is good considering what's on the market.
    With the experience I would do this choice unless I opt for a EHX POG that adds higher octaves.
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  • quinton63quinton63

    Boss OC-3 SUPER OctavePublished on 08/18/13 at 23:46
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Effects: -1 octave pitch shift polyphonic, monophonic -2 octaves and distortion, all in mono.

    UTILIZATION

    Very easy to use. 1 switch for selecting the mode and level settings for different effects.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Unlike most Octavers included in the multi-effects I own, this one is actually polyphonic he never answers, even with relatively high inputs. In addition, the ability to limit the range within which the effect occurs (in mode -1 octave) is really more about this pedal, you can finally play a Octaviant agreements are that low and let the high register clean. Mode 2 octaves can hold a bass part (one note at a time in this mode!), With a compressor that's even bet…
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    Effects: -1 octave pitch shift polyphonic, monophonic -2 octaves and distortion, all in mono.

    UTILIZATION

    Very easy to use. 1 switch for selecting the mode and level settings for different effects.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Unlike most Octavers included in the multi-effects I own, this one is actually polyphonic he never answers, even with relatively high inputs. In addition, the ability to limit the range within which the effect occurs (in mode -1 octave) is really more about this pedal, you can finally play a Octaviant agreements are that low and let the high register clean. Mode 2 octaves can hold a bass part (one note at a time in this mode!), With a compressor that's even better.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for several years, and it is very sturdy like all Boss pedals. I have not tried other pedals "octave", but it surpasses those I had in multi-effect.
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  • mister bouldegommister bouldegom

    Boss OC-3 SUPER OctavePublished on 07/10/13 at 01:22
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Octave with different modes to transpose 1 and / or 2 octaves "below" and to possibly add fuzz.
    1 guitar input jack on
    1 low input jack on
    1 out wet (the Treaty) "output"
    1 dry output (gross) "live out"
    The "output" mixes two signals if connected only.

    UTILIZATION

    Nothing complicated about this pedal. I speak here as a single mode because it is the only one I use, one that allows you to play one octave down to a selected note. Since no bassist in a group of acoustic reggae, I had to play the bass and rhythm at the same time (the principle is somewhat similar but fingerpicking "backwards"). The problem Octavers "classic" is that they act on all the notes you play, the mo…
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    Octave with different modes to transpose 1 and / or 2 octaves "below" and to possibly add fuzz.
    1 guitar input jack on
    1 low input jack on
    1 out wet (the Treaty) "output"
    1 dry output (gross) "live out"
    The "output" mixes two signals if connected only.

    UTILIZATION

    Nothing complicated about this pedal. I speak here as a single mode because it is the only one I use, one that allows you to play one octave down to a selected note. Since no bassist in a group of acoustic reggae, I had to play the bass and rhythm at the same time (the principle is somewhat similar but fingerpicking "backwards"). The problem Octavers "classic" is that they act on all the notes you play, the more serious the more acute where oc3 can act only on the bass. I explained, in my case I do not need the effect to fa (D string 3rd box) to allow me to keep clean and clear agreements without the effect of the 3 octave strings acute. I rule the effect that acts only to this note.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Careful, this effect is not polyphonic. If you play two notes at the same time the result is a sound boiled uninteresting (although some styles of techno grindcore ...) so accuracy must play! The processed sound is not a constant volume, and it is hard on the lower notes to go by reducing the rating to "target" that we have set. To "flatten" all that I advocate a compressor output sound (in my case I use the 2 outputs). I used it for a milkbox dod which allows for relatively high compression ratio. Last black spot: the guitar used. I had to go to an electro "solid body" (lag keziah jones godin but works well) because the resonance of my electro TV reception surround sound (singing, percussion and vivas public; D ) for transposing an octave below ... you can imagine the bazard. With an electric guitar there's no problem.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 3 years now and it is what I need for my game While it has some flaws, but with a clean game, good compression and the right guitar I save the character of a bass each concert ;-) and especially it gives our group a unique sound and the astonishment of the audience, "but there's no bass player in your group you use samples?" Nope, these are my fingers (and oc3!)
    If we add to this the use of a jamman, you can imagine the possibilities.
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  • MGR/BillyMGR/Billy

    Boss OC-3 Super Octave

    Boss OC-3 SUPER OctavePublished on 02/19/11 at 15:00
    This is the Boss OC-3 Super Octave pedal. It was designed to be used for bass and guitar. It features one or two octaves down with additional Drive and Polyphonic modes.

    This pedal followed the OC-2 with a few upgrades. There are a few people out there that still prefer the OC-2, but not me, I think the OC-3 is a positive upgrade.

    I was building a bass effecs pedal board and tried out a few octave pedals. The reason I went with the OC-3 is; I can get your standard octave effect, a funky distortion or get a real subtle octave effect to blend with my dry signal. Really helps to thicken up my live sound.

    I paid $100 from American Musical Supply. No tax and free shipping makes th…
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    This is the Boss OC-3 Super Octave pedal. It was designed to be used for bass and guitar. It features one or two octaves down with additional Drive and Polyphonic modes.

    This pedal followed the OC-2 with a few upgrades. There are a few people out there that still prefer the OC-2, but not me, I think the OC-3 is a positive upgrade.

    I was building a bass effecs pedal board and tried out a few octave pedals. The reason I went with the OC-3 is; I can get your standard octave effect, a funky distortion or get a real subtle octave effect to blend with my dry signal. Really helps to thicken up my live sound.

    I paid $100 from American Musical Supply. No tax and free shipping makes them a pretty nice option for online buying.

    I have 3 usable effects in one pedal: loud octave, sub-low distortion and a very subtle octave to thicken up my sound.

    I dind't need to read a book to get this pedal going. I plugged it in and instantly was able to get some cool sounds.

    The tracking is reasonable. It helps if you use your neck pickup and pluck right over the pickup. It will take some getting used to, but if you finesse your technique with this pedal you can get a super low low range without it farting out.

    None that I can think of. If the distortion had more options that'd be great, but it is sort of a bonus to the octave effect, so I can't hold that against Boss.

    Built tough! This thing will last for years. Boss makes great pedals in strong metal boxes. It can handle whatever you throw at it.

    All your guitar and bass octave needs in one pedal. Don't be fooled into buying a fancier boutique octave pedal until you've played through the Boss OC-3 Super Octave.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • 0tom00tom0

    pedal hard to settle

    Boss OC-3 SUPER OctavePublished on 04/08/12 at 03:15
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    OC3 is the pedal (pedal size so), fully digital, with 2 inputs (guitar or bass) and two outputs ("dry" signal and processed), to descend from one to two octaves below the original.

    UTILIZATION

    the interface is very intuitive and well fucked.

    SOUND QUALITY

    this is where it gets hot. emulation is by no means stable, the generated octaves have no attacks, often pedal "seeks" the note, in short, the sound is not really satisfactory.

    Following testing, here's what I've seen, and that could help you "sound" this pedal:
    -Your guitar must have an output level therefore, otherwise the result will be totally scrap ...
    You'll look better on the humbuckers on the microphone…
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    OC3 is the pedal (pedal size so), fully digital, with 2 inputs (guitar or bass) and two outputs ("dry" signal and processed), to descend from one to two octaves below the original.

    UTILIZATION

    the interface is very intuitive and well fucked.

    SOUND QUALITY

    this is where it gets hot. emulation is by no means stable, the generated octaves have no attacks, often pedal "seeks" the note, in short, the sound is not really satisfactory.

    Following testing, here's what I've seen, and that could help you "sound" this pedal:
    -Your guitar must have an output level therefore, otherwise the result will be totally scrap ...
    You'll look better on the humbuckers on the microphones simple, even for a similar output level
    You'll look better on a neck pickup as a bridge pickup.

    Basically, the ideal for a correct result, is having an incoming signal with a very decent volume, and a signal rather fat, high in low (left to push the knob to tone bottom ...)

    OVERALL OPINION

    Shame to have to hack our own sound to be rendered properly with the unit ..

    Boss .. we are used to better.
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  • celtwynceltwyn

    Due, could do better

    Boss OC-3 SUPER OctavePublished on 12/10/11 at 10:33
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    For the types of effects, trs is simple:
    - We have the possibility to play with or without the sound of his guitar an octave or two infrieur
    - You can play polyphony, with two octaves together to play as agreements
    - Drive there is a function which is a kind of overdrive ... to make more noise ...

    UTILIZATION

    very simple once you understand that the level is done or not to add the sound of this guitar over the Octaver or leave only the sound the octave infrieur

    SOUND QUALITY

    L is the cata!

    Frankly I expected to have a beautiful sound down an octave of my guitar (also test the bass and mandolin), but the sound is not clean. It is a kind of sinusodale, if you fo…
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    For the types of effects, trs is simple:
    - We have the possibility to play with or without the sound of his guitar an octave or two infrieur
    - You can play polyphony, with two octaves together to play as agreements
    - Drive there is a function which is a kind of overdrive ... to make more noise ...

    UTILIZATION

    very simple once you understand that the level is done or not to add the sound of this guitar over the Octaver or leave only the sound the octave infrieur

    SOUND QUALITY

    L is the cata!

    Frankly I expected to have a beautiful sound down an octave of my guitar (also test the bass and mandolin), but the sound is not clean. It is a kind of sinusodale, if you follow me, he waves "wooooaaaaaaoooooaaaaw" ... is not at all in "bong" good clean, not a hand in all directions, and this with any instrument, not at all stable, then trs ugly.

    Finally it was when I use the octave down to one or two octaves, which has to be THE FIRST or second, it's the same but an octave c'tait especially as a m'intressait.
    I wanted to turn my bass guitar to play some musical passages, and this just by pressing one pedals, without having to ask my guitar, my bass to catch, play 20 seconds of rest and my bass to take my guitar ... Ben the guy who CRER the pedals, it plays no bass, or so it has to the JTE!

    As for the polyphonic mode is better, goes better, it's less mess, but I THE FIRST and the 2nd octave, and it's not what I want. .. And a good sticky note really not, do not RVer, we sometimes feel the pedals trying what note it has been able to play ...

    Drive mode ... the test and I hurt my ears ... I have not insisted I find a trs ugly ...

    OVERALL OPINION

    This is a good pedals that looked nice and seemed to fit well with my musical projects ... but a big dception ... to stick with any of my instruments ... I sold someone who j'espre, will be more satisfied.
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