Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave

OC-3 SUPER Octave, Octaver/Harmonizer/Whammy from Boss.

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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 21 reviews )
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Audience: Anyone Value For Money : Excellent
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Guillaume Ottaviani01/17/2020

Guillaume Ottaviani's review"Excellent Octave Pedal for Bass Guitar"

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
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.

iamqman's review"Good octave"

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
Boss has a newer octave pedal called the Boss Oc-3. This is the newest in the line of Boos octave pedals. This one is the replacement for the Boss OC-2. This one can take an input for bass and guitar which is a nice feature since the bass generally uses an octave pedal more frequently. It also has three modes consisting of drive, poly, and oct2. The drive adds distortion to the mix. The poly is great for octaves using chords. and the oct2 is the same as the Boss OC-2 which has two octaves at the same time.



* 3 modes: Drive, Oct2 and Poly
* Separate Bass guitar input
* Direct out for stereo effects


* Controls: Direct Level, Octave 1 Level, range/Oct 2/Drive, 3 mode switch
* Connectors: Guitar In, Bass In, Output (Mono), Direct Output, AC Adaptor
* Current Draw: 45 mA (DC 9V)
* Weight: 440 g (16 oz.)
* Nominal Input Level: -20dBu
* Input Impedance: 1MOhm
* Nominal Output Level: -20dBu
* Output Impedance: 1kOhm
* Residual Noise Level: -96 dBu (IHF-A, Typ.)
* Recommended Load Impedance: 10kOhm or greater
* Recommended AC Adaptor: PSA Series


I like the drive feature to this pedal. It gets a little more dirty in the mix and gives it the right amount of extra push to take the octave effect to the next level. The octave two is nice if you already know what the sound of the Boss OC-2 and which incorporates the two octaves sounds and is very great for certain sounds in songs. The poly is nice for chords and great for someone who plays a lot of power chords and strumming type settings. This will give you a great sound for a strumming type player.

The two options for having a bass guitar input and also a regular guitar input is a nice one. This will be a pedal that ca transcend not only one type of instrument but two types. It makes it effective for some bands that would like to use the pedal and doesn't know where to fit it in the mix.


At new these pedals come in right at around $85, which is a great price for a very cool pedal. This pedal ca produce some very cool sounds and effects when used in sparing. I would recommend this pedal to someone who loves effects and could use an octave pedals sound. This is pretty cheap unit and does the job right.

MGR/Billy's review"Boss OC-3 Super Octave"

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
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.

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mooseherman's review

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
This is primarily an octave shifter pedal, with a few extra unique features such as the Polyphonic Effect and a drive mode which features distortion. These effects cannot be edited through a computer, and the device is not rackable. The pedal uses digital technology. There are two quarter-inch inputs, one for guitar and one for bass, as well as two outputs, a direct out and a mono out. The direct out would take the signal directly to a DI box, and the mono would be run through an amplifier.


The pedal isn't too difficult to use. The effects are easy enough to handle. The pedal in its original mode (the same mode as the similar OC-2) is capable of blending up to three signals, the direct signal, a signal an octave lower, and a signal two octaves lower. The other option is the drive mode, which is basically adding a distortion to the signal you dial in in the original mode. The third mode, the polytonal mode, is interesting in that it will allow you to play chords and double-stops while still achieving the octave effect. This is a bit trickier, as it requires you to adjust for the range that you will be playing in.


I have used this primarily with my Fender Strat, which is my go-to for trying most pedals. The sound quality of this effect, in my opinion, differs between different settings. I personally have never had much use for the second octave below the signal, so I rarely if ever use that setting. I usually just leave that signal at 0. The one octave drop certainly sounds better. It drastically colors the sound of the guitar, and with the drive mode especially it can be an abrasive signal. However, sometimes it's very, very cool. I do wish that there was an octave up feature. The first octave shifter that I tried was the Digitech Whammy pedal, which colors the sound far more than this one does, but also offers you the option of shifting the signal two octaves up. I can't help but compare this pedal to that one in terms of functions, and I usually can't help but be disappointed. As far as sound quality goes though, it is a bit less unnatural-sounding than the Whammy, so if realistic-sounding octave drops are your thing, this is definitely a good pedal to get.


I think I liked the flexibility of signal the most about this pedal. The fact that I could blend three different octaves together into one signal is pretty cool. It greatly expands the range of your instrument, albeit in a limited way. The price isn't really that bad, it usually lists at about $120. I do think that you could get a cheaper octave pedal and be satisfied, but not to the extent that this pedal would bring. The sound quality is one of the more natural-sounding octave pedals I've played. I have played a few other models, and compared to this one, the sound quality was inferior, even if the functionality was greater. I would ultimately recommend this pedal to anyone looking for a more conventional octave pedal.

moosers's review

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
The Boss OC-3 Super Octave pedal is and bass and guitar analog pedal. It has a 1/4 inch input for bass and guitar each, and has 1/4 inch outputs for a mono out and a direct out. It is powered by a 9 volt battery or a 9 volt power supply. It is not a rackable unit.


The configuration is quick and easy to follow - it has knobs to control direct level and octave one level and then has a mode knob and another knob to control different parameters, based on the mode. It is easy to get a good sound from this and is capable of giving you a variety of different sounds. I don't have a manual for this, so I don't know how useful it is.


The sound quality of the effects on the Boss OC-3 are great as long as you stick to playing single note lines because it doesn't have good polyphonic tracking. It has a good deal of control over the octaves you can set to play above or below what you are playing, which makes for some really interesting effects. I have only used this with guitar, but is also built for use with bass guitar.


I've been using the Boss OC-3 Super Octave pedal for about three years. While this isn't part of my rig, and I only use it once and a while, it works great for what it does. It feels awesome to play a single note line with this as it sounds like a few people are playing at once! While it is definitely a cool effect, it only has so much practical use for what I do. The price isn't the cheapest Boss pedal, but if you love using an octaver, it is probably set at the right price as it is versatile and sounds great. Boss makes well built pedals that sounds great, and the OC-3 Super Octave is definitely a prime example of their expertise in guitar effect pedals.

berger's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" good but limited"

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
3 types octave;


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


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 ;-)


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.

benderleben's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" tjs not better"

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
everything is good except .... a buffer that colors the sound and the fact that it is digital .. ie there is no poly analog octave


very simple need anything!


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 ...


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

SPKL's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good"

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
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.


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.


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.


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.

chamix's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
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.


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.


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.


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.

quinton63's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
Effects: -1 octave pitch shift polyphonic, monophonic -2 octaves and distortion, all in mono.


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


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.


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.