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:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 20 reviews )
 9 reviews45 %
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 3 reviews15 %
 1 user review5 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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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.

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.

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

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.
mister bouldegom07/10/2013

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

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
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.


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.


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.


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.

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

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
Octaver 3 modes: Oct2 (1 octave and 2 octaves below), Drive (1 octave below and saturation adjustable), poly (polyphonic mode)

2 inputs (guitar and bass), 2 outputs (dry and wet).

Everyone here says analog, I have not succeded in finding this info on the site of Boss, Bossar seems to speak of "digital", see ...


Configuration and use are very simple GENERALLY, if you know what an octave. Obviously we can not expect too much, as in all Octavers I've tested, sometimes caught, sometimes not caught.

Polyphonic mode is a good idea, but the chip is not yet in Wonderland: the tough del two notes and the regulation of the focus "range" requires a little practice, and especially not music too complex, otherwise risk of spray infme.

The other modes are ultra simple to use.

In all cases this effect is used AGREEMENT!


The sound is ... Boss sound, what, cold but does its job.

The drive mode can be intressant to sound a bit "old keyboard" is actually one of the examples donns in the record, and frankly very nice if we express love.

Poly mode must be used to make guitar solos geek, this is not my case, but if your name is Johnny Marco we must worship.


I've had 2 prs few years, I come away from time to time to finally get my old PS-2 has a more fun, I still think that Octavers will always be limits, so they will not be connected directly to the brains of guitarists. I bought secondhand for cheap (eBay Power), and it is worth what I paid.

Basically, if you are looking for an excellent octaver complicated stuff, try other models before, then fold up on the OC-3 if you can not find anything better ..