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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 1 user review5 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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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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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.

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.

SkyRunner's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Pedal to hear emergency!"

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
What are the effects, types of effects available?
- Octave Distortion

Are they edited? Via a publisher Mac / PC?
- No

Is this a rack or rack-mount model?
- No

What technology is used? (Analog, digital, tube ...)
- Digital

What is the connection? (Audio / MIDI)
- Guitar input, low input, output effect, exit out direct


The general configuration is simple?
- Very easy to use, we choose the mode (Octave, and Poly Drive) and go for hours of pure happiness

The manual is clear and sufficient?
- Clear but not essential

Editing sounds and effects is easy?
- Yes


effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough?
- Yes, much better than some octave pedal

Which instruments do you use?
- A-BK Ibanez RG350EX granted Drop C

Which ones do you prefer, you hate?
- My favorite is the drive mode


For how long have you been using it?
- A bit more than 5 months

Did you try many other models before getting this one?
- No, I watch videos of test

What thing do you like most/least about it?
- I like his color, even from the first 2 octave pedal BOSS (OC-1 and OC-2)

What is your opinion about the value for the price?
- 113 € for a new pedal is expensive but its quality is the BOSS and BOSS when it is indestructible, it's beautiful and it is! Luckily I found this pedal is 40 € in hand and practically new! : D

Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?
- For the Boss, yes without hesitation!!

Popoom's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Terrible!"

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave

Its Gros

This is one of the analog format Octaver pedal whose operation is based on three distinct mode:
. Polyphonic Octave mode
. Drive mode with distortion
. OC-2 Original Mode
There came a Bass Guitar and then entered two outputs (one with the processed signal and one without).


Not really need a manual to be able to find a match for me. The key is to understand that the 3rd volume pot has a different role depending on the selected mode but after all this is very intuitive (there is only one Octaver ^ ^).


The effect is (as was the habit of Boss) very clean and really respects the original timbre of the guitar or bass. It absolutely does not color the sound that is perfect for me in a Octaver. The drive mode is efficient enough to be able to swing the big riffs potato but the drive is always a little cold ...
Polyphonic mode when it is not 100% reliable and offers only lining one octave lower, and it is not, personally, the fact that I sought.
I myself use Mode OC-2 with a liner has loctave and has the double octave. Big sound guaranteed! I often couple with a TS pui wah for funky little line or a TS and a Zvex Disto home for heavy bass line.
I would add that the pedal and very pleasant to use with a violin. This gives the impression of violin, viola, cello in unison.


I then used almost a month, it is an open and inspiring. Today I can not do without.
I have not tried before Octaver else except that of my old Tonelab SE which is much less clean, or the octave but some time has arrived (which breaks the momentum of a line by funky example). I buy because I preferred to acquire new and I would say that the method could be interresting Polyphonic (although for now it didn't for me very useful.) One of the most fun to pedal my pedal boarding. Love
Matt Preacherz06/09/2010

Matt Preacherz's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good octave lower"

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
3 types of effects available:
- Fashion OC2
- Fashion + Distortion Octave
- Fashion polyphonic OC3

Everything is analog. Standard Boss-type pedal
2 inputs, a guitar and a bass, 2 outputs (processed signal, unprocessed signal.

4 knobs:
- Level for Level Output
- Level of the octave below 1 ton
- Level of the octave, 2 tone lower
- Knob to toggle OC2, Polyphonic or Distortion.

I use this pedal with a bass.


Manual is very clear.
Very easy to use.
Several examples in the manual, which enable to realize the possibilities.


Effects very effective, especially the octave a tone below (for low, 2-tone below, it is a lot.)
Distortion on the bass is not terrible; polyphonic mode works very well on the other hand


I own this pedal since 2008 or 2009, and that's what I did when I received it:
I bought an antique Japanese OC2, OC2 a "Taiwan" and therefore the OC3 to really compare the new version to the former Japanese cult became almost certain after the bassists were used to thicken the sound their type Fuzz Big Muff PI Russian, so before the Early Bass Bif Muff.

So the comparison led me to this:
- Better tracking = OC3
- The Taiwanese OC2 is by far the worst of the 3.
- The sound is more respectful, more "true bypass" on the OC3, he respects the most serious.
- In terms of sound quality, the CB 2 was for me just a little above but this is very subjective.
- Polyphonic mode works quite well on bass.

This pedal is a good octave lower, certainly not the best but good value for money.

AL79's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
PDAL a fairly complicated at first glance, but which is becoming a must once you get the matrise. 3 modes: Poly, drive, and a2. Only the poly mode supports gambling agreements. The drive mode duplicates the signal infrieure the octave by adding a kind of fuzz, the a2 mode duplicates the signal two octaves lower.

Between a guitar from a bass. Above all, two outputs, allowing to play on two amps. A wonder ...


It takes time to tame the pedals. A THE FIRST use, I almost throw it by the window, but now I can not do without.

With a guitar, the Poly mode is most convenient. Involved in the agreements, the knob can broaden the range frquence on which the effect operates. With some rglages, we get a nice bass sound that accompanies the game agreements.

With a low, three modes are compltent according to the effect being sought.

This is clearly a PDAL that takes time and patience before rvler its charms.


With a guitar, the neck humbucker is recommended for best effect. A small compressor placed just before the octave facilitate chih. Poly mode is the most convincing. We obtain immediately a thick supplmentaire the signal base. IDAL is to use two out of the pedals. When I play the guitar, the direct out on my guitar amp, the signal decreased by one octave out of a bass amp. With this configuration, you can really shape the sound desired.

In group, we can occasionally play without bass, the octave is in charge of occupying the spectrum of low frequencies. Fantastic.

With a bass, like this: you can always go out on two amps indpendants. Poly mode remains the most convincing.

The mode can drive out sounds dirtier. See you soon in registers ultra heavy like Neurosis and Sunn O))).

OC-2 mode, which drops the signal to two octaves is mostly a gimmick. Trs matriser difficult.

For lovers of expressing sound, note that there is no reason to play agreements drive mode or OC-2. But in this case, your signal will PForm which can give effects but totally frappadingues INTERESTED.

Only downside: a lightweight latency switching on the effect. It is therefore an active pedals that over the life of a piece ... or not. But the snap on the way will cause a very small white dsagrable live


I'm crazy.
The PDAL is simply the fourth member of our group. We play post-hardcore in the style of Pelican, Isis, Lento, Neurosis, Amenra, Bossk, etc.. This effect has really brought a dimension supplmentaire in our sound. If I had to keep one, it would be that the. Small BMOL for latency, but what prsence friend!

baraki90's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
C is a Super octaver pedals, his plays one can note that the pedal will restore an octave lower (or two)

there is between a guitar and a bass, an output "direct out" and a mono output


Setup is simple.

4 knob
One-volume output
-Volume for the first octave
A command-knob
One-mode (drive, October 2, poly -> range)

* The manual is in English (damage) but voivi translation for use knob control

"When the knob is on POLY -> RANGE switch in the range that the effect is applied to octave. The effect of advance frquences more leves while the knob is turned to the right, rotating the knob to the left limit the effect of more low frequencies "
In fact this is what allows you to play with the agreement octaver example we play an A min barr the tonic (A) will be playing as well as octave DeSousa, fifth (E) will play and an octave lower but no less strong, the 2nd tonic (A) and its octave will be played as less strong and so on for the third (C), the 2nd straight (E) until we reach what has tonic to the 3rd (A) to be played but the octave is almost inaudible. (knob if the position is + / - middle, the more one goes to the max over the octave high frquences s mean) j hopes it's not too confusing DSOL;)
back to the translation ^ ^

"When the knob is on October 2, this adjusts the level of the two octaves below the original, the volume of two octaves increase as the knob is turned to the right"

"When DRIVE is on knob adjust this distortion, rotation of the knob to the right intensifies the distortion"

Otherwise, everything was done to Mainieri intuitive turn and jou.

the -: English manual (but c is not too serious)
The +: at the end there are some that show shmas rglages sympatic telque States, Heavy rift synthetizer sound, sub sonic drive, ARPEGIO, dual drive, boomy bass, fat sound.


Effects. . . distortion (very fuzzy: D) octaver octaver and 2 (two octaves below)

I use it on the 120w with a line6 spiderIII 2HP 10 "and a guitar ltd MMV

restores the octave is fine but when there are two and that we play in the low (from A) it begins to drool srieusement

my sound volume prfer Moitiers aa, were desirous to a quarter OCT1, OCT2 volume to three quarts
with a large distortion, it gives a very synth (like deep purple) c is too good ^ ^


I have the last 3 days and I already have a stack Bouff

I adore everything but what I find the least necessary, c is the function to play the chords, it makes if you play the tonic and fifth, but its starting to sound "weird" if we play the agreement (yes in Amin, for example there are 6 tonic it is to play 2foi A serious, the play is the medium 2fois (hence the repeated grave A) and A fever is also playing two times (hence the repeated the medium) O_o

100euro new book with a battery (not very powerful or c is I who am a laborer fauuse ^ ^) I would do this choice biensur

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

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
Octaver pedal for guitar or bass.
1 input jack guitar
1 input jack: low
1 output jack: output / mono (output "normal")
1 output jack: direct out (additional output for the direct signal without the octave)

4 pots: direct level, level 1 October, a "value" and a mode


The ergonomics are excellent, easy to use. The only cloud: the manual is in English, but with lots of illustrations and therefore usable.


As bass player, I use it with one octave below the second I would blow up my speakers! Poly mode is excellent and it's big news from the OC2. It allows you to make arrangements "octave" without too much drop sound (of course, a diminished fifth in the bass puts a little tab, but hey ...)
Drive mode also works great on my bass, it saves me buying an extra pedal distoi and have a pedal with OC3 "2-in-one" really works!


I use it for 6 months earlier, concert, studio pro, she never let me down.
Super buy for the bassist with the special entry "low".