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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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.

0tom0's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" pedal hard to settle"

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
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.


the interface is very intuitive and well fucked.


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 ...)


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

Boss .. we are used to better.

celtwyn's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Due, could do better"

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
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 ...


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


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 ...


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.

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!!

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 ..


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!

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

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave
This is an octave, with a distortion.


The edition is a bit tedious, but once understood the trick is not bad


I use it with my guitar and distortion.


I for 1 year
a product is safe, without more, with trends agnrer indsirables noises.
CHRE just for me.

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