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

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

chamix 09/03/2013

Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave : chamix's user review

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Value For Money : Excellent
It is a BOSS effect pedal that adds a octave effect to the original sound.
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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.