Outrageous octaves with a single stomp!
The Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal is the world's first compact pedal with true polyphonic octave effects! With Polyphonic Octave mode, drive mode with distortion, and the original OC-2 mode, this is the mo...
In this picture of one of Annie's old pedalboard we can see thatshe owns a Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal. This pedalboard can be confirmed that it is hers by the similarities between this one and the one in this article from 2007 http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2007/07/24/st_vincentmore
"Squire, who felt that certain effects were better matched with neck or bridge pickups, rewired his Rickenbacker with stereo outputs in the early ’70s. Onstage, he used a boatload of vintage effects, including Maestro Fuzz-Tone, TC Electronic Stereo Chorus Flanger, TC Nova Reverb, Boss OC-3 Super Octave, Mu-Tron III, and custom-made tremolo pedals. He played Moog Taurus bass pedals, eventually triggering samples from an E-Mu ESI2000 sampler."more
Steve Morse reveals his usage of the Boss OC-3 in this [interview](http://www.bossus.com/community/boss_users_group/30071) for Boss. "I noticed in a Deep Purple video that you use an octave pedal a lot on solos. Is it the BOSS OC-3 Super Octave? That’s one of them. I have four different rigs, actually five different rigs, but that’s definitely one of them."more
"I’ve used the distortion, the DS-1, on every one of my own records, and on a lot of other peoples’ records too. I use it all the time. It just works for me, and it’s got a real nice sound to it, so I’ve been using it forever. I also use the delays [DD-3]. I’ve got one set for a long delay that I’II use occasionally, and the other is set for a regular delay that I have on always. I use the BOSS [OC-3] Super Octave, and that’s it. That’s all I basically use, but that stuff is killin’."more
> On the “Death of a Bachelor” tour, Panic! at the Disco guitarist Kenneth Harris used lots BOSS stompboxes on his pedalboard, including the SD-1W Super Overdrive, DM-2W Delay, DD-500 Delay, PH-3 Phase Shifter, and OC-3 Super Octave. He also added the SY-300 guitar synth for improv sections during the band’s headlining shows.more
Controlled by MAMI's tech, Motchy. > The BOSS OC-3 Super Octave gives guitarists high-quality octave effects with a single stomp. Three modes are provided, including a new Polyphonic Octave mode, a Drive mode with distortion, and the original OC-2 mode. The versatile OC-3 also has separate inputs for both guitar and bass. -BOSSmore
> I use some different pedals which help me to shape the transient portion of the tone. I like to shave off the attack a little bit and then bring back the transient using compression. One pedal that does this is the Line 6 DL-4. I also use a Boss OC-3 Super Octave to get bass notes only on the bottom range of the guitar.more
Ian Robertson of Chromaticism blog took a picture of Thomas Gabriel Fischer's pedalboard during Triptykon's 2016 Zürich gig. The pedalbaord contained a Ibanez TS-Mini, a Boss OC-3 Super Octave Pedal, an Ibanez WD7JR Weeping Demon Junior wah, and a Korg PitchBlack Chromatic tuner. The Boss OC-3 wasn't a part of his Hellhammer and Celtic Frost era pedalboard.more
At 2:55 in this video you can see Colin's pedalboard. The Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal can be found fourth pedal from the left, in the top row. Colin says "I’d use like a couple pedals from Boss where I’d combine a [harmonist](https://equipboard.com/items/boss-ps-6-harmonist-pitch-shifter-guitar-effects-pedal) Pedal with a super octave. Which is basically taking - which means I can play a lead part but it would drop the part down a few octaves and then on the harmonist I could do, put like a harmony on it so it almost sounded like two guitars at the same time."more
> **Tell us about your pedals** > >My pedalboard is always in a state of flux, but currently I’m using an Ernie Ball volume pedal for swells and a simple Boss DD-3 for delay. I also have a Boss TR-2 Tremolo pedal and a Boss OC-3 Super Octave pedal, and a Fulltone OCD distortion pedal. For weird sounds, I’ll sometimes use my Electro- Harmonix Harmonic Octave Generator.more
"Effects are so important. I think it’s really easy to over do it but so important to first have the sound you are going for in your head before you start just piling up the effects. My main effects are. TC Electronics, Ditto, Flashback Delay, Hal Of Fame Reverb, Pog, Boss Oc-3 and a Volume Pedal."more
How are you recreating that classic sound these days? “My sound is simple. I learned this from Prince: get rid of all active electronics. I play a passive Fender Geddy Lee Jazz with heavy-gauge Ernie Ball Cobalt flatwounds on the E, A and D strings. Flatwound strings are funky. My G string is a medium round-wound GHS Boomer for that bright pluck. The only thing fancy is a Boss Super Octave so I can go low. Bass in your face!”more
Like his bandmates, Stasik goes big on his pedalboard. His signal enters the board through a Boss TU-3 tuner, then hits a loop switcher controlling a Moogerfooger MF-1-1 Lowpass Filter (controlled by a Moog EP-3 expression pedal), 3Leaf Audio Wonderlove envelope filter and You’re Doom fuzz pedals, an Xotic effects Bass BB Preamp, a Boss OC-3 Super Octave, a DigiTech Bass Synth Wah, and an Electro-Harmonix Frequency Analyzer ring modulator.more
"The first pedal in the chain is the Super Octave. I got this because Danny Miranda used one a lot. Danny mainly used it to go lower than a D. He played a 4 string and the octave pedal made it easy for him to play lower notes. I play a 5 string so I mainly use it as an effect when I want to hear 2 notes out of my amp. I use this effect on many of the fills on "Golden Age of Leather" and for the bass solo in "Black Blade.""more
"For effects I use a Peterson tuner, either a Chandler Digital Echo or an MXR Carbon Copy, an MXR Phase 90, a Boss OC-3 Super Octave Pedal, a Morley Bad Horsie Wah-Wah pedal and a Morley Optical Volume Pedal. I’ve also just started using an MXR Micro Flanger which Joe Bonamassa recently gave me."more
Moog Slim Phatty, Boss Octave pedal (either OC-2 or OC-3), TS9DX Turbo Tube Screamer, Moog Lowpass Filter, Ernie Ball Volume Pedal, Boss DD-5 Digital Delay, Avalon U5 for DI output, Eden Traveler 400-watt head (sounds much better than 800-watt versions in my opinion), 1×15 Ampeg cabinet, 4×10 Gallien-Krueger cabinet.more
"My pedal board is split into 2 channels with a Line Selector. Channel one has all the indispensables: EHX Ring Mod, Boss OC3, Whammy Pedal, Boss DS or a RAT, Boss DD5, and now a Hexe Revolver too. Channel 2 is to cut from whatever combination of those to just clean, or a Boss RV5. I’ll probably replace the RV5 with a Line6 M9, to expand Channel 2, and probably put an M5 in 'channel 1’. Nothing too fancy. I can’t say I’ve exhausted that setup yet."more
Luke Weiler of Positive Mental Trip is known to use the BOSS OC-3 Super Octave on bass and guitar. On guitar he is known to use it with fuzz pedals and envelope filter pedals to give single not runs a nice thick heavy or psychadelic sound. He was seen using it live quite a few times in 2017.more
Outrageous octaves with a single stomp!
The Boss OC-3 SUPER Octave Pedal is the world's first compact pedal with true polyphonic octave effects! With Polyphonic Octave mode, drive mode with distortion, and the original OC-2 mode, this is the most versatile octave stompbox ever.
This pedal does the job in a live circumstance, although I have found that it sometimes (with particularly high or low notes) sounds rather un-authentic and sounds too synthesised for my liking.
I own the OC-2 and the OC-3 and I prefer the OC-3. Sounds very similar to the OC-2 (octave 1 of the OC-2 mode)but with more volume and the tone is a little bit more sinthy. The octave 2 of the OC-2 mode is different, but I feel it's more usable since it has more clarity and midrange. The only complain about the pedal is some short delay when the effect is engaged. It's not a latency problem, it's not a tracking problem, there is no cut in the sound. The effected signal has a micro delay when the switch is engaged... I supose that the processor is in some sort of standby status in order to save batteries and when you press the switch the processor starts (the consequence would be this short delay). It's not a major problem, and 90 % of the time you simply won't notice anything... but I think that it's important to mention.
Anyway... I like the pedal a lot.
The tracking was awful and it blew up a day after I bought it. Take into consideration when thinking about buying this that it is NOT a polyphonic octaver, it's meant to be analogue which explains the quality of the tracking.
One of the best Octavers i've ever tried! Great features, great tone, great build quality. Much recommended!
Just what you expect from a Boss pedal: first of all, it feels like it could withstand anything, and of course the sound is now a standard. It works just as an OC-2 (1 and 2 octaves down) in one mode, 1 octave and a 4th down in another mode, and also has a simple overdrive mode, for which you can adjust gain and add a lower octave.
I use this on conjunction with the micro POG. It works ok however compared to the POG it doesn't have great tracking and can be hard to dial in the tone that you want. It is also sometimes unreliable and just wont turn on for a few minutes or will make some unusual sounds. My only other criticism is that the LED on the front is not bright enough to see in outdoor venues so its hard to tell wether it is on or off. Other than that it usually does its job as it should
Nice effect for lowering your guitar with an octave. With or without distortion. The effect that the guitarist of Accept occasionally uses. Solid pedal, will last for years.
This effects pedal is a lot of fun to use! If you like tweaking your sound to something that is your own, than this can definitely help. I love the rich sounds that you can get, and that you can plug it into a guitar and bass amp at the same time to get some great tones. I have had lots of fun playing around with this unit, but haven't decided how it would fit into anything I play. I play Van Halen music mostly, and Eddie does use this effect occasionally, like on the outro for Drop Dead Legs.
If y're gonna get this (admittedly, very lovely) guitar device, I suggest that, if y're playing on any mode other than "Poly" AND using a compressor/fuzz/distortion, put this /after/ it, or you're going to get a sh*t-*ss nightmare squelch that sounds like a robot farting into a granular synthesis module.
Signal cleanliness: 4 "Poly" mode: 4 "Drive" mode: 3 "2 Oct" mode: 5
Solid pedal with useful drive function as well as double octave. Lower octaves tend to rumble quite a bit and it would be nice to mute the original octave and just hear the lower one. Only really useful for a few particular songs...
First i was looking for a POG to generate a octave down signal that gonna through a Zoom B3. My idea is to achieve a powerful bass sound this way. I buy the Boss OC3 with a less expensive price and everything that i need. Boss is a great company and have a well recognized reliability.
I got this pedal to try get something close to the CKY sound, but through use, trial and error, I've found that it's also great for getting some White Stripes and QotSA type sounds through using the drive feature on the second knob.
I don't really get what the poly setting does, and the OCT 2 option is a bit too much, but I'm sure it's what some people will want out of a pedal!