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Boss OC-2 Sound...But Without The Octave Drop?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by sludgehead, Nov 28, 2018.

  1. sludgehead

    sludgehead Supporting Member

    Aug 9, 2007
    I have a rather strange question.

    I love the sound of the Boss OC-2 Octave pedal. It's very warm and super round.

    What I'm wondering - is there a pedal that can make the exact same sound of the OC-2 but without it being an octave or two lower?

    Or is there a mod that will allow for this?
  2. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Exact same? No.
    But there are a bunch of same-octave synths out there that might be similar.
  3. sillyfabe

    sillyfabe keeping the low-end silly since '06 Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2009
    San Bernardino,CA
    Low Pass Filter? Smooth off the top end for some smoothness, tone knob down and light touch
  4. Swimming Bird

    Swimming Bird

    Apr 18, 2006
    Wheaton MD
    Didn't the FEA Growler do this?
  5. sludgehead

    sludgehead Supporting Member

    Aug 9, 2007
    I've never heard of this pedal before so I did some searching. Seems very interesting....can't find a demo video or anything though.
  6. MDH bass

    MDH bass

    Jul 16, 2018
    is playing the lines an octave up on the bass not an option?
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  7. The very rare bird FEA Growler did indeed get that sound, for some reason Frank refuses to make more
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  8. Ba55Man1ac

    Ba55Man1ac Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    Broughton Synth Voice? (good luck finding one!)
  9. sludgehead

    sludgehead Supporting Member

    Aug 9, 2007
    In this particular band I am playing in a very low tuning on a 4 string, so I'd have to be way way up to do so. Not impossible but rather limiting.

    I'm definitely after the sound and not the function of the octave drop because of that.

    I acquired an OC-2 that has heavy corrosion and water damage from being in a basement for a few years. It powers on and the dry signal comes through, but the affected signals are just a very faint buzz, barely there. I wondered about getting it fixed. Or possibly have a mod done which would get the sound without the octave drop (if exists). The screws on the bottom plate are rusted shut, I can't even get the thing open.
  10. Blu bro

    Blu bro

    Mar 1, 2012
    run a digital octave up pedal (eg. POG) into the the OC-2
  11. sludgehead

    sludgehead Supporting Member

    Aug 9, 2007
    Or an EH Pitch Fork...wonder what that would end up sounding like.
  12. Phe


    May 30, 2005
    Oulu, Finland
    I ran Mooer Tender Octave to OC-2, and had DOD FX10 in front of that. That worked. I'm not a much of a cork sniffer, so I'm not 100 % sure it sounds exactly right, but for my ears it did.
  13. Mosfed


    Apr 21, 2013
    Chamonix Mont-Blanc
    Partner - CCP Pedals
    I have a FEA growler and it doesn’t sound synthy to me at all. To me it’s a utility pedal / preamp. It’s magic is its ability to get absolutely any dirt pedal to cut through a mix. I also use the second channel as just a small growl enhancer.

    For synthy and without an octave shift, I’d say Broughton Synth Voice.

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