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Boss OC2 vs. OC3

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by rockstarbassist, Aug 15, 2004.

  1. rockstarbassist

    rockstarbassist Banned

    Apr 30, 2002
    The Woodlands, TX
    Endorsing Artist: HCAF
    I've jammed on the OC2 for a little bit in the store before, but just wondering how much different (if anything, really) the OC3 is, as it's dedicated bass input has me wondering.

    Any thoughts??
  2. Pöl


    May 31, 2003
    The OC-2 is a great pedal for a great price! I've got one, and it took me a while to get used to, but once you figure out you shouldn't do much playing below the low A, you're set!
    Works for me!

    I've tried the OC-3, and I totally disliked it, and this is why:
    -no noticable improvement of tracking compared to the OC2
    -it's digital, so there's a small delay when switching it on
    -it's 30% more money than the oc-2
    -the drive feature sounds like s***

    my two cents,

    try 'em both out, don't listen to me!!

  3. rockstarbassist

    rockstarbassist Banned

    Apr 30, 2002
    The Woodlands, TX
    Endorsing Artist: HCAF

    Interesting. :) I just really need something that'll provide me with kind of a "sub dub" sound that my parametric EQ used to do, mainly for 2 or 3 songs, but they're big covers and we always do them, so I need that sound big time. I'll prolly pick up the OC2 then.
  4. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    If you put a little compression ahead of an OC2 they track a LOT better!
  5. rockstarbassist

    rockstarbassist Banned

    Apr 30, 2002
    The Woodlands, TX
    Endorsing Artist: HCAF
    What about a bass with a not too strong preamp? My 4-string has a pretty laid-back preamp, whereas my 6'er definitely has more sizzle to it.
  6. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    Should be fine, I've seen people with Stingrays use them!
  7. how much is the OC-2? Im interested in using it for guitar.
  8. andrewd


    Sep 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    the OC-2 was around a hundred bucks new IIRC, and is now discontinued so should be too much
  9. RunBeerRun

    RunBeerRun Banned

    Mar 10, 2003
    the bass input handles the low frequencies much better than the guitar input does

    was the oc-2 the same as having just a guitar input? if so, that sucks for bassists

    the poly mode sounds good on chords especially two note chords, the drive mode sounds great on guitar, i dont like it on bass

    i got an mp3 of it if you want to hear the dedicated bass input, ran thru a line6 bass pod at http://runbeerrun2.tripod.com
  10. LuvBottomEnd


    Nov 26, 2012
    Brand new to TB so I hope I'm doing this right. I have an OC-3 and having trouble dialing in a good bass synth sound with it. Need it for a couple of cover tunes. Heard OC-2 was better but I've got the OC-3....anybody have any setting suggestions?
  11. EskimoBassist


    Nov 2, 2007
    Leeds, UK
    The OC-3 reaaaally isn't that bad and in fact I chose it over the OC-2 because *in my experience* I've found it to track more reliably down to low A than the OC-3.

    The OC-2 is iconic, I preferred the Aguilar Octamizer to it, but at the end of the day, Analog octaving wasn't for me. If you get an Oc-2 you won't be disappointed, unless if you expect it to be able to track super low like a keyboard, which no octaver can.
  12. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Alien Audio / Mesa Fanatic!! Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    I replaced my OC-2 with an OC-3 on my pedalboard. The tone of an OC-2 is better, but the OC-3 tracks much better with very little glitching, if any. I use the Guitar input, POLY mode, other knobs left to right are 12:00, 1:00, 11:00. I find that it reliably tracks down to a G. I can slap with the octave on because the upper snap and pops are filtered out with the range knob at 11:00-ish.
  13. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I'm finding the bass has a lot to do with how well they track. My P Lyte doesn't track on the OC-2 as well as my 76 Precision or my parts PJ.
  14. rimbaud

    rimbaud Banned

    Nov 17, 2011
    + 1 000 ... clarity, definition of a note is done by its highs or high mids, so if the octaver doesn't receive enough of those frequencies inputs, it won't track....
  15. rimbaud

    rimbaud Banned

    Nov 17, 2011
    By the way I had the issue with the same bass: old strings--> hard tracking, new strings--> tracking better, and ANY octaver may be subject to those variations.
  16. EvilJekyll


    Dec 23, 2011
    I think the OC-3 is great in poly mode. I usually have the input around noon IIRC and the other two octaves around 1 or 2. I found that on my old head that the lower notes on the E string would often make the speaker fart though. :meh:
  17. Joe Ricardo

    Joe Ricardo

    Aug 6, 2012
    Well I would say OC-2 , every gig I use it at, people always come up and comment how cool it sounds!
  18. Logic_11


    Nov 22, 2015
    Hmm, can you say a bit more about that? I really can't make up my mind on the Oc3 or Oc2
  19. Anonymatt


    Jan 3, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Good deals can be had for both. I never had an OC-2. A friend had an OC-3, so I'm permanently borrowing it. I keep it in OC-2 mode. It tracks lower than my Octabvre. I keep that one dialed for mutron(?). Attached a pic. See what's going on here?

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  20. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Alien Audio / Mesa Fanatic!! Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    I have a MIJ OC-2 on police hold at Guitar Center. Will pick it up next weekend. Then I can test it against my MIT. I expect no difference.

    I may have posted this earlier in the thread, so forgive if I'm repeating, but my favorite setting on the OC-3 is to use the GUITAR input and put the sensitivity knob straight up / 12 o'clock. That will add an octave to everything below the 12 th fret G and not above that. So, you can slap and pop with the octave on and it doesn't sound crappy. Plus, no glitches from string / fret noise.

    The OC-2 mode on the OC-3? Eh. Not as good as a real OC-2. Less glitchy, but less fat.