Bass Octave Pedals | 7 Best Octave Pedals for Bass 2018

Best Bass Octave Pedals of 2018 for Bassists

What is a Bass Octave Pedal?

Bass octave pedals are effects pedals that are able to generate a tone which is an octave above and below the frequency that a bass guitar is playing. Some bass octave pedals are even able to synthesize a greater range, accurately emulating a three-octave range.

Monophonic and Polyphonic Bass Octave Pedals

Traditional bass octave pedals have been monophonic and therefore this has meant that they can only process the effect for one frequency at a single time. However, due to advancements in technology and the quality of the internal processing units, some pedal manufacturers i.e Boss, have finally progressed to producing polyphonic bass octave pedals. The Boss OC-3 was the first ever polyphonic bass octave pedal and remains a best-seller due to its high sound quality.

Analogue vs Digital Bass Octave Pedals

Bass octave pedals have until recently always been analogue, but due to recent advancements in technology, particularly in the digital audio emulation of the warm analogue sounding effects pedals, digital bass octave pedals have become more available and are an attractive solution.

So what’s the advantage of a digital pedal over an analogue one, well digital pedals have several advantages over analogue pedals, being able to process multiple frequencies simultaneously, with most analogue pedals operating on a simple frequency IIRC. Another advantage of a digital effects pedal is that it can more efficiently monitor notes played, therefore making the processing of the desired effect more accurate to the frequency that is being synthesized.

What Does a Bass Octave Pedal Do?

As we’ve previously discussed, bass octave pedals are used to synthesize a frequency or pitch that is an octave above or below the current played frequency

Octave pedals monitor the inputted signal from the bass guitar to create a frequency output that is an octave above or below the input signal; The original and synthesized signals are then mixed and sent to the output, allowing you to hear the desired sounding effect.

These pedals can be used alongside other bass effects pedals, to create an audible masterpiece, both in the recording studio and within a live performance setting.

When to Use a Bass Octave Pedal

Bass octave pedals are particularly useful to provide a ‘bigger sound’, with the effect also being somewhat drone-like, artificial and unique.

Octave pedals are useful in numerous different settings, whether or not the bassist is looking to provide a unique sound to a song, or looking to fill up the mid-frequency range (octave above), or the sub-bass range (octave below), it’s really up to the creativity and taste of the musician themselves. These pedals can be very useful and are more commonly used by bassists on bass solos.

So let’s get to it, what are the best bass octave pedals of 2018?

Best Bass Octave Pedals of 2018

Boss OC-3 Dual Super Octave

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  • World’s first compact pedal with true Polyphonic Octave effects
  • New Drive mode adds distortion to octave notes for a fatter, more aggressive tone
  • Includes the original OC-2 mode, capable of producing notes one and two octaves down
  • Poly Octave effect adjustable to play within a specific note range
  • Bass input for adapting octave sound to bass guitars
  • BOSS five-year limited warranty

The Boss OC-3 dual Worlds first polyphonic stompbox, with the ability to produce notes one and two octaves down. Boss has designed this pedal so that it can be used for both Bassists and Guitarists, with separate inputs for both instruments.

The Boss OC-3 Super Octave Pedal provides users with high-quality octave effects within a single stompbox. The pedal has three pre-programmed modes for users to pick between, including the new Polyphonic Octave Mode (the main difference between the OC-2 and the OC-3), a Drive mode (which adds a distortion effect) and the original OC-2 mode.

With the OC-3’s Polyphonic Octave mode, octaves can now be synthesized when playing chords; More aggressive sounds can be had with the Drive mode, which adds a layer of distortion to the inputted bass/guitar signal.

Technicals Specs

  • 2 Octave Polyphonic Bass Octave Pedal
  • Dimensions – 8 x 10 x 8 inches
  • Weight – 1.1 pounds
  • Batteries – 1 Lithium Ion Battery (supplied)

Benefits

  • Best Selling Bass Octave Pedal due to its high-quality sound
  • 5 Year Limited Warranty

Disadvantages

  • Slightly artificial sounding (not a drawback in my opinion – as this can sound edgy and unique)

Who is this pedal for?

This particular pedal is for a bassist who requires an octave pedal that can provide a range of different sounds, with its polyphonic ability mode, alongside the alternative mode which adds distortion to the mix, it really is a versatile pedal, and is a key reason why it’s a best seller.

 

MXR M288 Bass Octave Pedal Deluxe

MXR-M288 Bass Octave Pedal

  • Constant Headroom Technology (CHT) for exceptional headroom and tracking
  • True bypass to prevent signal path noise
  • Organic analogue tone
  • Two independent octave voices
  • Mid+ switch adds a mid-range boost at custom selected frequency
  • Lightweight and durable aluminium structure
  • Small footprint

The MXR M288 is the perfect solution for any bassist looking for a reliable analogue bass octave pedal. The interfact gives you control over turning the effect on/off via the easily accessible footswitch; alongside some control knobs that control the following parameters ‘Growl’, ‘Girth’ and ‘Dry’.

Growl refers to the volume of throaty, midrange, sub-octave signal that is audible in the mix, Girth refers to the volume of deep and sub-octave frequencies that can be heard within the mix; Finally, Dry refers to how much of the original signal is mixed with the newly synthesized signal created by the processor,

Technicals Specs

  • 2 Octave Polyphonic Bass Octave Pedal
  • Dimensions – 5.8 x 4.5 x 2.8 inches
  • Weight – 0.6 pounds
  • Batteries – 1 9v Battery (supplied)

Benefits

  • Fantastic sounding analogue tone

Disadvantages

  • Monophonic with being an analogue pedal

Who is this pedal for?

This analogue pedal is suitable for anyone looking for a more natural sounding octave pedal for bass guitar, with it sounding warmer than a digital pedal such as the OC-3.

 

Electro Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator

Electro Harmonix POG2 Bass Octave Pedal

Based on the success of its predecessor, the original POG, which was a polyphonic octave processor for guitarists and bassists alike. Versatile in its application, it sounded great on a 4-string bass, through to an 18-string guitar.

The updated POG2 has all of the glorious features and high-quality electronics of the POG, but also has new integrated features, including the new attack control, to allow users to fade in those smooth swells. The POG2 also has sub-octave functionality, to synthesize deeper sounds and also has a 2 pole resonant low-pass filter, with two additional Q modes.

The POG2 boasts an algorithm enhancement that delivers more focused, and accurate harmonic performance, making the overall sound even better than the original POG.

The device can be daisy chained with other pedals and power supplies, making it an ideal addition to any effects pedal board.

Technicals Specs

  • Totally programmable 8-preset memory with instant recall
  • 5 mixable polyphonic octave harmonics
  • Dimensions – 8 x 7 x 3.5 inches
  • Weight – 2.3 pounds
  • Batteries – 1 9v Battery (supplied)

Benefits

  • User programming means presets can be saved and instantly recalled, especially useful within a live scenario.
  • True bypass, also incredibly useful when used in a chain, to prevent white-noise.

Disadvantages

  • Little more expensive than other processors

Who is this pedal for?

This POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator is perfect for the serious musician who’s looking for a processor to add to the effects pedal board

Electro Harmonix Micro POG Polyphonic Octave Generator

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  • 3 knobs control your mix of dry sound, sub octave and octave up
  • Separate dry and effect output jacks for maximum versatility
  • Silent foot switching
  • EHX 9.6DC power supply included

This Nano Polyphonic octave pedal is the smallest addition to the Electro-Harmonic POG family. Similarly to the POG2, this pedal has had a core algorithm update, meaning it has an even better sound than before.

The pedal is small, extremely portable and easy to use, with 3 knobs on the front of the interface ‘Sub-Octave’, controlling the level of sub-octave (1 octave below the input frequency) signal which can be heard within the overall mix, ‘Octave Up’, controlling the level of signal one octave above the input frequency, and finally ‘Dry’ which controls the amount of original signal which is present within the overall mix.

Technicals Specs

  • Polyphonic Processor
  • Dimensions – 8 x 3.5 x 7 inches
  • Weight – 1.2 pounds
  • Batteries – 1 9v Battery included
  • 96DC-200BI power supply included

Benefits

  • Able to produce both octaves above and below the original input signal
  • Strong die-cast chassis, ideal for gigging
  • Reputable company, the processor has amassed great reviews
  • Comes with power supply

Disadvantages

  • A little pricey

Who is this pedal for?

This polyphonic pedal is ideal for any bassist looking for a medium-sized, strong octave pedal that can deliver octave sounds above and below the inputted signal.

 

Electro-Harmonix Nano POG Polyphonic Octave Generator pedal

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  • 3 knobs control your mix of dry sound, sub octave and octave up
  • Separate dry and effect output jacks for maximum versatility
  • Silent foot switching
  • EHX 9.6DC power supply included

This Nano Polyphonic octave pedal is the smallest addition to the Electro-Harmonic POG family. Similarly to the POG2, this pedal has had a core algorithm update, meaning it has an even better sound than before.

The pedal is small, extremely portable and easy to use, with 3 knobs on the front of the interface ‘Sub-Octave’, controlling the level of sub-octave (1 octave below the input frequency) signal which can be heard within the overall mix, ‘Octave Up’, controlling the level of signal one octave above the input frequency, and finally ‘Dry’ which controls the amount of original signal which is present within the overall mix.

Technicals Specs

  • Polyphonic Processor
  • Dimensions – 6.2 x 3.2 x 5.65 inches
  • Weight – 1.2 pounds
  • Batteries – 1 9v Battery included
  • EHX9.6DC power supply included

Benefits

  • Able to produce both octaves above and below original input signal
  • Small unit, lightweight
  • Reputable company, the processor has amassed great reviews
  • Comes with power supply

Disadvantages

  • A little pricey

Who is this pedal for?

This polyphonic pedal is ideal for any bassist looking for a small octave pedal that can deliver octave sounds above and below the inputted signal.

 

Electro-Harmonix Octave Multiplexer

Electro-Harmonix Octave Pedal for Bass

  • Generates deep, fat bass tones one octave below the notes you play
  • Two separate smoothing filters enable you to tailor your sub-octave signal to the exact bass sound you desire
  • Monophonic device that works only on single notes
  • 9V Battery included (EHX 96DC power supply optional)

This monophonic bass octave processor can provide synthesized tones one octave below the notes that are played, making it ideal for bassists looking to achieve sub-octave frequencies. This processor has two separate smoothing filters enabling the user to tailor the sub-octave signal to your ear, giving you full control of the mix of dry and octave signal.

Technicals Specs

  • Monophonic Processor (works only with one note at a single time)
  • Dimensions – 6.2 x 3.2 x 5.7 inches
  • Weight – 0.95 pounds
  • Batteries – 1 9v Battery (supplied)

Benefits

  • Nice filtering to help blend the dry and synthesized signal together; making for a bespoke mix.

Disadvantages

  • Monophonic octave processor, therefore it can only provide an octave effect on one note at any time.

Who is this pedal for?

Ideal for someone looking for a reliable monophonic bass octave pedal.

Mooer MOC1 Pure Octave

Mooer MOC1 Pure Octave pedal for bassists

  • Precise polyphonic octave effects with no distorted sound
  • 11 different octave modes
  • Full metal shell
  • Very small and exquisite
  • True bypass

The Mooer MOC1 Pure Octave pedal is ideal for the bassist who’s on a slight budget, with this bass octave pedal being significantly cheaper than other pedals including the ‘Electro Harmonix POG2’ and the ‘Boss OC-3’.

However, this pedal still offers a lot, having 11-octave modes, offering true bypass making it suitable for pedal board integration, and the fact it’s provides polyphonic processing.

Technicals Specs

  • Polyphonic Processor
  • Dimensions – 1.8 x 4.2 x 2.2 inches
  • Weight – 0.35 pounds
  • 9v DC battery operation
  • Does not include a power pack

Benefits

  • Rather inexpensive compared to other alternative bass octave processors.

Disadvantages

  • Does not quite provide the refined octave effect that the POG2 and OC-3 offers.

Who is this pedal for?

Ideal for someone on a slight budget, looking for an octave pedal suitable for practices and small gigs.

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