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My Octave pedal hunt ... Shootout Video!

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I've been hunting for the perfect OC-2 ish thing for my board, and eventually decided the only way to figure this out was to gather as many of the options as I could. After some discussions on the 3Leaf and OC-5 threads I ended up filming some of the comparisons in the hope that it can be useful to someone in the same situation as me.

The options available were:

Boss OC-2 (the old faithful)
Boss OC-5
3Leaf Octabvre Mk1
COG T-47 (2x T-16) (the current incumbent)
Markbass RAW Octaver
MXR Vintage Bass Octave

I've tried to use musical examples for context. If anyone has any questions please let me know! I'm still gathering my thoughts and will report back a little later, including what happened when we did a blind test with my OC-2 loving friend. The current settings are always shown onscreen.

I would also love to hear from anyone who has compared the Octabvre Mk1 to the brand new model, which i couldn't get my hands on!

 

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Great shootout, thanks.  I thought they all sounded good to be honest.  I love the simplicity of the Markbass 2 knob layout and thought it stood up to the rest well.

I use the MXR Bass Octave Deluxe and would be been great to hear that too along side what you have, especially to get the OC2 sound.

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As far as I know the Octabvre Mini is no different in sound to the full size MkII / MkIII in TIM mode.

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5 hours ago, dannybuoy said:

As far as I know the Octabvre Mini is no different in sound to the full size MkII / MkIII in TIM mode.

The mini is slightly tweaked from the MKII. Says as much in the advertising and I had the two side by side at one point and there is a difference. The mini got grittier at the clockwise end of the tone knob. Still waiting for my III to arrive. 

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@knicknack, could you possibly check something for me. On your MXR VBO, if, while the pedal is engaged, you press the mid switch down quite slowly until it engages, does the main LED cut out briefly?

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Great comparison! IMO they're sufficiently similar that the choice is really about how much you value the other features/tones available on that particular pedal.

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29 minutes ago, knicknack said:

I can't say i notice a vast difference in tone with it pushed in though!

It’s only on the dry bass signal. It is adjustable between two fixed frequencies and the amount of boost is also adjustable via a switch and trimpot inside. 

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Posted (edited)

My top 3: Octabvre, OC-2, Markbass

But there's not much in it and I'd be very happy with either of them! Markbass might be the best choice for size alone!

Edited by dannybuoy

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Posted (edited)

Thanks for that 👍

I’m toying with the idea of going to separate pedals and an octave is certainly on the list. 

Edited by Deedee

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I'd love to try the Markbass and for around £100 give or take it's not overpriced.  I haven't seen one come up on the used market yet.  

It wasn't featured here but the MXR Vintage Bass Octave's big brother, the Bass Octave Deluxe, can regularly be found well under £100 used, from £70 ish usually so that's a good option too.

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Very well put together and the editing was really slick.

At the moment I've only listened via phone speakers (in bed and headphones are just out of reach) and I can't hear any difference (when not watching I can't tell when the pedals change!). 

I'm sure when I listen with 'cans' the nuances will be clearer. Down the pub on a Saturday night with some guitarist howling and tub thumper thumping? No one will ever notice the difference. Which is a massive positive because it means you could choose based on size and price if you're only thinking of a pub band scenario. 

Of course recording is a totally different ball game. 

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