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Boss Announces New OC-5 Octave Pedal

Boss OC-5
(Image credit: Boss)

Boss has debuted the latest pedal in its long-running OC series of octave units, the OC-5.

Housed in the OC series' trademark dark bronze enclosure, this pedal features a new Vintage mode that delivers the trademark mono sound of the original, beloved OC-2, but with a new and improved tracking engine. The Poly mode - first introduced on the OC-3 Super Octave - has also been significantly enhanced, letting users play full octave chords.

Also included in the pedal is a Range knob that lets users choose which notes they want the pedal to process. Turn the knob to its “Lowest” setting, and you can isolate the octave effect to the bottom note in a chord.

The OC-5 features a new octave-up effect, which is available in both Vintage and Poly modes and controlled by a dedicated +1 OCT knob. Users can deploy this effect on its own, or blend it with octave-down effects.

Boss OC-5

(Image credit: Boss)

The OC-5 works with guitar or bass, and features a Direct Out jack through which users can route dry and effect sounds to different destinations, such as multiple stage amps or channels on a mixer or audio interface.   

The Boss OC-5 octave pedal can run on either 9V or battery power, and will be available later this month for $129.99.

For more info on the pedal, point your browser to boss.info (opens in new tab).

Jackson Maxwell
Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.