Best Octave Pedals

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If you’re looking to add depth to solos and riffs, look no further than the Octave Pedal. These awesome pedals work by splitting your guitars signal and adding an octave up, octave down, or both to your signal’s second copy. This allows guitarists to mimic other instruments, or have a much fuller sound on stage if there aren’t many band mates available. But because your octave pedal will play an important role in your sound on and off stage- it’s critical you get the right advice. So take some time to read over the varying properties of the  ‘best octave pedals’ below.

Key Features to Look for in an Octave Pedal

Tracking
Arguably the most important feature on an octave pedal, tracking is how long the pedal takes to receive your original signal (or note) and play it back in the chosen octave. Slow tracking will become frustrating and ultimately put your playing out of time. 
Type
Octave pedals can be intricate pieces of equipment, but a simple way of looking at them is split into two types: monophonic and polyphonic. Monophonic means it can only track one note at a time. This works well for adding depth to killer riffs, but will become jumbled and confused if you play a chord. Polyphonic means the pedal only grabs on to your lowest notes without grabbing on to your higher registers, making chords and more intricate playing possible.  .
Authentic Sound
The best octave pedals play as true to your guitar sounds as possible. Less than desirable pedals will often have an ‘artificial’ sound, that come off as too robotic. Our pedals listed below are some of the best sounding around.

Best Octave Pedals

Mooer Tender Octaver

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Pros: Price, Best Buy Award
Cons: None

Great tracking and incredible tone earns the Mooer Tender Octaver our Best Buy Award.

At about less than half the price as almost all the pedals on this list, the Tender Octaver is a no-brainer for guitarists who want a quality pedal while keeping budget in mind.

The layout and tone of this micro-pedal is essentially the same as the POG which we’ve listed below as our Best of the Best octave pedal. A Sub, Upper, and Dry knob keep the Tender Octaver a simple no-frills pedal that will never break the bank, but delivers extremely well.


Boss OC-3 Dual Super

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Pros: Reliable
Cons: No octave-up

The Boss OC-3 is the pedal for you if you’re looking to fatten up your guitar’s low-end.

At a mid price-range, the OC-3 is a reliable and nice sounding octave pedal. Able to deliver one and two-octaves down, the OC-3 also has a built in drive to really push those riffs. This pedal is also monophonic and polyphonic so you’re able to hone in on your desired sound. Furthermore, this pedal is one of the first to have a duel Bass-In AND Guitar-In input port in an octave pedal.

As long as you’re not concerned with going an octave up and only need a pedal to fatten up your sound – the OC-3 is the one for you.


Electro-Harmonix Nano POG


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Pros: Great Tracking, Best of the Best
Cons: Price

The POG from Electro-Harmonix gets our Best of the Best award for having some of the best tracking as well as organic sound on the list.

A simple pedal that delivers greatly, the POG has three knobs: Sub-octave, Dry, and Octave-up. This sleek design allows you  to easily find a great sound in no-time. Where some pedals favor one end only (like the Boss OC-3 with octave-down) the POG excels at low-end riffs and octave-up screaming solos.

If your budget is on the higher end, stick with the POG from Electro-Harmonix.


Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork


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Pros: Quality
Cons: None

Proving Electro-Harmonix knows what they’re doing within the pedal world, the Pitch Fork is an adaptable, incredible sounding pedal.

Only just getting edged out by the POG for the Best of the Best (we thought the POG sounded just slightly better), the Pitch Fork is one of the most versatile octave pedals on the market. With a pitch-shift knob that delivers eleven interval options: D (Detune), Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th, Major 6th, Minor 7th, 1 Octave, 2 Octaves and 3 Octaves. A 3-position toggle switch to determine if you want octave-up, octave-down, or both, and finally a Blend knob to control your Dry and Wet signals.

There’s a lot in the way of customizing your sound, and at $50 less than the POG, it’s the perfect pedal for the musician who doesn’t want to leave the mid-price range, but still retain a high level of quality.


Joyo JF-12 Voodoo Octava


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Pros: Price
Cons:  Only octave-up

The Voodoo Octave from JOYO is the perfect pedal for the player who just wants to test the waters before committing a lot of money to an octave pedal.

As the standout cheapest pedal on the list (around $40), the bang for your buck goes pretty far with the Voodoo. It’s pretty incredible to find any good sounding pedal at $40, not to mention one that doubles as a distortion pedal and an octave pedal.

This pedal is great for having some fun with the octave-up tool without sacrificing so much out of pocket.

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