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Boss OC2 as a compressor

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Boris Plotnikov
May 24, 2009 7:50 PM GMT

Jason and Michalek used boss oc-2 with octaves all way down and direct signal all way up as a preamp/compressor. I try this trick with two Boss OC2 and both doesn't really change volume or tone. I've heard some issues of oc2 are ok, other are not. Which one?

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May 24, 2009 8:27 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

One man wants to sell me this one. Does it fit?

Jun 02, 2009 7:38 AM GMT
Civet Cat Replied:

Man I'm suprised you didn't notice a difference! It's can be set subtle or pretty effected...I don't know which OC =2's worked and didn't but the best thing BY FAR is to go get a BBE OPTO STOMP! I replaced the Boss becuase when I switched to Harp Gear amp I was able to hear a faint back ground/Overtoneesque like low octave behind every note with the OC-2, The pre amp element comes from being able to turn your rig up louder when frequencies are compressed a little the can sound rounded out/even and tend to not feed back as much...Pluss if you don't like the BBE you can always return it. Hope that helps! By the way you rule.


Jun 04, 2009 8:48 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

Thanks for response Jason!

I've really try two boss oc-2 made in taiwan, octaves all way down, direct all way up and tone was almost the same as bypass, no volume boost or tone modify. It seems that only japan pedals works fine.

Jun 04, 2009 9:08 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

About OPTO STOMP, as I can judje your tone, I like your tone at Rocket #9 and 2007-2008 live recordings more than tone at Done With The Devil and current live recordings. Harmonica sounds a bit more compressed that I like. Anyway you rule!

Jun 04, 2009 11:55 PM GMT
John P Replied:

I just got an Opto Stomp. You can adjust the amount of compression and turn it down to the point where's there's almost nocompressionat all. So, you can easily adjust it for very little compression if you want. it's soft knee compression anyway and you can minimize it.

The pedal does not provide anywhere near the amount ofcompressionor control that a rack mount unit does, but the volume control on the Opto Stomp can also act as a preamp or clean boost, so it's a very harmonica friendly device.

If you want less compression, that's not a problem, just turn the compression knob down. But if you want a lot ofcompressionor hard knee compression, this pedal can't do it. if you're looking for just a little bit of subtle softknee compression, this pedal will do fine.

I happen to think all the BBE pedals i've tried sound a little bright. i prefer a darker tone, but the Opto Stomp is okay.

Jul 05, 2009 1:10 PM GMT
Iggy K Replied:

If one pedal in the chain is louder then other, can i get same signal levels with compresor ?

Jul 05, 2009 6:27 PM GMT
Zack P Replied:

No difference between Taiwanese and Japanese ones.

Jul 21, 2009 8:58 PM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Just a thought.

Maybe the OC-2 reacts differently with different amps. The compression effect may be more pronounced on a Bassman than a Pro Jr for example.

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