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      Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal (J05050)
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Compact pedal that offers you plenty of tone all in one knob-based interface.

Mobile, battery powered, and filled with a diverse selection of flagship-quality BOSS amps and effects, the ME-80 is the ideal compact tone processor for performing guitarists. A friendly knob-based interface makes it simple to dial in great sounds in seconds, while easily selectable operation modes offer the flexibility of individual stompbox-style on/off or instant recall of complex multi-effects setups. Unique new footswitches deliver twice the control of previous designs for efficient and intuitive effects switching, patch selection, and realtime sound shaping while playing on stage. The free BOSS TONE STUDIO software unlocks even more tonal possibilities, providing a cool graphical interface for tweaking and organizing sounds on your computer, plus a web connection to BOSS TONE CENTRAL for direct access to free gig-ready patches created by top pro guitarists and much more.

A Huge Selection of BOSS Effects in One Pedal
No matter what style you play, it’s easy to craft your own personal sound with the ME-80’s wide range of built-in effects. A complete history of gig-ready BOSS tone processing is at your command, from multiple overdrives and distortions to wahs, mod effects, pitch shifters, delays, and beyond. BOSS’ groundbreaking Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) technology is represented with the unique, spacious ambience of Tera Echo and the distinctive tone-shaping possibilities of Overtone. Updated COSM preamps include new additions such as Crunch and Metal, plus an AC preamp designed for acoustic/electric guitar. The onboard expression pedal can be used for foot volume and pedal effects like wah, octave shift, and Freeze, and it’s also possible to control effects parameters such as mod rate, delay oscillation, and more for expressive realtime sound shaping.

Instant Gratification with Dedicated Knobs
Unlike typical menu-driven multi-effects processors that are complicated and unintuitive, using the ME-80 is as easy as using a stompbox. Effects are organized into eight logical categories that can all be active at the same time. Seven categories contain multiple effects types to choose from, plus dedicated knobs for selecting a type and adjusting it with a set of parameters you’d find in the pedal version of the effect. The Pedal FX category has its own knob for quickly assigning a particular effects type or function to be controlled by foot with the expression pedal. With this familiar and friendly interface, you’re able to dial up and play great tones instantly, just like using a large pedal board filled with your favorite stomps. But a major advantage over that pedal board is that you can to save all the current knob settings to one of the ME-80’s 36 user patch locations, allowing you to recall custom effects configurations at the touch of a pedal.

Stompbox Immediacy or Multi-FX Power: You Decide
The hands-on experience that stomp box control provides is perfect for tweaking tones as you go. However, there are times when switching among an entire group of preset effects is more efficient, such as when you’ve set up complex tones for different songs. The flexible ME-80 supports either approach, giving you the best of worlds. In Manual mode, the categories function like individual stomp effects, with instant adjustment via the panel knobs and on/off control with dedicated footswitches. By entering Memory mode, seven footswitches are automatically reconfigured to select user or preset patches and patch banks, letting you recall complete multi-effects setups directly. One footswitch on the ME-80 is dedicated just for mode switching, so you can toggle between Manual and Memory modes any time you want, even in the middle of a song.

Footswitch Design Delivers Twice the Control
The ME-80 offers easy usability while performing, with eight multifunction footswitches for direct control of effects on/off, bank/patch selection, and mode switching, plus convenient access to alternate functions such as tap tempo, tuner, looped control, and more. A special control (CTL) function is also assignable in each patch, letting you toggle grouped effects on/off or adjust a specified parameter in real time. The newly developed footswitch style provides two switches in the space occupied by one in previous designs, allowing BOSS to equip the ME-80 with a generous array of foot-operated controls while keeping the unit extremely compact and mobile. In addition to the eight main footswitches, the expression pedal is equipped with an integrated toe switch that toggles between foot volume and the current Pedal FX setting.

USB Audio/MIDI Interface Built In
Via USB, you can connect to your computer and capture the output of the ME-80 directly into your favorite DAW to record pro tones with COSM preamps and effects. It’s also possible to monitor the ME-80’s effects sound while recording an unprocessed signal into a DAW track; after the fact, use the USB Loopback function to “re-amp” the dry track with the ME-80, tweaking the knobs as you listen to the song to capture the perfect tone. MIDI transfer over USB is also supported, allowing you to select ME-80 patches from your computer, send expression and control pedal data into your software, and swap patches via BOSS TONE STUDIO.

Edit and Organize Tones and Connect to the Web with BOSS TONE STUDIO
Available as a free download, the BOSS TONE STUDIO application provides an inviting graphical interface for tweaking the ME-80’s effects from your Mac or Windows computer through USB. The software makes it easy to save, edit, and organize your patches, and to load them into the ME-80 as needed for different gigs and other applications. If your computer has Internet access, BOSS TONE STUDIO also provides an integrated connection to the BOSS TONE CENTRAL website, allowing you to preview and download gig-ready patches created by top guitar pros directly into your ME-80. In addition to expanding your palette of tones, these free patches provide solid foundations for creating your own patches with the ME-80’s extensive array of effects.

BOSS TONE CENTRAL: Your Web Home for Free Patches, Instructional Vids, Artist Tips, and More
BOSS TONE CENTRAL is the ultimate destination for all players that use BOSS guitar and bass gear. The initial focus of this powerful new web portal is on the ME-80, but compact stomps and other BOSS multi-effects will be included as the site grows. Right now, you have access to lots of great ME-80 content, including demo videos and free patches created by famous guitarists, touring pros, and session players. Check back often for additional patches, how-to videos, artist interviews, and much more. If you love BOSS effects, BOSS TONE CENTRAL is the place to be!

Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal Features:

  • Compact and powerful floor multi-effects with a simple knob-based interface
    Eight simultaneous effects categories, each with multiple effects types
    Dial up tones with the ease of using your favorite stompboxes
    Includes a massive selection of top-quality effects, from classic BOSS stomps to the latest MDP effects
    Updated flagship-level COSM amps derived from the GT-100
    Eight multifunction footswitches and expression pedal
    Manual mode for stomp box-style on/off; Memory mode for switching complete patch setups
    Delay section includes Phrase Loop function with 38 seconds of recording
    Runs on six AA batteries or optional PSA-series AC adapter
    USB audio/MIDI interface built in
    Free BOSS TONE STUDIO software allows you to edit and organize tones on your computer, and also preview and download free patches directly from the BOSS TONE CENTRAL website




Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

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  • Amazing Tone and Expression!

    As reviewed by Sam Toshner on 3/8/2014

    I had been waiting to get my hands on one of these for awhile and I got the call from my local Guitar Center today that they had one in. I swung by and jammed on it for about 30 minutes; as soon as I turned on the wah I knew I had to take it home and hook it up to my rig and really let it loose! The versatility of this board is unmatched. With it, you will not need another effect pedal, except maybe a looper if you need something more robust than what the ME-80 offers. This offers 38 seconds of looping with unlimited overdubs, which is enough to get you started with looping, but I have it running into my Digitech JamMan for ultimate control. With the Preamp effect, you don't even need a traditional guitar amplifier; you can plug this into a mixer and a set of studio monitors or a PA system and still have that warm, guitar amp tone. While I haven't had experience with all of the OD/DS pedals the ME-80 purports to model, each of the settings in this category will produce a unique drive or distortion that is good for what you should expect it to be. There is some overlap between these tones and the models of the Preamp, but these tones can be used to exaggerate the distortion or otherwise modify your tone without necessarily increasing the volume. This thing has some next-gen effects that I haven't seen on their own...to name a few: Harmonist - set the key of your song and it simulates a second guitarist, Overtone - like a chorus, but more robust, Tera Echo - a delay that has either a phaser or flanger which is sensitive to your attack, the most amazing delay I've had the pleasure of using. Speaking of delay, after you turn it off it simply stops creating new echos, it does not harshly terminate the ones already playing. One of those subtle touches that tells you they may have thought of everything. Such wah. Much expression. Wow. But seriously the wah pedal rocks! It is so much fun to put that pedal to use while playing a lead, and the pedal can be used to control many other paramters, such as whammy, modulation rates of other effect (phaser, flanger, etc.) and the amount of drive from your OD/DS. It also has Boss' new "Freeze" effect - jam the pedal down to capture a ringing tone in the moment and sustain it indefinitely, until you rock the pedal back. And when you turn the pedal FX off, it still functions as a volume pedal. So very useful. Overall, the tones this thing is capable of producing are simply amazing. They are so robust and real - you will simply be amazed by the sounds this board creates. For the price, you could buy maybe 3 or 4 stand-alone pedals. You couldn't even buy all the distortions this thing is packing. So really, it's an amazing bargain considering that you're really not sacrificing anything in the final sound, it still has the versatility of a stompbox full of pedals, it's just as intuitive to use, and it can also be set to memory mode in order to quickly change all the effects at once. So, bottom line: If you're looking for a multi-effect, a single distortion pedal, a wah, or whatever, you should probably just get this. Let's face it, you'll want all the pedals it has to offer eventually, you might as well shell out a little extra upfront and have everything you'll ever need. Buy it, play it, love it.

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  • Wow

    As reviewed by Justin Hultch on 3/8/2014

    I've only had it for a day and I am overwhelmed with how amazing it is. Very easy to use which is a plus and sounds phenomenal! Definitely worth every penny!

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  • great quality

    As reviewed by Blaine Simpson on 4/12/2014

    I can only give my impression as a beginning guitarist. I can't compare to other effects pedals, as I haven't used any other pedals. My first me-80 unit arrived by mail and worked great that day. The next day manual mode stopped working. I drove an hour to a Guitar Center and did an exchange and that went fine. The quality of the sound is great. No addition of noise. Even with all features off and using just the output level knob, nice gain with zero hiss or hum. I recommend my system for beginners because it is very flexible, does exactly what I need, and sounds much better than my friends' more expensive systems. Guitar + ME-80 + Rokit 5 monitor. This leaves the ME-80 responsible for generation of all pre-amp effects (distortion, OD, amp model emulation) and the monitor faithfully reproduces without confusing with additional effects like a regular combo guitar amp would do. And this gives you the ability to hear ultra-clean, flat response whenever you want to by disabling all ME effects or using only the pre-amp clean setting. I have a cheap combo amp and it sounds like crap compared to the Rokit.

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