A division of the Roland Corporation, BOSS is probably best known for their range of rugged guitar and bass effects processors, including compact and twin effects pedals, multi-effects pedals, pedal boards and electronic guitar tuners. They also make outstanding multi-track digital recorders for studio use, rhythm machines, loop stations, digital studios, and digital metronomes.
The company’s first models appeared in 1976: the B-100 was a clip-on preamp and pickup for acoustic guitar and the CE-1 Chorus Ensemble was their first effects pedal—one that’s still revered today among guitar players. More compact pedals started rolling out in 1977 with the OD-1 Overdrive, PH-1 Phaser, and the Spectrum SP-1 (a parametric equalizer). In 1978, the company launched the BOSS DS-1 Distortion Pedal, and the TW-1 T Wah. The first compact chorus pedal came out in 1979 as the CE-2. A flanger effect, the BF-2, came on the scene in 1980. The company scored the first mass-produced digital delay pedal with the DD-2 in 1983. Over the next five years, BOSS introduced nine more pedals, and later the famous Metal Zone MT-2 (in 1991). Since the Heavy Metal HM-2 Distortion Pedal became available, it has been an integral part of heavy metal music.
BOSS keeps it simple by keeping the same footprint for all their compact effect pedals, enabling you to easily organize your pedal board. With robust construction and distinctive color-coded cases, you know your guitar effects are rugged and reliable enough to withstand heavy road use and are easy to see and use on stage.
BOSS is famous for their COSM technology, first introduced in 2006 with the AC-3 Acoustic Simulator pedal. Composite Object Sound Modeling gives musicians a more realistic-sounding way to emulate an amp's performance. COSM technology is present today in countless popular models, from the FBM-1 '59 Bassman Pedal to the FDR-1 '65 Fender Deluxe Reverb Pedal. BOSS pedals are also known for their "buffered bypass," which uses Field Effect Transistors to eliminate annoying pops or clicks without degrading your signal. The FET bypass lets you put together more complex signal chains and use longer cable runs without a loss of sound fidelity.
If you like bundling your guitar or bass effects in a floor unit, then check out multi-effects processors. BOSS’ full line of processors—from the GT-10 and ME-50 for guitar, to the ME-50B and ME-20B for electric bass, to the AD-8 for acoustic guitar—all feature COSM digital signal processing. In addition, the EZTone Wizard's easy-to-use graphic icons let you shape your sound just the way you want it. BOSS powerful rhythm machines, like the DR-880, DR-670 or the DR-3 Dr. Rhythm, deliver amazing accuracy to your rhythm tracks. You can also make use of digital recorders like the Micro BR, an eight-track recorder like the BR-600, or one of the portable studios like the 16-track BR-1600CD.