The Boss AD-8 Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal uses COSM modeling technology to transform the piezo pickup sound of an ordinary acoustic into the tones taken from 6 high-end acoustic guitars. It also sim... Read More
The Boss AD-8 Acoustic Guitar Effects Pedal uses COSM modeling technology to transform the piezo pickup sound of an ordinary acoustic into the tones taken from 6 high-end acoustic guitars. It also simulates the warm sound created by miking the guitar's neck and body-a world's first! Body and String Enhance controls simulate warm, miked acoustic sounds. Includes high-quality reverb tailored for acoustic guitar, 4-band EQ, anti-feedback circuit, a chromatic tuner with mute, and quick pedal-based operation. The Boss AD-8 has preset memory locations for switching acoustic sounds instantly. Balanced XLR outputs allow direct connection to PA systems.
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I have owned the Boss AD-8 pedal for approximately 6 months now and have been waiting for the right time to comment. This pedal is everything it says it is. It is like having your very own mixer for your guitar. I play a Taylor 510CE and a Martin DC-15 through it and both sound absolutely incredible. The memory switches are very responsive and provide easy access to your favorite sounds. All in all a very good investment!
I purchased this unit for use in weekly church performances. I had been using a Roland AC-30 with a mute footswitch and external tuner and was happy with my sound but I wanted a lighter setup and also wanted to use a smaller body Guild Songbird acoustic guitar. The sound quality is suprisingly good if you have an acoustic-electric guitar signal that you are unhappy with. For instance, I can dial in extra body for my Songbird, my Little Martin guitar, and even my Martin Backpacker to make them sound like larger guitars. So far I have pretty much only been able to get one tone that I like for each guitar. My method has been to start with the EQ controls neutral and work mainly with the model selector, body, and string enchance knobs, using the EQ only for fine-tuning. Don't think that you can simply switch models to get a completely usable acoustic guitar sound -- it hasn't worked that way for me yet. Nevertheless, I was very happy with that one guitar sound and I was also happy to have presets for each guitar and a built in tuner (comparable to a TU-2). Also like the option to use 6 rechargable AA batteries, which obviates the need to carry another wall-wart power supply. What I didn't like was that there is no pad for the line level XLR outputs, which means you need another direct box or inline XLR attenuator (my solution) to get your signal into the mic inputs of a mixer. This may not be an issue for anyone except for me, but it was a bummer. Also there is no way to bypass the modeling, so if you have a guitar that sounds great un-effected and un-equalized you will have to use the knobs to minimize the processing. Ultimately I was so happy with my Guild Peregrine's un-effected signal that I started my search for the perfect direct box, a search that continues until this day. Try something more basic if you are already happy with your acoustic-electric preamp signal.
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