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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 i... Read More

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Overview

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!

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
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Boss pedals - 5 year parts warranty
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BossME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 18 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (10)
  • Good selection of effects (9)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Excellent sound quality (5)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Performances (7)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing Tone and Expression!

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Some good features, some limitations

Strengths: Simplicity, easy to tweak on the fly, built like a tank, expression pedal feels good. Most of the mod effects have a level control, which is very nice if you work...Read complete review

Strengths: Simplicity, easy to tweak on the fly, built like a tank, expression pedal feels good. Most of the mod effects have a level control, which is very nice if you work in manual mode and want to control whether you get an overall boost, cut, or unity when you engage the effect. Particularly good for boosting tremolo (to avoid perceived cut) or cutting the vibe simulation, which can be a bit harsh. Also, the compressor is capable of being quiet, subtle, and effective, which is a bit of a revelation in a guitar multi-fx. The only cheap virtual compressor I've been pleased with before is the limiter in the Zoom B2 (their old bass multi-fx unit). The rotary speaker sim is also quite nice, and the univibe is decent if you're into that kind of thing. Weaknesses: These are particularly problematic for me, because I'm a tremolo and reverb nut, but the reverb and tremolo are weak. The room reverb is decent, if a little tinny. The hall reverb is muddy and the spring reverb is comical. The ME-80 was an upgrade from older Zoom units, which have very nice and highly tweakable reverb and trem settings. Something I don't really care about because I don't use it, but the octaver cuts in and out at lower frequencies and frankly doesn't sound very good when it is tracking well. If I had any interest in using this, It would be enough to make me return it. Middling: The ME-80 does dirty better than the Zoom multi-fx units in the same price point, but for the most part they are not as responsive as analog stomp boxed to guitar volume/playing dynamics. The main exception is the fuzz setting in the OD section, which cleans up nicely at lower gain settings (e.g., 9:00) but still gets dirty with volume cranked. I've also been finding that the OD sounds--which really aren't terrible--don't stack well with the amp emulations. Using the two together to get a high gain sound results in a digital noisy mess that is hardly even usable. The booster works all right to hit the front of the "amp," but if (like me) you were planning on using the unit to really have 2 different stackable overdrives, you'll probably be disappointed. How I'm using the unit: I have no interest in this point at making presets and switching back and forth between them. I want a basic rig set up, and I want to step on pedals to change it. I'm mainly playing a Hofner semi-hollow body and running into a VHT Special 6. I have a Pigronix Aria that I love as a foundation overdrive, and I run this in front of the unit at low gain so that it's basically clean with the volume backed off and crunchy with the volume pushed. This and the delay unit with everything off are my basic rhythm sound. The tape echo is set to give a soft little slap back gives a much nicer subtle spring reverb feel than the spring reverb setting itself. On tap are the compressor, the clean amp model set up scooped with almost no gain (on its own, clean, it reminds me of a Fender Super Reverb I had way back when), the EQ section with a mid boost to cut through the mix, and the OD section set on the fuzz with gain at about 9:00, tone at 12:00, and volume at 3:00. I get a really wide variety of clean tones this way, and everything works well together. The Aria pushes the fuzz into chainsaw territory when they're both engaged. Kicking in the amp sim or the EQ (or both) gives a very different presence to whatever dirt is going on without fundamentally changing the tone. The reverb and the trem I've been using sparingly because I don't like the sound of either (the duty cycle on the trem is too short to emulate the old tube units but the wave is to sine-y to make a real aggressive modern chop), and I may hang onto my old Zoom to run after the unit for these effects. I've been messing with the rotating amp sim (which, when using the expression pedal to control rate, is really very nice), but don't have a practical use for it in the stuff I play except to take the place of a chorus at low speeds. All in all, if you play with the unit and you find the sounds you get from it usable, the layout if you want to play it in manual mode is absolutely great. Just don't expect it to do everything well, though--if you go for a lot of processing or play with heavy distortion, you may want to stick with to look at another model or stick with a pedal board.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I wish I would have got this years ago

By Cattzap

from Carlos, Tx

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    I should have got this years ago. I can dial my acoustic in to be so clean a crisp. An added bonus is using the preamp and EQ to add punch and sustain to my bass. I will be adding the Boss ME-50B for the bass to make it a complete set.

     
    3.0

    It's good for basics....

    By Big Mike

    from Port Orchard, Wa.

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Good Selection Of Effects

    Cons

    • A bit of noise
    • Could use option of choice of signal path
    • Noise suppressor could be better
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Tinkering/aplaying at home

    Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    Got this because I didn't want to break the bank buying all my favorite pedals.
    If I'm gonna gig, I will NOT use this.
    Noise suppressor has a VERY fine line between too little and too much.
    Tinny Metal and heavy distorted tones.
    Expression pedal is very lacking.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great if you use it a little differently

    By Floyd

    from Michigan

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

      Everything about this pedal is great except when using the OD/DS section by itself. A couple of them sound ok, but I prefer using the preamp section for distortion in front of a clean amp and using the overdrives for a gain boost like a dual footswitch overdrive pedal. Keep in mind that not all of the preamps and overdrives may not sound good with your amp and I use different preamps/overdrives with different amps. I only have 3-4 combinations that I find useable for gigs and I had to spend some time tweaking to find them but once I did I was very pleased. This is an awesome unit, especially if you like modulation and delay!

       
      5.0

      Love This Pedal

      By Caleb

      from Woodstock GA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy to Use
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        Ive honestly never seen a better pedal for under $500. This thing has exceptional sound quality and an amazing choice of effects.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Works well through an effects loop

        By Whiffletree

        from Sauk City, WI

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Performances

          Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

          I initially used this as a way to practice at home without an amp. It's not bad for that use but not great either. Now that I've plugged it into my Marshall DSL40c I have a much better idea of the sound quality. It's not the best thing since sliced bread but if you are looking to save a buck and/or don't care about the distortions you may want to think about this for a minute. I ran this through the front of my amp and was disappointed that all of the modulation effects weren't as present as I wanted. After plugging this thing into the effects loop it was a different story though. You can get some passable distortion and overdrive tones of you aren't planning to use the gain on the unit itself. Tremolo, chorus, and delays are much better after the signal change. Still have a few things to play around with and the nice thing is that the ME-80 has a very easy setup. I'm more of an analog guy so I was nervous about this purchase, but with any effect I've used it just takes a little time to figure out how to get the sound I wanted. Being able to make a lot of presets and switch between single effects and presets is a cool concept. I would trade the distortion section for a synth section any day of the week. I play mostly post hardcore but I like to tinker with things so this was a solid buy. I got more than my money's worth in delays alone. I'm not too big on the amp modeling yet but I might be able to use it as an alternate EQ thing. it was either this or spend a grand on pedal effects. Who couldn't spend a grand on their sound though and still would want more?

           
          3.0

          Mixed feelings,,,

          By Cap2322000

          from Joplin, MO

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Great price
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Poor Drive and Distortions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

          Really liked the modulation effects and delays. Absolutely could not live with the drives and distortions though. Very thin. What made it worse was that the center point frequency they chose for the highs was about 800 to 1K to low. This made the distortions a little crunchy and not quite as smooth as I would have liked. FR center point could not be adjusted out in the global settings menu on this model. With the exception of the distortions, I liked the rest of the pedal's features

           
          3.0

          Ok for the budget but sounds generic

          By Riverpeya

          from Chicago

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Amp modeling is decent
          • Compact Design
          • Easy to use
          • Heavy duty

          Cons

          • Average or generic sounding

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Practice
          • Small gigs

          Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

          Small bar gigs, charity performances

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Everything you could want

          By Dave "Fun Size" Craig

          from South Florida

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

            I upgraded from the ME-70 because there are different modulations I use and tis gave me two pedals for mods. However, I found that there are so many new effects that I like, I will still be switching. Very happy that they brought the acoustic simulator back as well. This board is so much better than dragging around multiple effects in a board.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            GREAT PEDAL ASSEMBLY

            By GOATROPER

            from YAKIMA WASHINGTON

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • I Have It Set Up At Home
              • I Use It For Practice
              • Performances
              • Turn It On And Go For It

              Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

              Im very happy with the product and hope to get many years of use from it

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Super versatile

              By Boris the Spider

              from Portland, Oregon

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                  This has so many effects for the price it's amazing. It is easy to set up once you understand where everything is, but the first day, I got some pretty messed up sounds since there are so many options. (It was worth a quick read through the manual.) I also like that it has a lot of the effects that I would never use enough to justify buying but are nice to have once in a while like Phasers and Pitch Shifters.

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