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The MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher is a new-concept pedalboard solution that maximizes your creative options by combining a world-class multi-effects engine and multi-pedal switcher in one small, dedicated unit. Now, anyone can put together a professional effects system that’s incredibly compact, extremely light, and versatile enough to achieve nearly...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher is a new-concept pedalboard solution that maximizes your creative options by combining a world-class multi-effects engine and multi-pedal switcher in one small, dedicated unit. Now, anyone can put together a professional effects system that’s incredibly compact, extremely light, and versatile enough to achieve nearly any sound imaginable. The MS-3 is a sonic powerhouse capable of running six internal pedal effects at once while seamlessly integrating three of your favorite external pedals. It also offers deep rig control capabilities, allowing you to switch amp channels, adjust effects in real time, work with MIDI devices, and more. With the MS-3, it’s easy to create a portable board or fly rig without the compromises associated with traditional loop switchers and allin-one multi-effects units.

As Versatile As You Need to Be
The MS-3’s highly flexible design gives you the freedom to create any kind of effects system, from simple to complex. It can serve as a general-purpose effects unit to augment core tone from three stompboxes, or function as the central hub of an advanced hybrid rig with MIDI gear and channel-switching amps. It even works as a standalone effects processor, making it perfect for fly dates and other times you need to travel light. And if you’re just starting out, the MS-3 provides a solid effects foundation that can be expanded as your experience grows.

Three Loops for Your Choice of Effects
Via the MS-3’s audio loops, you can connect three different effects devices to the system. You’ll probably want to hook up your favorite drive and booster pedals to the loops, but you can use any effects you like. Once your pedals are connected, you’re able to switch the loops on/off individually, and position the MS-3’s onboard effects around them any way you want.

World-Class BOSS Effects Engine
To complement the three external loops, the MS-3 is equipped 112 effects types to choose from. They’re organized in six categories, which are available simultaneously: FX1, FX2, Mod1, Mod2, Delay, and Reverb. FX1 and FX2 contain many different types, from overdrives and distortions to compressors, pitch shifters, Slow Gear, and many others. Mod1 and Mod2 offer the famous BOSS chorus and vibrato effects, plus tremolo, flanger, phaser, and more. All the effects are fantastic for guitar, and there’s also a large selection specially optimized for bass.

Big Creativity in a Tiny Package
The MS-3 is packed with decades of BOSS compact pedal and multi-effects know-how, and offers an ultraefficient design that lets you dial in inspiring sounds right away. There’s a backlit LCD that clearly shows patch/bank numbers and parameters, plus quick-access knobs for editing and status indicators for all loops and effects. And with 200 patch locations, you have ample memory for storing effects and control setups for instant recall.

Complete Foot Control
The MS-3’s heavy-duty footswitches give you easy command of the entire system. In Memory mode, the footswitches allow you to select patches and banks. Changing to Manual mode lets you switch loops and effects on/off, and even control multiple effects parameters for intense real-time expression. Your Manual mode assignments can be stored in patches, letting you create dynamic custom setups for different songs and styles.

Pro Essentials
Going well beyond the basics, the MS-3 provides tons of options for expanded control. You’re able to connect external footswitches for tap tempo, effects on/off, and parameter adjustment, plus expression pedals for volume, wah, pitch shift, and more. Control out jacks are available for switching amp channels and controlling effects that support external input. And there’s even MIDI for sending tempo, PC, and CC information to MIDIenabled pedals, whether they’re connected to loops or not. In addition, the MS-3’s two audio outputs can be set for full stereo or selectable mono operation per patch, providing great flexibility with dual amp rigs.

USB and Remote Editing
The MS-3 supports USB for accessing the free MS-3 Editor/Librarian software on a Mac or Windows computer. This lets you edit effects, assign control parameters, set tempos, and more via a convenient graphic interface. You can also back up and restore individual patches, and organize groups of patches into Live Sets for various gigs

Features

  • Powerful integrated solution for creating a compact professional pedalboard
  • Unlimited sound creation with six simultaneous pedal effects and audio loops for connecting three external pedals
  • 112 built-in effects types for guitar and bass, including delays, reverbs, mod/pitch effects, overdrives, distortions, and more
  • Intuitive user interface for easy patch creation
  • Backlit LCD, editing knobs, and panel LEDs for on/off status of loops and effects
  • Control assign, wave pedal, and other functions for deep real-time expression
  • Equipped with numerous jacks for amp channel switching, effects control, and more
  • MIDI output for working with MIDI-enabled effects
  • Built-in tuner, noise suppressor, and global EQ
  • USB for patch creation and backup via free MS-3 Editor/Librarian software
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BossMS-3 Multi Effects Switcher
 
4.4

(based on 5 reviews)

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4.0

It works

By Rex

from undisclosed

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Comments about Boss MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher:

I've owned this for about 3 weeks and like the over all sound. My main goal was to have a master switch to control my EVH 5153 with midi and still use some of my pedals which it does. what I don't like is the how the banking feature works. If you have a midi channel programed to switch when you press the 2 switches to bank up or down it will change that midi program also unless you hit both switches perfect which is almost impossible. I've been lucky once or twice. I ordered the FS7 to bank with hoping it would disable the banking function of the other switches but it doesn't. So if you have a clumsy foot and how close and sensitive the switch are you can channel to the wrong bank and patch. They should have made the unit an inch or so bigger and add dedicated banking switches. also with the FS7 banking it goes right to the next patch up/down from there instantly where with the banking from the MS3 it goes to the next bank of patches and then you select what patch.
Navigating through the menus is fairly easy and there is tons of videos on Bosses site and Youtube to help with getting to know the MS3. Over all I'm happy with the purchase but the banking function is its weak point for myself.

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5.0

Perfect switcher

By Mike

from Kansas City

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Comments about Boss MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher:

This solved my issue of having different effects that could not be chained together easily. Great way to have a rhythm and lead options. Built in effects helped push my pedals further.

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4.0

Great warm tones for multi-effects pedal

By SteveC

from San Jose, CA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher:

    I had the Helix Effects unit -- but it was too large to fit on a small pedalboard along with 3-4 of my own pedals.
    Not so with this tiny Boss unit!
    NOTE: If you're used to Line6 products, the Boss until can be confusing to use at first, With most Line6 units, you select a foot switch -- and then attach an effect to it. With this Boss unit, you select an effect - and then assign it to a foot switch. After I got over that little hurdle, I was surprised at how warm and natural the effects sounded - much more like discreet analog pedals than typical multi-effects units.

     
    4.0

    Revolutionary And ALMOST Perfect

    By Steve Toback

    from Raleigh, NC

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Lack Of Versatility With Effects Loop

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Boss MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher:

    This thing is amazing. I had a pedal board with excellent modulation, reverb and delay effects but hated the lack of flexibility for those - one setting on the pedal that's it. But I also have distortion and speciality pedals I want to use (Mel 9, Mooer 002 UK Gold, Tube Screamer, etc). This lets you combine the best of both worlds. Use the awesome and flexible Boss modulation, reverb and delay effects with parameter changes per patch AND use three separate effects loops for speciality pedals. It's compact and the USB software is easy to use. The amount of control you have with MIDI and control in and out is truly awesome. I'll be controlling a looper with the control out to stop recording when I change patches.

    This would be PERFECT if they allowed you to move the three different loops to different locations in the effects chain. Right now they have to be moved separately. I'd like to have my looper in the chain before the reverb so I'm not looping reverb but I want my distortion pedals in front of the chain. Can't do that. :( Hopefully we'll see a software update to this.

     
    5.0

    Great Effects Switcher

    By Robert

    from undisclosed

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    Comments about Boss MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher:

    At the moment I am using the MS-3 in my practice room since I haven't been in a band for several years. Coming back to guitar from bass since then and this switcher is great for building a small platform pedalboard. I like the loop section for my own pedals and writing patches is easy with the interface or computer app. Great BOSS effects and quality built in. Loving it so far but I haven't really tapped in to all the capabilities and possibilities onboard. You could replace many of the stompboxes you currently use with the built in effects. I would recommend it.

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