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Does anyone use them? I've been looking at the Boss ME 80. I'd like a better one but cost prohibits. What do you use if you have one?

 

I had a Boss ME 50 a while back before I sold it. I really liked it because it functioned a lot like a stomp box, with knobs and pedals, not menus and parameters. Plus it didn't sound too digital like some of the ones I've heard. I would assume an ME 80 is like an updated ME 50 but have never played through one.

 

I now have a Digitech GNX 4 which I only like because it used to belong to my old friend. He was always trying to get me to play through it, but I hated all the controls and that it sounds so computerized. Plus that damn noise gate always cuts off the sound when I try to pick lightly.

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I have a ME-80 and really like it...Used to have a Korg AX3000G

 

The good things about the pedal in my opinion:-

 

Great selection of sounds and fx...and has amp modelling if you want it ( I don't) to Di the thing

 

Very easy to use and adjust

 

Can mix a great many of the fx at the same time to create your sound..can even put reverb on delay

 

Built like a tank ..mains & battery operation

 

Comes with software to enable you to back up your sounds, download them from a Boss website and mess with your settings whilst on line in realtime to hear the changes if you want to

 

For live play I think it comes into it's own. The 4 pedals are actually rockers and so for each preset you save you can have eight different sounds available to you plus the expression pedal which can be programmed differently for each pedal to be whatever you want really, vol, wah a depth control for a certain fx etc etc

 

Plus if you want to you can put in it manual and simply use the 4 pedals as stomp boxes...comp,,,,od...mod ...delay and tweak away with them just as you would with a stomp box

 

Of course all the sounds aren't the best available but for the money it's great I think

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Hello!

 

I have a Zoom MS-50G. 32-bit CPU. Over 100 effects (half of them are usable). It can be updated at Zoom's site for free.

 

The delay, reverb effects are brilliant, amp models are really good, distortion effects...well...not bad.

 

Small unit, a very convenient device for rehearsals. I like it. A very good substitute for my analog units, when I have to carry stuff somewhere else.

 

Cheers... Bence

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I had a Boss ME-5 which was great at the time....until the switches stopped working. You had to do a lot of tapping to get your settings in.

Then I got a Boss GT-6, the big gold one, which has incredible sounds but a complete nightmare to program. It's a pre-amp too....which complicated things further.

Eventually I got fed up with trying to balance all the volume settings, sold it and went back to single effects in separate boxes.

You can't get as many amazing sounds and patches, only the useful ones!

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I have a Digitech GSP1101 and T.C. Electronics G major, but they do not see too much action as I have the Kemper. But I still use them a bit. If you want some nice amp modeling as well as effects, the GSP1101 is nice. There is also the T.C. G system floor unit, which is nice.

 

Of course, I would highly recommend the Kemper profiling amp. Best thing I have for amp and effects. They are also releasing a foot controller this year ( currently I use my old Vox Tone Lab Se as my controller).

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No. It takes too much time for creating banks which you won't actually love.

 

I use 3-4 pedals at most. Not hard to carry or plug them in rehearsals, and you have more control, better tones. The big disadvantage is that you can't switch fast to another setup like with a multi-effect processor. This said, I like my Fender Super Champ XD which has built-in effects. It has a dozen of useful presets for using when you don't need an exact 4Hz square tremolo or a 5s delay. A knob allows to set the amount of effect you want mixed with the original signal.

 

These cheap multi-effect pedal will hardly give something similar to a MXR Micro Chorus or even like a cheap Boss Super Overdrive. They sound plain and ALWAYS have a mild latency. It's science. You can't really split the sound in packets for processing without adding some annoying latency. At least with the usual techniques. With faster processors and insane sample rates equal or higher than 192KHz, and sample depths of 32bit and higher, maybe we'll get near-analog feel.

 

However, if your music needs switching fast between banks on stage, then multi-effect pedals are the best, if not the only option.

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I use a Boss GT-100. I'm not much of a pedals guy, but for recording it does anything I could ever want with it.

 

rct

 

+1 for BOSS' recent offerings. I had an RP1000 that sounded decent, but a PITA user control setup. Even via software. Besides, I hate having more than basic reverb on/off and channel switching on the floor anyway.

 

I traded the RP away and got a GT-001, the desktop version of the GT-100. It rocks. I run it thru monitors most of the time and it sounds fantastic.

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I have the Boss ME 50… use it all the time. Programmed up my own sounds/patches. I could easily play a gig using only the Boss but I usually put a Mad Professor Golden Celo or the number 1 by the same company in front of it. Golden celo is a distortion plus delay and the number 1 is a distortion and reverb. Just for icing on the cake. I say go for it!

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Digitech DPS 21 Legend (20 yrs old) and a Green Rhino, I have more, but those are the ones most used and my Line 6 Spider Jam has some decent effects. Delay is important to me and both the Line 6 and the DPS 21 have really fine tuning so to speak, enables me to to put in just the right amount of delay. Other boxes I have messed with the delay seemed to be too little or too much and no fine adjustments in between.

 

The DPS 21 also makes a cheap amp sound good in my experience.

 

 

 

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I used to have a pedal board with 4 stomp boxes mounted to it. After about fifteen years of using them, I went to a straight guitar sound... nothing other than the amp's reverb or echo.

 

I went years without using a any effect pedals and loved my sound. I now use a reverb, phaser, and chorus pedal as my amp has no effects built in and my clean channel was sounding a bit bland. I am all about 'less is more' with my tone.

 

That being said, my band mate uses a Boss GT-100 and it sounds great! I would definitely recommend it.

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While we're on the subject. I have a Hughes and Kettner Matrix 100 combo. It's a great amp. Built in effects and pedal board to match. If you run it into a 4 x 12 it's as good as anything, even though it's SS. They're really cheap to buy too.

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