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Brilliant multi FX for stomp box fans - over 50 stomps included.,
This review is from: Boss ME50 Guitar Pedal (Electronics)This is a brilliant unit - highly recommended.
What it is: - over 50 stomp box effects in one very sturdy floor based package arranged in sensible, intuitive groups controlled by knobs, footswitches and a pedal. It is controlled by the same kind of knobs you would find on stomp boxes - no LCD menus, just an LED for tuning and identifying the memorised patches. It is a professional unit designed to be used between guitar and amp(s) just like a stomp box chain. It has everything a mainstream electric guitarist of any genre could want.
What it is not: - It is not an amp modeller. It has a headphone/line out so it can be used for silent practice or recording, but other units do those things better.
Effects etc: -
General:- Chromatic tuner; master level; Reverb - 4 types; Noise supression; Compressor - sustain and level knobs; Tone modify - 10 types including acoustic simulator.
Foot switch 1 - Overdrive/distortion - 22 types including all the classics with selector, drive, bottom, tone, and level knobs.
Footswitch 2 - Modulation 11 types of chorus, flange, rotary etc including intelligent pitch shift (harmonist). Selector plus three knobs.
Footswitch 3 - Delay - 11 settings, 0-2000 ms, reverse, tap etc. Selector plus three knobs.
Footpedal - 7 settings, wah, pitch-shift, volume etc. Selector knob.
Additional features: - Memory for 30 user programmable patches; Auxiliary line in for MP3/CD/tape backing tracks; Mono/stereo out; Line/headphone out; input for two extra control footswitches; battery or external PSU operation.
Sounds: - all of very high quality. There will be bespoke specialist pedals that do specific things better but this unit covers all the common FX ground superbly.
Reliability: - Absolutely, steel chassis and very durable circuit board. I spilled coffee on mine. It got in the electronics and the unit went bananas. I unplugged it, took it apart (now I don't recommend you do this) removed the circuit board, washed it and the inside of the unit with clean water, dried everything with a hairdrier and reassembled the lot. It then worked perfectly and still does a year or more later! reliable - yes.
Alternatives: - If you want amp modelling and a looper, the newer model ME-70 might be for you. I thought of upgrading, but what the ME-70 abandoned didn't make up for the new features for me as all I want this for is a multi FX feed into my amp. Bring this back Boss! For hard disc/PC recording, look elsewhere- line 6; Yamaha Magic Stomp; Boss BR-800...