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Average Score:3.4( 3.4/5 based on 8 reviews )
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moosers's review

Boss AD-8
The Boss AD-8 is an acoustic guitar multi-effects processor.  It has a ton of different features and effects and is designed for the acoustic guitar performer who wants all of their effects and sound processing in a signal unit.  The pedal has ¼ inch connections and is powered by the power supply that comes with it.  It isn’t rackable – it is a guitar foot pedal.


The make up of the Boss AD-8 is pretty easy to follow, but there is a lot going on and will take a little bit of time to get used to what everything does.  In terms of parameters, the pedal has knobs for output level, reverb (with three different types of reverbs to choose from), body type, body level, string enhance and a section for EQ that has knobs for bass, two for middle, one of treble and one for presence.  The pedal also has a section for saving sounds, which is a really cool feature in my opinion.  There are also three large foot switches for this memory feature and for turning the effects on and off.  The manual is put together pretty well and if you have access to it I would recommend having it around as there are a lot of ins and outs to this pedal.


While in general I’m not a big fan of effects on acoustic guitars, this pedal does sound good and I can see how it would definitely come in handy for live shows.  The reverb sounds really good but the acoustic modeling section and EQ sections are probably the most useful.  If you are looking to get your acoustic guitar sounding a bit more precise and pristine, the Boss AD-8 definitely offers that possibility.


I’ve only used the Boss AD-8 a handful of times and haven’t used it for any live shows, but I would definitely recommend checking out this pedal if you want to get some effects and sound modeling going with your acoustic guitar for live shows or even for home use.  I wouldn’t recommend using this for recording as I always like to record acoustic guitar clean and do what I want with it later on in the mixing process.  The price is quite reasonable for a pedal of this nature and overall the Boss AD-8 is definitely worth a look.
MGR/Walter Morgan   AKA   Captian Morgan12/08/2003

MGR/Walter Morgan AKA Captian Morgan's review"Boss AD-6 Guitar Effects"

Boss AD-8
Picked this unit up at Sam Ash for $349

I love the sound gives my acoustic Taylor 310-ce and Guild small-body. I have to turn my gain way down on the P.A. because it boosts the signal. (A big plus) The Boss AD-8 is also very easy to use. It is easy to change the paramaters of the presets (EQ, effects) Four presets are more than enough for my needs.

I haven't found anything yet.

The unit is heavy fot it's size. Very durable.

I have used this unit on gigs and is east to set up. I use the XLR cord on a peavy P.A. head and it sounds great. I can't wait to use it in the recording Studio

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MGR/david's review"Boss AD - 8"

Boss AD-8
I am a musician and I acquired this unit through one of my friends returning from the US. They paid about 400 dollars

Smooth rich music, extremely clear and a rich blend of tones to experiment with.

I like everything about it.

Its very good and compact.Good quality.

Its a great unit to be used for all types of tones. Good quality rich clear output tones.

Its a great unit.

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fredlagratte's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Not good at all!"

Boss AD-8
1 guitar input, a headphone input format (jack), an output amplifier for "electric quitare" 2 amp outputs if you use 2 amp (mono or stereo) and two XLR outputs to transplant on a mixer.

equalization consists of a volume, reverb, an equalizer Bass / Lower Mid / High Mid / Treble and Presence

Then comes the "Choice of Guitar" and "Tone ropes"

2 foot-switch allows up or down to the choice of memory and another one to put the pedal bypass


Simple setup, just turn the knobs for adjusting the sound ...


This is where the shoe pinches .... agree it gives more depth to the sound but then to say that it is an effect recemmander AWAY FROM!!

Plugged into an electrical PE6B Parker, I have absolutely not bleuffé ... I must say that my guitar has a piezo microphone and a neck pickup Assayable ....


So I have not been happy with this effect .... at least for the price at which it is sold.
Luckily I had on loan from a friend! Otherwise I would have spent the money for NOTHING!

Sorry for those who are great .... there must be some!!

gibson80's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss AD-8
Acoustic simulation preamp (low of 6 sounds great Guitars: Gibson, guild, martin ...). very complete connectivity because you can go out XLR or jack and also use in mono or stereo. good practice to balance the output signal to a mixer for example.
ad-8 boss also has a intergre reverb.


The grip is so super simple. who does not love me immerse myself 3 days in the instructions for use: l you plug your guitar on it (I use it with a petrucci with piezo or a taylor 414 EC) are you trying dej 6 preset sounds (pots 6 positions), also the reverb and sounds quickly.


I think the first post is a little hard because the sound is much better anyway with the AD8 boss without him. I often people come to me to ask me how to get that sound with my electro petrucci because they are surprised at the results. it's on then it is better to go through a good meal and good speakers sound or acoustic amp quality.


I've had 3 years and I think its new price is a little lev but I do not question its quality and especially the rendering obtained subsidized loan which my sound very convincing electro fawn. I sold my first ad-8 to take a prempli para home lr bags but I came back to the ad-8 which is a little known product but fulfills its functions.
La gratte à tonton07/24/2008

La gratte à tonton's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss AD-8
Refer to the manufacturer's spec at the following address:

Beware the Power Box does not come with. This is the wrong side of the features for the price because z'auraient have made an effort.


Operation is very simple and requires little to read the doc that came with.
Three levels of rerverb are accessible from a single pot. Reverb I find unconvincing. A multi-position selector switch also allows different guitar sounds kind Martin, Gibson etc.. There frankly I tried with three different-Electric (Yamaha, Olympia, Taylor) and I found that the effects from so-called techno COSM were virtually ineffective. Can store its settings ds 4 memories. If you come to preset 4 different sounds made in terms of sound (I say worthy of a model) then I say congratulations!
Anti Not too much feedback works on the other hand.
The XLR is a boon for those who want to transplant a mix, no need for DI box.
Employment is this-it very easy. I put 8 for use


This is where the craft should make the most it provides is least. Everything you expect from such a device is to provide the depth, warmth to the sound of our guitars, to give clarity to our piezo and break the often too sharp metal. I have another opportunity to try its little brother the BOSS AD-5 which works great compared to the AD-8. In this case we see very little difference between without and with AD-8. It's pretty bad and completely unnecessary expense. In my case, fortunately I'll be able to repay me immediately. Sound quality is very poor and which earned him a nasty note.


Super quality housing. Ergonomics great, easy access to settings. XLR handy.
Effects brought on acoustic guitar close to zero. Interest-free housing adds nothing to the sound of electro.

Nicodemous64's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss AD-8
- What are the effects or types of effects available?

Reverb quality''pro'', a 4-band EQ, a tuning function and a set of memory presets.
- What technology is used? (Analog, digital, tube ...)

With the COSM ® modeling technology, acoustic guitar processor BOSS AD-8 transforms the piezo pickup of an acoustic guitar one of the regular six acoustic guitars the most popular in the world.
The versatile AD-8 can also simulate the warm sound achieved by the capture on the neck and on the table of the guitar.

- What is the connection? (Audio / MIDI)

Balanced XLR output for direct connection of any sound system


- The general configuration is it simple?

So simple

- Publishing of sound effects or is it easy?

Very little adjustment for a result pro


- Effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough?

The AD8 Acoustic Guitar Processor''ground''to COSM modeling technology
Transforms an ordinary guitar piezo equipped with one of the six best acoustics in the world.
Controlling Body & String''Enhance''for a mix of heat and sound innovation

- Which instruments do you use?

Acoustic guitar


- How long have you use it?

2 years

- How would you rate the quality / price?

Very good value for money

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Boss AD-8
Multi effects for acoustic guitar.


Configurer.Facile simple., The handbook comes with sample setting. Folk, blues etc etc


The reverb is a little cold belle.Un my opinion.
What I did not like the c is to have bought in a music store, and I realized came to me, that it was necessary that I even bought an adapter Boss model Psa.Eh yes, it comes without an adapter. No matter what.
And frankly this simulator mic an acoustic guitar does not convince me. It sounds hollow and artificial.


I advise a person of acheter.Il n is not good