Boss AD-8
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Boss AD-8

AD-8, Multi-Effect for Acoustic Guitar from Boss in the AD series.

moosers 08/09/2009

Boss AD-8 : moosers's user review

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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.



UTILIZATION

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.


SOUND QUALITY

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.


OVERALL OPINION

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.