Boss GT-8...wow. Loads of effects.Loads of amp models.Loads of DISTORTION pedal models! Sheesh...what will they think of next? Anyway this guy has MIDI,USB,PCP... lol. All digital..I think..unless there is something analog on the compression and e.q.'s. Definitely ZERO tubes in this baby. Everything seems to be a model of something. Foot pedal...definitely not rack mountable, (but they do have the GT8 studio version... twice the price... not sure the benefits.. besides sticking it in a rack and then having to buy ANOTHER footcontroller.. grrrrr)
Um...Very simple as far as programming, saving presets, etc. Pretty intuitive, but you will need to consult the manual.... which compared to the manual for the Digitech GSP2101 (yeah, yeah...I have a review out for that) is very, very simple. It is pretty straightforward, but like anything else, when you want to really seriously build your own presets from the ground up..you will have to use the manual..(sorry kids!)
Lots of knobs, dials and buttons... so for sound shaping, amp models,distortion models.. easy to get started. The presets are actually not terrible either... so... you can hit the ground running.
Mmmm.. varies. I am not so crazy about the cab models...I prefer running this into a tube poweramp, then into closed back cabs as a preamp. Quiet. Exciting high gain models.. clean models are good, certainly usable... bordering on very, very good. I have heard a lot of complaints about digital artifacts and fuzziness from this unit. I think with a good tube power amp, it adds an organic flavor, and couple this with some good warm speakers you can get a bit more tube life and more active harmonics. The effects on this unit are not great...I guess I would compare them all to floor pedal type effects. No TC or Eventide here. They are missing the parameter controls and quality that you would expect from any world class effects unit, but it is certainly usable for live work as an all-in-one solution... very convenient and easy to tweak according to the venue. The highlight models would be the 5150 and Soldano models...not spot-on, but lots of fun. Pinched harmonic madness with either of those. Wah models are surprisingly decent..fair amount of variation and gets very close to Crybaby's etc. Using Les Pauls,Strats,Tele's, other metal-ly type guitars. Run it into a Carvin T100 power amp into a pair of Eminence Cannabis Rex equipped closed back cabs. Sometimes run a Keeley TS-9 and Vox Clyde reissue on the front end for variation.
Had this unit for about 2 years now...I like the portability of it, the amount of effects and truly, the overall quality of models/effects are great for such a compact package. You could just take this to a gig and hook it up to the mixing board. Not the greatest and most real deal for dynamics, but it would work as a great backup or for low level type gigs. Instant upgrade hooked into a tube amp and good cabinet. Brings it into more real amp territory.I play a lot of different things...I think this is probably overall superior in realism over the Line 6 floorboard alternatives...( At least for the 2 high gain models.. ) and although I would never really consider going into the studio to cut an album with this (or anything from Line 6 for that matter) It is a great value for overall quality and quantity of effects. Perfect live solution.. with an effects loop to add whatever extra "gotta have" effects into the mix.
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tommy630's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Hundreds of fully customizable effect the infinite. and simultaneously the biggest boss pedals. compressor integrern digital outputs, noon, and the possibility to use two amps. a multi purpose terrible!
Configuring the Beast asser difficult, and the hundreds of pages lire are a little discouraging. but the result is guaranteed and will lift your spirits. were able to regret the absence of box rytmes integrate.
The effects are of incredible clarity, and very rich. I find the acoustic guitar simulation and bluffing guitard ausi low. a range of configurable effects galore. j'utile me a Fender Stratocaster and I mangniphique.aucun sound is sound that I hate, that's good for me.
I been good one week, I like the build quality, very solid. I prefer a thousand times that my old digitech pedal. value for very very good price for a product to top technology and providing quality manufacturing. I do not regret my choice and I'm really happy to finally have an effective range of the most realistic, powerful and clear! I recommend it highly, it is a wonder!
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jmabate's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Dusina 200 patches, 140 user memory.
44 catgories deffets, 13 blocks deffets simultanment available.
Setting Free the string deffets: every effect can influence the signal s o you want.
Linsert deffets external loop can be nimporte o the road in the signal.
SOLO switch to boost the sound.
AMP CONTROL to select channels else on your guitar amp.
24-bit converters and output numrique (coaxial) for high-resolution lenregistrement.
A / D conversion 24 bits + AF mthode.
D / A conversion 24 bits.
Frquence dchantillonnage 44.1kHz.
Memoirs of rglages 340: 140 (user) + 200 (preset).
Dentre nominal level: INPUT: -10 dBu RETURN: -10 dBu.
Impdance dentre INPUT: 1M? RETURN: 220k?.
Nominal Output Level OUTPUT: 0dBu, SEND: -10 dBu.
Impdance OUTPUT: 2k?, SEND: 2k?.
Output numrique EIAJ CP1201, S / P DIF.
Dynamic 100dB or more (IHF-A) notch 16 characters, 2 lines.
(LCD rtro light), 2 characters, 7 segments (LED).
Connectors INPUT Jack, OUTPUT L (MONO) / R, PHONES jack, jack SEND, RETURN jack, DIGITAL OUT (coaxial), AMP 1 / 4 (mono) x2).
It is a pdalier, so all information passes through a small screen with lots of little buttons! (With the feet is not gnial ... lol)
remains even when ditable with little decision-head!
I tried the GT5, then the GT6, and this one, and I would like roland or boss out directly GT16! I find it does not much change from the prcedent and even better ... I had them a GX-700 there are a lot of time and apart from dj ... connectors, converters and put some effects up to date (24 bit / 96 kHz), I thought it sounded like Quazi said it well ... but it's all (still no lights !) for the 21-Century clger!
good when there the same distortion, reverbs etc. that sounds good but I'm not surprised!
Good machine overall suit small purse ... a complete package of boss pedals in a few bonus + pdalier nice but no more!
View previous ones to notice the effects list
Technology-All numrique (and you can hear a bit ...)
All effects are ditables and the number of paramtres in effect is reasonable.
No publisher via PC / MAC.
Complte trs connectors (including digital out)
- The configuration gnrale Is it easy?
For someone who adj manipulated this kind of product ... no problem for others it is certainly longer handle.
- The edition of sounds and effects is it easy?
Average from 5 10 paramtres effect by
- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
Manual in French (in Ef Cen ... ..) correctly translated. 95 pages is a good beginners but clearly insufficient, no example of rglage just the numration of paramtres brive said.
Just a page for the handling of the chain effect ... it's just
- Effects are they effective, suitable and adequate ralistes?
The chain effect by default is:
FX1 (a fact out of 22 available)
LP (LOOP effect send / return)
OD (a distortion effect from 30 + 3 custom)
PRE (up from 46 preamp 2 + 3 custom)
EQ (4 band Equaliser 1)
NS (Noise Suppressor)
FV (Foot / pedals) volume
FX2 (an effect from 22 (the same as fx1) or one among 11 other effects SPECIFICATIONS fx2)
DD (Delay - excellent)
RV (Reverb - Excellent)
So if the LOOP enlve FV and it's been more than 11 "effects" Whereas in the preamps as effects. FX3 and FX4 for the GT16 can be.
The list of effects is pltorique FX1 and FX2 (33 total), not all are worthy of interest (Harmonist Synth, Octave, sitar sounding trs GT5)
The acoustic simulator does not convince me at all.
For the rest:
The clean sounds are disont it, and my surprise really good (much better than my pod2). Some patches from the factory with two preamp with dual L / R, a bit of delay, comp and chorus, it jourrait all night.
Crunch sounds, no effect is medium / correct on the single coils in position 2 and 4
The distorted sounds, the patch of the plant are ultra dmonstratif and the level of drive always trs (too) lev therefore Premire approach when I compare my example it is POD2 first surprised and not necessarily in the right direction. From my point of view the cosmetic is not the height of line6.
No effect, in accordance with the game it works well, alone is less convincing than the pod2. The definition / precision is lower, ca drooling a little, as its generally more granular view nasal.
Now, we must recognize that with 2 preamp with dual L / R and a little effect is compensated for easily and quickly obtained a trs trs trs big sound, but not necessarily Fidler.
One wonders also be the reason for the distortion pedals 30 when you put a left and a 5150 Correct right. Fans of death metal, trash and other find their account ...
INTERESTED also the possibility to disable compltement preamp section, which allowed me to send in the GT8 POD2 bnficier for its effects (which are really beyond compare them with those of pod2) and is the best of both worlds for heavy distortion intermdaires.
Jou a MusicMan LUKE 2
Listen with headphones audio technica ATH/M40 'parliaments for analysis without outside
I use it for a week
Cons: not in acoustic simulator
synth effect and other effects of piping that clutters
ways: the channels crunch / overdrive effect that no rendering is too dry