Boss ME-20
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Boss ME-20

ME-20, Multi-Effects for Electric Guitar from Boss in the ME series.

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Average Score:3.9( 3.9/5 based on 17 reviews )
 7 reviews41 %
 4 reviews24 %
 1 user review6 %
 2 reviews12 %
 2 reviews12 %
Value For Money : Excellent
Audiofanzine FR12/05/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Boss ME-20
(Originally written by Resty/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Available effects: Delay, reverb, chorus, flanger, phaser, distortion, wah. Stereo output. See full features and listen to sound samples on Roland's website. Pros: Effect number, ease of use, weight: 10/10 Cons: No acoustic guitar sound. Other cons: No bass sound (Digitech and TC Electronics devices do have this very convenient feature. The TC bass sound is excellent, Digitech's sound is awful)



UTILIZATION

Everything is extremely easy. Many effect pedals in a single and light pedalboard. It's like a dream!!! But it's only the features that make you dream. Because as soon as you use the unit...

SOUND QUALITY

... you are strongly disappointed. No separate delay and reverb settings. Bad quality chorus, reverb and delay effects. Digitech offers a much better sound quality for half the price. The wah-wah effect should be named quack-quack. And the distortion presets only make you want to stop. All effects sound very cheap. The ME20 is a disaster. Save your money and buy a GT10 or a Digitech RP Series (less expensive)... It's a pity because it could be the perfect pedalboard with all its effect possibilities and the GT10 sound, of course!!!!!

OVERALL OPINION

I wouldn't buy it again, not even for a couple of bucks!
FlOo13401/07/2013

FlOo134's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" happy."

Boss ME-20
full effect, means to do good toy!

But it gave me a lot of time without scratching ...

UTILIZATION

very easy to edit, understand. But to find the right sound, it's hard!

SOUND QUALITY

and no good!

it depends on what we put behind! This is still an entry level!

OVERALL OPINION

Audio multi-effects pedal that allowed me to go away. I started with, I am now a player not too bad ...
For three, I use this pedal.

The sound is average as it gets if you not spend a lot of time to do its presets. To get the sound you want, you have to spend a lot of time ...
it is for an amp / speaker not too bad.

After you with a small amp input range ... I heard she made miracle!

Otherwise, great start, the wah is nice, knob too!

I do not know if I would buy this ... I have not tried others, I got it as a gift.
bluefeather10/10/2012

bluefeather's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Blah ..."

Boss ME-20
Tremendous opportunities via the multitude of programmable effects and / or pre-programmed.

UTILIZATION

Too complicated for me! You spend more time tweaking than playing.

SOUND QUALITY

Used with a Pacifica 621 or VGS Eruption on headphones or amp is cold, too artificial. I still prefer the sound that comes out of my Line6 Pocket Pod Express. !

OVERALL OPINION

I kept one month so that disappointed me, and since I do not use that part of my Vox amp modeling, more pleasant, warm and with more relief, and easier to program!
Burned Out syn09/21/2012

Burned Out syn's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Not bad for beginners"

Boss ME-20
So for the effects I find this pedal well organized. The effects are divided into three categories, distortion / overdrive, modulation (chorus, flanger, phaser, etc. ..) and delay / reverb and a mini equalizer simpa well. There's also a noise reducer. And especially the most convenient one master volume!
In pedal stroke can access the tuning function, or the "memory". it there's 10 banks, each containing data accessible by foot 3sons programmed. To change the bank is the pedal (not sold) or by hand.
Wah-wah/volume handy pedal, the wah good it's not a cry baby but it takes its role.
No connection to the PC though.

UTILIZATION

Effects are editable directly on the pedal, very easy with knobs rather sensitive, so you get something really accurate there is attention.
It can be be in "memory" to access the recorded sounds, be be publishing mode to play with effects.
I did not need the manual, it's pretty easy to use. Editing effect and that there's more simple, one button to define an effect and then turn the knob.

SOUND QUALITY

The effects are very well very clean, the only downside is that the distortion sound really digital and distos some metal sounding pretty vintage with a lot of grain. So to play modern metal (avendeg sevenfold, bullet for my valentine) is not terrible.
After modulations are I find the reverb really not bad. This allows precise adjustments, it is the knobs: 4 options to edit a sound every time.
Eg for distos, we selected this distortion with a first knob (overdrive, metal, fuzz, blues ...) then with the second tone knob, gain the third, and then the volume of the effect with the fourth .

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 4 years, it was my first multi-effect, and I always keep it there.
Initially I used it for everything, then I had a boss pedal distortion. So now I used this pedal for distortion and ME-20 for the modulations, delays, EQ and the wah too.
It is very practical shame that distortion be too grainy for my taste.
I used a lot of multi-effects are strong point is its simplicity and the fact that all sounds are accessed very quickly compared to other.

I think I'll choose the model right above if I had the chance, just because of its metal and distortion that I can not find top
Gloufidou12/28/2010

Gloufidou's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A disaster."

Boss ME-20
There is distortion, modulation, echoes, and wha-wha. None of that is editable via PC / MAC.
Digital technology, simple installation (I watched how it was installed inside the case) to utilastion.

UTILIZATION

The general configuration is simple for a multi effects. The manual is clear and can be useful. To get a good sound, there is a small problem. The EQ has four bands, which is definitely insufficient because they can not cut it! What prominently influences the sound that comes out of the amp.

SOUND QUALITY

The distortion is horrible. No sustain, after a year not a single harmonic or false harmonic did hear!
For modulation effects, is already correct. But after having fallen for a Boss Chorus Ensemble, I thought it was really bogus, and it was better than a single super full effect that sound like a turd falling into the toilet.
For delays is correct. But no more.
For the overall realism of the effects is not worth it.

OVERALL OPINION

I use this multi-eff for nearly two years, and I intend to resell. The reason is simple: Many people have told me after a concert with my metal band that I had lost his relief and that we distinguish the nuances wrong. At first I suspected that my little multi-eff. But when the balance of the concert that followed, I asked the bassist to play on my guitar set up on stage. I settled into the room and found that the sound was disgusting. I asked him to remove the ME-20 and let the other effects. He began to play: the sound was great.
The best is the individual effects pedals. It is better that a little-eff muliti like this.
mikolou05/12/2010

mikolou's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good overall"

Boss ME-20
super box mtallique, resistant, easy to use footswitch 3

UTILIZATION

good

SOUND QUALITY

then the lag for me I have a standard Euro 1300, while effects are excellent except distos frankly yes with some settings has been good for me but I would lean more about good old simple pedal Boss DS 1, or electro harmonix pedals from home and company ... or a zoom G7.1UT is far better for amp simulation and distortion ....



OVERALL OPINION

set apart distos is a good multi purpose easy to use for those who have no ear as demanding super me;)
zicotik12/16/2009

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

Boss ME-20
Nothing to add

UTILIZATION

Yes it's pretty simple to use, but better to be able to aim well, and with only the toe, if you miss your shot, and on stage in action, this is not necessarily obvious.

SOUND QUALITY

I use it with an electro-acoustic. So of course I never use distortion because there it becomes grotesque, but the main problem of this product generated is the breath, really important. Once we put into action any effect (chorus, phaser, etc ...) factory blast goes up and it's really dirty.

OVERALL OPINION

Certainly it is not expensive for the number of items contained, but if you want a pedal that offers its own, it is certainly not this model is that it will buy.
squalll10/25/2009

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

Boss ME-20
Multi-effects simple and effective, most at the end of the foot.
Ditions of complex fans, go your way ...

UTILIZATION

A breeze!
Intuitive and empty. The manual will come out of the box only on rare occasions, in order to perfect his knowledge of the device.

SOUND QUALITY

It respects and complements an amplification "all lamps" (Laney-Marshall-Fender).

OVERALL OPINION

It is a return Russia to the multi APRS have expressed moult chaining effects "boutique" true bypass.
Ended the boycott of the electronics, must finally admit that it can find its place in your configuration.
stratouilleur10/18/2009

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

Boss ME-20
Everything has been said on previous opinions. I would add just turn solid and reassuring.

UTILIZATION

Very easy to use, if you took a moment to read the manual. The "easy" is very useful because it allows us to approach quickly the type of sound can be searched and then refine. Apart from selecting the type of effect you want change, it works as separate pedals. The big advantage will be the memory (30 memories)

SOUND QUALITY

The OD are to my taste and allow to find a warm sound of harmonics. The compressor is excellent. The distortions are, in my opinion, a tone lower: a little loud (but this also depends on the amp that is used) The modulations seem very suitable for a multi-purpose. The delay and reverb are very powerful words, the compact and quality quite acceptable given the volume and price of the beast. The difference compared to individual pedals seems very low (at least those I could compare to having, namely CS2 compressor and delay DD2. Ditto for the OD that the heat of my TS10 but that grows more below)

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for one month I have a few individual pedals and a multi purpose (Tonelab) The big advantage of this product is its simplicity and the possibility of a multi effects without modeling (as ToneLab) and which distorts not the sound of his favorite amp. This is by far my favorite multi all the ones I used: - simplicity - his guitar and amp undenatured - very nice price! - Volume and reduced size compared to an equivalent set of pedals (not to mention budget) In short, you understand ... I like the BOSS He did not play it ... remains in sobriety ... but ensures at what he does. That he ask for? I note 9 for perfection does not exist ...
Small addition of 7 December 2010: I always corny. Although it sounds worse than my individual pedals, I must admit that when I go out ... I took it to him. I've never been disappointed by the Boss. I especially wanted to add that I leave the master level between 15 and 20 max: the sound is much cleaner at all levels, breath ... very small (it's true that I do not use large distortion), and OD ... with a tube amp ... should not complain ... it sounds very correct.
In short, I'm still happy.
Teurastaja12/29/2008

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

Boss ME-20
See previous ones opinion

UTILIZATION

Using super simple, the edition of the effects is really easier without limiting the possibilities.
the manual is pretty clear, but I have only needed to adjust the sensitivity of the expression pedals.

SOUND QUALITY

I use the I-20 with a low-end scraper on a branch line 6 TonePort GX. It's not the pro stuff but I get the same sounds when trs good.
the sounds I prfre: chorus, flanger, rotary, delay, reverb and wha
those I prfre less: distos not really Russias

OVERALL OPINION

was going to do one week I have, I'm really happy trs
Most:
mtal the chassis, the simplicity of use and quality effects
the -:
the distos
before the multi effects javais G1J zoom, which I use only the distortion pedals now.
the price quality ratio is good, but is probably best
with the experience I do not know if I would do this choice because I was looking primarily distos good.