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Multi-Effects for Electric Guitar from Boss belonging to the ME series.

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  • Boss ME-50

    Boss ME-50Publié le 03/18/04 à 15:00
    UK - £225

    At last no more mounting my favorite Boss pedals on home-made pedal-boards with power supplies and leads all over the place... this unit has it all in one neat solid package.

    I walked out of the store and thought I had finally the answer to all of my dreams as a live guitarist. After years of trying out patch-driven midi equiped over-the-top gizmos, I was sure this was the answer. All I wanted was a simple triple stomp-box backed up with a bit of technology to store my favorite patches/tuner etc.
    But this unit has in my opinion serious flaws;-
    There are two modes of operation....
    1)"Memory Mode" where you can recall around 30 patches. These user-patches can store all of......
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    UK - £225

    At last no more mounting my favorite Boss pedals on home-made pedal-boards with power supplies and leads all over the place... this unit has it all in one neat solid package.

    I walked out of the store and thought I had finally the answer to all of my dreams as a live guitarist. After years of trying out patch-driven midi equiped over-the-top gizmos, I was sure this was the answer. All I wanted was a simple triple stomp-box backed up with a bit of technology to store my favorite patches/tuner etc.
    But this unit has in my opinion serious flaws;-
    There are two modes of operation....
    1)"Memory Mode" where you can recall around 30 patches. These user-patches can store all of your desired tweaks including master levels/reverb/compressor and combinations of modulation, delay and distortion. Great so far. Only problem is you only select one patch at a time (i.e. you cannot have a modulation assigned to one pedal and a distortion to another and stamp on both pedals. Also as you change patches you get a slight delay, as per my 10 year old Boss SE-70, which is annoying enough to stop me using it live.
    2) The other mode is "Manual Mode". Now this feels more like a live player's mode... you can use all three pedals simutaneously (e.g. O/D, Flange, Delay) and tweak global settings such as reverb & compressor. Fantastic - no delays in switching either....... BUT!..... no way to store these settings! BUGGER! My unit is only 2 days old and I am using Blu-Tac on every button to stick all of my manual mode settings so that I do not knock the buttons out of place!!!
    My other gripe is power....
    When I saw that the unit could be powered by 6 AA batteries I thought GREAT I will use re-chargebles. But for some reason they don't work - maybe the unit is very sensitive to voltage levels of NiMH (1.2V) batteries and only works on 1.5V Alkalines. This really p%^%^%ed me off as now I have to buy a PSU.



    Quality is superb - this unit is as tough as nails and will outlive me!

    What a shame it is so NEARLY there...but I still highly recommend it. My suggestions to Mr Boss for future improvements....
    1) A save defaults mode for Manual Mode... and a "Lock" switch
    2) A Midi port to back up patch changes to the "Memory Mode"
    3) Design for re-chargeable batteries.


    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Boss ME-50

    Boss ME-50Publié le 12/20/03 à 15:00
    I got my wonderful BOSS ME-50 at one of the local store where I live. I was looking for that all wonderful effects proccessor that could do everything (for around 200 bucks). This thing only cost me $220, and to tell you the truth it was the the best $220 I've ever spent.

    What do I like about this unit, what don't I! This thing is awesome! You can do almost anything with this, whether you're playing heavy metal rock or blues, it dosn't matter, you can do it. I was looking for a unit that did just about anything, and this puppy does everything but wash the dishes. The tone is absoluetly awesome (as with all BOSS products). But my favorite thing about it is ease of use. On most unit you......
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    I got my wonderful BOSS ME-50 at one of the local store where I live. I was looking for that all wonderful effects proccessor that could do everything (for around 200 bucks). This thing only cost me $220, and to tell you the truth it was the the best $220 I've ever spent.

    What do I like about this unit, what don't I! This thing is awesome! You can do almost anything with this, whether you're playing heavy metal rock or blues, it dosn't matter, you can do it. I was looking for a unit that did just about anything, and this puppy does everything but wash the dishes. The tone is absoluetly awesome (as with all BOSS products). But my favorite thing about it is ease of use. On most unit you have to scroll thru all those menus and by the time you get the sound you're looking for, you've forgotten what you were gonna play! But on this unit everything has an independant control knob. If you wanna change something, you just reach down and and turn the nob. It's as easier than turning on a washing machine (which can be difficult at some times ;0) but this is so simple to use compared to any other proccessor I've heard of. It's just like having single pedals(except to get as many pedal effects as this offers you would cost about $2000). It has three pedals, one for distortion (there are 11 differnt types), one for delay, and one for Flanger, Phaser, Chorus, Tremolo, Harmonist, and a bunch of other things. It also has a built in tuner and an expression pedal that has Wah, Voice, +1 octave, -1 octave, and a few other thngs. It's made of metal so it is extermely durrable, and it has an awesome warranty.

    Um.....Uh....Well, It's blue, which isn't my favorite color. But other than that I sincerely cannot think of anything bad.

    The unit is made of metal metal so it is very durrable, and it has a cool sprkley looking paint on it. The tone and sound quality are AWESOME. It doesn't get any better than this. It has this cool thing called COSM (which I have absolutely no idea what that stands for) which actually like, figures out which note it thinks your your going to play before you play it, so the sound quality is even better.

    Bottom line, this is the best investment I have ever made. If your looking to find the best effect you can without bein' broke for 6 months (well, a year for me, darn McDonalds) then this is the one for you. Buy it, and you'll have no regrets.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Boss ME-50

    Boss ME-50Publié le 12/05/03 à 15:00
    I bought this unit in a local guitar shop for € 290,-, because I wanted a multi-effectsprocessor.

    I like absolute everything about this thing! It has the ease of a whole row of stomp-boxes right at your feet!

    I really don't like the wah.. Every effect in this thing is great, but after the 12th fret, the beautiful "wah" sound turns into SHIT. Can't even hear the wah's activated. It's a shame..

    It's -like every Boss-reviewer sais- built like a rock. You can throw it off the Hilton and it won't break.. You can push it off the stairs (but DO make sure it looks like an accident, just in case) and it won't get a scratch..

    This is a great multi-effectsprocessor for the people that don't......
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    I bought this unit in a local guitar shop for € 290,-, because I wanted a multi-effectsprocessor.

    I like absolute everything about this thing! It has the ease of a whole row of stomp-boxes right at your feet!

    I really don't like the wah.. Every effect in this thing is great, but after the 12th fret, the beautiful "wah" sound turns into SHIT. Can't even hear the wah's activated. It's a shame..

    It's -like every Boss-reviewer sais- built like a rock. You can throw it off the Hilton and it won't break.. You can push it off the stairs (but DO make sure it looks like an accident, just in case) and it won't get a scratch..

    This is a great multi-effectsprocessor for the people that don't wanna spend too much €/$/ and STILL want to buy something that is GOOD! I'm never gonna sell it!

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Boss ME 50

    Boss ME-50Publié le 11/18/03 à 15:00
    I bought this unit at Mary's Music in Clarksville, TN for $295 tax included. I am an old rocker and I have all the Boss/Roland gear. I have extensive Boss pedals and a Roland 501 Space Echo. I got this unit to try out becaue I like the sound of Boss/Roland gear.

    I recently got a gig with a blues band and I needed minor effects and I am trying the ME 50 to suit my needs. Let me say that I grew up on the Ventures and I have played every type of venue that exists. I purchased an 825 Leslie to use with my rig and I just couldn't see hauling the gear to a gig. All I wanted was some compression and some other minor effects to go with my ES135 and a Fender Concert Amp.

    The unit......
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    I bought this unit at Mary's Music in Clarksville, TN for $295 tax included. I am an old rocker and I have all the Boss/Roland gear. I have extensive Boss pedals and a Roland 501 Space Echo. I got this unit to try out becaue I like the sound of Boss/Roland gear.

    I recently got a gig with a blues band and I needed minor effects and I am trying the ME 50 to suit my needs. Let me say that I grew up on the Ventures and I have played every type of venue that exists. I purchased an 825 Leslie to use with my rig and I just couldn't see hauling the gear to a gig. All I wanted was some compression and some other minor effects to go with my ES135 and a Fender Concert Amp.

    The unit operating in the manual mode only is certainly worth the money. The effects do really sound like the pedals and it doesn't discolor the sound of the amp. I have yet to change the settings in the Memory Mode but I must say this unit shows lots of promise.

    The unit has rock solid construction, all metal. I am a fan of Roland and Boss gear and it stays true to the sound and response of the old gear. The sound quality is true to the original stuff.

    I am convinced I can tweak this unit to suit my taste and conform to the sound of the original stuff. I highly recommend this unit to anyone. I have tried other multi-effects units but most of them discolor the tone of the amp, but not this one. It totally enhances the tone of the original setup.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Boss ME-50

    Boss ME-50Publié le 11/14/03 à 15:00
    I got my Boss ME-50 at guitar center for USD 299. It is a pretty decent price to pay for a great multi-effects gadget.

    The best thing about the ME-50 is that the sound is not digital. It doesn't sound fake. You can get feedback sounds if you wanted to. I've been reading lots of reviews about the ME-50. The most common dislikes about it is the delay when switching to one effect to another. There is a quick second delay when the sound changes. I've been searching for a multi-effect pedal that doesn't have this type of switching dealay. I found none. All of them has a delay. If somebody could find a multi-effects gadget without that switching delay, please email me.

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    I got my Boss ME-50 at guitar center for USD 299. It is a pretty decent price to pay for a great multi-effects gadget.

    The best thing about the ME-50 is that the sound is not digital. It doesn't sound fake. You can get feedback sounds if you wanted to. I've been reading lots of reviews about the ME-50. The most common dislikes about it is the delay when switching to one effect to another. There is a quick second delay when the sound changes. I've been searching for a multi-effect pedal that doesn't have this type of switching dealay. I found none. All of them has a delay. If somebody could find a multi-effects gadget without that switching delay, please email me.

    What I dislike about this gadget is that it need a separate footswitch when using the memory.

    The contruction of the ME-50 is pretty durable. The body is made of metal.

    The ME-50 is a great gadget if you want the pure and raw sound of guitar effects.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Boss ME-50

    Boss ME-50Publié le 10/21/03 à 15:00
    I needed a good multi-effect processor, coz i can't afford a whole load of stomp boxes, and this seemed like the best alternative. Bought in Matchetts in Belfast for £200, plus £15 for the mains adapter

    Really easy to use. No menus to wade through, just twist them knobs and you're away! Most of the effect sound pretty good - a wide range of distortion, some good delays, and a whole host of modulation effect. Expression pedal is also a bonus. There is enough space to keep a whole load of your favourite sounds.

    Most of the pedal is pretty good, except there are a few niggles with it:

    1: When switching between banks, there is a short period of silence (like 1/4 second), annoying when......
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    I needed a good multi-effect processor, coz i can't afford a whole load of stomp boxes, and this seemed like the best alternative. Bought in Matchetts in Belfast for £200, plus £15 for the mains adapter

    Really easy to use. No menus to wade through, just twist them knobs and you're away! Most of the effect sound pretty good - a wide range of distortion, some good delays, and a whole host of modulation effect. Expression pedal is also a bonus. There is enough space to keep a whole load of your favourite sounds.

    Most of the pedal is pretty good, except there are a few niggles with it:

    1: When switching between banks, there is a short period of silence (like 1/4 second), annoying when changing between a chorus and distorted delay for example. It may seem short, but its there and becomes quite irritating. However, this is only the case if you use memory mode; if you use the switches as stomp boxes, this wont affect you

    2: The reverb selecter only has a 1/4 turn to ajjust itself, so it's a little difficult to be really presice.

    3: When the expression pedal's on +/- octave, if it's left not in the fully up/down position, it makes a wierd,"wobbling" sorta noise. It would also be nice to have a seperate switch to select the pedal.

    4: To switch between banks live (ie with your feet), seperate footswiches need to be bought)

    5: NO EQ!!

    The only major problem out of these is the first one, which is not a problem if you're using it in a studio, only if its live.

    Overall, this is another quality Boss product.



    Hey - its a boss. I havent had it too long, but im not expecting any major problems.

    Although the negative list seems long, i just felt that all the weaker features needed pointing out. Overall, this is a quality pice of kit, but if this got lost or destroyed, i would probably save up for the GT-6, especially if it didnt have that annoying delay between the memory bank switching. Still, its a good, user friendly box. Enjoy!

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Boss ME-50 Multiple Guitar Effects Unit

    Boss ME-50Publié le 10/20/03 à 15:00
    I bought this from musicians friend for about $300. I got it because I just wanted a whole bunch of effects for a cheaper price than buying a lot of individual effects.

    I really like the fact that this multi-effects unit makes almost no noise. All the effects are really good, some aren't as good as the individual Boss pedal... but for $300 you can't beat all these effects. The reverbs are really good. I don't much fancy the expression pedal effects, they're rather weak. There is a large selection of delays to choose from, and the selection of distortions is awesome. I haven't really taken it anywhere to find out how tough it is, but I've dropped it from a standing position and it's......
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    I bought this from musicians friend for about $300. I got it because I just wanted a whole bunch of effects for a cheaper price than buying a lot of individual effects.

    I really like the fact that this multi-effects unit makes almost no noise. All the effects are really good, some aren't as good as the individual Boss pedal... but for $300 you can't beat all these effects. The reverbs are really good. I don't much fancy the expression pedal effects, they're rather weak. There is a large selection of delays to choose from, and the selection of distortions is awesome. I haven't really taken it anywhere to find out how tough it is, but I've dropped it from a standing position and it's surviving just as good as new.

    The only thing I don't like about the pedal is the fact you can't play more than one distortion, modulation effect, or delay at once. Other than that, it's all good.

    strong and reliable.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Boss ME-50Publié le 08/19/03 à 04:56
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    - Overdrives, distortions for all types of music. In addition boss takes the sounds of the most famous of these pedals (such as metal-zone) or better, those of others! (The ibanez tube screamer for example)
    - High-quality modulation effects (chorus, flanger, phaser ...)
    - Great delay
    - Expression Pedal (wah) ...

    UTILIZATION

    Everything is very simple and intuitive as on a conventional pedal effects. No more searching through menus, everything is under our eyes. Simple as limited settings.

    SOUND QUALITY

    The modulation effects and delays are very good qualities. on the other hand, small problem with the distortion and overdrive conserne missing heat slightly.

    OVERALL......
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    - Overdrives, distortions for all types of music. In addition boss takes the sounds of the most famous of these pedals (such as metal-zone) or better, those of others! (The ibanez tube screamer for example)
    - High-quality modulation effects (chorus, flanger, phaser ...)
    - Great delay
    - Expression Pedal (wah) ...

    UTILIZATION

    Everything is very simple and intuitive as on a conventional pedal effects. No more searching through menus, everything is under our eyes. Simple as limited settings.

    SOUND QUALITY

    The modulation effects and delays are very good qualities. on the other hand, small problem with the distortion and overdrive conserne missing heat slightly.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 3 months and for the price, it really does not fly. All the classical effects are there (plus some extras): distortion, flanger, chorus (3 types), reverb, phaser, ring modulator, Harmonist, tremolo, wah-wah, rotary, united v, delay ... I advise the ME 50 to all guitarists who want a first multi-purpose super simple and effective or to anyone whose GT 6 (the big brother of the ME 50) rebutte its complexity of use.
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  • Boss ME-50Publié le 09/10/03 à 12:33
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    All effects are the ncessaires The format is very practical, it can take under the arm to go rpt. You can program up to 30 simultaneous sounds and pressure of two of the three pedals, it goes into the "manual" you can choose a cd by the effects with which you want to play and remove as and example of a piece.

    UTILIZATION

    Use trs simple, we can have some fun soon.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Ralistes effects, I use a Start and it's versatile trs. The expression pedals is the effect whawha is good but the sensitivity is diffrent a real cry baby for example. What is gnial is the octave which allows a simple press of the foot of mount "glissquot; suprieure the octave (see the song Marooned Pink......
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    All effects are the ncessaires The format is very practical, it can take under the arm to go rpt. You can program up to 30 simultaneous sounds and pressure of two of the three pedals, it goes into the "manual" you can choose a cd by the effects with which you want to play and remove as and example of a piece.

    UTILIZATION

    Use trs simple, we can have some fun soon.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Ralistes effects, I use a Start and it's versatile trs. The expression pedals is the effect whawha is good but the sensitivity is diffrent a real cry baby for example. What is gnial is the octave which allows a simple press of the foot of mount "glissquot; suprieure the octave (see the song Marooned Pink Floyd!). J 'uses a lot of reverb and delay - say nothing. distos regards, I have jou with modlisation of Banez, trs is well and saw the possibility of the rgler tone, strength and level, there's really way to make his own sound.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it as a group and Aot scne since late 2003, I am satisfied with trs. I had the GX 700 before and it's really easier to use. It really s'clate immediately. AND the price is right, 330 euros, try ngocier with the transformer (which is optional!).
    Voil if you want more info, send me an email.
    cyrilleg@web.de
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  • Boss ME-50Publié le 01/11/04 à 14:34
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    3 multi-effects sections including effects, Overdrive / Distortion, Modulation and Delay plus an Equalizer, a compressor sustainer, reverb, noise reductor, Volume Wha expression pedals and pitch as well as a tuner.
    All effects are titables using potentiomtre as a classic pedals.
    Powered by battery or by sector (not supplied), an optional footswitch between, between one in, one headphone or line, 2 outputs 1 amp and between instruments.

    UTILIZATION

    The grip of the machine is almost too easy, not really any gram of head of the manual supplied with almost too many.
    We simply feel like to be different pedals, everything is described, the operation is ultra-simple, the edition of......
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    3 multi-effects sections including effects, Overdrive / Distortion, Modulation and Delay plus an Equalizer, a compressor sustainer, reverb, noise reductor, Volume Wha expression pedals and pitch as well as a tuner.
    All effects are titables using potentiomtre as a classic pedals.
    Powered by battery or by sector (not supplied), an optional footswitch between, between one in, one headphone or line, 2 outputs 1 amp and between instruments.

    UTILIZATION

    The grip of the machine is almost too easy, not really any gram of head of the manual supplied with almost too many.
    We simply feel like to be different pedals, everything is described, the operation is ultra-simple, the edition of sounds as well.

    SOUND QUALITY

    The effects of ME-50, take over the existing pedals, and it is therefore Boss quality.
    The noise suppressor is super efficient, good reverb, delay trs good, good modulation, the equalizer is nice with a pretty acoustic simulation practitioner. The only point which does not satisfy me 100% it's like for most multi-effects, the Overdrive and Distortion. I like the sound of OD2, the BD2, the Crunch and the TAR, some others take the road but the ds one turns to the big distos it sounds a little too rough and not enough natural .

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for several months, sometimes live I do not use programs and change settings like a good old pedals that we can not do with another multi-effects.
    It is solid, rgonomique, easy, considering the price of pedals, there's good delay, a good noise suppressor, good chorus with nothing we ca dj winner so good value qualitprix.
    For the same budget, I buy the same, with a budget over consquent plutt I will opt for a good rack with pdalier noon.
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