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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 7 reviews )
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gibsonnight's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" the good old mcaniques"

Roland GP-8
In fact my having purchased the chorus, which is superb, and I have a trs Discoveries good compressor, a trs good distortion / overdrive, delay a little behind but can d panner, no tap tempo, it's analog, it's hot & c does the job, in a variation on rock band for years, this has taken a prominent place in my rack and especially the chorus




trs good


1 year

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

Roland GP-8
Everything has been said


configuration, editing, various settings are very intuitive ... no need to book.


I'm hard pressed to live without my old GP8:
Because the compressor is a fantastic
Because the two effects (except delay) are analog and very hot
3 because he has connections to change channel amp, a function so obvious and practical that I wonder why at bosses and other brands they do not put all the multis

The overdrive is great. The ideal is to use the GP8 as a pedalboard base input of a tube amp, and then insert into the loop of the amp or effects a multi-type reverb and delay qialité good as we found today.


I use it for 20 years, it was my first multi-purpose, and is the only one I kept.
saw the price of the opportunity I strongly advises novices multi and all guitarists from beginner to professional as it contains all the basic effects.
Provide just the acquisition of a module delay / reverb

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

Roland GP-8
- What are the effects or types of effects available?

Autowah - Comp - OD - Disto - Phaser - EQ - Delay - Chorus

- What technology is used? (Analog, digital, tube ...)

Analog transistor except Delay and Chorus (stereo of course) digital pedals like following each other.

- Are they edited? Via an editor Mac / PC?

Yes with Emagic SoundDiver I think ...

- What is the connection? (Audio / MIDI)

Extensive connections: 2 in (one front and one rear), send, Return (I return), stereo out, stereo line out, 2 relay switch (for switching amp channels ), MIDI in out and through, making for FC100 pedals.

- Is this a rack or rack-mount model?

Yes, 19 "1U, internal power supply.

8 / 10 still lacks a reverb and a tap tempo to make it perfect! At the same time in 1987 was the high end and it is pretty well supplied, even now.


- The general configuration is it simple?

Could not be more simple! You take the pedals Boss, you put them in a row and you got a GP-8!
Top Notch is the preamp insert (send / return), which allows the use of effects autoq / Comp / OD / Disto / Phaser / EQ prégain (before preamp) and Delay / Chorus postgain (after preamp), and it There's very few who do multis (TC G-System and Lexicon MPX G2 for ex.), it allows you to use all aspects of the device.

- Publishing of sound effects or is it easy?

It is not hard to understand, but it is annoying to use (must do a lot of manipulations to adjust preset). With an editor's faster.

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

I have English and French and that's enough (I almost never read)

Go, I put 9 / 10 because it is a bit long to use


- Effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough?

Well here we are clearly in the 80's! It has a grain of Californians style studios Lukather. Perso j'adore! The compressor is very thick and the stereo chorus is beautiful.
To the sounds modern and transparent is not for, should look elsewhere, that's not what's missing ... The GP-8 has a strong personality that like it or not and that's very typical 80 years.

- Which instruments do you use?

I use it with a JMP-1 as an insert, as explained above, and my multi EST for my pregain effects (especially the compressor and the OD that I use as a boost for the JMP-1), the phase pregain (EVH as the master) is also nice (especially since it is successful).
And since I really did not want me out of this super Chorus I put in the loop of my JMP-1! It makes the cable but it's worth it!

I put 9 / 10 because the delay is useless without Tap Tempo and the couple OD / Disto could have been based on a SD-1 and DS-1 that have proven themselves!


I have 2 years

Grain, preamp insert, the channel switching, compressor, phaser and chorus
The -:
No reverb, delay too simple, and OD Disto some limits

Knowing that I paid 90 € the report Qulité / and unbeatable price!
If it again, I do it again the same choice and if I take two pedals (CS-2 and SD-1) instead ...

I put 8 / 10 because it is not perfect, but despite its age it provides really good and it is far from being completely overwhelmed.

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

Roland GP-8
Multi-effects rack


technology is analog except the delay and chorus are analog

Stereo Output
effects loop (I think)
Expression pedal jack
the connection is complete. I insist on the presence of the effects loop that is too often overlooked on the current multi-effects


Very easy to use as the pedals boss made the chain.
facilitates the display is very clear
the manual is basic but sufficient. some gems from the Japanese translation :-)
The expression pedal can be assigned to any of the parameters.


I use a fender princeton silver face to be 1978 and a telecaster
Contrary to what I read in another review, the sounds are very good qualities. the multi-effects do not meet current standards in terms of sound, but offer the bare necessities for a guitarist in his basic parameters are adjustable choisis.le GP8 would leave a lot to the sound of the pedals boss of the era . the overdrive is pretty good on a tube amp, nice chorus, compressor very effective, I have a little trouble adjusting to a proper phasing. personally I find the delay a little cold but it has no particular stigma. is an analog multi-effects to get the best I think we play hard with a tube amp, it also seems to react better with double coils. it is clear that this device does not leave a stack of its low volume or with headphones like a modern amp modeling. Luis I put 7 but that does not mean much. You can not compare it to what is done now.


I have since qq months because I wanted an easy to use analog effects
He faults and qualities of products namely one boss neutral, great personality. it colors nicely sounds of a guitar plugged into an amp correct correct. If you keep the one that you do not have to buy a modeling effect that mimics the sound of the GP8

pic1's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland GP-8
For 145 is present! I own a pedalboard with since 1988 and confirm that it is simple but effective, beautiful chorus, delays interressants, and for the era, 2 outputs for external controls including one that I use to trigger my rotosphre all out on a twin tone Koch + extension 1X12 Celestion Vintage 30.
by expression pedals control of all parameters! I personally failed to sell but I reflchi and is still one of my racks. The distos if they work well with a little chorus and delay are not ridiculous, and also make some good crunch sounds.
When the foot controller is very practical and robust. I've never had trouble with this equipment since 1988 and the battery is original. Therefore 145 is a bargain. pondered guy!


It's a breeze.


Chorus and delays and compressor TB


Value for money TB

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

Roland GP-8
Nothing to add to what has been said before on this point ...

ah, yes! ... it is the only multi-effects built as an assembly of pedals boss on the same circuit, not a complete emulation by a single DSP, as now.

suddenly, rub shoulders and digital delay effects if not zero analog (as opposed to the DSP 16 where everything is digital ... and poop!).
in my opinion, there are still things interresting bcp (including distortion!), but you need a speaker simulator behind any (even in the ordo for example).
he deserved as a noise gate on some patches and a reverb.
Finally, its presets are 80 years ... and they is not everything (including metal disto not really present).
to cheap, it's still useful sometimes (stud, including loops or synthesizers).
on stage or in the first purchase to versatile a. .. more versatile! ... tj but not as "dynamic" (I find that some existing multi-effects are the "imitate" a little smoother ...).


Everything is simple (as it is aligned pedals).


The chorus, the delay is not bad.
some distortion too.
is a device that can be creative in stud, including the hijacking, and which may please those who make the eighties revival.

the sound quality is not zero but does not necessarily satisfy those who seek its current and versatility (and whammy effects, dunlop wah, amp simulations, harmonic intelligent, etc ...).
and it lacks a noise gate ...


Given the price at which one can Toper, it can be fun ...

I bought the pedal f 7500, at the time.
at the time was a killer and I do not regret my choice.

What do you want me to tell ...
it still has a pretty face in a rack!
come on, like ... j'mets October 1 !!!...
hey hey ...

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

Roland GP-8
I just noticed that 3 people were waiting for an opinion, but I do not think qqun was still interested in this ancient ...

The G-P8 is a multi-purpose 19 "rack.

It allows to chain the following effects, in the order given:

1. Proactive and filter (type "envelope", creates a lightweight auto wah)
2. Compressor
3. Overdrive
4. Distortion
5. Phaser
6. 3-band EQ
7. Digital delay
8. Chorus Digital

There are quite effective, but I would note the lack of reverb, that would be really welcome!

Level connections:

- 2 inputs (one front, one on back)
- Main output (stereo) format Jack
- Line Out (stereo) format Jack (different impedance)
- Send / Return to loop effects
- 2 mono outputs for controlling other devices (changing channels on an amp for example).
- MIDI In, Out and Through
- Entry for the floor controller Roland FC-100

It is possible to connect the GP-8 between the guitar and the amp or the effects loop of an amp (which I do myself).

Level memory, it has two groups (A / B), each of which contains 8 banks of 8 presets.
2 * 8 * 8 = 128 presets in total.


The configuration of presets is fairly simple, with the knob on the front.

We choose a preset, you activate the desired effect, then looks at each parameter of each effect. The parameters are conventional, except for the dynamic filter is not easy to master, but not very helpful either.

To order the GP-8, it is obviously a foot controller. Evening a Roland FC-100 that plugs into the specific entry Roland or any controller noon. With a program change, we choose the preset you want. It can also control the overall volume as well as the parameters of an effect with one or two expression pedals through Change Control.

Regarding the manual, well it must already have it. Roland is always 0 in customer service, ask me, I have the manual in PDF format. It is clear is sufficiently complete to understand how the device is used.


The sound quality of GP-8 is not the best ... But we are dealing with a device of 1989! So should not ask either. I had bought for OCCAZ for next to nothing, because I needed an effects controllable by MIDI. And for the price that I paid, it was worth it.

I use it in the effects loop of my ENGL Powerball. I play with an ESP LTD F-200.

To give a little originality in my songs, it's fine (I use the chorus, delay, phaser, a little equalizer). For distortion sounds, I use my amp gain, of course. Distortion and overdrive effects of GP-8 are really ugly, do not use it a massacre. The dynamic filter is nice too, it allows for a slight wah. By controlling the Q or frequency cut with an expression pedal, you can have a pedal wahwah poor quality, but it's cool to get started.

If you want good quality effects, go your way. When I have money and the need for good effects, I'll invest in something more robust qq (tc electronic or Rocktron).


I use it for a year now.

The nice side is the price. I do not really see why all the old stuff to buy (except maybe to play the "vintage"). Buy only if you can pay you nothing else!

Finally when I have the means to make new effects, I will put my GP-8 in a display case!