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It stands to reason that Boss has made the best-selling guitar and bass effects pedals, drum machines, and tuners for many years. Boss is a division of Roland Corporation and no company is better at advancing sound and signal processing than Roland. Many Boss products incorporate Roland's COSM (Composite Object Sound Modeling) technology, one of the most advanced forms of digital sound modeling.
Most Boss pedals are instantly recognizable by their solid case in a compact footprint. Designed to fit interchangeably in a standard pedal board (several of which are made by Boss) and to take a real beating, the Boss Pedal footprint has become something of an industry standard. Certain Boss pedals require a large footprint, particularly those with multi-effects like the Boss RC-30 and RC-300 Loop Stations, Boss RE-20 Space Echo Delay Pedal, the Boss VE-20 Vocal Effects Processor, the Boss AD-8 Acoustic Guitar Processor and, of course, Boss volume pedals.
Effects pedal enthusiasts have debated the best way to let the clean signal through the pedal. Is the best way a buffered bypass or true bypass? Boss has answered this squarely on the side of the buffered bypass using Field Effects Transistors to avoid clicks and pops when switching the pedal on and off and preventing signal loss on long runs of cable.
Boss makes Effects Pedals for every purpose. A complete discussion of the types of Boss Effects Pedals and how they are used can be found in our Guitar Effects Pedals Buyers Guide and its related articles.
In the 1960s Roland's founder, Ikutaro Kakehashi, developed some of the earliest drum machines under the Rhythm Ace name. Since then Roland and its Boss division have retained a strong place in the field of drum machines. Boss Dr. Rhythm drum machines include the value priced Boss DR3, featuring realistic drum sounds in a simple user-friendly package and the Boss DR880, with COSM modeling technology and all the features you could want.