Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

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The Boss ME-80 guitar multi-effects pedal delivers hands on access to a world of great tones!

Mobile, battery powered, and filled with a diverse selection of flagship-quality BOSS amps and effects, the ME-80 is the ideal compact tone processor for performing guitarists. A friendly knob-based interface makes it simple to dial in great sounds in seconds, while easily selectable operation modes offer the flexibility of individual stompbox-style on/off or instant recall of complex multi-effects setups. Unique new footswitches deliver twice the control of previous designs for efficient and intuitive effects switching, patch selection, and real-time sound shaping while playing on stage. The free BOSS TONE STUDIO software unlocks even more tonal possibilities, providing a cool graphical interface for tweaking and organizing sounds on your computer, plus a web connection to BOSS TONE CENTRAL for direct access to free gig-ready patches created by top pro guitarists and much more.

  • Compact and powerful floor multi-effects with a simple knob-based interface
  • Eight simultaneous effects categories, each with multiple effects types
  • Dial up tones with the ease of using your favorite stompboxes
  • Includes a massive selection of top-quality effects, from classic BOSS stomps to the latest MDP effects
  • Updated flagship-level COSM amps derived from the GT-100
  • Eight multifunction footswitches and expression pedal
  • Manual mode for stompbox-style on/off; Memory mode for switching complete patch setups
  • Delay section includes Phrase Loop function with 38 seconds of recording
  • Runs on six AA batteries or optional PSA-series AC adapter
  • USB audio/MIDI interface built in
  • Free BOSS TONE STUDIO software allows you to edit and organize tones on your computer, and also preview and download free patches directly from the BOSS TONE CENTRAL website

A Huge Selection of BOSS Effects in One Pedal
No matter what style you play, it’s easy to craft your own personal sound with the ME-80’s wide range of built-in effects. A complete history of gig-ready BOSS tone processing is at your command, from multiple overdrives and distortions to wahs, mod effects, pitch shifters, delays, and beyond. BOSS’ groundbreaking Multi Dimensional Processing (MDP) technology is represented with the unique, spacious ambience of Tera Echo and the distinctive tone-shaping possibilities of Overtone. Updated COSM preamps include new additions such as Crunch and Metal, plus an AC preamp designed for acoustic/electric guitar. The onboard expression pedal can be used for foot volume and pedal effects like wah, octave shift, and Freeze, and it’s also possible to control effects parameters such as mod rate, delay oscillation, and more for expressive real-time sound shaping.       

Instant Gratification with Dedicated Knobs
Unlike typical menu-driven multi-effects processors that are complicated and unintuitive, using the ME-80 is as easy as using a stompbox. Effects are organized into eight logical categories that can all be active at the same time. Seven categories contain multiple effects types to choose from, plus dedicated knobs for selecting a type and adjusting it with a set of parameters you’d find in the pedal version of the effect. The Pedal FX category has its own knob for quickly assigning a particular effects type or function to be controlled by foot with the expression pedal. With this familiar and friendly interface, you’re able to dial up and play great tones instantly, just like using a large pedalboard filled with your favorite stomps. But a major advantage over that pedalboard is that you can to save all the current knob settings to one of the ME-80’s 36 user patch locations, allowing you to recall custom effects configurations at the touch of a pedal.

Stompbox Immediacy or Multi-FX Power: You Decide
The hands-on experience that stompbox control provides is perfect for tweaking tones as you go. However, there are times when switching among an entire group of preset effects is more efficient, such as when you’ve set up complex tones for different songs. The flexible ME-80 supports either approach, giving you the best of worlds. In Manual mode, the categories function like individual stomp effects, with instant adjustment via the panel knobs and on/off control with dedicated footswitches. By entering Memory mode, seven footswitches are automatically reconfigured to select user or preset patches and patch banks, letting you recall complete multi-effects setups directly. One footswitch on the ME-80 is dedicated just for mode switching, so you can toggle between Manual and Memory modes any time you want, even in the middle of a song.   

New Footswitch Design Delivers Twice the Control
The ME-80 offers easy usability while performing, with eight multifunction footswitches for direct control of effects on/off, bank/patch selection, and mode switching, plus convenient access to alternate functions such as tap tempo, tuner, looper control, and more. A special control (CTL) function is also assignable in each patch, letting you toggle grouped effects on/off or adjust a specified parameter in real time. The newly developed footswitch style provides two switches in the space occupied by one in previous designs, allowing BOSS to equip the ME-80 with a generous array of foot-operated controls while keeping the unit extremely compact and mobile. In addition to the eight main footswitches, the expression pedal is equipped with an integrated toe switch that toggles between foot volume and the current Pedal FX setting.

USB Audio/MIDI Interface Built In
Via USB, you can connect to your computer and capture the output of the ME-80 directly into your favorite DAW to record pro tones with COSM preamps and effects. It’s also possible to monitor the ME-80’s effects sound while recording an unprocessed signal into a DAW track; after the fact, use the USB Loopback function to “re-amp” the dry track with the ME-80, tweaking the knobs as you listen to the song to capture the perfect tone. MIDI transfer over USB is also supported, allowing you to select ME-80 patches from your computer, send expression and control pedal data into your software, and swap patches via BOSS TONE STUDIO.       

Edit and Organize Tones and Connect to the Web with BOSS TONE STUDIO
Available as a free download, the BOSS TONE STUDIO application provides an inviting graphical interface for tweaking the ME-80’s effects from your Mac or Windows computer through USB. The software makes it easy to save, edit, and organize your patches, and to load them into the ME-80 as needed for different gigs and other applications. If your computer has Internet access, BOSS TONE STUDIO also provides an integrated connection to the BOSS TONE CENTRAL website, allowing you to preview and download gig-ready patches created by top guitar pros directly into your ME-80! In addition to expanding your palette of tones, these free patches provide solid foundations for creating your own patches with the ME-80’s extensive array of effects.

BOSS TONE CENTRAL: Your Web Home for Free Patches, Instructional Vids, Artist Tips, and More
BOSS TONE CENTRAL is the ultimate destination for all players that use BOSS guitar and bass gear. The initial focus of this powerful new web portal is on the ME-80, but compact stomps and other BOSS multi-effects will be included as the site grows. Right now, you have access to lots of great ME-80 content, including demo videos and free patches created by famous guitarists, touring pros, and session players. Check back often for additional patches, how-to videos, artist interviews, and much more. If you love BOSS effects, BOSS TONE CENTRAL is the place to be!


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Things You Will Get:

  • Effect Pedal
  • Owner's Manual
  • Dry Batteries (Alkaline: LR6 (AA) type) x 6
  • "Read Me First" Leaflet

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BossME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal
 
5.0

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    5.0

    Great modeling pedal

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    from Torrance

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Effects
    • Presets
    • Versitile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Live
      • Practice
      • Recording
      • Studio

      Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

      This is one of the greatest effects processors out there. Not as intense as the gt-100 v2, but it gives you most of boss's stomp boxes at your finger tips with the analog knob feel. Another pedal that had a great showing at NAMM this year. Tons of presets to keep you occupied and then you can fine tune every thing you need beyond that. Hours of fun and functionality with this wonderful pedal.

      I'm a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music

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      • No
       
      5.0

      Fully Featured Pedal Board

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      from Torrance, CA

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fully Featured
      • Realiable
      • Sound quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Live performance
        • Practice Jam
        • Studio Recording

        Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        This pedal board is great for anyone looking to condense or add to an existing pedal board setup. In addition, one could input a keyboard or other line level instrument into this unit. Great sound from BOSS!

        I'm staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

         
        5.0

        The only pedal you need.

        By 

        from Southern CA

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Expression Pedal
        • Features
        • Interface

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Stage
          • Studio

          Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

          The only pedal you will ever need. This will handle distortion, echo, chorus, delay and so much more. The expression pedal is a nice feature and depending on your creativity will take you to new levels. Easy to use and understand so you have more time playing. I'm a Staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

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          5.0

          Every boss stomp box rolled into 1!

          By 

          from Richmond, VA

          Pros

          • Customizable
          • Great Sounds
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Live
            • Studio

            Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

            Boss is one of the top names in guitar effects processing for a reason and they didnt disappoint with the ME80.With floor space at a premuium on most gigs...You can pretty much take all the famous boss stomp boxes and roll them into one unit here. Superior sounds with all the presets as well as the option of USER presets to get that custom tone youve been looking for. One stop shopping for great guitar effects!!

            I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music

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            5.0

            no need for an amp

            By 

            from Cincinnati, OH

            Pros

            • Ease of Use
            • Functions
            • Options
            • Qaulity

            Cons

            • Manual

            Best Uses

            • Home Recording
            • Live Show
            • Studio

            Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

            Boss never disappoints with quality and functionality. If your tired of lugging that half stack around there is another option and this is it. For all the effects and amps it emulates give this a try. I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music stores

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            5.0

            Cheaper than buy 80 Guitar pedals!

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            from Ontario, CA

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Affordable
            • Durable
            • Easy to use
            • Intuative
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gigs
              • Home
              • Recording

              Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

              I must say, this is a LOT easier than lugging around a bunch of pedals. Or if you're like me, you're constantly rearranging your pedal board which requires time and cables!

              The software included is nice to really tweak your sound plus you can share your setups with your buddies. How cool is that? Great for a bedroom rocker or a touring musician on the road. Tweak and customize your sound with thousands of combinations and options. The multi pedals was a great touch and should have been done years ago. But no complaints... today is that day! You absolutely have to try this thing out. It will take you hours to really get everything this can offer. If you're new to multieffects boards, not to worry. Spend a little time and it will soon be second nature. Besides, you have Sam Ash to back you up and the guitar associtates can walk you through how to use it!

              Have fun and rock on!!!

              *I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

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              5.0

              Another Roland Beast!

              By 

              from Ontario Mills, CA Store 41

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Bright LED
              • Great Amp Modeling
              • Great Effect Modeling
              • Rugged and durable
              • Simple to use

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • Gigging
              • Performances
              • Practice
              • Recording

              Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

              Oh my god, when I found out Boss finally decided to make individual pedals on their multi effects units for specific functions, I thought "ABOUT time." Honestly, it shouldn't have taken this long, but it's PERFECT!!! The customers asked and now they have received!

              Boss's ME-80 is the epitome of simplicity for guitarists looking for an all in one unit for gigging and transportation, it doesn't have a ridiculous amount of effects like the GT-10 or GT-100, but it has plenty to find your desired tone! all writeable to the processors memory to be accessed no problem! It also comes with a new software called BOSS Tone Studio to create presets on your computer and even share with other musicians! And vice versa! The COSM modeling I personally think is the best out there considering all these digital effect processors, but hey that's what you get with a BOSS product, all those years that they've been in the business is the only way to get the tones they've shaped. Trial and error!

              No disappointments here. Try it for 30 days for yourself and return it if you don't like it!

              I'm a trusted Staff Reviewer here at Sam Ash Music:)

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              5.0

              USER FRIENDLY, GREAT TONE!

              By 

              from Nashville, TN

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Amazing Tone
              • Easy to set up
              • Intuitive interface
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • Gigging
              • Recording

              Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

              Basically gives you every popular BOSS pedal in one board. Interface is very familiar to anyone that has used an effect pedal.

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              5.0

              All the Boss effects you could ask for!

              By 

              from Philadelphia, PA

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Ease of Use
              • Great effects

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gigging
                • Studio

                Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                Tired of dragging around a giant pedal board? Then this is THE pedal for you. Contains dozens of the famous effects Boss is known for. The banks are easy to access and the knobs allow you to tweak the effects however you like. The expression pedal is very responsive and accurate. The effects are assigned to specific categories/banks making it easy to access the sound you are looking for on the fly. I'm a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

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                5.0

                Everything You Need In One Place

                By 

                from Philadelphia, PA

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                  Cons

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                      Comments about Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                      As a traveling guitarist, traveling with multiple effects pedals can become quite cumbersome; even more so on the stage! This pedal board however, can get the job done. It has pretty much any effect you could ever want from any other Boss pedal all in one spot. I also like that the sounds are a lot easier to customize in comparison to other Boss pedal boards. I own the BOSS GT-10 and while you can also customize sounds, the computer software that comes with this pedal makes it tremendously easier. I also like that this pedal doesn't always need an AC adaptor to run; you can run it on battery power and have one less cable to deal with. If you're in the market for an affordable, compact, customizable multi-effects pedal, go for the ME-80. You will not be disappointed!

                      I am a staff reviewer from Sam Ash Music.

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