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Guitar Multiple Effects.
FX is a healthy addiction. Sure, you might start out with a dash of drive, but pretty soon you’ll be chasing sounds your setup can’t deliver. If you just want another stopgap FX pedal, move along. But if you want a keeper, invest in the new Boss ME-80.
Think of a sound – then nail it
Metaller. Bluesman. Jazz-cat. Whatever style you play, the FX-loaded Boss ME-80 has sounds to suit. You’d expect to find world-class overdrives, wahs, mod effects, pitchshifters and delays (this is a Boss, after all). But the ME-80 goes further. Driven by Boss’s ultra-powerful Multi Dimensional Processing (MDP), you’ll turn heads with one-off effects like Tera Echo and Overtone. Direct from the Boss GT-100, uprated and ultra-realistic COSM amp models give you classic tones from rock history (including new additions like Crunch and Metal). Plus, there’s even an AC preamp for acoustic/electric guitar. Combine up to eight effects at once and edit them to perfection, but don’t forget to shape them in real-time, too, controlling parameters including volume, wah and octave shift with the rugged expression pedal.
No menus – get straight to the sound you want
Some multi-effects pedals are a headache, with too many layers of options making them hopeless in the heat of a gig. Designed for live, the Boss ME-80 keeps things stompbox-simple, organising effects into eight logical categories, with a footswitch to activate your choice and dedicated knobs to fine-tune it. Even the expression pedal couldn’t be more gig-friendly, taking mere seconds to change the effect or function under your heel. Better still – and unlike ‘real’ stompboxes – is that you can save your edited settings to one of the Boss ME-80’s 36 user patches, then recall them with a stomp of your cowboy boot.
Two operating modes to suit your setlist
Not every setlist is the same. One night, you might be playing punk, and only need a couple of overdrive effects. The next, you might be playing prog, and need complex preset tones comprising multiple effects. As such, the Boss ME-80 offers two modes for maximum convenience. In Manual mode, it functions like a lineup of stompboxes, with one effect activated by one footswitch. Switch to Memory mode, meanwhile, and pressing the footswitches will instantly activate complete ‘patches’ (ie. settings that comprise multiple effects). The eighth footswitch, meanwhile, is dedicated to mode switching, so you can toggle between Manual and Memory mode, even in the middle of a song.
Hands-free operation for hassle-free gigging
Live guitarists tend to have their hands full. They’ll love the Boss ME-80, which gives almost total control over effects and parameters via eight multi-function footswitches. Whether you’re activating effects, selecting from banks of patches, switching modes or accessing functions like tap tempo, tuner and the onboard 38-second phrase looper, it’s all just a boot-stomp away. The expression pedal is ultra-flexible, too, with an integrated toe switch that toggles between foot volume and effect selection. It’s a busy pedal, but the ME-80’s newly developed layout means that eight footswitches fit into the space normally taken up by four, keeping the unit lean, mean and mobile.
An easy way to get pro effects into your DAW recordings
Let’s say you’ve just blown the roof off with a customised patch setting, and now you want to use that tone in your new demo. That’s where the Boss ME-80’s USB connectivity kicks in, letting you connect to your Mac or Windows computer and import tones to your DAW software (or even use the USB Loopback function to ‘re-amp’ a dry track you’ve already recorded, adding effects as you listen). For flexibility, MIDI transfer over USB is also supported, letting you 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 organise tones on your computer using Boss Tone Studio
Even as a standalone pedal, the Boss ME-80 gives plenty of scope for editing effects. For toneheads who want to go deeper, though, there’s the Boss Tone Studio application: a free download that lets you save, edit and organise your patches on your Mac or Windows computer. Why not take the time to create the ultimate nosebleed distortion on your computer – then transfer it back to the ME-80’s memory banks on the night of the gig…?
Your gateway to the Boss Tone Central community
You might be stuck in your bedroom, but the Boss ME-80 keeps your finger on the pulse of the gear scene. If your computer has Internet access, the Boss Tone Studio application gives you an integrated connection to the Boss Tone Central website. A fast-growing online hub for all players that use Boss gear, it’s the place to head for artist interviews, instructional videos and the chance to download free gig-ready patches created by top guitar pros into your ME-80. And that’s just for starters…
24 bits AF method
AF method (Adaptive Focus method)
* This is a proprietary method from Roland & BOSS that vastly improves the signal-to-noise (SN) ratio of the AD and DA converters.
36 (User) 36 (Preset)
Pedal switch x 8
Expression pedal x 1
Nominal Input Level
GUITAR INPUT: -10 dBu
AUX IN: -20 dBu
GUITAR INPUT: 1 M ohm
AUX IN: 27 k ohms
Nominal Output Level
Gt. AMP OUTPUT L/MONO, R: -10 dBu
REC OUT/PHONES: -10 dBu
Gt. AMP OUTPUT L/MONO, R: 2 k ohms
REC OUT/PHONES: 44 ohms
Recommended Load Impedance
Gt. AMP OUTPUT L/MONO, R: 10 k ohms or greater
REC OUT/PHONES: 16 ohms or greater
GUITAR INPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
Gt. AMP OUTPUT L/MONO, R jack: 1/4-inch phone type
REC OUT/PHONES jack: Stereo miniature phone type
AUX IN jack: Stereo miniature phone type
USB COMPUTER port: USB type B
DC IN jack
7 segments, 2 digits LED
Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 6
Carbon-zinc battery (AA, R6) x 6
Expected battery life under continuous use
Alkaline: Approx. 7 hours
Carbon: Approx. 2 hours
* These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 6
“Read Me First” Leaflet
Option (sold separately)
AC adaptor: PSA series
Size and Weight
7 lbs. 15 oz.
Size and Weight (Maximum height)
7 lbs. 15 oz.