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Multi-Effects processor


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The patience and time is worth the payoff!! featured

Ease Of Use As previously noted, this isn't the easiest multi-effects unit to program. Having owned EVERY BOSS floor processor starting with the ME-5 back in 1988 (yikes!) they have become easier to use and I think, while still somewhat complicated, this is the easiest yet, even easier than the GT-10. Some of the more useful settings are "buried" deep inside menus so a thorough read of the manual is definitely in order. However, once you have made that investment, myriad tones are at your fingertips. I am running update 1.03 which was relatively easy to install just by following the simple instructions.


Sound One of the best features (IMHO) of the GT-8 is the ability to place the effects in any order, specifically the effects loop. This allows you to employ the famous "4-Cable Method" of using the GT-8 where you can split the preamp and modeling sections of the GT-8 with your amp's effects loop. What this means is that you can use the stompbox models in front of your amp to juice up your amp and bypass the amp modeling section of the GT-8, or bypass the preamp section of your amp and run the amp models of the GT-8 straight into the power section of your amp. This makes the GT-8 EXTREMELY flexible, especially if you can leverage the Amp Control function of the GT-8 (which the Marshall DSL100 can!). One of my favorite uses for the GT-8 is to connect it to the DSL100 head using the 4-cable method, use the Booster stompbox just to juice the front end of the Marshall, then run my modulation effects post-loop. It's the best of both worlds!! Put in the time learning this method and you won't be sorry. I'm not sure if you can do this with the GT-10 but I know it doesn't work with the GT-6 or prior.


Reliability Built like a tank--I've stepped all over it and everything still works fine.


Customer Support Never had to deal with BOSS customer support--never had anything break.


Liked about it Ability to place the effects loop anywhere in the chain for the 4-cable method.
Ability to create and save custom stompbox models based on classic BOSS pedals.
Amp Control switch.


Didn't like Display is a little difficult to see on stage.
As noted--patches are VERY sensitive to guitar/pickup changes. Multiple guitars = multiple patches.


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5.0

By racerevlon
Dec 17, 2009
 
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Who's the Boss? featured

Ease Of Use If you are a technophobe, or lack patience, then this is not the multi-effects processor for you. It has an immediately obvious steep learning curve. Its one saving grace is that a number of patches are good-to-go straight from the box. Once you master the art of patch editing however, this is a formidable machine.


Sound I first played this with a PRS Custom 24 and Marhsall DSL100. Great tone, with built in anti-feedbacker you can get clear tone from high eq levels, should you want it. I would recommend this processor for use with delay, reverb and chorus. These three are very simple to use, and rival any of boss's previous stompboxes. The gain is where it falls down, particularly when attempting to use it in a recording sense. The distortion just sounds like tin, sounds.... processed. If you get me! I'm not a huge fan of Boss's distortion/gain range anyway, would much quicker recommend a TubeScreamer, with the notable exception of Boss's tasty Blues Driver, which proves to be an exception to the rule. These two are much more natural sounding gain. However I wouldnt accuse the GT-8 of falling into the same dire pitfalls of some of Line 6's synthetic models.


Reliability This thing is built of sturdy materials. I imagine there have been ZERO complaints with reliability since its release. I love this aspect of it being a hardcore effects processor, ready for you to stomp all over, versus the super-computer look of the GT-10.


Customer Support Never had to deal with the company. Which says a lot about their products.


Liked about it 1. I loved the wide range of effects, particularly the delay/reverb/chorus, and indeed the secondary effects flanger/tremolo etc.
2. Its built like an ox. I'll croak before it does.
3. Nice, simple, clean interface for those who prefer knobs and dials versus little plastic buttons of its successor.


Didn't like 1. Distortion terrible when recorded directly into, for example, a Boss BR-1600. Really falls down here.
2. Wah pedal not as expressive as a CRYBABY.
3. Different guitars require COMPLETELY different settings. This means you almost have to design patches for each of your guitars.

But if you want a reliable, sturdy, well-performing multi-effects processor for performing live, then this may just be the purchase for you!


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By custom24
Dec 08, 2009
 
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i have everything i need... and more

Ease Of Use as said before not the easiest to use but once you learn how to use it... its amazingly awesome!!! hahaha... to bad Boss never released another firmware but it works and that's the only thing that matter...


Sound well after 6 years of having it i've manage to set it like a dream... i mostly use the Recto preamps... and so far so good so metal!!!
the chorus and delay are a dream...


Reliability i fully depend of it... and have never let me down... even thou I've drop beer, soda, sweat and even kick it... years and years of gigs!!!


Customer Support i have never deal with them...


Liked about it 1- the sound
2- built like a tank
3- how versatile it is


Didn't like 1- i like the harmonist but its not polyphonic
2- they shouldn't have made only two FX blocks... i should have been a general block and have been able to use whatever FX you wanted to use... for example use the Harmonist and Auto Riff!!!
3- the pedal bend...again... it should have been polyphonic


Overall satisfaction:
 
5.0

By Ironjose
Dec 18, 2011
 
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A monster for live situations

Ease Of Use Not easy to edit, but once you get it, it's a breeze. Noticeably, it's much easier with GT-8 Master software, which edits the patches via MIDI inferface. It offers all the possible imaginable combination of editing and combining, it's the ultimate flexible unit I've ever had.


Sound It sounds great on the stage, when plugged on the amp. But it sounds dead when plugged in line (to record, for example). It has the "signature" Boss COSM modeling, with good cleans, great drives and weak hi-gain preamps. I do not recommend this unit if your sound is high gain stuff, but if you need only drive and clean, it's great. Oh and the effects are awesome, simply awesome.


Reliability It's made like a tank! Probably tested on Afghanistan.


Customer Support Never had any problems (this beast never breaks).


Liked about it 1) Flexibility of programming effects;
2) Solid, unbreakable;
3) Great live sound.


Didn't like 1) Weak high gain distortions;
2) MIDI-interface editing (through computer) a bit complicated;
3) Lack of USB interface.


Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0

By Rachmaninoff
Dec 20, 2009
 
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