Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal Review
We have plenty of reasons to review the ME-80, not just for its compactness as a tone processor. Simple, unique, and riled up for various performance needs, this pedal is a must-have on your board.
Boss ME-80 Multi-Effects Pedal Details & Specs
- Wide premium selection of BOSS effects with a simple knob-based interface (8 multifunction footswitches plus an expression pedal)
- Manual on/off switch for boxes with dial-up tones
- Complete patch setups switchable using the memory mode
- Built-in MIDI interface and USB audio plug-in
- Delay patches include a phrase loop function with up to 38 seconds of recording
- Powered by 6-AA batteries; can be used with an optional PSA-series AC adapter
- Flagship-level COSM GT-100 amps derived and updated
- Includes the BOSS Tone Studio software for easy digital editing and organizing
- Retailed at $299, 7.94 pounds
Pedals with multi-effects can be intimidating or tedious for starters, but it doesn’t have to be. There’s not a lot of pedals that can facilitate the wide array of tones and sounds that the ME-80 has, so if you’re into experimentation, then there’s no reason for you not to try this one. Equipped with a mean selection of BOSS effects, the ME-80 is built for professional and home-based rigging – you can toss it around for quick setups without even needing to connect it to an amp.
Multiple overdrives, pitch shifters, delays, and distortions are all at your disposal, making it more convenient for you to work on your sound. It’s not complex to use at all – imagine the same easiness that you’re used to with a stompbox, plus the interface is user-friendly.
All the effects are organized into eight categories, and they can be activated simultaneously. The foot pedal can be used to control delay oscillation, real-time sound shaping, mod rates, foot volumes, and the other effects. The knobs are for effects adjustments, so it’s almost like you have your own large pedalboard filled with different stomps.
The biggest selling factor of the ME-80 is that you can save all your current knob settings or customizations to 37 patch slots, making it super breezy to recall configurations with just one touch. You can also easily capture the output and direct it into your favorite DAW, monitor them in the DAW track, and then use the USB loopback function to shape it, all the while using the knobs to capture the right tone. It’s naturally heavy on the budget, but given its quirky and super handy add-ons, we think it’s quite the catch.
The BOSS Tone Studio is a great advantage for saving, reloading, and customizing patches. If you’re a sound designer and musician, you’ll love this feature. You can also use the integrated connection to the BOSS Central Website where you can get a load of BOSS content – patches made by professional players or artists, demo videos, interviews, and much more.
The only downside we can think of for the ME-80 is that it can be cumbersome to lug around. If you’re touring, however, you won’t need to worry about its durability. The sturdy design is meant for long-lasting use, allowing you to make the most out of it for almost any need imaginable.
Is it for you?
For pedals, we always strive for the best value we can get. The ME-80 is inarguably a monster board for the most creative and most dedicated of musicians. If you’re big on that, $299 is a very valuable investment for a lifetime service from a pedalboard. We, therefore, highly recommend it.