I owned the Bass version of this pedal for about a month. It's sound was so cheap and digital I didn't want to even use it. You are VERY limited to what effects you can use in sequence. Some of the more popular effects like Distortion, Flanger, Delay, Chorus, etc can be on the same pontentiometer. This means you have to pick which ONE you want to use at that time. The quality of each effect is very poor.
There are other entry level multi-effects pedals that do a much better job. The Digitech BP200 is a fraction of the price and with the right settings you can almost overcome the digital sound. BP200 have much stronger distortions and due to it being digital, you don't have to pick 1 effect at a time.
Having previously owned the ME-50, I had really REALLY high hopes for the ME-80. I'll keep this short and sweet. Maybe I got a dud? Who knows??
Features-wise, this thing is jam packed to the gills with everything that you could ever need in the studio, or at a gig. It's super easy to use and extremely versatile. Tone-wise... it left much to be desired. I remember my ME-50 sounding crisp and clear, and very close to the pedals it was emulating. The ME-80 however, sounds more boxy and compressed on nearly every setting.
Like I said, maybe I got a dud. Here's to hoping I did. For $300, I expected better sound quality. Would be nice if BOSS included an AC Adapter. Hell, even if they upcharged for it. Still would be better than having to run out and get one when you realize there isn't one in the box.
I sent mine back, and built my own pedal board for half the price...
I used to break my back when I carried my big pedalboard to every gig and practice session. But after I got the Boss Me-80 I do not have back problems anymore. ;) No joking aside. Is it a replacement for my real pedalboard. Yes and no. I have more sounds available with the Boss Me-80 and it fits in my backpack instead of a huge case. But it's just missing something. It's not as rich in sound as my pedalboard, So at bigger venues i will still rely on my pedalboard.
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SIZE AND WEIGHT
Width 447 mm 17-10/16 inches
Depth 231 mm 9-1/8 inches
Height 70 mm 2-13/16 inches
Weight 3.6 kg 7 lbs. 15 oz.
This unit is about as close as you can get to using analogue pedals (along with a pedalboard feel) without breaking the bank and buying separate pedals. However, nothing beats using a good old-fashioned pedalboard but I would still recommend this to someone looking to use a lot of effects for a smaller price
This is a great investment if you're just starting out and don't want to sink a ton of money into a bunch of pedals. First things first the build quality is absolutely solid. The other major perk is having actual knobs to quickly dial in your tones. The reason for my 'mediocre' rating is due to the fact that although this multi-pedal does pretty much everything, it doesn't do any of it particularly well. The distortion and overdrive effects in particular suffer from sounding overly digital, especially at high volumes. I keep it in my chain for some of the delay effects and to fill in gaps here and there.
At first I thought this would be pretty shit, however I didn't have much to choose from with the budget I had at that time, and I wasn't into ZOOM or LINE 6. So I bought it anyways, tried staying positive about it and the strange thing was that, it surpassed whatever ive been looking for, to be frank I was looking for pedals and a pedalboard but I probably would've gotten about 4 legit pedals at max. This, however, was more than anything I could ask for within that budget. it gave me amazing tones, maybe 1 ctl but that's more enough for a pedal of that price. The Preamps sound accurate, a little disappointed on the Compressors I have, but Besides that, I'm definitely satisfied :D
I'm one of those guitarists who rarely uses effects (that's my style) but when I do need them, my Boss ME-80 serves me well. Eventually will grab some smaller Boss units.
I was finally able to achieve the metal, chugging tone I was looking for- more treble but not tinny. Like the pre installed amp types you can choose from and mix with different OD tones. Built in noise suppressor too. Only issue is it sometimes glitches; may get a noisy background hum which cannot be eliminated and then all of a sudden after several resets it's gone. Have had to do a factory reset three times as of yet. Overall, very pleased with the tones which outweighs the glitches.
The Boss ME80 is a pedal board, but isn't as complex as the modelling pedal boards. Its separated into sections, to show that its just multiple effects combined together. One area to choose your distortions, two areas for you to have different modulations, an area for delay, an area for amp imitation, an area for compressors, and theres also an Expression Pedal. This board is an affordable way to get all the tones you want, without having to pay hundreds of dollars per pedal. its amazing!
Get loads of effects to play with on this, not great quality sound. Slow Gear was my favourite on this board. Easy enough to use and set up. Personally, I think buying individual pedals is better but if you want to find your sound, you could get to grips with it with this board and then decide to invest in better sounds.
I've had this pedal for a while now and if I'm playing smaller venues I don't need any of my pedals with me as this has everything covered. I love the way each pedal can be controlled through manual dials rather than having to go into a cpu as you do on most now. I haven't even used the patch settings as I use it on manual. I also used this pedal when a fuse in my amp blew and the pre amp settings were fine. Can't buy better for the money.
I absolutely love this multi effects pedal. It opens you to a world of tonal possibilities. Though some distortion effects might sound too digital but overall its a great pedal to work and explore really nice soundscapes.
I am a beginer and on the very beginning it was the perfect choice to learn how to use and setup the effects. It's very easy to use and delivers so much more than I need. Some professionals use it live, but I think it is best for study. I am building my pedalboard at the moment. So probably I will sell my ME80 and I hope it will be so usefull to somebody as it was to me.