Boss MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher
The MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher is a new-concept pedalboard solution that maximizes your creative options by combining a world-class multi-effects engine and multi-pedal switcher in one small, dedicated unit. Now, anyone can put together a profess... read more
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Very versatile with few issues
The MS3 is VERY easy to programme and set up as you would expect from a BOSS product. I had owned one about a year ago which i sold as it gave me the bug for a switcher. I have since come back to it as its essentially now my Modulation effects and a switcher. I was going to go for an ES5 and the Boss MD 500 but this just made more sense to have both in one. My only 2 gripes, which are the same as when i first had are: 1. I wish there was a 5th present in each bank as 4 options can be restricting as i like to add in certain things when i feel like it. To combat this i simply placed a delay after the MS3 so i can switch it on whenever i like and i have placed 1 drive before it so i can add in dirt or boost (as its a dual drive) whenever i please. 2. There is only a Midi out. While i now have no Midi effects (with the MS3 i dont feel like you NEED them since it has so much built in) its still nicer to have the option if i chose to expand. Yes, with the Midi out you can still have the MS3 switch your units parameter or bank etc, but cant have it in the loops the same way you could with having the Midi In unless you then run that into one of the 3 inputs which are most likely going to have other drives in there anyway.
Aside from those 2 things, that are very easily admissible, it is an excellent unit.
The inbuilt effects are fantastic quality and its a solid built machine. Its very user friendly and there are a million and one tutorial videos online (highly recommend Rabea Massaads tutorial)
The way i looked at this was its essentially a BOSS MD500, RV500 and DD500 in one machine with the option to set up loops. Very handy even if its just used for the time/mod end of your board and nothing more.
EDIT I wanted to add that I'm aware of the functionality differences between the MS3 and the BOSS 500 series pedals such as the ability to have more than 1 effect on at one time, such as 2 delays on the DD at one time and 2 reverbs on the RV etc. I'm aware some may wish to do this for stereo set ups which i do not use so it makes no odds to me.
The MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher is a new-concept pedalboard solution that maximizes your creative options by combining a world-class multi-effects engine and multi-pedal switcher in one small, dedicated unit. Now, anyone can put together a professional effects system that’s incredibly compact, extremely light, and versatile enough to achieve nearly any sound imaginable. The MS-3 is a sonic powerhouse capable of running six internal pedal effects at once while seamlessly integrating three of your favorite external pedals. It also offers deep rig control capabilities, allowing you to switch amp channels, adjust effects in real time, work with MIDI devices, and more. With the MS-3, it’s easy to create a portable board or fly rig without the compromises associated with traditional loop switchers and all-in-one multi-effects units.