Boss ME-70 Multieffects Review

ME-70

Fast and easy as a stompbox

It has been designed to be fast, in the use, like a pedal. Every parameter owns its dedicated knob and settings are easy and fast.

COSM Amp Technology and EZ TONE

It shares with the GT-10, the flagship of the Boss floorboards, the COSM Amp technology and the EZ TONE, a graphical system to edit, quickly and easily, an effect, with no knowledge of parameters.

Batteries or AC adaptor

It can work with an AC Adaptor (PSA-120, optional) or with six batteries.

All is immediately accessible.

The image below shows clearly which has been the main aim of the engineers of the Japanese company. Every control or parameter is equipped with a dedicated knob. The workflow is, substantially, immediate. Now we can see the list of the available effects.

Front Panel

PREAMP

The Type knob is, substantially, the speaker emulator. Let's see which are the available options.

  • R-FIER
  • The Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier.

  • LEAD STK
  • High-gain.

  • STACK
  • The typical Marshall sound of the '70s.

  • TWEED
  • In the '50s Fender designed the Bassman, at the beginning developed for the Precision Bass. Subsequently, in the '60s, it produced a new version, all-tube, 50 Watts, 4x10. It became very famous among guitarists for its sound, much suitable to Blues or classic Rock. In the '90s Fender released a reissue of the Bassman, but it's not the same thing of the original model.

  • COMBO
  • It emulates a Vox combo.

  • CLEAN
  • Clean and warm.

  • EQ
  • A parametric equalizer.

  • OFF
  • It deactivates the speaker emulator.

Reverb

The ME-70 puts two Reverbs at the user disposal: Room and Hall.

Delay

  • PHRASE LOOP
  • It is, substantially, a looper that can record an audio up to 38 seconds.

  • TAP
  • The time can be adjusted in real-time.

  • MOMENTARY
  • It is active only when the dedicated pedal is pressed.

  • CHO + DELAY
  • The parameters of the Chorus cannot be changed.

  • REVERSE
  • A classic. Repetitions are played backwards.

  • MODULATE
  • It adds a Chorus to the repetitions.

  • ANALOG
  • The emulation of an analog Delay.

  • 1-99ms, 100-990ms, 1000-6000ms
  • Various lengths for a general use.

Modulation

  • OCTAVE
  • It adds a lower octave.

  • HARMONIST
  • It doubles the entire guitar sound.

  • UNI-V
  • The emulation of a very famous pedal of the '60s.

  • FLANGER, PHASER, VIBRATO, TREMOLO, ROTARY, DELAY and CHORUS
  • Some typical guitar effects.

OD/DS (Overdrive/Distortion)

  • FUZZ
  • It produces a very hard sound.

  • CORE
  • There is a sort of limiter on the mids.

  • METAL
  • This effect adds mids.

  • MODERN
  • High-gain.

  • CLASSIC
  • It reproduces a Vintage amp.

  • DIST
  • It provides a remarkable sustain.

  • BLUES
  • An Overdrive.

  • OD-1
  • The emulation of a very famous Boss pedal. The first model was developed in the 1977. It produces the typical tube distortion, sweet and with many harmonics. For a '70s sound it is a good choice.

  • NATURAL
  • An Overdrive with a natural sound.

  • BOOST
  • It has been planned to work in conjunction with a COSM amp.

COMP/FX (Compressor/Effects)

  • SOLO
  • It works in conjunction with OD/DS and PREAMP modules, and it has been thought specifically for the solos.

  • Hum > Single
  • It reproduces the response of a single-coil while playing an humbucker.

  • Single > Hum
  • The contrary of the previous effect.

  • DEFRETTER
  • It emulates a fretless guitar.

  • SLOW GEAR
  • The sound of a violin.

  • T.WAH (DOWN and UP)
  • It produces a Wah that depends on the intensity of picking.

  • COMP
  • 2 functions: more sustain, without distortion, and also a limiter.

Final opinion

The effects are not all excellent, but at this price we cannot ask the moon. All the controls are immediate and adequate also for a deep setting. My opinion is that the ME-70 is worth how much it costs, but it is a good product, if we consider the price, rather cheap.

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