Ground-breaking new technology and some updated classics, 2014 has been a great year to be a BOSS.
New Boss GP-10 Guitar Processor
2014 has seen some ground-breaking new products from BOSS and some incredible upgrades to some classics too, with the addition of BOSS compacts such as the DS-1X et al. For my money, the most exciting bit of gear candy though is the Boss GP-10 Guitar Processor.
What is it?
The new Boss GP-10 Guitar Processor features a powerful instrument modelling engine and diverse range of multi-effects. Driven by BOSS’ ever advancing COSM technology, the GP-10 gives you access to guitar, bass, and synth models, tuning changes, and awesome amps and effects, all in one rather compact pedal.
In addition to being pedal-board friendly, the GP-10’s multi-channel audio capabilities and guitar-to-MIDI conversion open new creative opportunities for music production in the studio. It’s also a swanky colour in my opinion!
COSM Amps and Effects, Plus Inputs for Normal and GK Pickups
The GP-10 supports a normal guitar and/or a guitar equipped with a Roland GK pickup. The GP-10 features COSM amps and effects derived from the BOSS’ beastly GT-100 (which has just had an incredible software update, read on to hear about that), and these can be used with any guitar via a standard 1/4-inch cable. The 13-pin GK input provides access to both the instrument modelling and multi-effects sections, opening up the GP-10’s full range of sound-making potential.
When using a GK enabled guitar such as the GC-1 with the GP-10, you can instantly change your guitar’s entire sound and/or tuning with the press of a footswitch or pedal. Powered by real-time DSP, the GP-10’s modelled instruments are ultra-responsive and highly expressive. They can also be blended with the normal guitar sound, putting an infinite range of tones at your command.
Modelled Guitars, Analogue Synths, Altered Tunings, and More
The GP-10 includes classic electric guitar models with single coils and humbuckers, as well as steel- and nylon-string acoustics, basses, banjo, resonator, fretless guitar, and a sitar. There’s also an analogue-modelled synth engine on board, which powers an emulation of the legendary Roland GR-300 guitar synth as well as a super-fat OSC Synth with two oscillators and a ton of adjustable sound parameters. In addition, the Poly FX section provides a range of unique sounds only possible with GK processing, including Slow Pad, Crystal, and others. I have watched Roland’s very own Jamie Dawe produce some incredible sonic landscapes and textures on-the-fly with the GP-10 and they do sound fantastic.
With any of the GP-10’s modelled instrument sounds, you can change your guitar’s tuning any way you like—all without ever touching your tuning keys! Pre-sets are available for many different open tunings and 12-string sounds, plus “down” tunings that are essential for heavy modern rock playing. Of course, it’s also possible to go wild and create your own custom tunings, with a range of +/- 12 semitones available on each string.
Unique Sound Possibilities for Studio Recording
Via its integrated USB audio/MIDI interface, you’re able to use the GP-10 to record pro amp and effect tones in your DAW with any guitar. You can also capture dry signals, and then re-amp them through the GP-10 to dial in the perfect tones for your mixes. Using a GK pickup extends your potential even further, providing sound capabilities that go far beyond any normal guitar processor.
ME-80: Guitar Multiple Effects
The tones of a top studio. The simplicity of a stompbox.
FX is a healthy addiction (so I tell myself!) but pretty soon you can have a pedalboard which is impractical in regular gigging functions or simply takes up a third of your living space! That’s why Multi-FX are a great investment. However, if you’re looking for something that has the power and flexibility of a Multi-FX with the simplicity of a few stomp boxes then you should invest in the new Boss ME-80. Raising the spec of the Boss ME-70, and taking key features from the flagship Boss GT-100 , it’s as tone-packed as a top studio, but as easy to operate as a stompbox.
Having played/demonstrated both, I can confirm the Boss ME-80 does indeed sound fantastic and there are some very cool additions to the FX types such as BOSSs “soon-to-be-iconic” Tera Echo whose functions can be applied to the EXP pedal for real time tinkering. On the dashboard, a pedalboard-style layout of gig-friendly footswitches, intuitive controls and expression pedal let you bring the noise fast and shape it in real-time. And it can run on batteries too!
New Features Added to the BOSS GT 100
The Boss GT-100 Version 2.0 is here! BOSS’ top-of-the-line guitar floor processor gets a big performance upgrade, adding even more great features for stage and studio playing. Available as a free download for all GT-100 owners, Version 2.0 makes the flagship multi-effects more powerful than ever before, with new amps and effects, enhanced USB audio capabilities, guitar-to-MIDI conversion, BOSS Tone Studio support, polyphonic tuner and more.
The Latest BOSS Tech for More Power & More Versatility
With the most powerful COSM processor to date, simple interface, and advanced features, the GT-100 is the top choice in floor-based multi-effects for guitarists everywhere. The Version 2.0 update integrates BOSS’ very latest technologies into the Boss GT-100 for enhanced performance while playing live and recording in the studio.
New COSM Amp Effects & MDP Effects
Version 2.0 adds two new COSM amp models—BGNR UB Metal and ORNG Rock Reverb—to the GT-100’s onboard stable of vintage and advanced amps. The update also brings BOSS’ latest Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) technology to the GT-100 courtesy of Tera Echo, Overtone, and A-DIST effects. In addition, Rotary 2 and Acoustic Guitar Simulator effects types have been added as options in the FX1 and FX2 categories.
Enhanced USB Audio Capabilities
The GT-100’s built-in USB audio interface has been upgraded to four channels for more efficient operation while tracking guitar parts in the studio. You’re now able to capture both processed and unprocessed tones at the same time on separate tracks in your DAW. You can also re-amp dry tracks back through the GT-100 while simultaneously listening to your audio mix through USB, making it easy to tweak parameters to achieve the perfect tones for your songs.
BOSS Tone Studio Editor/Librarian and New Patches
Finally, with the introduction of BOSS Tone Studio GT-100 users now have a full-featured software editor/librarian for editing and organizing tones from a Mac or Windows computer. Available as a free download, the software also provides a direct link to the BOSS Tone Central website, where you can preview and download a growing selection of free GT-100 Version 2.0 patches directly into the effects processor via USB.
Guitar-to-MIDI Conversion from a Normal Guitar
GT-100 Version 2.0 also adds a unique monophonic guitar-to-MIDI function that lets you have fun with soft synths and other MIDI instruments in your computer from your normal axe, with no special pickup required. Powered by newly developed BOSS technology, guitar-to-MIDI conversion works with Roland’s free Guitar Friend Jam software, and also lets you experiment with using your guitar to create MIDI sequences in music production software.
GT-100 Version 2.0 Update Info
What is BOSS Tone Central?
BOSS Tone Central is a library service offering the latest sound patches (Live Sets) for BOSS guitar processors and multi-effects. By simply launching the dedicated BOSS Tone Studio application and connecting to the internet, you can download any of the free sound patches from our growing collection. It incorporates three convenient functions; ‘Automatic Downloading of Additional Tones (Live Sets)’, ‘Tone Edit Functions’, and ‘Tone Library Functions’. These functions are easily available by downloading and installing the application on your PC.