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Boss FS-6 Footswitch  

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Overview

  • Each footswitch can be assigned to latch or momentary operation
  • Stereo input jack
  • Connects to other footswitches
Description & Specs
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    $81.50
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    - $30.55
  • Your Price:
    $5095

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      Simultaneous latch- and momentary-type switching in one unit.

      With 2 switches conveniently housed side-by-side, the Boss FS-6 Footswitch allows each switch to be set for latch or momentary operation. Pick the configuration that best suits your playing style and setup. Stereo input jack for single stereo cable connection, or connect it to other footswitches (FS-5L/FS-5U/FS-6/AB-2). The Boss FS-6 Footswitch can be used with a wide variety of instruments, rhythm machines, guitar amps, etc.

      Features

      • Each footswitch can be assigned to latch or momentary operation
      • Stereo input jack
      • Connects to other footswitches

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      BossFS-6 Footswitch
       
      4.5

      (based on 29 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (19)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (7)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (2)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (1)

      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Responsive (12)
      • Compact (9)
      • Versatile (6)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances (11)
        • Amateur recording (7)
        • Home studio (7)
        • Outdoor events / games (7)
        • Professional recording (4)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Professional musician (8), Experienced (6)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Awesom Switch, a must have..

        This is one great footswitch. I use it with my Boss GT-8. This switch has switchable polarity and setting between latching and non-latching for each switch/button/actuator. So I thought, what...Read complete review

        This is one great footswitch. I use it with my Boss GT-8. This switch has switchable polarity and setting between latching and non-latching for each switch/button/actuator. So I thought, what else can I use it for. I have a Vox AD30vt amp. The original vox dual footswitch although cheaper is very noisy. Latching type and makes a loud CLUCK-TUCK noise each time it is pressed. So I set the Boss FS-6 to Latching type. Don't know what polarity was set but i plugged it into the Vox ad30vt amp and Super ! I can now control my amp without the vox noisy switch that i already returned. Super quite function on the FS-6. It is electronic. It uses a 9 Volt battery. (included with a new switch). I can switch channels and turn FX section on/off. The next thing I did, I plugged it into the two footswitch connectors on my M-audio Blackbox. Works super with that too in non latching mode. Polarity does affect functions. so set it correctly. Being assignable for various parameters, the FS-6 is a huge help for both the GT-8 and the Blackbox. Highly recommended for anyone looking to buy extra sinle or dual switches for amps or effects. This switch should work with lots of other amps, efx etc too. Next I will test it as a sustain pedal with my Oxygen midi controller. Has stereo connector and two mono connectors. Can use either.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Works good

        I use this with my Boss RC-2 loop station. I kept thinking it would be good to have more foot-switchable controls and tap tempo. All of this works great. Now for the...Read complete review

        I use this with my Boss RC-2 loop station. I kept thinking it would be good to have more foot-switchable controls and tap tempo. All of this works great. Now for the problem; it needs a 9 volt power source and doesn't have a DC input most boss pedals come with. This can be fixed if you have a Godlyke battery clip cable which will allow you to connect your power source to the 9-volt battery connection underneath. But this means having a cable running underneath your pedal and removing the battery casing permanently. If you have a pedal board this is great you probably velcro your pedals to the board like I do and this isn't a problem. If not, you'll have to spend a lot of money on batteries.

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        4.0

        Works great but poor power design

        By gravydb

        from PA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Ergonomic
        • Excellent Build Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

        • Poor Power Design

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

        This footswitch is well made, easy to use, and very ergonomic. Takes up a bit more room than the DIY style footswitches. Overall I'm really happy with it except - it requires a battery to function and it does not have a jack for an ac adapter. I bought it hoping that the battery is only needed to light the LEDs (which I could care less about) but nope, without a battery the unit does not function at all. IMO this is a bad design, as there are lots of footswitches out there that do not require a battery. Oh well. I can live with it, and I hope that it has a long battery life (I imagine it will, because I don't think the battery is doing much?).

        Note to a previous poster: You don't have to remove the battery to turn off the power. But you do need to disconnect your 1/4" cable, otherwise the unit will stay on.

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        5.0

        Perfect footswitch

        By Wait for What?!

        from New Mexico

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Exactly What We Needed
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances
          • Triggers Drum Machine

          Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

          We needed a way to trigger two different functions on the drum machine during live shows and this foot switch is exactly what we needed.

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          5.0

          Exactly what I wanted.

          By StratMan2012

          from Redmond, OR

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Well constructed

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

            I purchased the dual footswitch to work with my Boss RC-30 looper. It did exactly what I was hoping it would, adding control and versatility to using the looper.

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            5.0

            GREAT PEDAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            By BoogieBob

            from Rockwell, NC

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Compact Design

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

              I got tired of bending over to scroll to different presets on my RC-3 Loop Pedal. Now I can bank up or down without hitting my Cole Clark headstock on everything close to me. Also, a big plus it that I don't have to tap the RC-3 twice to stop the loop, just tap "B" button once and it stops immediately! I like that! Also, the 9 volt lasts forever and I'm told you don't even need a battery for it to work, but you won't have an LED function.

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              4.0

              good switch

              By NAGpastor

              from Naalehu, Hawaii

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Responsive
              • Works As Expected

              Cons

              • No Power Switch

              Best Uses

              • Performances
              • Professional Recording
              • Recording Live Performan

              Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

              I was aware that the switch was batery operated. What i didn't know was the only way to turn it off was to remove the batery. A power switch could have made a good product a great product.

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              4.0

              Dual Footswitch

              By MYSONG

              from Las Vegas, NV

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Responsive

              Cons

              • Battery Only Operation

              Best Uses

                Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

                I have a THD Flexi 50 amp that requires a dual footswitch in order to switch both the "Boost" and "Master" sections on and off. I lost the included footswitch years ago and decided to try this as a replacement. After setting the back panel switches to the correct polarity and "Latch" (as opposed to "Momentary"), I found this switch to work perfectly for my amp. The switches are silent and instantaneous. Seems durable enough and as long as I disconnect the (not included) cables from the unit, I reckon the battery should last for a long time.

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                5.0

                A must for drum machine users

                By deberney

                from texas city, tx

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Responsive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

                  I was very reluctant to plunk down the money for this. I had been using my keyboard peddle to start/stop my boss drum machine and losing it was the best thing for our performances.
                  The difference this little pedal makes with my Boss drum machine is amazing. Wish I would have purchased one with my drum machine 7 years ago.
                  Having the ability to add the fills and not have to fiddle with the peddle really make a difference in the overall, solo or duet, experience. It makes it really effortless to use the drum machine. The peddle has the perfect touch (not to soft not to hard to activate both off/on and fills).
                  My decision to purchase this peddle was a no-brainer after
                  hearing a band at an outdoor performance that sounded pretty good so I went to check out their setup/equipment and I was shocked to see a two man band.
                  The lead singer/rhythm guitar player had this boss foot-peddle along with a vocalizer that made this two man team sound like a full band. That's when I decided to order my boss-pedal. I also own the TC Helicon vocalist 2, very nice to add a couple vocals to the mix.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Very Useful and Solid Unit

                  By Cooperro

                  from Pembroke Pines, FL

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

                    Very versatile. I use them on my Boss RC-3, my Roland Cube 80XL, and to switch reverb & EQ on/off on my Mesa Boogie Mark III, whose footswitch doesn't have any lights.

                    Speaking of lights, the FS6 uses a nine volt battery. No messy power supply/cable. The battery's only for the LEDs - the pedal still works just fine if the battery's dead or missing.

                    Also, all the footswitches in this series, FS6, FS5, etc., can all be hooked physically together as if they were one long footswitch.

                    The polarity switches let you decide whether or not the lights are on or off when you're effect is chosen. I.E. Do you want the light on or off when you switch channels in your amp?

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                    4.0

                    Does what it says it does!

                    By fish5150

                    from Sykesville, MD

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comes With A 9v Battery
                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy to use
                    • Has Latching Feature
                    • Responsive
                    • Sturdy Construction

                    Cons

                    • Dependent On 9v Battery
                    • No On Or Off Switch
                    • No Power Plug-ins

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Channel Changing- Pre Amp
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

                    This footswitch gets the job done if you have a 1/4 inch jack footswitch input instead of a MIDI input. I bought this for my Bogner Fish Pre-Amp because it did not come with a footswitch. The latching feature is great, gets the job done. It holds the selected channel instead of you having to hold the footswitch down to activate the selected channel. The only downside is that there is no 9 volt plug-in for the amp, it is run by a 9V battery. There is no way of hooking a power supply up to the footswitch. Other than that, this is a sturdy and pretty well built product.

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                    4.0

                    Loads of versatility

                    By Bostjan Zupancic

                    from St. Johnsbury, VT

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Requires 9v Battery

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Boss FS-6 Footswitch:

                    I purchased this footswitch to use with a Roland Cube 20 practice amplifier. I was initially concerned about the price, but upon delivery, I was greatly impressed with the versatility of the switch.

                    I content that this switch is universal, so it can be used with nearly any piece of equipment, so long as that equipment has a jack for a footswitch.

                    1. The switch has selectable polarity, so it can be used with a wide range of manufacturers,
                    2. The switch has both latching and momentary operation, so it can be used with various types of equipment (recorders for punch in/out, channel selection, tap tempo, effects, etc.)
                    3. The switch has both balanced and unbalanced 1/4" outputs, so no adapters are needed.
                    4. The switch does not accept loop power from the equipment being controlled, so you will have to install a 9V battery. Mine was included.
                    5. The swicth is built into a metal case, like Boss effects pedals, so I believe that it is truly road worthy. It also has some weight to it, so you don't have to worry about kicking it off the stage easily.

                    Overall, the cost is not too bad, considering this should be the last footswitch I ever have to buy.

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