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The Boss ME-25 multi-effects pedal provides a collection of additional sounds and features over the previous ME unit at the same price. This Boss guitar pedal includes a completely redesigned operating system which allows the entire product to operate in "EZ-Tone" mode, making the Boss ME-25 simple to use. There are added effects, COSM amp models, and a USB port for direct connection to computers. The ME-25 effects pedal is bundled with Cakewalk Sonar 8 LE and a DVD providing over one hundred audio loops that can be imported into Sonar for jamming or practice. The Boss ME-25's 60 onboard programs are organized into a Sound Library, which enables all the onboard tones to be selected simply by type. This built-in sound library gives you instant access to dozens of classic and modern effects. Simply choose a category, select a variation and play. You can customize your sound with simple twists of the Drive, Tone, and Volume knobs.

COSM (Composite Object Sound Modeling)
Composite Object Sound Modeling-or "COSM" for short-is Boss/Roland's innovative and powerful technology that's used to digitally recreate the sound of classic musical instruments and effects. COSM analyzes the many factors that make up the original sound-including its electrical and physical characteristics-and creates a digital model that accurately reproduces the original.

Powerhouse FX with stompbox simplicity.

FEATURES
  • New super easy operating system
  • Three pedals plus EXP pedal: Memory Up, Down, Solo
  • Three knobs for real time control and editing.
  • "Sound Library" organized by type: Clean, Crunch, Rhythm, etc. Ten variations within each type
  • Seven effects groups: Comp/FX, OD/DS, Preamp, Modulation, Delay, Reverb, Pedal FX
  • Powerful COSM amp models and effects onboard, from classic to contemporary
  • Super simple user-friendly interface
  • Sound Library provides extensive collection of ready-to-use tones; simply choose a category and select a variation
  • Sounds can be instantly edited with the Drive, Tone, Level knobs and Expression pedal
  • Super Stack adds immensely heavy low end and punch
  • Phrase Loop function with 38 seconds of recording time
  • Functions as a USB audio interface
  • Built-in AUX input for jamming along with external music devices (MP3/CD players, etc.)
  • Runs on six AA batteries or AC adaptor
  • Includes Cakewalk SONAR 8.5 LE software and dozens of audio loops, rhythms and songs for jamming or practice

With COSM amp models onboard, plus Super Stack and Phrase Loop, the ME-25 is a dream processor for upstart guitarists who want great sound and ease of use.

SPECIFICATIONS

ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal

  • AD Conversion 24-bit + AF method*1
    DA Conversion 24-bit Sampling Frequency 44.1 kHz
    Memory 60
    Sound Library 60
    Sound Library Category clean, crunch, drive, heavy, lead, extreme
    Effect Type comp/FX (Compressor/Effect): comp, T.wah, AC sim, OD/DS (Overdrive/Distortion): boost, OD-1, t-scream, blues, dist, classic, modern, metal, core, fuzz, preamp: clean, twin, tweed, VO drive, BG lead, MS vintage, MS modern, 5150 drive, r-fier, ultra metal, modulation: chorus, phaser, flanger, rotary, uni-v, tremolo, harmonist, octave, delay: 1-99ms, 100-990ms, 1000-6000ms, tap, REVERB: room, hall, pedal
    FX (Pedal Effect): wah, +1 octave, -1 octave, freeze, NS (Noise Suppressor)
    Nominal Input
    Level input: -10 dBu, AUX IN: -18 dBu
    Input Impedance INPUT: 1M, AUX IN: 22k
    Nominal Output Level -10 dBu
    Output Impedance 2k
    Display 7 segments, 2 digits LED
    Power Supply DC 9 V Dry Batteries (R6/LR6 (AA) type) x 6, AC Adapter (BOSS PSA-Series: sold separately)
    Current
    Draw 150 mA
    Expected battery life under continuous use Alkaline: 9 hours, Carbon: 3 hours (These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.)
    Dimensions: 11-13/16"W x 7-9/16"D x 2-7/8"H
    Maximum: 11-13/16"W x 7-9/16"D x 3-11/16"H
    Weight: 4 lb. 4 oz (including batteries)
    Accessories: Owner's Manual, ME-25 DVD-ROM, Sound Library/Memory List (Leaflet), Sound Library Sticker, Dry Batteries (Alkaline: LR6 (AA) type) x 6, Roland Service (Information Sheet)
    Options AC Adapter Boss PSA-Series
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BossME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal
 
4.2

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

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    (3)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (11)
  • Excellent sound quality (10)
  • Good selection of effects (9)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Responsive (5)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (3)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Home studio (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Beyond worth the price, but the layout is kinda quirky

I bought this guy to replace my digitech rp70. That digitech (incase you're considering other options) was worth the 80 i spent on it in sound and programming convenience, but was so cheaply...Read complete review

I bought this guy to replace my digitech rp70. That digitech (incase you're considering other options) was worth the 80 i spent on it in sound and programming convenience, but was so cheaply made. The pedals stopped working (a common problem with digi's) within 5 months. I decided I'd get something more durable
I upgraded to the ME-25 because it has basically every effect you could want, with a looper and even a recording interface. The interface works great with sonar and the sound that comes from my amp is gorgeous. Crazy clear and full on a variety of effect channels.

The only thing that annoys me sometimes is that the adjustment of your effects channels use shared knobs, as opposed to a value up/down button like on the rp 70. This means that the same knob that controlls your treble or bass when adjusting the eq of your channel controls the level of reverb or delay or whatever else. The problem with that is you don't know exactly where your levels were if you decide to go back and change it, because that knob was very likely used to adjust something else.

Here's an example: I find a distortion I like then eq it with the preap adjustment and turn the treble knob to somewhat middle (lets say 50%), then I add delay and use the same knob to bring up the level of my delay to 80%, then use the same knob again to bring the reverb mix of the reverb effect to a saturated 90%. Now, i decide there's too much treble and go back into the eq settings. My knob is still jacked to the right from the reverb and the second I touch it, the level of treble jumps up to between 80 and 100 because i left it turned 90 percent for the reverb. If i want to actually turn down the reverb, i kinda have to guess where the level was before and go down from there (which is annoying because we all adjust using our ears). The box does disply a value as you turn the knobs, but in a sea of performace, recording, and jamming channels, there's no way in hell you're gonna remember it. The rp70 in comparison always displayed a number value and starts where you left it when you re-edit your channels. As for the ME-25 sometimes I start to confuse myself as to whether I just turned up or turned down an effect, because I don't really have any reference.

Also, the rp 70 goes silent when you use the tuner so you can tune during a song. Unless I haven't figured out how to silence it, the ME-25 goes to like a soft clean channel when you tune and you wouldn't want that interupting a song if you're tuning mid-song. You could bring your volume totally down with the expression pedal I suppose, but much like the adjustment knobs, you'd have to guess how loud you were before when you volume back up after tuning. not a deal breaker but a just touch annoying.

Still absolutely worth the $ i spent for it. The sounds coming out of it are gorgeous and the pedals seem pretty durable and long lasting. The whole box is a nice strong metal with these little rubber feet added as well. Way better thant he cheap little plastic rp70. It's also a great d/i preamp if you want some effects on recordings (although I'd recommend using an amp simulator post-recording).
SO much stuff in it - tuner, dealy, reverb, noise gate, looper. However i will say there are only two reverb types (although they're adjustable) and the looper is pretty limited (no undo or single track delete - only record/add part and delete all). However everything is plenty customizable for totally worthwhile, custom sounds, and the looper is clearly just a bonus on an already solid pedal.
Great aside from the programming (which i'll explain). well build and durable
so much stuff for a measily price!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Yet another middling Multi-FX Board

I bought the ME-25 with the intent of using with my PC for home playing and perhaps some recording.

The interface is usable, but it leans heavily on three knobs which...Read complete review

I bought the ME-25 with the intent of using with my PC for home playing and perhaps some recording.

The interface is usable, but it leans heavily on three knobs which requires frequent manual consultations until you happen to memorize the scheme for the various effects and amp models.

Tones are varied in quality. The Clean amp model is bright and sparkly, whereas the Twin model is lacking some high end sheen compared to the real deal. The Marshall models are excellent for blues and hard rock, whereas the Boogie Combo model is laughably awful. The high gain amps models are pretty good for most Metal but are a bit digital sounding.

The OD/Distortion pedal models are fairly decent. They all sound digital, but good tone is there to be had with most of them. The modulation and Delay effects are typical Boss quality. The reverbs are good, but the lack of Spring reverb emulation is a bummer. The wah is usable enough.

The biggest issue I have found is digital clipping both when connecting it to my PC and also when using headphones plugged directly into the unit. Volumes have to be kept under 50% (sometimes well under) in order to avoid clipping. This can occasionally result in having to settle for a wimpier sound just to avoid clipping. It seems to be worst with cleaner sounds, though the heavier distortion settings may just be covering it up. The unit lacks any sort of master level control, so you are forced to adjust/balance volume settings for each effect or model that is active on a given patch.

Overall, the ME-25 is another mediocre to average Multi-FX board in a market full of them (*cough*Digitech*cough*).

The ME-25 is not a great choice for live use since the interfaces is a bit too convoluted to allow for quick edits. It (like most similar units) sounds fairly mediocre in front of an amp. Its best application is probably silent practice or recording, but the clipping issue and corresponding lack of an overall level control makes it somewhat frustrating there as well.

Mine will likely be sold soon, as I've found that I'd rather use one of the many small & cheap modeling amps out there than this unit.

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4.0

good pedal

By Peenywine

from Manchester,NH

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

    I like this pedal. there are some great presets. my only problem with this is, that the presets I would like to use are spread too far apart to be able to switch between them quickly. I havent found anyway to "move" them chronologically..but..maybe I'm missing something, if anyone has this and knows how to do that please tell me lol its not in the manual..other than that I really like it

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    2.0

    Try before you buy.

    By GregoryJ3

    from New Philadelphia, OH

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    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good Selection Of Effects

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Not Responsive
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

      Sound quality is terrible. Try in a store before you order because the MF return policy is not really as good as they say it is.

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      5.0

      very good product, I will buy it again.

      By viet

      from kansas, usa

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        perform at family gathering, and community service.

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        2.0

        Good for a beginner

        By Jessie

        from Sacramento

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Durable

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Unreliable
        • Way To Much Feedback

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Jamming

        Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        I got this for Christmas last year. It was great to start with but unfortunately for performances it was terrible. Pretty much ALL distortion effects gave me terrible feedback and screeched when I wasn't playing. The reverb selections suck as well as the clean settings having only uses for rock and never blues or jazz. The delay effect was great but it took me forever to figure it out. Honestly I'd go with Line 6 or Digitech.

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        2.0

        You Get What You Pay For

        By Smeg

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Good For Small Venues

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • Limited Selection Of Effects
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Silent Practicing

        Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        To be succinct, I am disappointed in this pedal, but I did buy a multi-effects pedal for a relatively low price. I found dialing-in your tone to be wearisome and aggravating, seeing you only have three knobs to adjust the pre-loaded tones.

        The effects on the pedal are also very bland, I found it to be too passe and mundane for my taste. This pedal also does not feature any EQ, and I found the default EQ was too focused on higher-end frequencies. I personally use several dissonant chords and play music that incorporates feedback, but the high-end from this processor would leave my ears aching (I remedied this problem with a Boss GE-7).

        I am a huge fan of Boss pedals, but their multi-effects is rather lackluster.

        The most redeemable parts of this pedal is the on-board recording loops and freeze effect, but without a a proper tone, I did not find many good uses for these effects.

        All in all, I plan on returning this pedal soon.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Yet another middling Multi-FX Board

        By Juice Maloose

        from Milwaukee, WI

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        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        I bought the ME-25 with the intent of using with my PC for home playing and perhaps some recording.

        The interface is usable, but it leans heavily on three knobs which requires frequent manual consultations until you happen to memorize the scheme for the various effects and amp models.

        Tones are varied in quality. The Clean amp model is bright and sparkly, whereas the Twin model is lacking some high end sheen compared to the real deal. The Marshall models are excellent for blues and hard rock, whereas the Boogie Combo model is laughably awful. The high gain amps models are pretty good for most Metal but are a bit digital sounding.

        The OD/Distortion pedal models are fairly decent. They all sound digital, but good tone is there to be had with most of them. The modulation and Delay effects are typical Boss quality. The reverbs are good, but the lack of Spring reverb emulation is a bummer. The wah is usable enough.

        The biggest issue I have found is digital clipping both when connecting it to my PC and also when using headphones plugged directly into the unit. Volumes have to be kept under 50% (sometimes well under) in order to avoid clipping. This can occasionally result in having to settle for a wimpier sound just to avoid clipping. It seems to be worst with cleaner sounds, though the heavier distortion settings may just be covering it up. The unit lacks any sort of master level control, so you are forced to adjust/balance volume settings for each effect or model that is active on a given patch.

        Overall, the ME-25 is another mediocre to average Multi-FX board in a market full of them (*cough*Digitech*cough*).

        The ME-25 is not a great choice for live use since the interfaces is a bit too convoluted to allow for quick edits. It (like most similar units) sounds fairly mediocre in front of an amp. Its best application is probably silent practice or recording, but the clipping issue and corresponding lack of an overall level control makes it somewhat frustrating there as well.

        Mine will likely be sold soon, as I've found that I'd rather use one of the many small & cheap modeling amps out there than this unit.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Not exactly what I wanted...but...

        By TT_Dave

        from Avon, IN

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Effects Grouping Awesome
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • No Ac Adapter With It

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Small Room With Biab

        Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        When I opened the box, and took out the ME25, I was surprised how small it was. The unit is very well constructed, though. My main use for it will be small venues playing Band In A Box or other accompaniment software through a small sound system, and so far, it has worked very well. I play just a few styles of rhythm/lead fill guitar, and the unit works great. My only con is that the AC adapter was not included.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Bang for the Buck

        By VV1L

        from Rockdale, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • No power supply
        • No Usb Cable

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

        I recently purchased this pedal not knowing if i had a made a good decision...Ive been playing for about 13 years and i have owned many effects pedals. I must say this little thing here is the best bang for the buck, MUCH better than line 6 in my opinion. ( even the more higher priced ones) geared more towards rock and metal and has really nice cleans, includes sonar software which is a nice add on as well as backing tracks. Great investment for all your in house needs.

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        (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great product !

        By quinn

        from NJ

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

            Great service...good product

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            4.0

            Great Beginner Pedal!

            By Brady

            from Ontario, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Affordable Price
            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality

            Cons

            • Bad Effect Editing
            • Breaks Easily
            • Limited Selection Of Effects

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Boss ME-25 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

            The Boss ME-25 was surprsingly a really good idea to pick up. I originally intended to get the ME-75 but it was out of stock so i bought this which is basically the downgraded version of that pedal, in case you are looking to spend more. This pedal has 60 great effects, Acoustic and metal settings probably sounding best in my opinion. The only problems I had with this pedal was that I have a tough time editing effects, it ends up confusing me attempting to do it. Once you get a grasp on it im sure it's alot better I just didnt put much time into it. Another problem is that it runs on batteries, 6 double-A's to be exact and when they run out and you have no extra's you find yourself in a pretty bad situation. Other than that the pedal is EXCELLENT sounding, you get what you spend on it, worth every penny.

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