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Boss ME-70 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal  

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    An expansive pedalboard's worth of BOSS effects in one versatile unit.

    It's one thing to have a sprawling pedalboard with every effect pedal you'd ever need, but if one pedal can give you awesome, versatile tone and portability, look no further than the BOSS ME-70. Consolidating over 40 great BOSS effects into a single floor-based multi-effects unit, the ME-70 pedal has no confusing menus or displays to sift through—it was designed to be just as easy to use as a collection of stompboxes. Organized into logical groups, these Boss effects are dialed in with dedicated front-panel knobs. All these guitar effects are housed in Boss's distinctive rock-solid, all-metal chassis, and it runs on either AC power or batteries for maximum portability.

    The Effects

    The BOSS ME-70 has 8 different effects groups, and all of them can be used independently or simultaneously. Once you dial up your effect type and customize it on the front panel, you can even save your settings for each effect type.

    Manual and Memory

    The BOSS ME-70 pedal has 2 operating modes: Manual and Memory. In Manual mode the effects function like a floor full of stompboxes; all adjustable on the fly. Its 4 dedicated footswitches allow you to turn the essential effects groups on and off. Once you've got your sound where you want it, Memory mode lets you save the setup as a patch for instant recall. You can save up to 36, and the ME-70 comes with 36 presets to get you started. In Memory mode, the 4 main footswitches let you switch patches and banks with ease.

    Features

    Effects Groups:

    • PREAMP: Uses BOSS COSM amp modeling technology to emulate 6 classic guitar amps
    • OD/DS: 10 distortion and overdrive effects
    • COMP/FX: Compressor, Touch Wah, BOSS Slow Gear, BOSS Defretter, Pickup Simulator
    • MODULATION: Phaser, Flanger, Vibrato, Tremolo, Chorus, Rotary Speaker, Uni-vibe, Intelligent Harmonist
    • DELAY: Phrase Loop with 38 seconds of recording time and unlimited overdubbing, Echo for up to 6 seconds in analog, modulate, and reverse
    • PEDAL FX: Wah and pitch-shifting, voice effects, modulation control via expression pedal's toe switch

    It's all the BOSS effects you love in a single, easy-to-use unit—add the ME-70 to the cart now.

     
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    BossME-70 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal
     
    4.6

    (based on 99 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (75)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    82%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good selection of effects (20)
    • Compact (16)
    • Versatile (16)
    • Excellent sound quality (10)
    • Responsive (7)

    Cons

    • Poor sound quality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Performances (15)
    • Home studio (9)
    • Amateur recording (7)
    • Outdoor events / games (7)
    • Practice (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (17), Professional musician (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    All stomp boxes

    I've had my ME-70 for a couple of years now switching from a rack mount boss gt pro. I think all the effects are comparable to the gt pro in quality.Read complete review

    I've had my ME-70 for a couple of years now switching from a rack mount boss gt pro. I think all the effects are comparable to the gt pro in quality.

    I like to use the me-70 at night with headphones so I can play any time I want as loud as my ears will stand using the headphones. During these times or when forced to go directly into a PA, I find the amp modeling perfect. I can dial in my combo or stack clean or over driven sounds at whim. When using an amp I never use the amp models or the reverb because I want to hear my amp.

    I think the effects are awesome. I use this as a big stomp box mostly using on/off combos of compression, distortion, modulations and the delays according to song requirements. It has all the boss pedals including both chorus boxes the cs2 and cs5. While I don't use the distortion much, it does have reasonable facsimiles of ts8 & ts9 tube screamer, rat and others that are all workable.

    The wah pedal is actually better than any cry baby that I've ever had, it sounds the same and is much quieter during operation. When not in use as a wah, functions as a volume pedal allowing you to turn off all signal to the amps with one step.

    Once you get the hang of the loop function it is a lot of fun to lay down a backing track and then play lead over it. The thing is it absolutely starts and stops recording at the depression of that pedal. Foot timing is everything. No memory, no pause, so each performance is new and fresh. I can get the entire verse for Reconsider Baby in the allotted time.

    What I love the most is sending left and right outputs to two amps. I have two Egnater Renegade heads with Tour Master 2x12 cabs and the sound is impressive at any volume level.

    so get this, then get two of your favorite amps and you'll be all set to play the Tacoma Dome. Plus you'll have about every boss stomp box ever made in one solid package and you'll be able to headphone practice whenever you want.

    If you're on more of a budget then checkout the ME-50 and ME-25. I have friends with each of those pedals and they're great too.

    you're getting practically every boss fx pedal ever made in one single package, a looper, a wah pedal with different wah's, amp modeling when you need it. adding up the cost per individual fx pedal I think the ME-70 almost pays for itself.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Should've done my research...

    I've had the Boss ME-70 for a good 6 or 7 months now, and I've used it every Sunday night for worship sets. When I first bought this, I was looking for...Read complete review

    I've had the Boss ME-70 for a good 6 or 7 months now, and I've used it every Sunday night for worship sets. When I first bought this, I was looking for something that I could go straight into the PA with and have a decent clean channel with decent effects. I went to the local guitar store and the reps ran me through the products. They showed me this, and I hadn't heard much about it, although I knew of Boss' reputation of being "just decent." I tried it out, jammed with the store clerks for a little bit, and I was happy enough to take it home. I also had to trade in my Mustang 1 (which sadly broke when a drummer stepped on the input cable while it was plugged into the amp - drummers, I'll tell ya), so I was getting a bit of a discount. I thought I was getting a good deal.

    Cut to 6-7 months ahead, the thing still works just fine. I've been generally pleased with it enough to keep it, although I have to admit that I can't say I'm thrilled about it. When pushed, you can tell that it's digital (specifically with the delays - stacking them or having the repeats set on high don't have the prettiest results). The amp presets are alright, although I only use the "Clean" setting since I want something reminiscent of the Fender Twin. It's nothing like it, of course, but it's a doable clean setting.

    The only reason I keep this is because of two reasons: 1) I don't have an amp that I can run at the church without having the sound guys give me a big frown and thumbs down. 2) I don't have a tuner, volume pedal, or other delay pedals on my pedal board. Even if I did sell this, I wouldn't have enough to purchase decent replacements. This also leads me to another issue that I have with this, which is that the signal chain on the effects is completely fixed; no changing the order of what happens when in the signal chain. Although it isn't a huge gripe that I have, it certainly has been a problem a few times in the past.

    As versatile and usable as this multieffect pedal is, I wouldn't be thrilled to buy another one. This is simply personal preference due to the fact that I want to move away from digital equipment as well as multieffects. I can see how this would be great for travelling musicians who wish to pack light; this is perfect for such occasions. However, if sound quality is what you're after, keep your eyes open for anything else.

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    5.0

    Swiss Army Knife

    By Gordon1984

    from Norfolk, VA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Boss ME-70 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

          BOTTOM-LINE UP FRONT: When you're cranked up at full volume for a live performance, who *really* can tell a difference between that slight difference between pedals? Ten years ago, I would've scoffed at everyone who owned a multi-effects. They served a purpose, but were all a huge step down in terms of boosting your tone. Not so with the ME-70. If you're a "simple" guitar player that prefers some frills, but nothing over-the-top, this product IS FOR YOU.

          1. WANT TO SAVE MONEY? Things you would need to duplicate a ME-70 with a conventional pedalboard, utilizing bottom-shelf units: Volume Pedal (30), Wah Pedal (50), Octave/Harmonizer Pedal (50), Solid State Preamp w/Equalizer (200), Overdrive (50), Distortion (50), Fuzz (50), Booster (30), Compressor (50), "Q" Pedal (50), Digital Delay (100), 30-sec Phrase Looper (50), Noise Gate/Limiter (30) = 740. But let's not forget the pedalboard itself and power distribution, this will get our grand total to about a thousand, so yeah, the ME-70 wins in this category.

          2. NEW TO MULTI-EFFECTS, OR NEW TO PLAYING ELECTRIC GUITAR? Just plug in and play. Set the knobs to your desired effect and rock out. If this is your first "pedal" purchase, there's a good chance it will be your last...in a good way.

          3. RECORDING? The Direct Input capabilities for the ME-70 are astounding. I did an A/B battle between it and my JCM-2000 DSL50 recording through a 1960A with stock speakers (using an SM57), and I was able to get VIRTUALLY the same sound. There are enough EQ and other tone-shaping knobs on the ME-70 to virtually clone any amp on the market. It's not a Kemper Modeling Amp by any means, but the ME-70 isn't 100 times more expensive either. This could be a CON, but the ME-70 also digitally compresses and expands the input signal such that you loose volume dynamics you'd get from recording a tube amp with a mic, but these days professional audio engineers compress/expand guitars so much that after all the other instruments, drums, and vocals get mixed in and leveled during mastering... you really can't tell the difference. Fact is, digital amp modeling and solid state DI these days are virtually the same as analog recording.

          3. LIVE PERFORMER? The tuner can be ran with volume (on the pedal) up or down, so you can tune silently or at full volume. The ability to go DI into a PA is also an extremely attractive feature. I am a church musician and my church doesn't like amps on stage because it messes with perceived volume and the Sound Guy's ability to control everything. Most PAs make guitars sound like mud, even with pedals, but between the Preamp and Overdrive options with the ME-70 you can compensate perfectly.

          4. BUT WHAT ABOUT MY OTHER PEDALS? I own a DigiTech Whammy, and while the ME-70 doesn't have that +/-2 octave, it does have a +/-1 octave whammy which sounds convincingly close to the DigiTech Whammy. In Bulls on Parade, Tom Morello only goes to the +1/-1 octave range anyway. The ME-70 also DESTROYED my Electro-Harmonix MetalMuff (with the ME-70's ability to noise limit/gate).

          5. BUT WHAT ABOUT MY BOUTIQUE PEDALS THAT COST 200 EACH? Tell you what. Bring your amp and pedals into the guitar store, and then A/B battle your pedals against the ME-70. If after an honest tweaking is done on the ME-70 and it doesn't sound the same, congrats. Will the ME-70 win against your TC Electronic pedal with 8 knobs? Probably not.

          6. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE RESPECT I'LL LOSE BY FIELDING A MULTI-EFFECTS PEDAL? I remember how it was back when I first started. If you didn't have a two-foot pedalboard and a Marhsall Halfstack or Fender Combo, you weren't credible as a performer. Who cares? Honestly, they are jealous because with the ME-70 you can do everything (and more) they can with their vastly more expensive pedalboard. Literally.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          "Gapless happiness"

          By RockDog123

          from Birmingham, Al

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Awesome Effects
          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Program
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Gapless Preset Stomping
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Live Shows
            • Performances
            • Practice
            • Studio Recording

            Comments about Boss ME-70 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

            Playing live on stage for years, I've used several effects pedals with the same problem. A gap in sound when switching from one saved multi-effect to another. It's like a blank spot between effects. Not with the ME-70!!! It's totally seamless switching. It's the only effects pedal to have that. If you're on stage with a guitar, you better have an ME-70 on stage with you!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            It's What I Was Looking For

            By MJPH

            from Chandler, AZ

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • No Way To Backup Presets

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Boss ME-70 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

            It's just what I was looking for for gigs and, particularly, Open Mics--I can power it at a long gig, or just take it on to the Open Mic stage using batteries.

            The upgrade I would like to see: A way to backup all those painstakingly created personal presets. If this unit goes belly up--even if they'd send me a new one free of charge--I'd have to manually figure out my presets all over again.

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            (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            All stomp boxes

            By OttoMatick-o23Xt

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Experienced

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Dual Amps
              • Events
              • Headphone Practice
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Boss ME-70 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

              I've had my ME-70 for a couple of years now switching from a rack mount boss gt pro. I think all the effects are comparable to the gt pro in quality.

              I like to use the me-70 at night with headphones so I can play any time I want as loud as my ears will stand using the headphones. During these times or when forced to go directly into a PA, I find the amp modeling perfect. I can dial in my combo or stack clean or over driven sounds at whim. When using an amp I never use the amp models or the reverb because I want to hear my amp.

              I think the effects are awesome. I use this as a big stomp box mostly using on/off combos of compression, distortion, modulations and the delays according to song requirements. It has all the boss pedals including both chorus boxes the cs2 and cs5. While I don't use the distortion much, it does have reasonable facsimiles of ts8 & ts9 tube screamer, rat and others that are all workable.

              The wah pedal is actually better than any cry baby that I've ever had, it sounds the same and is much quieter during operation. When not in use as a wah, functions as a volume pedal allowing you to turn off all signal to the amps with one step.

              Once you get the hang of the loop function it is a lot of fun to lay down a backing track and then play lead over it. The thing is it absolutely starts and stops recording at the depression of that pedal. Foot timing is everything. No memory, no pause, so each performance is new and fresh. I can get the entire verse for Reconsider Baby in the allotted time.

              What I love the most is sending left and right outputs to two amps. I have two Egnater Renegade heads with Tour Master 2x12 cabs and the sound is impressive at any volume level.

              so get this, then get two of your favorite amps and you'll be all set to play the Tacoma Dome. Plus you'll have about every boss stomp box ever made in one solid package and you'll be able to headphone practice whenever you want.

              If you're on more of a budget then checkout the ME-50 and ME-25. I have friends with each of those pedals and they're great too.

              you're getting practically every boss fx pedal ever made in one single package, a looper, a wah pedal with different wah's, amp modeling when you need it. adding up the cost per individual fx pedal I think the ME-70 almost pays for itself.

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              (1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Dont waste your money!

              By D. Blackburn

              from Blackfoot, Idaho

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use
                • Not Responsive
                • Poor Sound Quality

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Boss ME-70 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                  Extremely disappointed. The sounds are cheesy and it is difficult to use. Stay with stomp boxes! Anyone need a paper weight?

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome Multi-Effects Unit!

                  By ToneMan92

                  from Little Flock, AR

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Modulation Effects
                  • Preamp
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Distortion Sound

                  Best Uses

                  • Church Performance
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Boss ME-70 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                  I owned a Line 6 m13 before this and loved the effects on the Line 6 but did not like the way it was set up and also didn't like the fact that it had no wah pedal built in. I was also having to transport it around and it was big and bulky so I decided to go with the Boss ME-70 as I have owned many Boss single effects in the past and figured you can't beat Boss quality. I am never going back to Line 6 this pedal is amazing. It is difficult to program at first, but once you get the hang of it is really easy, and the effects are awesome. I like that you can have two delays on at once with the Delay feature of the MOD section plus the separate Delay section and that the expression pedal has the ability to control the modulation rate and the delay level which is pretty neat. The preamp is awesome on this pedal as I have gotten almost spot on my 30 watt peavey valveking practice amp at home's tone through a PA system without having to lug my amp around and having to deal with miking my amp. This pedal's effects are almost spot on with the Boss single pedals tones with the ability to control them just as well as the single pedals pretty much. Only downside is that I can't seem to find an outstanding Distortion tone in this pedal some are okay and better than others but that goes along with most Digital multi-effects units. This pedal is great for church performance, performance in general unless you're a huge single pedal fan, home practice, and playing events.

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great multieffect but...

                  By Javier

                  from Mexico city

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Great Sound And Easy Use
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • No Acoustic Sim
                  • No Minor Double Leads

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Quick Gigs

                  Comments about Boss ME-70 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                  I wont be long about the great multieffect this is, distorsions are superior to ME-50, its very intuitive, easy to set up, and if you have the feeling to tweak the buttons, you can easily avoid the digital sound, and make it sound natural.
                  I just have two complaints...ME-50 had the acoustic simulator, and this one doesnt...c´mon, I thought its about improvement, not going backwards.
                  The other is that the harmonizer only works in major scales, it really sound great but, if you want to play a lead in Am...simply you cant...so its limiting.
                  Otherwise its a great priced product for practical uses

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Should've done my research...

                  By danielm13

                  from Illinois

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Good Selection Of Effects
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Fixed Signal Chain
                  • Signal Chainunchangeable
                  • Sound Lack-of-quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events

                  Comments about Boss ME-70 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                  I've had the Boss ME-70 for a good 6 or 7 months now, and I've used it every Sunday night for worship sets. When I first bought this, I was looking for something that I could go straight into the PA with and have a decent clean channel with decent effects. I went to the local guitar store and the reps ran me through the products. They showed me this, and I hadn't heard much about it, although I knew of Boss' reputation of being "just decent." I tried it out, jammed with the store clerks for a little bit, and I was happy enough to take it home. I also had to trade in my Mustang 1 (which sadly broke when a drummer stepped on the input cable while it was plugged into the amp - drummers, I'll tell ya), so I was getting a bit of a discount. I thought I was getting a good deal.

                  Cut to 6-7 months ahead, the thing still works just fine. I've been generally pleased with it enough to keep it, although I have to admit that I can't say I'm thrilled about it. When pushed, you can tell that it's digital (specifically with the delays - stacking them or having the repeats set on high don't have the prettiest results). The amp presets are alright, although I only use the "Clean" setting since I want something reminiscent of the Fender Twin. It's nothing like it, of course, but it's a doable clean setting.

                  The only reason I keep this is because of two reasons: 1) I don't have an amp that I can run at the church without having the sound guys give me a big frown and thumbs down. 2) I don't have a tuner, volume pedal, or other delay pedals on my pedal board. Even if I did sell this, I wouldn't have enough to purchase decent replacements. This also leads me to another issue that I have with this, which is that the signal chain on the effects is completely fixed; no changing the order of what happens when in the signal chain. Although it isn't a huge gripe that I have, it certainly has been a problem a few times in the past.

                  As versatile and usable as this multieffect pedal is, I wouldn't be thrilled to buy another one. This is simply personal preference due to the fact that I want to move away from digital equipment as well as multieffects. I can see how this would be great for travelling musicians who wish to pack light; this is perfect for such occasions. However, if sound quality is what you're after, keep your eyes open for anything else.

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                  (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Solid effects unit

                  By mil182

                  from Chicago

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Boss ME-70 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                    I want to start out by saying that I am a true believer that your tone should come straight from your amplifier so I did not purchase this with the intent to use it as a distortion pedal.

                    I used to have a large pedal board made up of many top notch pedals, mostly boss products including the dd-7 and ps-3 and I can say that these effects really do sound quality just like what you get in the stomp boxes. I use this mostly for modulation and delay effects but I also really enjoy the pitch related effects such as the octave and harmonizer. The wah pedal is actually pretty solid too.

                    I run this through a peavey 6505+ and marshall 1960 cab and the effects sound great with my clean and lead channel. They don't sound digital or processed and they don't sound cheap. I'm pretty happy with this unit over all.

                    I would say that if you're looking for a multi effects board that has quality sounding effects and you don't want to spend tons of money to go try this one out.

                    I have been playing in live bands for the past 5 years and I also use it at home for my own leisure!

                    The only reason I gave this a 4 stars instead of 5 is because I personally don't care for the distortions or preamps and would much rather have those banks for other effects.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great Bang For The Buck

                    By SheldonP

                    from Sandpoint, ID

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent value
                    • Good Selection Of Effects

                    Cons

                    • Affects Amp Tonality

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Boss ME-70 Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal:

                    This won't replace a high end pedal board. I have found it to be very handy as a backup pedal board and for gigs where floor space is at a premium, though. I can't speak to it's functionality as a processor as that's not my thing.

                    When used as 'stomp boxes', I found it to be relatively comparable to Boss' offerings in standalone pedals tone-wise. It seems to 'deaden' the response in all my amps to some degree as compared to pedals when using an effects loop - not so much when run in front of the amp. This was particularly apparent with the distortions. Maybe part of the reason for past reviewers' issues with distortion tones?

                    I'm not a fan of modeling amps/preamps, and that section of the ME-70 is no exception. Too tinny and fuzzy for my ears.

                    When run as a pedal board on stage, I found it to be user friendly. As is typical with Boss pedals, it's pretty easy to dial in a usable tone. No one's going to mistake it for boutique pedals, but it's VERY usable if you're familiar at all with Boss pedals.

                    All in all, a great little unit for the money.

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