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Boss ES-8 Effects Switching System

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The ES-8 Effects Switching System begins life with a sharp and clear mission: to provide pro and high-end users with cool and creative solutions.The ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A fully integrated pro-level effects switching system.

The ES-8 Effects Switching System begins life with a sharp and clear mission: to provide pro and high-end users with cool and creative solutions.

The new and innovative ES-8 is a system that represents a major leap "out of the box" from the standard individual stomp box utility. It is a whole new way of providing unprecedented capability without sacrificing sound quality. The ES-8 combines far-reaching flexibility with total freedom of expression. All this, in one cool device.

Not just another utility tool, the ES-8 kicks down the door to unlimited possibilities in the universe of musical expression. From this day on, the use of stomp boxes will never be the same. Using BOSS' advanced technology the ES-8 is designed for spontaneity on the stage.

So, go ahead. Jump out of the box. Take the plunge into a whole new world of musical expression. Celebrate the birth of the cool at BOSS with the hot new ES-8 Effects Switching System. It's a total game changer that will take you to places no musician has ever gone before.


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BossES-8 Effects Switching System
 
4.9

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Good power output (5)
  • Portable (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I think I found the Holy Grail of pedal switchers!

By Mo Bass

from Austin, Texas

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Boss ES-8 Effects Switching System:

    I simply love this product. It is literally like they got together with top guitarist and asked them if they could dream up a pedal board switcher, what features would it have? Okay, it would be silent when switching, allow you to true bypass any pedal, allow you to arrange the pedals into any order per patch, arrange effects in parallel, control up to 6 switch channels amps, control tempos on pedals, send MIDI controls per patch to anything, have 2 selectable outputs per patch for bi-amping, mute, more banks than you'll ever need to store, ability to insert your pedals in any order into your amp's effects loop. The housing is built for a lifetime of pro use, and comes with through bolts for your pedalboard. This product is a home run for sure with its near infinite versatility!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    ES-8 is an investment!

    By tbguitar55

    from syracuse, ny

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable
    • Recommended for a more advanced user level IF...

    Cons

    • BEST use IF you are advanced in understanding

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Boss ES-8 Effects Switching System:

    I love this unit for what it is capable of doing, BUT the manual is difficult to navigate, and Roland/BOSS have NOT provided quick/easier guides to setting this unit up. In particular, the MENU system is a bit hard for me to understand, and I've spent years programming the Rocktron All Access/Patchmate combination! IF they'd put together an EASY guide to doing some of the common setups that this unit is capable of doing, I'd be much happier! Also be prepared to spend some cash - cabling is going to set you back more than a few greenbacks, especially if real-esyaye is tight! The BEST part is that you can use what they call the Four-Cabe Method - using your amps FX Loop! I have done this, and have a few pedals in that loop besides what's on the floor. I have a very portable rig, that is getting road-ready after a few more tweaks and some deeper programming understanding on my list of things to get done this week!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I expected nothing less from Roland Boss.

    By Bryan

    from Manistee, Michigan

    About Me Experienced

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Built Like A Tank
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Great Features
    • Portable
    • Powerful
    • Reasonably Priced

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss ES-8 Effects Switching System:

    Boss has never ceased to amaze me ever since the DS--1. Every road block and hurdle I have experienced with stomp boxes has been carefully considered and addressed by the ES-8. The freedom and control along with the sound quality and reliability has completely won me over as one of Boss' biggest fans. If you like the sound of vintage but prefer the innovative features of modern guitar gear, you will absolutely love the ES-8.

     
    5.0

    BOSS ES-8 NERVE CENTER

    By Joseph J

    from Washington DC

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Advanced Functions
    • Can Daisy Chain
    • Excellent Sound
    • Extensive Customization
    • Flexible
    • Powerful
    • Well-built / sturdy

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • Large Foot Print
    • Needs to accommodate more stomps
    • Weak Documentation

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording
    • Tap Dance Elimination

    Comments about Boss ES-8 Effects Switching System:

    Fantastic nerve center and pedal board organization. Fantastic features and expansion capabilities. A must have for any guitarist or bassist. One and done - only knock is it takes up almost a full row on at 24" board; expensive, but "worth it" ...; Boss could do much better with their documentation. For example, have a basic set up section, more suggested examples for set ups. There are several video reviews, but hard copy improvements would be welcomed.

     
    5.0

    Excellent product. Built very solidly and looks expensive.

    By The Martian

    from Seattle WA

    About Me Experienced

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    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Customizable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • MIDI functions can be confusing

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording
    • Touring

    Comments about Boss ES-8 Effects Switching System:

    I got this recently to better control my effects in my home studio. I do not really play out much anymore but with my effects I needed a better way to organize and manage my pedal board. I use this with several midi devices and its been confusing to me to get it all configured for my amps. There are several videos on setting up strymon and H9 stuff, but for my channel switching on my Road King 2 head the CTRL does not work well for my amp. I bought a voodoo lab-change that does manually everything I want but I am struggling to get that working via MIDI. I am sure its just me not knowing what I am doing but I love the es-8 lessons from the bald guy on youtube (forget his name but he is in Germany). I just wish I could find some better videos on the voodoo. But still this thing is extremely complex and configurable, but for many functions its simple once you get used to it. Its a great buy.

     
    5.0

    Amazing Tool for Guitar Players who rely on Pedals

    By Rcgoodman

    from St. Louis

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss ES-8 Effects Switching System:

      The Boss ES 8 is has changed the way I go about setting up my guitar effects. It has an amazing array of capabilities. After about a half hour to figure out the menu layout I am up and running with it. I would say that the manual isn't well thought out. I had to figure a few things out on my own. Other than that I would highly recommend this to any guitarist.

       
      4.0

      ES-8 Effects Router

      By Kurt

      from Arizona

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Game Changer
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Expensive
      • Intermediate understanding a prerequisite
      • No USB port

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Boss ES-8 Effects Switching System:

      Why I didn't think of this game changer years ago? Here's where creative pedal arrangement becomes reality. Talk about the opportunity to define your own unique tone, wow! Now that I have one, I won't do without anymore. Only two complaints in one sentence: For that price you'd think it'd have a USB port (MIDI interface is the only way to connect it to a computer). In spite of that, IMHO an Effects Router is a must have for every professional guitarist.

       
      5.0

      I would definately buy this again.

      By Nighttrain

      from Wormtown MA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful
      • Very Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Any time you need to switch effects
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Boss ES-8 Effects Switching System:

        I use this to set up patches for different songs with my band makes it so easy to switch between effects and groups of effects and switch the order they are in. It works just like it is supposed to. There is a bit of a learning curve to be able to get in and do all that it is capable of but once you figure it out (youtube is your friend here) It is not something you will soon forget.

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