Big John Studd
July 25th, 2012, 03:14 PM
Not sure if it is frowned upon or not to celebrate a Boss pedal, and a multi-effects pedal at that, but I am happy about getting one of these. I have wanted one for awhile but did not think the $300 sticker price was worth it (to me). Walked into the store today at lunch and there was a display model for $150 with the power supply so I pulled the trigger. I will have to spend this evening reading the manual probably, and I might try it at a gig on Saturday if I get comfortable with it by then.
July 25th, 2012, 03:26 PM
Nice score. There's some love here for the BOSS multi-effect units. Let us know how it's working as you learns its ins and outs.
July 25th, 2012, 05:31 PM
Congrats on the ME 70! Great multi-efx unit.
I leave mine in manual mode, I never use the pre-programmed settings or banks of effects. Manual works perfect for me, just turning on the compression, OD, modulation and delay effects as needed.
July 25th, 2012, 05:41 PM
Happy New Multi-Effects Day!
I have one and for $150 it is an absolute steal! The Comp section is OK. The Mod and Delay sections are good (to me at least). The dirt section is hit and miss. I like the Boost, Natural, OD-1, Blues and Fuzz types. The rest are garbage in my mind. However, the distortion provided by the Stack, Lead Stack and R-fier pre-amps are decent (especially since you can boost them with the Comp and OD sections). The rest of the amp models are OK too... really good when used with good headphones (I love the Tweed model based on the Bassman).
That said, when you combine the above with a tuner, expression pedal (wah is mediocre but usable) and EQ if you don't want to use the COSM then you have everything you need for a good practice rig. It is OK live, but I've accidentally stepped on 2 pedals at once turning the tuner on or loading a memory bank mid song. That has made me search for new individual effects for live situations.
Anyway, you will have fun and it should keep you occupied for a while with usable sounds/tones.
July 25th, 2012, 10:11 PM
Yea for $150 you got a very good deal. I only use mine with headphones to practice with when the family is sleeping. Really good sound with a quality set of studio headphones. Big_Bend said he didn't use the pre-programmed settings, heck I didn't even know it had factory presets! I'll have to go investigate further!
July 26th, 2012, 12:13 AM
I have one and use it only in manual mode too. It would have been nice to have one of these without the preamp section since I think it sounds too digital for live performance. $150 is a great price. It is good for gigs.
July 26th, 2012, 02:49 AM
I love my ME-70. I run it into an Ampeg Jet II. I only use the eq; no pre-amp models. I love the tap tempo delay and the mod effects are great. Overdrives are weak, but usable
Big John Studd
July 26th, 2012, 10:54 AM
Thanks for the advice everybody! Well, of course I couldn't be bothered with reading the manual on this thing last night, so I just plugged it in (Telecaster in one end, Fender HRD in the other) and went to town. I just left the preamp turned off...I like the preamp in my Fender amp and I'm never sure that the "modeling" is useful in this configuration either. Loved the modulations, delays, and compressor sections. Never had a tap tempo, so that was fun to play with. The overdrive was so-so...not too disappointed as I did not expect much from that section. Digital processing for whatever reason just does not seem to do a good job when it comes to distortion in my experience...not in the consumer price range anyway.
July 26th, 2012, 11:12 AM
Boss is rock solid. Enjoy!