NAMM: BOSS ES-8 Effects Switching System

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One of the notable trends at NAMM this year is the prevalence of cool stuff to stomp on. And one of the big races that will come out of this trend in 2015 will be between BOSS’s ES-8 Effects Switching System and RJM Music’s Mastermind PBC. Both are effects switchers that allow you to plug in your pedals and set them up in presets, both allow you to control MIDI units as well, and both also allow you to change channels on your amp. Each will appeal to slightly different players with different needs, and either way it’s a healthy time to be a pedal geek! Here’s the press release for the ES-8. Read More …

BOSS FS-7 Dual Footswitch

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The new BOSS FS-7 is a compact dual footswitch for remote control of effect pedals or amp channel switching. There are two footswitches arranged in tandem, which saves space on effects pedal boards and also gives you the option of doing some clever switching stuff with multiple devices. Each A/B switch has two selectable modes for latch or momentary, enabling control of a wide range of equipment.

  • Dual footswitch in a small footprint
  • Latch/momentary switching function
  • Durable steel chassis
  • Battery-free operation ideal for pedal boards
  • Power via 9v adapter (power splitter included)
  • Operates as momentary switch with no power (LEDs will not illuminate without AC power).fs-7_angle_gal fs-7_back_gal

BOSS Unveils RC-1 Loop Station

PRESS RELEASE: BOSS is proud to announce the RC-1 Loop Station (Roland Australia link here), the new entry-level model in the company’s acclaimed lineup of dedicated loop recording devices. Battery-powered and affordable, the RC-1’s straightforward operation makes it easier than ever for guitarists, bassists, and other musicians to incorporate the fun of looping into their live performances and practice sessions. For well over a decade, BOSS has led the industry in loop recording technology. Five current Loop Station products serve the needs of all types of musicians, and looping functions are integrated into many other BOSS products as well. Designed with guitarists and bassists in mind, the RC-1 sheds the more sophisticated features found in other Loop Stations, offering a streamlined approach that will appeal to both beginning players and advanced musicians who like to keep things simple. Read More …

INTERVIEW: DragonForce’s Herman Li & Sam Totman

The mighty DragonForce have always brought the epic energy, triumphant power-metal riffage, anthemic choruses and intense shred to their work, but what makes their new album Maximum Overload stand out a little from the rest of their catalog is their willingness to step outside of their established sound just far enough to keep it fresh. Vocalist Marc Hudson has well and truly settled in now (he joined prior to the recording of previous album The Power Within, and Trivium’s Matt Heafy contributes his vocal power to three tracks as well. And for the first time DragonForce have worked with an outside producer, Jens Bogren, who has also produced, mixed or mastered the likes of Soilwork, Symphony X, Pain of Salvation, James LaBrie, Devin Townsend. Throw it all together and you have Dragonforce’s biggest-sounding album yet. Read More …

How Does Analog Delay Work?

DM-2W_DR_XNew on the excellent Roland Australia blog: a really great article on how analog delay works. Here’s a tiny excerpt: “No doubt, you have heard the delay effect before. Delay and rock music have shared a rich history together; from the first slapback effect heard on Elvis’ “That’s All Right” to the current powerful delay machines gracing the pedalboards of the stars. Delay and Roland/BOSS also share a connected past that includes the iconic tape-machine repeats of the Roland RE-201 Space Echo and the dark, warm echoes of the first analog stompbox, the BOSS DM-2 and DM-3. Delay has been a favoured effect for generations of guitarists, with many forming their signature sound around it. But when did delay first appear?” Go here to read the article.

BOSS Introduces Waza Craft Series

bossthumbBOSS pedals have happily occupied pride of place on hundreds of thousands of pedalboards for decades, and for the past 15 years or so a lot of folks have made quite a name for themselves developing mods for popular BOSS pedals like the Super Overdrive and the Blues Driver. And BOSS has now introduced three pedals which seem to be the ultimate in customised BOSS tone. Each starts with a popular design and then builds upon it with two switchable modes – Standard and Custom. The pedals are the SD-1W Super Overdrive, BD-2W Blues Driver and DM-2W Delay, and you’ll find plenty of information about them in the press release below. Personally I’m most excited about the DM-2W Delay. My guitar teacher had one of the original delays when I was a kid and I was really into that sound, and now BOSS has recreated and expanded that original pedal’s capabilities. Read More …

The BOSS RE-20 Space Echo

space echoWhen you’re talking about a digital piece of gear that replicates a classic of the past, the true test is in how successfully it convinces those who are used to the old-school analog version. When it comes to the Roland RE-20 Space Echo, Monster Magnet’s Dave Wyndorf is convinced: “Roland has a digital Space Echo, which sounds like it would be ridiculous, but they did it,” he said back in 2009. “They actually made it sound really, really awesome.” Read More …

Comparing The BOSS Phaser Family

phaseBOSS released its first three compact foot pedals in 1977: the OD-1 Overdrive, the SP-1 Spectrum (a parametric equaliser) and the PH-1 Phaser. The OD-1 is, of course, an enduring classic which paved the way for the OD-2 (1985-1994) and the current OD-3 (1997-present). The SP-1 found more favour with keyboard players than guitarists, and is highly sought after today. But BOSS’s phaser offerings have grown and evolved along the years – and along with the evolution of what phasers are expected to do. Let’s take a look at this evolution through the now-discontinued PH-1, PH-1R and PH-2 and the current PH-3. Read More …