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BOSS Bass Multiple Effects Guitar Pedal with COSM (ME-50B)
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- Floor bass multi-effects processor with super easy, knob-based controls Killer COSM Compressor/Limiter and Drive effects, plus T-Wah, Slow Gear, Defretter, and much more Innovative Sound Hold function sustains a low note while playing over it Sound-on-sound recording with new Kick Drum effect for keeping time Dedicated knobs for each effect sectionno menu-surfing! Easy Tone effects with preset EQ templates for quick tone editing 3 footswitches and onboard expression pedal for easy realtime contr
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ME-50B Bass Multiple Effects Processor
A BASS PLAYER’S DREAM COME TRUE
BOSS understands that bass players want access to powerful effects, but they don’t want to get caught up in the menus and programming hassles of a multi-effects processor. Enter the ME-50B. Just like its guitar-oriented sibling ME-80, the new ME-50B puts BOSS’ finest multi-effects for bass into a convenient floor processor with the feel of a compact pedal. Forget about menus and cursor buttons. Just reach down and twist a knob!
The BOSS ME-50B puts world-class bass effects in a rugged floor unit with easy pedal-style control. Effects are divided into six sections—Compressor/Limiter, Master, Filter/Tone, Drive/Synth, Delay/Modulation and Expression Pedal—giving bassists a range of unique and powerful tones. Effects can be edited using 23 knobs and controlled via three built-in footswitches and an assignable expression pedal. This is the piece no bass player should be without!
- Floor-based bass multi-effects processor with easy analog control
- Killer COSM Compressor/Limiter and Drive effects, plus T-Wah, Slow Gear and Defretter
- Dedicated knobs for each effect section—no menu-surfing!
- 3 footswitches and onboard expression pedal
- Solid metal case built to withstand abuse
Independent COSM Compressor/Limiter and EQ
Everyone knows that the fundamentals of good bass tone are compression and EQ. That’s why the ME-50B features two dedicated sections for these essential effects. The Compressor/Limiter uses advanced COSM modeling—including a “Natural” compression setting that retains the nuances of your playing—to give you tight, punchy tone. Simply select the compressor “Type” and adjust the Sustain/Threshold knob to get the tone you want. The Master section includes a 3-band EQ with a sweepable mid for precise tonal shaping.
Get Creative with Cool Filter/Tone Effects
The ME-50B includes a variety of unique tone-shaping effects just for bass. These include a handy “Octave Up” effect, which adds a note one octave above the original while retaining your natural bass sound—complete with adjustable drive on the octave-shifted note—plus favorites like Slow Gear, T-Wah and a Defretter effect for instant fretless sounds. Using the Tone effect preset, you can get quick tonal variations with preset EQs like “Bottom Boost” and “Mid Shape.”
Incredibly Warm Overdriven Sounds and More
Want some extra bite? Switch on the ME-50B’s Drive effects, which include settings like “Muff Fuzz,” “Bass Driver,” “Natural” and “Metal” to give you a range of overdriven/distorted sounds. A new “Hi Band” effect creates a distorted sound on the high frequencies while keeping the lower frequencies intact—perfect for creating complex tones while keeping your original playing dynamics. There are also four synth bass sounds with superb tracking and natural feel.
Sound On Sound with a Twist
Sound On Sound recording is very popular with guitarists, and now bass players can build their own loops, too. But the ME-50B can do even more. Using the new Kick Drum function, players can tap in their own kick drum and create loops over the beat. If that’s not enough, check out the new Sound Hold function, which lets you endlessly sustain a low note while playing over it. With the ME-50B, bassists can take their playing to a whole new level.
The BOSS ME-50B puts world-class bass effects in a rugged floor unit with easy pedal-style control. Effects are divided into six sections—compressor/limiter, master, filter/tone, drive/synth, delay/modulation and expression pedal—giving bassists a range of unique and powerful tones including new effects like sound hold, octave up and kick drum. Effects can be edited using 23 knobs and controlled via three built-in foot switches and an assignable expression pedal. This is the piece no bass player should be without!.
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I wrote the above review...and my husband did love it...right up until it quit producing any volume 3 months and 1 week after purchase. The sellers stated they had a 30 day warranty and to call Boss. Boss had a 90 day warranty...so by one week we were out $300.00 What a rip off.
EDIT: Ok, so I got tired of fiddling with it and not finding easy ways to edit patches on the fly, so I traded it on a Fender Mustang GT40. Although a small amp, the Mustang GT40 is 10,000 times easier to edit and manage effects than with the ME-80. I really wanted to like the ME-80, but the longer I had it the more frustrated I got. The patches are named only with numbers -- so you have to remember what sound is where. The knobs are not dynamic when editing. Say you have several patches and you decide that your venue's acoustics demand a little more reverb, chorus, or whatever. If you try to edit, you have no idea what the actual effect parameters were, and the knobs will become active in their current physical setting, not the settings for that patch when it was saved. The only real option is to use it in pure manual mode, which can be done but defeats the purpose of having an integrated floor unit vice separate pedals.
The only slight complaint is that unlike the ME80, there are no library of sounds that you can download and include. The presets are adequate enough to modify fairly quickly and get just what you want.
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For the money its a nice bit of kit.