BOSS GS-10 Review - AMAZING piece of Hardware!
As soon as I plugged this baby in, I knew I was in for a treat. The preset that comes up first is a fantastic lead guitar sound. With the fat richness of a tube distortion minus the blunted edge that plagues most digital imitations of tubes, this preset shows that Boss has mastered the first step to great guitar tone-good distortion.
A press of a button lets you choose between 48 different models of preamp sections of famous amps, which appear on an easy-to-read lighted LCD. Each preamp model can be tweaked by gain, three-band EQ, presence, and level knobs. And you can set up three channels just like a real amp, each accessible with a press of a button. Comp, overdrive, delay, chorus, and reverb sections all activate at the touch of a button; and the large jog wheel takes you through types of the chosen effect. FX-1 and FX-2 sections let you jog through wah, guitar synth, limiter, enhancer, defretter, phaser, flanger, ring mod, humanizer, harmonist, and octave to name just a few.
Saving patches couldn't be any easier and you get 100 user-definable plus 100 presets. A pair of reference speakers built into the housing is very handy for helping you locate patches and tweak effects as well as avoiding the typical playback latency from computer recorders. Four assignable direct-access buttons let you set up for live performance and an onboard tuner provides precision chromatic tuning. A Quick FX button lets you access optimal effect settings for quick setups on the fly.
They've been around awhile - got mine for $103 including shipping from Ebay. MINT with all discs, manuals, cords, etc.. It's in a word - AMAZING. Not just a Multi-Effects System (a Boss calls it) but a USB DI/Interface that sounds utterly PRISTINE (24-bit, 44.1kHz). It Will take me forever to learn all the features. I have tried (and own) a few different interfaces - both USB and Firewire - and I can throw em all away as this baby is king! Also basically every Boss Pedal made too.
With Built-in MIDI - simply add a FCB-1010 Footboard and it's ready for Giggin' ... I own Guitar Rig 3, most of the Amplitubes/X-Gear, Overloud's TH1.1 and a few others but I don't need any of them really as this thing has it all built-in.
Some really great EDITING software too:
Here's the Pre-amps:
JC-120 This is the sound of the Roland JC-120.
Jazz Combo This is a sound suited to jazz.
Full Range This is a sound with flat response. Good for acoustic guitar
**** Clean This gives a mellow, clean sound.
Clean TWIN This models a Fender Twin Reverb.
Pro Crunch This models a Fender Pro Reverb.
Tweed This models a Fender Bassman 4 x 10” Combo.
Crunch This is a crunch sound that can produce natural distortion.
Blues This is a sound suited to blues.
Wild Crunch This is a crunch sound with wild distortion.
VO Drive This models the drive sound of a VOX AC-30TB.
VO Lead This models the lead sound of the VOX AC-30TB.
MATCH Drive This models the sound input to left input on a Matchless D/C-30.
Fat MATCH This models the sound of a MATCHLESS with a modified high gain.
BG Lead This models the lead sound of the MESA/Boogie combo amp.
BG Drive This models a MESA/Boogie with TREBLE SHIFT SW on.
BG Rhythm This models the rhythm channel of a MESA/Boogie.
Smooth Drive This is a smooth drive sound.
MS1959 (I) This models the sound input to Input I on a Marshall 1959.
MS1959 (II) This models the sound input to Input II on a Marshall 1959.
MS1959 (I+II) This models the sound of a Marshall 1959 with Inputs I and II connected in parallel.
MS HiGain This models the sound of a Marshall with a modified midrange boost.
Power Stack This provides the sound of a stack amp with active type tone circuitry.
R-FIER Red This models the lead channel of a MESA/Boogie Dual Rectifier.
R-FIER Orng This models the rhythm channel of a MESA/Boogie Dual Rectifier.
R-FIER Vint This models a MESA/Boogie Rectifier with VINTAGE SW on.
T-AMP Clean This models a Hughes & Kettner Triamp AMP1.
T-AMP Crunch This models a Hughes & Kettner Triamp AMP2.
T-AMP Lead This models a Hughes & Kettner Triamp AMP3.
SLDN This models a Soldano SLO-100.
Drive Stack This is a drive sound with high gain.
Lead Stack This is a lead sound with high gain.
5150 Drive This models the lead channel of a Peavey EVH 5150.
Metal Stack This is a drive sound suited to metal.
Metal Lead This is a lead sound suited to metal.
CONCERT 810 This models a Ampeg SVT.
SESSION This models a SWR SM-400.
BASS 360 This models a acoustic 360.
T.E. This models a Trace Elliot AH600SMX.
B-MAN This models a Fender Bassman100.
FLIP TOP This models a Ampeg B-15.
Bass Clean This clean sound is great for use with bass guitars.
Bass Crunch This is a crunch sound with natural distortion that sounds great with bass guitars.
Bass HiGain This is a high-gain sound suitable for use with bass guitars.
Mic Preamp Preamp suitable for vocals.
Custom 1 Custom amp 1
Custom 2 Custom amp 2
Custom 3 Custom amp 3
The speaker cabs can be OPEN or CLOSED BACK and includes:
Off This turns off the speaker simulation - Perfect when loading your own Impulses.
Original This is the built-in speaker of the amp you selected with “Type.”
1x8” This is a compact open-back speaker cabinet with one 8-inch speaker.
1x10” This is a compact open-back speaker cabinet with one 10-inch speaker.
1x12” This is a compact open-back speaker cabinet with one 12-inch speaker.
1x15” This is a compact open-back speaker cabinet with one 15-inch speaker.
1x18” This is a compact open-back speaker cabinet with one 18-inch speaker.
2x12” This is a general open-back speaker cabinet with two 12-inch speakers.
2x15” This is a general open-back speaker cabinet with two 15-inch speakers.
4x10” This is an optimal speaker cabinet for a large enclosed amp with four 10-inch speakers.
4x12” This is an optimal speaker cabinet for a large enclosed amp with four 12-inch speakers.
8x10” This is a double stack of two cabinets, each with four 10-inch speakers.
8x12” This is a double stack of two cabinets, each with four 12-inch speakers.
Custom 1 Custom speaker 1
Custom 2 Custom speaker 2
The Mics are:
DYN57 General dynamic mic used for instruments and vocals. Optimal for use in miking guitar amps.
DYN421 Dynamic mic with extended low end.
CND451 Small condenser mic for use with instruments.
CND87 Condenser mic with flat response.
FLAT Simulates a mic with perfectly flat response. Produces a sonic image close to that of listening to the sound directly from the speakers (on site).
Besides all the BOSS effects pedals known to man (Chrorus, Reverb, Delays, etc) there are - there's also:
Blues OD This is a crunch sound of the BOSS BD-2.
Turbo OD This is the high-gain overdrive sound of the BOSS OD-2.
Booster This is a booster that works very well with COSM amps.
OD-1 This is the sound of the BOSS OD-1.
T-Scream This models an Ibanez TS-808.
Natural OD This is an overdrive sound that provides a natural-sounding distortion.
Bass OD This is an overdrive sound that works well with bass guitars.
Distortion This gives a basic, traditional distortion sound.
RAT This models a Proco RAT.
GUV DS This models an Marshall GUV’ NOR.
Mild DS This is a distortion sound that provides a mild distortion.
Solid DS This is a distortion sound featuring an edge effect.
DST+ This models an MXR DISTORTION+.
Metal Zone This is the sound of the BOSS MT-2.
R-MAN This models a ROCKMAN.
Heavy Metal This creates a heavier distortion sound.
Loud This is a distortion sound with a boosted low end.
Sharp This is a distortion sound with a boosted high end.
Mechanical This distortion sound boosts the low and high ends, yielding a mechanical-sounding distortion.
‘60s FUZZ This models a FUZZFACE.
Oct FUZZ This models an ACETONE FUZZ.
MUFF FUZZ This models an Electro-Harmonix Big Muff.
Boss GS-10 Effects:
• 48 preamp models, including 9 bass amps and a mic pre
• 61 speaker models, including 2 custom
• 5 mic models
• Mic distance and position models
• 22 overdrive types plus 3 custom
• Delay with tap
• 5 reverb types
• 8-band EQ, parametric control of mid and low-midrange
• 7 pedal wah types plus 3 custom
• Auto wah
• Tone modify
• Advanced compressor with COSM models of actual units such as MXR DYNACOMP, Boss CS-3, and more
• Limiter with COSM models of DBX160X, UREI 1178, and more
• Slow gear
• Ring mod
• 4 phaser types
• Pitch shifter
• Pedal bend
• 2x2 chorus
• Short delay
• Auto riff
• Guitar synth
• Stereo equalizer
Here's a link to an old Musician's Friend page for the GS-10 with SOUND SAMPLES:
Buy Boss GS-10 Tabletop Guitar EFX | Desktop & Rack Guitar Effects | Musician's Friend
Here's BOSS's Support Pages:
BOSS GS-10 Guitar Effects System with USB Audio Interface :: Overview
Here's ROLAND's Support Pages:
BOSS GS-10 Guitar Effects System with USB Audio Interface :: Download
And here's a link to Preset Downloads (Lynch, Malmsteen. Hendrix, Friedman, etc. :
GS-10 Artist Patch Series
I also found another 30 Presets on a German Site for lots of the top Guitarists including Clapton, Santana, Van Halen. BB King, Andy Summers, etc.
"There's nothing sweeter than an old vintage tube amp - and nothing finer than an old dude pushin' it hard..."
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