Boss ME-30 Guitar Effects Processor

Multi-Effects Floor Unit

Made by Boss

Description Multi-effects unit with icon-driven user interface, 16 onboard effects, digital signal processing technology, a built-in expression pedal, and a "Phrase Trainer" to record and play back audio phrases.
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Directory Equipment: Effects
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (of 5)
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On 8/13/2003, Inactive Member posted:
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A versatile begginer's effect. Good for small gigs, but not recommended for home recording
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music Shop
Features:
I love its battery-powered feature, which is help me a lot in my gig - 6 Energizer batteries could hold up to more than 2 hours of performance..
Sound Quality:
Sometimes it's a little bit noisy, but I found out that if you set it right the noise would be better (I'm new into this..so, still many to learn!!)
Ease of Use:
Easy, to program, it would be better if they had turn-knob rather than pressing the buttons. You do the right setting, they'll sound amazing. I got a perfect Santana sound with this baby!!
Durability:
Quite good... I bought it 3 years ago and it still in a good condition..
On 7/6/2001, Rikk Norton (32) posted:
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So easy to use with great sound.Easily programed w/plenty of effects.Great for live sets. Riff trainer is great but not long enough. It's WELL worth the money as far as sound is concerned BUT...IT'S STILL PLASTIC!
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Durability:
Too bad it's plastic.
On 4/21/2001, Jason Hensley (3962) posted:
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This thing has helped change my sound. I love it, all except for the distortions. If you have good distortion on your amp your all set....if your one of the jazz cats that don't belive indistortion then your set with a good peice of equipment! I would deffinately buy it again if it was lost or stolen, its well worth the money and its a very good investment.
Price: $120.00
Where Obtained: A friend
Features:
This little thing has these - compressor, overdrive, distortion, equalizer, phaser, suppressor, delay, chorus, flanger, pitch shifter, tremolo, reverb, wha, trem arm, and a ring modulator. Has everything I will ever need!
Sound Quality:
I use all three of my Gibsons through it and a Ibanez JEM7VWH into a Marshall JCM 900....sounds totally awsome. I don't like the distortions, they don't have as much crunch as the distortion on my amp. So I took all the distortion off the patches and use the distortion on my amp : So for all the other effects I give it a 5. I play Rock, Metal, Blues, Jazz, Grunge ect.....and I can fix a patch for everyone of those styles.
Ease of Use:
It isn't that hard to use, I haven't learned how to do everything with it yet, but I have had it for like 2 days. I can use it somewhat, might take me til the end of this week. Very simple controlls. Very good for beginners and people that don't know how to work with all the electronic stuff.
Durability:
The thing is durable I have already dropped it at band practice, 3 feet from the air onto a concreate basement floor, didn't do a thing to it. Its made of plastic but the thing is really solid. The peddal is plastic too, but it feels good and sturdy, which suprised me becasue I thought it would feel weak. Definately a tough peice of equipment.
On 3/19/2001, Drew Mills posted:
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Very good unit for beginners to effects. And is a must if you want to work in the the studio
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Joe's Guitars
Features:
It has all the popular effect(Compression, OD/Dist, Flange, Eq, Nose Sup, Delay, Chorus, Tremelo, Pitch Shifter, Phaser, Reverb, Wah, Ring Mod, Volume Pedal, and Tremelo Arm).
Sound Quality:
This device gets good sound quality. Some buzz/noise from effects, but with the Nosie Sup. you can get rid of it.
Ease of Use:
Very easy
Durability:
Its made of plastic, but it can't break
On 11/12/2000, Bruce Maag (15581) posted:
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Did not seriously look at others. I got a good deal on it. That's why I bought it. And am very happy with it. I would buy it again. Very compact - not as durable as I have used.
Price: $120.00
Where Obtained: eBay
Features:
30 preset patches and 30 configurable patches for a total of 60 patches in memory. Has all the common effects: compressor, overdrive, distortion, equalizer, phaser, suppressor, delay, chorus, flanger, pitch shifter, tremolo, reverb, All these are used seperatly or to create patches. Also has a pedal and recording capabilities. Different wah effects. Tremolo arm effects - using the pedal. Can be used patched, manually, or bypassed. Guitar tuner, Headphone jack, 10 banks. Has a guitar amp simulator - use the headphones without using an amp - very handy. Will run on batteries alone or use a power module.
Sound Quality:
I use it with a Marshall 8080 and ext. cabinet total 3x12 Also tried it with a Fender Pro 85 Both sounded excellent. The Fender allowed more sounds because of it's effects, but I prefer the Marshall tone.
Ease of Use:
This is the kicker It takes about as long to learn how to use it, as it does to play good guitar :~) This only applies to the user programmed patches. It can be plugged in and used right away. It has so many features, it will overwhelm you
Durability:
It is of medium to light construction - I have dropped it a few times and it still works. But I would not want to mash the switches or abuse the pedal
On 10/25/2000, R.J. Merrell (6) posted:
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I compared this with the digitech RP-3, RP-100, the DOD GS-30, Tone Works Pandora, and None of them compare to this one. If someone stole this from me, I would beat them like they stole something. It could be better if it had a metal covering, gold plated jacks, and a better light for the LCD panel. But nevertheless, a very excellent multi-effects pedal for $179
Model Year: 2000
Price: $179.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Zzounds
Features:
Has a wide range of effects, enough to keep you busy for a long while. The pedal is actually pretty decent, most people say they don't think it has very much range of motion, and I agree to an extent. It still sounds good if you use it right. All of the effects are of excellent quality. For everything this model has on it, you would have to spend over $2000.00 US to get all of those effects individually. This is one hell of a good pedal for $179.
Sound Quality:
I use this with an Ibanez RG-470, and a Carvin solid state amp from 1975, 4x12 cabinet, which i have replaced the speakers in, I also have a little Fender frontman 15watt practice amp, and a DOD death metal distortion pedal. I play all kinds of stuff from blues to metal, this pedal suits any style I wish to play, and then some. This unit is a much better quality sounding pedal than other in it's price range by far. The only time it is noisy is if you're standing directly in front of your amp, and you are using the compressor, but if you turn the noise gate on, it helps. Chorus, Delay, Reverb, Wah, Pitchshifter, A few of the distortions, Compressor, Tremelo, and the built in tuner are all excellent. I would definitely reccomend buying this pedal if you are in the market for a multi-effects pedal but don't want to shell out $500-$600, besides, it's made by Boss, you should know it's good.
Ease of Use:
This Pedal is very user-friendly, and you can be making your own patches in no time. The manual that comes with is explains everything nicely. It doesn't take much messing around with it to get a good sound, if you know what kind of sound you want, and you might even run across a few that you like that you've never heard.
Durability:
Plastic construction, but it's tough, I would play live with it, like I said before, it's made by Boss, you can't go wrong
On 2/6/2000, Scott Davis (9) posted:
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Although it has many features, the tone produced by this unit doesn't sound good through my amp. I have used it for the modulation effects, but I really use it for practice with headphones, or jack it directly into my lap-top for recording. It sounds better direct into the PA, than using with my amp.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $235.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local Music Store
Features:
This little box has nearly every sound tweaking trick you might need.
Sound Quality:
The modulation effects are excellent, but I don't care for any of the distotions. The sound to thin and there doesn't seem to be much tone adjustment.
Ease of Use:
Dispaly resembles a "stomp-box" chain, that we are all used to setting up. The only thing that would make it better would be "analog" controls.
Durability:
Although I have never had any troubles with it, the unit is made of plastic, and I would be concerned about taking it out gigging, without a back-up.
On 10/3/1999, Inactive Member posted:
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If you have never used any effects before, and you want to get an understanding of how to use effects this is a good unit to get started on. It has all of the popular effects. These can also be combined in different manners with other effects. It is an extremely good tool to learn on.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $150.00 (new)
Features:
This unit has a compressor, analog distortion and overdrive, EQ, phaser, noise suppression, chorus, flange, pitch shifter, tremolo, delay, reverb, amp simulation, wah, tremolo arm and ring modulator. The display is not backlit, but if you hold it up to a light it will glow in a phosphorescent manner. Very useable in light and dark gigs. The phrase trainer is only 12 seconds and you can adjust the spped without effecting the pitch. Down side - 60 effects total. 30 of which are presets - the other 30 are user styles. No way to do a bulk dump out to MIDI to preserve the effects.
Sound Quality:
Some effects have too much noize. I think I may be able to change this because inpsut gain is a valid tuneable effect.
Ease of Use:
This is very intuitive to use. I used it for 3 weeks before I felt guilty for not reading the manual - I went back, read the manual and didn't learn much although it was written very well.
Durability:
Although it has plastic construction - it has survived being sropped, sat on and generally abused.