It's a good effects peripheral. But the problem with the battery for memory backup is going to become a problem. Boss either no longer keeps any info on the battery (actually the books says contact Roland - they don't have anything on it), or it's well hidden. Overall, though, it has paid for itself over the years.
Where Obtained: Personal friend
While I find the Boss ME-5 to be a decent enough tool, I can find no documentation on the type of battery needed for the memory backup. If it dies - the pedal is useless and I have no further use for it.
The various settings are well proportioned for each "room" or effect I need, especially in the studio. The sound ranges from melodious to breakneck distortion, with several degrees of sound in between.
Lacks a bit here if you try to use it for a live gig, unless you re-program it to use only one bank (couldn't get the optional gear to help out here).
So far, it's lasted a fairly long time without too much wear, aside from the dust and all the usual stuff one encounters with years of use.
THE ME-5`s MEMORY CAPACITY ALLOWS YOU TO WRITE ON/OFF(EFFECT/BYPASS) OF AN EXTERNAL EFFECT CONNECTED TO THE SEND AND RETURN JACKS.
A FIRST CLASS MULTI-EFFECTS UNIT, THE BEST I`VE EVER OWNED.
Price: $500.00 STERLING (new)
Where Obtained: LONDON:MAIL ORDER.
DURING LIVE PERFORMANCES,YOU CAN CALL ANY OF THE 64 PROGRAMS OR TURN EACH EFFECT ON OR OFF IN THE MANUAL MODE BY PRESSING PEDAL SWITCHES
A NOISE SUPPRESSOR IS BUILT IN TO REDUCE THE NOISE THAT MAY RESULT WHEN USING POWERFUL DISTORTION SOUNDS
HAVING MIDI CONNECTORS, THE ME-5 CAN CONTROL AN EXTERNAL MIDI DEVICE,OR BE CONTROLLED BY ONE.