Boss ES-8 Effects Switching System

Programmable effects switching system

  • With eight loops and an additional volume loop
  • Analogue switch design for pure sound
  • Unparalleled routing flexibility with the possibility to change the routing order and to create parallel effect chains
  • Built-in memory for storing external control parameters such as delay time for each patch
  • Buffer can be switched on or off for each input and output and stored in each patch
  • Output Buffer volume adjustable
  • 12 footswitch with switching noise-mute function
  • LCD and 7-segment LED display
  • Memory for 800 patches
  • Incl. power supply

Connections:

  • In 1/2
  • Send 1-7
  • Send 8L / 8R
  • Send Vol
  • Return 1-6
  • Return 7L / 7R
  • Return 8L / 8R
  • Return Vol Out 1 / L
  • Out 2 / R
  • Tuner Out
  • Ext Ctl 1/2
  • Ctl 3/4
  • Ctl 5/6
  • Exp 1 Ctl 1/2 exp 2 3/4 Ctl
  • MIDI Thru / Out

Further Information

Type Looper
LED Display Yes
PSU Connector Yes
Shape Floor Effects Pedal
MIDI Interface Yes

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Does exactly what its says on the tin!
12.01.2016
Awesome!

This product has Boss renown build quality and so far in the short time of use, it has ticked every single box of my requirements. Not too heavy in weight either which is a plus side for big boards like my current application.

There's also a lot more feature that I still have to read up on, a Hard copy of the manual included as standard along with mounting screws and rubber feet for all you pedal board junkies out there.

Switching patches and modes is seamless and the audio quality is not degraded when switching. Input/Output buffers can be disabled but so far I haven't seen this on a per loop basis. Plenty of patches and banks available for any configuration you like. Would have liked some form of external editor in case you need to archive all 800 of them. I have read that data can be dumped via midi but haven't tested this yet, maybe it can be dumped back in.

Re-order your pedals on the fly - Big tick!!!, no more manual re-patching of the cables either.

The unit comes with a EU version of the Boss PSU to power the unit so (UK Customers) I would recommend sourcing a UK version of the PSU - Thomann did supply a free UK/EU adaptor plug but the PSU does not fit correctly into this. (Aperture is too small on the adaptor)

A good read of the manual and playing with at least two pedals on a desk before attempting anything is well recommended. I am an audio techie by trade and the features I'm still finding you can do with this unit are continuing to blow me away.

I was a little apprehensive about the price to start with but in comparison to other 'switcher' units on the market in relation to price, i think the feature set you get is definitely worth the £E$....
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Best thing ever!
Eivind, 22.03.2017
With this thing I can control all my pedals and my rack effects at the same time, plus my preamps!
The only thing that I do not like is that when you use the parallel routing feature the signal level drops drastically. The 6dB internal boost is not enough to rise the level back to normal, so I have to use a stereo EQ after the outputs as a booster (switched on by the ES-8 only on the needed patches).

Aside from that, it is a great piece of gear, I only want more stereo loops...
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Fantastic!!!
WackJacko7, 27.04.2017
This is one of the best purchases I have ever made. Fantastic piece of gear that makes gigging a large pedalboard a breeze. Very easy to programme and with new features available via the Mac or PC editor it's an amazing piece of kit..... highly recommended!!
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Endlich Steptanzschluss ;)
Oliver773, 23.12.2015
Bei meinem Analogsetup hat mich immer gestört, dass ich zwischen unterschiedlichen Sounds mehrere Einzeleffekte an- und ausschalten musste. Das führte zu Stress und Ablenkung vom Wesentlichen, nämlich dem Musikmachen selbst ...
Zugegebenermaßen wusste ich von derartigen Loopern lange gar nichts und bin über ein Video von Pete Thorn auf die Thematik gestoßen.
Zu bedenken grundsätzlich:
- Die Dinger brauchen Platz auf dem Brett.
- Es sind massig Patchkabel nötig und es gibt nur wenige echt platzsparende.
- Ein Looper braucht eine weitere Stromversorgung.
- Im Gegensatz zu Multi-FX-Effekten, wo je Patch alle Parameter individuell zugeordnet werden können ist hier je Effekt eine Einstellung fix (es sei denn ihr habt Lust während des Gigs auf halbdunkler Bühne herumzufingern). Alternativ sind per midi steuerbare Effektgeräte, das kann der Boss auch.
- Bei einfacheren Loopern ist auch die Effektreihenfolge fix. Das kann schnell eine wesentliche Einschränkung sein.
Nach 2 Carl Martin Octaswitches (erster nach 2 Wochen defekt, zweiter schon bei Lieferung) habe ich mehr Geld in die Hand genommen. Die Bauernregel teuerer = besser gilt m.E. bei technischem Equipment doch erstaunlich oft, hier aber auf jeden Fall:
Spürbar wertige Verarbeitung und Bauteile.
Die Umschaltung fkt. fix und geräuschlos, die Schalter sind leise und präzise.
Praxisrelevante Features aus meiner Sicht: Die Reihenfolge ist konfigurierbar, sogar Parallelschaltung ist möglich. Hängt aber sehr an den Effekten selbst ob's was bringt.
Die Patches können benannt werden. Nix mehr mit blöden Aufklebern.
Es sind ein- und ausgangsseitig Buffer schaltbar, ausgangsseitig kann ein Patch auch bis + 6 dB angehoben werden, was gut ist zum Levelabgleich versch. Patches. Für Soloanhebung langt's mir nicht, um meinen Vox anzublasen verwende ich einen Booster.
Bedienung / Menüstruktur ist einfach, nach paar Testrunden ist's klar.
Die Anzahl der Bänke kann limitiert werden - ich brauche z.B. nur 2, d.h. mit einem Bankwechselklick bin ich immer am richtigen Ziel.
Mutetaster zum Stummschalten ist ein Muss.
Flacher Boden zum Ankleben von Velcro ideal.
Standard Stromversorgung, sowohl spannungsmäßig (9V) als auch vom Stecker her.

Insgesamt merkt man, dass die Boss'ler Ahnung haben.

Allerdings: Ich kenne kein einziges perfektes Produkt, die Erkennung von Downsides ist meist nur eine reine Zeitfunktion - so auch hier:

Die rückseitigen Buchsen liegen sehr eng beieinander, passt auf welche Stecker ihr verwendet! Z.B. abgewinkelte sind NoGo.
Das Display ist winzig und die fixe bpm-Anzeige ist für mich schlicht unnötig.
Patchlevel kann nicht gesenkt werden. Das macht Pegelanpassungen innerhalb von Bänken aufwändig.
Mit Boss Manuals habe ich oft so meine Not, der Aufbau ist m.E. wirr. Geht aber irgendwie.

=> Nichts Wildes aus meiner Sicht.

4-Kabelmethode und Anschluss von Expressionpedalen sind möglich, da kann ich aber nichts dazu sagen.

Insgesamt funktioniert es für mich, ich würde den ES-8 wieder kaufen.

Januar 2018: Hab's mittlerwweile verkauft. Warum? Das alte BOSS-Leiden: Bedienung über das Winz-Display ist nervig, v.a. aber komme ich mit den Menüstrukturen nicht intuitiv zurecht. Will ich z.B. nach Monaten mal etwas an einem Midiparameter tweaken oder global verstellen brauche ich eine Menge Geduld oder das (miese) Manual. Ein Stern weg.
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