This is a stunning value unit, offering top end Boss processing at a much lower price than you would expect. the octaves for example tracks very well indeed, something often found lacking when you buy something that is priced in a budget conscious manner. It also fits in...See more
This is a stunning value unit, offering top end Boss processing at a much lower price than you would expect. the octaves for example tracks very well indeed, something often found lacking when you buy something that is priced in a budget conscious manner. It also fits in the gig bag pocket as advertised! The manual isn''t great, but luckily the unit is not difficult to find your way around, and the many online reviews can also help in this regard. The display is bright, has multiple modes, and the three rotary controls make programming quick and easy. The processing power of this unit is seriously impressive. The competition like the Zoom units can''t get close on this front. You can for example have an amp model, a synth effect, an octaver, a drive effect, a pedal wah, a noise suppressor, a reverb and a delay all at once. Sometimes there are two of those effects in the Zoom B3 that can''t be done together, let alone with everything else. Things like the overtone effects used to create a pipe organ type effect are massively more convincing than the Zoom equivalent too (probably due to the processing power). If you really want more than one drive unit stacked together on your bass (and an amp model won''t suffice) then that is one area the Zoom units are good at. I can''t say that''s a likely thing for me, but could be for you. I''m certainly concerned about having a better octaver and other such effects, as well as a foot operated wah (several type thereof) switched like a normal wah into an active preset. Oddly, although I''d probably say I prefer the Zoom distortion effects on guitar, I prefer the Boss ones on bass. I want more ''edge'' or ''grit'' on bass, and something tidier on guitar. Neither make really compare to my chosen guitar drive units (modded TS-9 and H&K Tubeman). I am using this with an Eden WTX264 head and two MarkBass cabs (New York 1x15 and Traveller 2x10 both with HF) and a 6 string bass.The sound quality is again surprisingly good for the price when you consider the staggering number of effects options in there. The synth effects track reasonably well (you''ll have to spend more than this entire unit on nothing but that in one pedal to get notably better) and are certainly usable. The killer with this over a few separate pedals I already owned is programmability, and the quick option to control almost any parameter with the pedal or control switch (additional switches or an expression pedal can also be added). This means a variety of different distortion/fuzz effects for different tracks, and some rather extraordinary effects (like an organ simulation) that I''ve not found the ideal spot for yet! (EDIT: I have now!!) Do note the lack of power supply when ordering (I already had something appropriate), but other than that, buy and enjoy! I find the more I play with it, the happier I get. Use the Boss ToneCentral app if you can, it''s super easy to use and only improves the fun.