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Boss ME-70 Review | An overview of some of the features and differences in this multi-effects pedal

Updated on December 19, 2010

Hello and welcome to my Boss ME-70 review.  I’ll mostly be going over some of the differences between it and some other Boss multi effects pedals, the GT-10 and the ME-50.  Just like the other two pedals, the Boss ME-70 has a ton of effects built in which all have that great Boss tone.  It’s also got a few differences worth noting, so without much ado, let’s dive in.

You'll save a ton of space with this pedal too!
You'll save a ton of space with this pedal too!

Compared to the ME-50:

The Boss ME-70 builds on its little brother the ME-50 (also check out my hubpage review for the ME-50). They’re similar in terms of layout and functions. The main physical difference would be that the Boss ME-70 has an extra foot pedal. This makes a big difference if you’re someone who wants to use this pedal live. If you’re in stompbox mode, where each pedal controls an individual effect, then this is great as it is one more effect ready for you. It also comes in handy if you use the memory bank as you then have another patch which is easily accessible. Overall, this is a good step up for the ME-70.

Now to take a look under the hook, the Boss ME-70 has a high powered processor under there and something called COSM, or Composite Object Sound Modeling. This is a feature borrowed from the Boss GT-10 (which you can check out my hubpage for here). This allows you to reproduce the tones of famous amps and cabinets, such as a Marshall stack, vintage Fender, Vox, Mesa Boogie and so much more. In my opinion, this is key feature that puts it ahead of the ME-50. You can even choose where the microphone is placed in this mode.

A few other notable differences are that the Boss ME-70 has looper/phraser ability. You can record up to 38 seconds and loop it back. This is a great feature live or at home when you’re composing. It also has the EZ tone feature, meaning you can find the right tone quickly.

Compared to the GT-10:

As I mentioned, there are some similarities here between the Boss ME-70 and GT-10 (my GT-10 hubpage can be read here). They both have the COSM, which is a great feature. They also have the same core of effects, the difference being the level of customization you have with the GT-10. The GT-10 allows you to go a little deeper to adjust your tone. This also means that you have more ease of use with the Boss ME-70, however you lack a bit of tweakability.

The Boss ME-70 does not have quite as large a display as the GT-10. This is due to the fact it’s less complicated, so you don’t need it. The GT-10 also has a total of four more pedals. This means a bit more accessibility in terms of accessing your patches and effects. Overall though, you still get a comparable tone and number of effects between the two.

My overall opinion:

My opinion is that the Boss ME-70 is a great middle ground between the ME-50 and GT-10. It has features and effects from both. It also maintains the flexibility and amazing tone of the GT-10 as well as the ease of use of the ME-50. Overall, I recommend it. It’s also well priced, about $100 more than then ME-50 and $100 less; it makes sense depending on your budget as well. Thanks for reading and also check out my other Boss ME-70 review.


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