Roland recently announced their new BOSS GT-8 and GT-Pro floor-based mega processors.
Among other amenities, the device includes a new Solo Switch feature. Each of the 46 COSM amp models contains a specially programmed variation that’s optimized for soloing. Simply click the Solo switch to activate the lead tone.
Forty-four effects categories are built into the GT-8. Up to 13 effects blocks can be used simultaneously to create complex textures and routings. All FX bases are covered — compressors, reverbs, choruses, EQs, COSM-modeled wahs, and more. There are 200 preset patches built in, plus 140 user patches for storing custom amp/effects creations. There is also a selection of synth waves onboard, including sitar, plus acoustic simulators and an acoustic processor.
Internally, the 13 effects blocks can be configured in any order desired. External processors can be integrated via the Ext Loop send and return. Flexibility in routing is the name of the game.
In addition to its stereo analog outs, the GT-8 offers a 24-bit coaxial output for ultra-clean digital transfer, an Amp Control jack for switching between two amp channels on an external amp, an external expression/control pedal jack, effects send and returns, MIDI in and out, and a headphone output.
Also powered by dual COSM amp-modeling engines, the GT-Pro allows towering tones to be constructed by combining any two of the 46 amp models — then layering, switching, or panning between them during performance. Amp channels can be controlled by the strength of a player’s picking. No matter which amp model has been selected, a companion lead tone is instantly available with the click of the Solo Switch. It’s like having a separate solo channel for every COSM amp model.
The GT-Pro provides 44 effects categories, with 200 preset- and 140 user-patch locations. The GT-Pro also impresses with its flexible effects routing. Internally, the 13 effects blocks can be configured in any order desired; externally, a trio of effects loops plus an array of assignable outputs enables flexible signal-routing configurations. Used as a rackmount guitar preamp, the GT-Pro offers advanced internal effects and routing flexibility.
The GT-Pro is equipped with four 1/4-inch analog audio outputs, a pair of balanced XLR outputs, and three pairs of effects send/returns. Signals can be split to other amps via the stereo Sub Outs.
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