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Boss GT-1000 Now in Stock - First Impressions
Boss caused a stir at this year’s NAMM show with the launch of its flagship effects processor, the BOSS GT-1000. Since then, there has been a lot of discussion on forums and social media about just how good the GT-1000 is going to be.
Social media platforms and the online forums have been alight with talk about the BOSS GT-1000: "Is BOSS late to the party? Will it just be an upgraded GT-100? What’s this new A.I.R.D thing all about? Does it support IR loading?"
Well, just before we received the GT-1000 in stock, we were lucky enough to get our hands on a demo unit and get a feel for it in our video studio.
So, how does the GT-1000 stack up?
In the last few years, multi-FX has changed: it's transformed from being the reserve of cheap and fun devices that offered a lot of bang-for-buck and plenty of sounds, into some seriously great-sounding pieces of kit that can replace traditional gear. Some players have even started to ditch the expensive valve amps they’ve always lusted after in favour of the ability to turn up at a venue with a single unit, pre-programmed with every sound for every song, which can run straight into the PA and a set of in-ear monitors.
So, is BOSS late to the party with the GT-1000? Well, in our opinion (including Jon's, our video demonstrator), the BOSS GT-1000 was worth the wait. If you’ve gigged and recorded with the latest multi-FX units, amp modellers, and vintage/modern amps, you’ll understand that there are two things that digital modellers must overcome; they must not only sound right, but they need to feel right. The GT-1000 meets these demands with ease - it not only sounds incredible, it really feels as if you’re plugged into your favourite amp.
Clearly, the time it’s taken BOSS to release its new flagship unit was time well-spent. BOSS's engineers weren’t happy to simply give us a new version of the COSM technology which has powered BOSS products since 1995. As good as COSM is, we now have something totally different. A.I.R.D, or Augmented Impulse Response Dynamics, doesn’t just provide a great-sounding simulation of an effect or an amp sound, it actually models every aspect of the interaction in an analog signal chain.
For example, the sag and compression that occurs at the power amp stage when you kick in an overdrive pedal over a crunchy rhythm tone: the GT-1000 gives you that. The way you can go from biting drive to smooth cleans on a little tweed combo, with just a twist of your guitar's volume knob: the GT-1000 can do that.
The GT-1000 isn’t just adding to your sound in a linear fashion; it’s replicating the two-way ‘conversation’ that happens between your guitar and your gear. It’s a whole new level of organic performance, and when you hear and feel it, you understand why BOSS has chosen to equip the GT-1000 with a 32-bit floating-point processor (a first for a guitar multi-FX unit).
This two-way response also extends to the GT-1000’s ability to work with your existing amp. Typically, if you’re using a unit like this, you’d switch off the preamp section to avoid it ‘clashing’ with the real front-end of your amp. You don’t need to do this with the GT-1000; it’ll still sound just as good as it would through an FRFR amp, because it responds dynamically to the entire signal chain.
Obviously, given that this is a BOSS product, the effects on board the GT-1000 are ridiculously good. BOSS has equipped the unit with the same MDP technology taken from the flagship X-series compacts and 500-series effects units. When coupled with the heavy-duty processing, this means we get totally mute-free patch-changing, as well as dynamic carry-over of delay and reverb tails between programs.
All well and good then, but, given that we’re expecting the GT-1000 to find it’s way into the rigs of hard-working, hard-gigging players, this tech needs to be quick and simple to use; luckily for us, it is.
BOSS has equipped the GT-1000 with Bluetooth and launched a new BOSS Tone Studio app for android and iOs devices. This allows you to easily edit and create your sounds on-the-fly, with global parameter helping you save you time at the gig. We are also big fans of the ‘virtual sound check’ feature, which lets you set a loop playing on stage, while you wander out front and tweak your settings from where the audience will hear them!
In the short time we had with the unit, it’s safe to say the GT-1000 impressed us in a big way. It’s definitely been worth the wait! Try one out for yourself, they’re in stock now!
Oh, and there’s an IR loader too….
By Pete Wilson
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