AD-8 Acoustic Guitar Processor Review

manufacturer: Boss date: 11/16/2005 category: Guitar Effects
Boss: AD-8 Acoustic Guitar Processor
The BOSS AD-8 is a powerful acoustic processor in a special floor unit format that uses advanced COSM Acoustic Guitar Modeling to transform the typically thin, brittle sound of standard piezo acoustic pickups into the rich, warm, studio-miked sound of six of the greatest acoustic guitars in the world.
 Sound: 9
 Overall Impression: 9
 Reliability & Durability: 10
 Ease of Use: 8
 Overall rating:
 7.4 
 Reviewer rating:
 9 
 Users rating:
 5.7 
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AD-8 Acoustic Guitar Processor Reviewed by: Dyuha, on november 16, 2005
5 of 8 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 295

Purchased from: Music123.com

Ease of Use: The Boss AD-8 Acoustic Guitar Processor uses COSM modeling technology to transform the piezo pickup sound of an ordinary acoustic into six high-end acoustic guitars. The versatile AD-8 can also simulate the warm sound created by miking the guitar's neck and body -? a world's first! - Floor-based acoustic guitar processor featuring COSM Acoustic Guitar Modeling technology; - Turns ordinary piezo-equipped acoustic guitars into six of the world's finest acoustics; - Body and String Enhance controls simulate warm, miked acoustic sounds; - High-quality reverb tailored for acoustic guitar, 4-band EQ and Anti-Feedback; - Onboard chromatic tuner with Mute function and quick pedal-based operation; - 4 Preset memory locations for switching acoustic sounds instantly; - Balanced XLR outputs allow direct connection to PA systems. COSM Acoustic Guitar Modeling. Nothing beats the sound of a fine, miked acoustic, but budgets and feedback issues often force musicians to use a more affordable electric-acoustic instrument with often thin-sounding piezo pickups. Thanks to the AD-8's innovative COSM Acoustic Modeling technology, you can transform your ordinary acoustic guitar into one of six high-end guitars like Martin and Gibson-a world's first! The AD-8 even simulates the popular "miked acoustic" sound via its Body and String Enhance controls. Flexible Tone Editing. The AD-8's high-quality reverb effect was designed specifically for acoustic guitar. The reverb can be adjusted to create anything from a slight touch of ambience all the way to rooms and halls-perfect for adding spaciousness to your sound. And with onboard 4-band EQ, you can shape your tone to suit any style of music or venue. A Live Performer's Dream. Designed with the stage musician in mind, the AD-8 offers several convenient features for performance, starting with an onboard tuner based on Boss' acclaimed TU-Series. Just click the pedal to mute the guitar sound and tune up while referencing the LED display. Onboard memory lets you store your favorite settings and switch between them instantly, while Auto Anti-Feedback eliminates embarrassing feedback. Professional Connections. In addition to unbalanced stereo outputs and a dedicated Electric Guitar Amp output, the AD-8 comes with a pair of XLR outputs. These balanced stereo outputs are true DI-complete and include a ground lift feature for eliminating hum. They're the perfect way to connect to a PA system or to professional recording gear. With the Boss AD-8, you'll sound great whether on stage, at home or in the studio. // 8

Sound: This unit has very good selection of different sounds. It does help improve the sound but you have to spend time and tweak it a little bit to find the sound you like. The manual settings is pretty handy, except for classical nylon acoustics -- it's hard to get a good sound setting selected for them. The reverb on this unit was specifically designed for the acoustic guitar. It is adjustable from a small amount of ambient reverb to much higher levels. AD-8 has 3 reverb levels: Ambient (small reverb), Room (medium reverb), and Hall (a lot of reverb). This is a really fun effect to play with because it adds such a spacious dimension to the way your guitar sounds. // 9

Reliability & Durability: As with all Boss effects, this unit is very dependable. It's built like a tank is a very heavy for its size. It's a well built piece of equipment yet functional at the same time. One of its very helpful feature is Anti-Feedback technology, which is always a great asset to have in a live situation. This can be turned on or off. Also AD-8 features a built-in tuner; it has a 'mute mode' so you can tune quietly without the sound of the guitar going through the speakers. Anyone who has played live knows the value of having a tuner -- very useful feature. // 10

Overall Impression: This unit is an awesome package for any acoustic guitar player who needs to plug in to an amp or sound system. It offers a wide variety of options that will please almost everyone, nice selection of different dials for various settings. Most likely this unit will keep this for a long time as part of your playing equipment -- you should just domesticate it. COSM Acoustic Guitar Modeling will obviously help for those guitar players who haven't very good instrument, but a cheap beginner's one. All in all, this is very goo bargain for any kind of acoustic guitar players. // 9

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