Price paid: £ 219
Purchased from: www.stringsdirect.co.uk
Sound — 9
With a Marshall AVT150, and various guitars all with humbuckers, this pedal has proven itself very worthy, and very cheap at the asking price. My main sound over the past 16 years has been based on the Boss MT-2 Metal Zone, and CE-2 Chorus. The ME-70 provides a good emulation of the MT-2, but without the harshness of the sound. The other distortions are well modelled, as are all the other effects, with the exception of the chorus, which is too mild, and easily missed in the mix. The Wah sounds as good as any other I've used (including an old 1970s Crybaby). The reverb and delay effects are all very clearly reproduced. The best addition is tap tempo for both the delay timing and modulation speeds, both accessed by holding the relevant pedal for 2 seconds. This enables some on-the-fly fine tuning of your sounds, especially useful in a live stuation. The higher gain distortion models do produce a fair amount of noise, but the built-in noise gate is more then sufficient to remove this, without detrimental effect on your tone.
Overall Impression — 10
This pedal does just about everything, for any style of music. It even has a single to humbucker, and humbucker to single pickup adjuster, expanding the sonic possibilities. The distortion models are varied, and all are usable in the right circumstances. They are good at emulating their respective single pedals, albeit with lesser control. I can't think of anything to add to this pedal. It has a tuner, 38 second looper, expression pedal (which defaults to volume when not turned on), and more effects than you'll ever need. You can also set the modulation pedal to delay, so you can set two independent delays, for some echoey fun. If lost or stolen, I'd buy another without a second thought.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Its made by Boss, so you know you can rely on this lasting forever. The case is metal, and the pedals and expression pedal are as solid as any other Boss product (my CE-2 is about 25 years old and still working like new!) If I ever get round to gigging again, I will always have my single pedals (because they form the basis for my sound), with the ME-70 used for the secondary effects, such as delay, flager and phaser, which I don't own or plan to own individually. I'm quite confident that this pedal would survive a gig and wonder what all the fuss was about.
Ease of Use — 10
I bought this particular multi FX pedal based on its selling point of being a virtual pedal board. You can use the pedal in a number of different ways - first of all manual mode. In manual, you have 4 pedals, set using the built in knobs. Compression, Distortion/Overdrive, Modulation, and Delay effects can be individually set, and its very easy to build usable sounds. There are also a few COSM amp models, all of which add extra dynamic to the sounds you can produce. In Memory Mode, you use the 4 pedals, combined with patch selection buttons (or optional extension pedals) to scroll through 36 pre-set patches, all of which have their use. You can save 36 additional user patches. The third mode is EZ Tone. With the EZ Tone Switch on, you simply choose the effect as in manual mode, but it is automatically set to Boss preset levels, most of which sound good, but generic. Add a solid enough tuner, an expression pedal that can control volume, pitch, or wah, and a 38 second loop recorder, and you have a very simple, very versatile piece of hardware.