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kennedydream1980kennedydream1980 Frets: 306

Has anyone had any experience with the new Boss GT-1000?

After initially disliking what I was hearing from the early Namm demos, I'm liking the sound of the recent clips that have started to appear on YouTube. It would seem Boss sorted out the initial sound problems with the unit.

Has anyone on the forum purchased one, if so how are you getting on with it?

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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 20324
    The clunky interface puts me off. Some of the online reviews have been mixed.
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  • gearaddictgearaddict Frets: 769
    Oddly quiet around these parts about the GT1000...I think everyone already has a Helix so there's not much interest. I liked the feature of being able to designate an effect as a 'stompbox' so it maintains the same settings no matter which patch you use it in. Nobody else has done that as far as I know.
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  • I'm really liking the drive sounds I'm hearing. I could quite happily gig and be happy with the Premium Drive preset from what I've heard. No real demos of a straight up clean sound, just clean presets with heavy effects applied. I like the approach Boss has taken with the unit and if I can get away without messing on with IR's then that's a bonus. 
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  • gearaddictgearaddict Frets: 769
    ...and no real comparison vids on YT either. Apart from the Glenn DeLaune ones. Odd. Maybe people don't see it as a contender.
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  • vasselmeyervasselmeyer Frets: 2636
    I'm not hearing much about this unit, but I'm really drawn to it. I have a full pedal-based board all around the ES-8 which I love, but it's so bloody heavy, I'm struggling. The interface seems clunky compared to the Helix but I can whizz around the ES-8 really quickly and they've got very similar programming concepts in the GT-1000.

    The sounds are really excellent and there is absolutely zero lag when switching amp models. They've just released V2 of the firmware:



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  • gearaddictgearaddict Frets: 769
    This is a Helix forum for Helix people...there's nothing for you here.


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  • Can you use it just for the effects into a valve amp and bypass the amp modelling?
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  • cbellangacbellanga Frets: 424
    edited February 11
    Can you use it just for the effects into a valve amp and bypass the amp modelling?
    yep, that's what I've been doing for some time
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  • gearaddictgearaddict Frets: 769
    Would the GT100 not serve just as well for fx only?
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  • SamgbSamgb Frets: 723
    Oddly quiet around these parts about the GT1000...I think everyone already has a Helix so there's not much interest. I liked the feature of being able to designate an effect as a 'stompbox' so it maintains the same settings no matter which patch you use it in. Nobody else has done that as far as I know.
    That's probably the reason. When a couple of dozen of regulars have dropped a grand or two on Helix the market for the high end multi-fx is probably a little thin on here?

    Not sure where the idea that it sounded bad or lacked something came from though. Every review i have seen or read says it sounds great and does a lot. The only negative seems to be the manual. Which is a criticism i would level at both the MD-500 and DD-500 as well. I guess Boss cant be arsed translating from Japanese?  
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  • bingefellerbingefeller Frets: 5631
    I have one and I love it, which is why I sold the majority of my pedals and haven't bought anymore since.  

    The Boss Tone Studio editor is very easy to use and the built in IRs are the best ones to use.  I tried using various IRs from different companies and none of them worked as well as the ones assigned to the amps.  One of the Boss reps on Facebook stated that, with the AIRD models, there is a lot more going on with the cabinet models that no IR could ever reproduce.  

    There are so many EQ and input and output options that I'm sure it would be a versatile enough unit to match up with any rig.  Boss seems to be putting out a lot of fixes and listening to user requests.  

    Speaking of the manual, a member of Boss staff responded to requests on Facebook to write a GT-1000 guide - 
    https://www.boss.info/global/promos/gt-1000_ultimate_guide/

    Would the GT100 not serve just as well for fx only?
    It would be good for FX, yes.  
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  • bingefellerbingefeller Frets: 5631
    I'm really liking the drive sounds I'm hearing. I could quite happily gig and be happy with the Premium Drive preset from what I've heard. No real demos of a straight up clean sound, just clean presets with heavy effects applied. I like the approach Boss has taken with the unit and if I can get away without messing on with IR's then that's a bonus. 
    Someone on TGP said that his GT1000 crashed before a gig and he had to do a factory reset and lost all his patches.  He used the Premium Drive for the whole gig and was very happy.  Apparently he didn't need to tweak it.




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  • I've got one and I love it.  It's a lot of fun and it sounds great too.

    I think that Boss may have missed the boat a bit on this one as FAS and Line 6 got their products out first.  I'm sure that they're all great units, but it may not matter at this time if the Boss is best as the others have claimed the ground.

     @gearaddict , the Stompbox feature is the same a FAS's Global Blocks on the AXE-FX II, which is one of the greater ideas (and simpler ideas) that has been implemented with this tech.

    On first looking at the UI I was flummoxed, but it's surprisingly easy to navigate.  I like using it with the Boss SY-300 and EHX B9 (via the loops) for shaking things up.

    It's a nifty little machine.
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  • I actually ended up buying a Helix and I’m very happy I did. The UI is just in a different league. I haven’t needed to touch the manual as it’s so intuitive and straightforward. 

    I’m sure the boss sounds just as good, but the UI and the big colour display on the Helix tipped the balance in its favour for me.
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  • bingefellerbingefeller Frets: 5631
    I've got one and I love it.  It's a lot of fun and it sounds great too.

    I think that Boss may have missed the boat a bit on this one as FAS and Line 6 got their products out first.  I'm sure that they're all great units, but it may not matter at this time if the Boss is best as the others have claimed the ground.

     @gearaddict , the Stompbox feature is the same a FAS's Global Blocks on the AXE-FX II, which is one of the greater ideas (and simpler ideas) that has been implemented with this tech.

    On first looking at the UI I was flummoxed, but it's surprisingly easy to navigate.  I like using it with the Boss SY-300 and EHX B9 (via the loops) for shaking things up.

    It's a nifty little machine.
    But the GT1000 doesn't have a stompbox feature.   You have to do a bit of a work around to set up individual stompboxes via assigns.  Hopefully Boss will implement a stompbox mode in the future. 
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  • gearaddictgearaddict Frets: 769
    I've got one and I love it.  It's a lot of fun and it sounds great too.

    I think that Boss may have missed the boat a bit on this one as FAS and Line 6 got their products out first.  I'm sure that they're all great units, but it may not matter at this time if the Boss is best as the others have claimed the ground.

     @gearaddict , the Stompbox feature is the same a FAS's Global Blocks on the AXE-FX II, which is one of the greater ideas (and simpler ideas) that has been implemented with this tech.

    On first looking at the UI I was flummoxed, but it's surprisingly easy to navigate.  I like using it with the Boss SY-300 and EHX B9 (via the loops) for shaking things up.

    It's a nifty little machine.
    But the GT1000 doesn't have a stompbox feature.   You have to do a bit of a work around to set up individual stompboxes via assigns.  Hopefully Boss will implement a stompbox mode in the future. 
    I think we may be talking about 2 different things...I meant the ability to assign an effect as a global stompbox - so that any changes you make to the settings of that pedal are reflected in all the patches that use that pedal.

    I think you are talking about the ability to have a mode where all the pedals in a patch are footswitchable.
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  • vasselmeyervasselmeyer Frets: 2636
    Looking at the demos and the videos, I think you're right. A button is usually a preset, but within a preset you can have any of the other buttons be assigned to another function. This is just like the ES-8.

    On my ES-8 I have buttons 1-5 being a preset, but within each preset I have button6 as boost, button 7 for mods and 8 for delay. I also use the CNUM feature to change to the dirt channel of my amp.

    It looks as if it would be exactly the same on the GT-1000 so I could completely recreate my ES-8 patches and workflow using the CTRL buttons instead of buttons 6-8. I also reckon I could split the output so that an XLR goes to the desk with a simulated cab and mic added and another goes to the FX return of my amp without. Therefore I get the on stage sound I want and the audience and the rest of the band get the same without me having to mic up or use a DI box betweent he head and the cab.
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  • cbellanga said:
    Can you use it just for the effects into a valve amp and bypass the amp modelling?
    yep, that's what I've been doing for some time
    How have you found it? I know that you had an FX8 for some time and was wondering how it compared.
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  • bingefellerbingefeller Frets: 5631
    I've got one and I love it.  It's a lot of fun and it sounds great too.

    I think that Boss may have missed the boat a bit on this one as FAS and Line 6 got their products out first.  I'm sure that they're all great units, but it may not matter at this time if the Boss is best as the others have claimed the ground.

     @gearaddict , the Stompbox feature is the same a FAS's Global Blocks on the AXE-FX II, which is one of the greater ideas (and simpler ideas) that has been implemented with this tech.

    On first looking at the UI I was flummoxed, but it's surprisingly easy to navigate.  I like using it with the Boss SY-300 and EHX B9 (via the loops) for shaking things up.

    It's a nifty little machine.
    But the GT1000 doesn't have a stompbox feature.   You have to do a bit of a work around to set up individual stompboxes via assigns.  Hopefully Boss will implement a stompbox mode in the future. 
    I think we may be talking about 2 different things...I meant the ability to assign an effect as a global stompbox - so that any changes you make to the settings of that pedal are reflected in all the patches that use that pedal.

    I think you are talking about the ability to have a mode where all the pedals in a patch are footswitchable.
    Ah right, I get it - my mistake, apologies to Chris.  

    Yes the ability the save your settings as stompboxes is very handy indeed, especially your favourite EQ settings.
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  • gearaddictgearaddict Frets: 769
    I find it quite weird how little interest the GT-1000 is getting generally. There are still no 'GT-1000 vs' videos on youtube that are worth looking at, so I have no idea how it stacks up to the competition.
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  • gearaddictgearaddict Frets: 769
    Oh - googling around led me to a post that says hitting the 'page right' button twice puts the unit in manual (stompbox) mode...maybe someone with a unit can confirm?
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  • vasselmeyervasselmeyer Frets: 2636
    If I find one for a decent price then I'm pretty sure I'm going to pick one up. The amp sounds are fantastic, the FX are absolutely stellar, and I'm familiar with the workflow from my ES-8 experience. Sure the Helix is prettier and can do "more" (whatever "more" is) but I'll never use more than 10% of whatever is in these units anyway.

    What I want is a small box with decent sounds, at a decent price, that can replace my big board to save my back. I hope there will be some special offers at the Guitar Show.
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  • duotoneduotone Frets: 334
    Samgb said:
    Oddly quiet around these parts about the GT1000...I think everyone already has a Helix so there's not much interest. I liked the feature of being able to designate an effect as a 'stompbox' so it maintains the same settings no matter which patch you use it in. Nobody else has done that as far as I know.
    That's probably the reason. When a couple of dozen of regulars have dropped a grand or two on Helix the market for the high end multi-fx is probably a little thin on here?

    Not sure where the idea that it sounded bad or lacked something came from though. Every review i have seen or read says it sounds great and does a lot. The only negative seems to be the manual. Which is a criticism i would level at both the MD-500 and DD-500 as well. I guess Boss cant be arsed translating from Japanese?  
    I think it was Lee from Andertons who said he wasn’t very impressed with the sounds, although I think that was a pre-release/early version.
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  • cbellangacbellanga Frets: 424
    edited February 12
    cbellanga said:
    Can you use it just for the effects into a valve amp and bypass the amp modelling?
    yep, that's what I've been doing for some time
    How have you found it? I know that you had an FX8 for some time and was wondering how it compared.
    I guess it's ok. It won't have the deep editing thing you'd get from fractal but very decent / straightforward boss fxs. The signal chain is quite different, you have all effects available (ie 4 delays!) And then you have to decide what you need on or off, there's also some clever routing options for helix-inspired parallel chains etc. The FS thread mentioned by @Trude above is mine.. I'm back to the basics now so amp / analog-ish pedals.
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  • AlmachAlmach Frets: 42
    @gearaddict Page right twice shows an overview of the unit with the current button assignments. It is trivial to go into the "Control Assign" menu and assign a specific button to an effect so it looks like a pedal board when you go to that patch and page right twice.
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  • I considered one for effects only usage, but I didn't have great experiences with the GT-100, so in the end I sacked off the idea.
    TACOMA NARROWS BRIDGE DISASTER
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  • vasselmeyervasselmeyer Frets: 2636
    edited April 23
    And firmware V3 is out. Major changes are Manual and Stompbox modes, 11 new amps and a load of bass stuff added. It's faintly surprising to see BOSS keep adding stuff, but I suppose they're being driven by Line 6's approach to the Helix. I've been using my GT-1000 for about 6 weeks now and I'm really loving the feel of their amp modelling.







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