There's a lot of information available about this awesome processor. First there's the Boss web site, then there's the owner's manual
then there's Boss GTCentral and of course a lot of user's web sites. My coverage of this unit will be as a standard 6 string
guitar processor although I am primarily a pedal steel guitar player. I already have great Steel King and rack setups for steel so I haven't
pursued using the GT-8 with steel guitar. If you are considering buying a GT-8, I hope you will find this site useful with it's detailed
pictures, links, and sound samples.
This is by far the most versatile and best sounding guitar processor I've ever owned. I did look at and review a lot of the Zoom, Line 6
and ToneLab SE units. So far I think I made a good decision! The GT-8 has a huge number of effects and they are mostly very high
quality. Many are as good as the stomp boxes I have used and many are real close to the stomp boxes. The biggest weakness for me is that
the GT-8 Plate and Hall reverbs are not as crisp or as lush as the RV-5 reverbs I am used to. Yeh I know I could put the RV-5 in the GT-8's
external effects loop. They are however very good and totally
usable if you extend the default hold time. Other strong points of the GT-8 include the ability to put ANY effects in any order, you can create
user patches AND user effects and use them in other patches. It is a very complex unit but also a very powerful one! I have opted not to
use the oft mentioned 4 cable hookup method because I plan on recording direct with this unit. The 4 cable method, when used with a combo
amp, allows you to use the GT-8 as the pre-amp of your amplifier but also create a loop that contains your combo amp's pre-amp! You could
then use for example, your tube amp's power section and have each patch choose bewteen the GT-8 preamp, the tube amp's pre-amp or both.
Here's some useful links for the GT-8:
Since I just wanted to have a bunch of stomp boxes all in one, I went through all of the factory patches and all of the default effects and made a list of what I wanted MY GT-8 to do. I ended up using the output set to LINE/PHONES and the JC-120 premap for most of my own patches. I ordered them as simple one effect + reverb patches followed by a subset of the factory patches I liked. I moved these all to the beginning of the user bank for easy access. What listed below is the name (either mine or factory) of each patch, its location and a link to a sample of me playing a few riffs with the patch switched on. This is a very simple and practical use of the GT-8 and in no way begins to tap the true power of this processor. But it satifies my initial needs and weeds out all the factory patches I don't use and gives me quick access to single effects I use a lot. I did set up one patch with the A/B pre-amps in parallel with stereo outputs and one channel delayed 50 milliseconds from the other. What a fat sound that is if you want a single guitar playing single notes to fill up the whole track for an intro or ending. I used to have to record a guitar track on the AW-1600, copy it to another track, then delay the second track a few milli-seconds and mix the two together to get this same effect. Now it's available at the push of a few foot switches.
All the sound samples below were recorded in stereo and direct (no amplifier) to my Yamaha AW-1600 workstation. The final stereo .wav file at 16 bits was then converted to a .wma file at 44khz and 192 kbps.
|Reverb (1-1)||Limiter (1-2)||Delay (1-3)||Octave (1-4)|
|T Wah (2-1)||Auto Wah (2-2)||Wah Wah (2-3)||Tremolo (2-4)|
|Lite Phaser (3-1)||Bi Phaser (3-2)||Slo Bi Phaser (3-3)||Vibrato (3-4)|
|Pedal Bend (4-1)||2 x 2 Chorus (4-2)||Dual Pre A/B Delay (4-3)|
|Crunch Rotary (4-4)||Blues+MS1959 MIX (5-1)||R-FIER Vint.1/2 (5-2)||MASSIVE (5-3)|
|Dropped D (5-4)||R-FIER SCREAM (6-1)||5150/1959 DUAL (6-2)||HEAVEY 5150 (6-3)|
|70's 1959 STACK (6-4)||FAT STEREO LEAD (7-1)||TWIN CRUNCH (7-2)||60'S TWEED (7-3)|
|CHORUS CRUNCH (7-4)||DEEP COMP JC (8-1)||COUNTRY CRUNCH (8-2)||BRIGHT CLEAN (8-3)|
|MODULATED CLEAN (8-4)||JAZZ COMBO (9-1)||CLEAN MOD (9-2)||CLEAN UNI-V (9-3)|
|ROCKABILLY (9-4)||ACCOUSTIC GUITAR (10-1)||CRUNCH ROTARY2 (10-2)||SLO GEAR PS (10-3)|
|PAD (10-4)||JAZZ ORGAN (11-1)|
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