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Boss lifts the lid on new multi effects processor the GT-1000CORE and RC-5, flagship RC-500 Loop Station pedals

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Boss has just unveiled not one but three new effects pedal units with the GT-1000CORE guitar multi-effects pedal and two new looper pedals; the RC-5 and flagship RC-500 Loop Station.

Let's take a look at the GT-1000CORE first – a unit Boss looks to be attempting to reaffirm its prowess in the crowded multi-effects market with.

Boss GT-1000CORE Guitar Effects Processor 

• Over 140 unique amps/effects, looper, and decades of BOSS engineering expertise at your fingertips

• Use the advanced AIRD amps/cabs along with IR-loading capabilities to go direct to PA or FRFR speakers, or run effects-only to your amp

• 24 simultaneous effects including dual amps and a large range of built-in cab and mic options

• Use the AIRD preamps to go direct, or run effects-only to a backline amp

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• Customise the three main footswitches to control a range of presets and parameters

• MIDI, CTL outputs and dual effects loops — or, let your switcher recall any preset or parameter on the GT-1000CORE via MIDI

• Stereo I/O and stereo effects loops

• Run two amps in with seven cable method — each with their own signal chains

• Use dynamic AIRD preamps, routed directly to your amp's power section

• Automate amp channel switching to sync with effects changes, via CTL out or MIDI

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• Run a performance-ready IR cab-simulated signal to the PA, while sending the effects-only signal path to your stage amp

• 32bit/96kHz audio

• Simultaneously record dry guitar direct to your DAW — then go back and re-amp via GT-1000CORE

• Load 16 of your favourite Impulse Response (IR) files onto the unit.

• Save 10 custom Input Level settings 

• Patch in synths using full stereo I/O, send and sync MIDI, and process with any of the 100+ effects

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RC-500 Loop Station 

• Two-track looper with onboard mixing and deep control options

• The latest addition to Boss's flagship 500 series of processors 

• 32-bit AD/DA and 32-bit floating-point processing

• Stereo looper engine with 13 hours of recording time

• LCD display with multi-color backlight for viewing loop status and editing parameters

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• Mono/stereo inputs for easy pedalboard integration, plus independent XLR mic input with phantom power

• Reverse function and Loop FX (repeat, scatter, shift, and vinyl flick)

• 16 different drum kits and 57 preset rhythms with A/B variations

• Support for expanded control via external footswitches, an expression pedal, or MIDI

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• Full MIDI I/O provided with space-saving mini TRS jacks (BMIDI-5-35 adaptor cable available separately)

• Onboard storage for 99 phrase memories

• Back up and load WAV loops via USB

• Runs on four AA batteries or optional AC adaptor


RC-5 Loop Station 

• Boss's new compact looper pedal

 • 32-bit AD/DA and 32-bit floating-point processing

• Stereo looper engine with 13 hours of recording time

• LCD display with multi-colour backlight for viewing loop status and editing parameters

• Reverse function

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• Seven different drum kits and 57 preset rhythms with A/B variations

• Support for expanded control via external footswitches, an expression pedal, or MIDI

• Full MIDI I/O provided with space-saving mini TRS jacks (BMIDI-5-35 adaptor cable available separately)

• Onboard storage for 99 phrase memories

• Back up and load WAV loops via USB

Rob Laing

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before that I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar.