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Boss GT-1000

Guitar Effects Processor
Published November 2018
By Bob Thomas

Boss GT-1000

Could Boss’s latest do‑it‑all modelling processor form the heart of your live or recording rig?

The Boss GT‑1000 is among the world’s first 32‑bit/96kHz floorboard modelling guitar amp and effects units, and it features not only Boss’s latest DSP engine, but also their new Augmented Impulse Response Dynamics (AIRD) technology. Building on the Tube Logic design concept that underpins the company’s Katana, Waza and Blues Cube amplifier ranges, AIRD is said to model both the internal component interactions in tube amplifiers and the reactive amplifier/loudspeaker relationship. The GT‑1000 also includes Boss’s Multi‑Dimensional Processing (MDP) effects and algorithms directly ported from the company’s popular DD‑500, MD‑500 and RV‑500 pedals. In simple terms, MDP analyses an input signal, divides it up into several separate elements and processes those individually, continuously adjusting that processing in response to any tonal changes that occur over time.

On The Outside

The GT‑1000’s black metal chassis carries a large monochrome screen with a row of six rotary encoders. The latter are used to edit patches (Boss’s term for preset combinations of amp, cab and effects emulations) and their contents. Two rows of five chrome‑plated momentary footswitches, each with a multi‑colour LED, can have a wide range of control functions assigned to them but the panel legends indicate the default arrangement: Bank up/down and Control switches 1‑3 on the top row, and patch recall 1‑5 on the bottom. The upper row is raised slightly, to offer...

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Published November 2018