How to Use a Boss ME-50 Pedal

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How to Use a Boss ME-50 Pedal
The ME-50 lets you alter the tone of your guitar in a variety of ways. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

The Boss ME-50, a floor-based multi-effects unit, combines the functions of a range of individual effects, including delay, reverb, modulation and wah. Using a multi-effects unit reduces the need to transport individual stomp-boxes to gigs and recording sessions. The ME-50 features 10 memory banks, each with the capacity to store three separate effects. Each preset bank is fully editable, allowing you to tweak and customise the sounds stored in the ME-50 to suit your particular playing style.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1/4-inch jack instrument cable.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect the provided DC power adaptor to the "DC In" socket on the rear panel of the unit. Turn on the "Power" switch, which is on the rear panel.

  2. 2

    Plug a 1/4-inch jack instrument cable into the "Input" jack on the rear of the ME-50. Connect the other end of the cable to your guitar output jack.

  3. 3

    Step on foot switch "1" and "2" simultaneously to engage the tuner. This converts the LED light display that surrounds the digital display into a tuner display. If the lights to the right of centre illuminate, the string is sharp. If the lights to the left of centre illuminate, the string is flat.

  4. 4

    Press the right arrow button to scroll through the preset effect banks. Find a sound that appeals to you. To edit the sound, press the "Edit" button, which configures the preset so that you can alter the individual parameters. The parameters in the preset are the only ones that you can change. For example, if the effects patch has delay, overdrive and phase, turning the "Reverb" dial does nothing.

  5. 5

    Press "Write" when you create a modification that you like. This overwrites the preset parameters with your chosen parameters. Repeat this process for each preset, or leave the presets as they are if you like the sound.

  6. 6

    Turn the "Expression" dial to select a type of expression effect. You control theses effects with the foot pedal on the right side of the ME-50. Choose from a range of expression effects, including "Wah," "Volume" and "Octave." When set to "Wah," the pedal position dictates the frequency of the guitar. Rock the pedal back and forth to create the distinctive wah wah sound. The "Volume" position lets you use the pedal as a volume controller. Rock the pedal backward to mute the guitar, and rock it fully forward to set the volume to maximum. With the dial set to "Octave," press the pedal down to increase the pitch of the notes you play.

Tips and warnings

  • Control the overall volume of the ME-50 with the "Master Volume" dial.

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