The Boss GT-10 is a multi-effects guitar processor that features a phrase looping function and allows you to make alterations to your sound even while performing. The GT-10 can store up to 400 "patches" of effects, and on these patches, you assign the values to the unit's foot switches and dials. Effects processors are notorious for hiding features away in menus and being generally awkward to use.
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EZ-Tone mode is there so anyone who isn't familiar with effects processors can still set up the sort of sound that she wants. After selecting your pickup and output information, you can pick a music genre and then a variant on that genre to generate your sound. The GT-10 also uses intuitive musical terms like "soft" and "hard" as reference points for the sound. This requires no in-depth knowledge and is a way to find something acceptable to use, or alternatively, to use as a starting point for further experimentation with settings. You do this using the four parameter knobs located underneath the display screen.
The GT-10s "Manual" mode allows you to switch effects on and off using solely the foot pedals, with no patch changing required. You can set up the values of the foot pedals by pressing "System," scrolling to "Manual Setting" and then scrolling to the pedal you wish to change the value of with the buttons on the outside of the GT-10s dial. The dial itself is then used to alter the value of the pedal. This is very useful because if you set the pedals to the functions you will need to turn on and off during a performance, you can do the entire thing without having to change patch.
The "Phrase Loop" function on the GT-10 allows you to record up to 38 seconds of mono sound and then plays it back in a loop for you to jam over. This gives you a plethora of opportunities to improve your soloing and jamming skills. You can control all the looping function through the foot pedals and you can spend as long as you like playing along to your backing track. You can overdub, adding stack upon stack of sound to the loop and creating a one-man-band experience. The major benefit of this is that the GT-10 can then be used as a songwriting and a practice tool, as well as an effects processor.
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