BOSS EQ-200

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Introduction:
  • With the 200 series, BOSS introduces a new generation of pedals that pack advanced sound and versatility into a streamlined size that saves space on your board. Grab-and-go controls and multi-function switches make operation easy and intuitive, while onboard memories allow you to store multiple setups for instant recall. All 200 series pedals feature premium audio quality with 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit internal processing, and 96 kHz sampling rate, as well as support for additional control via external switches, an expression pedal, or MIDI.

    The EQ-200 is the most flexible compact EQ ever created for guitar and bass. It features two wide-ranging 10-band EQ channels, plus an onboard graphic display that shows the current EQ curve at a glance. Selectable signal flow structures configure the channels for stereo, parallel, or series operation, and it’s even possible to patch in external pedals for deep pre/post tone shaping. Going further, the frequency centers of all 10 bands can be set to three different types, letting you optimize the EQ-200’s performance for different instruments.

Specifications:
  • Class-leading sound quality with 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit floating point processing, and 96 kHz sampling rate
  • Dual 10-band EQs that can be used in stereo, parallel, or series
  • Insert function for processing external effects with pre and/or post tone shaping
  • Three different range settings: 30 Hz to 12.8 kHz, 32 Hz to 16 kHz, and 28 Hz to 14 kHz
  • 15 dB boost/cut on each band, plus overall level control for each channel
  • Stereo link function for operating both EQ channels together
  • Intuitive interface with hands-on sliders and graphic EQ display
  • Access 128 user setups from the panel or MIDI program change
  • Recall consecutive memories plus real-time panel setting via footswitch or dedicated panel button
  • Panel Lock function disables controls to prevent unwanted changes
  • Two onboard footswitches with customizable assignments
  • Support for expanded control via external footswitches, an expression pedal, or MIDI
  • Full MIDI I/O provided with mini TRS jacks (BMIDI-5-35 adaptor cable available separately)
  • Micro USB jack for firmware updates
  • Runs on PSA-series AC adaptor or three AA-size batteries

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Pros: Most powerful pedalboard 10 Band EQ on the market, super user friendly, upgradable software, programable, multiple routing options, AC or DC operation, easy to see on a dark stage and sturdy build.
Cons: At $250, it's a bit spendy for an EQ pedal. Not as many pre-sets as the Boss EQ-20. That's all I got in this category.
If the Boss EQ-200 looks a bit familiar, that because it takes on the same type of "look" as their "EQ-20" style pedal. That said, this Boss EQ is in a much smaller housing, with a ton of powerful options & features. It covers a nice wide band of frequencies at 30k, 60k, 120k, 200k, 400k, 800k, 1.6k, 3.2k, 6.4k, and 12.8 (That includes 11 positions per slider). It also has a total SPL output range from -15 to + 15 dB.

As mentioned in the "Con's", there are only 4 presets. But I've got to be honest here and admit that I only use 2 of the 4 presets right now, and I can use a 3rd pre-set to get a "Cocked Wah" sound for one or two lead/rhythm parts from songs on our setlists. So for me, I still have one extra "preset" that once I have a chanch to gig this thing, I may finally figure out what to do with it.

So this thing is EASY to use, and with the adjustable LED display you can really set this on the fly so long as you have a gppd grasp on what frequencies you want to bring out in your guitar, as well as what frequencies you don't want as accented. There's two push buttons for switching channels or storing presets into the memory (all with corresponding lights to differentiate between the functions). The two footswitches also activate the bypass function and can be used for cycling through presets. It's very easy to save settings:
1) Press and hold the memory button.
2) Use the memory footswitch to scroll to one of the open preset locations.
3) When you reach the EQ you want, press and hold the memory button again.
*Confirmation of the preset being saved comes via a red light that will blink).

Now the sliders are not Motorized, so they don't move when you change presets. It's the display screen that indicates the preset EQ curve and that is very important when you’re onstage and don't have more than a second or two to look at the preset. The preset changes are very smooth and immediate. Note that the display screen first shows the name of the memory location; M-1, M-2, M-3, M-4.) before displaying the EQ image. This requires you to have to remember the preset names. (I plan on using a Label Maker to for that). It might have been nice if they gave the option to see the EQ Curve first as that seems a bit more intuitive when you know what type of preset you need. But that's just me.

The early verdict: After using thre EQ-200 with a '66 Fender Princeton Reverb and my '62 CS Fender Strat, I found this EQ to be able to shape my tone in a way that far exceeded my formerly "always on Xotic EP V2 Boost (set a noon). With the EQ-200 I could highlight the sparkle of my Strat for Rhythm parts or really beef up the bottom end and mids of my Bridge pickup. And when I hit the Bypass switch, I certainly noticed that the overall tone of my Strat sounded like a blanket had been thrown over my amp. With places like Amazon or Sweetwater Sound (both have great retun policies) I highly recommend this tone shaping pedal as the worst that can happen is that it's not for you and you can return it. OTOH, this pedal could replace a couple existing pedals on your board depending on how you use it.

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