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Boss JS 8 eBand Addition


I’ve been using the Boss JS 8 eBand as a guitar practice and training tool for many months now. I have nothing but good things to says about the unit. It is truly an amazing little gadget for the guitarBoss_eBand player. The power of the unit comes from a truly wicked combination of the following features:

  • BOSS effects. There are a bucket load of effects in the eBand. The flexibility of combining, and a degree of control which is great.
  • the COSM amplifier modelling which is again great. There is really an audible difference between the amp models.
  • the 100+ pre-set effect and amplifier combinations. These again are great. They also save a lot of time sorting out how to achieve a sound when there is already one which is in the box. It also saves a lot of $’s buying peddles, trying to get a combination which gives a sound your after.
  • the song list feature. The eBand allows you to load via a PC (or Mac), songs and backing tracks (there are a bucket load of these for the eBand at this Boss site  eTracks For eBand). This along with the “slow it down”, and loop the playback (and A point in track to point B in the song loop), song repeat, make learning how to play a song a pleasure.
  • there is a Phrase Loop feature in there as well. I’ve yet to play with that one, but the day is approaching when I will.
  • plus a record feature. The difference between the Phrase Loop and record feature are:
    • the Phrase Loop is 40 seconds in duration,
    • the record is unlimited (limited by the amount of memory in the unit).
    • the Phrase Loop can be repeatable overdubbed,
    • the record is just the sound you play.

The “Doh! Missed the start again”

There is one feature of the eBand which has “annoyed” me. That is if you are playing along to something you need to take your hand off the guitar, and press the play. This “feature” is blatantly obvious if you think about it. But, until you get to the “Doh! I missed the start again” moments, solving it will not occur to you.

Boss_FS6Luckily, the designers of this little box of tricks were thinking clearly when they put the machine together. There is a solution which the machine will accommodate, a footswitch. A  Boss footswitch at that! What would you expect from Boss. The eBand is designed to use Boss footswitches to start and stop playback, control the Phrase Loop, and lots more (I’d have to read the manual to find all of the things it will control).

Recommendations: If You’re Thinking About Buying A eBand

There are a couple of thing I’ve learnt about using eBand which could be worthwhile thinking about, when you “stump up the cash” for one. The things I’ve learnt include:

  • If you want to be “loud”, or to use it as an MP3 player (which it does do). Think about buying a Keyboard Amplifier, which are usually stereo (guitar amplifiers usually being monaural), and have a clean channel (you get all the effects you want from the eBand).
  • If you think you’ll be using it for playing along to songs, or using the Phrase Loop function, consider getting a FS 6 at the same time. This will let you keep you hands on the guitar, when you doing things.

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BOSS eBand JS-8 Predefined Patches

Patch Number Patch Grouping Patch Name
P001 Blues Bluesy Crunch
P002 Blues Blues Lead
P003 Blues American Legend
P004 Blues Blues master
P005 Blues Deluxe + boost
P006 Blues Tweed Lead
P007 Blues Blues Session
P008 Blues JB Good
P009 Blues Early UK Blues
P010 Blues Sweet Home
P011 Blues BadCo.
P012 Soul Funk Funkmeister
P013 Soul Funk Tight Comp Clean
P014 Soul Funk Delayed Twin
P015 Soul Funk Groove Clean
P016 Soul Funk Groove Lead
P017 Soul Funk Crunchy Trem
P018 Soul Funk Crunch Phase
P019 Soul Funk Fat Clean
P020 Jazz Contemporary Jzz
P021 Jazz BG Fusion
P022 Jazz JC-Chorus
P023 Jazz Rat Lead
P024 Jazz Warm Clean
P025 Jazz Dist Delay
P026 Jazz Clean Phase
P027 Liverpool VO Crunch
P028 Liverpool VO Drive
P029 Liverpool Match for Chord
P030 Liverpool Revolution Fuzz
P031 Liverpool Honky Tonk
P032 Liverpool Gently Weeps
P033 Liverpool Spy Theme
P034 Liverpool Day Trip
P035 70’s Hard Rock Stack Lead
P036 70’s Hard Rock Clean Reverb
P037 70’s Hard Rock Rock Crunch
P038 70’s Hard Rock Rock Riff
P039 70’s Hard Rock Clean Vibe
P040 70’s Hard Rock Deep Highway
P041 70’s Hard Rock JB Lead
P042 70’s Hard Rock Swamp Rock
P043 70’s Hard Rock Erupting
P044 70’s Hard Rock Walk That Way
P045 70’s Hard Rock Texas Riff
P046 70’s Hard Rock Texas Tusher
P047 70’s Hard Rock Freedom Bird
P048 70’s Hard Rock Rocker Bottom
P049 80’s Metal Tone Journey
P050 80’s Metal 80s Loud MS+OD-1
P051 80’s Metal Metalcat
P052 80’s Metal Chorus Lead
P053 80’s Metal MS Riff
P054 80’s Metal More Than Lead
P055 80’s Metal Flange Clean
P056 80’s Metal Photo! Riff
P057 80’s Metal Meltdown
P058 80’s Metal Mull It Over
P059 80’s Metal Broken Dime
P060 80’s Metal Effected Q
P061 Modern Metal Modern Higain
P62 Modern Metal Solid Scoop
P063 Modern Metal R-Fier Lead
P064 Modern Metal Clean Theater
P065 Modern Metal Bulls on Rage
P066 Modern Metal Blood Reign
P067 Modern Metal Down Sickness
P068 Modern Metal HiGain Metal
P069 West Coast Deluxe Lead
P070 West Coast Long Train
P071 West Coast Drive Phase
P072 West Coast Chorus Twin
P073 West Coast Pro Crunch
P047 West Coast Reelin Clean
P075 West Coast BG Delay
P076 Fuzz Rock Uni-V Lead
P077 Fuzz Rock 60s Fuzz
P078 Fuzz Rock Creamcrunch
P079 Fuzz Rock Fat Fuzz
P080 Fuzz Rock Cross in the Road
P081 Fuzz Rock Wing Ballad
P082 Fuzz Rock Raw Fuzz
P083 Fuzz Rock Fuzz Boost
P084 Studio Smooth Lead
P085 Studio Classic Studio
P086 Studio Deep Ambiance
P087 Studio Natural Crunch
P088 Studio Warm Overdrive
P089 Studio Modern Studio
P090 Studio Summer Clean
P091 Studio Match Solo
P092 Studio For Acoustic Gtr
P093 Progressive Fuzz Echo
P094 Progressive Clean Rock
P095 Progressive Rotary Control
P096 Progressive Spanish Hwy
P097 Progressive Pan Drive
P098 Progressive Tokyo Dreamland
P099 Progressive Reverse Delay
P100 Progressive Spacy Flange
P101 Progressive Octave Lead
P102 Surf Rock Surfline
P103 Surf Rock Light Fuzz
P104 Surf Rock Surfing Bird
P105 Surf Rock Combo Drive
P106 Surf Rock Clean Solo
P107 Country Country Meister
P108 Country Driven Twin Dly
P109 Country Country Crunch
P110 Country Country Boogie
P111 Country 50’s Guitar
P112 Country Crunchy Apartment
P113 Country Stack Solo
P114 Punk Pop Grunge Spirit
P115 Punk Pop Driven Rock
P116 Punk Pop Sedated Punk
P117 Punk Pop Radio Creep
P118 Punk Pop Green Punk
P119 Punk Pop DS Drive
P120 Bass Slap Limit
P121 Bass Clean Comp
P122 Bass Bass Drive
P123 Bass Extreme Drive
P124 Bass Finger Octave
P125 Bass Sens Slap Wah
P126 Mic Deep Reverb
P127 Mic Short Echo
P128 Mic Medium Delay
P129 Mic Long Delay
P130 Mic Short Ambience
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