Flexing the full DSP muscle of its flagship GT-1000, Boss’ new GT-1000CORE looks like it may give the Line 6 HX Stomp a run for its money. Could this be your new go-to amp sim with multi-effects?
I’m pretty sure the new GT-1000CORE from Boss is a direct answer to the Line 6 HX Stomp. I think it will take a huge slice of that market thanks to its many built-in features. The unit crams in over 140 unique amps and effects, as well as a built-in looper, all the tech us guitarists crave. There’s also has a dedicated mode for bass guitar, so it covers many, er, basses…
The unit uses the Boss AIRD technology which “delivers natural feel and optimised integration with all types of external devices”. And we know it sounds good, as Boss has used it on its flagship GT-1000 units.
Huge Screen and Fast Switching
The GT-1000CORE has a larger screen than the HX Stomp, which should make it easier to navigate. It also makes it more user-friendly in the studio and onstage. In fact, the overall layout looks very good. It also probably has the fastest switching between all patches of any unit on the market, including Line 6, Kemper, and all the rest. This much is evident in the review video below. For me, that’s a big deal.
- The same tone processing as the flagship GT-1000
- Two different amps with series/parallel routing options
- 24 simultaneous effects blocks
- 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit floating-point processing, and 96 kHz sampling rate
- AIRD (Augmented Impulse Response Dynamics) technology
- Has all the classic BOSS effects, vintage stomps, plus MDP effects, and algorithms from the DD-500, MD-500, and RV-500 pedals
- Ultra-fast patch switching, with delay carryover
- Stompbox feature simplifies using all the common effects
- USB audio/MIDI interface
- Built-in Looper
- High-resolution tuner with both mono and polyphonic displays
- Two send/return loops for external effects, perfect for four-cable method, or can be used as separate direct outputs
- 16 onboard user IRs
Is it an HX Stomp killer?
Well, the HX Stomp is now two years old, and we all know that a lot of its effects are modelled on original Boss pedals, so I reckon that the GT-1000CORE has the upper hand here. I really like the ultra-fast patch switching and delay carryover, as it should mean no lag which can be an issue when playing in a band. And apparently, you can use all the blocks with no DSP limits!
If this is true, it is a massive deal for many guitarists, as it means we can go crazy and develop tons of crazy patches to use live or in the studio with no creative ceiling. It also has the obligatory USB audio/MIDI interface to integrate easily into your DAW setup.
A new Top Dog? Looks like it!
The first reviews have started to hit the web, and I’ve popped one of the more in-depth ones below, along with the official Boss videos. As ever, it looks like Boss could come out on top here with its killer new GT-1000CORE.
You can pre-order yourself one today using the link below. And you may want to do so sooner rather than later, as I can see these selling out fast at this price. Especially with all these great features.
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