Boss already have a slew of all-in-one solutions for live musicians, and they have now added the Boss VE-8 Acoustic Singer to this range. This is aimed at singer/songwriters that use an acoustic instrument live, meaning it can process both the guitar and the voice and adds effects that are easy to access.
The VE-8 is designed to be as simple as possible to use and offers effects like reverb and harmonisation. It has an automatic key detection feature for the harmonies function as well as a doubling effect, making it useful for solo performances where you need to fill out your lone voice.
The guitar side of the VE-8 has effects like reverb, chorus, octave, mod delay and Boss also claim that it can remove some of the piezo ‘quack’ from your acoustic guitar. I’m not sure how this will work, but piezo guitars do have an odd tone to them. They are, however, easy to use live and don’t suffer as readily from feedback issues, so if it can make it sound more like a mic’d acoustic then that would be great.
The VE-8 has mic and guitar jack inputs, XLR and jack outputs plus a USB port for hooking up a PC or Mac. Both guitar and vocal sides of the unit have a three-band EQ section and also a low-cut filter, which is great for getting rumble out of your live performance through a PA system. It’s very much aimed at live use and may be an interesting product for many.
There are also footswitches to control the built-in looper and you can store data to any one of 50 different memory slots. This is an awful lot and probably more than I would ever need. But maybe if you are a budding Newton Faulkner then you may get some more out of this aspect of the pedal than someone like me.
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