FAQ

What guitar do you use to design these patches with?

Great question! Obviously everything that you use can influence and change the tone in some way. I use a Mexican Fender Roland Stratocaster for Tone Design for these patches. I try to only use the standard pickups that came with the guitar.

Occasionally I use the detuning function that’s on the guitar for speed of alternate tunings but usually only in a live environment when there’s not time to do it manually (e.g. the GT-100 Medley that’s on YouTube).

So that’s it! No magic guitar, just real tone from plain pickups.

How can I use these patches through my guitar amplifier?

For information about how to get these patches to sound the same through your particular guitar amplifier, please see the answer to the FAQ question, “Why don’t my Patches sound the same as your Audio Previews?”.

Why don’t my Patches sound the same as your Audio Previews?

OK, there are a few reasons why this might be. Firstly, all of the Audio Previews that you are hearing are recorded direct (without a Guitar Amplifier) and with nothing else done to them (i.e. no EQ’ing or other effects added). So what you have downloaded is exactly the same as I used.

With this being the case you will only get these patches to sound EXACTLY the same if you run them directly into a P.A. System or some other FULL-RANGE Speaker Environment (e.g. Keyboard Amplifier, Powered Monitors, Studio monitors, Headphones, etc). I did this so you can hear every detail of the tones.

Each patch also has an Amplifier Simulator and a Speaker Simulator ON. These are separate parts. The Amplifier makes the amp tone and the Speaker Simulator simulates the speaker for that amplifier (this can significantly change the tone too).

Now if you want to run these live with a Guitar Amplifier (which I assume many of you will want to do) there are a few things you will need to do. I will go through each Multi-Effects separately as they are all a little different.
Firstly, EVERY GUITAR AMPLIFIER SOUNDS DIFFERENT! And that’s the problem, they will all change the tone of the patches in their own way. Also some of these patches are programmed using Stereo Effects (because that’s what was in the recorded tone that I was simulating). Remember, these patches are simulating the recorded version of the guitar tone and any effects that were done in the studio afterwards, some of which are in stereo.
Also, if you have an amplifier with an FX Loop I would recommend that you run these patches straight into the FX Return of your amp (which will bypass the preamp stage of you amplifier and avoid the tone being changed by the preamp) from the OUTPUT of you Multi-Effects.
For all patches I use a Mexican Fender Stratocaster using only the standard pickups (I have the Mexican Roland Fender Strat but I only use the standard pickups). I use a Strat because it’s a nice plain tone to begin Tone Design with.
 
BOSS ME-80
The Speaker Simulator on the ME-80 is switched On and Off by inserting a plug into the REC OUT/PHONES Output. When you put a plug into that output it switches on the Speaker Simulator for ALL OUTPUTS (i.e. the Gt. AMP OUTPUT R and L/MONO). You can try it by plugging the Gt. AMP Output to your amp or FX Return on your Effects Loop and putting a mini jack plug in and out of the REC OUT/PHONES Output. You will hear a BIG difference in the tone. You need to try these options to see what sounds closest with your particular amplifier.
 
BOSS GT-1
The Speaker Simulator on the GT-1 is switched On and Off by selecting the LINE/PHONES Output option in the Output Select Menu. There are quite a few other options in that menu and all of them have a slightly different EQ Curve so you might want to cycle through them and see which setting sounds the closest with you amplifier. You will sometimes hear a BIG difference in the tone.
 
BOSS GT-100
The Speaker Simulator on the GT-100 is switched On and Off by selecting the LINE/PHONES Output option in the Output Select Menu (same as GT-1). There are quite a few other options in that menu and all of them have a slightly different EQ Curve so you might want to cycle through them and see which setting sounds the closest with you amplifier. You will sometimes hear a BIG difference in the tone.
 
ROLAND GR-55
The Speaker Simulator on the GT-100 is switched On and Off by selecting the LINE/PHONES Output option in the Output Select Menu (same as GT-1 & GT-100). There are quite a few other options in that menu and all of them have a slightly different EQ Curve so you might want to cycle through them and see which setting sounds the closest with you amplifier. You will sometimes hear a BIG difference in the tone.

How do I load a patch into my Multi-Effects Unit?

The patches for all Boss and Roland Effects Units from this website use the free software Boss Tone Studio software (except GR-55 that uses it’s librarian software to upload patches into it).

Each device has its own version of Boss Tone Studio so make sure you download the correct one for your device.

Boss Tone Studio is available from here: Boss