Owner’s Manual Thank you, and congratulations on your choice of the BOSS ME-50 Guitar Multiple Effects. Before using this unit, carefully read the sections entitled: “USING THE UNIT SAFELY” (page 2–3) and “IMPORTANT NOTES” (page 4) . These sections provide important information concerning the proper operation of the unit. Additionally, in order to feel assured that you have gained a good grasp of every feature provided by your new unit, owner’s manual should...
USING THE UNIT SAFELY Used for instructions intended to alert the user to the risk of death or severe injury should improperly. Used for instructions intended to alert the user to the risk of injury or material damage should the unit be used improperly.
• In households with small children, an adult should provide supervision until the child is capable of following all the rules essential for the safe operation of the unit. • Protect the unit from strong impact. (Do not drop it!) •...
IMPORTANT NOTES 291a In addition to the items listed under “USING THE UNIT SAFELY” on page 2–3, please read and observe the following: Power Supply: Use of Batteries • Do not use this unit on the same power circuit with any device that will generate line noise (such as an electric motor or variable lighting system).
(This may vary according to usage conditions.) Making the Connections The ME-50 is not equipped with any internal amplifier or speakers. To listen to sound with the ME-50, connect it to a guitar amp, stereo headphones, or other such sound equipment.
If There Is No Sound/If the Volume is Low Turning Off the Power 1. Turn down the volume of the ME-50 and any connected 2. Turn off the power to Guitar Amp / Stereo, Multitrack 3. Tuen the ME-50’s power off.
TONE MODIFY fig.0090 TONE MODIFY Indicator This changes the characteristics of the connected guitar. TYPE knob The sound is bypassed. * When switched OFF, the TONE MODIFY indicator goes out. Fat tone with boosted mid range. PRESENCE Bright tone with boosted high-mid range. MILD Mild tone with the high end cut back.
Using the Effects COMPRESSOR fig.0110 COMPRESSOR Indicator This is an effect that produces a long sustain by evening out the volume level of the input signal. You can also use it as a “limiter” to suppress only the sound peaks and prevent distortion.
OVERDRIVE/DISTORTION fig.0130 OVERDRIVE/DISTORTION Indicator Pedal Indicator OD/DS Pedal These are effects that distort the sound. You can use the TYPE knob in combination with [VARIATION] to get 22 different types of distortion. Type List [VARIATION] Off OD-1 Models the BOSS OD-1. OD-2 Models the BOSS OD-2.
MOD Pedal An effect that broadens sound and adds undulations is called “modulation.” The ME-50 comes with 11 different types of Modulation effects. Select any one of these as the effect to be used. MOD pedal Depress the pedal to toggle Modulation on/off.
FLANGER Adds a undulation like that of a jet ascending or decending. RATE/KEY knob Adjusts the rate of flanging effect. DEPTH/HARMONY knob Adjusts the depth of flanging effect. E.LEVEL/RESONANCE knob Adjusts the amount of resonance. HARMONIST “Harmonist” is an effect which the amount of shifting is adjusted according to an analysis of the guitar input, allowing you to create harmonics based on diatonic scales.
Using the Effects ROTARY Produces the effect of a rotary speaker. RATE/KEY knob Adjusts the speed of rotation for the speaker. DEPTH/HARMONY knob Adjusts the depth of the rotary effect. E.LEVEL/RESONANCE knob Adjusts the volume of the rotary effect. Adding an Effect Synchronized to the Performance Tempo When any effect other than HARMONIST is selected, you can set the tempo so you get an effect that is synchronized to...
Using the Effects HOLD Up to 2 seconds of performance content is recorded, then played back repeatedly. You can also layer this as you perform something else, then record these together (overdub). You can keep the recorded content playing continuously as backing and produce other special effects.
Write Procedures (p. 21) When the Tempo Has Been Set The delay time stored in a Patch (p. 20) is determined as follows. • If it is within the delay time range that can be set for the type currently selected, it is stored without change. •...
Using the Effects NS (Noise Suppressor) fig.0190 NS Indicator This effect reduces the noise and hum picked up by guitar pickups. Since it suppresses the noise in synchronization with the envelope of the guitar sound (the way in which the guitar sound decays over time), it has very little effect on the guitar sound, and does not harm the natural character of the sound.
“talking” modulation sounds and realistic human voice sounds. RING MOD This is an effect that crosses the ME-50’s internal oscillator with the guitar source sound to change the sound to a metallic sound devoid of any feeling of pitch.
The mode in which the tone produced reflects the panel settings just as they are is called “Manual mode.” A dot appears in the display when the ME-50 is in Manual mode. fig.0240 When switching from Manual mode to Memory mode, press the No.
Write Procedure The “Write procedure” enables you to save the created tone settings using the panel knobs and pedals, MASTER LEVEL knob setting, and expression pedal settings to Patches. * You can carry out the Write procedure in both Manual mode and Memory mode.
About the Tempo Setting If you hold down the currently selected number pedal for at least two seconds, the pedal indicator flashes, and the ME-50 switches to tempo setting mode, and the number pedal can then be used to input the tempo.
When DELAY is ON and a Patch that has a TYPE setting of HOLD is called up, the pedal indicator flashes slowly, indicating that the ME-50 is in recording standby. Afterwards, the following conditions are in effect. • Holding down the number pedal: begins recording •...
The new setting is stored upon exiting Tuner mode. If you turn off the power with the ME-50 still in Tuner mode, the changed reference pitch is not saved. 3. Play a single note on the string to be tuned; play the string open.
AUX IN jack. * AUX IN is a stereo mini jack. fig.0370 Sound input to the AUX IN jack is mixed in the ME-50 with the guitar sounds, a convenient feature when using headphones for home practice and other such situations.
Appendices Returning the ME-50 to Its Factory Settings (Factory Reset) You can restore all of the ME-50’s settings (thirty patches and tuner reference pitch) to what they were at the time the unit was shipped from the factory. This is referred to as “Factory Reset.”...
Troubleshooting If there is no sound, or if it appears the ME-50 is not functioning correctly, first check the points below. If the following measures do not solve the problem, contact your dealer or the nearest Roland Service Center. No Sound/Volume is Low Are connections to other devices correctly made? Check the connections once more.
Patch List BANK NO. Lead distortion sound with sustain. Loud rock Patch effective with low sound. Persistent twin lead sound. Solid drive sound, perfect for lead. Crunch sound with particularly rough distortion. Organ style Patch that uses the ROTARY effect. Patch with stack amp style distortion.
MODULATION TYPE RATE DEPTH E.LEVEL HARMONIST ROTARY ST CHORUS 1 13 CHORUS ST CHORUS 1 24 CHORUS ST CHORUS 1 24 CHORUS TREMOLO PHASER CHORUS UNI-V ST CHORUS 1 29 CHORUS PHASER CHORUS VIBRATO DELAY TYPE TIME FEEDBACK LEVEL 100–500 ms 100–500 ms 100-500 ms 100-500ms...
This product complies with the requirements of European Directive 89/336/EEC. FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION RADIO FREQUENCY INTERFERENCE STATEMENT This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.