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ADVANCED TONE TOOLS FOR SERIOUS ACOUSTIC PLAYERS

Anyone who plays an amplified acoustic guitar on stage knows what a challenge it is to get a sound that's as inspiring as playing the instrument acoustically. The AD-10 is your solution to this age-old problem, offering advanced sound tools that enable you to achieve rich, natural acoustic tones every time you perform. At its core, the AD-10 is a fully featured, dual-channel acoustic preamp/DI pedal with premium audio quality, deep sound-shaping options, and flexible connectivity. On top of that, ambience, chorus, and delay effects are built in, eliminating the need to carry external sound processing.

But the AD-10 takes acoustic preamp design to an all-new level with its standout feature - BOSS's groundbreaking Acoustic Resonance processing. This advanced tech restores the complex body and string resonances that are lost with most pickup systems, bringing back the expressive, organic vibe that's so vital to the acoustic experience. And the features keep on coming, with transparent anti-feedback controls, memories for sound setups, an 80-second looper, USB audio, and much more. Hugely powerful yet simple to use, the compact AD-10 is your all-in-one companion for realizing impressive acoustic tones in every performing environment.

Preserve Your Sound with Multi-Level Feedback Protection

Because of their highly resonant construction, acoustic guitars are prone to problems with low-frequency feedback in stage situations. There are many variables that factor into the severity of feedback issues, including the instrument type, the pickup system, the location of the instrument relative to the speakers, and more. The advanced processing engine in the AD-10 goes well beyond the capabilities other preamps, providing multiple levels of feedback protection that are engineered to produce maximum results with little-to-no tone colouration.

Onboard BOSS Effects, Optimized for Acoustic Guitar

Alongside its powerful abilities to shape and maintain your core acoustic tone, the AD-10 includes a wide-range of built-in effects that sound great and are easy to use. The single-knob compressor delivers much more than meets the eye, employing BOSSs acclaimed MDP tech to transparently control your dynamics with intelligent processing. Acoustic guitars love reverb, and the AD-10's Ambience effect offers three types of high-quality reverberation specially tuned for guitar. There's also a delay with standard, mod, and reverse types, plus three different variations of BOSS's famous sound-widening stereo chorus effect.

Features:

• Professional preamp/DI for performing and recording with acoustic-electric guitar
• Acoustic Resonance restores the warm and rich resonance lost with most pickup systems
• Four-band EQ and variable low-cut filter tuned to deliver optimized tone shaping for acoustic guitar
• Multi-band compressor with MDP technology provides transparent dynamics control
• Newly developed anti-feedback functions control feedback while maintaining balanced tone
• Two channels with independent EQ for connecting two instruments or blending multiple pickup sources
• Onboard ambience, delay, and chorus effects with multiple sound types and adjustable parameters
• Boost function with adjustable tone setting
• Memory function for storing 10 sound setups
• Onboard looper with 80 seconds of recording time
• XLR and 1/4-inch connectivity for interfacing with PA systems, stage monitors, amps, and external effects
• USB audio interface functionality for computer recording and playback
• Fast and accurate built-in tuner
• Compact and portable design; runs on AC adapter or six AA-size batteries

Specifications:

Nominal Input Level
GUITAR IN 1,2: -10 dBu (Adjustable)
RETURN: -10 dBu

Input Impedance
GUITAR IN 1,2: 10 M ohms
RETURN: 220 k ohms

Nominal Output Level
SEND: -10 dBu
LINE OUT L/PHONES, R/MONO: -10 dBu
XLR OUT L, R: -10 dBu

Output Impedance
SEND: 1 k ohm
LINE OUT L/PHONES, R/MONO: 44 ohm
XLR OUT L, R: 600 ohms

Mode: Manual, Memory

Number of Memory: 10

Effects
• ACOUSTIC RESONANCE (3 Type)
• COMP (2 Type)
• 4 BAND EQ, LOW CUT
• BOOST
• CHORUS (3 Type)
• DELAY (3 Type)
• REVERB (3 Type)
• ANTI-FEEDBACK (REDUCTION, NOTCH x 2)

Phrase Loop: 80 sec

Display: 7 segments, 2 digits LED

Connectors:
• GUITAR IN 1,2 jack: 1/4-inch phone type
• SEND: 1/4-inch phone type
• RETURN: 1/4-inch phone type
• XLR OUT L, R connectors: XLR type
• LINE OUT L/PHONES, R/MONO jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
• EXP/CTL1,2 jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
• USB COMPUTER port: USB type B
• DC IN jack

Power Supply: AC adaptor, Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 6

Current Draw: 300 mA

Expected battery life under continuous use:
Alkaline battery: Approx. 6 hours
*These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.

Accessories: Owner's manual, Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY", AC adaptor

Size and Weight
Width: 217 mm / 8-9/16 inches
Depth: 161 mm / 6-3/8 inches
Height: 65 mm 2-9/16 inches
Weight (including batteries): 1.3 kg / 2 lbs 14 oz

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Closest StoreCambridge, Ontario
Solid unit, typical Boss. Easy to dial in a great sounds, and with some commitment you can menu-dive to do a lot of fine-tweaking. The tuner is "meh" and I may continue to use my tuner pedal in the chain. Here's the biggest "ohhh, so close..." issue for me. I love the dual inputs, selectable, etc., but I want to be able to route the inputs separately to the L and R XLR outs. What's that you say? You can? Yes, BUT...only dry signal (dry plus reverb and EQ I think). Why you can't route the inputs separately out the L and R XLR with the option to select wet or dry is beyond me. Also, I believe the effects loop is post the unit's effects, which means the boost drives the effects in the loop harder. My preference would be to have some more control over where the effects loop is inserted. Other than these issues (which I can pretty much find work-arounds for), I'm happy with it; sounds great.
Posted by John on Aug 11, 2019
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Excellent, well-rounded acoustic pre-amp and effects board5 of 5 customers found this review helpful

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I've been using pedals with acoustic guitar for 5 years now (I can't believe I've played for a decade without pedals). Through those years, I relied on my trusty Zoom A2 to be the lead pedal, amongst my delay, Line 6 M5 (for ambient sounds), volume pedal and looper. I couldn't bad mouth the A2 if I tried but realized I need to upgrade and get a preamp that would be well suited for the Church system I play through. I had my eye on the Boss AD-10 and the T-Rex Soulmate Acoustic. At first it looked like it was going to be the T-Rex because of its Shimmer effect but realized it didn't have an effects loop! That was the deal breaker, since I have other effects that have become my favourite over the years. I tested the AD-10 and even at everything off, it already made a positive difference on my Taylor 214CE, which happens to be tinny and overbright sometimes. I turned on the resonance, and man, I'm blown away! I can't stop playing the acoustic now. All the other effects are top notch as well. I can see myself being able to get by with just the AD-10 though I'd really miss my other pedals. I highly recommend this to any serious acoustic guitar player, and to the pedal noobs (like I once was). It's so easy to get really good tones out of your acoustic through this unit with just a few taps and couple of knob-turnings.
Posted by mieckers on Jan 8, 2018
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