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The MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher is a new-concept pedalboard solution that maximizes your creative options by combining a world-class multi-effects engine and multi-pedal switcher in one small, dedicated unit. Now, anyone can put together a professional effects system that's incredibly compact, extremely light, and versatile enough to achieve nearly any sound imaginable.

The MS-3 is capable of running six internal pedal effects at once while seamlessly integrating three of your favourite external pedals. It also offers deep rig control capabilities, allowing you to switch amp channels, adjust effects in real time, work with MIDI devices, and more.

With the MS-3, it's easy to create a portable board or fly rig without the compromises associated with traditional loop switchers and all-in-one multi-effects units.

Specifications:

Modes: Memory mode/Manual mode
Loops: 3
AD/DA Conversion: 24 bits
Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz
Effects: 112 types
Patches: 200
Connectors:
- INPUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
- LOOPS L1--3 SEND jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
- LOOPS L1--3 RETURN jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
- OUTPUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
- CTL OUT CTL1/2 jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
- CTL IN EXP1 CTL1/2 jack, CTL IN EXP2 CTL3/4 jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
- USB COMPUTER port: USB type B
- MIDI OUT connector
- DC IN jack
Power Supply: AC adaptor
Current Draw: 280 mA
Included Accessories: AC adaptor, Rubber feet x 4
Dimensions (W x D x H): 246 x 97 x 68 mm (9-11/16 x 3-7/8 x 2-11/16 inches)
Weight: 1.1 kg (2 lbs 7 oz)

GREATEST PURCHASE OF MY LIFE!!!!!!!!0 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreBrampton, Ontario
I picked up this unit in December and have used it for numerous gigs and studio recording. I had a massive pedalboard with over 15 pedals for a while and found it hard to switch between different sounds while playing in a live situation. When I bought this unit I wanted to downsize my board and have a small rig that could do everything really well. The ms-3 was perfect. I sold most of my pedals except for my three favourite drives. A friedman beod an ibanez ts9 and a fulltone plimsoul. I was very impressed by the internal effects such as the reverbs, delays, and modulation. I also use this to switch between channels on my amp. I found that the effects in this unit sounded better than most of my pedals that I had previously as they were way more crisp and clear sounding. I think this is due to the fact that with a switcher the signal chain is shorter therefore having less impedance. What I love most about this unit is that with the press of one button I can activate anything I want. My only complaint is that the loops cannot be moved around so when I want to stack my distortions in different ways I can’t. But overall if you don’t have this unit BUY ITTT, you won’t regret it.
Posted by Nick on Mar 21, 2020
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A cpl of small things to improve on - but GREAT value0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCharlottetown, Prince Edward Island
I picked this up to use as a centerpiece for a fly rig. The cost/benefit was a major factor - it is quite loaded with features that I haven't even fully discovered yet. I do use the software which I find helpful. Quality of the tones were what you would expect from Boss. Great pallette to choose from and not hard to dial in. I started out using the software exclusively to edit, which works great to build patches according to your setlists/recall etc, but I have found that lately I am using it manually. My only gripes are that loops 1,2,3 are fixed and cannot be arranged in a specific order. NOt a deal breaker for the money - but it is worth knowing before you make the jump. Also, there are issues in patch mode of delay trails dropping with this unit. There is a way around that apparently, but I havent quite figured that out and I ended up using a DL4 in one of my loops to resolve that problem. (redundant, but I am still hoping for a firmware update to change that.) For that reason, I gave it a 4.5 Overall. Very good quality, small footprint, "Do anything" box for the price of a cpl of pedals that makes it easy to add a few analog boxes of your choice. What's not to love?
Posted by Roland on Jan 29, 2020
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boss ms-3 best purchase ever0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreBrampton, Ontario
best purchase I've ever made for my pedalboard. it literally does everything.
Posted by Nicholas on Jan 2, 2020
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Boss MS31 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCambridge, Ontario
This is an amazing unit. There were a couple pedals I was looking to buy then this caught my eye. For the same price of two boutique pedals I could pick up this. I am blown away! I’ve owned this for 6 months now and am still discovering things about it. I’ve owned multi effect pedals before and found them to be very cheap sounding so I started buying individual analog pedals. But after giving this a try I have to say that the digital technology has made huge steps the last few years. Boss hit a home run here. I use one of the loops for the 4 cable method and run a distortion and overdrive in the other two. I run a fuzz before and a bunch of modulation pedals and a looper after. The versatility with this setup is crazy. By running an expression pedal into the MS3 you can manipulate most parameters which gives me insane creative possibilities. Only thing that would make it perfect is being able to change the position of the 3 loops, but by using the built in effects and moving their positions around make that a very small issue. This has become an amazing toy and worth every penny!
Posted by EW on Nov 13, 2019
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AWESOME0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreCalgary Chinook, Alberta
I use it with a Katana , WOW! Gig ready in a heartbeat, ultimate fly rig too!
Posted by Gary on Feb 20, 2018
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Incredible value and functionality.2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreMississauga, Ontario
I've used various switching systems(very expensive ones at that) throughout the years as well as all flavors of multi-effects. No matter what the setup, there was always something missing or omitted.One detail that was overlooked that required purchasing more gear to get what you needed. Not with the MS-3 Boss has taken a good look at these systems and done their homework. There is very little to nothing this very small unit cannot do. As a switching unit alone it would be worth the price. 3 pedal loops, 1 control in for amp channel switching, 2 controls out for expression pedals or additional switches(tamp tempo etc..) Everything is completely programmable within the unit and PER PATCH(brilliant) as well along with all the switches that come on the MS3. MIDI out with nothing gimped(Looking at you Line6 M series) (PC and CC control). The PC editor is one of the best I've used, Super simple. I have not owned a Boss effect since a chorus pedal in the 80's. The built-in effects are top notch. Very surprised specifically with the overdrives. And all of the effects can be moved around the signal chain as needed. Check out some videos to get an idea of everything this little unit can do, true innovation from Boss!
Posted by Kdavies on Dec 4, 2017
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Great unit1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreLondon South, Ontario
This is really a great unit. Comes with the legendary Slow Gear and Terra Echo effects. Only gripe I have is that the 3 loops are locked together.
Posted by Jason on Aug 11, 2017
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