BOSS 200 Series Pedals Explained: EQ-200 Graphic Equalizer

BOSS 200 Series Pedals Explained: EQ-200 Graphic Equalizer

September 12, 2019 0 By Bernardo Ryan


The BOSS 200 series represents a wide
range of effects, class-leading sound quality and intuitive controls. All units have premium audio quality thanks to 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit internal processing, and
96kHz sample rate. You can store 4 different memories for instant recall plus there’s a manual mode which is basically how the sliders are set. you can also control the pedal via external switches, expression pedal or TRS-MIDI in and out. The EQ-200 is a super flexible programmable and compact EQ pedal perfect for guitar and bass. EQ is rarely someone’s first choice in pedal
but it’s incredible how much of an impact actually has
on the sound of your guitar whether it be in the studio or playing with musicians in a live application. An EQ tweak can really make a difference between a muddy mess or cutting through
the mix with your bandmates. It’s also a great tool for sculpting your tone
taming multiple amplifiers using different guitars or
just making mentalguitar sounds. It has a dual 10 band EQ so you can be
really precise about the frequencies you’re cutting or boosting which is
reflected on the screen here. You have several signal flow options
available such as mono, dual mono and stereo EQ and pre and post EQ for a ton
of practical or musical applications. On the EQ-200 the frequency response is
exactly the same as you see on slider on the LCD screen. So it does provide truly
graphical equalization. There are also 3 different frequency setups you can
choose for more detailed sound shaping. So I want to do now is show you how
I can use the EQ-200 to act as a high-pass filter. Or in other words, take out all the low from the signal and create kind of a radio effect. I’ve prepared a guitar riff so I’m going
to play it without it and then I’m going to add it in and you can hear just how
big a difference it makes. So in this example I just want to
demonstrate how a few subtle changes on EQ-200 can really change the sound of
your amplifier. So this is what I’ve got without EQ-200 in. While I’ve done now is pull out a little
bit of mid-range boosted the overall level and it’s almost acting like a
presence mid scoop boost so here we go. It’s also really good to lead. So I want to do now is take the EQ-200
and use it for multiple benefits. Firstly, I’m going to take my guitar and split the signal off into two different amplifiers by using the two the left and
the right out on the back of EQ-200. Secondly, I’ve taken two amplifiers the
NEXTONE and the JC They are very different sounding amplifiers and being
able to dedicate an EQ to each output I can blend the two together and get one
full guitar sound. So now we’re going to hear both amplifiers
without the EQ engaged. So in this example I’m bringing a DD-200 into it. It’s set to wet/dry mode and then what I’m doing is sending that signal to the EQ-200 that goes to two different amplifiers. I can EQ them both completely independently, so that I’m allowed to have my delayed signal in the clean and then the dry signal in the dirty sound. So in this example I’ve inserted a SD-1W in between the two EQ’s allowing me to EQ on the way in and out. So what I’ve done is basically boost to the level going in and then EQ on the way out. So here’s how it sounds. Thanks to the studio grade digital
processing this unit is very low noise which is great for an EQ pedal. If you connect an expression pedal, you can control the output of either channel or the overall level of the pedal. An additional footswitch allows you to
control memories and their on-off status or hook it up via MIDI to gain access to
a ton of controls or use it with a switcher such as in ES-5 or ES-8. If you not familier with this type of MIDI port you’ll definitely be seeing more of it soon. It’s a 3.5mm connection just like a headphone cable but it connects the exact same way
as a standard MIDI cable. It’s just smaller like this. You can use a simple cable like this to connect multiple 200 units and
control them together. Very simple yet very sophisticated. Go to boss.info to find out more.