Boss ES-5 Effects Switching System

Programmable Effects Switching System with 5 Loops, 200 Patch Memories, Customizable Functions, Switchable Buffers, LCD/LED Displays, and Analog Circuit Design
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BOSS's Pedalboard-friendly Switching System

The BOSS ES-5 is a pedalboard-friendly effects switching system that provides you with a host of often-requested features and functions. You have access to five loops, allowing you to craft elaborate effects chains. The ES-5's onboard memory allows you to store 200 patches that can be recalled with a tap of your toe. All of the switcher's functions can be customized. And it utilizes an analog circuit to keep your tone clean and pure. The BOSS ES-5 effects switching system is going to become very popular here at Sweetwater.

BOSS ES-5 Effects Switching System Features at a Glance:
  • 5 loops for flexible routing
  • 200 instantly recallable patch memories
  • Onboard memory stores external control parameters
  • Completely customizable pedal function
  • Buffers can be switched on/off individually
  • Highly reliable footswitches with switch-noise mute capability
  • LCD and 7-segment LED display show detailed information
  • 100% analog circuit protects your pure tone
The BOSS ES-5 effects switching system takes the tap dancing out of your performance.

Tech Specs

Number of Footswitch Buttons 5
Inputs 1 x 1/4" (instrument), 1 x 1/4" (tuner)
Outputs 1 x 1/4" (main out)
Effects Loop 5 x 1/4" loops
MIDI I/O In, Out/Thru
Other I/O 2 x 1/4" TRS (external control), 1 x 1/4" TRS (expression/control)
Manufacturer Part Number ES-5

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Best deal on a switcher

These units are exactly what is needed without the high price of profession touring rigs. The ES-5 which I have does all you need. Switch pedals, switch channels on amps, control MIDI you name it. The multiple ways to route the signal path is great too, series, parallel, you name it. Best accessory I ever bought.

Perfect Organizer

Wow, i use this switching system to run a relatively small pedal board. So nice to be able to kick in 3 effects at a time for leads with one switch! There is a small learning curve but its super easy to use depending on how complicated you want to make. it will really expand your sound while making things easier too - no more tap dancing around on stage! Once you use it you won't be able to go back! Highly recommend!
Music background: Gigging Musician

Boss Nailed It!!

If you are a working guitarist who wants to stick with all analog gear like me... a multi-channel tube amp with FX loop and a pedal board you wouldn't dream of parting with... this controller will make your gigs a snap.You want any pedal combination in your signal chain switched on (or off), with channel switching in one stomp? Done. How about changing your signal path order? No problem. Put some pedals in your effects loop and others in front of the amp? Yep. Want to recall a delay program from your Strymon's MIDI port? Sure thing! Want to set up a "lead" patch that will also give you a +6db boost? Check!Look at it this way... you can have most of the capabilities offered in a digital multi-fx pedal for your analog rig. I've used this pedal on a few gigs now and it's made my life so much easier!!! With 20 patches that do everything from cleans to heavy overdrive with or without delay, reverb, chorus, and channel changes all happening with just one stomp, I am a very happy guitarist!On top of that it's easy to program, easy to understand its layout. 5 Banks, 8 Groups in each Bank. Took me a couple of hours to come up with 20 patches that covered everything I needed for gigs (4 groups of 5 presets in one bank) and I have more than enough memory left for different setups. For example, I will set up a different Bank for using my pedal board with a single channel, no FX loop amp.And if that weren't enough, Sweetwater hooked me up with with super fast delivery that had me gigging with this within a week of ordering it!!My only complaint is, there aren't enough switches on the unit to dedicate to both, Bank and Group switching. So I opted to program the top 2 switches (Bank & Mute) to function as Group Up/Down, since that gives me 40 foot switchable patches in one Bank. That's all I really need since I'm separating my Banks by rig setup and 40 is more than enough for one rig. But, I can use an external footswitch for Bank Up/Down if I want, and actually plan on building such a switch myself. And given the ES-5's relatively small footprint on my board, it's not a major problem for me at all.So if you're considering this... just get it, you'll be very glad you did!!

No More Tap Dancing!!!

This thing does exactly what I want it to do! I love being able to program patches and turn on/off my drives with one click. My tap dancing days are over!!! And the midi functionality is super handy, as I can change patches on my delay pedal even if I don't have it in one of the loops. One of the most handy things is the external control functions. I use this to turn on/off my reverb and tremolo on my Vox AC15C1. Just hookup a stereo cable from one of the ext ctrl plugs on the ES-5 to the footswitch plug on the back of my Vox. Being able to program the reverb and tremolo individually per patch is just pure awesome. I almost bought the footswitch for the Vox, but now I don't need it. People with dual channel amps that are footswitchable will appreciate being able to program in channel changes per patch. Another handy feature is the ability to change the pedal order per patch. I like being able to place my compressor before or after my drives to create a different sound or level of sustain, and changing my drives order around gives me different gain-stacking possibilities. The fact that this is all programmable makes experimenting super easy without needing to rewire things. If I have my way, I will always own a device like this for playing live. You just can't beat hitting one switch to change sounds or to go from one part of a song to another. This is a game changer for me! And thanks to the always awesome customer service from my sale engineer Chris Jenkins. He and all the other Sweetwater staff truly are the best in the business!!!
Music background: Worship Leader/Singer Songwriter

Great features, superior sound

I bought this party so I didn't have to tap dance when switching on multiple effects at the same time. But I was also have 3 amps running and I wanted to have on only 2 at a time depending on if it was a clean or distorted sound. I was told this could accomplish that goal thanks to the parallel loops feature. As I waited for it to arrive, I worried if it really would work that way. Sure enough, I was able to program it to where my amps come in or are left out. So not only do I have a pedal switcher, but I'm using it as an amp switcher (not the amp channel but amp itself) too. It does everything that I wanted it for. Being able to program the order of the pedals is a great feature and the sound is very clean. I've noticed a difference in sound quality from the days where I was daisey chaining all my pedals together. Can't say enough good things about the ES5. I plan to use this pedal for years to come.
Music background: Hobbyist
See also: Footswitches, Boss, Boss Pedal & Effects Accessories, Boss Footswitch / Selector Pedals