Boss ES-8 Effects Switching System

Step up your pedal switching with eight programmable loops and on-board memory. Analog circuitry protects the pure tone you've worked so hard to maintain.

The ES-8 Effects Switching System begins life with a sharp and clear mission: to provide pro and high-end users with cool and creative solutions. The innovative ES-8 is a system that represents a major leap "out of the box" from the standard individual stomp box utility. It is great way of providing unprecedented capability without sacrificing sound quality. The ES-8 combines far-reaching flexibility with total freedom of expression. All this, in one cool device.

Not just another utility tool, the ES-8 kicks down the door to unlimited possibilities in the universe of musical expression. From this day on, the use of stomp boxes will never be the same. Using BOSS' advanced technology the ES-8 is designed for spontaneity on the stage. So, go ahead. Jump out of the box. Take the plunge into a world of musical expression. It's a total game changer that will take you to places no musician has ever gone before.

Flex Your Routability with the ES-8

One of the ES-8's key features is its innovative routing flexibility, which provides the ability to easily rearrange the order of a chain of stompbox effects. This gives professional guitarists the ability to access a wide array of effect combinations, offering total creative freedom to achieve the unique sounds that they desire. In addition, the ES-8's parallel chain function increases the effect combination options further, thereby expanding the final sound variation capability exponentially. What's more, all of these programmed read more configurations can be saved for instant access during a live performance.

Isn't it About Time You Got Connected?

Supporting the ES-8's superior functionality is its comprehensive connectivity, which empowers this amazing switcher to do the job it does. In addition to the eight effect loops on board, there are three TRS control output jacks, two TRS expression output jacks, and two TRS control/expression input jacks. MIDI capability is also included for integrating seamlessly with MIDI-controlled stomp effects. These centralized controls make the ES-8 even more powerful as a total command center of sound creativity. Of course, as is consistent throughout the ES-8 system, all of these control settings are also storable.

Protects the Purity of Your Precious Tone

In addition to routing capability and connectivity, the ES-8 pays particular attention to sound quality. It's designed in a way that does not contribute to sound deterioration, keeping your tone pure and free of noise. These results are accomplished by carefully designed analog circuitry developed with the know-how, experience, and design expertise of the Boss engineering team. In further regard to tone pureness, the ES-8 is equipped with input and output buffers that can be turned on and off independently as needed to suit any rig.

Pro-level Design for Gig Durability

The ES-8 effect switching system is more than just a smartly designed tool for the creation of awesome sounds. It is also a handsome piece of hardware that is going to look really good on your pedalboard. Built with durable mechanical functions in a road-tough design, the ES-8 combines huge technical innovations with small useful conveniences. Memory capability with 800 patches, a large display with extensive naming capacity, and robust responsive foot switches with full assignability are just a few of the features that make this switcher the choice of the pros.


- Programmable switching system with eight loops (plus an additional loop)
- Analog circuit design to protect your pure tone
- Unprecedented routing flexibility with the ability to change the routing order and create parallel effect chains
- Onboard memory for storing external control parameters such as delay time for each patch
- Buffers can be turned on/off individually each for input and output and stored in each patch; level variability for output buffer
- Highly-reliable footswitches with switch-noise mute capability
- LCD and 7-segment LED display show detailed information at a glance
- 800 patch memories provide unmatched capability for touring musicians
- Completely customizable pedal function assignments
- Scratching the itch of serious working musicians with detailed attention to often-requested features and functions
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- Loops:
- 8 (Effect loop)
- 1 (Volume loop)
- Patch Memory: 800
- Pedals:
- Number switch x 8
- BANK switch x 2
- MUTE switch
- Nominal Input Level:
- IN 1, 2: -10 dBu
- RTN 1--6, RTN 7L, RTN 7R, RTN 8L, RTN 8R, RTN VOL: -10 dBu
- Input Impedance: IN 1, 2: 1 M ohms
- Nominal Output Level: SEND 1--7, SEND 8L, SEND 8R, SEND VOL, OUT 1/L, OUT 2/R, TUNER: -10 dBu
- Output Impedance: OUT 1/L, OUT 2/R, TUNER: 1 k ohms or greater
- Recommended Load Impedance: 10 k ohms or greater
- Display:
- 7 segments, 3 characters (LED)
- 16 characters, 2 lines (backlit LCD)
- Connectors:
- IN 1, 2 jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
- SEND 1--7, SEND 8L, SEND 8R, SEND VOL jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
- RTN 1--6, RTN 7L, RTN 7R, RTN 8L, RTN 8R, RTN VOL jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
- OUT 1/L, OUT 2/R jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
- TUNER jack: 1/4-inch phone type
- EXT CTL 1/2, CTL 3/4, CTL 5/6 jacks: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
- EXT CTL EXP 1, EXP 2 jacks: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
- CTL IN EXP 1 CTL 1/2, EXP 2 CTL 3/4 jacks: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
- MIDI connectors (IN, OUT/THRU)
- DC IN jack
- Power Supply: AC adaptor
- Current Draw: 400 mA
- Accessories: AC adaptor, Owner's manual, Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY," Rubber foot x 5, Screw x 2
- Dimensions: (W x D x H) 17 5/16 x 5 7/16 x 2 9/16" (439 x 137 x 65 mm)
- Weight: 5 lbs 9 oz. (2.5kg)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 7.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 22 x 9 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BOS ES8

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 323-890-3700

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (5 ratings)
Submitted January 13, 2018 by a customer from in San Diego, CA
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Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Possibility's are endless, is an understatement concerning this product Everything about this product is brilliant well thought out for the giggin guy! whether you play at different clubs every weekend doin top 40 stuff,or out on tour, its everything I would need and more. The only down side to this product is the manual,I've been a Boss/Rolland user for 3 decades and they build great products for giggin guys but the manual is never the easiest. Knowing how Boss/Roland manuals are,as usual,I took a good part of a sunday afternoon to learn it. Once you learn the ES-8 through all the manual, its a piece-O-cake. I highly advice learning it through the manual and knowing how to set it up before using the editor,this makes you a proficient pro musician in the middle of a set songs live on stage,when changes are needed... highly recommend!
Musical Background:
35+ yrs Guitar Player, 20+yrs are live gigs,its where its at.....
Musical Style:
Almost all styles
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