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page updated: January 21 2001
Before I bought this one I used a Rockman Midi
Octopus, which was very good, but this switcher offered me maximum
flexibility in switching. It is able to switch on/off functions for
amps like channel switching, reverb on/off etc. You can connect 8 jack
cables to any device that has jack on/off outputs, program which functions
should when be on and when off, hook a midi cable to a device that does
the midi channel switching and you're done. This is something that some
other gear can do as well, but what what makes this one special is that
the grounds are not connected to each other, so no groundloophums and best
of all you can program each output/switch to be either momentary or
The hold time for momentary switching can even be programmed!. This device was designed and developed by Nobels in Germany built was sold for many years as a Fender switcher, maybe one of the only midi devices Fender ever sold. And especially for Fenders it has an additional connection for stereo or mono cables to switch channels/reverbs. This thing is totally over designed (which I love), it has even 4 connections for footswitches with which you can use to control the MS-8 instead of using midi, you can give a title to each program and even make a custom power-up message. The only negative about the switcher is that it uses an adapter, apart from that it's the best function switcher ever built as far as I know.
The Mesa/Boogie Quad preamp has no midi options, but has for each function (channel, EQ, reverb switching, 8 in total) a jack output. And guess what... the Nobels MS-8 can handle 8 functions, so it's a perfect match. So I've connect the two with 8 small cables and hooked a midi cable from this device to the DigiTech GSP2101, and now I can control my whole system with just one press on the right button. So no separate channel switching for the Quad preamp and the fx, which leads to a lot of tap-dancing, but just one press on the button and I can go from "clean + Accutronics reverb + EQ + detune + chorus + delay" to "screaming lead + EQ + (light) detune + noise gate" without any audio drops or anything, and just with one press on a button. :o)
With this device I can really get the best out of the Quad preamp, which is not possible in any other way. Besides the normal settings like clean + a 5 band EQ, I can also make stuff like "clean1 + eq1 + lead2 + eq2" at the same time. The Quad is able to run any channel at any time.... There is no end to the possibilities. You want all four channels on at the same time, just do it.
The MS-8 also controls the Custom A/B switcher which mutes the output of the preamp when needed.
Too bad these babies are out of production. If you search hard (www.ebay.de ) you can find them second hand for a nice price. Otherwise you would have to go with one from Axess, Rockman, Engl, Ernst Fliek, Rolls, Exef, DMC, Kitty Hawk, etc. Most of the previous mentioned companies still make similar devices, but new prices are most of the time much higher and have less functions to program. check the links section for their websites.