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Oct 20, 2021

BOSS IR-200

The BOSS 200 series welcomes another member to its growing family, the IR-200 Amp and IR Cabinet Simulator, an uber-comprehensive stereo device for performing, rehearsing, and recording without the burden of real amp and cabinets for both guitar (8amp types) and bass (3 amp types).

We could spend all day going through all the features of the BOSS IR-200, so we’ll stick with a look at the features:

Its 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit floating-point processing, and 96 kHz sampling rate is next generation, above and beyond the call of duty sound quality, and the
128 user presets and (also) 128 for IR slots supporting for mono and stereo WAV files (200 or 500 ms length) provide ample room for presets and IR impulse storage (an onboard library includes 144 BOSS IRs and 10 Celestion Digital IRs, but you can record your own).

For the creative tinkerer, the setups support up to two Cabinet IRs run at once at once in mono or stereo, with two EQs in each memory plus two global EQs, all with selectable parametric or graphic operation and Room, Studio, and Hall ambience types to recreate that precious room sound. IR impulses and other settings can be controlled through dedicated software.

The back of the pedal features an effects loop with mono send and mono/stereo return, with selectable pre-cab or post-EQ positioning, USB audio interface for recording and playback with music software on Mac and Windows computers and iOS devices, while offering deep external control support via footswitches, an expression pedal, and TRS MIDI.

Hear the sound of the BOSS IR-200 for yourself in the intro video below. We added it to our article about the Best Amp and Cab Simulators.

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Direct Amp and IR Power for Performance, Recording, and Practice
Introducing the IR-200, the most advanced compact amp/IR solution available. This powerhouse stomp brings next-level performance to direct sound for guitar and bass, offering exceptional audio quality, premium amps, deep sound shaping, and instant sound recall with 128 memories. Over 150 hi-res cab impulse responses from BOSS and Celestion Digital are on board, plus 128 locations for loading your own mono or stereo IRs.

The IR-200 turns your pedalboard into a self-contained direct sound solution for live playing, studio recording, and practice. It delivers massive amp tones from a small footprint and smoothly integrates with all your favorite pedals, including stereo mod, delay, and reverb effects. And once you craft your tones, you can send them to a stage amp, house PA, computer recording system, or headphones—or all at once.

Standard Features
• Pedal-based amp simulator and impulse response loader with premium sound and features
• 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit floating-point processing, and 96 kHz sampling rate
• 128 user IR slots with support for mono and stereo WAV files, up to 32-bit floating point/96 kHz resolution, and 200 or 500 ms length
• Large onboard preset cab IR library with 144 BOSS IRs and 10 Celestion Digital IRs
• Class-leading IR reproduction with two custom DSPs
• Eight guitar and three bass amp types to cover a wide range of styles
• Run up to two IRs at once in mono or stereo
• 128 memories for storing user setups
• Two EQs in each memory plus two global EQs, all with selectable parametric or graphic operation
• Room, Studio, and Hall ambience types
• Effects loop with mono send and mono/stereo return, with selectable pre-cab or post-EQ positioning
• Dedicated software for loading cab IRs and backing up memories
• Versatile USB audio interface for recording and playback with music software on Mac and Windows computers and iOS devices
• Deep external control support via footswitches, an expression pedal, and TRS MIDI
• High-Resolution Stereo Cabinet IRs
• Backed by two powerful custom DSPs, the IR-200 provides exceptional IR performance with support for mono and stereo files, up to 32-bit floating point/96 kHz resolution, and up to 500 ms length for natural bass response. The 144 BOSS and 10 Celestion Digital IRs cover a vast range of cabinet and mic combinations and are always ready to use in your patches. And with the IR-200 IR Loader software for macOS and •  Windows, you can load in up to 128 mono or 64 stereo WAV IRs from your personal collection.

Premium Guitar and Bass Amp Tones
The IR-200’s inspiring amps sound and feel great to play, and they also interact nicely with drives and other pedal types in front. Eight guitar amps provide go-to platforms from classic clean, tweed, and class A to vintage and modern high-gain, while three bass amps offer rich, punchy sounds from clean to driven. Each amp type features responsive gain, bass, mid, and treble controls for dialing in core sounds quickly, and a noise suppressor is on hand for taming high-gain buzz. It’s also possible to bypass the amp section entirely and use the IR-200’s high-quality cab IRs with an amp/load box setup or external modeler.

Deep Sound Control
Offering deep sound-shaping tools and 128 memories, the IR-200 lets you build a library of setups for every playing situation. Use different amps for different styles, dial things in further with two parametric or graphic EQs, and add some space with one of three ambience effects. Two IRs can be used at once, allowing you to blend tones or create wide stereo sounds. There’s also an effects loop that can be positioned before or after the cab IR section, complete with support for stereo effects, series/parallel operation, and more. And at the end of the chain, two global EQs are available for final sound refinement.

Stage Commander
With the IR-200’s display, panel controls, and flexible connectivity, you can perform with confidence on any stage. Grab the dedicated knobs to tweak tones in the heat of the moment, and send independent feeds to a stage amp and house PA via the two output jacks. Scroll through memories with the two onboard footswitches while performing, and control a variety of functions with external footswitches or an expression pedal. MIDI control is also available, allowing you to interface with other MIDI-equipped pedals and devices like the ES-8 and ES-5 loop switchers.

Ready for Recording and Livestreams
Along with its other powerful features, the IR-200 is a high-quality USB audio interface for music recording and streaming software. Dedicated drivers provide a full range of audio interface functionality on macOS and Windows computers, while basic stereo audio streaming is possible with iOS devices. Record tracks and monitor audio with your computer DAW and re-amp sounds through your pedalboard and the IR-200’s amps and cab IRs. Or perform live on your favorite streaming platforms with fantastic direct sound.

Practice, Monitor, and Play Along with Backing Music
The IR-200 is also equipped with a headphones jack for sound monitoring while practicing, recording, or playing live. You can play with normal stereo sound through headphones or switch in a cool surround effect for an immersive and inspiring sonic experience. There’s also a stereo aux input for playing jam tracks or backing music from your phone, a mixer, or another audio device.