Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion
The Boss DA-2 has a unique claim, it applies consistent distortion across the fretboard by adapting the level of effect to your playing.
The pedal's Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) allows it to split your guitar signal and distort each part separately.
In the sea of distortion pedals, the new Boss DA-2 is gaining quite the following, thanks to its unique approach to applying distortion. In the near future, it will not be surprising to find it among the market's top distortion pedals.
On the outside, the pedal looks like any other boss pedal, tank tough exterior with basic controls for level and distortion along with EQ knobs for adjusting the low and high frequencies. However what makes it unique is how it dirties your guitar signal.
The DA-2 pedal works by first analyzing your guitar signal using a variety of factors or dimensions. It then applies different effect levels to each stage using an algorithm that results in improved multi-note clarity, expression and dynamic response.
This is very different from conventional pedals that simply applY the same level of effect into the entire guitar signal. The DA-2 selectively adapts the effect to where and how you are playing in real-time to create what Roland calls us the "ideal tone for every register."
Here is another video demo that showcases more of what the DA-2 can do:
The video highlights how you can play two or more notes at the same time with impressive clarity and articulation. It also shows how uniform the distorted tone is wherever the fretting hand is on the fretboard. Another notable thing about the pedal as shown on the video was how it keeps the low frequencies intact and clear, making it an ideal pedal for those that tune down or use 7 and 8 string electric guitars.
User reviews of this pedal has been unanimous and we agree that the DA-2 is one of the most responsive and clear sounding pedal in the market today. Although it does limit user control, the complex processing done within the pedal compensates for it. So to sum it up, this is a very interesting distortion pedal that is living up to its claims.
Another great thing about this pedal is that it is competitively priced, currently retailing for only $129. If you want to know more about this pedal, visit Boss US.
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When you consider how much time and effort you put into getting your rig to sound just the way you want, it makes sense to ensure your guitar cables are also up to the job - after all they're an important part of the tone chain. Also remember that occasionally things will go wrong, so always carry at least one spare cable to gigs and rehearsals.