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Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

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A compact pedal that delivers perfect distortion tones in every register.

Powered by Multi-Dimensional Processing technology (MDP), the DA-2 Adaptive Distortion delivers ideal distortion tones wherever you play on the guitar neck.

Multi-Dimensional Processing for Superior Tone
Roland's innovative Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) analyzes audio signals in many dimensions and applies ideal effects to each. By giving different dynamic changes relative to the input signal in real time, MDP can create bold, all-new sounds with a previously unattainable range of expression.

DA-2: Ideal Distortion Across Your Guitar's Entire Range
Unlike standard distortion pedals that process the entire guitar signal with one effect, the DA-2's Multi-Dimensional Processing employs multiple distortion processors to seamlessly adapt the sound in real time and create the ideal tone for every register. As a result, the DA-2 delivers a rich, musical distortion that plays well all over the neck, from tight, edgy low-string tones to fat, smooth highs for lead playing. With the power of MDP, the DA-2's distortion is dramatically responsive to your playing dynamics, and every note is heard with clarity and definition.

FEATURES
Next-generation BOSS compact pedal with innovative Multi-Dimensional Processing, realized with proprietary technology and custom DSP
Distortion that adapts to create the ideal sound in every register
Ultra-responsive to volume changes and playing dynamics
High-clarity sound, even when playing two or more notes at the same time
Very low noise, even with high-gain settings
Intuitive operation similar to standard distortion pedals

A new dimension in effects. Own it today.

SPECIFICATIONS
Nominal Input Level: 20 dBu
Input Impedance: 1 M ohm
Nominal Output Level: 20 dBu
Output Impedance: 1 k ohm
Recommended Load Impedance: 10 k ohms or greater
Controls: Pedal switch LEVEL knob LOW knob HIGH knob A-DIST (Adaptive Distortion) knob
Indicator: CHECK indicator (Serves also as battery check indicator)
Connectors: INPUT jack OUTPUT jack AC adaptor jack (DC 9 V)
Power Supply: Alkaline battery (9V, 6LR61) or Carbon-zinc battery (9V, 6F22) AC adaptor (sold separately)
Current Draw: 45 mA * Expected battery life under continuous use Alkaline: Approx. 9 hours Carbon: Approx. 2.5 hours These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
Accessories: Owner's Manual Leaflet ("USING THE UNIT SAFELY," "IMPORTANT NOTE," and "Information") Alkaline battery (9V, 6LR61)
Option (sold separately): AC adaptor (PSA series)
Dimensions(W x H x D): 2-7/8" x 2-6/16" x 5-1/8"
Weight: 15 oz.
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BossDA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.8

(based on 17 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (15)
  • Responsive (12)
  • Compact (11)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Good selection of effects (6)

Cons

  • Limited selection of effects (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (12)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Professional recording (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (5)

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Classic dirt, groundbreaking technology

By CreepingSeth

from Northwest PA

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Pros

  • Articulate
  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Limited Selection Of Effects

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

First of all, "Responsive," is a complete understatement. For years, I've looked for a distortion pedal, that I could use with all my guitars (including a 7 string). This isn't an high gain metal pedal, but this is the best pedal for those who drop/down tune or used an extended range guitar. This is the only dirt pedal in existence, that can make even the lowest registered chords sound clear. This is the future of pedals. I can't wait till Boss make a high gain version.

Before you buy this, keep in mind this doesn't sound like a Boss MT-2 Metal Zone.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not bad

By Himmy Jendrix

from Belly of the Beast San Francisco

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Pros

  • Solid

Cons

  • Sounds Too Compressed

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

This pedal sounds like compression is built in.
When played by itself it sounds great, and it seems to help you flow like compressors do.
But, when I side by side it with some of my other OD pedals it sounds like it's playing in the background, if you know what I mean. With that much difference it makes it hard to stack because it always kills the tone.
It has some really good points but when push comes to shove, it sits in my pedal box not on my pedal board.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Killer distortion pedal!

By Wayne

from Colorado Springs, CO.

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Home use
  • Mobile DJ
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

This is the best, distortion pedal that I have owned and trust me I have owned a few.

It is clean, it is mean and it responds perfectly. My son purchased one and after hearing his, I got my own three weeks later!

I have to mention the trim pots. Many of us know that 0-10 often means little on a guitar or accessory, but on this pedal every notch counts!

Get one! They are many more times worth what they charge for them! All pro's and no cons here!

Wayne W.
Colorado

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Pedal, Finally!

By Coochmonger

from Freedom, CA

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I have bought dozens of pedals and effects. Most of them are useless. I find this pedal to have good overdrive and heavy distortion tones. It is clear, with low noise. Even at high gain, chords and notes are distinguishable and not muddy. I will be using this pedal in my gear set up.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    AWESOME!

    By MTP04987

    from Undisclosed

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects

    Cons

    • Limited Selection Of Effects

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    Great sounding pedal no matter what style you play. 10 times better than the SBA and other pedals I have had.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The ONLY Distortion Pedal You Will Need

    By Commish

    from Nashua, New Hampshire

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Outdoor Concerts
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording
      • Single Coil Or Humbucker

      Comments about Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I've had many distortion pedals over the years (40, to be exact) and I've found the only one I'll ever need - how I wish it was available 40 years ago! Whether I am playing softly or hammering on the strings with this pedal, I get very clear, crisp, perfectly blended tones, even at very high volume. There simply is no muddiness or "noise" with this pedal. I play both single coil guitars and guitars with humbuckers, and these both sound fantastic - nothing get's lost in over modulation, which is more common with other distortion pedals. The construction is the same super-high quality I expect from Boss effects pedals, and the separate Low and High control knobs permit a very wide swath of low subterranean growling, to warm mid-tones, all the way to teeth-shattering highs. Combine this with a good Overdrive pedal and an Echo/Delay Pedal, and the otherworldly, ambient sounds you can achieve are unlimited.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best distortion pedal from BOSS.

      By john

      from undisclosed

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I love this pedal.Every note rings clear even at high gain settings.I play a Les Paul with high output pickups which makes this thing scream at almost any setting.Great buy.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good stuff Maynard

        By Kinagree

        from Philly

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Amazing sound. everything from mild break up to full on Armageddon(well perhaps a bit shy of full on Armageddon,perhaps Ragnarok). The adaptive technology really is impressive. Full on distortion and complex chords really SHINE with this device. It's the only distortion pedal I need.

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          DA-2 Pedal From Boss

          By JB

          from Simi Valley Ca

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          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive

          Cons

          • Limited Selection Of Effects

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Great overdrive sounds. Great string articulation. Full chords don't mush out. Not as drawback.....to me its a one trick pony.....but its a good trick. For me a no-brainer.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Meet the new BOSS

          By rr690

          from New Orleans,LA

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Boss really did a decent job on this pedal. I also own the classic DS-1 and this pedal picks up right where that one left off. Where the DS-1 is more of a classic Marshall type of distortion I think this pedal has more of a modern style. I am amazed at the clarity of all the strings even when the distortion is cranked. Many other pedals that I have tend to get muddier as the gain is increased and attempting to play an open chord is useless,with this thing you can hear every note perfectly. The pedal has knobs that control the bass and treble and they are very responsive. The pedal does great tones from low gain all the way to Metal territory...I think I may have found the perfect distortion pedal.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Clearly MEAN!

            By Axeman61

            from Boise, Idaho

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                This DA2 is so good it's causing me to re-think my entire pedalboard. All the reviews regarding the incredible clarity are true. I thought I was getting a good sound with my TC Nova Drive/ Zoom G92tt /Sonic Maximizer/ Mesa Boogie 50/50. But side by side, the Boss DA2 DESTROYS my Nova Drive! I've already mentioned the clarity, but the gritty, mean dirt of the DA2 has to be heard to be believed! It seems like humbuckers and heavy gauge strings (and of course, tube amplification) bring out the best in this pedal. It grabs quite a lot of hum when using single coils. Some have mentioned the "fizzy" sustain, and its is there on more extreme distortion settings, but it does'nt deter me from using it, especially in a live setting, the fizz wont matter much. People will be commenting about the clarity, not the fizz.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Finally.

                By Isogyre

                from Castle Valley Ranch, Colorado

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                Pros

                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Responsive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    This is it. It's hard to put this pedal into words. It is almost like the pedal is intuitive and knows when and how to respond to what you play. For the money this is a no brainer.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    VERSATILE!

                    By Marcus0

                    from Chicago

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                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Blues
                      • Heavy Metal
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      Cleanest sounding mid-level gain distortion pedal I've encountered. If a metal song has some clean parts in it you don't need to switch this baby off, like its namesake it literally adapts to what you play. I played with this pedal for hours with an Ibanez Destroyer in guitar center and even with gain maxed out the clarity is amazing, definitely rivals my OKKO Dominator in some ways.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Priced for the working musician

                      By Guitarnut

                      from Phillips Wisconsin

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Roadworthy From Boss

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        This pedal to me rivals some boutique pedals which I own, is very quiet and responds so well to picking dynamics. I also like the fact that it doesn't take up so much real estate on my pedal board. Nice match for a strat or humbucker equipped guitar, impressive.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great product, great service

                        By Jenkinss65

                        from Seattle, WA

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                        Comments about Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        Great distortion pedal. Every individual note is distinguishable.

                         
                        5.0

                        Adaptive is no lie!

                        By XrayeX

                        from Pennsylvania

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Good Selection Of Effects
                        • Responsive
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          I've tried so many Distortions, Overdrives, Fuzzes over the last 35 years, but I honestly think this one is my favorite.
                          I bought it specifically for a show where I have to cover a bunch of 80's Punk songs while using a Blackstar studio 20, and wanted a little extra punch for some songs, this thing seems to handle anything you throw at it...it really does adapt to your touch. The AD-2 will be finding a permanent "home" in my pedal setup.
                          At this point I've used this pedal with 3 different Fender amps, a Marshall 50w head with 2x12s, a 5w Bugera and a Blackstar Studio 20 and the common thread is that with a little tweaking, this pedal performs very well.
                          I've used it with both single coils and humbuckers and it is true that it amplifies the single coil "buzz", but backing off just a sliver on your volume knob will fix that.
                          It's also true that there seems to be sort of a "compression" effect depending on your chosen settings, which ain't a bad thing either.
                          I've spent a lot more on pedals and wound up with a lot less.
                          The DA-2 offers a lot of bang for your buck

                           
                          5.0

                          Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion

                          By Gomary28

                          from Lou, Ky

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                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Excellent Sound Quality
                          • Good Selection Of Effects
                          • Good sound
                          • Responsive
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Breaks Easily
                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Performances

                          Comments about Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          Excellent sound, The DA-2 hit the Spot. Thanks Boss.

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