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

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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

A new dimension in effects. Own it today.

SPECIFICATIONS

DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

  • 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)

Ratings Distribution

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    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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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)

Reviewed by 17 customers

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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

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    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.

    (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.

    (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.

    (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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Killer distortion pedal!

      By Wayne Woodward

      from Colorado

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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

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The ONLY Distortion Pedal You Will Need

      By Commish

      from Nashua, New Hampshire

      About Me Professional Musician

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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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Clearly MEAN!

        By Axeman61

        from Boise, Idaho

        About Me Professional Musician

        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

                About Me Experienced

                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.

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