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Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal  

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    An overdrive pedal that reacts to you.

    The BOSS DN-2 is an exciting overdrive pedal that reacts to the intensity of your performance. This unique BOSS pedal comes equipped with the acclaimed Dyna Amp technology introduced in Roland's popular CUBE-60 amp, letting you create unique tone transitions based on picking dynamics. It's possible to get a transparent clean output sound by playing softly, or a powerful heavy overdrive sound by picking aggressively.

    Features

    • Provides dynamic transition between clean to heavy overdrive based on picking strength and/or guitar volume
    • Acclaimed Dyna Amp technology derived from Roland's CUBE-60
    • A unique way for guitarists to add expression to their performance

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    BossDN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal
     
    4.4

    (based on 42 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    84%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Responsive (22)
    • Excellent sound quality (18)
    • Versatile (14)
    • Compact (13)
    • Good selection of effects (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (19)
      • Amateur recording (14)
      • Home studio (13)
      • Outdoor events / games (9)
      • Professional recording (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (21), Professional musician (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      The edge of distortion

      Usually, a stomp box serves up a very limited range of usable tones; they are either obnoxiously crunchy, or they sound like a constipated duck. And no OD pedal really gets the sound...Read complete review

      Usually, a stomp box serves up a very limited range of usable tones; they are either obnoxiously crunchy, or they sound like a constipated duck. And no OD pedal really gets the sound and feel of overdriven power tubes, especially at lower gain settings. But the Dyna Drive gets closer than most of the ones I've tried, especially at this low of a cost. I can get the "edge-of-distortion" tones out of it that low- and/or medium-priced pedals at this price point don't usually deliver. I highly recommend it for blues players and classic rockers. I don't use the higher gain settings in it myself, but they are there. Most blues and classic rock guys will be able to get about as hairy a tone out of it as they are likely to need, and then some.

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      Not Quite As Promised

      First, the good stuff:
      It is a Boss pedal, so the standard sturdy, strong, compact, build is a given. Easy, clear operation also a given. No surprises there: they've...Read complete review

      First, the good stuff:
      It is a Boss pedal, so the standard sturdy, strong, compact, build is a given. Easy, clear operation also a given. No surprises there: they've been doing it - and doing well - for a very long time.
      Now for the other side:
      I sensed no dynamic distortion with the pedal. I couldn't get the thing to operate is on the videos. Also, with the Drive past 9 o'clock or so, the distortion sounded grating, too high end. Tone controls on the pedal, amp, or guitar, offered no relief. Single coil or hum bucker, same result. I couldn't help wondering if I'd been better off with the OD-3, SD-1 or the Tube Screamer.
      However, if you're looking for a good, clean boost - or a boost with just a slight crunch - set this bad boy to LEVEL (as needed) TONE (as desired, 12 o'clock should do) and DRIVE (up to 9) and enjoy.

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      4.0

      Good sound even without the gimmick

      By DreamPopPunk

      from Seattle, WA

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Limited Selection Of Effects

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

      I don't think the automatic loudQuietloud thing it describes works all that well, although for its price range it's a solid sounding overdrive pedal that will add some meat on your bones without ruining the tone. As with any boss pedal, it's built like a tank, fits neatly with the other pedals and isn't a total battery vampire.

      If you have a good amp, this pedal probably wont do you all that much good, but until I get my Marshall stacks and a garage to put them in, this pedal is an affordable way to get a full sound out of an often anemic clean channel on my amp.

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      4.0

      BOSS Dyna Drive DN-2

      By RandyHH

      from Brooklyn IN

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      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Jam sessions
        • Performances
        • Practice

        Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

        Nice piece of gear. Sturdy built.
        Distortion sounds great for single note playing but when using two or more notes (chords) it can generate addition unwanted frequencies, muddy sound. I found the same issue with some solid state amps compared to tube amps. My Boss SD-1 doesn't have that problem.
        Tested with:
        Gibson Les Paul, Fender Strat and Tele
        Marshall MG100HDFX, Blackheart Little Giant, VOX VT40+
        All in all, a versatile, responsive pedal. Needs to be tweaked for each guitar/amp combination.

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        4.0

        Truth In Advertising

        By John Dodd

        from Columbus,Ohio

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        Pros

        • Built Like A Boss
        • Great value
        • Responsive
        • Versitile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

            Does exactly what it claims to do and does it very well.
            Works well solo or with other pedals.
            GREAT value!!!

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            5.0

            Awesome for Dynamic Rock Playing

            By Cully

            from PA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Drains Batteries

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Dynamic Rock
            • Dynamic Rockoverdrive
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

            This pedal is awesome for the price. Got it on stupid deal of the day, definitely worth it. If you like a rock n roll or classic rock kinda sound and play very dynamically between loud/soft clean/distorded this pedal should satisfy. Amazed at how responsive this can be to your playing once you get a feel for it. You can achieve a more metal/distortion sound by cranking up the tone and drive if you want it, but overall it is definitely an overdrive sound. It does seem to drain a battery quickly if you play it a decent amount but with a 9v adapter you should be good. The housing is made w/ sturdy metal, and the by-pass is clutch. Surprised more dynamic-overdrive pedals like this don't exist. Overall an affordable, quality, sturdy, fun pedal. Perfect for my style of playing. I'd recommend if you're a dynamic rock player.

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            5.0

            great pedal,great price

            By Lonesome Matthew Wells

            from lost somewhere in the midwest

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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 DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

              Very good tone.you need to play with it to find your sweet spot, but once you find it ,your gold

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              5.0

              DN-2 DYNA DRIVE OVERDRIVE PEDAL

              By LD

              from Land Between the Tunnels, Va.

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Good Selection Of Effects
              • Quiet
              • Responsive
              • True By-pass
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

                Nice, well built little pedal. I use it with a T-Rex WHIRLY VERB REVERB PEDAL & a pedal or lap steel guitar. It does every thing I ask of it...True by-pass with quiet high & lows..

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                5.0

                I'm Pleased with the DN-2 Dyna Drive!

                By BigpawPat

                from Poncha Springs, CO

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                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Harmonics
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Good Sustain
                • Responsive
                • Sturdy Metal Box
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

                I'm a 67 year old weekend warrior. Been around fuzz boxes since the Stones. I tried the DN-2 through my 1964 Twin, Blues Jr., and Bugera V5 with a Les Paul, PRS solidbody, my Warmoth Strat with Joe Barden rail humbuckers and my 1965 Fender Strat. Guess what? I liked the DN-2 best with the Blues Jr.! I've been looking for something that would put that amp over the top, past the "FAT" switch setting. Great for the Strat with a light overdrive setting for good rhythm, then hit the strings hard for great accent! The Les Paul powered up tremendous harmonics on the Twin that could sustain for days and get louder as they went. The tone of the Dyna Drive is not whiney or irritating like the OD pedals I love to stay away from (I prefer my B.K. Butler rackmount with my Twin. It can handle the BEEF). The PRS through the DN-2 made my little Bugera come alive in a meaty way. Great for that little bedroom amp! (I like PRS PUPs) The size of the DN-2 is perfect for the Blues Jr. in a small club, and the price is RIGHT. Pick response is super! I recommend the DN-2 highly!

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                3.0

                No better or worse than others

                By Armchair guitarist

                from Omaha, NE

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                      Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

                      No better or worse than other Boss pedals I've tried. For under thirty skins it was a small risk to try it out. That being said, you are much better off getting an amp that can produce overdriven/distorted sound than relying on a pedal running through a clean amp to do it. If you have a modeling amp why waste money on such pedals? Buying a boost pedal to overdrive the input on a decent tube amp would be an even better option. You'll get much better "touch response" from the guitar that way. And honestly if you need to switch back and forth from clean to distorted, a channel-switching amp is the way to go.

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                      5.0

                      Better than what it replaced

                      By Steve NV

                      from Fallon, NV

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                      Pros

                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Inexpensive
                      • Responsive

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

                      Responds well to guitar volume and picking strength. My last OD pedal sounded too muddy. I had to turn the tone control to treble to hear what I wanted to hear from my guitar. The DN-2 sounds good at the one o'clock position. The OD sound I like, happens between the nine and ten o'clock on the drive knob. I'm happy with this pedal.

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                      5.0

                      Impressed with this pedal

                      By Surfaday

                      from Portland, OR

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                      Pros

                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Responsive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

                          I really like this pedal. I am partial to overdrive distortion because of my preference for playing blues. I use this pedal on my tube amp to give it nice overdriven tones at bedroom levels. I keep it on with the distortion turned down to give nice sustain when I can play at higher volumes. Surprisingly nice tone and not cheap sounding at all. For the price, a steal.

                          As for the "dynamic" part of the features, (supposedly you get more distortion the harder you play), I think that's more of a marketing ploy, but its there.

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