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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
Road-tough BOSS metal construction

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BossDN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal
 
4.4

(based on 43 reviews)

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84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (23)
  • Excellent sound quality (18)
  • Versatile (14)
  • Compact (13)
  • Good selection of effects (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (19)
  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Professional recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), 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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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The edge of distortion

By da-picker

from Kansas City

Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

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.

(4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

good toy

By mafaji2451

from touring

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Most All

Cons

  • Hard To Kill

Best Uses

  • At Live Or Recording

Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

Good toy.
I've had it for years many of the toys that many guitarists use to work, SD1 and 2, Rat, Sparkle Drive, Metal Zone (horrible), Tube Screamer, Boss MD. overdrives and distortions, and about 4 or 5 pedalboards, well, I wanted something else to supplement with a Katana overdrive and that could be used in a rather organic to speak.
The sparkle drive like me and I still like it, combine it with the MD-2 (red) Boss, and exaggerated, then got this Dyna, and I like it more every day, there are more sophisticated and custom pedals, but sinseramente, I like, when I need to lift the Katana only does great, without resorting to the overdrive switch, although I must say aue what I like, its ability to react to the attack of my hand, as in parts where need more control, help me get down or up the intensity, more easily. My band plays a little blues and pop-rock, may not be right for something heavier, but performs very well. 4.5, would give in points

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just Right

By Tone Buff

from Manteca,CA

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Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

I have been through MANY distortion pedals in the past, after deciding BOSS was the best i went for the metal zone. It was TOO GRUNGY! After that i went with a Super Overdrive pedal, great but shows too much strumming and picking character for a drive. So i went back on the market after discovering this Glorious Pedal i fell in love. Not only was it simple with only 3 knobs, it wasn't too heavy, nor too weak. It had Balls to the Wall tone. It kept the beautiful sound of overdriven open chords with out making them sound muddy, but gave me the drive i need to solo, hit heavy palm muted power chords, and squealing pinch harmonics. This pedal is perfect Not the Heavy but not Too weak, THIS PEDAL IS "JUST RIGHT"

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nourish and cherish your tone.

By ricardo

from Berkeley, CA

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Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

I am picky about my tone, I like all the little nuances of my guitar to shine even if i'm using distortion. This pedal does that. It gives you distortion that respects your guitar's character and your playing. I normally use it with a gibson LP std, an american strat, or an american tele, through a Fender Hot Rod deluxe. It is great and i like it even more than my Ibanez TS9 tube screamer pedal (which i still keep use but do not as much anymore). If you are looking for massive distortion, you will NOT find it here. If you want distortion that respects enhances the character of your set up and playing style, then you're looking at the right product. Like me, you may find yourself using this as much for the distortion, as for the tonality it lends. If my pedals were stolen, this would probably the first one I would buy again.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Looking is OVER

By Duncan Wyle

from KC,MO

Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

This is the best drive pedal i've ever played through. I've had probably close to 20 overdrive/dist boxes and the dyna drive is the best sounding bar none. i thought with the whole dynamic portion of the pedal that the level would drop as well when you are playing quietly, not so. it is very amp like in that your volume remains the same and the grit is added as you strum harder. and its a totally natural transition. I usually don't write reviews but this pedal is totally worth a look. The actual tone of the overdrive is perfect and clear. The clearest overdrive i've heard. This is coming from a guy who usually detests all Boss drive pedals, never liked any of them. The range on the pedal is amazing too, probably the widest offering in a Boss pedal, the tone really boosts or cuts and the drive goes from almost nothing to almost distortion, but still remains clear. it also responds well to other pedals in front of or behind it. Definitely consider this pedal if your looking for an end-all drive pedal. I give it high ratings due to its simplistic layout that still gives you a wide palette of tone, and most of all, its color, a very cool gold, looks awesome.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Too Weak, no bottom

By MaadDaawg

from Chicago, IL

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Pros

  • Low Price
  • Responds To Your Picking
  • Well Built

Cons

  • No Bottom
  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Weak Overdrive

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

I am very disappointed with this pedal and am planning on returning it very soon. Works great with the tube amp dimed out, but then, you really don't need an OD pedal at that point. Hitting the low strings does not bring out any bass sound at all. Get what you pay for I guess.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sick pedal

By GOOCH

from Pilesgrove, NJ

Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

This pedal is an excellent addition to my set up. I'm a slide guitarist, playing a gibson les paul spp through a fender 65 reissue twin reverb. I originally had a lot of pop from my amp. This pedal completly refined my tone. The dynamics of this pedal are genius. The increased sustain this thing gets is perfect for slide.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

nice for single notes

By phishy

from houston

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Pros

  • Responsive

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

    Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

    for single note lines, this pedal is terrific. it's got a saggy compression thing going on just like a tube amp. single notes are full, thick, rich and warm. i like it alot! chords, not so much. i think it's too sensitive. more than one string at a time and it's hard to control the amount of distortion/overdrive. i truly believe they made the circuitry too sensitive. but i wouldn't change it because i use it for single notes jazz/fusion. it's one of the best i've ever come across for single notes. if you're a solo guy looking for that perfect solo tool. this is the one. seriously check it out.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    love it, but hard to use

    By jason

    from maine

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Bands
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

    I got this cheap at a local music store a year or 2 ago when they were closing after my friend told me about it. It took a while to figure out how to use it, but after a while I figured it out. Its a cool effect but it's a little limited in its uses, but I found a bunch of other effects you can use this pedal for! If you turn the level up and the distortion down you can use it as a volume boost for soloing (if you want distortion you will need to use a pedal, as amp distortions don't seem to increase in volume with this trick). or you can do the opposite and use it as a distortion. if you have a guitar with lp style controls you can set it up with the selector switch as a distortion switch. you can use a volume pedal to change you distortion level, there are so many possibilitys!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Dyna alive drive

    By Animalfan

    from Sd ca

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    Pros

    • Quality Boss Construction
    • Unique Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Ugly Boss Loook

    Best Uses

    • Prog Punk

    Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

    I'm pretty pleased with the pedal. The range is decent but sounds best 12 and above. I like the sound of the gain and the dynamic feature is fun. Playing it with my hollow body sounds kinda funny but still a good time. Great color and easy to use.

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It works...but...

    By FS-Poy_7

    from Texas

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    Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

    This pedal works as advertised, cleans up when you roll back your guitar volume. I just didn't really care for the distortion sound itself...I really prefer my Tech 21 XXL pedal...I guess it depends on what your after but for me anyway, the XXL has a more natural response when you attack it harder...

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Finger picking drive

    By Northslide-iA3jf

    from Concord NH

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    Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

    VERY powerful yet gives laid back tones. I found that cranking BACK OD on amp and letting this go and my SG supreme and Roland Cube 30 gives an exceptional amount of sounds. Sounds better than any of the OD's on the BOSS ME-50 I gave to my nephew. Custom Shop Strat is great , too. Good investment...but Boss...a lot of people are hurting right now...how's about a discount?!?

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    jackedup

    By chemidepend01

    from florida

    Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

    This pedal is a lot like DS-1. When you pick soft the pedal is semi clean depending on where the drive is set and when pick hard its full on distortion. This gimmick wears thin when you realize its not that big of a difference compared to using a tube amps overdrive. but its still pretty cool. Distortion sounds terrible though. Plus the price is steep. Try it out before you buy

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very DYNAmic stompbox

    By soggybomb

    from gainesville, fl

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    Comments about Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive Overdrive Pedal:

    I was searching for an overdrive box that was dynamic and responsive to my playing, and after coming across this one, I bought it. For tonal reference, I am using an Ibanez RG (mahogany/maple) with DiMarzio Air Norton (neck) and D-Sonic (bridge) pickups, with coil-tapping into a Carvin Master Tube Series 212. This is a fabulous pedal, it retains clarity and dynamics at all volume and drive levels, unless the drive is totally maxxed out. It yields a soft, shimmery drive in the middle, coil-tapped, a smooth, lush tone at the neck, and a throaty bark with the bridge. If you are looking for a more expressive overdrive, look no further. I wish I had saved my own time.

     
    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.

       
      4.0

      Truth In Advertising

      By reverb

      from Isle Of Misfit Toys

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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!!!

           
          5.0

          Awesome for Dynamic Rock Playing

          By Cully

          from Pittsburgh, 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.

           
          5.0

          great pedal,great price

          By Dr. Rock n Roll 69

          from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. USA

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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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