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Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

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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 guitar neck.Multi-Dimensional Processing for Superior To... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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.


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
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.
Pro Coverage
Boss pedals - 5 year parts warranty
90 day labor warranty.
1 year warranty - Multitracks, Jamstations, etc.
Check with manufacturer for specific product warranty.

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BossDA-2 Adaptive Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

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By Kevin Calkins

from Erie, PA

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

BOSS hit a homerun with this pedal!! No matter which guitar I play with (Fender Strat with single coils, Gibson V with EMG 81/85s, Gibson Les Paul Custom with stock passive humbuckers) or amp (Marshall tube Halfstack, Fender Ultra Chorus solid-state 2x12), this thing is incredible! I have several distortion and OD pedals (boutique and mass-produced), which I've used over the years to try and get that 'perfect tone'. I am finally content. This thing delivers great lows and fantastic highs at the exact same time. When you hit a chord, whether the distortion level knob is cranked or not, the every note (in the chord) is articluated. Even cranked, the thing doesn't get muddy at all. I can't wait to play this thing live, it's gonna blow everyone away! Even the 'boutique pedal lovers' will be impressed with this stombox. Grab one, you won't be disappointed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


New Boss effects pedals DA-2,TE-2, & MO-2.

By Robert Beaupre

from Fayetteville,AR.

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

I could'nt be happier with all 3.The DA-2 is the most desciptive distortion pedal I own!I have 5 other top rated distortion pedals.The TE-2 works perfectly as name implies. The MO-2 has that Steve Howe(Yes)sound.Very usefull!

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This is all that you need, fully adjustable. The BOSS MDP is great!


from Danville, VA

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

I recently bough a new Gibson Les Paul from Guitar Center, and I have a Marshall amp that I recently bought. I had been looking for a particular sound, but didn't find it until the DA-2. The new multidimensional processor does what the reviews say that it does. It can distort a chord without taking the identity away from each note. If you are looking for an adjustable, great sounding distortion, look no further.


Better than the DS-1X

By Alan

from Boise, ID

Site Member

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

I picked this pedal up the moment I heard they were going to be replacing this with the DS-1X. I set the distortion level to the gain level for my leads and the pedal automatically pulls itself back when I switch to chords keeping the clarity and definition while keeping the gain high. It acts like a distortion with a very light dynamic compressor. It doesn't squash the sound, it more or less helps in the definition. The only reason I'm giving this 4 stars and not 5 is because when I record with this pedal on it does sound a little bit fizzy at certain levels. It sounds much better than most (boss pedals), but it still has just a little bit of that fizz. I tried the DS-1X, sounds good, but being primarily a lead player I prefer the DA-2. I love the pedal and it will be staying on my board for live performance, I just might switch it out for something a little more natural when I'm cutting high gain tracks.

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