The DS-2 Turbo Distortion features twin modes for an expanded range of distortion--taking users from blues-rock rhythms to searing leads at the press of a pedal or twist of a knob.
Used during pre-production for the first sessions for what would become the Make Believe album. Much of the equipment used during pre-production would also be used for the first sessions. This pedal stayed with him for over 20 years. This is the only pedal he used during many albums. It can also be seen [here](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVOJ-PORWMc), at 0:22 minute mark, showing the Boss compact pedal look, along with Dunlop wah and Voodoo Lab Pedal Power.more
This image comes from [this article from *Pro Guitar Shop*](http://proguitarshop.com/andyscorner/prince-the-unsung-guitar-hero) where they write "Along with his love of Boss effects, Prince is a regular user of the [Digitech Whammy](http://equipboard.com/items/digitech-whammy-pitch-shifting-guitar-effects-pedal), [Dunlop Crybaby Wah](http://equipboard.com/items/dunlop-gcb95-cry-baby-wah-wah) (though he has been known to use a Colorsound Wah as well), and [Line 6 MM4](http://equipboard.com/items/line-6-mm4-modulation-guitar-effects-pedal) modulation modeler."more
"When we were recording Teens of Denial, I didn’t use too much, other than distortion. We had reverb from the Twin Reverb we were using, so yeah, it was pretty much a Boss Turbo Distortion. That pedal keeps breaking, unfortunately. I’ve been through a lot of distortion pedals in the last year. I wish I had better luck with them. I like the Boss sound, so I’m trying to stick with it, but it’s proven difficult."more
Taken from the [Rig Rundown](http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/23529-rig-rundown-awolnations-zach-irons) of AWOLNATION's Zach Irons, his pedalboard chain continues from the volume pedal to the first of two distortion pedals: the Boss Turbo Distortion. He uses it for the heaviest of songs, turning the distortion to 5:00.more
I bought this 2 years ago now, it's alright but I don't know, it sounds nowhere near as good as my DS-1 I like that ''Turbo'' switch which is basically a mid boost but, it's a good idea but honestly with my amp it sounds awful, heard it does from a few people actually so maybe not just me. Considering its basically a DS-1 it has abit of a different sound, its not quite so metallic sounding when you get past 12 o clock on the tone but it generally doesn't sound anywhere near as good as my DS-1. It is very loud though, very
Its a very good effect pedal, however it got its weak spots but its very useful and dirty anyways! I like playing it, the sounds harmonize with a lot of genres and its defiantly a masterpiece
Maybe I have a bad unit, or maybe my DS-1 is a unicorn pedal that just sounds amazing. But my DS-2 has never really impressed me. I tried it for months on my pedalboard, listening to others about how superior it is. But finally decided to try my DS-1 again and bang remember why I loved the DS-1 so much. This pedal is just so blah in comparison.
I used to have this on my teenager times. No w I got it again, it has that grunge particular sound from Nirvana I like. Easy to use a and a very decent range of distortion.
This is one of those pedals that should come with a "danger" warning stamp or something. It's a powerful, brutal, raw distortion pedal and if you like to plunge your music into heavy choruses, buy one. I use it for crunch and sound really fat.
Mode 1 is really good when you crank the distortion and tone past 1:00 and gets compressed and mid-rangey in the turbo mode. I use it as a boost for a little bit of grit. I would definitely recommend to anyone.
I'm using the DS2 as my high gain option. This orange stompbox caught my intention due to Dani California's (The Red Hot Chili Peppers) sound.
It is a very easy to use pedal, with a very responsive tone knob, you can get a really huge amount of different sounds, especially when you factor in the turbo mode. The turbo mode it's something else! It gives you a mid frequency boost, and it makes it super easy to get a very sharp tone. When paired with an high gain level it almost sounds like a fuzz. Going back to it's DS1 mode, it does pretty much just that... a standard THICK distortion. Keep in mind that in either mode we are talking DISTORTION here, this baby really packs a punch
The pedal looks great and it feels great.
On a personal note, I think that it does not respond all that well to OD boosting... and that kinda bugs me.
A great distortion pedal - if you have a good amp. This pedal is great if your amp is quality. For a few months it was operating fine, but then the battery part stopped working. I tried many different 9v batteries, and even different companies of 9v batteries, but it would not work (the whole pedal.) A friend also suffered this problem. Now I have it plugged into a 9v cord.
The only thing that isn't too great is that when running it through my Mesa Boogie Preamp, there's quite a large volume drop between the clean and distorted channels when I'm playing at high volumes.
un perfetto distorsore con un suono pieno e bilanciato grazie ai potenziometri dei toni e della distorsione nonche il turbo distortion che mette ltteralmente il turbo alla distorsione. Ottimo per tutti i generi e molto dinamico.
The DS-2 features twin Turbo modes. Turbo Mode I produces warm and mellow distortion with flat frequency response. Turbo Mode II provides biting distortion with a mid-range boost that's great for leads.
I basically stole my brother's after he stepped away from guitar and I've loved it since. The tone seems better than with my DS-1 and the extra knob really lets you turn it up to 11 and makes feedback control a little easier (which, for musicians such as myself, can be essential in playing certain songs)
The DS-2 Turbo Distortion Pedal features twin modes for an expanded range of distortion - taking users from blues-rock rhythms to searing leads at the press of a pedal or twist of a knob.to cater to players of all genre's, the Boss DS-2 Turbo incorporates 2 different fundamental types of distortion selectable by the player. The basis for these models comes from the classic Boss distortion tone engine.urbo mode 1 on the DS-2 produces a really warm, mellow sounding distortion coupled with a flat frequency response, perfect for a good distortion that wont mess with your EQ settings.Turbo mode 2 fires up the mid-range to deliver a biting lead tones for delivering huge solo's that will lift out of the mix.
Multitude of drives can be created with this Boss. You who have a Marshall, tried plugging the output in the Remote? Try it, please. You will be amazed.
TBH, I got this because I loved the sound Kurt Cobain got from it. But It's way underrated I feel. I think you can easily get get 'metal' tone out of it as well. So don't go buying a metal pedal. This one is more versatile.
I've had an ambiguous relationship with overdrive and distortion throughout my life. I'm basically a shoegazer at heart, and in the 1990s I shied away from it as it was associated in my mind with 'big hair' and metal acts. I now realise, of course, that all my favourite shoegazers were distortion freaks; the effect sounds very different when it's syphoned through oodles of reverb and echo and modulation.
We live in the era of the boutique overdrive/distortion pedal now, with brands like Earthquaker, Way Huge and Wampler being particularly highly-regarded in this field. The humble BOSS distortions - the DS-1 and similar - are seen as being a bit cheap and nasty these days, beginner's pedals. However, I was so impressed by the Boss SD-1 that I decided to give the DS-2 a try.
I really like it! I was looking for a fierce, crunchy, but clean and controllable distortion that WASN'T also a 'fuzz', as the EHX Little Big Muff pretty much gives me all the fuzz I could ever want. I tried - and really liked - the MXR Super Badass distortion, but alas, it was just too pricey for me (money is tight at the moment). I think this is a good pedal for half the price. And actually, thinking about it, those early 90s shoegaze bands just used BOSS distortions; that was all they had access to in the days before the internet and the boutique pedal explosion (not strictly true; there was the RAT, but not many shops stocked even EHX pedals back then, it was before the renaissance in EHX's catalogue). So, in many ways, if you are influenced by the sounds of The Cranes, Slowdive, Ride and Lush, this pedal will give you that early 90s distortion sound!
I used to have a handmade Crowther Hotcake, and admittedly it sounded better than this. But it broke down, alas. This fills the gap. If it was good enough for Kurt Cobain, Bernard Butler and Prince, it's good enough for me. It sounds good with my set-up, which is a good Telecaster into a Vox Valvestate amp. Some people say it's too bright, which may be true with their rigs. I suppose distortion comes down to personal taste, but I like this pedal.