Boss DS-2 Turbo Distortion
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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.
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Bought because I love the Ds-2 but found this abit disappointing
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
Pretty cool if you ask me!
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.
My DS-1 sounds better
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.
It was ok as my first effect pedal.
As my first distortion pedal, bought in 1998, I can't complain about the how reliable it is. Since I got this on, I never had to repair it. I have used a lot in my early days and since I've started playing with better amplifiers I gave up using it. Maybe for some this could be a great distortion but for me it sound not as fat as I wanted it to be neither could get a nice mild distortion. I think it sounds better with humbuckers.
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.
Punch Punch Punch
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.