The Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion is a next generation effect pedal from Boss using their new Multi-Dimensional Processing technology (MDP). The idea is that the new digital signal processing power responds to volume changes and playing dynamics as well as note register to adapt the distortion to different frequencies.
In my demo above I am using a very clean amp, my Ceriatone Chupacabra is set to 60′s or Plexi mode and the initial clean part of my demo is using the bridge humbucker with the volume set to maximum ready to kick in the distortion of the DA-2. The pedal has a lot of gain available and as you can see from my settings I was able to get a thick distortion tone for my Cilia CGA7 with the distortion level set at around 2 O’Clock. The more you head towards maximum distortion the more fuzzy the distortion gets and I found that anything greater than 3/4 was more than enough and above that didn’t seem to work so well with my SH-16 humbucker in the bridge. Having said that if you like grungy fuzzy tones it was ideal and considering the amount of gain the noise level is very low too. I also tried to demonstrate in my video how the lower gain settings sound, using the Low and High settings you can really change the tone and feel of the pedal to create a nice squashy smooth overdrive or a very bright and open sounding overdrive perfect for Blues, Rock or Metal.
As with all Boss pedals this pedal runs on 9v battery or mains and it is incredibly easy to change the battery using their screw system, which in my opinion is the best battery compartment design on any effect pedal and they have been doing this for decades, no screwdriver needed! In fact the whole pedal design was perfect from day one and hasn’t changed in the way you activate the pedal, the big rubber strip helps with grip when using your feet and it has a nice big rubber base to stop the pedals skidding around on the floor or your pedalboard.
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