NAMM 2013: Boss Multi-Dimensional Effects

Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion

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The Effects of Quantum Mechanics

Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion
Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion

Boss Effects didn’t leave us all hanging in anticipation over the weekend. Come NAMM time they showed up with a new line of pedals – the MDP (multi-dimensional processing) line – that evidently exploits everything we know about quantum mechanics. The whole ambition behind the MDP line is to process audio in multiple dimensions, and since this audio is coming from vibrating guitar strings I’m assuming they had to put together a development team of string theorists to properly exploit all 11 dimensions for audio manipulation.

So while Ed Witten and Brian Greene were back at the Boss HQ developing more effects Boss sent some representatives out in the field to show off three of their engineered effects. The DA-2 Adaptive Distortion, the TE-2 Terra Echo, and the MO-2 Multi Overtone.

The DA-2 Adaptive Distortion

The new Adaptive Distortion is a crisp drive pedal that processes the guitar’s signal in real time. What that means to us is we get a versatile distortion that can range from a light overdrive to a thick growl without ever camouflaging what the guitar is doing. Your chords with come through with a powerful fullness and your leads with cut through with liberation with dynamic responsiveness that can be bent to your will. The Level knob controls the volume, while the A-Dist knob controls the gain. The Low and High knobs give you freedom over the EQ levels.

The TE-2 Tera Echo

Boss TE-2 Tera Echo
Boss TE-2 Tera Echo

The TE-2 Tera Echo offers a new way to look at an old effect. Blending reverb and delay effects it echoes with resounding space that colorizes the guitar’s characteristic tone without hiding it. With great dynamic responsiveness on its side and an expressive Freeze function that allows you to sustain the current sound, be it an isolated tone or a whole chord, so you can freely solo over it. This particular pedal features full stereo input and output. The E. Level knob controls the volume of the echo while the tone and feedback control the shape and delay of the echo, and finally the S-Time knob controls precise timing of each bounce back.

Fun Fact: At the TE-2’s time of conception it became Boss’ 100th model.

The MO-2 Multi Overtone

Boss MO-2 Multi Overtone
Boss MO-2 Multi Overtone

The MO-2 Multi Overtone is the first modulation MDP effect to be formally released. The MO-2 applies a layer of harmonic overtones as the starting point of its resonant sound. The three modes swap the style between a multi-string effect, a more flute-like sound, and a synth organ sound. The Detune knob gradually adds a thick, warbling chorus-like effect, while the Balance and Tone control the mixture and EQ levels and has stereo output.

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Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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Nicholas Tozier
9 years ago

Whoa. These look really cool!

Ronnie Brooks
Ronnie Brooks
Reply to  Nicholas Tozier
9 years ago

Please forward one of each. Size medium, please (that’s “Grande,” in Starbucks sizes).

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