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Boss DS-1 Distortion

Boss DS-1 Distortion
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Distortion pedalThe BOSS DS 1 is already a classic among distortion pedals. It provides - compared to the legendary overdrive pedals from BOSS - considerably rougher and more aggressive distortion, which is clearly oriented towards the stack sound of British amps and further away from the rather toneless fuzz sound of older distortions. DS1 is certainly good tip for friends of a tougher pace. With level, distortion and tone control one can naturally create tamer sounds. And on the stability and reliability of DSP effects - there's no need to mention it.

  • Hard distortion effect for guitars and keyboards
  • Faithfully reproduces all the subtle nuances of playing dynamics - at any volume
  • Controls: Level, distortion & tone
  • Connections: Input and output
  • Current consumption: 4 mA
  • Power supply with 9 V battery or 9 V DC power supply (coaxial connection - negative pin inside - not included - for example Article Nr: 108096
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 73 x 129 x 59 mm
  • Weight: 400 g

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Very good for the price

25.10.2014

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Well to begin this pedal is a classic. Considering that is used by many professionals I am surprised that it is still so cheap unlike the Ibanez tube screamer for instance. The controls are similar to a tube screamer but the sound is very different in my opinion. I have managed to get very good tones for soloing straight away. The distortion knob is very very responsive. With the tone knob and a bit of eq from your amp you can get a wide range of distortions suitable for many genres. What I am very pleasantly surprised about is how good it works in conjunction with other distortion pedals and even the boost channel from my amp. You can play around a bit and get some interesting tones using two distortion pedals at once, or the ds-1 going through the dirty channel. You have to be careful with the amount of distortion coming from each source or it can sound very broken and lose all consistency.
Also the construction is very solid, like all Boss pedals made to last forever. All an all a good distortion pedal especially for rock in my opinion. I would recommend it.

Brilliant for 90s grunge

26.04.2016

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Use:
I use this pedal going straight into my Marshall dsl40c tube amp.

Pros:
-solid build quality
-creates a distortion sound which cannot be achieved with your amps dirty channel
-acts like a gritty overdrive when placed in front of an amp which is just on the edge of break-up
-placed in front of a very clean amp this pedal really shines, scoop the mids and add some bottom end to bring out the best in this pedal

Cons:
-the tone control has a limited range of usefulness and should only be used to compensate for your amps natural character (my amp is quite bright so I keep the tone control on the ds1 at 10 o' clock permanently, all tone shaping should be adjusted at the amp)

Overall:
This pedal is perfect for a dirty, grungy, hard-rock sound
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