My favorite channel on YouTube to follow is Premier Guitar. They’re down at NAMM ’13 and hit the Roland/Boss booth to talk about a couple of new pedals that Boss is releasing this year. These pedals are the Boss TE-2 (Tera Echo), Boss MO-2 (Multi Overtone) and Boss DA-2 (Adapative Distortion). These new pedals use MDP, which is Multi Dimensional Processing. Basically, they’re using high powered DSP (Digital Signal Processors) to analyze and effect the signal. These pedals are responsive and touch sensitive, etc.
The evolution of pedals over the last years have been really interesting. From true analog circuits, to rack mount digital processors, to on-the-floor multi-digital processors, a resurgence of analog effects, but recently, I’ve been really liking some of the single pedals that have a feel of analog (stompbox) but use high end DSP. Strymon immediately comes to mind. So it’s not surprising to see that Boss is getting into this level of pedal design as well.
Boss TE-2 Tera Echo is a atmospheric pedal providing layers of modulation, delay and reverb. You can get some nice shimmer tones. I’m sure this would be great for picking single notes as well as volume swells,
Boss MO-2 Multi Overtone – when I hear/see this, it definitely is the Boss version of the Electro-Harmonix POG or Micro POG. It provides multi harmonic features giving you the ability to have organ/synth tones with high and low octave ranges.
Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion is an interesting pedal where it adjusts the distortion based on the incoming signal. Giving you fat clear riffage, but also adapting for if you play up on the neck, etc. I wanted to hear more distortion options. It’s a distortion that definitely sounds like a ‘pedal’ if you know what I mean, but that was at first glance/listen.
Here is a the video by Premier Guitar at NAMM 2013:
Let me know what you think about these pedals!
10 years ago
Actually, not at all impressed! The sounds/tones they produce are not ones you’d use very often. Personally, part of it is a marketing “ploy” to get you to get their whole line of new MDP/DSP pedals that “work together.” Anyway, I associate Boss with killer tones (especially vintage analog or analog-like) – unfortunately, these aren’t them. Also, did you notice there are no numbers on the dials/knobs? You’d definitely need Hank’s Pedal Labels for them…and other pedals as well…Reply