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Take a classic distortion sound and add advanced proprietary Multi-Dimensional Processing (MDP) to get the BOSS DS-1X Distortion Pedal. On the outside, the DS-1X has the familiar BOSS chassis with an added reflective accenting on the control panel. While the adjustment of the pedal has the classic simple Level, Low, High, and Dist (Gain) controls, there's a lot more going on under the hood.
MDP (Multi-Dimensional Processing)
MDP analyzes playing dynamics and frequency information in real time to provide the best tone for each note played. Many conventional distortion pedals have a tendency to sound great in one register or style of play, but as soon as you shift away from that register that great tone is no longer. For example, you can have an ideal tight rhythm tone for power chord chugging on the lower strings but as soon as you shift to lead playing on higher strings you get the painful "ice pick in your ear" response. To compensate for this, you usually need another pedal to use for your lead sound. The DS-1X's MDP uses DSP (Digital Signal Processing) to dynamically adjust the frequency response and feel of your playing, regardless of gain setting. This way, you can have your ideal tight rhythm tone, and when you shift to lead playing, the MDP will seamlessly fatten up your tone, preventing the "ice pick in your ear" syndrome. Additional benefits of MDP's analysis include improved string-to-string response and dynamics. Even with high gain settings, individual notes in complex chords ring out without getting lost in a mess of sludge. And if you back off the volume knob, the MDP will give the DS-1X a more dynamic response, suiting the lower-gain sound.
Classic BOSS Design
The DS-1X can run off of a single 9V battery or an optional external 9V DC power supply. The electronics are encased in BOSS's iconic durable metal housing with a non-slip rubber base. The battery compartment can be easily accessed by unscrewing the thumbscrew at the front of the pedal. This pedal utilizes a buffered bypass for silent switching and driving long cable runs even while the pedal is disengaged.