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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:04 pm    Post subject: NPD: Boss OS-2 Reply with quote

Cheers Noirie. thumbs up

Much to my surprise, it ain't bad. I recall an old thread where Mike explained how elegant and clever the circuit is, and the end result is pretty usable. Neither of the two modes are anything out of the ordinary, but the range of tweakability makes up for that.

I'm not sure why the idea hasn't been tried more often. It must be quite a delicate balancing act to get the volume and eq of two very different circuits to work alongside each other though, so I'm a little reluctant to do any mods in case it upsets the balance. The distortion side is similar to a DS-1, but not identical. The general character is the same, but it's a little smoother and bassy. I don't own an SD-1 to compare the overdrive sound, but it fits the descriptions and sound clips so I'd say it's certainly a DS/SD-1 mashup with a tone stack that works equally well for both.

Conceptually, it's very cool. Sounds-wise, it's merely decent but makes me wish I had one when I was just starting out. A good budget "beginner's pedal" for sure.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always loved the idea of being able to blend between 2 dist sounds on one pedal, will have to try one of these out some day. Although, separate gain controls would truly make this bae. If that Chase Bliss Brothers pedal wasn't fucking pricey, I might have picked one up.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A good budget "beginner's pedal" for sure.


Pretty sure you just called Fran a N00b.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The OS-2 is one of my favourite dirt pedals.

There's a lot of useable sounds on it and whilst you probably can dial in SD1 and DS1 sounds I think it's a pedal in its own right.
I like the settings in between the two effects, which gives more saturation than the SD1 and more clarity than the DS1.

I believe Joey Santiago used one for a while in the Pixies and I can't knock his tone on any recording.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BearBoy wrote:
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A good budget "beginner's pedal" for sure.


Pretty sure you just called Fran a N00b.

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You must've posted that as I was typing.

It's like most Boss stuff isn't it, at one time it was good enough for most artists from Dave Gilmour to Kevin Shields, but now they're just for n00bs. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked it alot only sold it cause broke. Sounded best with everything set at noon.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My first dirt pedal. I've come back to it a few times and will again.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fran wrote:
BearBoy wrote:
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A good budget "beginner's pedal" for sure.


Pretty sure you just called Fran a N00b.

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You must've posted that as I was typing.

It's like most Boss stuff isn't it, at one time it was good enough for most artists from Dave Gilmour to Kevin Shields, but now they're just for n00bs. Laughing


If you can't get a good sound from most Boss pedal you need to give up... can't be arsed with all this boutique shite

Also pretty sure William Reid had one if these in stage when I seen the Marychain a few years back.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I keep meaning to pick one of these up but have never quite got round to it.

And I have too many dirt pedals anyway.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dezb1 wrote:
Also pretty sure William Reid had one if these in stage when I seen the Marychain a few years back.


Think Johnny Marr used to use an OS-2 as well.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seriously considering going for an all boss board.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gusman2x wrote:
Seriously considering going for an all boss board.


The last several pedals I've bought have all been Boss--BF-2, DF-2, and BD-2. Already had an OD-3, RV-6, CE-2w, and NS-2. I could easily go all Boss...except for including a Rat. Love my madebymike Rat.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gusman2x wrote:
Seriously considering going for an all boss board.


I used one in the last band, just the small BCB-30.
Tidy, convenient, did the job, a bit limited with three pedals but I made that conscious decision so I'd think more about my playing and guitar controls rather than tap dancing around a huge pedalboard.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to gig with a BCB-3 containing HM-2 > CH-1 > DD-3

I had a Cry Baby before the HM-2.

I quite possibly sounded terrible though Shocked Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BearBoy wrote:
I used to gig with a BCB-3 containing HM-2 > CH-1 > DD-3

I had a Cry Baby before the HM-2.

I quite possibly sounded terrible though Shocked Laughing

It's a fine line with a HM-2 isn't it, brutal sounding pedal Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If memory serves well, all dirt on our Angel B album back in 06 was recorded with an OS2. Great trusty pedal.

I think we even ran the baritone jaguar through it for the bass tonez on this one.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fran wrote:
BearBoy wrote:
I used to gig with a BCB-3 containing HM-2 > CH-1 > DD-3

I had a Cry Baby before the HM-2.

I quite possibly sounded terrible though Shocked Laughing

It's a fine line with a HM-2 isn't it, brutal sounding pedal Laughing


TBH, if I did sound terrible then it would have been nothing to do with my pedals and more to do with the fact that I was am a hack Laughing

I like the HM-2 mind, although I haven’t played with it for a while. Must dig it out for a blast.

I think my biggest crime against toan back then was having too much chorus on my distorted sound
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BearBoy wrote:
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"beginner's pedal"


Pretty sure you just called Fran a N00b.


Seriously, have we not gone OS-2.0 yet?

edit- whoops my bad

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you ever had any strange noise with it? The OS2 was my first ever pedal and I was in love with it but, unlucky, I was forced to sell it because it produced an horrible sort of "ground noise" (is it correct to call it so?) if I turned up the gain knob over 12. I never understood what the reason was and I replaced it with a Boss BD2 and a Rat. I would buy it again but I'm afraid of having the same issue again, I don't know if it was just mine or a general problem with this type of pedal.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guarantee it'd be to do with your own setup, or your pedal was faulty, rather than any inherent problem with the pedal- they've probably sold millions of these things.

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