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The Boss DS-1 is a distortion pedal for guitar, manufactured by the Roland Corporation under the brand name Boss since 1978. The first distortion unit made by Boss, it has become a classic effect, used by many notable guitar players. Boss produced a successor, the DS-2.
The DS-1 has a very simple circuit, based on a single op-amp. The distortion is produced using a variable gain circuit with diodes shorting the output to ground to produce hard clipping of the input waveform similar to the Pro Co RAT distortion pedal. This distortion stage is followed by a passive tone filter and volume control. The tone control is scooped in the midrange. It consists of a simple fixed -6dB/okt low pass filter and a simple fixed -6dB/okt high pass filter using a potentiometer to mix the two signals.
- Kurt Cobain
- Joe Satriani
- Mike Stern
- Steve Vai
- Luca Bob Gotti
- Steve Rothery
- Kim Deal
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The Boss DS-2 Turbo Distortion is a developed version of the Boss DS-1 with two modes producing a distinctly different sound, "DS-1" and "Turbo". These can also be selected via an optional footswitch.
- John Frusciante - Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Kurt Cobain - Nirvana
- Kim Deal - Pixies, The Breeders
- Kelley Deal - The Breeders
- Rivers Cuomo - Weezer
- Billie Joe Armstrong - Green Day
- Gianni Cerda - Sillo's Iguana
- Steve Vai
- Neil Zaza
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