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The BOSS DSD-2 was manufactured by BOSS in Japan in a very limited run from 1985 to 1986. BOSS developed the pedal to compliment the increasing popularity of their digital delay series they had rolled out with the DD-2 and DD-3 delays. The DSD-2 features the same chip used in the DD-2 delay, so those identical crisp repeats are also present in the DSD-2. Unlike the DD-2 though, the DSD-2 lacks the 50ms and Hold settings on the delay side to make up for the addition of the sampling features. There are two sampling settings available on the DSD-2, there is Play, and Record/Play. The Play mode is pretty straight forward, it plays the sample stored on the pedal whether previously recorded or when fed from another source (hence, the Trigger input). The Record/Play mode allows you to layer another sample onto the existing playing sample.
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As you can imagine, sampling and playing from the pedal could get a little tedious. You’d have to step on the pedal, play your instrument, the sample would then stop entirely and you’d have to bend down to switch the settings to add an additional layer. The DSD-2 only had 0.8 seconds of sample time. In hindsight, it’s easy to see why this pedal wasn’t particularly popular. To interrupt the flow of recording and sampling was really this pedals biggest fault. It was already a very niche pedal to an emerging compact effects pedal market. The DD-2/DD-3 were far more seamless and intuitive and lacked the learning curve that the DSD-2 had. BOSS later found a way to manufacture the DSD-2 for a lower price and followed up with a rebranded DSD-3, but don’t be fooled. The DSD-3 is entirely identical to the DSD-2. BOSS ran the DSD-3 from 1986 to 1988 before it was fizzled out entirely.
While not as seamless as the looping pedals of today, we all had to start somewhere, if it weren’t for trial and error we wouldn’t be able to improve upon existing products to have the higher standards we have today. It should be noted that while the sampling function of the DSD-2 leaves a lot to be desired, because of the shared chip in the DD-2 and the DSD-2 its still a fully capable delay pedal. While the Japanese DD-2’s are highly coveted and high priced, you can find the DSD-2/3 on the used market for a far more accessible price for what is essentially the same delay pedal.
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