Boss announce a range of new Boss 200 series pedals bridging the gap between their stomp box range and ‘500’ series pedals as well as new WL-60 wireless system
Boss have unveiled a collection of new guitar pedals, entitled the Boss 200 Series, bridging the gap between their incredible stompbox pedals and the likes of their ‘500’ series pedals offering simpler, refined controls and a smaller footprint. The team have also added a new wireless guitar system to their offering, allowing guitarists to clip the receiver on their belt or guitar strap.
Let’s take a closer look at what’s new.
Boss 200 Series Pedals
Boss DD-200 Digital Delay Pedal
The new Boss DD-200 Digital Delay Pedal collects a range of sounds and features which appeared in the DD-500, but packs it into a smaller , easier to use pedal with two footswitches. You have 12 different modes within this new delay including Standard, Analog, Tape, Drum, Shimmer, Tera Echo, Pad Echo, Pattern, Lo-Fi, Dual, Ducking and Reverse. Best of all, this features 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit floating point processing, which means your delay sounds incredible.
There’s also a looper built-in which can be used at any time by pressing both buttons at the same time, plus a selectable carryover function for seamless transitions between memories, tap tempo button and knobs to manipulate parameters in real time.
If you love your DD-7 and the control you have over stompboxes, but want to upgrade this is the perfect next step.
Boss EQ-200 Graphic EQ Pedal
According to Boss the EQ-200 is the most flexible compact EQ ever created for guitar and bass – a bold statement indeed. But based on the features, we think they might be right. The Boss EQ-200 features two wide-ranging 10-band EQ channels, as well as an onboard graphic display that shows the current EQ curve so you know exactly what’s going on at all times.
In addition, you can select signal flow structures and even configure the channels for stereo, parallel, or series operation. Boss have made it easy to store multiple setups for instant recall and have even included three different range settings: 30 Hz to 12.8 kHz, 32 Hz to 16 kHz, and 28 Hz to 14 kHz.
One of the major features we love is the fact you can patch in an external pedal (or a chain of pedals) for pre-EQ and/or post-EQ processing. This is sound sculpting like never before.
Boss MD-200 Modulation Pedal
The Boss MD-200 Modulation Pedal scales down, but still retains many of the features within the flagship MD-500, to deliver an array of world-class effects in a smaller, more convenient pedal.
You have 12 different modes including Chorus, Ce-1 Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Vintage Phaser, Classic Vibe, Vibrato, Tremolo, Rotary, Auto Wah, Slicer and Overtone which basically provides every mod sound you’d ever want. You also have direct access to parameters such as rate, depth, and level as well as bespoke parameters depending on what effect type you use.
The tap tempo footswitch can also dictate rates whilst the ability to set beat subdivisions via the control panel is a great feature. There’s also the ability to patch in drive pedals and other effects for selectable pre/post mod processing via the insert function.
Boss OD-200 Hybrid Drive
The new Boss OD-200 Hybrid Drive is a guitarists dream, packing 12 modes of drive and distortion into one conveniently sized pedal. You get classic Boss tones such as Overdrive, Blues, Scream, Cntr Od, X-Drive, Dist, X-Dist, Stack Drive, Fat Dist, Brown, X-Metal and Fuzz ranging from creamy overdrives to all out death metal distortion – this thing can do it all and it does it with 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit internal processing.
Quite frankly there’s no other distortion pedal or multi-fx pedal like it. A three band EQ allows you to make changes on the fly and you can even dictate pre/post boots for superb tone shaping. Finally, the on-board gate circuit eliminates noise and adds tightness and aggression to your hard hitting high-gain tones.
New WL-60 Wireless Systems & Cable
Boss WL-60 Wireless Guitar System
The new Boss WL-60 Wireless Guitar System is the newest member of the Boss WL wireless systems. This particular option features a receiver with 14 channel scanning that sits on your board as well as a rugged bodypack transmitter that can be connected to your belt or guitar strap. This allows you to connect the WL-60T transmitter to your guitar or bass via an included short scale cable and not worry about it flying out of your guitar when you start jumping around on stage!
The receiver has a large LCD visual display which shows you which channel you’re on, wireless strength and more. The two cable tone simulation options are ideal for tone purists too!
According to Boss, the BMIDI-5-35 is a specially designed cable with an angled 3.5 mm TRS connector on one end and a standard 5-pin male MIDI connector on the other This cable allows you to connect to external MIDI-equipped devices such as pedals, effects switchers, and MIDI foot controllers with ease. If you have a MIDI heavy set up and you need to bring your gear together, this is ideal!