Unlike Anything You’ve Ever HeardBOSS recently launched three new pedals that utilize a new pedal technology known as MDP, which stands for Multi-Dimensional Processing. These pedals make fresh sounds that cannot be produced without MDP (more about them below), but the big question is: What is MDP? Contributed by Roland US Team
MDP Technology Explained…MDP is a technology that looks at the incoming signal and separates it into several different parts or “dimensions.” It analyzes various components of these parts, such as the frequencies and dynamics of the part (dimension) and applies the optimal effect to each part independently, treating each dimension almost as a separate input. In a way, it’s like having a polyphonic effect. As an example, if MDP separated the signal into, let’s say, six different pieces, the MDP-based processor could apply six effects at the same time. It’s almost like having six pedals at once, one for each dimension. This technology can be used in some interesting ways, and the three pedals that have it so far each use it to produce very different results.
DA-2 Adaptive Distortion
BOSS DA-2 Adaptive Distortion with MDP Technology
Not Your Typical Distortion Pedal…With typical distortion pedals, the sound can vary drastically depending on what and where on the neck you’re playing. If you dial in a sound that works when you play heavy chunky rhythms, and then go up the neck for some soaring single note leads, you’ll notice the sound you dialed in for the rhythm crunch may not be right for the solo. Try this next time with a standard distortion pedal to see what we mean. However, because of its advanced MDP technology, a DA-2 knows what you’re playing and how you’re playing it, and can then adapt (hence the name Adaptive Distortion) its sound to be the optimal tone for both the heavy low-end chunk and the high ripping solo-without changing the knob settings. The other thing you’ll notice is a clarity to the sound. Even though it’s a distortion with plenty of gain and sustain, there isn’t the typical inter-modulation that muddies up your chords. Even with complex “out” chords, you’ll hear each note clearly.
MO-2 Multi Overtone
BOSS MO-2 Multi Overtone with MDP Technology
Sounds You Never Thought You Had…As its name suggests, the MO-2 generates overtones both above and below the notes you are playing, and the controls let you determine the range and content of these overtones. It uses MDP to be able to do this polyphonically, as opposed to only with single notes, as other types of non-MDP processors do. This means you can play a chord, and the MO-2 will know what overtones to produce for all the notes in the chord. You can even de-tune the overtones, which give the pedal an almost organ-like sound. It’s a little hard to describe the sound of the MO-2, but it’s really easy to hear what MDP does when you use it.
TE-2 Tera Echo
BOSS TE-2 Tera Echo with MDP Technology