Boss LS-2 Opinions

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by GuzBaas, Feb 22, 2012.


  1. GuzBaas

    GuzBaas

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    I'm loking for a cheap Blend pedal which does just that BLEND. For the money the Boss seems like a perfect choice...(I dont like Boss BTW)

    Is there any reason for not buying the boss? my personal concern is about loosing TONE... is the boss a tone sucking pedal?

    Please give your opinions... why not the boss? other options in the same price range? should I save more money and buy a more "expensive" blend pedal?

    thanks!
     
  2. kevteop

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    The Boss buffers aren't too bad in terms of tone-suck, and the LS-2 is a really useful pedal to have. I only sold mine because I needed a switching method that it doesn't offer.

    I'd say go ahead and get one, if it does what you want.
     
  3. GuzBaas

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    All blenders suck tone?
     
  4. bassbrad

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    It is a good and useful pedal that has an acceptable bypass, that's why you see so many in use. As a blended loop pedal it works fine with separate controls for wet and dry. I got one to use as a 2 channel mixer but it wasn't so great for that. It is on my synth board with en EHX BMS in the loop, much better bypass and i can blend dry signal in.
    On my main board i am using a Rocktron TruLoop for my efx loop and i really like it.
     
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  6. alec

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    Its a fantastic pedal. I don't notice any tone suck. The only downside IMO is that you can't turn the A and B channels on and off individually. I'm upgrading to a Wounded Paw Blender V4 for that reason.
     
  7. GuzBaas

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    That's a DRAW BACK... I have to rethink now...

    Thanks to all!!
     
  8. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

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    Maybe Im having a senior moment but, what do you mean you cant turn off A and B individually? It has a A > B > off so you can choose either channel individually. Or if you are blending, A+B>off and then use the knobs to adjust your levels. Maybe Im not understanding what you are trying to say so I could be wrong lol
     
  9. moles

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    What he's saying is that you can't set up two separate loops, that are blended with dry, and select between them. OR another thing it *can't* do, and which I ultimately needed it to, was have two parallel loops going, with the option to turn either one off, while keeping the effects in the other active. You can select between A/B/Bypass as you said, but a) that particular mode is a PITA sometimes if you need to cycle through a loop you don't want to get the one you do, and b) none of them are blended with dry in that mode.

    I had the LS-2 for awhile, and for what it did, it did well. The buffer sounded fine - better than just about everything else I had on my board at the time.
     
  10. jucas

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    I love mine.

    If I could only have one pedal, it'd be an LS-2.
     
  11. JP Morin

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    I use one and like it... to know what it can do go on the Boss web site you can download the manual for a quick study...

    I didn't notice much change in my sound at all using the LS-2 on or off, BUT I noticed that my sansamp prog. BDDI react a bit different to the signal if it is placed after the LS-2 in my chain. (cuz of the buffer I guess, the sansamp seems to be reactive to different impedance ( big difference in the sound between active vs passive pickups as example)) I prefer the sansamp before...

    I use it as a blend knob for my turbo rat...
     
  12. JP Morin

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    lol just curious, what would you do with just an LS-2 ???

    the only things I could see would be using it as an on/off switch or may be buffering a bass to plug in your computer (using it as a DI)... lol
     
  13. warwick.hoy

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    One of the best pedals that boss could have put out.

    I had two at one point,...but for my purposes,...one is all I need.
     
  14. GuzBaas

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    waoo, thanks for all the feedback! TB you're the best!
     
  15. mjl9787

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    Mine is very noisy, but I don't notice any tone suck.
     
  16. GuzBaas

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    Noise? what kind of noise? switching noise?
     
  17. warwick.hoy

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    My setup is hella quiet,...like noticeably quieter than it used to be.

    I've used mine as a blend in the past and it serves that purpose just fine.

    Currently running A<->B. This is a link to my setup and explanation in the PYPB thread:

    PYPB 36:36 Post#202

    I do wish BOSS would maybe come out with a Twin version Line Selector that would allow for independent switching of A and B. Currently the only way around that (in a setting up effects loop context) is to have two of these guys.
     
  18. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle Supporting Member

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    I used one for over a year, then one day played without it, and I couldn't believe the guts in my tone. I was happy with my tone for that year with it, but once it was gone my tone was definitely better.

    It is NOT true-bypass. I even checked the schematic. It is NOT as a fact.

    Whether it is that noticeable to you is for you and you alone to determine. For me, my tone was definitely ballsier with it 100% removed from the signal chain. Others might not notice....

    I went with a custom two channel loooper with a blend knob, and am much happier.
     
  19. warwick.hoy

    warwick.hoy

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    TBP doesn't necessarily equate to clearer tone. ;)

    EDIT: To clarify,...I'm not saying that you are wrong about the LS-2 being buffered. All BOSS Compact pedals are buffered. I'm also not saying that your tone may be more pleasing to you not using the LS-2 as a blend. What I am saying is that there is likely some other factor contributing to your tone being more pleasing to you outside of removing the LS-2 from your chain. Perhaps you inadvertently removed a ground loop,...or you signal path is shortened to limit the natural capacitance that long cable runs have.

    For my signal chain,...the main bass signal is very short,....Bass->LS-2->TU-2->Amp. I essentially have a buffer at the beginning and the end of my signal chain. I would go so far as to say that my tone is "ballsier" than it was when I was running a more traditional one pedal after the other signal chain. In my current pedal board configuration my rig is noticeably quieter than it was in previous iterations. While I wasn't considering the possible tone improvement while redoing my pedal board this is a happy accident that I'm quite excited about.

    YMMV

    :)
     
  20. godblender

    godblender Supporting Member

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    I own a LS-2. Great pedal. No noise. Bam.

    I also own a Wounded Paw Super Blender. Even greater.

    For the money a LS-2 will serve you VERY well.
     
  21. G3Mitch

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    I got mine a few weeks ago to blend clean with my overdrive and distortion pedals. its a dream come true, fills out the sound great. LOVE the LS-2, considering another one for instrument switching.
     

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