New Boss pedals... DD-200 & EQ-200

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by crguti, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. crguti


    Feb 14, 2011



    what is going on with the MIDI connectors on the side? are they mini jack?
  2. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right?

    Apr 9, 2012
    Occasional Beta Tester for Confusion Studios, Singular Sound, and Source Audio
    Yes, 3.5mm TRS MIDI
  3. crguti


    Feb 14, 2011
    so the standard 5 pin midi connector is obsolete now?, or is a Boss tactic so you have to buy their 'new' connector?
  4. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Richlands, NC
    Pretty cool for BOSS pedals. If I wasnt a Helix man, I would have these 2 ordered up.
    Rock on.
  5. Wfrance3

    Wfrance3 Supporting Member

    May 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
    I guess it's more compact . I see that's what the BeatBuddy drum pedal uses as well. There are probably others. Direction things are going maybe?
  6. Roland GR 88

    Roland GR 88 Commercial User

    Sep 16, 2013
    Ontario Canada
    Retail store manager
  7. Adamixoye

    Adamixoye A PT Pro is cool for worship, right?

    Apr 9, 2012
    Occasional Beta Tester for Confusion Studios, Singular Sound, and Source Audio
    It's not obsolete, plenty of pedals and devices still use the 5-pin connectors. However, there seems to be a push towards MIDI over TRS or even USB. And that's not unique to Boss, companies like Alexander Pedals, Empress, and Chase Bliss have been doing MIDI over 1/4" TRS for a few years. These typically require a "MIDI Box" for conversion between 5-pin and TRS. Earlier Empress pedals used 1/4" TRS but the new ZOIA uses 3.5 mm in and out, that seems to be what Boss is doing. Not proprietary but may require a conversion box, ultimate compactness.

    See my response above on the general topic, but this is not what the Beat Buddy uses. The Beat Buddy uses a single small port where a special breakout cable can connect this port to a pair of "in" and "out" 5-pin MIDI cables.
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  8. Wfrance3

    Wfrance3 Supporting Member

    May 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
  9. ProfFrink


    Jan 16, 2015
    I get the DD, but the EQ - man, this looks like taking a simple thing and making it over complex (and I would guess over priced)
  10. I don’t see what’s so complex with the eq? It’s a 10-band eq with presets and a screen to get a visual of every eq-preset.
    Looks pretty cool
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  11. ProfFrink


    Jan 16, 2015
    Let's not argue about this, but just for clarifying myself:
    • (Too) big
    • Screen is probably redundant (I get that you would like to see the recalled presets, but still, only mildly useful)
    • Stereo capability - how many people would use this?
    • 10 bands...?
  12. bearfoot

    bearfoot Inactive

    Jan 27, 2005
    Chittenango, NY
    The EQ pedal is very thoughtful. Obviously not everyone needs that much onstage EQ. Most don't need an EQ pedal at all.
    But 10 bands is not excessive, stereo is a nice touch, and the memory presets are very useful indeed. The screen is also a smart inclusion. It gives the musician more visual feedback to be able to confirm which preset they are on. The downside of having the screen is the effect it may have on battery life.

    I think keyboard players will be drawn to it. I can see vocalists as well having good use for it. My bass rig is stereo, my loop pedal is stereo, and I run them that way whenever it makes sense to.
  13. Wet/Dry rigs are all the rage in TGP-land. There’s actually a bunch of excitement over this. It’s not for me, but most things aren’t.
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  14. IamBF


    Mar 4, 2019
    Crystal Lake, IL
    I’m kinda jacked about the EQ. I just got an email today from and noticed them for first time and then search TB. I bought 2 pedals yesterday to complete my guitar board. Will start saving up now for this!

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  15. I’m definitely buying the EQ for my guitar/bass VI board. The DD200 looks insanely useful but gets rid of all the things I liked in the DD500 (SFX, crazy mod engine and assigns). The MD200 is probably something I’ll pick up used just because it looks cool.

    I’ve had an RV500 for a while now and it’s my longest lasting multi anything pedal. So I’m definitely into the Boss digital stuff as a whole.
  16. john keates

    john keates

    May 20, 2004
    Been dithering on getting the Free the tone eq because of price so the boss EQ pedal looks ideal... But how many presets can it have via MIDI? That is not specified so far. The Free the Tone pedal has the advantage that you can tweak your tone for every MIDI board preset that you have. If there are only 4 presets then some thought would be needed to create presets that cover all your sounds.
  17. Swimming Bird

    Swimming Bird

    Apr 18, 2006
    Wheaton MD
    When are we gonna start seeing mini midi to mini midi? Mini is getting to be pretty common on outboard gear like Novation Circuit, Korg Electribes, etc.

    Didn't think anything of the EQ until I looked more closely at the pic. Sliders at 30 and 60 are rad, that is some bass player love for sure. I mean, could this turn almost any dirt into a Meatbox?

    Also what's that channel A/B do?
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2019
  18. foal30


    Dec 3, 2007
    New Zealand
    I got the Free The Tone Bass Blaster OD
    Baby cheeses it's great

    The Boss EQ I like is the old PEQ-3B
  19. Anybody using the eq-200? I am tempted to buy one one but I have a few questions:

    - Is It possible to configure the On/Off and the Memory footswitches as "preset up/down" selectors? The manual is vague about It

    - alternatively, what midi footswitch (small and cheap!) can I use to do that? A Tech21 Midi Mouse? Something else?
  20. DasClyde


    Jan 21, 2006
    What about the OD-200? Haven't seen any threads, videos, or write ups for bass.