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  • as versatile an ax, but perfect for slicing!

    Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal (Japan)Published on 03/26/13 at 02:25
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    Of distortion pedal Boss ... mine has qq pets but it works nickel

    on the other hand is an old Japanese 85 therefore the power supply sector, attention is 12V (you can make a mod to the circuit which accepts 9V though)

    UTILIZATION

    4 knobs: volume, bass, treble, gain ...

    editing could not be simpler, but the knobs are a race that is as linear at all (except for the volume) the bass and treble are a very big bump limit, similar to the gain, as mentioned in other opinions at the beginning it changes a little, then 3/4 of the race ca remains almost identical, and limit there is a massive gain happens ... so it asks a little practice.

    SOUND QUALITY

    there is only one color .... so......
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    Of distortion pedal Boss ... mine has qq pets but it works nickel

    on the other hand is an old Japanese 85 therefore the power supply sector, attention is 12V (you can make a mod to the circuit which accepts 9V though)

    UTILIZATION

    4 knobs: volume, bass, treble, gain ...

    editing could not be simpler, but the knobs are a race that is as linear at all (except for the volume) the bass and treble are a very big bump limit, similar to the gain, as mentioned in other opinions at the beginning it changes a little, then 3/4 of the race ca remains almost identical, and limit there is a massive gain happens ... so it asks a little practice.

    SOUND QUALITY

    there is only one color .... so if you want the versatility that is not worth it. it can be used in rhythm or solo. the sound is not very compress and quite "grainy"

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have been using qq month on a mesa V-Twin pedal in clean. Its exactly what I was looking for so I am very satisfied .. for the death to the old. I served with an OD (2 HM2 track / 2 track lead channel OD +) .. it gives a very big sound dirty but not very well compressed, producing typical old school death.

    i paid 35 euros mine, bought in Japan, it is a japanese .. I personally would not pay more (or 40 is the limit!) ... taiwan version is probably the same thing for my use and it does change little to the final
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  • Great toy!

    Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal (Japan)Published on 01/17/13 at 22:27
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    A halfway between a big enough dirty overdrive distortion and a big dirty also!
    technology analog audio connectors.

    UTILIZATION

    Configuration Hyper simple 4 button one low-volume 2-3-4-hi Gain
    no manual I buy second hand.
    Edition it is somewhat simpler level CP.

    SOUND QUALITY

    I think the effects of this pedal really good, after all it is like to know what you are looking for.
    For my part I was looking for a big sound Disto but I think the distortion is often too "clean". I said I like to find this typical crunch overdrive distortion and in my kick pedal that mixed the two quite well.
    The I use on my PRS in good c not the deluxe model but it sounds good all plug into a......
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    A halfway between a big enough dirty overdrive distortion and a big dirty also!
    technology analog audio connectors.

    UTILIZATION

    Configuration Hyper simple 4 button one low-volume 2-3-4-hi Gain
    no manual I buy second hand.
    Edition it is somewhat simpler level CP.

    SOUND QUALITY

    I think the effects of this pedal really good, after all it is like to know what you are looking for.
    For my part I was looking for a big sound Disto but I think the distortion is often too "clean". I said I like to find this typical crunch overdrive distortion and in my kick pedal that mixed the two quite well.
    The I use on my PRS in good c not the deluxe model but it sounds good all plug into a Fender Frontman 25.

    I would advise using a compressor pedal after smooth a sound such that it loses too much personality I think.

    I love that this is his "Chainsaw" we find little easier but it does not limit it's a big crunchy distortion well short I'm really happy it.
    Month I would say the race is nonexistent Gain is either a 0 to 10 itself but put the two I do not see the difference, and soon also be the fact that this pedal is not versatile but good at the same time beast is cut for it and that's why we love it! lool

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have one month since I had time to replay piece of time

    before I try to buy a Big Muff (forget the model ...) not convinced,
    and electro-metal pad armonix the distortion was excellent nothing was said about its just not what I was looking for.

    The specificity of this pedal is that it is for one's self or almost so you like so you go your way.

    60euros for this pedal I find it "reasonable"

    I would do this choice because the sound is! unless it has proposed a pedal versatile enough to recreate the sound and switch to other diso also. suggestions?
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  • INTERESTED

    Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal (Japan)Published on 12/05/11 at 03:20
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    Well this is just a btement analog distortion!
    Basic connections: input, output, and industry.

    UTILIZATION

    To sculpt the sound, just use the knobs acting on the high and low frequencies, so it's easy. BMOL small, the gain is not trs "prcis", or rather I would say progressive. Let me explain, there is no noticeable change as and as you push the knob: it was indeed "sound" of 0 3 is "low" distortion, and sound 3 7 mid-level, but remains almost the same all along, and of 7 10 was a big sound. Too bad, but it's not really Gnant especially when left to its limit, what I do in gnral.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Trs special sounds, it's on the, it was not a Metal Zone in the hands!
    It was rather......
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    Well this is just a btement analog distortion!
    Basic connections: input, output, and industry.

    UTILIZATION

    To sculpt the sound, just use the knobs acting on the high and low frequencies, so it's easy. BMOL small, the gain is not trs "prcis", or rather I would say progressive. Let me explain, there is no noticeable change as and as you push the knob: it was indeed "sound" of 0 3 is "low" distortion, and sound 3 7 mid-level, but remains almost the same all along, and of 7 10 was a big sound. Too bad, but it's not really Gnant especially when left to its limit, what I do in gnral.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Trs special sounds, it's on the, it was not a Metal Zone in the hands!
    It was rather a distortion pedals of acting as boost and you can get sound Fuzz (by pushing all the knobs to the max) under the foot, but you can get a good disto looking good, although I think we can get either a distortion with too much bass, a distortion with too much treble. It is my view, any APRS dpend of what we seek!

    It seems to me more effective in the lead as the rhythm (a so as not to use "Pincipale" distortion). I used it with my ESP LTD KH-202, I do not use hardly dsormais, my prfrant Distortion channel my Line 6 Spider Valve 212. She also served as a "pre-amp" for my Fuzz Factory giving it a sound j'apprciais!
    BMOL small, the harmonics are struggling out of the pedals, and a notable lack of sustain.

    In short, we get sounds pretty spciaux / DIFFERENT of distos found everywhere, INTERESTED, but that will not please everyone, or at least was not to use alone or as a single p dale of distortion!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have since 2008, but I do not use for several more months. c'tait my very first pedals that I bought to replace the overdrive of my Marshall MG15 CDR of the era. It is fine for me, but since I have my Line 6, I just forgot. Who knows, maybe she will make her come back one day under my foot!
    The report is in any case qualitprix trs good, not a pr CHRE PDAL enough INTERESTED (a 30aine of the OCCAZ)
    I would do this choice, but this dernire APRS test, I recommend it, especially if it is not your Premire distortion, as you can to find all defects of the world, such as chrir and love your life!
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  • Anonymous

    Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal (Japan)Published on 05/29/08 at 05:39
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    Bah ...

    4 pots, drive, treble, and bass level.
    in, out, and then a concrete box boss.

    nothing to say in particular ...

    UTILIZATION

    Yeah yeah big it is easy to adjust. important to thoroughly fuck everything else is ugly xD

    but by applying well ...

    SOUND QUALITY

    Well yeah it sounds!

    must love the sound late 80's Swedish death ...

    it's dirty, it's fat, Drool ca is harsh ...

    its a big thrash / death bloody ^ ^ oh yeah, if you set solo ca creamy cool as well it all ...

    note that if used in a more subtle one leaves a good big sound a bit stoner quite easily. well as I am on an idea to do a bit of heavy rock and this pedal will be part of my sound ...

    OVERALL......
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    Bah ...

    4 pots, drive, treble, and bass level.
    in, out, and then a concrete box boss.

    nothing to say in particular ...

    UTILIZATION

    Yeah yeah big it is easy to adjust. important to thoroughly fuck everything else is ugly xD

    but by applying well ...

    SOUND QUALITY

    Well yeah it sounds!

    must love the sound late 80's Swedish death ...

    it's dirty, it's fat, Drool ca is harsh ...

    its a big thrash / death bloody ^ ^ oh yeah, if you set solo ca creamy cool as well it all ...

    note that if used in a more subtle one leaves a good big sound a bit stoner quite easily. well as I am on an idea to do a bit of heavy rock and this pedal will be part of my sound ...

    OVERALL OPINION

    Oula! over a year I think.

    it dates to Herod, it is dirty and love.

    a good pedal. of course it is a fact and not a sound basic but there's something to add a sound for cheap.

    rho bad good. the last word? damn it in a big marshall is the best and she spits his guts: D Oh and also, on a low you already tested? is super dirty like it's really nice.
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  • Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal (Japan)Published on 03/31/09 at 06:58
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    Unbreakable

    UTILIZATION

    Super easy

    SOUND QUALITY

    The sound of this distortion pedals used on its own is fairly neutral on the whole, not super aggressive, even treble the bottom. The serious, for against, send svrement. A substance has a distortion sounds like a vintage kind between ds1 and pushes enough overdrive. Personally, I use it as a booster plutt canal of a saturated amplifier lamps. L is your exact trs cool, we add just the extra gain, the sound becomes richer harmonics and sustain are especially emphasized (rglage level 10, gain 0 or 1, treble bass and 12h) and that, although respecting the sound of the amp. Trs diffrent a mt2 (quite aggressively) that imposes his......
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    Unbreakable

    UTILIZATION

    Super easy

    SOUND QUALITY

    The sound of this distortion pedals used on its own is fairly neutral on the whole, not super aggressive, even treble the bottom. The serious, for against, send svrement. A substance has a distortion sounds like a vintage kind between ds1 and pushes enough overdrive. Personally, I use it as a booster plutt canal of a saturated amplifier lamps. L is your exact trs cool, we add just the extra gain, the sound becomes richer harmonics and sustain are especially emphasized (rglage level 10, gain 0 or 1, treble bass and 12h) and that, although respecting the sound of the amp. Trs diffrent a mt2 (quite aggressively) that imposes his personality that is a plutt complment add an amp or a little feeble to go solo.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Well, this is no longer manufactures pedals for a long time, this is a Japanese version, the serial number of APRS information on this site has boibote t fvrier factory in 1984.
    I got in exchange of another faith and my pedals, pedals for-ago quarter century, not bad at all.
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  • Not great

    Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal (Japan)Published on 07/20/11 at 10:23
    Boss decided since the metal craze was going on they would put out this pedal to give the metal guys a distortion box. This thing was terrible. The originally made it in Japan and then later moved the production to Taiwan. This pedal is so bad that I find myself thinking why did I spend anytime with this pedal knowing full well ahead of time that this pedal is not going to sound good at all. Back when trying out the guitar for the first time it seems like a lot of beginners try out pedals like this. So I had number of friends who had metal type pedals to which every single one of them sounded horrible. This pedal is no exception. Running my fork across the plate sounds about what you get......
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    Boss decided since the metal craze was going on they would put out this pedal to give the metal guys a distortion box. This thing was terrible. The originally made it in Japan and then later moved the production to Taiwan. This pedal is so bad that I find myself thinking why did I spend anytime with this pedal knowing full well ahead of time that this pedal is not going to sound good at all. Back when trying out the guitar for the first time it seems like a lot of beginners try out pedals like this. So I had number of friends who had metal type pedals to which every single one of them sounded horrible. This pedal is no exception. Running my fork across the plate sounds about what you get out of this pedal. It may even sound better. I know that Boss is tailoring to the metal market but come on this thing sound like garbage!!


    UTILIZATION

    Specifications

    Controls: Level, Color Mix (L, H), Distortion
    Connectors: Input, Output, AC Adaptor
    Current Draw: 10 mA (DC 9V)
    Weight: 400 g (14 oz.)
    Input Impedance: 1 MOhm
    Recommended AC Adaptor: ACA Series


    SOUND QUALITY

    They claim that the Japanese pedal from Boss always sound better than when they moved the farm to Taiwan. I would say that is false and they sound the same. Maybe if you A/B then together you might come across a different result but it is not worth any more money. There really isn't any way you can throw a guitar or amp in front or behind this thing to have any workable sound. Try using a Les Paul or a Super Strat and you won't sound like CC Deville. Try using a Marshall JCM 800 and Kerry King is not an option. You know what is an option....not buying this pedal.

    This thing sounds thin and metallic to which sounds nothing like a tube amp at all. No active EMG pickups or Dean guitar will help you at this point.

    OVERALL OPINION

    This will have to be picked up on the used market. They stopped making the Japan ones back in 1988. They began building then in Taiwan at that point. These can be found on the used market all day long. They are cheap to buy and they sound cheap.
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  • Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal (Japan)Published on 12/15/09 at 12:33
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    BOSS made like his sisters and cousins.
    <ul>
    What is the connection? (Audio / MIDI)
    </ul>
    An IN and an OUT DC9V all there is more common on most pedals .... She has 20 years yet but it's still in pretty good condition. Boss it's solid.

    UTILIZATION

    <ul class="ul">
    The general configuration is simple?
    </ul>
    Bah yeah, you turn the knobs and the sound changes. We know what did it
    <ul>
    Editing sounds and effects is easy?
    </ul>
    Yes totally .. as stated above
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    The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
    </ul>
    Me is an opportunity not to book, but no need

    SOUND QUALITY

    <ul>
    The effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough
    </ul>
    Oh yes! She tears! The......
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    BOSS made like his sisters and cousins.
    <ul>
    What is the connection? (Audio / MIDI)
    </ul>
    An IN and an OUT DC9V all there is more common on most pedals .... She has 20 years yet but it's still in pretty good condition. Boss it's solid.

    UTILIZATION

    <ul class="ul">
    The general configuration is simple?
    </ul>
    Bah yeah, you turn the knobs and the sound changes. We know what did it
    <ul>
    Editing sounds and effects is easy?
    </ul>
    Yes totally .. as stated above
    <ul>
    The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
    </ul>
    Me is an opportunity not to book, but no need

    SOUND QUALITY

    <ul>
    The effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough
    </ul>
    Oh yes! She tears! The "panhandling prince" of UKJ sounds good. We believe it
    <ul>
    Which instruments do you use?
    </ul>
    Tonight with my Epiphone LP but my Yamaha RGX will soon have the right to send wood
    <ul>
    Which ones do you prefer, you hate?
    </ul>
    + With the bass and treble 14 H at 12 o'clock it feels to play with a mountain of Marshall stacks - Too much treble is not that great, I find it too furnace. It's been almost a second level of knob so it hard.

    OVERALL OPINION

    <ul>
    For how long have you been using it?
    </ul>
    Tonight (: Écue mail today)
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    What thing do you like most/least about it?
    </ul>
    +: From the time that I saw in a catalog when I was the boss chest, she finally confirmed that I had a promise made
    -: The knob H which could instead be considered a level
    <ul>
    Did you try many other models before getting this one?
    </ul>
    Yes my SD1, my DS1 and distortions of my KorgG3. Not to mention the metal distortion Ibanez (soundtanck series) of a friend. And also a TS9 one day in a mag Zique
    <ul>
    What is your opinion about the value for the price?
    </ul>
    An auction won with a 42 € confirmed to the penultimate second. Not bad you say ....
    <ul>
    Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice? ...
    </ul>
    Probably yes
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  • Black metal

    Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal (Japan)Published on 04/28/11 at 07:38
    Labeled as a distortion but I think the HM2 is a cross between distortion and fuzz sounds. Standard boss enclosure with 1/4" ins and outs, 9v power jack, and knobs for level, gain, high, and low EQ

    UTILIZATION

    I bought this pedal used and did not get a manual but with only 4 knobs it's easy to figure out what you need to do. For me the set-up consisted of plugging in the ins and outs, hooking up some power, and setting all the knobs to ten. Metal.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Like with any Boss pedal you get the buffer which can be a love/hate kind of thing. Personally I don't see the problem with Boss buffers until you start hooking numerous Boss pedals together in series and then you get some......
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    Labeled as a distortion but I think the HM2 is a cross between distortion and fuzz sounds. Standard boss enclosure with 1/4" ins and outs, 9v power jack, and knobs for level, gain, high, and low EQ

    UTILIZATION

    I bought this pedal used and did not get a manual but with only 4 knobs it's easy to figure out what you need to do. For me the set-up consisted of plugging in the ins and outs, hooking up some power, and setting all the knobs to ten. Metal.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Like with any Boss pedal you get the buffer which can be a love/hate kind of thing. Personally I don't see the problem with Boss buffers until you start hooking numerous Boss pedals together in series and then you get some noticeable tone sucking. I always like to have at least one buffer in my chain whether it be from a pedal or from a dedicated box and the Boss pedals always seemed to be fine for this use.

    The EQ seems rather limited with only high and low adjustments but it actually cover a wide area of sound. You can get a decent distortion sound or a pretty traditional black metal sound out of it with minor tweaking. I used this pedal mainly to send my distortion over the top and it excelled at it. With all knobs on ten into your amp's distortion channel you get a sound similar to an amp about to explode which is just what I was looking for.

    OVERALL OPINION

    There are far better options out there for a main distortion box but at 40$ this is a great noise maker. I have done some mods to the pedal to try and get it more useable for a wider variety of sounds but always came back to the stock sound. It's an older unit from a time where high gain distortion just didn't have the balls you get with today's gear. At one point I had three of these but I've sold them all off but one because its nice to have around when you want that terrible old school black metal sound
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  • Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal (Japan)Published on 04/26/10 at 10:01
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    Distortion at the edge of the fuzz
    Pedal Analog Black Label: best components on the market!

    UTILIZATION

    LOW DISTORTION HIGH LEVEL knobs

    The knob DIST has no other purpose than to mute the distortion, this position only to a minimum. Only oddity of this pedal ... pity

    SOUND QUALITY

    Indeed very "excited", a distortion of the rebellion!
    Made better amp on TRANSISTOR,
    but néanmois Music on the Mesa Boogie (LEVEL with the bottom this time).

    The harmonics are impressive, both in the low (100Hz) than in the midrange frequencies (1kHz).
    A tool for professional, very very musical!



    OVERALL OPINION

    I had one in the 90s when I was grunge.
    Recently I've bought two!
    I am a......
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    Distortion at the edge of the fuzz
    Pedal Analog Black Label: best components on the market!

    UTILIZATION

    LOW DISTORTION HIGH LEVEL knobs

    The knob DIST has no other purpose than to mute the distortion, this position only to a minimum. Only oddity of this pedal ... pity

    SOUND QUALITY

    Indeed very "excited", a distortion of the rebellion!
    Made better amp on TRANSISTOR,
    but néanmois Music on the Mesa Boogie (LEVEL with the bottom this time).

    The harmonics are impressive, both in the low (100Hz) than in the midrange frequencies (1kHz).
    A tool for professional, very very musical!



    OVERALL OPINION

    I had one in the 90s when I was grunge.
    Recently I've bought two!
    I am a supporter of the distortion of my amp (peavey, mesa)
    but this little monster inspires me, and it is ... MAGIC!
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  • The infamous Swedish metal tone

    Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal (Japan)Published on 03/21/11 at 11:35
    The Boss HM-2 was a pedal that was well known in the 90s Swedish death metal scene. Bands such as At the Gates, In Flames, Dismember, Entombed, Bloodbath, etc. all used this pedal. It's almost like a mix between a distortion and a fuzz. The pedal will drive any amp into chaos and pretty much consume whatever natural voicing the amp may have.

    UTILIZATION

    This pedal actually has a crazy sensitive EQ. While the actual tone you get from this is somewhat limited, the adjustability of that tone is pretty dramatic. Despite it only have four knobs, it took a little bit to dial in to where I wanted it. There's a level, low, high and distortion knob. They're all fairly self-explanatory,......
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    The Boss HM-2 was a pedal that was well known in the 90s Swedish death metal scene. Bands such as At the Gates, In Flames, Dismember, Entombed, Bloodbath, etc. all used this pedal. It's almost like a mix between a distortion and a fuzz. The pedal will drive any amp into chaos and pretty much consume whatever natural voicing the amp may have.

    UTILIZATION

    This pedal actually has a crazy sensitive EQ. While the actual tone you get from this is somewhat limited, the adjustability of that tone is pretty dramatic. Despite it only have four knobs, it took a little bit to dial in to where I wanted it. There's a level, low, high and distortion knob. They're all fairly self-explanatory, but the most time will be spent figuring out exactly where you want to set the low and high voicing knobs. I never had a manual with this since I bought it used, so I can't comment on that. I also am not sure if the MIJ versions really do sound different, but mine was an MIJ version.

    SOUND QUALITY

    If you've heard any of the bands I mentioned above, you probably already know what this pedal sounds like. It's an extremely aggressive, abrasive sound that's almost fuzz like. There's no real calming this pedal down, and it doesn't work that great as an overdrive to boost the amp. The thing is a flat out distortion pedal that's cranked up as much as possible. I found my best results by running an EQ pedal with this to help shape the overall tone. Despite the low and high knobs being versatile, the lack of a midrange knob made it somewhat tricky to dial in a tone that I was looking for.

    OVERALL OPINION

    The price of these pedals varies quite a bit. I've seen them for as low as $20 and as much as $150. If you're a fan of that oldschool 90s Swedish metal tone and find one for under $50, I'd say it's worth at least checking it out. Even if you don't like it, you can probably sell it for quite a bit on eBay or something to someone overseas. The Scandinavians are always looking for these pedals for obvious reasons.
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