Boss MT-2 Metal Zone
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MT-2 Metal Zone, Distorsione/Overdrive/Fuzz per chitarra from Boss.


6 user reviews

Boss MT-2 Metal Zone tech. sheet

  • Fabricant : Boss
  • Modèle : MT-2 Metal Zone
  • Catégorie : Distorsioni/Overdrive/Fuzz per Chitarra
  • Fiche créée le : 20/02/2009

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Recensioni utenti Boss MT-2 Metal Zone

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denied29/04/2011

Recensione di denied (content in English)"Not Great"

Boss MT-2 Metal Zone
- Controls for Volume, highs, lows, high mids, low mids, drive

- Solid construction, components.

- Powered by either 9v battery or 9v (-) adapter, standard Boss style

- Easy access battery compartment

- Bright red LED

- Buffered bypass

UTILIZATION

Pretty standard pedal setup, input, output, footswitch, power.

Controls for volume and distortion are likewise easy to setup. The 4 band EQ is a little more unusual in a pedal, and can be difficult to dial in for people who aren't familiar with it. The manual is pretty good about providing starting points for various genres and sounds.

Pretty reliable as most boss pedals are. Never had any issues with it.

SOUND QUALITY

There isn't a whole lot of leeway, the MT2 is definitely a metal guitarists pedal. It CAN be coaxed into producing more of a hard rock sound, but that isn't really what it was designed to do.
Overall, the sound is a little thin and fizzy. This can be capitalized on to achieve a very particular form of distortion, but it definitely doesn't have the bottom end that a lot of heavy music requires.

I've found that placing a graphic EQ pedal directly after the Metal Zone can really bring it to life through a little fine tuning. I've also heard great things about the Keeley and Monte Allums mods for it.

Keep in mind it uses the standard Boss buffer which doesn't do great things to your bypassed signal.

OVERALL OPINION

This pedal definitely has a bad reputation among guitarists and the online music community. To be fair, a lot of this has to do with beginners who run it through cheap digital amps that don't take pedals well at all.
But that aside, its not the best pedal out there. It is definitely no replacement for a good high gain channel.

This was the first pedal I bought many years back, and would have probably made a different choice had I been exposed to different options. In my opinion it just isn't worth the money when you can get a digitech TL2 or used Barber Dirty Bomb for the same amount of money.
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darkwolf29102/04/2011

Recensione di darkwolf291 (content in English)"Sub-par distortion pedal."

Boss MT-2 Metal Zone
This is a metal distortion pedal. It has a load of gain on tap, a distortion knob, and a four band EQ consisting of High, Low, Mid, and middle frequency. It has an input, an output, and a standard BOSS style center negative 9V DC jack.

UTILIZATION

This pedal is easy to set up and easy to use. Set the EQ and gain to taste, the volume so it's equal at bypass and you're ready to riff. The manual is very clear on what knob does what.

SOUND QUALITY

This pedal does not sound all that good. It's harsh, fizzy, thin, and muddy. There's not much you can do to make this pedal sound good at all. It's far too trebely. It's a grating, harsh, fizzy mess. It sounds like you've connected your guitar to a can of bees instead of an amp. The best way to describe the pedal is a buzz saw. It sounds like someone hooked up a buzz saw instead of a guitar to your amp. It sounds a lot like Dimebag's tone, which, in my opinion, is NOT a god thing. I am always unbiased when reviewing and never go on bandwagon. I am reviewing this based on my impression of it, and that is, this pedal is too harsh and fizzy.

OVERALL OPINION

This pedal is ok at best. There isn't much you can do to dial out the insane amount of treble present in the sound. THAT is it's big downfall. It's harsh and muddy. For $99, there are many better options for a metal pedal than this. $99 is far too much for what it is. If you wanna sound like a buzz saw, this is the pedal for you. If you wanna sound like Dimebag Darrel, this is the pedal for you. If you want a usable and good sounding metal distortion, steer clear. I would never buy this pedal again.
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moosers14/05/2009

Recensione di moosers (content in English)

Boss MT-2 Metal Zone
The Boss MT-2 Metal Zone is a distortion pedal designed for use with electric guitar. It has a 1/4 inch input and output and is powered by either a nine volt battery or by a nine volt power supply. It is not a rack mountable piece of gear because it is a stomp box.

UTILIZATION

Like most Boss pedals, the configuration of the Boss MT-2 Metal Zone is really easy to figure out. From left to right, it has parameters for level, two for EQ that each have two bands on them (high and low, and two middle frequencies) and then a knob of distortion. It is really easy to zoom in on whatever sound you might be after. The manual for the Boss MT-2 Metal Zone is pretty complete and thorough, but really isn't necessary when trying to learn this pedal.

SOUND QUALITY

The sound quality of the Boss MT-2 Metal Zone is respectable and like the name states, is best suited for playing metal or hard rock music. It is a really thick and heavy sounding distortion and because of this is pretty one dimensional. If you have an amp that doesn't have distortion like me, you probably have been looking for that perfect distortion pedal for a while now, but unless you play mostly heavy metal this probably isn't it. Don't get me wrong, the sound quality of the Boss MT-2 Metal Zone is clean and the distortion is big and heavy, but is really only suitable for one type of music. Being fair though, it doesn't really advertise to be anything more than that anyway.

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using the Boss MT-2 Metal Zone for about three years and while it is a good sounding pedal with a decent amount of parameters, I don't use it very often simply because I don't play the type of music that this pedal is intended for anymore. The price of this pedal makes it a very attractive option and I would encourage those interested in a distortion pedal in this price range to try out this pedal as well as some of the other pedals Boss and their competitors has to offer. All in all, the Boss MT-2 Metal Zone is definitely worth a try for those who play harder rock and need a thick sounding distortion pedal.
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iamqman28/07/2011

Recensione di iamqman (content in English)"Garbage"

Boss MT-2 Metal Zone
With an increase in metal players with more access to gear Boss decided to make a follow up to the Boss Hm-2. The pedal was just a few years before the release of the Boss Hm-3. This pedal had a better distortion that translated into a more smooth gain which was a little better than the Boss HM-2 and the Boss Hm-3. This pedal also featured a three band EQ which enabled it to get a better control over the frequencies used. To date this has been the most successful metal pedal put out by Boss and one of Boss's most successful pedals of all time.

Version Differences
There are 3 main versions of the MT-2. The opamps used have changed over time and the colour of the text has changed slightly.

Version 1: All chips M5218AL, text colour orange
Version 2: IC1,2,4 M5218AL and IC3 NJM4558L, text colour orange with "more blue"
Version 3: IC1,2,4 NJM14558L and IC3 NJM4558L, text colour orange with "more blue"


UTILIZATION

Specifications

Controls: Level, Equalizer (Low, Middle, High), Dist.
Connectors: Input, Output, AC Adaptor
Current Draw: 20 mA (DC 9V)
Weight: 410 g (15 oz.)
Recommended AC Adaptor: PSA Series


SOUND QUALITY

Well just because it was the smoothest distortion of the Boss Hm2- and the Boss Hm-3, that doesn't mean that it sounds good. This pedal sounds like garbage. The tone is just horrendous. It is beyond me why someone would think that this pedal sounds good. I know there are a lot of metal heads out their and me being one but come on this pedal sound like trash. The tone is thin and metallic sounding at best. The control are easy but if the sound is terrible then it is like polishing a turd. You can polish it all you want but its still a turd. I am a fan of Boss and Roland gear because they manufacturer budgeted products for the consumer and their keyboard are some of the best in the business and of course they have the best clean tone amp in the world. Many of their pedals are very user friendly and sound amazing in certain applications but this thing is just a nightmare to play. The tone if you can call it that is just terrible!

OVERALL OPINION

At new you can find these pedals right at around $99. Way too much money for the sound that this thing makes. It really is a terrible sounding pedal no question about it. I would get a BLackstar distortion pedal if you need something that is over the top but also sounds good to listen to.
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