Boss DM-2W Waza Craft Effects Pedal : Review

DM-2W Waza Craft

It isn't like the others

Today we will see a pedal that belongs to a particular Boss series, a special edition. Waza is a Japanese term for art and technique. The purpose of the choice of this name is obvious: this isn't the classic commercial product, but a more valuable thing. And we know that when we speak about the sound generation "analog" is the magic term. If we add to this the new DSP technology that the Japanese company has introduced in the last period, we get a perfect association to the Waza term: art and technique at the same time.

The past and the modernity

The object of our review isn't, in itself, a novelty, but the reissue of a very appreciated device of the past, the DM-2. It was discontinued in 1984, but many guitarists remember, and appreciate, the warm and pleasant tone. The DM-2W is a reissue, but with the addition of a switch that makes it more flexible than the original version, and today the flexibility is an important characteristic, a stereo output, and a dedicated input for an expression pedal for foot control of delay time.

Controls

Let's see the functioning of the three knobs and of the S-C switch.

  • Repeat Rate
  • Fundamentally, this is the delay time, the period between the repetitions.

  • Intensity
  • The feedback, the number of the repetitions.

  • Echo
  • The mix between the guitar sound and the effect. At the minimal value, completely on the left, will be produced only the input signal.

  • S-C Switch
  • The DM-2W provides two different operational modalities: Standard (a faithful reproduction of the original version) and Custom (a doubled delay time, up to 600ms, and a more clear sound).

The S-C Switch is the main difference with the original version of the '80s
Specs
Nominal Input Level-20 dBu
Input Impedance1 M ohm
Nominal Output Level-20 dBu
Output Impedance1 k ohm
Power SupplyAlkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61) or Carbon-zinc battery (9 V, 6F22). AC adaptor (PSA series, sold separately).

How it works

Well! In the Standard position of the S-C switch it is very similar to the original version, while the Custom position delivers a more modern and definite delay. The difference is remarkable, so we can consider the pedal rather versatile. It can produce both the atmosphere of the '80s and the necessary for a modern style. The sound is, undoubtedly, of great quality, thanks to an all-analog circuit. It is also very quiet.

Final opinion

The DM-2W price is about 170 euros, so we cannot consider it a cheap product. Anyhow, it is certainly different from many similar devices on the market, the overall quality is remarkable, and the S-C switch is much efficient and makes it flexible and suitable to many different contexts. In my opinion this Boss pedal cannot disappoint, and it is worth how much it costs.

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