Thank you, and congratulations on your choice of BOSS DS-1 Distortion. Before using this unit, carefully read the sections entitled: “USING THE UNIT SAFELY” and “IMPORTANT NOTES” (separate sheet). These sections provide important information concerning the proper operation of the unit. Additionally, in order to feel assured that you have gained a good grasp of every feature provided by your new unit, this manual should be read in its entirety.
FEATURES The DS-1 is an effect unit that generates both distortion and sustain effects. By rotating the knobs you can create all kinds of sounds, from warm, soft sustain to hard, powerful distortion. The DS-1 can be powered by a battery or an optional AC adaptor.
PANEL DESCRIPTIONS AC Adaptor Jack Accepts connection of an AC Adaptor (op- tionally available BOSS PSA-Series). By using an AC Adaptor, you can play without being concerned about how much battery power you have left. * You may find that it is a good idea to keep a battery installed in the unit even while using an adaptor.
CHECK Indicator This indicator shows whether an effect is ON/OFF, and also doubles as the Battery Check indicator. The indicator lights when an effect is ON. If this indicator goes dim or no longer lights while an effect is ON, the battery is near exhaustion and should be replaced imme- diately.
TONE Knob DISTORTION Knob LEVEL Knob TONE Knob This knob controls the tone of the distortion sounds. Rotating the knob clockwise cuts lower frequencies, creating sharp sounds. Rotating the knob counterclockwise cuts higher frequencies, creating softer, warmer sounds. DISTORTION Knob This knob controls the depth of distortion sounds and the length of sustained sounds.
MAKING THE CONNECTIONS Amplifier * Inserting a plug into the Input Jack will automatically switch the unit on. * Before connecting or disconnecting any patch cords, be sure all the volume controls in your system are set to minimum. This will help prevent any damage to system components. AC Adaptor (PSA-Series;...
OPERATING THE UNIT After you have made the necessary con- nections, set the knobs as shown in the illustration. Depress the pedal switch to turn the effect on. (Make sure that the CHECK Indicator lights.) Adjust the depth of distortion with the DISTORTION Knob.
Adjust the distortion tone using the TONE Set the LEVEL Knob so there will be no Knob. volume difference between the effect sounds and the straight guitar sounds.
CHANGING THE BATTERY When the indicator goes dim or no longer lights while an effect is on, it means that the battery is nearly dead and must be replaced. Replace the battery following the steps below. Battery Snap Cord Battery Snap 9V Battery Loosen the thumbscrew at the front of the pedal, then lift the pedal upwards to open the...
Dimensions ... 73 (W) x 129 (D) x 59 (H) mm Weight ... 400 g / 15 oz (including battery) Accessories ... Owner’s Manual, Dry Battery 9 V type (6F22/9 V), Options ... AC Adaptor PSA-Series * 0 dBu = 0.775 V rms * In the interest of product development, the specifications and/or appearance fo this uit are subject to change without prior notice.