petcat wrote:The HM-2 has a current draw of 10 mA and wants to use a Boss ACA style power adapter. If you're running on battery you'll have problems keeping the sweet spot and if using the wrong AC adapter the pedal may sound weak and be flakey. No matter what type of adapter I plugged mine into the pedal reacted funny until I got that right.
I use a Voodoo Labs pedal power 2 on the ACA setting and it made the HM-2 much more reliable. I keep it in my Gilmour rig.
PaulJay wrote:Hey does anyone use a Boss HM-2 for distortion? I acquired a made in Japan one. Is it worth putting on my pedal board.? ,Paul
ChiroVette wrote:I find this pedal to be all right for that "Heavy Metal" Garcia sound that Jerry flirted with briefly in the late eighties. I never really ran into a problem using batteries in it, but then I never owned the original adapter, so I guess I just got used to it on battery power. Honestly, today's multi-effects units are so versatile when it comes to distortion and creating patches, I just use my Boss GTA-3 for any patches I want to create with distortion, overdrive, delay, and or Flange/chorus effects.
I will say that I have literally NEVER been able to get an auto-wah sound worth crap from this or any multi-effects unit, and I like the Boss Octaver (OC-2) for my octave dividing, though I never really tried to get good octave dividing from the GT-3, and I bet I could.
My point, in this tangential response, is that some effects, at least in my opinion, are somewhat generic in that you can tweak almost any good digital pedal to get what you like. I just have never really heard any inherent superiority of any of the top of the line distortion pedals over one of the others. Again, not talking about junk here, but Boss, MXR, Roland, etc. I think if you tweak most high end distortion, flangers, chorus, and delay boxes (digital or analog) these days you will get the sound that you want regardless of what Garcia or anyone else used.
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