The Boss DS-1X is not an upgraded DS-1, it's a lot, LOT more. Boss have decided to reinvent distortion. Up to now, overdrive and distortion circuits have always been analog aside from expensive modelling technology, Boss have seen the potential of digitally processing overdrive however and created the remarkably innovative DS-1X.
This pedal can process each frequency band separately and tailor the effect to each. This is alongside a shift in focus away from midrange so the pedal now emphasises bass and treble response giving a truly modern feel, perfect for the studio. On top of this powerful tone-shaping, the DS-1X then applies its signature natural compression to giving the output a really polished, professional sound every time. If you're looking for the next generation of distortion, it's pretty clear it's the DS-1X.
Product Ref: 42850
Future-proofing distortion pedals. The main talking point of the Boss DS-1X is its digital 'multi-dimensional processing' which means it operates in a radically different way from most overdrive/distortion pedals. Whereas most distortion circuits are fully analog, digitally processing the signal allows the DS-1X to do far more, like adding natural compression.This compression gives everything a smooth edge and gives a polished outputted sound. This suits the tone choices of this pedal, Boss wanted to make a modern distortion so treble and bass frequencies are emphasised over midrange here, coupled with having a touch-sensitive dynamic response and the natural compression and you can be sure everything you put through this pedal comes out studio-ready; the DS-1X does all the hard work for you. None of this is at the detriment of tone, however, with the DS-1X still offering the stupidly hot, gritty textures the standard DS-1 is famous for. Switching to digital simply allows extra features to be implemented like touch-sensitivity for superior responsiveness, and additional clarity by processing different frequency bands separately. Get up to date, get the Boss DS-1X.