BOSS reveals new IR-2 Amp & Cabinet pedal

BOSS has lifted the lid on its new IR-2 Amp & Cabinet pedal, featuring 11 guitar amp types and cabinet IRs from Celestion Digital.

The IR-2 also offers wide-ranging connectivity, including a headphones output for sound monitoring and USB-C for interfacing with music production software and loading user cabinet IRs.

Featuring the sounds of classic tube amps and mic’d speaker cabinets in a standard stompbox footprint, the IR-2 provides access to studio-grade tones on quiet stages, fly dates, recording gigs, and practice sessions. Every selection has been designed to deliver the same expressive nuance and dynamic touch response of a real amp and cabinet.

Audio quality is also optimised via advanced DSP, 32-bit floating point processing, and a 96 kHz sampling rate.

The IR-2 is equipped with 11 platforms that dish up every guitar amp flavor, from famous tube combos to vintage and modern stacks. There are several original BOSS amps as well, including a high-gain Brown type derived from the Katana series. Every amp is paired with a curated Celestion Digital IR for ready-to-play results. If desired, third-party IRs can be swapped in via the dedicated IR-2 IR Loader app.

Sound creation is quick and easy with the IR-2’s intuitive interface. Familiar amp-style controls are available for gain, level, and tone-shaping, and there’s an onboard Ambience effect to add natural spaciousness and depth. The player can connect their other pedals to the IR-2’s input, as they would with an amp.

Using the send/return loop, it’s possible to patch mod, delay, and reverb effects into the chain after the amp sounds. The TRS return jack supports stereo operation for passing the sound of stereo effects to the IR-2’s audio outputs.

Along with IR loading, the USB-C connector on the IR-2 allows the player to send the sound of their complete rig directly to music recording software on a computer or mobile device. Audio can be monitored from the software through headphones, eliminating the need for a separate interface. General audio playback is supported for practice sessions, suitable for jamming with songs from a music library and following along with lessons from YouTube and other sources.

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