Product Type: Boss DJ equipment
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Boss Metal Zone MT-2
Member Name: 4pintfoss
Boss Metal Zone MT-2
Advantages: well built, reliable
Disadvantages: limited range of sounds, doesn't suit genres such as indie or blues
The boss mt-2 metal zone is a rugged pedal which is widely used worldwide. It is aimed at people who play metal type music, but it would be hoped that it is more than just a one trick pony.
It has a three-band equaliser and semi-parametric midtone equaliser which gives the user plenty of control over the sound that the pedal produces. It can run on either batteries (9 volt square) or from a mains adapter (which is not included with the pedal). The battery life is pretty short and the batteries are expensive so I would recommend buying a mains adapter (cost about £5).
In terms of build quality, I believe that boss is second to none. The metal zone is built like a tank. It would survive hundreds of gigs, being stamped on or even thrown at a wall. Basically it's pretty hard to break, although I did find that the mains adapter that I had brought took quite a beating, so I had to replace the mains adapter twice.
I bought my metal zone for £60 a few years ago. I'm sure that there would be plenty of second hand pedals available. I would recommend buying second hand as because the metal zone is so durable it is likely to work just as well as a brand new one.
The quality of sound produced by the pedal is very good. I used it for many gigs and I got a good sound out of it. However if you want a slightly different sound for each song that you play, it will take a long time to adjust the pedal, as it is not possible to 'store' sounds like you can on other pedals such as the boss gt-6. the range of sounds available is good for something like metal or rock, but if you want an indie or blues sound from the pedal then you are likely to be disappointed.
Overall I think the metal zone is a good reliable pedal, but if your looking for something to give you a wide range of sounds to suit different genres of music, then I suggest getting something an effects processor such as the boss gt-6.
Summary: a good reliable pedal which can be picked up second hand for quite cheap