Boss have announced the launch of their latest pedal, the SL-2 Slicer. Aiming to provide a lower cost alternative to their SL-20 device in a more compact and pedalboard-friendly format, the SL-2 is equipped with unique percussive patterns and tones that Boss say will cater to guitarists, bassists, keyboard players, loop performers, and DJs.
The SL-2 operates in the same way as the SL-20, transforming incoming signals into percussive ‘chopped’ grooves. There are 88 on-board memories available, which are preloaded with eight pattern types and 11 variations, with yet more options available via the Boss Tone Studio app. Attack and Duty parameters provide a way for users to manipulate the sampled pattern’s waveforms, and are also able to be controlled from an external device via MIDI. Tempo adjustments are available via a dedicated control on the top panel, and the pedal also features a tap-tempo function for hands-free operation.
Stereo inputs and outputs are provided by four quarter-inch TS sockets, whilst an input for an expression pedal is presented on a quarter-inch TRS socket. A MIDI input is also provided, utilising a 3.5mm TRS mini-jack socket, and a USB-B connector provides connectivity to a computer for pattern imports.
The SL-2 accepts 9V DC power from either an external power supply, or an internal 9V battery. The pedal weighs 450g and measures 73 x 129 x 59 mm.
Pricing & Availability
The SL-2 Slicer will be available in November 2022, priced at $169.99.