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Boss IR-2 Amp & Cabinet Compact Pedal
Boss IR-2 Amp & Cabinet Compact Pedal
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Boss IR-2 Amp & Cabinet Compact Pedal

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When using a regular guitar amplifier, getting consistent tones in different performance situations can sometimes be a challenge. With the compact and versatile IR2 in your rig, you’re always ready to deliver your signature sound directly to a house PA or recording setup when needed. Choose from 11 premium amp types paired with Celestion Digital IRs and instantly tweak your sound via simple controls. Use the mono/stereo loop for post-amp effects and plug in headphones for monitoring and quiet practice. And with onboard USB-C, you can easily interface with music software and load in your favorite cab IRs.

  • Premium amp emulator and cabinet IR loader in a BOSS compact pedal
  • Exceptional audio quality with 32-bit floating-point processing and 96 kHz sampling rate
  • Eleven different amp types and high-quality cab IRs from Celestion Digital
  • Simple user interface with Level, Gain, Bass, Middle, and Treble controls
  • Ambience effect with dedicated control
  • Mono input and stereo outputs
  • Mono/stereo loop for patching in mod, delay, and reverb effects after the amp emulation
  • Headphones jack for practice
  • USB-C for recording and audio playback via a computer or mobile device*
  • Switch between two amp/cab tones with the pedal switch or an external footswitch
  • Dedicated IR-2 IR Loader app (macOS/Windows) for loading your own cabinet IRs
  • Amp and cabinet sections can be turned on/off independently for isolated use
  • BOSS five-year warranty

*Compatibility with all third-party devices and software is not guaranteed.

Pro Guitar Sounds to Go

The IR2 packs the inspiring sounds of classic tube amps and mic’d speaker cabinets in a standard stompbox footprint, giving you easy access to studio-grade tones on quiet stages, fly dates, recording gigs, and practice sessions. Backed by decades of BOSS tone expertise, every selection delivers the same expressive nuance and dynamic touch response of a real amp and cabinet. Audio quality is also top-notch, thanks to advanced DSP, 32-bit floating point processing, and a 96 kHz sampling rate.

Inspiring Tones for Every Style

Eleven solid platforms dish up every guitar amp flavor, from famous tube combos to vintage and modern stacks. There are also several original BOSS amps, including a high-gain Brown type derived from the Katana series. The amps are all paired with curated Celestion Digital IRs for dialing up polished sounds right away. If you prefer to use cab IRs from your own collection, you can load them into the pedal via USB-C and a dedicated app.

IR-2 Guitar Amps and Cabinet IRs

Company names and product names shown above are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners. They are used because it is the most practical way of describing the sounds that are emulated using DSP technology.

Immediate Sound Creation

With the IR-2’s intuitive interface, you’ll be ready to play in seconds. Simply select an amp type and tweak the sound with familiar amp-style controls. Then twist the Ambience knob to add some natural spaciousness and depth if desired. You can plug your other pedals into the IR-2’s input, just like you would with an amp. If you want to go further, use the send/return loop to patch mod, delay, and reverb effects into the chain after the amp sounds. The TRS return jack supports stereo operation, letting you pass stereo effects to the IR-2’s audio outputs.

Play and Record Anywhere

Adding the IR-2 to your pedalboard greatly expands its versatility, giving you a complete guitar sound solution everywhere you play.

Practice and Rehearsal
Connect headphones and enjoy top-quality guitar tones in every practice session, whether playing at home or traveling on the road. And prepare for upcoming shows with the same pedalboard setup you’ll use on stage. Audio playback from a computer or mobile device is supported via USB-C, allowing you to jam with songs from your music library and follow along with lessons from YouTube and other sources.

Stage Performance
Take the guesswork out of great stage sound and perform with consistent tones in every venue. Sending a feed from the IR-2’s outputs to a house PA system provides a studio-quality signal that’s not affected by the performance environment. And if you need more than one amp sound while performing, you can toggle between two IR-2 amp/cab setups with the pedal switch or an external footswitch.

Via the IR-2’s USB-C connector, send the sound of your complete rig directly to music recording software. Add tracks to full productions in a computer DAW. Or plug into your smartphone and capture inspiration on the move. You can monitor audio from the IR-2 and your software through headphones, eliminating the need to use a separate audio interface.

Sampling Frequency -
96 kHz

AD Conversion - 24 bits + AF method
* AF method (Adaptive Focus method) is a proprietary method from Roland & BOSS that vastly improves the signal-to-noise (SN) ratio of the AD and DA converters.

DA Conversion - 32 bits

Processing - 32-bit floating point

IR cabinet data format - Mono, Maximum 500 ms, 44.1/48/96 kHz, 16 bits linear/24 bits linear/32-bit floating point

Preset IR cabinet - 11

User IR cabinet slot - 11
* These are the same slots as the preset IR cabinet.

Nominal Input Level - INPUT, RETURN: -20 dBu

Maximum Input Level - INPUT, RETURN: +7 dBu

Input Impedance - INPUT, RETURN: 1 MΩ

Nominal Output Level - OUTPUT A (MONO), OUTPUT B, SEND, PHONES: -20 dBu

Maximum Output Level - OUTPUT A (MONO), OUTPUT B, SEND, PHONES: +7 dBu

Output Impedance - OUTPUT A (MONO), OUTPUT B, SEND: 1 kΩ PHONES: 44 Ω

Recommended Load Impedance - OUTPUT A (MONO), OUTPUT B, SEND: 10 kΩ or greater PHONES: 44 Ω or greater

Bypass - Buffered bypass

Type knob
GAIN knob
LEVEL knob
BASS knob
Pedal switch

Indicator - CHECK indicator (Used for indication of Channel and check battery)

INPUT jack, OUTPUT A (MONO) jack, OUTPUT B jack, SEND jack: 1/4-inch phone type
RETURN jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
CH SEL jack: 1/4-inch phone type
DC IN jack
PHONES jack: Stereo miniature phone type
USB port: USB Type-C(R)

Power Supply - Alkaline battery (9 V, 6LR61 or 6LF22, commercially available)
AC adaptor (PSA series: sold separately)

Current Draw - 160 mA

Expected battery life under continuous use - Alkaline: Approx. 3.5 hours (6LR61)
* These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.

Leaflet (“USING THE UNIT SAFELY,” ”IMPORTANT NOTES,” and ”Information”)
Dry battery (9 V, 6LR61 or 6LF22)

Options (sold separately)
AC adaptor: PSA series
Footswitch: FS-5U
Dual footswitch: FS-6, FS-7