A delay in finding a delay is, well, worth the delay. The Boss DD-3 Digital Delay Pedal
How MANY Delays have you owned?
I’ve been toying with delay pedals since 1996. I used a cheapo Ibanez soundtank delay then a Danelectro Dan-echo, both of which featured a nice warm delay pattern, quite analog-y. Since then, I’ve tried the TC Electronics Nova-delay, and their Flashback x4. Pending the weak switches in the x4, I needed to look elsewhere to find a delay that sounded good and could be banged around a bit.
Other buddy guitar players have had a DD-3, DD-5, DD-6, on their boards. They loved the simplicity of them. I appreciated how pristine they sounded, yet never thought to take the dive myself…
I found half of what I was looking for in the Boss DD-3, and then I found a few other reasons why this will never leave my board.
Compared to most other Delay pedals, this has the three obligatory knobs you would find. A Volume/Level knob, a Feedback knob to measure how many repeats follow the initial signal, and a Time knob which alters the time of the delay. The DD-3 has a fourth knob which selects three different delay time ranges and a different setting I didn’t expect – HOLD. Basic inputs and outputs follow the iconic Boss Pedal construction, including the almost indestructible Casing and switch.
…also, It’s a small pedal.
The Boss DD-3 Digital Delay sound is clear, and surprisingly warm compared to the DD-5 I had once pined after. I do not use this as my main delay. I’m using a DD-7 for that heavy lifting. This pedal I use on two different settings: HOLD and the 12.5ms-50ms range.
When on the HOLD setting, playing a chord and holding down the pedal, you guessed it, holds the tone. It doesn’t do the constant tone that the EHX Freeze pedal does, rather a tone that represents your signal yet with a delay, adjustable from 200-800ms.
The main reason I use this pedal, however, is that it fattens up the signal of my guitar when I add in a slight delay. I do mean slight. Right now the delay time is super low 15-30ms range. It adds a special fatness without slopping up the sound.
There’s no doubt, this is an oldie but a goody! You cannot go wrong with this price-sensitive tank of a pedal. It will not fail, and hasn’t failed me yet.
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