« Warmer Digital Delay »Publié le 12/23/11 à 07:47
These pedals can take serious abuse from the road and rarely give problems, and the DD-5 is no exception. It is a very reliable pedal and I’ve never heard any complaints in the build of the pedal or quality control. The Mode knob has a solid click feel between settings. It’s a little difficult to remember all the settings, but having only one mode knob makes this easy. All the additional knobs do the same thing no matter what mode you are in, unlike the Line 6 DL-4. The housing and jacks are metal and will deal with life on the road. Including a direct out allows the player to use two amps to get that true full stereo delay and is a great addition from Boss. Tap tempo helps keep the delays in perfect time with the song rhythm.
This pedal is not true bypass, but the buffers on these Boss delays are very good. Being a digital delay, you are basically getting out what you put into this pedal, and that’s what you expect. Overall though I feel this pedal is a little warmer sounding on the repeats than the DD-3. The delays are very clean and crisp and sound very good. The inclusion of tap tempo really helps if you use your delay for rhythmic playing instead of a basic ambience. Being able to choose between rhythmic delays in Modes 8 through 11 really builds on that. This would be a great sounding and functioning pedal for someone who plays in the style of “The Edge” or contemporary Christian music.
Overall I really like this pedal a lot better than the standard Boss DD-3. It may be my exact pedal, but when comparing the two, the DD-5 sounds warmer and more natural. The DD-5 boasts a lot more modes and becomes much more useful with its delays and tap tempo option. This pedal has been discontinued for some reason, so you’ll have to pick one up on the used market. When picking between a used DD-5 and a used or new DD-3 I would go ahead and pick up the DD-5. Being a Boss I’d have no worries about the used pedal being reliable, and not only will you get a slightly better sounding delay, there are a few more useful features to boot.