Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 20 reviews )
 9 reviews45 %
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Value For Money : Excellent
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Skjold's review"A legend"

Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
Besides the Boss DD-3, the DD-7 has to be one of the most recognized digital delays on the planet. You'll see this on almost every guitar player's pedalboard, regardless of the level he or she is at. Players ranging from home rockers to arena guitar heroes.
It does this because it's sturdy build and is really easy to use. You get an effect level, feedback time, delay time and mode switch. On top of that, you get an expression pedal input on the side, along with stereo inputs and outputs. Of course you can still run it using mono only, but also from mono input, to stereo output. No wonder it's a favorite amongst so many people!


Tweaking this legend is easy. The effect level knob (labeled as E. Level) is essentially a mix knob, controlling how loud the delay (echo actually) signal is. The feedback knob (labeled F. Back) controls the amount of repeats you get. Pay attention, that if you crank it up to much, the pedal will oscillate. Some find this effect useful, whilst others prefer not to reach that level of repeats.
The delay time controls how long each repeat is. Delay time is then controlled by the mode knob, determining what range you can choose the repeat length.

As if this wasn't enough. With the DD-7 they give you an analog emulation mode along with a modulation mode. Analog mode is rather self explanatory, while the modulation mode ads a tiny bit of chorus effect to the delay signal. Reverse mode is also available on the DD-7 plus a hold model, giving you 40 seconds of loop time (in mono).

Finally you have the Tap Tempo mode. Hold down the pedal for two seconds and the mode switches to Tap Tempo. The expression jack is connected directly to the tap tempo.


I actually only used the analog mode once I discovered it. But man does that one sound good! The sound of the delay pedal is widely determined by the processing chip installed, this is also what sets the different delay pedals apart from each other. Does this one then stand out compared to others - hard to tell. It depends upon the ears listening to it.
It's not the newest digital delay any more, so it may not sound as good as the new digital ones like TC Flashback delay etc.


All in all, you can't go wrong with the DD-7. You can find them for a decent price on the used marked, as it is actually rather old, but still extremely useful. After all, so many persons around the world use it, so I think it's a pedal that's worth holding on to.

denied's review"Beefed up Digital delay"

Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
- Stereo input and outputs
- Up to 6.4 seconds of delay time
- 40 seconds of hold
- Multiple delay modes, including reverse, modulated, and analog simulation
- Expression pedal and tap tempo compatible
- Controls for delay time, decay, and mix level
- Buffered bypass
- Powered by 9v battery or boss style adapter
- Easy battery access
- LED indicator
- Boss construction and reliability


Pretty simple to use, especially for the number of features that Boss managed to cram into this pedal. I still have no idea why they included so many different delay time parameter modes, but with 6.4 seconds of delay time, it makes more sense than with previous boss pedals. Having to hold the pedal to start tap tempo can be a little annoying, I’d definitely recommend an external TT switch. The hold function is a really great addition with 40 seconds of loop. You can’t overdub or save, but it can still double as a loop pedal in a pinch.


It actually sounds pretty good. The standard boss digital delay sound is unmistakable, perfect digitized repeats. On the other hand, it also has an analog delay simulator that does a pretty good job. The modulated delay is another cool setting, but unfortunately you don’t get any control over the depth and rate of the modulation. The reverse delay is a really cool addition, limited uses, but still very cool. The buffered bypass is standard boss issue, and not great, but definitely usable.


The flagship of the compact Boss delay line, the DD7 does digital delay very well. In fact, it might be one of the more usable digital delays that I’ve come across. Pick up an external tap tempo switch and you are set. Boss managed to cram an impressive number of features into this one, while maintaining its compact size. I’m not really one for digital delay, but this might be the one to have. On the whole I tend to find most boss products sub-par, but this the DD7 definitely holds its own.

Stormleader's review"Great sub $200 Digital Delay "

Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
Ah, the Boss DD-7. This, and it's brother, the DD-3. are probably the most common digital delays out there. You'll see it on the pedal board of just about every level of player, from garage rockers to arena-players, and for good reason. It provides solid digital delay tones in a sturdy package right out of the box with pretty minimal tweaking, and is very easy to use. It has "E. Level", "F.Back", "D.Time" and "Mode" controls on the pedal itself, and it has a jack for an external tap-tempo switch or an expression pedal. It's full stereo, and runs about $180 new.

Overall? Not a bad feature set for a $180 delay.


Tweaking to get a delay sound you like really couldn't be easier. The "E. Level" (Effected Level) knob controls how loud the delayed signal is. The "F. Back" (Feedback) knob controls how many repeats there are, the "D. Time" (Delay Time) knob controls how long the delay is, and finally the "Mode" knob does exactly what it says, controls what mode you are in. The modes are as follows: 3200ms, 800ms, 200ms, 50ms, HOLD, MODULATE, ANALOG, REVERSE. The number modes are just a standard digi-delay with a set time, but I assume moving the Delay time knob would override the setting on those.

The "HOLD" function is very nice, it allows you to loop around 40 seconds of playing, and it allows you to overdub as well. Great practice tool there!

The ANALOG and MODULATE modes are simulations of analog and modulated delays, which can be controlled by the delay time or Tap-tempo (More on that in a second). They both sound great, and I personally find myself using the Analog mode the most.

REVERSE is just... strange, heh. Can't say I've found a use for it yet, it is just more to screw around with.

Now, Tap-Tempo. BOSS did a great job on the implantation of this. You hold down the switch for two seconds, and then tap in the tempo. Works great as is, but if you want, you can add a dedicated tap-tempo switch that plugs in the jack on the side. Or if you prefer you can use an expression pedal that plugs into the same jack that can control the delay time, your choice.


The DD-7 sounds great. I can't say that it really stands out among the other similar priced digi-delays, but it does sound good for what it is. The Analog mode is decently convincing, and is what I use the most. Does it sound as good as the newer TC Electronics delays? Probably not, but it has some great features that make it what it is. I do love how crisp it is, which may put some off, but sometimes you just need a perfect repeat which analog delays cannot provide.

I run it through the effects loop of my Peavey Ultra that pushes my 5150 straight cab with V30's and G12T-75's, using a Warbeast NJ Deluxe with EMG's. I play mainly Thrash metal, with some drop-tuned stuff thrown in. I love that it can add another dimension to my solos, and some fullness to non-distorted clean parts. Definitely sounds great all-around.


What do I like the most about it? Probably the versatility and the sound. The Hold function is very useful for practice, and the Modulate and Analog modes sound great. What don't I like? The Analog mode could indeed sound a little more, well, analog, heh. I also wish BOSS could have added a couple of different modulated modes, but that may be asking for a little much.

Do I think it's worth the cost? Well, I got it in a trade, but I do think I would pay the $180 retail for it if I didn't have a choice. That being said, I think I would go for the TC Electronics Nova Delay or Repeater if I had to buy another digi-delay. I don't normally give an item such high marks in all categories, but this really is one of BOSS's great pedals.

iamqman's review"Best yet!"

Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
This is Boss's fifth and best offering to the digital delay world. They have taken the great platforms of the boss DD-5 and the Boss DD-7 and expanded on that technology. On this pedal you have an input for an expression pedal for either ordering up tap tempos or even changing the modulation of the delays. You also get longer delay times and the ability to record up to 40 seconds of playing time. That is an incredible feature in this simple little compact pedal.



Controls: E.Level, F.Back, D.Time, 8-way Mode Switch
Connectors: INPUT A (mono), INPUT B, OUTPUT A (MONO), OUTPUT B, Tempo/Exp, AC Adaptor (DC 9V)
Current Draw: 55 mA
Weight: 400g / 1lbs (including battery)
Nominal Input Level: -20dBu
Input Impedance: 1MOhm
Nominal Output Level: -20dBu
Output Impedance: 1kOhm
Residual Noise Level: -90dBu (IHF-A, typ)
Recommended Load Impedance: Over 10kOhm
Delay Time: 1ms - 6.4s
Recommended AC Adaptor: PSA Series


The tone of this one shifted only slight in certain modes. Like the analog delay which was modeled off of the Boss DM-2. This function or mode was added to the repertoire of the Boss DD-7. You also get a modulation feature on this pedal. This comes in handy with the use of an external expression pedal. This will add a bunch of depth to your delay repeats. One of my favorite delays that has ever been created.

I prefer this one over the boss DD-6. There are much more features and options with the same great digital delay tone. the tone hasn't really changed and without A/B ing them you cannot tell any difference, even if there was one.


At new these units come in at around $160, which isn't a bad price for a very high quality and functional digital delay pedal. To me it is much more simpler that an Eventide Timefactor or a Diamond pedal. This pedal is small and compact and does a lot for the money.

MGR/Billy's review"Boss DD-7"

Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
This is the white Boss Digital Delay model DD-7 delay pedal. Boss has in the past had the DD-3, DD6, but really won with the DD-7. All the features of the DD-3 with tap tempo, longer delays and a looping option which allows you to loop something for up to 40 seconds.

I bought this online I think from Musicians Friend. $149, free shipping, but it is a Boss pedal, they are pretty much available at any guitar shop. Don't be afraid to buy them used either, Boss builds a tank of a pedal!

Tap tempo (you need a separate pedal like the FS-5L footswitch to use it) but it is cool and makes things easy.

Reverse does exactly what is says it does.

Analog gives it sort of a quieter/dirty delay tone similar to the great analog and tape delays.

None besides having to buy a footswitch to use the Tap Tempo option, but it only set me back $25 and an extra patch cable so I won't fuss too much.

Great. I will sound like a broken record, but Boss builds very durable and giggable quality gear. Is giggable even a word?

Plenty of delay options for $150 in one pedal with a format you are already familiar with.

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moosers's review

Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
The Boss DD-7 Digital Delay is the latest in the line of digital delay pedals made by Boss, and is maybe the best.  Like the name states, the pedal is a digital one and it has two 1/4 inch inputs and two 1/4 inch outputs as well as another 1/4 inch connection for an expression pedal if you wanted one.  It is powered by either a nine volt power supply or nine volt battery and isn't a rack mountable piece of gear as it is a stomp box.


Personally, I've never had any problems manipulating this pedal to my liking as it is pretty basic in make up.  Like all Boss pedals it has four different knobs, with this one having parameterrs for effect level, feedback, delay time, and a mode knob that allows you to choose between a number of different types of delay including modulate, analog, reverse, and four different amounts milliseconds.  The pedal also allows you to tap the tempo if you hold down the pedal and then stomp out whatever tempo you want it to be at.  I can't imagine too many people having much trouble with this pedal, and for this reason I don't think having the manual is necessary.


Just about every sound heard from the Boss DD-7 Digital Delay is awesome.  Each has a super clean tone quality and the pedal is a pretty versatile one with all of the different modes.  My favorite modes are the reverse and modulate ones, but the others are really just as good and this is just a matter of personal preference.  While I like all of the Boss delay pedals in the DD line, the DD-7 probably has the cleanest sound quality and most versatility.  I really have no complaints about this pedal and unless you are looking for a true analog delay pedal, the DD-7 can service all of your delay needs.


I've been using the Boss DD-7 Digital Delay for about a year and I have come to the conclusion that it is definitely better than most of the other digital delay pedals out there.  The price isn't all that expensive when you consider what you are getting, which is an extremely versatile delay pedal with a great tone quality.  If you are looking for a delay pedal, the DD-7 is one that must be discussed and tried out.
Jérémy Guézennec05/31/2014

Jérémy Guézennec's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent and surprising"

Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
The effects are simple: the delay, and a little looper well hidden too. This will super slapback to Floydiens effects. I am really not in favor of the Boss brand (this is a good brand, but without much personality. Useful for studio musicians who must have all the cards in hand), I appreciate the DD7. Used with single 9V connector.


Used obtained without manual, it uses fast! Few days to explore and use becomes very simple. I often keep warm for a delay to Thee Oh Sees, and it works wonderfully. The config is clear, even if live I think it is better not to fiddle: you risk to screw it up. Everything is simple, because it is direct: level, feedback, time, and type of delay. The only thing that took me a long time is the hold I never imagined that it could serve as a looper! Well, it is not the main function and it is not very developed, but it's good to know!


The effects are effective and realistic, all depends on how you take them. Make it sound very realistic is easy, but it can quickly turn to the imagination the most total. Endless to Pink Floyd sounds clear, this is not my cup of tea, I avoid them. To be blunt: the pedal is really easy to use, but it is also fast to miss (especially live) if it decides to change its parameters during the song.

The most interesting features:
- Modulate (well then you do what you want baby). Feedback and delay time to 13h = awesome.
- Hold (looper hidden, etc.).

Less interesting:
- The reverse probably 5min funny but difficult to use and unrealistic
- Analog? Not so including interest, but it may come, it is revealed little by little.

I use it with my Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster 2008, something like, a Vox VT15, it sounds. In my stuff, it adds up to a TC Electronic Polytune black, TC Electronic Spark Mini Boost (a wonder by the way), an EHX Pulsar and a Big Muff, it will soon be replaced by a Way Huge Swollen Pickle.


I use it for a few weeks, the purchase was intended for a few months to complete a fairly lightweight pedalboard. I watched a lot of delays, really ... even if it hurts to admit it, because Boss and me is not it, this is really nice DD7. Very helpful, be careful though: when you tasted, hard to get to play without ... After a DD3 would probably work just as well, to see if you really use all the features!

Other delays seemed all too pro, too "pretentious" to be exact.

The decline is (a little), yes I'll buy again in a heartbeat. The price is strong but less than 100 € on occasion it's a good deal and a good choice.
Linn Sondek01/17/2014

Linn Sondek's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Well"

Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
As its name suggests, this Boss DD-7 offers digital delay effects.
In addition to the 4 presets digital delay (50, 200.800 and 3200 ms), there is a "Hold" function that lets you record loops of a maximum duration of 40 seconds, a "Analog" mode supposed to emulate an analog pedal a "Modulate" mode which adds a chorus, and finally a "Reverse" mode.
The pedal has stereo and has 3 inputs and 2 outputs classic jack format. An external footswitch can be connected to the "Tempo / EXP" entry.
Settings, as 4 tiny knobs allow to act on the mix (especially the volume of repetitions), the number of repetitions, the delay time and the selection of different modes.
We have a compact pedal that offers a lot there.


Setup is simple as long as you know what kind of pedal. The many functions allow a significant number of sounds and settings to show both progressive and efficient. The manual provided is clear and comprehensive. This pedal does not offer any storage and buttons will not be easier to handle on stage in a reasonable time. Other delay pedals are more relevant because of knobs provided both larger and more accessible.


Effects, quality, offering a wide range. But again, as it proves impossible to manipulate the knobs at the bottom it will be difficult, if not impossible, to make quick changes to the mix, the number of repetitions or time delay. In the studio, it will be less detrimental but on stage, I do not really see any solutions to change anything instantly. But back to the sound quality! It is in very good and it is indeed a very, very rare times that I found in a digital effect sounds really satisfactory. The "Analog" mode does the trick and convincingly emulates the sound of an analog delay pedal. In general, the quality of repetitions is in very good: the sound is defined, does not sound synthetic and retains a very correct precision. In "loop (Hold function" mode), the sound retains its intelligibility but it will mainly for training because the rendering quality is still not great. Mode "Reverse" I'm disappointed, well below that offered by Jam Man Delay for example, it shows little use and lack of clarity and definition.
In stereo, the effect is very convincing and lends a surprising extent. On this last point, the pedal excels.
I use this pedal with different Gibson Les Paul.


I acquired this purpose hand and use it for about 1 year. It complements, offering more substantial time delay, my MXR Carbon Copy. Useless, of course, wait for the Boss has the grain so warm and pleasant but the MR is absolutely ridiculous, far from it. I have not tested other digital delay because it is above all the right opportunity presented itself that made me buy the Boss DD-7. I would have surely not its new price of 150 €. But at 70 €, there is really nothing to complain about.
Overall this pedal is good, usable and offers great sound. The reverse mode is not terrible, too bad! The point that I regret concerning ergonomics at least average because, again, the settings once made can hardly be modified game situation

-Livingroom-'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A reference!"

Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
So it's a digital delay 100% non editable Effects Pedal Boss standard audio jack connector is robust and full of good things like the reverse delay, analog delay emulation ... and more!


configuration is relatively simple, an effect level, a time delay and a feedbaxk and a selector of the type of delay which is sought or effect in the category of "other" type, is specified in milliseconds . It quickly finds the suitable delay with a tap tempo (operated by pressing the power button for 2 seconds function, which can be a concern in concert, fortunately for us boss an expander designed for tap tempo, not supplied) .


We find the very next "right" boss effects, we can not say that it is indeed a living, but it is happening all at once. By coupling it with an analog delay, we get all kinds of delays imaginable. Its advantage is to offer long delays typed pink floyd, that all analog delays can not do.

I used it mainly on a guitar, a keyboard, theremin, bass once ... It's very transparent.

After mistrust side "gadget" some effects which I doubt the musical relevance.


I use it for half a decade, it is essential to put an atmosphere on stage. This is not an especially affordable delay, but it allows the pro or semi-pro to have a Swiss army knife of delay. Memories are missing in my opinion, as one can find on the X4 flashback or models by 4 in line 6.

but yes I would do this choice because it is a must :) and robust, as bosses can.

ricou8312's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The delay to the top"

Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
A delay with several modes including reverse, analog, hold (40sec loop), and time mode.


Very easy to find the sound you want, also to be honest I have not even read the manual!!
The manual is very readable but I assure you it is not necessary so intuitive.
I think in the future I'll make me a foot switch for tap tempo, as it need to press the pedal for two seconds to beat the rhythm.


This is the pedal that I wanted, it is what I play.
I had some reservations with the tc flashback that the passage is also very good, but the balance has tilted towards Boss.
There are many different opinions on these two pedals in my eyes are the same.
I use a little all modes, with a preference for analog delay and 3200.800.
The hold mode is very good so, I sold my solo jamman I did not operate.
Some say it is too digital, I is not like what the tastes and colors!!


Very satisfied with my purchase, I think she will stay for a while on my pedalboard as it convinced me.
Unless of course so the Boss DD-8!!!