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Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
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Skjold Skjold

« A legend »

Published on 08/12/12 at 11:49
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!

UTILIZATION

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.



SOUND QUALITY

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.


OVERALL OPINION

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.
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