Delay effects have evolved over time from using inordinately long cables and manipulating tape in the studio to analog bucket brigade units to tiny stompboxes that provide infinitely tweakable digital reflections. For a long time, though, musicians were stuck with having multiple delay pedals on their board, each one getting a very specific delay sound, whether it was analog, tape simulation or digital. If you had an album or a live set that called for multiple delay sounds, your board was inevitably going to have to grow with delays. The Boss DD Giga Delay aims to solve that problem, providing all the delay options most players would ever want within one standalone unit. The Boss DD Giga Digital Delay features the hardy construction typically associated with Boss units in a twin pedal system with a digital display a highly useful feature live or in a bedroom.
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Sort by most recent most useful. It's sort of meant to be the all-in-one delay pedal with everything included. Meaning all types of delay effects including a tap tempo as well as 4 banks that you can have your preset delays set to. It also has spillover, so when you turn it off or on you'll hear the left over echo. But after a few twists and turns and experimenting, any guitar player should be able to figure out how to work it on a regular basis!
The manual is very necessary to understand all the little things that you might not get from just playing around with it. EG for the presets, you can change the how the lighting pattern is, things like that. You can run the pedal as a stereo setup or mono setup, it has enough ins and outs for both depending on what kind of rig you have and whatnot. I've heard this used live and used it live myself and haven't had many problems with it.
The LED screen is big and legible, though the brightness could be brighter as I always prefer it to be brighter for live stage use. Otherwise majority of the delay sounds are quite good. I use the regular digital, analog and tape echo quite a few times.
The SOS not so much, it seemed to be more of an afterthought idea to add onto the pedal so it isn't very tweakable. The tone is generally very crisp and clear, and thus 'digital' however there's also the tone knob available on the unit so you can actually EQ it a bit to make it sound warmer, duller or brighter and even more pristine!
How cool is that? Loads of variety, and good sounding overall delay. A lot of thought has been put into this to make this a programmable and usable live pedal as well.
There are lots of functions and lots to go through, if you want to get the best out of this I'd definitely recommend skimming through the manual. Did you find this review helpful? The BOSS DD is a digital delay featuring a straight forward looper along with 10 different delay types from standard delay to other unique sounds like tape emulation and reverse.
It can store 4 user presets and has an extra spot for a manual set-up for on the fly tweaking. There are no sub menus or complicated settings to program and the BPM readout makes it a breeze if you use a click track in your band. It is laid out like a typical single delay stompbox but with the added flexibility of multiple delay types accessible with a quick turn of a knob.
If you use a stereo set-up you can also change how the delay signal is sent to the two outputs allowing you to create some nice wide sounds. I don't hear any significant degradation in sound although there is a slight volume drop when compared to having the amp's loop level at 0.
I believe this is the amp's fault because it uses a parallel loop at an odd return level. I mainly use the standard, tape, and modulate modes along with the looper. The standard mode is just a regular digital repeat very clean basically what you put in is what you put out. The analog and modulate modes have more character.
Analog has a nice high end roll off to emulate old delays and the modulate allows you to add movement to the delay time creating a chorus effect. The looper is very simple. Some people may want more options but if all you're looking for is a simple way to layer loops this one is very easy to time and does not drift.
I found the other more special effects to be rather useless. The twist mode is supposed to emulate the spaceship sounds you'd get from playing with the time knob on an old analog delay but it lacks the character and sounds cheesy.
Warp same deal minus the pitch modulation. The smooth just sounds like the analog with more high end rolled off and I've never been able to use a reverse mode to much success. There are other delays with more features but if you just need a few simple sounds in a good sized box it's hard to beat. I personally run mine along with an Eventide Timefactor to get the more wild sounds and also because I really like having all my presets ready to go. I've got enough pedals to fiddle with and I don't want to be entering delay times before every song.
If it ever broke which is doubtful I would definitely buy one again. The features on this machine are remarkable. Stereo ins and outs are cool as well as the option for an external tap tempo and headphones. The backlit screen is great for reading the display in a live setting and the twin pedal set up is rather convenient. The pedal can be configured to work a couple different ways and with 23 seconds of delay you will alway have enough delay time.
The different tempo types are something not commonly seen on cheaper units and the 4 presets are easy to use and very convenient to switch through. The "Sound on Sound" feature is very nice and works great as well. Some say there is a dark quality to them, but I noticed it doesn't affect my tone when the pedal is active. Some of my other delays I have own didn't work too well with dirt pedals.
This one keeps your signal clean and clear. I have used this delay for vocals, bass, guitar and keys since I've had it and it fairs well with all of the above. It has a nice price and a ton of very usable features.
Delay in itself is my favourite effect, and this thing nails just about all of my delay needs. Really great delay, I would get a new one if this one ever got stolen or destroyed. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a really nice delay with lots of features on a pretty solid budget. It truly is a great delay. I think they hand these units out to when you start playing the electric guitar and guitar shops.
They come standard with guitar purchases at Guitar Center. Maybe not but it sure seems like it though. I think everyone who has ever played the guitar at least that I know has either owed or has used this pedal at some point in their career. It simply is the most frequented pedal besides a DD2 on the planet. All kidding aside this is great unit for getting all kinds of delay effects to you guitar.
Layout as follows The different foot switches gives you a chance to choose from 4 different saved preset patches or use as the looper function or a tap tempo feature. The cool thing about this pedal is that you can use a external foot pedal to control modulation throughout the modes.
The different modes are modeled off other Boss or classic delays boxes of the past. So it kind of is a simulator in that it is based off of different type delays.
You can use this in front of a clean amp or in the effects loop on your amp. Either way it doesn't change the tone of the unit. However, I have found that putting this is front of a clean amp but being pushed by an overdrive pedal makes this thing come alive. I also enjoy using the tape echo since it has a very usable vintage tape echo suitable for slap back echos repeats. The smooth mode gives a great reverb delay great for playing stuff without much delay coverage. The reverse delay is fun when one wants to get some crazy wacky delay sounds.
Crank the level and feedback in this mode and you get a string or synth type character to your tone. It compliments your guitar tone rather than confuse it with cloudy delay repeats. It to me is more of a subtle delay sound and doesn't push your sound rather than it just hangs back a bit giving you the room to play. I like most things that Boss does since they really live up to abuse and torture that gigging can put on equipment.
I'm know those pedals have a great sound, but I have found myself going back to economically priced gear gear. I love the way this thing sounds in the guitar chain. If I ever needed to replace my Timefactor I would look at getting this pedal again. I recommend this to anyone who wants a fine delay unit with many sound options who is on a budget. There are better sounding ones out there but for the price it doesn't get any betters than this pedal.
This is Boss' double pedal delay. It has an LCD display showing the delay settings. I am a gigging guitarist in a country rock band. I looked at many different delay pedals before purchasing this one. I borrowed a friends for a few weeks before deciding. The various types of delay provide many different tones and effects including a nice tape delay and a well done reverse delay. It also has a dual, analog, pan, smooth, and some crazy ones including, twist, warp, and modulation.
The SOS setting which is basically a loop, gives up to 23 seconds of delay. You can layer on it as well. The basic controls; feedback, effect level, tone, and delay time are all very straight forward.
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Boss DD GigaDelay. This is easily the most complicated single pedal entry we've made into the wiki so far. The DD can be a simple pedal; but if you want to get into the details, it can also be a rather complicated pedal. So this wiki page is written in such a way so as to split the simple from the complicated, and as a result, it might be a good bit longer as well. This double-pedal has been end-of-lifed by Boss. That means that it can be had on the used market for a relatively affordable price. While there are some complaints voiced on different forums about the lack of fidelity of the digital codec in the pedal, we haven't noticed an issue.
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